Conspiracies. Big cats on leashes. Meth. Liligers. Ripped-off limbs. Presidential campaigns. Polyamory. Murder plots. That’s not even the half of Tiger King, the seven-part Netflix documentary following the vindictive rivalry between eccentric wild animal keeper Joe Exotic and the slightly less eccentric animal rights campaigner Carole Baskin. The show – water-cooler TV for quarantine days – has had the viewing public in its claw-like grip ever since it came out last month. It is as astonishing as it is bonkers.

The series has also earned itself a host of celebrity fans. Some have weighed in on whether Baskin did indeed kill her former husband and feed him to her tigers, as Joe likes to claim (Lena Dunham, Kim Kardashian). Others have expressed their love of Joe, who is now in prison for attempting to have Baskin murdered (Cardi B, Wiz Khalifa). And a few have even thrown their cowboy hat in the ring to play one of the series’ many madcap characters in the forthcoming HBO series (Dax Shepard, Edward Norton, Jessica Chastain).

One critic wrote that “amid the coronavirus pandemic, we are finding humor and relief” in Tiger King. But should we be? The documentary is undoubtedly brilliant story-telling, but it also points towards the moral grey areas of both true-crime documentaries and reality television.

Released less than two weeks ago, the series is already a sensation, immersing viewers in the lives and rivalries of vivid subjects like Bhagavan Antle, known as Doc, the bombastic proprietor of an animal preserve and safari tour in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Carole Baskin, an animal activist and sanctuary owner in Tampa, Fla., whose former husband disappeared in 1997.

And then, of course, there’s the Tiger King himself, Joseph Maldonado-Passage, better known as Joe Exotic, a flamboyant Oklahoma zookeeper, political candidate and aspiring celebrity who was sentenced in January to 22 years in prison for his involvement in a failed plot to kill Baskin and for killing five tiger cubs.

Goode, who directed “Tiger King” with Rebecca Chaiklin, said that he had been reasonably confident the series would be successful. “How can you not be fascinated with polygamy, drugs, cults, tigers, potential murder?” Goode said in an interview on Tuesday. “It had all the ingredients that one finds salacious. So we knew that there would be an appetite for it.”

The Palms Recovery was taken back by the confusion “Joe Exotic” had placed on his anti-drug message at the beginning of the series in homage to losing his brother to drug abuse. He then did some PSA’s with his magic show and tigers to spread the gospel of just say No! Yet, Exotic went on to supply his “husbands” with as much meth needed to control l these young men! 

Young Men we’d like you to just say NO to humans  like “Joe” call us at 

Phone: 844-80-PALMS 24/7! 

The coronavirus (COVID-19) has been the main topic of conversation on television, social media, and even in our own homes over the last few months. As more cases have come to light across the U.S., the pandemic has affected every American, causing widespread panic and uncertainty in this trying time.

It’s natural for humanity to feel vulnerable at a time like this, to be afraid of the unknown, to discuss our concerns, and look to others for support. Yet, if you’re currently struggling with an alcohol use disorder (AUD), this pandemic brings to the surface a unique set of concerns of its own. An AUD is a chronic, relapsing disease that is diagnosed based on an individual meeting a certain set of criteria within a 12-month period.

How COVID-19 Affects Those Struggling With Alcoholism

With the threat of COVID-19, a person with problematic drinking behaviors may face:

  • Anxiety.
  • Loneliness; can be brought on by the need for social distancing and being instructed to remain in our homes.
  • An alcohol-related decrease in immune system health and the potential for increased susceptibility to certain infectious processes.
  • Drastically restricted access to alcohol, which may lead to symptoms of alcohol withdrawal.

During this time, it’s important to acknowledge and understand these challenges that you may face in order to avoid using alcohol to self-medicate, potentially increasing certain COVID-19 related risks.

Anxiety When Faced With the Unknown

It’s human nature to worry. And when faced with the unknown, even the most steadfast among us can go through periods of fear and doubt which can lead some of us to self-medicate in whatever way we feel works best. With the ongoing threat of COVID-19, it’s understandable why many may feel stressed and anxious for themselves or their loved ones.

