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For many people working toward overcoming drug addiction, achieving long term, or even temporary success seems impossible. Maybe you’ve been told it just takes willpower and a lot of discipline to overcome addiction. But we know this simply isn’t true.

Addiction affects the brain in a variety of ways, including a compulsion to consume a drug or alcohol that is seemingly impossible to resist. But there is hope. With the right treatment and support in place, overcoming drug addiction is a possibility.

We often meet with patients who say the biggest roadblock in dealing with their addiction is either a willingness to seek treatment, a denial of their addiction, or both.

At Addiction Alternatives, we utilize alternative routes to sobriety, including outpatient programs, one-on-one counseling, rehab, and family sessions. Our goal is to offer every patient who comes our way a compassionate and supportive approach to overcoming drug addiction.

Whether you’re seeking treatment for benzo, morphine, opiates, oxycodone, or suboxone addiction, we tailor a program to you to increase your odds of long term success.

While the details and methods we use for your treatment program may vary, they generally entail following certain steps we’re going to share with you today.

4 Steps to Overcoming Drug Addiction

  1. Committing to making a change
  2. Getting the right help
  3. Finding a support group
  4. Maintaining a positive and realistic attitude


Part of committing to making a change involves the realization that you need help in the first place. For many people with substance abuse disorders, this is one of the hardest – yet most impactful – steps you’ll take in the recovery process.

Why IS it so hard to seek addiction treatment? We discuss this topic in depth in this blog post.

In addition to admitting and accepting that you need help, this also entails the realization that many things about your life need to change. This could include how you handle stress, who you spend your time with, and where you spend your time.

Once you’ve reached this point and you’re ready for the next critical step, you’re on your way to regaining control of your life.

Finding help

Medical supervision during substance abuse treatment can help ensure not only the efficacy of your detox and recovery, but your safety during the process as well. Medically supervised detox can help make sure you’re as comfortable as possible during the withdrawal process, in addition to it being done safely so you do not cause further damage to your health.

One of the advantages of getting professional help with overcoming drug addiction is the potential opportunity to utilize medication-assisted treatment (MAT) if necessary. This involves the use of medications (as well as counseling and cognitive behavioral therapy) as an effective treatment of opioid use disorders (OUD). In many cases, this “whole-patient” approach results in more successful treatment of substance abuse disorders, as well as a more positive long-term outcome.

To learn more about medication and counseling treatment, please visit this post for more information.

The right type of therapy and addiction recovery services and help isn’t the same for every patient. But when you choose to go through this process with a physician and their staff, you’ll have the benefit of their years of experience and knowledge in the most effective treatment options.


There is plenty of strong evidence to suggest that group therapies and peer support during addiction recovery can contribute to success. While speaking with your friends and family about what you’re experiencing can also be a useful tool, finding a specific support group for your needs is an important part of recovery.

If you are helping a loved one through treatment and withdrawal, we’ve covered six ways to offer your support here. Finding the right support group might take a few tries. If you’re in residential treatment, group therapies are almost always part of the programs so this could be your first experience with group work. In many treatment programs, family therapy is used as well. Before you leave residential treatment, you should discuss how and where you can find support outside of the treatment program.

If you’re completing outpatient treatment, support is still a critical component of the process. To find support, search for groups near you. For example, a quick search for “drug addiction support groups in Florida” will bring up plenty of results.

Finding the right support group

We mentioned that finding the right support group for drug or alcohol addiction might take a few tries.

However, there are certain things to look for in a support group before joining that can help you ensure it’s a good fit.

  • Are they open to new members?
  • When and where does the group meet?
  • What is the criteria to join?
  • How often do they meet?
  • How many people attend the support group?
  • Is anything done to protect the confidential information group members share?
  • Is the program faith-based or secular?
  • What topics are covered?

After the meeting, there are more questions to ask yourself to decide if it’s the right group for you to return to:

  • Did I feel supported and welcomed to the group?
  • Was I/my privacy respected during the meeting?
  • Did I find the group beneficial and leave feeling better than I came?
  • Did I get useful and helpful information?
  • Could I relate to fellow group members in some ways?

Addiction Treatment in Florida

If you’re seeking addiction treatment in Florida, we encourage you to explore the services we offer here at Addiction Alternatives. Our professional medical personnel with particular experience in addiction issues including Dr. Charles Buscema is committed to giving every patient the tools they need to commit to a long-term recovery — including each of the steps we’ve just listed.

We offer specific services depending on the substance you’re overcoming an addiction to.

Our morphine treatment programs, like our other services, are built to work around your lifestyle, as we understand not everyone can commit to residential treatment. We offer Florida morphine withdrawal, and to keep our services as cost-effective as possible, we operate on an outpatient basis. Our team will provide patients with a full detox service for as long as required and we ensure patients are regularly monitored and offered additional support if required.

Similarly, for patients seeking suboxone addiction treatment in Florida, we help keep costs down by offering effective outpatient services focused on both the mental and physical aspects of addiction. Our suboxone addiction treatment is also focused on ensuring that patients receive the counseling and behavioral support they need to achieve lasting change.

No matter what kind of service you seek with Addiction Alternatives, we care about our patients and do our best to give them a treatment regimen that makes a long term positive impact. Although we’re more cost-effective than residential treatment programs, we pride ourselves on offering the same high standard of care and attention you require for success.

If you, or someone you care about, are suffering from a drug or alcohol addiction, we’re here for you all the way. Call us at (772) 618-0505 to find out more or book an appointment.