Going from Pompano Beach to Fort Lauderdale is just a short drive.
The beautiful beach of Pompano runs continuously south and becomes the Fort Lauderdale beach. The two cities are close neighbors and both have a long history, dating back to the late 19th century. Pompano Beach is interestingly distinguished by having existed in each of three counties in its early existence. It has been a part of Palm Beach County, Miami-Dade County and Broward County. These transitions in county borders all occurred in the early 20th century. Currently, Pompano Beach is part of the northeastern region of Broward County. To the north of Pompano is the Hillsboro Inlet, a water way that connects to the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. This inlet creates a break in the many miles of nearly continuous beaches found on the southeastern coast of Florida, also known as the Miami Metropolitan Area, or the Greater Miami Area.
The city named for a fish.
Pompano is also the name of a fish found in Florida. An early settler of Pompano Beach is said to have named the city after the fish he ate for dinner one night. While the city has little else in common with this particular fish, you will find many excellent seafood restaurants in the area.
A beautiful view from home.
Pompano Beach has been developing quickly in recent years, with many new condominiums going up in the beach area. It is possible to purchase a home right on the beach and have the beauty of the Atlantic Ocean as your backyard. Unfortunately, with the many towering condo buildings crowding the beachfront properties, access to the beaches by the public can sometimes be difficult.
Addiction treatment in Pompano Beach.
For some reason, in recent years, Pompano has been the home of many sober living homes. These homes provide a safe place for people who are recovering from addiction to live and have support in their recovery. A sober living home provides a structured lifestyle that promotes clean living. Residents who relapse and use drugs are typically asked to leave so they do not put other residents at risk. Many of these sober homes are located in residential neighborhoods throughout Pompano Beach. These neighborhoods are typically further inland and not on the beach, though getting to the beach only takes a short drive.
Alternatives to Sober Living in Pompano Beach.
A sober living facility is usually part of a larger system in which people who are getting clean from drugs or alcohol go to a detox program and then to various rehab outpatient rehab programs that gradually step down in intensity. Sober living can be the final step in transitioning back into society. Sober living residents are encouraged to find jobs and work during the day. While this system works for many people, it does not always work best for everyone. Particularly with the current opioid epidemic, recovering from drugs in the traditional system can be difficult. Because of this, opiate-addicted patients often do best in a medication-assisted program that uses buprenorphine, the main ingredient in Suboxone. These MAT programs often involve the patient living in their own home with their own families. Transitioning back to normal life can happen much faster than in traditional rehab.
Is MAT available in Pompano Beach?
Yes, MAT is certainly available in the Pompano Beach part of Florida. In fact, there is at least one methadone maintenance clinic in Pompano. Methadone is also a form of medication-assisted treatment. However, methadone maintenance requires daily visits to the clinic and is not ideal for everyone. For Suboxone treatment, you would typically go to a private doctor’s office for treatment. It is important to find a doctor who is focused on MAT and not simply providing it as an additional service in a busy practice. Addiction treatment requires an appropriate amount of time and attention to be given to the patient. I especially recommend not going to a pain clinic that offers addiction treatment as an extra service. Sitting in a waiting room with people who are getting opioid prescriptions for pain is not the best environment for someone who is overcoming opioid addiction.
Where can Pompano Beach residents find quality MAT care?
If you live in Pompano and you are ready to quit opiates, such as heroin, or opioids such as oxycodone, consider taking a short drive south. Our office is in the city of Fort Lauderdale. By car, it will not take long to get to our location. In fact, many of our current patients are residents of Pompano Beach. So, if you are a local resident of Pompano Beach or the surrounding areas and you are looking for opioid addiction treatment, I welcome you to call our office or contact us on this website.