If you’re also struggling with alcohol, you may experience anxiety as a side effect of the disorder, thus enhancing your feelings of unease during this confusing time. Furthermore, not fully understanding the potential of what this virus can do, receiving contradictory information on television and online, and the fear of losing your financial support can also be scary. However, reaching for a glass of alcohol can enhance your anxiety or make it more likely for problematic patterns of alcohol use to start or continue.

Studies show that there is a clear relationship between anxiety and AUDs. Both prolonged drinking and alcohol withdrawal is associated with an increased incidence of anxiety. One study estimated that 18.3% of people with general anxiety disorder self-medicate their condition with alcohol while 3.3% self-medicated with alcohol because of panic disorders.  Additionally, nearly 13% of people with anxiety who self-medicated with alcohol developed an AUD, based on the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions.

To combat your feelings of anxiety, it may be helpful to stay off social media sites or limit the amount of time you spend watching the news each day. Being proactive about your mental health can help reduce triggers that may keep you in a constant state of worry. While the threat of COVID-19 is real, your mental health should be the main priority as well. Get outside, go for a walk or run, eat balanced meals, and make restful sleep a priority.

Isolationism From Your Support System

In an effort to flatten the curve and minimize the spread of the coronavirus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have advised Americans to abide by social distancing strategies, by staying home, keeping 6 ft. away from others in public, and at this time, congregating in groups no larger than 10 people

The challenge with this recommendation, though, is that if you are struggling with alcohol abuse or have an AUD, you may already be feeling alone. Studies have shown social withdrawal increases loneliness and depression, which themselves may be factors associated with substance abuse. In these cases, isolating from friends and family, while important to minimizing the spread of COVID-19, may have an unintended adverse effect as it may take away your ability to socialize with your support system.

For many struggling with alcoholism, creating and maintaining healthy social connections fuels their motivation to either stay sober or continue working toward sobriety. It’s no surprise then, that in a time like this, you may be feeling even more vulnerable and potentially triggered to pick up an alcoholic beverage.

Thankfully, technology has made it easier to connect with our loved ones whenever and wherever we are. Use this time as an opportunity to speak with friends, family members, therapists, or anyone who may help you get through these uneasy times. As we all continue to socially distance ourselves, some programs have also begun offering virtual 12-Step meetings should you wish to join one online.

A Weakened Immune System

The coronavirus family of viruses, and the human illnesses associated with them—for example, respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases (e.g., MERS, SARS)—are not new to us. 8 COVID-19, however, is a new virus whose symptoms may range from mild to severe, with the potential for more serious (and in some cases, lethal) illness in people over 65+ as well as those with pre-existing medical conditions and/or weakened immune systems. Currently, around 1 out of every 6 people who get COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and need immediate medical attention.

Over the years, studies have shown a clear association between excessive alcohol consumption and a weakened immune system, specifically, when it comes to a person’s susceptibility to pneumonia. Because of this, those diagnosed with AUD may be among a particularly vulnerable population. Yet, even if you think you may have your drinking under control, research shows that even non-chronic alcohol drinkers can still face negative health consequences. In fact, acute binge drinking also compromises the immune system.

Alcohol abuse can also lead to various issues with your cardiopulmonary system (i.e., heart and lungs). In times like these, our bodies need to function at their highest levels in order to fight off the symptoms of this virus and decrease the potential harm of COVID-19. But care must be taken, even in just getting sober. Although you may be tempted to quit alcohol use altogether until a vaccine for the coronavirus arrives, if you’ve developed a physical dependence on it, you may face serious or life-threatening symptoms of alcohol withdrawal.

In order to keep individuals as comfortable and as safe as possible, medical detox is an essential first step in combating alcoholism. Although alcoholism is a chronic, relapsing disease, with professional treatment and ongoing recovery efforts, this disease may be effectively managed. Treatment for problematic alcohol consumption can slow down, stop, or altogether reverse many otherwise progressive, drinking-related health issues.

