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Florida JobsWe are opening a brand new office in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and we need someone to take on the position of Director of Admissions. If you live in the area and have experience in medical administration, behavioral health recovery, and managing an office please email us your resume at

Our new Fort Lauderdale office will help us expand the quality national work we have been doing from our current Brooklyn location. With medical professionals, experts, and facilities across the country we are uniquely equipped to help people coping with addictions, eating disorders, and other behavioral health conditions. This new office will allow us to be more hands on with the community in Florida and will expand our reach around the south!

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The Language of Addiction

Substance Abuse RecoveryThe language of talking about addiction is a vital part of how we as a society perceive those afflicted with addiction. Experts also agree that those words can make a huge impact in the success of substance abuse recovery. When families and friends invest in intervention services knowing how to talk about addiction is a vital part of the work these experts offer.

The key many experts suggest, is in whether you allow the addiction itself to define the person in question. While phrases like “junkie” are should remain well out of your vocabulary there are still more subtle things to consider. As opposed to calling someone a “heroin addict” for example, it is advised that supportive players would refer to the person as “dealing with addiction.”

In a society obsessed with labeling people it can be difficult to avoid this kind of negative language, but the results of people using supportive terms is often a more lasting recovery. Addiction treatment is a tough row to hoe for anyone. It becomes a whole lot easier when there is a solid foundation of supportive people making their best efforts to avoid using phrases that diminish the person fighting the good fight.

Addressing Opiate Addiction Head On

Opiate RehabA quick search for keywords like “opiates,” “painkillers,” and “pills” on Twitter will reveal an attitude around the drugs that is disturbingly cavalier. People, teenagers, people in their 20’s, and even a number of folks who should be mature adults are posting statuses making light of burgeoning and even fully formed opiate addictions.

The truth is, as the use of prescription painkillers and other opioids increases among groups of younger people the fallout caused by these addictions can be greatly misunderstood and dangerously underestimated. Opiate rehab is widely available but for too many addicts the very idea that they have developed a habit does not hit home until it is too late. For many addicts the pills themselves, or the prescriptions to get them, become prohibitively expensive. The next step is far too often heroin.

If you suspect a loved one is developing a dependence on prescription medication or heroin you should not hesitate to engage with them about it. If you see this kind of cavalier attitude around the drugs that too is worth calling out. In order to encourage addiction treatment we must make it clear that this is a problem. For those who need assistance reaching out to a loved one intervention services are available.

Erasing the Stigma of Addiction Treatment

Addiction RecoveryWe spend a lot of time discussing the stigma of addiction at Potential. Our customers delve deep inside of themselves and call on the reserves of support of friends and family to face a relentless demon.

Once they have made it to the other side of addiction it can be hard to shake the feeling of “otherness” that comes with recovery. Worse still people seem eager to write off the accomplishments of those in recovery tossing off dismissals that suggest addiction was a choice and rewarding recovery is misguided.

We at Potential, all of whom are deeply experienced in the world of addiction treatment, beg to differ. Recovery, even for the most beloved patients, can be a long and lonely process. Even as we praise those successfully navigating opiate rehab and other substance abuse issues there is a sense of loss and regret that is impossible to shake. Positive reinforcement goes a long way in helping to fortify and maintain a patient’s recovery. It also helps encourage others to get the help they desperately need.

Addiction is a disease that can strike anyone anywhere. Those who dismiss recovery and the addicts who struggle through it are making it harder for anyone who makes the brave choice to strive for personal improvement.

Potential Helps Honor Addiction Treatment

Addiction TreatmentPotential was a sponsor of an important event last week. The annual America Honors Recovery gala and awards ceremony is the world of substance abuse treatment’s annual celebration of those making a real impact in their communities. This year’s awards ceremony bestowed honors on doctors and treatment professionals making a real impact in local communities affected by substance abuse issues.

The ceremony, as always, comes with a bittersweet feeling that we and those who fund us could be doing more. With addictions to prescription pain medicine and heroin on the rise in communities nationwide it can feel as though the addiction treatment professionals are fighting a battle they are doomed to lose. Luckily among politicians attitudes are beginning to mature and change.

Last week the Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, signed a law that would expand access to addiction treatment for New Yorkers. It was in response to the increasing scourge that is opiate addiction throughout the state but especially in Staten Island, Buffalo, and a variety of smaller communities throughout the upper part of the state. In weeks prior states like Virginia and even the White House have held hearings and summits to discuss increasing need for access to opiate rehab.


