Futures publishes content to provide perspectives on issues related to addiction and mental health. Topics generally include commentary on addiction research and studies, explanation of psychotherapies and treatment approaches, useful information for people in recovery and their loved ones, and other content of interest to people interested in maintaining good mental and physical health.
Drug & Alcohol Abuse
Regardless of the reason for using the substance in the first place, substance use can rapidly progress into abuse when an individual starts to experience negative consequences.
Mindfulness-Based Addiction Treatment
Research indicates that mindfulness can be an important part of an addiction treatment program. Learn how mindfulness works in this and other mental health disorders.
Is Alcohol a Drug?
While alcohol is generally used for recreational purposes, the excessive use of this substance has been identified as a major risk factor for chronic health conditions.
Drug And Alcohol Rehab: Is it Time for Help?
Drug and alcohol rehab centers can help the family and person with the disorder to recover and go on to live happy, purposeful, and peaceful lives.
Outpatient Alcohol Rehab
Outpatient rehab for alcohol use disorders is a form of addiction rehabilitation in which an individual receives regular treatment at an outpatient setting for several hours each week.
Alcohol influences people in various ways, while not everyone who has a glass of wine occasionally ends up abusing it. Some, however, lose all sense of control when it comes to drinking.
What is Binge Drinking?
From frat parties and sorority mixers to finally becoming ‘of age’ and frequenting bars, binge drinking has become widely accepted as the ‘norm’ for certain stages in life.
Alcohol Withdrawal Timeline
Alcohol use disorder is a medical condition that is characterized by the inability to control or stop drinking despite occupational, social, and health consequences.
New Year, New You: Is it Time to Get Sober?
‘Dry January’ has gained popularity over the last few years. For many, this is the start of a life without alcohol that is better than they ever imagined.
Luxury Alcohol Treatment Centers: Are They Right for You?
If you are looking for comfort, peace of mind, privacy, and the best evidence-based treatments for alcohol addiction a luxury alcohol treatment facility may be what you need.
Mental-Health Related ER Visits Escalate for Young People During COVID-19
Futures’ explores why mental health problems are increasing among younger populations.
Apps For Addiction (Which Ones Are the Best?)
Millions of Americans are in recovery from alcohol or drug addiction. Today, there are apps to help support those in recovery and those supporting individuals in recovery.
How Do I Quit Drinking Alcohol
Quitting alcohol on your own is never easy, no matter how determined you are in life. Having a good support system is key to maintaining recovery.
What Are Alternatives to Methadone? Exploring the Options
Today there are more options for medication-assisted treatment of opioid addiction than methadone alone. Find out about the most recent medications to assist in recovery.
Alcohol detox is a serious and complicated process that requires the support and guidance of physicians or addiction specialists.
How to Ease Anxiety Without Self-Medicating
The temptation to self-medicate for those who experience anxiety can be tempting, but there are ways to ease symptoms in healthy ways.
The Influence of Diet in Alcohol Withdrawal Recovery
Implementing a balanced diet into your detox treatment can significantly help your withdrawal and recovery process.
What Are Personality Disorders?
Personality disorders are underdiagnosed and often found with other mental health issues such as depression and mood disorders.
Recognizing Early Signs of Alcoholism
Learning to recognize the signs of alcohol withdrawal can help address the problem of alcoholism and minimize the risk of severe complications.
Understanding What a Mental Breakdown Is (and How to Get Help)
Excessive stress can lead to a host of mental health issues including a mental breakdown. Learn the signs of a breakdown and how to get help.
Identifying and Treating Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms
Symptoms of withdrawals typically begin around 6 hours following your last drink and peak around 24 to 72 hours later, and gradually reduce in intensity after a week.
Dealing with Depression and Job Loss Amidst COVID-19
Depression and job loss can often go hand-in-hand, especially now with a pandemic in the mix. Getting the help and support you need is important.
Understanding Alcohol Withdrawal
This condition may cause you to experience some very uncomfortable physical and psychological effects when you stop drinking or when you cut back on it abruptly.
Is Relapse Really Part Of Recovery?
Relapse may be common, but it doesn’t have to be part of the SUD recovery process. Learn valuable information and preventative relapse strategies.
Practicing Acceptance in Recovery (How to Stay Sober)
Acceptance is the key to staying sober and finding peace of mind. Three types of acceptance can help bring serenity.
