Florida Drug and Alcohol Addiction Treatment
Right now there are about one million people in Florida who have been dependent on or abused alcohol within the past year. There are also another 436,000 who abused or have been dependent on illicit drugs. While some of these figures may overlap, there are clearly a lot of people in the state who are in need of help.
We work with individuals and families from all over Florida to assist them in finding the resources they need when it comes to recovery. Whether it is by setting up and helping with an intervention or finding a treatment facility that works with your insurance, we are dedicated to assisting you in locating effective resources.
On a typical day in Florida, there are nearly 55,000 people enrolled in a substance abuse treatment program. That number has remained fairly steady in recent years. Of the people in Florida participating in treatment programs, 41% were in treatment for a drug problem only, more than 16% were in treatment for an alcohol problem only, and nearly 43% were in treatment for problems with both drugs and alcohol.
Of those, more than 14,000 are taking methadone daily for opioid replacement therapy and another 1,500 are taking buprenorphine as a long-term maintenance drug. These numbers have increased significantly over the past five years as the number of people addicted to heroin and prescription painkillers has gone up. In most cases, neither one of these provide long-term solutions because the individual is still dependent on a synthetic opioid to get through the day. While this may be exactly what some people need, we encourage people to seek qualified treatment programs that seek to help clients not be dependent on those drugs.
As an indicator of present and future drug problems, about 120,000 teens in Florida report using illicit drugs within the past month. Meanwhile, only 58% of them perceived no great risk from consuming five or more alcoholic beverages once or twice per week. Effective education and prevention programs are the best forms of early intervention to be able to avoid more serious addictions as these youth get older.
If you are seeking help for yourself or someone else in Florida and need more information on successful intervention and treatment practices, contact us today to speak with one of our addiction consultants. You can also check out some of the additional resources below.
More Florida Drug and Alcohol Addiction Resources
Florida Department of Children and Families
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Program
1317 Winewood Blvd.
Building 1, Room 202
Tallahassee, FL 32399
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health (SAMH) Program is the single state authority on substance abuse and mental health as designated by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The program is responsible for the oversight of a statewide system of care for the prevention, treatment, and recovery of children and adults with serious mental illnesses or substance abuse disorders.