How to Get Help For Alcoholism

The Palms Recovery treatment facility in Sunny Palm Beach, FL and ready to help you work toward recovery today. The Palms Recovery understands the fear and social anxiety associated with COVID-19 and we recognize our responsibility to support ongoing efforts to reduce these challenges.

We are monitoring and updating our procedures and policies as needed and in line with the guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO), CDC, and federal and state authorities. Changes and updates for COVID-19 evolve rapidly, which leads to rapid changes in policies, protocols, and recommendations. We are committed to supporting our patients and their families who struggle with and are impacted by alcohol use disorder.

We offer a safe treatment environment for those seeking freedom from addiction and a community of like-minded and caring individuals to oversee your entire recovery journey.

If you’re ready to seek professional help, our admissions treatment staff are available 24/7 to discuss your treatment options at 844-80-PALMS. You don’t need to go through this alone, we’re here for you every step of the way.

Many addicts make the mistake of believing they are addicted to one drug. Alcoholics think that if they just stop drinking, everything will be fine. Opiate addicts tend to think if they can just stop taking opiates, everything will be fine. But addiction is a tricky disease. When a person becomes addicted to any substance, they increase the likelihood that they will become addicted to other substances.

One reason for this is that addicts learn to cope with normal life problems by taking a substance. When an addict enters medication-assisted treatment (MAT) like Suboxone or methadone, they no longer have their drug of choice as a way to cope with normal life problems. Medication-assisted treatment on its own only treats the biological part of addiction. The addict no longer has withdrawal symptoms but they also don’t get high. Without high, they don’t have a way to cope with their problems.

MAT, Coping Skills and Cocaine

At this point, the addict needs to learn new coping skills to deal with their problems. Most medication-assisted treatment programs offer counseling to help the addict learn new ways to cope with their problems. However, an addict new to recovery may resist new ways of coping. Normal coping skills need to be practiced on a regular basis. They don’t work as fast as a substance would. They take work on the part of the addict and awareness of when they need to be applied.

Addicts who are new to recovery may not be willing to put in the work or are resistant to counseling. They want the easy fix that drugs afforded them. They may be overwhelmed by normal everyday problems because they are not accustomed to dealing with them. They may be in denial about the need for coping skills. Most addicts who are new to recovery believe addiction is a physical problem. They believe that once they stop using their drug of choice, life will get better on its own. When it doesn’t, they become frustrated and look for other ways to cope.

This is where other drugs come into the picture. An addict on medication-assisted treatment quickly learns their drug of choice no longer works. Suboxone and methadone block the euphoric effects of opiates. The addict looks for another drug to replace opiates. Often this is a subconscious process. They don’t even realize they are replacing one drug for another. They find that they can’t cope with life and they need something to make them feel better.

Since opiates no longer work, the addict may turn to drugs like cocaine to fill the void. For the opiate addict, drugs like cocaine are nothing new. Most addicts try a number of different drugs by the time they reach medication-assisted treatment. Addiction is a gradual process that takes years to develop. For someone who has never used drugs, cocaine seems like a dangerous drug. However, over time, addicts lose their fear of taking substances. They block the dangers of these drugs from their mind.

Side Effects of Cocaine

Cocaine has many side effects on its own and when combined with powerful opioids like Suboxone or methadone, it becomes even more dangerous. Cocaine is a central nervous system stimulant that increases the levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine in the brain. Dopamine is a part of the brain’s natural reward system. When the brain releases dopamine, it makes us feel good. This is where the euphoric effects of cocaine come from. However, cocaine keeps the brain from recycling dopamine back into the cells. This excess of dopamine can cause some of the serious side effects of cocaine.

What are the physical side effects of Cocaine?

  • Constricts blood vessels
  • Dilates pupils
  • Increases body temperature
  • Increases blood pressure
  • Causes headaches
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea
  • Decreased appetite (which can lead to malnutrition)

What are the psychological side effects of Cocaine use?

  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness
  • Paranoia
  • Psychosis
  • Hallucinations

What are the dangers of Cocaine use?

