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Substance Abuse and Treatment in Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale, Miami’s neighbor to the north, is home to many addiction rehab centers and sober-living homes thanks to its high standards for treatment and access to some of the best medical and clinical professionals the state has to offer. With so many choices for drug detoxification and addiction treatment available, it can be difficult to find just the right place to meet your needs.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) tells us that there are more than 14,500 treatment centers in the U.S. alone, so for many people, finding the perfect one will take some time and effort.

Choosing a place in Florida, however, helps ensure you or your loved one will find what you need as the state offers long-standing institutions that specialize in using industry best practices to help people recover from drugs, alcohol, and other addictive substances.

Substance Addiction In Florida

While it’s true that Florida is a tropical paradise, it also battles its share of challenges with drug abuse. Data show Florida has been above the national average for drug-induced deaths. As of late 2017, data from the Florida Medical Examiner’s Office showed that in late 2016, drugs were involved in 11,910 deaths across the state. Many of them involved prescription drug use. According to the report, prescription drugs account for 61 percent of all drug occurrences in the report when ethyl alcohol is excluded.

According to the report, the five most frequently occurring drugs found in the deceased were ethyl alcohol benzodiazepines, cocaine, cannabinoids, and morphine. In past years, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, also had problems with the synthetic street drug flakka, which has, in recent years, caused bizarre intoxications, seizures, and some fatalities.

Florida also has not gone unaffected by the nation’s opioid crisis. Many deaths in the state have been linked to opioid use, whether legal or illegal. In 2016, fentanyl caused 1,390 deaths, heroin caused 952 deaths, oxycodone caused 723 deaths, and hydrocodone caused 245 deaths, according to data.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed a unanimously passed bill (HB 21) in March 2018 that aims to discourage and prevent patients from getting addicted to prescription pain relievers before turning to street drugs such as heroin and fentanyl. The legislation limits the number of pain prescriptions doctors can write.

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What To Look For In Fort Lauderdale Addiction Treatment

The idea of getting professional help for an addiction problem is met with resistance by many. However, if a person cannot stop using on their own and has entered dangerous, life-threatening territory because of this, receiving help from professionals often is the only way out. It is better to get the help needed than to leave it to chance and die from an overdose, which commonly happens. Florida is among the states in the U.S. with statistically significant increases in drug overdose death rates from 2014 to 2015, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Many people enter rehab programs to address:

  •  Alcohol Use Disorder
  •  Benzodiazepine Use Disorder (Xanax, Ativan, Klonopin, Valium)
  •  Stimulant Use Disorder (such as cocaine, methamphetamines)
  •  Opioid Use Disorder (OxyContin, Heroin)

Addiction, a complex, destructive disease that affects brain function and behavior, is treatable, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. It recommends that at least three months (90 days) or more are needed to complete a treatment program.

If you’re not exactly sure what addiction treatment is, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offers a list of services that are typically found in these programs. They are:

  •  Detox
  •  Inpatient and residential treatment
  •  Intensive outpatient treatment
  •  Partial hospitalization programs
  •  Individual counseling
  •  Group counseling
  •  Case or care management
  •  Medication management or monitoring
  •  Aftercare recovery support services
  •  12-step fellowship programs
  •  Peer supports

If you are considering drug treatment facilities in the Fort Lauderdale, Florida, area, you also may want to review their programs to see if the following are offered, depending on your needs and preferences.

  •  Dual diagnosis treatment
  •  Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  •  Dialectical behavioral therapy
  •  Holistic therapy
  •  Faith-based treatment
  •  12-step programs
  •  Bilingual services

Drug addiction treatment programs vary according to the person, so there is no one-size-fits-all approach to recovery. A person receiving help for substance abuse issues may not need all of these, but any combination of these can help someone address their problem.

What’s important is that the facility you choose offers the services you need for a successful recovery.

You can choose what you want in your Fort Lauderdale substance abuse treatment center, from a rehab facility with luxury amenities to those that cater to specific groups, such as veterans, seniors, or the LGBTQ+ community.

Of course, much will depend on financial resources that can cover the cost of treatment.

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These include health insurance and other payment arrangements.

Many people new to finding addiction treatment may not know exactly what to look for or what questions to ask. NIDA offers questions and key principles for what makes effective treatment.

