Vaccine for Heroin Addiction

Heroin addiction is at an all time high in the united states and the numbers are staggering. I the last two years, heroin deaths have doubled. In addition…

  • In 2007, 93% of the world’s opium supply came from Afghanistan. (Opium is the raw material for heroin supply.) Its total export value was about $4 billion, of which almost three quarters went to traffickers. About a quarter went to Afghan opium farmers
  • Opiates, mainly heroin, were involved in four of every five drug-related deaths in Europe, according to a 2008 report from the European Monitoring Centre on Drugs and Drug Addiction.
  • Opiates, mainly heroin, account for 18% of the admissions for drug and alcohol treatment in the US.

One of the latest crazes in the treatment field right now is studying vaccines for drug addiction. This sounds like a crazy concept, but there has actually been a lot of promising results, specifically for heroin addiction.

Imagine this: You’re given a vaccine early in life that prevents the euphoria produced by heroin and other drugs in the body. The time comes that the said individual wants to try heroin for the first time, however when it is ingested, nothing happens.

That’s what scientists are working on and it’s causing a lot of controversy. The opposition claims that addiction is more complicated than what the vaccine can treat, and that we shouldn’t be investing our time and money into solutions that don’t treat the cause of addiction.

Unfortunately there is no complete cure all for heroin addiction just yet. There needs to be more research involved before such a treatment can be brought to the market. For now, a combination of medical detoxification, group therapy, and individual sessions with a profession are your best bet to treat addiction.

Call us today for an assessment: (561) 575 2020


In-Network IOP and Drug Rehabilitation

Looking for an in-network IOP in South Florida? Transformations Recovery located in Jupiter, FL has your back. We provide the highest level of patient care and in most cases, there is no out of pocket expense for our services due to being in-network with most insurance providers. We pride ourselves on going above and beyond with our clients and we all have a deep passion for the work that we do in the community to help people in recovery.

One of the main barriers to receiving addiction treatment is the high cost of care. One of the benefits of an IOP,  is a lower cost of care than residential or day treatment programs. Another advantage is that it provides more flexibility for those in school or individuals with jobs as it typically meets just 3 or 5 times a week. IOP is a wonderful treatment option for those who may not require a high level of care, or who have time constraints due to work or family obligations. IOP may also be part of a step-down treatment modality and can help the client have a more successful transition from inpatient treatment to life back in the “real world.”

Come in today for an assessment and start an everlasting journey into recovery. One of our qualified professionals can help you understand your problems and provide you with a sensible treatment plan. Call today: (561) 575-2020

Best IOP in Jupiter, FL

Transformation’s Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is designed to provide structured treatment for individuals 18 and older who are struggling with the emotional weight of drug and alcohol addiction. The program can reduce relapse rate for those just beginning their road to healing – or offers support for the transition home after detoxification. Our goal is to help each patient regain control of their lives, improve functioning and begin the healing process.

Intensive outpatient programs are ideal for anyone who needs a more hands-on and long-term approach to treatment. Often, 7-day detox programs simply do not provide patients with enough time to fully address all of the underlying issues of addiction and withdraw completely from their drug of choice. Studies show that long-term treatment increases the chance of success for individuals working toward sobriety.

The initial recovery period is the most difficult part of the process, and having a committed support group and medical supervision can help individuals stay sober. Intensive outpatient treatment provides structure and support while the individual slowly adjusts to daily life without the use of alcohol and drugs. Intensive outpatient treatment is also the best option for patients to learn new coping tactics before returning to the “real world.”

Transformation’s Recovery is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care and can help you better understand the underlying issues presented in your addiction. We start with a no-obligation assessment to help better understand the issues you face, and we work hard to give you the care that you need. Each individual gets their own custom treatment plan and access to a counselor to help them battle their disease,

Common Myths Concerning Drug And Alcohol Recovery

Most people who have not suffered from drug or alcohol addiction have a difficult time understanding it. A lot of inaccurate, or just plain bad information tends to be passed around.

And, to make matters worse, there are some common generalized myths about drug and alcohol addiction that have become firmly entrenched in society. In this article we will take a look at some common myths with the object of dispelling them.

