Alcohol Treatment in Florida

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It is estimated that more than 300,000 people are addicted to alcohol or drugs in the state of Florida, as of 2019. Alcohol still kills more Florida residents every year than all other drugs combined, when considering alcohol-related traffic deaths, other alcohol-related injuries, crimes involving alcohol, and health problems caused by drinking. Florida has gained a reputation for hard partying on beaches during spring break, but the actual statistics suggest that many Florida residents are suffering at the hands of alcohol all year round.
According to FloridaHealth.gov, in May of 2017, Governor Rick Scott declared the ongoing substance abuse crisis a state emergency and immediately released $27 million for addiction education, grants, and treatment. Most people are aware that there is an incredibly serious opioid crisis going on across the country. Opioids are pain killers used for moderate to severe pain, and recently, deadly strong knock-off substances from China and Mexico have been flooding American streets and killing addicts at a rate never seen before in U.S. history. This of course affects alcoholics as well, because people with an addiction to one substance are much more likely to become dependent on another substance. Alcohol, legal in all 50 states, has oftentimes fallen out of the headlines, but it is killing more people every year still, and Florida residents are more likely to suffer from addiction when compared to the U.S. population at large.
Luckily, the beaches of Florida, and nearly every major city in the state, offer some of the best residential treatment facilities in the world. Most people who check in to a program for substance abuse will be referred to what is known as a “residential” program. These are comfortable living spaces, usually in small groups, where you can safely reside until you are ready for the next step in a long-term treatment plan. Residential treatment usually includes things like individual, group, and family therapies, along with education, and activities that can help bring you back to healthy living. This level of treatment begins directly after the detoxification process has been completed, detoxification being the shorter period of time when the alcohol is purged from the person’s system in a medically supervised setting. Most residential treatment programs continue to have the medical support necessary for any of your other medical needs. Most experts believe that the learning that is done in residential centers helps prepare the newly sober individual to better navigate issues and triggers that have led them to drink in the past. In a healthy and safe environment, most patients will interact with each other, and expert staff, while learning about relapse prevention and the root causes of addiction as a disease. Many individuals have been able, with help, to transform themselves from distressed and addicted persons to happier and healthier members of society.