Some of the side effects of cocaine use can lead to serious health problems. The body is not designed to function with such high levels of dopamine.  Cocaine use can cause:

  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Death

In addition to the risk of heart attack, stroke, and death, cocaine users are at risk for other health problems depending on how they use the drug. Intravenous (IV) cocaine users are at increased risk of HIV and Hepatitis from sharing needles. Cocaine users who snort the drug can lose their sense of smell; have chronic runny noses, hoarseness, nosebleeds, and trouble swallowing.

Confidence dating and enjoying life Sober Sexy

A mindful sober subculture is emerging, indicating that we’re seeking out deeper, more meaningful connections to others. The days of meeting randoms at bars to forget their name the next day to detox, jumpstart an exercise program, or sober up can often mean one of two things: social hibernation or momentary relapse. The high on drugs or booze culture is beginning to fall by the wayside, with a wide range of sober, mindful, after-work activities—making happy hour a little more meaningful, and the morning after a lot happier. Not everyone is a drinker by any means, and this social shift is welcome news, indicating that we’re striving to deepen (and actually remember) our tangible connections with others.

While the romanticized idea of showing up at that birthday party with your healthy green smoothie in hand because you’re cleansing seems doable, when put into practice it might sometimes feel easier just to stay home. Life is short and just because your sober now, you can still enjoy all life’s got to offer! Daytime fun in the sun, to Nightlife! 

You’ve got a plethora of options!

Depending on where you reside, the season of course, and what you’d like to do and what you’re looking for in a new mate, friends, or new like-minded hobby oriented associates.

On line Dating

Here are five dating apps for people in sobriety or don’t drink or do any drugs! Five Sober Dating Apps! Get your swag on again! Are you ready to meet someone? Have you been sober for at least a year, and getting lonely?

Take a class

Once I got out of the fog of my first few weeks of sobriety, I had a bit of an identity crisis of what my hobbies were and what I liked to do for fun. Sobriety is a great opportunity to rediscover yourself and take a class in something you’ve always wanted to try — and maybe meet someone in the process.

Wingman Needed

Lean on your friends and family. Send an email to your support network and let them know you’re looking to date and open to meeting new people. If you can avoid being too picky, include a few sentences about some qualities or types of people you’re looking for. And if you end up meeting someone through a friend or family member, don’t be a flake and ruin the relationship for your loved one. I’m getting very close to putting up my own ad on my Instagram stories… if I’m not my biggest PR advocate, who is?

A substance abuse problem changes the way a person looks at the world, and treatment does much the same thing. A lot can change due to drug and alcohol addiction, and successful rehabilitation entails rebuilding a person’s life. When it comes to relationships, the realities and rules of abstinence after addiction become all the starker. Whether as a client or a companion, a guide to sober dating is very important in understanding how matters of the heart change.

Dating in Recovery

Many treatment programs discourage their members (either actively or otherwise) from pursuing romantic or sexual relationships in the aftermath of their recovery. 

A substance abuse problem changes the way a person looks at the world, and treatment does much the same thing. A lot can change due to drug and alcohol addiction, and successful rehabilitation entails rebuilding a person’s life. When it comes to relationships, the realities and rules of abstinence after addiction become all the starker. Whether as a client or a companion, a guide to sober dating is very important in understanding how matters of the heart change.

Many treatment programs discourage their members (either actively or otherwise) from pursuing romantic or sexual relationships in the aftermath of their recovery. 

If you exude confidence, you’ll always be #SoberSexy

Are Child Stars More at Risk for Drug & Alcohol Addiction in the Future?

There have been many movies and television shows that created huge child stars. Sometimes their stardom is due to their actual acting and singing talent. But a lot of the time it is due to their cuteness and likability. However, we have seen many of these stars grow up and struggle with drugs and alcohol. There have been far too many child stars dying tragic deaths due to substance abuse and more. But is this an exaggerated problem created by the media? Are child stars more likely to succumb to drug or alcohol addiction in the future? 