1. The person using the drugs is bad and makes a choice for that lifestyle.

The choice to initially experiment with the drugs is definitely within the user. But then certain factors assert themselves that are beyond the control of the drug addicted person, such as genetic factors. At some point in using drugs they “crossed the line” into addiction. At that point they have lost the ability to control their use of drugs, and the phenomenon of obsession and compulsion to use take over their entire life. They prioritize drug use above all else, even family and work. Ironically, it does not mean they do not love their family, they are mesmerized by the drug.

2. Stopping drug use means just saying no.

While ultimately the goal is to never use drugs, being in complete abstinence, is not as easy as simply saying no. In order to be successful, the person must be physically detoxed from the drug. They need to address triggers and situations which led them to use drugs to begin with. Next they need to find a new way of life, living skills, and communication skills to handle the ups and down of life without resorting to drug use. If drugs were providing relief to life situations, we need to work on skills to handle life situations. This takes time and education.

3. You can’t force people into treatment; it has to be their own choice.

Eventually the person has and must make the ultimate decision to become abstinent and stay sober, this is true. However, studies have shown that people entering treatment through interventions, the power of a court order, or other involuntary means have the same outcome rates as people who voluntarily entered treatment. Many people who are “forced” were backed into a corner to enter treatment come to the realization while they are there that their problem is significant. They may become agreeable about dealing with it. The fact is, treatment works.

4. Once a person completes treatment or rehab they are done.

Nothing could be further from the truth. The fact of the matter is that maintaining longtime abstinence and sobriety involves a lifelong process of maintaining awareness. A metaphor might be riding a bicycle uphill. As long as you apply force and effort you will continue to move forward uphill, but as soon as you stop peddling the pull of gravity is toward falling down or a slide toward the bottom. A drug addict’s natural pull is to use drugs. There must be a constant effort and awareness applied against that natural tendency.

Written by Bill Urell, MA, CAP, ICADC

Building A Sober Support System: 5 Golden Rules

Some rules of drug addiction and alcoholism recovery are gold standards. The following 5 golden rules of developing a social support system can be a guide to strengthening your recovery.

Golden Rules, the 5 best for building a social support network.

Golden Rule # 1, You cannot do it on your own. The key reason why you might like to do that is gathering a large and varied support network is crucial. Remember, every time you tried to quit and stay sober alone, it failed. Addiction is a disease of isolation; recovery is about connection with others.

Golden Rule # 2, Find and utilize people who are successfully in long term recovery. Follow those are actually doing it not just talking the talk. This might affect you down the road because without friends, isolation can take over. Isolation and boredom are breeding grounds for addiction. Be sure and remember that there are millions in recovery and you could be one of them if you do what they do.

Golden Rule # 3, Try out a few different support groups. 12 step meetings have been found to be very effective. Just about every treatment center recommends them as a foundation of social support. Why? They work. There are various reasons you should do this carefully. It is important because if the first meeting you go to doesn’t suit, you may give up on the entire idea of support groups instead of simply finding one more to your liking.

Golden Rule # 4, Make sure that the professional support people on your life such as counselors and doctors know the whole story. Addiction causes changes in our body and mind; do not keep addiction history from them.

Golden Rule # 5, Enlist the support of your family but realize they cannot be your only support. Addiction is a family disease and they may have their own issues to work on such as anger, enabling or codependency. You may accomplish this by opening communication with them and setting some limits and boundaries. You need to work on your issues. They need to work on theirs. They may help but cannot take them on and solve them. This may make a difference to you as it empowers your own recovery and is a method to keep you accountable.

Follow these golden rules to develop a large and varied social support network and you will probably find your life easier, your progress rapid as well as your successes more frequent. Addiction recovery can certainly be done with the aid and support of people around you. Alone, it is next to impossible.

What are cravings

Cravings are hard when you’re newly sober. The duration they last usually depends on the type of substances you were using and the period of time you were using them. The brain usually takes a little while for it’s chemistry to go back to normal. Drugs (including alcohol) act on the brain’s reward system, imitating chemicals that make us feel good. Different drugs stimulate different areas of the brain.

The feeling of being hung over occurs because the brain has stopped producing the neurotransmitters to compensate for the over-stimulation of the receptors. The body goes into withdrawal because the brain is not producing enough of the chemical in a natural way. The body will continue to experience discomfort until the body begins to produce to it’s own natural “feel good” chemicals, and the extra receptor sites created to handle the overflow of the chemicals begin to shut down on their own.

