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Most of my career has been spent working with abused children and trauma victims. It was just over two years ago that I originally joined the Detox of South Florida, Inc. team, so it’s safe to say I am relatively new to the arena of substance abuse and addictions. After working with individuals who struggle with addiction, I have come to realize just how closely these fields are related. So often those struggling with addiction have been victims of abuse or another form of trauma. I am so thankful for my experience and the foundation it formed for me to help those battling addiction. I am also thankful to be a part of the DSF team. My co-workers feel more like extended family members and we share a common goal as we strive to help each client break the vicious cycle of addition. From the physicians to the housekeepers there is a sense of genuine concern for the clients and their well-being. It’s not just a job, it’s a calling. Our team is called to care for others during a very difficult season in their life. Sometimes it’s simply a smile or an encouraging word that a client needs to help them press on through their detox process and our team is there to meet their needs. At DSF, lives are being changed as individuals find freedom from the bondage of addiction. I consider myself beyond blessed to be a part of this great team!

Darlene Mayers, LMFT

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A very important milestone in every physician’s career is the day that they have to take the Hippocratic Oath. The Oath is the earliest expression of medical ethics in the Western world, establishing several principles of medical ethics which remain of paramount significance today, and serves as a rite of passage that encourages one to practice medicine in its best form. As such, a physician should always be accessible to their patients, no matter what the circumstances are. Florida was recently hit by Hurricane Irma, which wreaked havoc on the entire state. Millions of Floridians were displaced to other surrounding states, in order to provide safety to their families. Many were without electricity for days on end. Many had to rough it out and stayed behind to assume their responsibilities. Our facility, Detox of South Florida, remained open throughout the whole ordeal of the hurricane, and continued to provide care for all of those who have entrusted their health care outcomes in our hands. As the hurricane passed, many were left picking up the pieces of their lives. Our staff was spread very thin, as many had to ensure their families were safe. The staff that did stay behind devoted many a sleepless night to ensure the facility remained fully functional. Everyone had to step in and aide in completing tasks that were not normally given to them. Two clients who truly needed assistance detoxing off of their substances of abuse were approximately 1.5 hours away from our facility. With the post hurricane staff shortages, it meant that I had to step into the breach to ensure that those patients received the help that they truly needed, which was fitting, given that I had taken the Hippocratic oath, stating that a physician will go above and beyond for their patient’s well-being. With that being said, I made the long trek down south, keeping in mind that there was an 8:00 pm curfew in place for many of the local counties, post Irma. The trek there was relatively uneventful, as the roadways were practically deserted. However, the issue arose when the patients were nowhere to be found upon arriving at the destination. Poor cellular network signals proved to be a hindrance in the whole process as well. However, 1.5 hours later, I was able to find the patients and make the long trek back to the facility. The patients were truly experiencing Post-Acute Withdrawal symptoms, and the ride back proved to be difficult for them. While ensuring that the patients were as comfortable as possible and safe, we were able to make it back to the facility just in time for the curfew. When the patients were better able to understand what had happened to them, they were truly grateful for the life-saving decision that they had made at that time, and felt it was a true “stepping-stone” on their path of recovery.

Dr. Tahir Bhinder

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One week ago, I got on a plane scared shitless about going to Florida to get myself clean. The whole plane ride here, I kept thinking I just want to go back home. I had no hope. When I arrived here at the Detox of South Florida, Inc I didn’t know what to expect. I kept thinking that what if I can’t talk to my wife or what if this doesn’t work for me. The first day here, I was welcomed by the staff and they made me feel at home. The simplest things in life make the biggest difference and thats what I’ve learned being here. There are too many people to thank whether it was a boost of confidence by a nurse or a small talk with a tech. I’ll remember the time I spent here for the rest of my life. So Thank you to everyone and know that you have changed my life. Now I have Hope…
Forever thankful!

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