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Drug & Alcohol Abuse in the Sunshine State

State of Addiction in Florida

Substance Abuse in Florida

With a tropical climate and miles of beautiful coastline along the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, Florida is a beautiful place to call home for nearly 6.5% of the U.S. population. However, it is also notorious for its pill mills and high rates of prescription drug abuse. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), in 2018 Florida providers wrote 53.7 opioid prescriptions for every 100 persons.

Florida is the home of diversity. With all age groups represented, a mix of cultures, and the beautiful beach as well as miles of swampland available to those who are ready to explore, it is the destination of choice for people from across the country and around the world.

It is no wonder then that so many who are in crisis turn to Florida as a place of healing and hope. A range of comprehensive and effective treatment programs are available from the Georgia-Florida line down to the tip of the Panhandle, many of which are right on the water.

Florida offers a variety of substance abuse services to help during a crisis involving drugs or alcohol. From emergency first responders to crisis hotlines, Floridians have many options for getting help in their state.

Another option for those suffering from opioid addiction is naloxone (Narcan), a medication that can reverse opioid overdose and prevent death. We recommend that everyone take the time to learn about how to find and use naloxone. If you, a family member, or someone you live with takes opioids as a prescription or abuses painkillers and/or heroin, please consider accessing naloxone to keep with you in case of emergency. It is much easier to get now than it used to be. We'll show you how to find it.

Timeline of Drug & Alcohol in Florida

As the southern most state in the contiguous U.S., Florida has 1,350 miles of coastline fronting the Atlantic on the east and the Gulf of Mexico on the west. It is a quick boat or plane ride to many Caribbean nations and slightly longer plane rides to reach Central and South American cities. This access to developing economies and interesting assortment of prescription and disclosure laws has made Florida a hot spot of the opioid and drug epidemic in the U.S.

If you, or someone you love, are living in Florida and struggling with a substance use disorder, with or without co-occurring mental health symptoms, there is a treatment program that will suit your needs. Exploring the options available on this page is a great way to begin your search and make sure that you connect with a treatment program that is uniquely designed to serve you or your loved one.

For those who are out of state and hoping to put physical as well as psychological distance between themselves and the stressors at home that may have played a large role in the development of addiction, Florida is an excellent choice for treatment. With sunny skies and easy access to oceans, lakes, and bays, the climate is conducive to healing and wellness.

Getting Help for Substance Abuse

It's common to feel stuck and overwhelmed when you or a loved one is struggling and you need to think about treatment. Often, those looking for rehab will have numerous questions and may not know where to start. We're here to help you.

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