The five questions to ask when reviewing treatment program options are:

  •  Does the program use treatments backed by scientific evidence?
  •  Does the program tailor substance treatment to the needs of each patient?
  •  Does the program adapt treatment as the patient’s needs change?
  •  Is the duration of substance treatment sufficient?
  •  How do 12-step or similar recovery programs fit into drug addiction treatment?

And these principles can help guide your search for the right program. Among them are:

Treatment needs to be readily available. People who are battling an addiction need help right away. The window to get them professional help is short, so ensuring the can get the help they need when they need it is important. The earlier treatment is received, the better the outcome, NIDA says.

Effective treatment must be multifaceted. Substance abuse is only one piece of the puzzle when it comes to recovery. Addiction treatment that addresses issues related to substance abuse is desirable. NIDA advises that any medical, psychological, social, vocational, and legal issues clients have should be addressed during the program. Age, gender, ethnicity, and cultures should also be taken into account.

Treatment plans should be continually reviewed and changed as needed to fit current needs. Treatment needs will change as clients progress throughout the program. Different kinds of services and components will be needed throughout the process. Keeping track of changing needs and implementing the best approaches to ensure they are met improves the chances of them getting what they need out of their program.

Accreditation. SAMHSA advises that potential rehab clients inquire about accreditation, medication, evidence-based practices, families, and support when considering where to get treatment for substance abuse issues.

It is important to ask if the Fort Lauderdale treatment center you are considering is licensed by the state and certified by The Joint Commission. The Joint Commission (JCAHO) is a nonprofit organization that provides independent accreditation and certification of health organizations. Search for accredited organizations on the Joint Commission’s website.

Paying For Addiction Treatment

The cost of going through a treatment program is an important part of the recovery conversation. But while that’s true, not having enough money should keep no one from seeking the help they need. Finances often determine where people receive treatment and for how long, so it’s important to know going in what is affordable. People with insurance benefits also have to do their homework and figure out what is and isn’t covered under their health care plan. The reality is there will be people who don’t have health insurance. If that’s you or someone you know, the door is not closed to you.

There are many options, including SAMHSA that says each state has funding to provide addiction treatment for people who don’t have insurance coverage. There are publicly funded treatment services. Click here to contact SAMHSA to learn more about them.

If you do have insurance, it’s important to know what kinds of substance abuse treatment your plan covers. Many insurers generally do provide full coverage to clients who receive outpatient care over inpatient or residential care. The last two care levels run for a longer time, so they cost more.

These services may be covered under a health plan:

  •  Medical detox, which may include maintenance medications
  •  Inpatient care at an approved, in-network facility
  •  Long-term residential care at an approved, in-network facility
  •  Outpatient care with an approved, in-network provider
  •  Co-occurring disorders or mental health issues
  •  Aftercare counseling or therapy

Some health insurance plans include coverage for all substances to simplify things, but that doesn’t mean the provider will cover all treatment or therapies, or even medications. Aftercare services, which are essential to the addiction recovery process, may not be covered by a particular insurance company.

In short, costs will be higher for a rehab that offers a longer stay with around-the-clock care and room and board. NIDA advises 90 days in such a facility to boost chances for treatment to work.

If you’re unsure about what your health insurance plan covers, call your insurance provider or the benefits department at your job to discuss your options. Also ask:

  •  If required copayments must be submitted
  •  Whether treatment expenses will apply to a deductible
  •  If your treatment program must be among a network of preferred providers

After Treatment Ends

Once addiction treatment wraps up, people rejoin society but not without a network of resources and supportive people they can reach out to as they need. It is important to join an alumni program, a 12-step fellowship group, or some other post-recovery organization that can help make this transition smoother. Addiction is a condition that must be managed over the course of one’s life. Receiving all the support possible can make this easier and worthwhile.

Stop Addiction Now With Delphi Behavioral Health Group

It can be challenging to stop an addiction from developing, but it’s not impossible. It is a treatable disease, and we can help you or your loved one get started now on putting it behind you. Call our specialists at Delphi Behavioral Health Group at 844-899-5777 to learn more about options for drug treatment in Fort Lauderdale and what you can do to take your next step toward recovery. The beginning of your life free from active addiction may just be a call away. Call anytime.


CDC. “Drug Overdose Death Data.” (December 19, 2017). U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved July 2018 from

Florida Department of Law Enforcement. (November 2017). Drugs Identified in Deceased Persons by Florida Medical Examiners. Retrieved March, 2018 from

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SAMHSA. (n.d.) “Finding Quality Treatment for Substance Use Disorders.” Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Retrieved June 2018 from




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