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Group topics include, but are not limited to, substance abuse education, relapse prevention, life skills development, employability skills, relationship skills, recreation therapy, art therapy, music therapy, conflict resolution and communication skills.
Our highly skilled and experienced treatment team will ensure that each client served receives an individualized and customized master treatment plan and course of treatment. ARC’s Intensive Outpatient Program typically runs 6 weeks.
Welcome to Atlantic Recovery
Center of South Florida
We are an alcohol and drug addiction treatment center for recovering addicts and alcoholics in a personal & effective outpatient rehabilitation setting. We are staffed by some of the most experienced clinical, medical, and administrative professionals in the addiction recovery industry. Our aim is to ensure that every client who comes through our doors for treatment feels better when they leave. Here at Atlantic Recovery we know that when the brain is high jacked by alcohol, prescription medications and other harmful substances, the person using the substance(s) is not one’s self. Our promise to our clients is a safe and nurturing environment conducive to vulnerability, forgiveness and healing that ultimately allows for a transformation from the addicted self to the authentic self!
We believe that addiction is a primary medical disease not a moral deficiency. Most individuals and families we have had the privilege of treating typically ask us how or why this happened. While a genetic predisposition is the number one risk factor in contracting the disease, the environment that an individual grows up in plays an important role as well. The addict is not responsible for their addiction but they are responsible for their recovery and part of the recovery process is making amends for the transgressions resulting from their active addiction.
American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) defines addiction as a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry… Diabetes, hypertension and asthma are all chronic diseases… so is ADDICTION.
The number one risk factor leading to the onset of substance dependence is a genetic predisposition. However, studies show that the environmental factor plays an important role and exposure to a particular chemical will alter one’s brain chemistry resulting in increased tolerance, withdrawal and dependence.
Addiction and drug abuse change and damage the brain’s physiology and chemistry; yet, addiction is still stigmatized and not recognized as a chronic brain disease. We need to understand that once substance abuse has changed the brain and its chemistry, the addict is no longer in control. He needs the drugs just to feel in control, forget about getting high. Dopamine is the major neurotransmitter in reward circuitry. In the addicted mind, this is altered. An addict’s thoughts are not rational for healthy existence, so trying to rationally just “talk them out of it” is often defeating.
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