Drug And Alcohol Treatment Centers: What You Need to Know
Finding the right alcohol and drug rehab is crucial when it comes to putting down the drug or alcohol and beginning the road to recovery.
My First Year Sober (What it Was Like and What I Learned)
Sobriety - what a ride! It’s been one year since I first put down my substance of choice alcohol and began the sometimes challenging road of recovery.
What To Expect in an AA Meeting (Virtual And In-person)
Going to your first AA meeting can be scary. Find out what to expect at both in-person and virtual meetings.
Compassionate Substance Abuse Treatment
While many addiction treatment programs may offer similar programs, what sets many apart are the devoted, knowledgeable, caring staff.
The Blessing of Addiction and Recovery
Addiction is not normally thought of as a blessing but for anyone in recovery this is true. From the heart of a person in recovery...
Seasonal Affective Disorder and COVID: How to Cope
Seasonal affective disorder is projected to increase this year due to COVID. Find ways to cope through the winter months.
Celebrities and Mental Health Awareness: Break the Stigma
Celebrities are talking more about their own struggles with mental health and what they did to get help.
Luxury Rehab Facilities and Recovery
Recovering from AUD or SUD is hard. It’s important that you choose a luxury rehab facility that meets your standards for comfort and care.
Alcohol Addiction Rehab: Start Healing Today
It’s important to first take a look at what your specific recovery needs are as well as what type of environment you’d or your loved one would prefer to begin the journey of recovery.
Adventure Therapy 101
Adventure therapy offers rehabilitative and recovery tools and support for a wide variety of substance abuse and mental health disorders, with successful outcomes.
Mental Health During COVID-19
COVID-19 is negatively impacting the mental health of many. Young women seem to be the most impacted with higher rates of depression and anxiety.
Exploring Different Types of Bipolar Disorder
Futures’ explores different types of bipolar disorders, symptoms, and various treatments for best outcomes.
10 Different Twelve Step Programs
12 Step programs have been used since the 1930s to help support sobriety. Learn about the 12 step groups and how they help with different types of addiction.
How to Help Teens with Technology Addiction
Teenagers are spending more time using technology leading many to believe there is a technology addiction. Learn more about this new disorder plaguing teens.
Alcohol, Addiction, and The Brain: What You Should Know
Alcohol has both long and short-term impacts on the brain. Learn about long term impacts and how to stop them.
Getting and Staying Active in Recovery
From physical exercise and adventure therapy to volunteering and hiking there are no shortage of healthy was to get and stay active in recovery.
How to Help a Family Member in Recovery this Holiday Season
Learn how you can best help a family member in recovery this holiday season, while also keeping your boundaries in place.
Gratitude Helps Recovery, During the Holidays
Gratitude as both a feeling and an action is one of the most valuable tools for people in addiction recovery. Find out how it can help you during the holidays too.
My First Winter Holiday Season Sober
The winter holiday season can be tough for people with substance abuse disorders. Check out 10 tips on how to stay sober during the holidays this year.
How to Stay Sober During the Holidays
The winter holiday season can be tough for people with substance abuse disorders. Check out 10 tips on how to stay sober during the holidays this year.
Top Barriers to Mental Health Treatment
Find out how lack of awareness, social stigma, cost, and limited access are major barriers to mental health treatment in the U.S.
Inpatient Alcohol Rehab: Is it the Best Option?
Alcohol inpatient treatment or residential treatment is a type of program where the patient or patient stays at the treatment center for a specified duration of time.
Multiple Pathways of Recovery (Which is Best?)
Research demonstrates that when it comes to the “right” pathway of recovery, they all can be. It’s more about a personalized approach and multiple pathways.
Older Adults, Addiction, and other Mental Health Disorders
As the Baby Boomer generation enters retirement, their rate of addiction to alcohol and drugs grows. Learn the warning signs of addiction in the elderly and how to get help.
Understanding Types of Anxiety Disorders
Millions of people worldwide suffer with anxiety disorders and only a small percent get the treatment they need. Learn more about anxiety disorders and treatment options that work.
Mental Health and COVID-19: Where to Go for Help
We take a look at the mental health impacts of COVID-19, Trump's mental health order, and most importantly—where to go to get the help you or a loved one needs.
Working the 12 Steps on COVID-19
COVID-19 has continued to be a challenging time for many—emotionally, physically, spiritually. Find out how working the 12 Steps can help bring relief.
Understanding Major Depressive Disorders
Millions of people live with some type of depression. Understanding depression and what to do is the first step to symptom relief.