However, we seem to hear more about the child stars turned troubled adults in the media. That includes Amanda Bynes who was reportedly under involuntary psychiatric hold before going to rehab. Then there’s Lindsay Lohan who tanked a once viable career and admitted to being addicted to cocaine and Adderall to Oprah!

The public struggle with addiction seems to be common and is often picked apart in the media. However, what do these breakdowns have in common? A lot of these child stars have had very emotionally devastating experiences when growing up. Dina Lohan, Lindsay’s mother, alleged that her father Michael was very abusive towards her. If you asked Dina she would say his actions are what led to Lindsay’s addiction.

Today’s teen stars are more forthcoming and open about their personal struggles such as Olympic Swimmer Micheal Phelps, Miley Cyrus, and Demi Lavato have publically received so much support from their fans and the public, and careers remained a huge success! We may understand addiction more in the new millennium as more Americans have been effected especially as the Opioid Epidemic swept across America like a hurricane! 

Then there are child stars like Corey Haim and Corey Feldman who came forward to say they were sexually abused by people in the movie industry. Haim eventually died in 2010 from pulmonary congestion after years of drug abuse. Feldman told The Hollywood two teen actors who make it big in the Eighties, complete with fire-hazard hair, drugs, groupies and pastel blazers. Corey Haim and Corey Feldman first paired up in the 1986 vampire classic The Lost Boys, and became inseparable BFFs, only to crash hard. In other words, it’s a story made to order for a lurid low-budget Lifetime biopic, with a cast full of unknowns.

The two actors, who worked together on “The Lost Boys” and appeared in other films together, most recently reunited on the “The Two Coreys, reality series in which Haim moved into a house with Feldman and his wife, Susie.

Haim spoke often about his problems with drugs, which reportedly included a drug-induced stroke some years ago and numerous attempts at rehabilitation.

While working on “The Lost Boys,” he said in a 2004 interview with Britain’s The Sun, he smoked his first joint.

“I lived in L.A. in the ’80s, which was not the best place to be,” he said. “I did cocaine for about a year and a half, then it led to crack.”

Corey Haim and Corey Feldman revered by most GenXers but this friendship was quite toxic and the shocking passing of Corey Haim on March 10, 2010.

 Feldman had a new band and then jumped in the #MeToo Movement with his shocking allegations about child molestation in Hollywood for decades that was ignored, and led to but he and Haim’s addictions later in life! 

Corey Feldman stated clearly his 12-year-old daughter will not be in show business! 

Ron Howard was from the generation prior and he is probably one of the most successful child stars to date!  You’ve got to think about this before you or allow your child under 18 years of age to be in the entertainment business and never leave them to swim with sharks unless you or a trusted part of your family or inner circle!  If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction  Contact The Palms Recovery be treated with respect and confidentiality! 

There is no doubt that heroin addiction is difficult to treat. It’s one of the most difficult addictions to recover from, but it is possible. It’s important that people struggling with this addiction know why people who are addicted to heroin.

There is no doubt that heroin addiction is difficult to treat. It’s one of the most difficult addictions to recover from, but it is possible. It’s important that people struggling with this addiction know why people who are addicted to heroin.

The Heroin Epidemic

A big component of understanding why people who are addicted to heroin relapse requires a general understanding of how heroin works in the brain. It’s an incredibly powerful drug, and even after only using it one time, people may become addicted.

When you take heroin, it binds to your brain’s opioid receptors. Like prescription painkillers, it then pushes a flood of dopamine into your system that creates intense pleasure and even euphoria. Your brain is wired to want to continue participating in activities that bring pleasure, and the effects of heroin are much more impactful than any natural pleasure-seeking activity could be. Your brain keeps compelling you to seek out this stimulus again and again after you try heroin.

Substance abuse is a growing public health concern in the USA (US), especially now that the US faces a national drug overdose epidemic. Over the past decade, the number of drug overdose deaths has rapidly grown, largely driven by increases in prescription opioid-related overdoses. In recent years, increased heroin and illicitly manufactured fentanyl overdoses have substantially contributed to the rise of overdose death

After using heroin over an extended period, your brain adjusts to its presence and that’s when you develop a tolerance. Once you have a tolerance for heroin or other opioids, without them, you may become ill or experience negative side effects.

