Addiction Blog

Everything You Need to Know About Gateway Drugs

Many addicts start out using a drug that they believe to be harmless, but often this bad habit can build into a much more troubling concern.

Many addicts start out using a drug that they believe to be harmless, but often this bad habit can build into a much more troubling concern. A few puffs here and there with your buddies could later lead to a crippling addiction and eventually hitting rock bottom. If you think that this couldn’t possibly happen to you, just remember that many addicts have thought the same thing. Unfortunately, our detox center in Palm Beach sees this happen all of the time and gateway drugs may be to blame.

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Cocaine High Effects: What Does it Feel Like?

In 2017, an estimated 29% of American adults used cocaine at least once in their lifetime.1

In 2017, an estimated 29% of American adults used cocaine at least once in their lifetime.1 While some people may only try it once in college because of peer pressure, others are frequent users who can’t help but use it on a regular basis. Even though it is illegal, cocaine has some people coming back for more and many others just want to try it. So, what does taking cocaine actually feel like and what are the effects?

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Heroin Withdrawal Timeline

In 2006, the number of people who started using heroin in the United States was 90,000; by 2016, this number nearly doubled to 170,000.1

With such rising statistics, there is cause for concern. At Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches, we work with people who have decided that enough is enough and have chosen to undergo a heroin detox.

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How Depression Affects the Brain

Watching a loved one or a friend struggle with depression can be tough.

Even if you struggle with depression yourself, you may feel frustrated that you can’t seem to pull yourself out of it.  While it can be tempting to think that someone can simply snap out of their depression, depression is so much more than a bad mood. A person who is depressed is not just feeling sad. In fact, the chemical and physical makeup of their brain is being affected by their depression as well.

As a residential mental health treatment center in Palm Beach, we see plenty of patients struggling with the emotional effects of depression, but we know that there is a lot more going on below the surface.

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Benefits of Music Therapy for Addiction Recovery

Some people find solace in therapy. Others find strength in their relationships. Still, others find the most comfort with music.

Although some of us may enjoy singing along to our favorite band in the car or blasting an upbeat song while cooking, music can be so much more than pleasing background noise. At Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches, we know that music can also heal, and we have seen it work wonders on some of our patients.

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Movies About Drug Abuse

Hollywood is known for its glitz, glam, and drama.  With new movies coming out every year, the goal is to entertain, and dramatization is one way to capture and captivate their audience.

Unfortunately, with drama also comes many inaccuracies. There are many movies about drug abuse in particular, but as a South Florida behavioral healthcare center that has plenty of experience working with drug addicts, we know that a lot of them get it wrong.

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Signs of A Functioning Alcoholic

To many people, the stereotypical alcoholic is someone who is noticeably drunk most of the time.

They might be isolated from their friends and family because of their drinking. They may have lost their job because they were hungover and may even be homeless carrying around a bottle in a brown paper bag. While some people with alcohol abuse disorder may fit this mold, not everyone qualifies. Some alcoholics you may never suspect.

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Cocaine Found Floating Off the Coast of The Florida Keys

Many tourists flock to the Florida Keys for their fishing charters, but fish may not be the only things you will find in those waters.

Cocaine was found floating off the coast of the Florida Keys in early August. The U.S. Coast Guard recovered the cocaine bails and an investigation on where they came from began.

In the span of three days, the Coast Guard found six bails total of the illegal drug after boaters began reporting the floating bails. The first bail of cocaine was found floating 10 miles east of Islamorada. The next day, two more bails of cocaine were found. Finally, on the third day, three more bails were discovered, only this time 15 miles east of Marathon. Together, the bails contained over 280 pounds of cocaine that is worth an estimated $3.8 million.

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Florida drug bust

Florida Drug Bust

The Largest Drug Bust in Brevard County History

Known for the Kennedy Space Center and the quiet beaches, Brevard County is not usually the place for crime or drug busts, but recently this sleepy county made big news. After a six-month investigation, there was the largest drug bust in Brevard County history. 60 people have already been arrested and more than 100 people have warrants out for their arrest. Brevard County police found firearms, $100,000 in cash, and a combination of drugs including kilos of fentanyl, meth, and heroin. Brevard County Sherriff Wayne Ivey commented, “That is enough fentanyl to kill everyone in Brevard County.”1

Not only was this Brevard County drug bust spanning across the county, but the sheer enormity of the bust leads to suspicion that the illegal activity was reaching outside of Florida as well. The suspects involved in the drug operation range in age and gender, proving that drug abuse knowns no bounds. The three suspected leaders of the drug trafficking include Brand Huff, Jonathan Walker, and Megan Wilborn who were taken to Brevard County Jail with high bails. 1

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divorcing an addict

Divorcing an Addict

It can be difficult to watch your significant other struggle with an addiction. It can be even harder when their addiction exacerbates the cracks that were already present in your relationship.

Unfortunately, addiction and divorce can often mix. As a South Florida detox center and behavioral health care providers, we see firsthand how substance abuse can ruin marriages.  If you are divorcing an addict, we have pulled together a list of what you should expect.

What to Expect with Drug Addiction and Divorce

Divorce can have different effects for different people, especially when you have the added layer of divorcing an addict. The whole process can seem overwhelming, but our behavioral health center wants you to be prepared for the whirlwind that is about to come.

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