Given a period of time the brain will return to normal functioning and you will start to have more good days than bad days. If you remain clean the discomfort will disappear entirely. It is natural that you will want to feel better immediately, but there is no substitute for taking care of your body and allowing it to heal.

Transformations at Jupiter Counseling offers medical detox along with IOP Services to help your transition into sober living. Please feel free to contact us at 561-575-2020 to schedule an evaluation

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Women that drink alcohol when they are pregnant put their unborn child at a greater risk for the child developing fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS). It is a myth that only women who are heavy drinkers are at risk of having a child with fetal alcohol syndrome. The physiology of the woman’s body and how it interacts with the child plays a major role in FAS. The other factor is the quantity and period of time a woman drinks while pregenant.

Defects related to fetal alcohol syndrome can be broken down into physical and developmental disablities. Physical and developmental symptoms that include facial problems, heart problems and delayed physical and mental growth and development. Facial abnormalities usually manifest themselves in the size of the head and smaller or narrower eyes. Also children can be born with a smaller than normal jaw.

There are two major heart problems: artial septal defect (ASD), which is a hole in the heart and ventricular septal defect (VSD), which are holes in the walls that separate the right and left ventricles. Mental developmental issues include impaired social skills and speech patterns.

All of these problems are real and  potentially very dangerous to the developing child. Children that are born with these defects will carry them through to adulthood and can be a source additional strain on the family. It is the responsiblity of the mother to not drink while she is pregenant. If you believe you have problems with drugs and alcohol please feel free to contact us at 561-575-2020


Addiction and The Brain

Every year thousands of a Americans die because of drug and alcohol abuse. Most  drugs work on the pleasure centers of the brain, causing a release neurotransmitters including dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine. Large amounts of these chemicals create a state of euphoria for a period of time. When people use drugs for an extended period of time the brain losses it’s ability to control and regulate levels of these chemicals. The brain will begin to stop producing chemicals like dopamine on it’s own because of the large amounts produced from continual drug use. the direct result is that the addict no longer experiences any pleasure without using the drug. The brain will begin to rewire itself when exposed to drugs and alcohol for extended periods of time.

Under the direction of a professional drug addiction can be managed like any other illness.  Addiction affects many areas of a person’s life and can create havoc in personal and professional relationships, A holistic approach is usually the most successful because it integrates various services such as counseling, vocational services, medication and legal support if necessary.

Transformations Recovery is here to help if you are suffering from drug and alcohol addiction in Palm Beach and Martin Counties. The sooner you seek help the greater your chances are for long-term recovery.

Prescription Drug Abuse

Prescription drug abuse occurs when medications are taken in a way other than what has been written by the doctor. This includes taking other people’s medications, taking more than is prescribed and using the medication to get high. opiates, central nervous system depressants, and stimulants are the most commonly abused prescription drugs.

People take other people’s medications for their intended purposes. Others take prescription medications to get high, often at larger doses than prescribed, or by a different route of administration, such as by breaking or crushing a pill or capsule and then snorting the ingredients.

Over the Counter (OTC) medications are also often abused. dextromethorphan (DXM) is an opiate derivative and  the active in cough suppressant found in cough and cold medications. Abuse of DXM can cause problems with motor function, nausea and vomiting. Pseudoephedrine the active ingredient in Sudafed is also widely abused and is used in making forms of methamphetamine.

There are a variety of consequences to abusing medications. Stimulant abuse can cause paranoia, irregular heartbeat and changes in core body temperature. Abuse of opiates can cause drowsiness, nausea, breathing problems and constipation. Depressants can cause slurred speech, shallow breathing, fatigue and disorientation.

If you or someone you love needs help with a drug or alcohol problem please feel free to contact us at 561-575-2020



Substance Abuse Education Courses

Transformations Recovery at Jupiter Counseling and Downtown Stuart are now offering an 8-hour Substance Abuse Education Course to help meet the needs of our community. Our certified counselors will also be offering a Domestic Violence Course. We will be providing these courses during the weekend to help meet the needs of the community. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions regarding any of our services.