First Responders and Suicide: What to Know, How to Help
They help people and communities in times of disaster, but the trauma they experience puts first responders at risk for suicide. Learn the signs and symptoms to watch for.
Veterans' Mental Health Crisis in the U.S. is on the Rise
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and suicide contribute to the growing veterans’ mental health crisis in the U.S.
Understanding Two Commonly Used Therapies
Mental health disorders and addiction continue to rise. Evidence-based treatment programs that include CBT and DBT can help.
The LGBTQ+ Community Addiction, Treatment, and Recovery
The LGBTQ community addiction treatment programs can be a challenge to find. Futures Recovery Healthcare creates individualized recovery programs for patients focusing on their unique needs.
Families Need Our Help
I have been working with families in the context of treatment for over forty years. For those who have loved ones in need of treatment please keep reading.
Loving Someone With a Mental Health Disorder
Loving someone with a mental health disorder can be complex. Find out how you can best love and support them, while also caring for yourself.
Assessing the Risk of Mental Health Disorders
California’s first responders have been fighting fires, COVID, and community emergencies nonstop, how will they be affected by depression, PTSD when the dust settles?
Alcohol Rehab Centers: What To Look for in Treatment Programs
If you or someone you love is struggling with a dependence or addiction to alcohol finding alcohol rehab centers that can help is the first—and often most difficult—step.
Senior Citizens and Addiction What You Need to Know
Senior citizens and addiction issues are on the rise. Understand the unique challenges seniors face when diagnosing addiction and treating it.
Embracing Life in Recovery
Life in recovery from alcohol or drug addiction can be fun. Learn how to have fun being sober for long term sobriety.
Medical Marijuana and Recovery from Opioid Addiction
Medical marijuana for drug addiction recovery shows promise for many, however, research indicates contradictory results. Learn the facts about medical marijuana and recovery from addiction.
Addiction Recovery: Healing the Body, Mind, and Spirit
Addiction recovery that lasts involves more than just stopping the use of drugs. Healing the body, mind, and spirit are critical components for the best shot at long term recovery.
Seven Tips to Surviving A Breakup—And Staying Sober!
Getting through a breakup sober can be tough. Find five ways to get through it and come out better than ever.
COVID-19, Isolation, and Relapse
COVID-19 has isolated many causing a rise in anxiety, depression, and relapse in addiction. Relapse, although increasing during COVID-19, doesn’t have to happen.
First Responders, the Airline Industry, and Addiction
First responders’ addiction issues are unique and so are their treatment needs. Find out what to look for in an addiction treatment program for first responders.
The Road to Recovery and Luxury Accommodation Rehab
At Futures Recovery Healthcare you can heal and begin to recover from an alcohol or substance use disorder in comfort.
Addiction and Anxiety Disorders in Women
Women are two times more likely than men to be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. Many self-medicate with alcohol or drugs. Both anxiety and addiction are treatable.
The Benefits of Experiential Therapy
Discover how this unique therapy combines with traditional addiction treatment programs and benefits those in need.
Understanding the Science behind Addiction
Addiction is a chronic brain disease. Scientific research is helping to provide a better understanding of addiction, prevention, and effective treatment.
Loss, Grief, and Addiction
Dealing with loss and grief can be hard. Feelings of deep sadness and hopelessness plague days and nights. Some turn to drugs or alcohol to cope which can lead to addiction.
Trauma-Informed Care and Addiction Treatment: Bridging the Gap
Trauma impacts more than half of the U.S adult population and increases the risk of addiction. Find out about trauma-informed care and how it is a vital part of recovery from addiction.
How To Help Someone With Addiction
Are you looking for how to help someone with addiction? The first step is to take care of yourself then consider three ways you can help them get to rehab.
The High-functioning Addict and the Telltale Signs
The signs of a problem for the high-functioning addict can be different from the typical clues. Learn about these signs and where to seek help.
Futures: An Exceptional Addiction Treatment Center
Not every addiction treatment center is the same nor are their team members. Meet Kim Koslow and discover what makes Futures Recovery Healthcare so exceptional.
Alcohol Withdrawal Treatment
Addiction, to alcohol or another substance, is a chronic brain disease characterized by the inability to stop or cut down on one’s own despite the desire to do so.
Anna’s Story: You Can Get Help for Addiction Too
Taking the first step to get help for addiction is tough. Meet Anna and follow her journey from addiction to recovery at Futures Recovery Healthcare in Florida.
