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  • Florida has been hit hard by the opioid epidemic, and many Florida residents struggle with substance use disorder. In 2018, more than 67 percent of Florida’s 4,968 drug overdose deaths involved opioids. From 2017 to 2019, opioids were involved in almost 80 percent of drug overdose deaths on average.

    Thankfully, there are many substance abuse treatment options in Florida and across the United States, including detox, residential care, outpatient treatment, sober-living homes, and more.

    How To Find & Choose Addiction Treatment In Florida

    Florida’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health (SAMH) Program is a part of the Florida Department of Children and Families. 

    SAMH is the state substance abuse authority. The Florida Department of Health works with the Department of Children and Families to prevent/reduce alcohol and drug addictiomn in Florida. 

    If you’re searching for substance use disorder treatment in Florida, you’re not alone. There are several options for finding treatment, such as:

    When you begin to research treatment facilities, it can be hard to decide what option is right for you. Consider these factors as you decide which rehab facility is a good fit for your treatment needs:

    • individualized treatment plans: the factors that lead to addiction are different from person to person, and it’s important that you choose a treatment facility that can meet your unique needs
    • evidence-based services: you’ll want to find a rehab facility that uses treatment approaches that are proven effective for addiction, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy
    • family involvement: if your family is a part of your support system, you may want to work with a drug and alcohol rehab centers that involves your family in your care plan
    • co-occurring disorders: if you have other mental health concerns in addition to substance use disorder (dual diagnosis), it’s important to find a treatment center that offers treatment for co-occurring disorders
    • continuum of care: many treatment facilities offer the option of sticking with the same therapist from the start until the end of your care, which can result in a higher level of comfort and trust with your therapist 

    When going through treatment for substance use disorder, it’s important to remember why you decided to get sober. Sometimes, it will be hard to stay the course. Keeping your goals in the forefront of your mind can help you stay strong during difficult times. 

    Florida Alcohol & Drug Treatment Programs

    Florida offers many options for people looking for addiction treatment, including medical detox, medication-assisted treatment, inpatient and outpatient therapy, and more. 

    It can be tough to decide what level of professional care makes the most sense for your needs. You may want to talk with a counselor to help you decide which level of addiction treatment is an appropriate starting point for you. 

    Medical Drug & Alcohol Detoxification

    Many people shy away from getting treatment for substance use disorder due to being afraid of the detoxification process. Going through detox at home can be dangerous, or even fatal. It’s important to go through detox with a dedicated medical treatment team. 

    Your detox care team will be able to work with you to make you as comfortable and safe as possible as drugs and alcohol leave your body. 

    Learn more about Florida Drug & Alcohol Detox

    Residential/Inpatient Drug Rehab

    For many people, checking into inpatient treatment can be a welcome break from the stresses, struggles, pressures, and triggers that come with day to day life. 

    During inpatient treatment, you’ll live at the treatment facility where you’ll have access to around-the-clock care. You’ll also get to form relationships with others who are at a similar stage in the treatment process. 

    Learn more about Florida Inpatient Drug Rehab Centers

    Outpatient Addiction Treatment

    Understandably, everyone can’t take time away from work and family responsibilities to attend inpatient treatment. Luckily, outpatient treatment can be just as effective. 

    During outpatient treatment, you’ll travel to and from the facility each day, allowing you to get the recovery help that you need while still taking care of things at work and home. Outpatient treatment includes partial hospitalization (PHPs) and intensive outpatient programs (IOPs).

    Learn more about Florida Outpatient Drug Rehab Centers

    Opioid & Alcohol Treatment Programs

    Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) combines behavioral therapy with medications like naltrexone, buprenorphine, methadone, and/or Suboxone to help you stay strong in your recovery. MAT is only available for opioid and alcohol addiction.

    Learn more about Opioid Treatment Programs

    Aftercare Support

    After your rehab program is complete, you must get ongoing care so that you can stay strong in your sobriety. Your aftercare plan will be developed during your inpatient or outpatient treatment and may include sober living, 12-step meetings, stress management techniques, and more. 

