According to the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association (FADAA), synthetic cannabinoid use is on the rise not only in Miami Beach, but across the state of Florida. As of April 2018, there were 126 cases of life-threatening, synthetic-cannabinoid-related bleeding across the state—including 3 deaths.1
Unfortunately, synthetic cannabinoids like Spice and K2 are not the only threats to residents of Miami Beach and all of Florida. Alcohol abuse and binge drinking remain a problem across the state. According to a 2015 survey, about 1 million residents aged 12 or older were dependent on alcohol or struggled with alcohol abuse within the previous year.2
If you are not currently in crisis, it can be effective to make a plan before you begin treatment. Making a plan could take only a few hours, but leave you feeling ready to enter into a new phase of your life. To begin, you can evaluate your current obligations, including family, childcare, pets, work, and bills. You can ask family or friends to help with childcare or watching pets while you attend treatment. Most inpatient programs run 30 days, so you can let your friends know to expect you back in a month. If they have seen the devastating results of your addiction, chances are they are going to be more than happy to help you with whatever you need while in recovery.
If you have car, phone, electricity, or rent bills that need to be paid while you are gone, you can set up automatic payments ahead of time. That way, you won’t be worried when you remember a telephone bill during a group meeting. Planning ahead can help relieve much unneeded stress so that you can focus solely on your sobriety.
Telling your employer about why you are taking time off is completely your decision. According to the Family and Medical Leave Act, you can take up to 12 weeks of medical leave to seek addiction treatment. However, this leave is unpaid, unless your employer provides paid leave.
- Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association. (2018). Novel Psychoactive Substance-Related Health Difficulties Emerging in 2018.
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Behavioral Health Barometer: Florida, 2015. HHS Publication No. SMA–16–Baro–2015–FL. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2015.