Futures Deepens Their Commitment to Alumni and Community
Futures Recovery Healthcare has expanded its support to alumni and the community with a committed Family and Friends Line.
How Addiction Impacts The Body & Recovery Programs that Heal
Anyone who uses a drug, illicit or legal, or alcohol for extended periods of time can end up with unexpected and serious health concerns.
Binge Drinking in Teens and Young Adults: What You Need to Know
There’s no doubt that there are problems associated with drinking in both the teen and college-aged populations. But how do you know what’s simply ‘partying’ and when there’s a problem?
Addiction Treatment: Find the Best Treatment for You
Addiction to alcohol or drugs is devastating. Not only does the individual with the substance or alcohol use disorder have a difficult and often painful life, so too do the loved ones of that person.
How to Have Fun in Sobriety: Addiction Recovery Resources
Long-lasting recovery needs long-term support. Addiction recovery resources are essential to learning to live a fun and happy life in sobriety.
First Responders: Facing Drug & Alcohol Addiction Issues
First responders face stressors those in the general population do not. This makes them more susceptible to mental health issues including addictions.
Women in Recovery: Understanding the Unique Challenges
Women in recovery face unique challenges and need specific treatment programs that address those issues.
Substance Abuse, Alcoholism, and Co-occurring Disorders
There are millions of Americans living with alcoholism and co-occurring disorders. Learn more about it and how to find the right treatment center.
COVID 19 Parenting: 10 Tips to Help You Stay Sober and Sane
Are you like the millions of other parents struggling to balance work, homeschooling kids, and staying sane during COVID 19? Get 10 tips to help you cope and feel better.
Anxiety in Recovery: How to Cope
Do you have anxiety and find yourself struggling to cope in healthy ways? Learn about the symptoms of anxiety and five healthy, effective ways to cope.
Mental Health, Exercise, and Addiction Recovery
Today there’s more research on what causes addiction and what helps a person to recover. Learn about what science is discovering about exercise and addiction recovery.
Common Challenges in Sobriety
For some early recovery is amazing, for others it is a daily struggle. But no matter what, life long recovery and happiness are within reach for all.
Spirituality and Long-term Recovery
Discover what spirituality, long-term recovery from an AUD or SUD, and lifelong happiness have in common.
Recovery Support Groups: Exploring the Options
Today there are a variety of addiction recovery support groups. Learn more and find the one that is right for you.
America’s Alcohol Crisis
America doesn’t just have an opioid epidemic, America has an addiction crisis. Nearly one million alcohol-related deaths were recorded between 1999-2017.
Is It Cool to be Getting Sober Today?
Every day it seems another athlete or celebrity is coming out as being sober. Learn about who’s sober and what it takes to live in recovery.
Spirituality and Addiction Recovery
Learn about spirituality and addiction recovery and what tools work for those in recovery. Luckily for anyone struggling today, much progress has been made from these early days of addiction treatment.
COVID-19: Get Addiction Treatment Now
As we are in the grips of the COVID-19 pandemic, many are taking advantage of this downtime and seeking treatment for their alcohol or substance use disorder.
Luxury Rehab Centers in Florida
There are many luxury rehabs across Florida that will provide the highest quality of service when it comes to substance abuse treatments. However, there are a few aspects you should consider when selecting them.
Coping With Alcohol Withdrawal
Getting clean from any substance isn’t easy. There are a variety of social, emotional, and cognitive factors that can contribute to the addiction in the first place, and more still that can weigh on a person after the habit stops.
Alcohol Use Disorder – Treatment
A doctor will usually take his/her time in diagnosing your alcohol problem. Once your addiction is confirmed, he/she will advise you on the necessary treatment options and refer you to the relevant professionals if it is out of their expertise.
COVID-19: How to Cope in Recovery
As COVID-19 takes our country by storm, it’s vital to know how to cope if you are someone you love is in recovery from alcohol or drugs. Find the resources you need here.
Mindfulness & Holidays
The world seen through clear and sober eyes looks very different and the holidays can look different too.
When addiction professionals ask patients what drug they are using, they frequently get more than one answer.
Parity Act Explained
Futures’ Utilization Director Kathy Piccirilli explains Parity Act and how it impact people’s mental health and substance use disorder insurance benefits.
