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Susan’s Story – From Devastation to Destination Hope

October 8, 2021

Smiling woman shares her recovery story including detox at Destination Hope in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

The road toward recovery can be a dark and lonely place, and sometimes you can feel overwhelmed with bad news. It is important, now more than ever, to maintain hope. Hope can be found through storytelling or finding common experiences through listening and conversation with other individuals who have gone through similar struggles. Our own alumni, Susan Battah, has been eager and gracious enough to share her story of how her treatment at Destination Hope completely changed her life forever.

**Disclaimer: graphic wording included**

“I walked into detox on July 11th, 2019. It was my birthday – probably the saddest day of my life, and the best day of my life. I had Tricare insurance; the only thing left of my broken marriage. I was hopeless and I was extremely ill. My body was covered in ringworms and my feet had rotted off. I stepped on glass barefooted and it got infected, so by the time I got there I couldn’t even walk. I was pouring out pus from my feet and from my face – the ring worms were just too spread out. Pus was everywhere – not the gory kind, but definitely very visible. I didn’t have clothes on. I had stolen some homeless man’s oversized shirt and sports and I had no shoes. That’s how I walked into Destination Hope.

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Alcohol Abuse: How Do I Know If I’ve Crossed the Line?

February 17, 2021

Alcohol abuse is not always clearly understood by many clients. Many assume only the most extreme habits of alcohol consumption are to be considered alcohol abuse. As such, heavy drinking and other unhealthy drinking habits like binge drinking are often cloaked as “social drinking”. Find out what alcohol abuse is and learn about how we, at Destination Hope, treat it.

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Staying Grounded (And Sober) During Times of Crisis

April 13, 2020

Times of crisis can easily lead to feeling out of control and it can even lead to difficulties in your recovery. Whatever that means for you being anxiety, depression or even craving, taking a few proactive measures can help you stay grounded and add some stability to see you through hard times.

Self Check-ins

Each day, or even more often if needed, pause for a few minutes to take stock of where you are emotionally.

Ask yourself two important and very simple questions:

  1. What am I feeling?
  2. What do I need?

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How Substance Abuse Increases the Risk of Infection, Even Coronavirus

April 6, 2020

While the coronavirus has yielded staggeringly high infection numbers around the world and even in the United States, the death rate has remained in single digits for most people and extremely low for healthy younger individuals. However, for the elderly and those with immunocompromising conditions, the risk of severe complications and even death is exponentially higher. While we are still early on in the epidemic, and we don’t know much, it is very clear that those with medical problems are at the most risk.

To that end, it is extremely important that substance abusers and their loved ones prioritize recovery and abstinence in the form of appropriate medical and therapeutic treatment as soon as possible. Research performed on substance abusers show a strong correlation with abuse and complications associated with flu and other infectious diseases. We expect this is no different with coronavirus. Ultimately, the problem rests in the fact that drugs of abuse and alcohol can suppress the immune system, making the body less able to fight off infection.

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Does Uber Reduce the Frequency of Drunk Driving?

March 25, 2016

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the cost of alcohol-related accidents in the U.S. exceeds $59 billion a year, but the cost to the loved ones of the 30 people who die from alcohol-related automobile accidents every day—amounting to one death every 51 minutes—can't be measured in dollars and cents. A recent study by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and Uber Technologies, Inc. touches on an unexpected benefit of ride-sharing services: these services appear to reduce the number of incidents of driving under the influence. What is a Ride-Sharing Service, Exactly? Uber and companies like it are on-demand transportation…

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How Does Alcohol Abuse Affect Brain Chemistry?

August 10, 2015

What Happens When We Drink? What happens when that mixed drink, beer or wine works its way to your brain? Alcohol is both a depressant and an indirect stimulant, which means this powerful substance has a major impact on brain chemistry. If you regularly drink alcohol, you may already be familiar with the immediate effect it has on the body. That glass of wine, cold beer or mixed drink impacts your thought processes, behavior and emotion. Feeling nervous before a big date? A drink can help you relax and feel more natural in your interactions. Too many drinks, however, and…

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10 Tips for Avoiding Alcohol Abuse on the 4th of July

July 3, 2014

Avoiding alcohol abuse becomes ever more challenging during holidays and other dates of greater significance around the year. Use these tips to have an enjoyable 4th of July and holiday weekend while remaining stable and secure in your sobriety. Alcohol Abuse Avoidance Tip 1: Get Connected with Your Strongest Supporters. Surround yourself with the strongest and closest members of your support system. They can help you enjoy the holiday as well as be there for you if you are experiencing an especially challenging time. Alcohol Abuse Avoidance Tip 2: Make it a Weekend of Celebrating Your Personal Independence. Celebrate your…

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Alcohol Addiction Facts for Father’s Day

June 13, 2014

Alcohol addiction facts prove that holidays can be particularly difficult periods of time for clients of alcohol abuse and addiction. Alcohol addiction can damage many families and thus Father’s Day can be a particularly difficult or upsetting day for clients. Recovery is not just a process for the client but for the entire family. Alcohol Addiction Facts: Holidays Can Be Difficult for Clients of Addiction Clients of addiction can find that family-focused holidays – including Father’s Day – can be especially challenging. Alcohol addiction can be very difficult on families and lead to plenty of problems within the family system,…

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Helping a Friend with Alcohol Addiction

May 26, 2014

Alcohol addiction does not have to continue forever. You can help your friend get the assistance he or she needs to join a program to work towards a healthier and more stable life of recovery. Helping a Friend with Alcohol Addiction If you believe your friend has an alcohol addiction, reach out and have a conversation. Mention the very specific ways in which they have behaved due to their alcohol abuse as well as the consequences you have seen them suffer as a result. You and your other friends or colleagues may have even be affected negatively by their alcohol…

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Deryck Whibley Seeks Treatment for Alcoholism

May 22, 2014

Alcoholism nearly took the life of Deryck Whibley, lead vocalist of the popular Canadian punk band, Sum 41. The celebrity has been very open and honest about his experience so fans can hear just how very dangerous alcohol abuse can be. Deryck Whibley Hospitalized Due to Alcoholism After what he describes to be years of heavy alcohol consumption on a daily basis, Deryck Whibley finally took the sip of alcohol that proverbially broke the camel’s back. He was home around midnight with his fiancée and prepared to watch a film. He poured himself another drink and suddenly didn’t feel well.…

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