The opioid crisis affecting communities throughout South Florida has also affected Dania Beach, a beachside city in southern Broward County, Florida. The city offers oceanfront views and proximity to the larger cities of Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood. But it is also located in a county that is working diligently to manage an opioid overdose and addiction epidemic that has affected the U.S. as well.
The coronavirus pandemic has increased the number of opioid-related deaths that occurred in Broward County. According to the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance Foundation, the opioid overdose rate was 22.3% per 100,000 population in 2019. Data it cites shows that between January and September 2020, 545 people fatally overdosed. This was a notable 24% increase from the same period in 2019. The deaths have been linked to the financial battles induced by the pandemic.
Unfortunately, opioid use is still going on. The Project Opioid Broward initiative says use of the potent drugs is up, and the COVID-19 pandemic is a factor in why. Its survey says 23% of respondents reported that they use opioids multiple times daily and that 18% said they used opioids daily, which was higher than their pre-pandemic use.
Fentanyl Remains a Threat
For several years now, the rise in opioid-related deaths has been linked to the powerful opioid pain reliever fentanyl and its analogs. Fentanyl is a legitimate drug used to relieve severe pain in cancer patients, but it is abused and illegally manufactured in operations traced to China and Mexico. The drug is 80 to 100 times more potent than morphine, which is one reason why it’s used.
Drugmakers have cut street drugs like heroin and cocaine and even marijuana with fentanyl to make their supplies last and give users a stronger high, but that has only left people fighting for their lives or dead. Many people who use street drugs are not aware that fentanyl is in the drug they are using. By the time they find out, it’s too late.
Arete Opioid Rehab in Dania Beach
If you or someone you care about is using opioids, such as heroin, or abusing prescription medication, you must get help as soon as you can. Overdose is always a possibility, especially if drugs made on the streets are the drug of choice. Opioid use disorder (OUD) is treatable with the right evidence-based methods, therapies, and medications. Arete Recovery, an accredited Delphi Behavioral Health Group facility in Pembroke Pines, Florida, is prepared to help Dania Beach residents struggling to end their opioid use.
You don’t have to put getting help off any longer. Treatment can start with medical detox and then an on-site residential program here at our facility. We help our patients focus on achieving full-time sobriety so that they can leave opioid abuse behind.
Ending opioid misuse starts with medical detox for most people. It is the first step of the road to recovery. How far along a person is in their addiction and other factors unique to their situation will determine how long they are in this phase of recovery. However, getting sober starts with intensive treatment that allows the body to withdraw from the drug(s) used so that the patient can gain stability and clarity of mind. Medical detox is the safest way to stop using these addictive substances.
Arete Recovery’s medical professionals will monitor you around the clock during this phase of addiction recovery. They will assess your physical and mental health needs and determine the best way to help you get through substance withdrawal. This process can be very uncomfortable and painful for people in recovery, but we are there for our patients 24/7. Withdrawal symptoms can also be life-threatening, which is another reason that we highly recommend recovering users start in medical detox. If any medical emergencies occur, we are there to handle them.
We understand the challenges people in withdrawal face. We also understand that without professional support and care, people are more likely to give into drug cravings or drug-related sickness and relapse. A relapse is a return to the substances a person was trying to stop using. This is very common among people who want to end their addiction. It’s also very dangerous. Going back to a substance after some time away from it can harm the body, which can no longer handle the usual dose it used to be able to process. This is when the usual dose becomes the reason someone overdoses, sometimes fatally.
At Arete, we take care of you from the time you walk into our doors. During detox with us, you may receive medications to ease your symptoms as much as possible or be put on a tapering schedule. This schedule gradually reduces the amount of a drug in your system to give it time to adjust to smaller amounts over time. If you have been using a substance frequently or for a long time, do not quit the substance suddenly. “Going cold turkey” could shock the body and do far more harm than good.
Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for Opioid Use Disorder
We may recommend that you start a medication-assisted treatment (MAT) program to help you work through your opioid use disorder. MAT pairs behavioral therapies and government-approved medications to help opioid-dependent people to lower or end their dependence on opioids, both legal and illegal. This treatment approach has been particularly helpful to people who have had a hard time ending their use due to relapses. A MAT program makes it easier to concentrate on sobriety without dealing with the cravings and other worrying withdrawal symptoms.
Our team will evaluate you or your loved one to see if a MAT program could help you stop your opioid use.