It’s all a dangerous cycle, but one of the biggest reasons why people who are addicted to heroin relapse is the incredibly addictive nature of this drug.

A variety of effective treatments are available for heroin addiction, including both behavioral and pharmacological (medications). Both approaches help to restore a degree of normalcy to brain function and behavior, resulting in increased employment rates and lower risk of HIV and other diseases and criminal behavior. Although behavioral and pharmacologic treatments can be extremely useful when utilized alone, research shows that for some people, integrating both types of treatments is the most effective approach.

Wondering what life will be like when you are sober? Need a gentle reminder of why being sober is better? Check out these benefits in which life definitely gets better once you become sober.

Living sober is new and awkward, but it is also incredibly rewarding. Whatever benefits you thought you gained from consuming drugs and alcohol will be put to shame as you discover that nothing compares to the benefits gained from living sober.

Once you are sober you will be able to form and maintain healthier relationships. If you are a parent this is a huge area where living sober will positively affect your life and those around you. It may take some time to rebuild healthy relationships with your children, but you will no doubt be a more patient, present, and positive parent.

You will also become a better friend. You will have more time to devote to nurturing meaningful relationships, plus you will probably become more reliable and honest. As you get to know yourself in recovery you will know what kind of things interest you and will find friends who enjoy the same. Sober friendships are likely to be the most nurturing and fulfilling relationships you have ever had.

Living sober will leave you with extra money that you otherwise spent on fuelling your alcohol or drug addiction. It is an automatic savings plan. With more money you can pay off debts, save for larger purchases, and invest in new hobbies. Instead of emptying your bank account regularly and having nothing to show for it you can now spend your money gaining meaningful experiences with people who truly love and care for you.

Constantly feeling tired from subpar sleep quality is a thing of the past. While at first sleep might be difficult as your body adjusts, once you are sober you will find that your sleep is of a higher quality and you get more of it. Plus, your body will not have to work so hard repairing the damage of drug and alcohol abuse, which frees up its available energy resources. Who does not wish they had more energy in a day? Sobriety will give it to you.

Feeling good about yourself is one of the best gifts sobriety will give you. First of all you can free yourself from the shame and guilt tied to your addictive behaviour. Each day you can be proud of yourself for making it another day in recovery. While increasing your self-esteem will still take some work and does not just magically happen once you enter recovery, living sober will contribute to healthy self-esteem in the long term.

Not convinced yet that life is better when you have got more energy, more time and a clear mind?Living your best life and new beginnings can be scary but the sweet splendor can be beautiful! The good and bad as we know clean or sober life happens…The Palms Recovery has all the tools for after-care and sober life


There are many misconceptions about why you are using drugs. Some of these misconceptions can actually keep you from seeking treatment. Knowing how to approach your faulty thinking can help you move forward and get the help you need.

 You can’t stop any time you want:

Sometimes willpower is not enough to break away from addiction. What people may not realize is that the longer you use drugs, the more your brain changes. These chemical changes in your brain can lead to your strong cravings for drugs. So you can’t simply say “I’m not going to do drugs anymore” and that’s it. Even if you do have a strong desire to kick the habit, your brain is going to fight you on it because it now relies on drugs to work. Let’s face it a big reason you can’t stop is the pain and fear of withdrawal. Our detox treatment is easy and comfortable. You can start today!

You can do something about your addiction:

Addiction is a disease of the brain, but this doesn’t mean you can’t do anything about it. Just like any other disease, there are interventions to help treat addiction. Going to detox and then drug and alcohol rehab is the way to treat the disease of addiction. The Palms Recovery specializes in chemical dependency treatment. We help you learn how to put this disease in remission. There are ways to fight the disease and help you live a healthy life in recovery. We can show you how.

Rehab works, no matter your level of addiction: 

A lot of people don’t seek drug treatment until something catastrophic has happened or when their lives are falling apart. But the truth is that you can start recovery at any point in your addiction. You don’t have to wait for something terrible to happen to decide to kick the habit.

