Palm Beach Gardens is located in one of the counties in Florida that have been constantly linked to opioid-related deaths. The state of Florida as a whole has constantly been a point of interest for drug trafficking and consumption. Whether it is for its parties, the routes of trafficking coming from other countries, or for how easy it once was to obtain prescription meds in the past.
These and many other factors might be the reason why there are actually so many options for treatment in Palm Beach. While it has had a problematic history, Florida is also known for its paradisiacal beaches and landscapes.
That, paired with the peaceful, safer community of Palm Beach, makes it a perfect place to go for addiction treatment. For those who might be considering moving to the city temporarily for treatment, that can be a pro for families with children. There is easy access from other cities nearby to Palm Beach Garden as well, and the drive should be easy.
The services available in Palm Beach Garden range anywhere from detoxification to inpatient and/or outpatient rehabilitation. Many of the treatment centers in the area offer additional therapeutic services as well. Activities like yoga, meditation, wilderness activities, and even family therapy are available in many centers spread across Florida.
Florida has been known to be a point of drug trafficking and entrance of drugs into the country. The wave of cocaine coming in through the state was relevant enough to inspire multiple shows and movies. However, cocaine-related deaths have not been the main cause of concern in the state. As of now, opiates are the main culprit for most drug-related deaths in Florida. When it comes to Palm Beach County specifically, the opioid crisis has been very present.
The county has hit the highest number of heroin-related deaths in the state multiple times, as recently as 2016. Doctors have stated that Palm Beach County is considered “an epicenter for certainly fentanyl, fentanyl analogs, and heroin overdoses”. Though there has been a small decrease in deaths caused by other substances, fentanyl-related deaths are the only ones that have continued to increase. The most recent data available, from 2018, shows a 54% increase in occurrences of fentanyl, and a 64% increase in deaths caused by it.
The other two drugs that have been responsible for most deaths in Florida are cocaine and benzodiazepine, respectively. As mentioned, the history of cocaine trafficking in the state has been troubled since the 1970s. But benzos, however, are a different case. There has been an increase in anxiety diagnoses in the U.S., and Florida has been no exception. However, most deaths involving benzos tend to be multi-drug deaths.
Benzodiazepine abuse and anxiety are not the only cases in which mental health is linked to substance abuse. In the U.S., about 60% of people suffering from addiction were also diagnosed with a co-occurring disorder of a psychiatric nature. That is called dual diagnosis, and multiple studies have proven that both disorders can trigger and feed off of each other.
Considering how 1 in every 6 adults in Florida suffer from a mental illness (16.7%), the odds are not good. Another issue in Florida is that many of its major universities are known as party schools. Students engage in binge-drinking and drug consumption as young adults, making them more prone to addiction, especially alcoholism. Playing with substance abuse can also help trigger any “dormant” mental health disorders like depression, anxiety, and so on.
Most likely because of the effect of drug use in the community, people have come together in efforts to generate awareness and prevention. The Palm Beach Awareness Coalition works with parents, teachers, and businesses in order to help inform everyone about what they can do since 1982.
There are over 150 options for both inpatient and outpatient programs in Florida. But there are a few dozen more outpatient treatment centers than inpatient ones. Residential/inpatient programs in the state can range anywhere from short 28-days programs to as many as 120 days. However, only about 75 of them will offer 90-day options.
As for outpatient treatment, patients can choose from many different service setting options, such as partial hospitalization or intensive outpatient programs. The programs available in Florida not only range in terms of program set-up, but also in costs. Private outpatient programs can cost anywhere from $3,000 to even $15,000. There are also non-private options that can be much cheaper.
Choosing the right facility should be about medical needs first. A potential patient needs to have a medical assessment in order to know what would be the right treatment for them. This would be based on the level of addiction, medical and health issues, genetics and family history, whether it is a dual-diagnosis case or not, etc.
Issues such as location and distance aside, there are also other aspects that need to be taken into account when choosing a recovery facility. It is vital to know how much free time you would have to get treatment, since it might affect your routine, work-life, studies, etc. Once that’s figured out, comes the second step, which is choosing the service setting of the program. This also depends on the degree of addiction and the symptoms experienced so far.
Once that is decided, all that’s left to define are the financial options and/or limitations. Should you have insurance, paying can be easier, especially if the rehab center works/takes your insurer.
If not, you still have many options. You can check to see if you’d qualify for Medicare or Medicaid. You can also look for state- or federal-funded rehab programs. If you’re not eligible for any of these, there are other ways to make treatment more affordable, such as grants, payment plans, sliding scales, loans, crowdfunding, or paying with a credit card.
Palm Beach Gardens has over 250 therapists available in the area, ready to help anyone in need. When it comes to psychiatrists, however, there are not many working right in Palm Beach Gardens, about less than 20. Nevertheless, it is possible to find others in nearby locations as well for those who need them.
Taking care of mental health issues is not only a highly recommended habit, but it can help many people avoid serious problems down the road. Psychiatric aid should not be a measure taken only after a disorder is developed. Going to therapy can help diagnose a disorder in its early stages, and contain its symptoms before they become too acute.
As mentioned, dual-diagnosis cases are not rare. But it is important to know that addiction is not always the triggering disorder. This means that having a psychiatric disorder can put one at risk for substance abuse, too. Taking care of any mental illnesses can be a preventative measure for addiction (along with other additional measures). Having a family history of either disorder should also be a sign that it is important to take care of your mental health.
Some people might prefer a center that can provide all the services needed throughout a recovery program. While it might not be the cheapest option, it might be the most convenient and safe one. We at Coastal Detox can provide that – and much more.
We pride ourselves on being a top-level quality center for all of our patients. With our state-of-the-art facility located on Florida’s Treasure Coast, we can provide the best setting to your journey towards recovery. Our luxurious accommodations and chef-prepared meals are a highlight. That, along with our gyms, zen garden, and common areas, makes our facilities ideal for a relaxing, comfortable rehab program.
We also work with many major insurance providers and have teamed up with them so that we could provide affordable program options. We can help you find out more about coverage and financial options for our treatment programs.
If this sounds like what you or your loved one need, contact us today. Our team will be happy to provide any information you might need and answer all of your questions. Rehab does not need to be a terrible experience – and we can provide the most comfortable experience possible.