Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County Addiction Treatment For Substance Abuse

What kind of treatment program should I look for in a South Florida Drug Rehab?

While you will find many treatment options for substance abuse in general, it is important to note that there are a variety of different types of addiction. For example, alcohol addiction is different from opiate addiction and cocaine addiction. Hence addiction treatment in these and many other types of addiction are also different. Additionally, each patient has a unique set of circumstances. They deserve to be treated as individuals with customized mental health plans.

Rehab for heroin and opioid addiction.

What kind of rehab should you go to if you are using heroin in Miami? To get started, we should note that there is a recently opened clean needle exchange in Miami, as described in this Miami Herald article. While technically not addiction treatment, the clean needle exchange is a form of harm reduction. This means that heroin users have a better chance to stay alive and healthy until they are ready to get addiction treatment help. You may be aware that it is difficult, if not impossible, to get someone to get effective addiction treatment when they are not ready to ask for help. Fortunately, people who are addicted to opiates will eventually get to a point of desperation where they will be ready to get started with some form of treatment program.

How do I get someone who is not ready to quit heroin or pills to agree to go to rehab?

The type of addiction treatment center that you suggest can make a big difference. It is not uncommon for a person addicted to drugs to continue to be functional in life to some degree. They may even still be working. When you suggest a residential inpatient treatment facility, they may refuse to go. Helping them to come up with a recovery solution that does not interrupt their life may work better. Drug rehab does not have to be an in-patient program or even an outpatient program that takes hours every day to complete. It is possible to enter a Suboxone program, if the drug problem is primarily related to opiates or opioids, which requires only periodic doctor visits. This way, the patient can plan on going to the doctor on a reasonable schedule for an appointment. There does not have to be any waiting on line at the clinic every morning or sitting in a residential facility for a month or more.

Isn’t Suboxone just for Detox?

If you live in Dade, Broward or Palm Beach County, you may be aware that there are detox programs that use Suboxone or Subutex to very quickly taper patients off of opioids. They are discharged in a week or two to a day program to continue in substance abuse treatment without anymore Suboxone. Interestingly, what we have learned over the years is that Suboxone works best as a long-term solution. While aftercare is important after any kind of detox or rehab program, that aftercare should involve ongoing medical treatment. Suboxone works best when continued over a period of at least 1-2 years with regular re-evaluation.

Where is a good place to get help for addiction in Miami and beyond?

Where in Miami is there a good community-based addiction treatment program? There are many good programs. Larkin hospital is a good place to start for a variety of addiction treatment options, including substance abuse programs for adolescents. In Hollywood, which is at the Southern part of Broward County, there is a relatively new program at Memorial hospital. In Palm Beach County, JFK medical center has a program for addiction treatment, including medication-assisted treatment. Additionally, there are many treatment centers for substance abuse and other mental health issues throughout South Florida.

What about alcohol rehab? How can alcoholics get sober in South Florida?

You will find that many of the same programs in Miami, Broward and Palm Beach also perform alcohol treatment and alcohol rehab. In fact, there is also medical treatment for alcoholism that is available at some private doctor offices. Medications such as antabuse and naltrexone can be used to help maintain sobriety long-term.

Where is a good place to get outpatient treatment for opiate addiction or alcoholism in Broward County.

Dr. Leeds’ office is in Fort Lauderdale. Dr. Leeds provides medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder with medications such as Suboxone, ZubSolv, Subutex and Sublocade. We may soon offer Brixadi when it becomes available. Also, inquire about Vivitrol. You can contact us through the website contact form or at 954-776-6226. We look forward to speaking to you soon!

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