The fact is that the longer you abuse drugs, the stronger the addiction becomes and the harder it will be for you to treat it.

Everyone is different and will go about seeking treatment at different times, but the longer you wait, the harder it will be.

Rehab works, regardless of your motivation:

It’s great if you want to go to rehab, but there are times when people don’t have a choice. Rehab is sometimes court-ordered or your family and friends intervene or your job may force you to go. This doesn’t mean that rehab won’t work for you. If you are forced to go to drug rehab, you may start seeing clearly after the drugs are out of your system. Even if you are resistant, the things you learn in rehab may start breaking down the walls you built around yourself.

Rehab works just take that leap of faith:

Recovery is something you will always have to work on. So even if you relapsed after getting treatment for drug addiction, it doesn’t mean that the treatment failed or that you are a failure. When relapse occurs, it may mean that you got off track. Going back to rehab can help you get back on track. Going to a different rehab that has a different treatment program and approach can help you stay sober. Addiction is a complicated disease and getting sober is hard work. If you can get past these misconceptions and attitudes, you can be successful. The Palms Recovery can help you overcome the barrier of addiction. With the help of knowledgeable and caring staff, you will learn and apply skills that can help you live a drug-free life. It takes one call to start the road toward recovery. Contact us 24/7 to speak to an addiction professional.


Review The Average Length of Stay in Drug Rehab

At some point in the 1980s, the length of addiction treatment programs was set at 30 days. Initially, the template was created as a human resources tool by the U.S. Air Force, stipulating that its men and women would not be reassigned as long as they were absent from duty only 30 days.  Over time, this 30-day treatment period became the industry norm, with health insurance providers then cemented this time frame for benefits into the policies.

Research in recent years has shown that it is erroneous to presume that addicts can recover in a 30-day program.  Multiple studies at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) have shown a wide variance of relapse rates comparing addiction treatment programs based on the length of addiction treatment, including 30-days versus a 90-days.  Without exception, relapse rates for those who completed a 90-day program were on average half the rate of those who only completed a 30-day program.

Why the Length of Addiction Treatment Matters

For too long drug and alcohol rehab programs have held to a cookie-cutter template, based on faulty assumptions.  A 30-day stay at an inpatient treatment program is fine for someone who is fairly new in his or her addiction, as that time frame will allow for detoxification and counseling, along with a structured program such as a 12-step. For these addicts, 30 days may provide enough of a break in the substance use to get them on a corrected life course.

However, for those who are deeply addicted—chemically dependent—a longer treatment duration will increase the odds of successful long-term recovery.  This is due to many factors including:

  • Brain pathways have been altered. Drug or alcohol dependency develops as tolerance increases and the user needs higher doses more often. The brain releases chemicals in response to the substance, and eventually, the neural pathways become altered so the body craves the drug.  The cycle of craving and using becomes an entrenched habit, which is not undone in a 30-day period.
  • Treating root causes of addiction. Becoming a drug addict doesn’t just happen in a vacuum. Indeed there are genetic components and even personality traits that may make someone predisposed to addiction. However, at the root of addiction may lay a deep trauma or psychological wound that may have jump-started the need to self-medicate with drugs or alcohol. These unresolved issues take time to discover and treat with psychotherapy.
  • Learning how to live daily life without substances. Unlearning bad habits and replacing them with healthy new habits and choices takes time.  Living a lifestyle of sobriety isn’t something many can just quickly adapt to. The luxury of time in a residential program, with at least a 90-day average length of addiction treatment, allows the newly sober individual time to genuinely adapt to these new lifestyle changes.
  • Treating a dual diagnosis. It is very common to find that someone with a substance use disorder is also suffering from a mental health condition, such as depression, bipolar disorder, or anxiety.  A longer period in a residential treatment program will allow time to treat the co-occurring condition, increasing the odds of a successful recovery.

The Palms Recovery Believes the amount of time spent in any treatment center should be on a case by case basis! 

