Fort Lauderdale, Broward County’s largest city, is popular for its stretch of beaches and sun-filled skies, but like other major metros,  it is faced with the challenges of substance abuse and addiction, among them opioid addiction and overdose deaths. 

The opioid crisis has been underway in the U.S. for several years now, and Fort Lauderdale has been on the front line, monitoring substance abuse trends from opioid use, designer drug use, and everything in between. According to the Broward County Office of Medical Examiner and Trauma Services in Fort Lauderdale, opiates claimed 582 lives in 2016. That number is twice the amount documented in 2014 and 260 more deaths in 2015, this report says.

Opioid Use Expected to Continue Among Florida Residents

Observers in Broward County expect opioid-related challenges to only intensify, largely due in large part to the COVID-19pandemic. Per the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance Foundation, Broward County’s opioid overdose rate was 22.3% per 100,000 population in 2019 before the pandemic occurred. It cites data saying that 545 people died from an overdose between January and September 2020, a 24% increase from the same period during 2019. It attributes these deaths to the economic hardships of the pandemic.

According to a survey of 785 Florida residents conducted by the alliance’s Project Opioid Broward initiative, opioid use is up. Twenty-three percent say they use opioids multiple times a day more than they did before COVID-19, while 18% said they used opioids daily more than they did before the pandemic started. 

Fentanyl Linked to Years-Long Spike in Overdose Deaths

The alliance also says that deadly fentanyl is showing up in various illegal drugs in the county. Fentanyl is an opioid pain reliever that treats severe pain in cancer patients. However, it has been diverted for abuse, as the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) explains.

Illegally made fentanyl and fentanyl analogs that have been traced to Mexico and China have long been linked to the alarming rise in overdose deaths across the U.S., perhaps since 2015. The potent, deadly drug is 80 to 100 times stronger than morphine. Many users unknowingly use street drugs, such as the opiate heroin and stimulant drugs like cocaine, not realizing they have been cut with fentanyl.

Arete Opioid Rehab in Fort Lauderdale

If you or a loved one is in Fort Lauderdale and using opioids, such as heroin, fentanyl, or misusing prescription opioid medications, your health and well-being are at stake. Addiction is dangerous and deadly, and if you’re using opiate street drugs, the chance that they have been cut with fentanyl is high. 

You can get help today for opioid use disorder (OUD) and start anew. Arete Recovery, a Delphi Behavioral Health Group facility located in Pembroke Pines, Florida, helps people in Fort Lauderdale and surrounding South Florida communities combat substance abuse and addiction. With us, you can undergo medical detox and enter a treatment program immediately that focuses on helping you recover and have full-time sobriety.


Your first step toward sobriety starts with medical detox. During this critical phase of addiction recovery, our professionals will evaluate your physical and mental health needs and help you manage the uncomfortable symptoms of drug withdrawal. Medical detox will support you as you regain stability. It is important to undergo detox with medical professionals who understand the unique needs and challenges that come with this period.

Many people who attempt to stop opioid use on their own are at risk of relapse and overdose. While they want to stop using their drug(s) of choice, they often find it hard to do because of discomfort and relentless cravings for the substances they are trying not to use. A person who stops using substances for a period and then returns to doing so is also at risk of having an overdose. 

When you are in Arete’s care, we monitor you 24/7, and you can rest knowing that we will be there should any medical emergencies arise. We will keep you as comfortable as possible and may give you medications as needed to help minimize your symptoms as much as possible. You may also be put on a tapering schedule to gradually reduce the body’s dependence on opioids. Detox allows the body time to get used to having less of the drug in its system. We don’t recommend quitting any substance suddenly. 

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)

If you enter Arete Recovery for opioid use disorder treatment, we may recommend that you enroll in a medication-assisted treatment (MAT) program. MAT has helped many people successfully end or reduce their dependence on opioids. It has particularly been helpful to people who have struggled with relapse as they tried to end their use, including long-time heroin users.