The Signs of Alcohol Poisoning
Did you know that an individual can experience an alcohol-related “blackout” and be fully conscious? If someone ingests too much alcohol, he or she might pass out, which is often mistaken for falling suddenly asleep, but it is actually a life-threatening condition.
Is Sobriety Trending?
Futures’ Outreach and Community Liaison, Laura Kunz, describes sober curiosity and its benefits such as considering how alcohol affects their health, mood, and relationships.
A Servant's Heart
In this blog post, Futures Outreach Professional, Stephen Watts, reflects upon the importance of therapists developing a servant's heart and being fully present to form a strong and productive therapeutic alliance.
Clinical Outreach Professional John Egan shares his thoughts on a panel discussion at Moments of Change this year.
Alcohol Abuse Signs
Since alcohol is such a large part of our culture, it’s not always easy to identify when drinking has become a serious problem – one that requires treatment and abstinence.
Helping vs. Enabling
We see this scenario time and time again. Families think they’re helping a loved one with a substance use disorder when they’re actually making things worse.
Is Withdrawal Deadly?
The symptoms a person can experience during withdrawal vary depending on the substance being abused, and how much of and how often the substance is used.
Signs of an Alcoholic
The signs of heavy or regular drinking are obvious. Drinking large amounts of alcohol at parties, dinner, or after getting home from work may be the norm.
What It’s Like to Attend Your First Meeting
Meetings are the foundation of ongoing recovery. Even though meetings can be remarkably helpful, the experience is a new one for people who have been steeped in substance abuse.
DBT Decoded: DEAR MAN
DEAR MAN can be thought of as a group of tactics that help you get what you want, whether you’re negotiating a promotion at work or saying no to a persuasive salesperson.
Breakups in Recovery: 10 Ways to Avoid Relapse
At any point in recovery, a breakup can cause a host of uncomfortable feelings, from insecurity and grief to depression to anger and any one of these can trigger the urge to drink or use drugs.
Signs of a High Functioning Alcoholic
Unlike most stereotypes that relate alcoholics with failure in their professional, financial, social, and emotional lives, the high functioning alcoholic does not portray any signs of failure.
Interventions and Family Mediation
An intervention is any process by which one individual or group of individuals intervene in the progress of a given situation. They can take place in a variety of settings - not just living rooms.
Alcohol Withdrawal Timeline
Once an individual with an addiction to alcohol stops drinking, their body will need time to recalibrate to its natural levels of chemicals so they can function normally. Based on these factors, the decision to stop drinking can cause life-threatening health problems.
DBT Decoded: How to be Mindful
Many people struggling with a substance use disorder will find that their experience in treatment improves when they practice mindfulness.
Are You Self Medicating?
When the response to any difficult situation is to turn to drugs or alcohol, you may be self medicating. Unfortunately, self medicating can lead to substance abuse and, in time, addiction.
Creating An Addiction Recovery Plan After Rehab
After completing a treatment program, you may find yourself asking what to do next. A well thought-out plan can be the difference between starting a new, sober life and being set back by relapse.
DBT Decoded: Mindfulness “What Skills”
DBT Mindfulness Skills are broken into two categories – What Skills & How Skills. The What Skills - observe, describe, and participate - are acceptance-based.
5 Best Books on Addiction and Recovery
Books, movies, music, and various art forms can do wonders to inform what we know about addiction and recovery.
Exercise and Addiction Recovery: 7 Benefits
Individuals in recovery who engage in regular physical exercise can benefit from a reduction in stress, better sleep, increased energy, improved mood, and more.
DBT Decoded: The “Wise Mind” ACCEPTS
When using ACCEPTS, a DBT distress tolerance skillset, the immediate goal is to distract the mind just long enough to intervene in an emotional response to a stressful situation.
The Effects of Alcohol on the Central Nervous System
The central nervous system is made up of the brain and the spinal cord, both of which need to be in strong, working order for a person to function at his or her full capacity. Unfortunately, however, severe alcohol abuse can take its toll on the central nervous system.
DBT Decoded: Validation
Within the teaching of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), conscious validation is often called upon to help patients improve interpersonal effectiveness and mindfulness skills.
DBT Decoded: Willingness vs. Willfulness
When examining the DBT concept of Willingness versus Willfulness, we see how DBT once again presents us with a pair of opposite forces at play within the mind.
DBT Decoded: Build Mastery
Building mastery is about setting a goal and working toward mastering the skills needed to achieve it. The goal could be lofty, but the act of improving our skills is itself an empowering achievement.