After detox wraps up, we will likely recommend that you remain in our care and start our inpatient and residential treatment program. Detox alone is not enough to address a substance use disorder; it is just one step of many in recovery. People with moderate-to-severe substance use disorders will need more time to recover from their addiction. We offer a safe and private setting where they can take a break from the outside world and get clear on what they need to do to stop their substance abuse.
Arete customizes treatment programs according to each person’s needs. We are here to make sure you or your loved one gets the most out of your treatment program. Our home-like environment is welcoming and just what our patients need as they receive intensive therapies and counseling, medical care, and anything else they need during this critical period. Our patients also participate in other activities that promote their health and well-being.
We will also uncover any additional disorders that may be present, such as any additional mental health disorders. If you are dually diagnosed with OUD and a mental illness, such as depression or post-traumatic stress disorder, we can treat you for both, along with our sister facility Vista Pines Health, which treats mental health disorders. We share a campus with Vista Pines, so you won’t have to go anywhere. Everything you need will be on site.
When you complete your treatment with us, you will be starting over, but not by yourself. We will be there for you to provide the support you need as you transition out of treatment and back into living in society again. We know this can be a time of uncertainty, overwhelm, and other raw emotions. This is normal. We will connect you with the resources you need to manage your new life post-treatment effectively. Aftercare services can look different based on the individual’s needs. We will tailor your aftercare program to give you what you need for your specific situation.
You could receive the following services after your treatment program ends:
Other aftercare services are:
- Transitional housing (e.g., sober living homes)
- Employment services
- Outpatient care
- 12-step programs
- Personal financial courses
- Life management skills
- Emotion regulation
- Anger management
Opioid Rehab in Dania Beach FAQ
Dania Beach residents can find professional treatment for opioid abuse at Arete Recovery. We are located a short half-hour drive from the city. We are ready to provide you or your loved one with evidence-based opioid treatment that could be just the new start needed to a drug-free life.
We’ve included some frequently asked general questions (FAQs) we get about the services we offer as well as ones about addiction treatment. Please call us if you have additional questions or if we can clear up any information you read here.
How Long Is Rehab?
Your rehab stay will depend on your specific needs and situation. Ideally, the longer you stay in rehab, the more effective your treatment will be, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). It highlights research that advises at least a 90-day rehab stay for people who need considerable time to work through a substance use disorder. Many people in recovery actively work on living sober. Arete teaches all of our patients how to manage their recovery daily. We give you the tools and strategies you will need as you recover from your disorder.
Does Arete Recovery Provide Transportation?
Arete works with our patients to help them get the transportation they need so they can start treatment as soon as possible. You are responsible for your flight arrangements if you’re planning to fly into one of the airports in the tri-county area. Arete can make arrangements to pick you or your loved one up from the airport and bring you to our facility. We can arrange for a return trip from our campus to the airport when you have finished treatment. If you are driving to the area, you will be responsible for getting to our facility. You will also have to make arrangements for pickup when upon your exit from the program.
How Much Does Drug Rehab Cost?
It is difficult to say how much your costs will be in an opioid recovery program. Much will depend on who is receiving treatment for their disorder. Where you receive treatment, the services you require, and how long you will need them will contribute to your bills. You will also need to consider your stay on campus, any medication you will need, meals, and other incidentals. We will go over all costs, explaining your treatment expenses. We encourage you to seek help despite the price tag of treatment. We know money is a valid concern, but we’re more concerned about you or your loved one getting treated for addiction. We can help you consider options for payment.
Do I Have to Travel?
Yes, you must travel to our Pembroke Pines facility to receive treatment. Our intake specialist can speak with you about your travel questions and concerns.
What Insurance Carriers Does Arete Recovery Take?
Arete Recovery accepts and works with many major insurance carriers. You can call your health insurer to see if they are in-network with us. Our in-network providers include:
- Blue Cross, Blue Shield
- CareFirst BlueChoice
You should be able to receive treatment services for substance use disorders and mental health disorders under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA requires health insurance providers to cover these treatment services. We can review your insurance plan and let you know if your plan covers our services at Arete. We recommend that you ask your provider about any copayments you would be responsible for during your time with us.
We can help you figure out your insurance coverage. We also encourage you to call if you don’t have enough insurance or any insurance at all. The goal is to start you on your recovery from opioid addiction. The sooner you call, the sooner we can help you.