As Awareness Spreads Resistance to Treatment and Opiate Rehab Remain

Intervention ServicesWith our special expertise of opiate addiction recent news has not been encouraging. While city and state lawmakers and law enforcement organizations are becoming more aware of the scourge of prescription drug addicts and those who have graduated in great numbers to heroin the methods for dealing with the issues on a broader scale are few. Increasingly open discussions among these professionals and the many local organizations that are dedicated to offering treatment options(many of whom are partners of Potential) could be helpful and might eventually net positive results the numbers are still scary. It was estimated recently that as few as ten percent of prescription drug addicts will seek treatment.

This suggests that more than ever the issue of opiate rehab has to be broached by family and friends concerned with addicts. To that end it is worth noting that intervention services can make a world of difference. Professionals who understand the issues associated with intense drug use can help families break through to at risk loved ones. The results can often lead to some hope in even the most intense and scary cases.

If you are considering getting help for yourself or someone you know do not hesitate to call us for our expertise.

Healthy Habits for Beach Season

Intervention ServicesThe summer is something many of us look forward to. After a long winter it is nice to thaw out, take in some sun, and increase the amount of time we spend outdoors. Still, it is not without its stress especially for anyone who has dealt with eating disorders and a general sense of stress around their body image. For many women especially the focus on having a “bikini body” can be the trigger that eventually leads them to seek out eating disorder treatment.

Leading into the summertime it is vital for everyone to stick together in trying to tamp down the ill conceived and unhealthy standards for what constitutes a great beach body. Instead we can focus on the positive things that come with the warm weather. Instead of resorting to unhealthy crash diets and other behaviors that can turn into eating disorders, focus on all of the great outdoor activities you can do. Instead of focusing on wearing the tightest or skimpiest swimsuits find swimwear that makes you feel comfortable. Above all support friends and family. Remind them that they are beautiful at any size.

For anyone having trouble getting into the summer spirit and especially for people spiraling into a world of anorexia or bulimia there is help. Please contact our specialists to find the right eating disorder treatment before these issues become dangerous and life threatening.

3 Causes for Relapse to Avoid After Addiction Treatment

Addiction TreatmentAddiction treatment is not a one size fits all kind of thing. Instead it is vital that each individual puts together the kind of coherent and all encompassing plan that allows him or her to grow in ways that allow them to cope beyond the initial rush of recovery. Finding the right treatment for any addiction required finding flexible and experienced professionals who can adjust treatment to the needs of each individual.

Understanding the pitfalls that lead to relapse are important so here we will discuss a few:

  • Complacency: When you become complacent about recovery you can lose the plot. Your initial efforts are important but fighting addiction is a decision addicts make each and every day of their lives. The work continues and you must remain vigilant.
  • Managing Expectations: Sobriety is a part of building a happy life but finding the personal impulses that lead you down the road of addiction is a separate process. Do not assume you will find perfection after wrestling your substance abuse demons.
  • Bargaining: Getting through, for example, opiate rehab is an accomplishment but trading one substance for another, say alcohol, is a false choice. Addiction and chemical dependency is not about making a deal.

Ready to make a change? Considering making a change? Contact us today, (888)519-1570.

Addiction Treatment and Finding the Light At the End of Your Tunnel

intervention for substance abuseThe grasp of addiction can be startlingly hard to break. Many of us have seen someone struggle with addiction with some emotional distance to their struggle missing their humanity, missing that it might someday be us. As the grasp of addiction takes hold you often do not see it until it is too late. We are too busy enjoying  the trappings of our addictions, of our illnesses, of the thing that takes us out of ourselves and out of the moment.

Getting back into the moment is a struggle and some of us need a little push, all of us need a helpful hand. Potential is the best first step to finding intervention services and the proper rehabilitation strategy no matter what your addiction is. Whether you are struggling with an opiate addiction or an eating disorder that has taken control of your life, we can help. Our experts have helped people find the light at the end of the tunnel after time in the darkness, no matter what the substance.

Through addiction treatment you can take control of your life. On this blog we plan to share inspiring stories, helpful tips on bettering yourself, and anything else that strikes us as helpful for coping with addiction.

“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.”
                                                                                                   -Hellen Keller