The team at The Palms Recovery believes that each individual has a unique story, and the length of addiction treatment should be determined on those specific conditions and needs. The Palms Recovery is a leading treatment network provider for detox, addiction, and dual diagnosis. Our specialists will assist you with a free confidential assessment, insurance verification, and placement assistance, making sure you are coupled with the right treatment program length, be it 30, 60, or 90 or more days.  For more information, please call us today at (561) 303-0330 Medicaid Accepted!

Happy New Year and Season’s Greetings from The Palms family to you and yours!  

This is especially the case if you’ve become sober this past year, or you’re currently working on getting sober. The start of 2020 is the perfect opportunity to create goals for yourself that will help you stay successful on your path to sobriety. View some of the best sober New Year’s resolutions for 2020 that you can hold yourself accountable to.

If you need a safe space to stay sober, our sober living environment at The Palms Recovery Center may be right for you. Contact us and learn how we can help.

We’re very thankful for our amazing community of successful clients in recovery committed to sober living. We’d like to wish you and your family much health and success in 2020. We hope 2020 has a lot of opportunities in store for you. We hope that 2020 can be another year that changes your life for the better. If drugs and alcohol have been controlling your life, this is your chance to break free. Start making positive, healthy steps towards the life you’ve been missing out on.

  • Get Healthy in 2020
  • Get Your Life on Track in 2020
  • Get Your Family Life Back in 2020
  • Get Better – You know that you’re better off sober! Let us Help!

How to Set SMART Goals

First and foremost, it helps to know how to create smart, achievable goals. The goals you set need to follow the SMART acronym, meaning they should be:

  • Specific. Don’t define your goal too broadly. Make sure it’s something very particular on which you can focus.
  • Measurable. Choose a goal that is measurable so that you can see the progress you’ve made. This also helps you easily tell when you’ve achieved or are achieving that goal.
  • Action-related. Smart goals require a concrete, definitive behavior change or action.
  • Realistic. You know your abilities and limits. Find a goal that will be a challenge, but one that you know you can reach.
  • Timely. Choose a goal that has particular significance in relation to where you’re at in life currently.

Sober New Year’s Resolutions

Now that you have the tools and knowledge to set SMART goals for 2020, here are a few ideas to help get you started on your sober New Year’s Resolutions. Write the ones that stick out to you down, then place them in an area where you’ll see them and be continually reminded of them:

Ask for help when needed. Make it your mission to truly ask for help when you’re struggling in 2020. Don’t wait until you’re on the verge of relapse to do so. Know your triggers and be confident in reaching out.

Exercise daily. Your health will benefit immensely from sobriety as well as exercise. You’ll begin to enjoy more energy and better overall health when you prioritize growing in strength and endurance every day.

New Hobby. Fill your time with things you’ve always wanted to do and learn. Find a new hobby and spend time working on it, learning it, and enjoying it every week. You may even meet new people to call friends at the same time (see below!).

Make new Friends who Support Sobriety. Aim to meet new people who aren’t simply around you because of alcohol and drug use. You may find these people when you are exposed to new hobbies or family events. Finding supportive friends will help you stay focused and confident in your sobriety.

Why a Sober New Year’s Resolution Can Work

Because getting clean and sober is the result of a Higher Power working in our lives, and relieving us of that burden on His time, that means that it could be any day if we are truly ready. Case in point, our own Thurman Hines has New Year’s Day as his sobriety birthday so it is entirely possible that our Higher Power may make the call for us on New Year’s.

As they say: “Don’t leave before the miracle happens!”

However, there are 364 (or 365) other days that it could happen on—if it happens. It is a hard reality to accept, but there are many who unfortunately don’t get clean and sober ever—let alone due to a sober New Year’s Resolution.

If it was a matter of just putting the drink or drugs down, there’d be much higher rates of success, but clearly, that isn’t the case.

2020 is Your Year!

If you’ve been working hard to get sober this year or you’re working on it right now, 2020 is definitely your year to shine. Employ a few of these sober New Year’s resolutions for 2020, and watch your life change for the better! And remember, if you ever need help staying clean and sober, a sober living environment can be of assistance. The Palms Recovery Contact Us Today!