    Using Health Insurance For Drug Rehab In Florida

    If you have health insurance, your plan may cover part or all of your addiction treatment. To learn more about how your addiction treatment insurance coverage works, start by calling the number on your insurance card. 

    You can also reach out to a treatment provider directly to learn whether they accept your insurance. 

    You’ll want to do your research on your insurance company to learn more about your coverage and understand the difference between in- and out-of-network providers when it comes to how much your insurance will pay. 

    You’ll also want to check out copays, prior-authorization requirements, and/or deductibles that you need to hit before your insurance coverage kicks in. 

    Learn more about Health Insurance Coverage

    If You Don’t Have Health Insurance

    Florida offers free and low-cost addiction treatment for people who do not have health insurance, or for people whose health insurance plan doesn’t cover addiction treatment. 

    Florida Substance Abuse Facts

    From 2019 to 2020, drug overdose deaths increased by 37% across the state of Florida. Many officials link the dramatic increase in death to COVID-19 isolation and stress, as well as widespread use of the dangerous opioid fentanyl.

    Other facts associated with substance abuse and addiction in Florida include:

    • Florida recorded 7,579 drug overdose deaths in 2020, one of the highest figures in the United States.
    • In Tampa Bay alone, over 1,200 residents died from an opioid-related overdose.
    • Officials believe both alcohol and drug use increased as a result of the pandemic.
    • Pasco county reported more than 1,490 drug overdoses in 2020, with 268 resulting in loss of life.
    • In Pinellas county, drug-related deaths increased by 35% in 2020.

    Officials worry that many of the deaths are the result of fentanyl-laced drugs, which include not only other prescription opioids, but illicit stimulant drugs like cocaine or methamphetamine.

    Addiction Treatment At Ark Behavioral Health

    At Ark Behavioral Health, we’re here to work with you to help you begin your recovery. We know how hard it can be to reach out when you need help, and we’ll be with you every step of the way. 

    We offer treatment at four Massachusetts locations: 

    Florida Addiction Treatment FAQ

    How Do I Access Treatment In Florida?

    You have several options for getting treatment in Florida, including reaching out to a treatment provider directly, using state-funded options, or talking to your healthcare provider to learn more about what level of care is a good fit for you. 

    What Does Addiction Treatment Look Like In Florida? 

    Addiction treatment looks different from person to person. Your journey to recovery is unique, and your treatment needs to be unique as well. Many people start with detox, then move onto a formal rehab inpatient or outpatient setting that includes therapies appropriate for their needs. 

    Does Insurance Cover Addiction Treatment In Florida? 

    For many people, their private health insurance plan partially or fully covers the cost of their addiction treatment. Public insurance plans, like Medicare or Medicaid, may also cover some of the cost.

    Can I Go To Drug Rehab In Florida Without Insurance? 

    Absolutely. Florida offers many state-funded options to people who need addiction treatment but do not have health insurance coverage. It’s also an option to pay for addiction treatment out-of-pocket. 

    Are There Walk-In Opioid Clinics In Florida? 

    Yes, Florida offers walk-in opioid clinics throughout the state, most of which can be found in major cities like Jacksonville and Miami. 

    Are There Free Or State-Funded Rehab Centers In Florida? 

    Yes, there are state-funded treatment options for people who cannot afford addiction treatment. 

    How Long Does Drug Rehab In Florida Last? 

    Most rehab programs last 30, 60, or 90 days. However, the length of your treatment program is likely to be tailored to your needs and insurance coverage. 

    Written by Ark Behavioral Health Editorial Team
    ©2024 Ark National Holdings, LLC. | All Rights Reserved.
    This page does not provide medical advice.

    Florida Department of Children and Families - Substance Abuse & Mental Health
    Florida Health - Substance Abuse
    National Institute on Drug Abuse - Florida: Opioid-Involved Deaths and Related Harms
    Florida Department of Health - Annual Report: Fiscal Year 2019-2020
    WUSF Public Media - Florida Second In Nation For Overdose Deaths

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