If you live in Florida and have a problem with drugs or alcohol, you are not alone; according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a United States federal-government research institute that addresses the causes and consequences of drug use and addiction, there were more than 3,000 opioid-related overdose deaths in the sunshine state in 2017. To help further put this into context, Florida’s death rate in relation to substance abuse is 16.3 deaths for every 100,000 people, which is higher than the national rate of 14.6 deaths for every 100,000 people.
Of course, this does not take into account alcohol abuse in the state, which is equally alarming. The most recent data from MAAD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) shows that there were more than 26,000 DUI convictions and 797 drunk driving fatalities in Florida in 2015. To say that Florida has a problem with substance abuse would be a gross understatement. Fortunately, there is no shortage of rehab facilities available for those who are ready to turn their lives around. In this article, we will detail some of the more commons substance abuse problems in Florida and how to find a rehab facility in your area.
WHAT TYPES OF ADDICTION DO FLORIDA REHABS TREAT?
Because addiction can take on many forms, many of Florida’s rehab facilities offer treatments that revolve around the patient’s specific addiction, the most common being alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, and opioids. Assuming you have made up your mind to change your life for the better, there is no shortage of facilities in the state that can help you, regardless of your substance of choice. It is also worth noting that many of these same rehab facilities offer recovery programs that address co-occurring disorders.
For those who may not be familiar with this term, a co-occurring disorder is a clinical term used to denote a substance abuse problem that is also accompanied by depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or other forms of mental illness. To further illustrate how substance abuse and mental illness can impact our communities, we need only take a look at a study by the WHO (World Health Organization), which shows that 30 percent of sexual abuse and domestic violence cases are linked to either substance abuse or co-occurring disorders. Similarly, more than 40 percent of all cases involving assault are interlinked with either substance abuse or a co-occurring disorder as well.
HOW TO FIND A REHAB FACILITY IN FLORIDA
Because substance abuse is so prevalent, Florida has more than 600 rehab facilities that all provide a range of services to help patients finally put addiction behind them for good, including medically-assisted detox as well as intensive inpatient and outpatient programs. To that point, a significant number of the state’s rehab facilities can be found in Orlando, Tampa, and throughout most of South Florida. If you do not reside in or around these areas, you needn’t fret as most facilities offer transportation assistance for new patients who are ready to make a positive change in their lives. To find drug and alcohol rehab facilities in your area, consider using the following resources:
- Alcoholics Anonymous
- Narcotics Anonymous
- Narcotics Overdose Prevention and Education
- Florida Substance Abuse and Mental Health Program
REHAB AND INSURANCE
A common concern amongst those seeking help for a drug or alcohol problem has to do with insurance. If you share this concern, you will be happy to know that nearly 70 percent of Florida-based drug and alcohol rehab facilities will accept most private insurance. Also worth noting, 40 percent of the state’s rehab facilities even accept Medicaid. However, it is still a good idea to speak with your insurance provider to confirm coverage and also co-payments and deductibles that may apply to your treatment.
Additionally, it is a good idea to verify how long your insurance provider will cover such treatments. For example, most rehab programs will last between 28 to 120 days; some insurance plans may not foot the bill for your entire stay in rehab while Medicare, on the other hand, will cover up to 190 days but only for treatments requiring hospitalization. In most cases, the admission coordinator at most rehab facilities will be able to answer any general insurance questions that you may have. Also, they can provide you with paperwork that you can give to your insurance provider if needed.
All in all, if you need help overcoming any form of addiction, there are a number of rehab facilities in Florida that can help make your journey towards sobriety easier. If you have any additional concerns, you’re encouraged to contact us today at 844-639-8371.