MAT programs use FDA-approved medications to help patients manage their dependence. These medications are used along with behavioral therapies and counseling that address the whole person. MAT has been credited with helping people reach their sobriety goals. It has kept many people free of distractions that would derail their progress if they were not in a MAT program.

We will evaluate your specific needs and advise you on whether a MAT program could help. We want to do everything we can to give you the best outcome possible.


When you finish medical detox, you will likely be advised to move on to our on-campus inpatient and residential care. Detox alone rarely prepares anyone to combat substance abuse and addiction; additional treatment is needed. People with moderate-to-severe substance use disorders usually need longer to recover, and they need a safe place to do that. 

Here at Arete, we understand this process, and how critical it is to full-time sobriety, so we make it our priority to make each person we help feel comfortable and at home while they stay with us. Patients stay with us for 30 days or longer as they receive intensive therapies and counseling for OUD. Our facility is private, serene, and structured so that you can focus on healing your mind, body, and spirit.

Also, during this time in inpatient/residential care, we ensure that your program is tailored specifically to your needs and that you receive all medications, foods, and other items that support your recovery. You will also have time to engage in health and wellness activities, such as exercise, and participate in other activities that promote your well-being.

If you have a mental health disorder in addition to OUD (co-occurring disorders), we share a campus with our network facility Vista Pines Health, which specializes in treating patients with anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other mental illnesses. We work together to help our patients reach optimal physical and mental wellness.

Opioid Rehab in Fort Lauderdale FAQ

Arete Recovery is located in Pembroke Pines in south Broward, about a half hour’s drive from Fort Lauderdale. We accept patients from communities throughout South Florida as well as those who live outside the South Florida area. We are ready to provide you or your loved one with high-quality, evidence-based opioid treatment.

Below are some frequently asked questions we get about our services and addiction treatment in general. We welcome any questions you have, and we would be glad to answer the ones below in more detail if you need more information. 

How Long Is Rehab?

The time you spend in rehab largely depends on your unique needs and situation. No one has the exact same set of needs or requirements, so rehab’s timeline varies by the person. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) advises that a 90-day stay (three months) is ideal for people who need more time to address their substance use disorder. Spending longer in addiction treatment is thought to boost someone’s chances of recovering from substance abuse. For many in recovery, living sober will require an active effort. Arete customizes all addiction recovery programs by the person, so we will always advise you of your options that best address your needs.

Does Arete Recovery Provide Transportation?

For many people, transportation is a hurdle to receiving treatment, but it doesn’t have to be. We do everything we can to ensure people can get to our facility with as few challenges as possible so that they can start treatment promptly. If you plan to fly to the local airports in our area, you are responsible for your flight arrangements. We can make arrangements to pick you up at the airport. We will also take you back to the airport when you have completed your treatment program. 

How Much Does Opioid Rehab Cost?

We can’t say how much opioid treatment costs, as that is another factor that varies according to the person receiving treatment. Much will depend on what your treatment program entails. Where you attend treatment, the levels of care and services you need, and how long you will need them will all play a role in your final tab. You will also have to factor in other things you will likely need, such as medications, meals, and other incidentals for your stay with us.

We will review all costs with you and explain them, but we wholeheartedly encourage you to get treatment for OUD and not let the cost of treatment deter you. We understand that financial resources matter, and we will help you consider options that can get your treatment bills paid.

Do I Have to Travel?

Yes, you will be required to travel to our Pembroke Pines facility to receive treatment. We will speak with you about your travel concerns during an intake call. 

What Insurance Carriers Does Arete Recovery Take?

Arete accepts many major insurance carriers. Your insurance provider may be in-network with us, but you will have to call to confirm. Some of our in-network providers are:

  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • Blue Cross, Blue Shield
  • CareFirst BlueChoice
  • Cigna

In general, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires insurance providers to cover treatment services for those with substance use disorders and mental health disorders. Our verification team will review your insurance coverage and verify if your plan’s benefits cover your treatment at Arete. You can also call your insurance provider and ask about any payments you would be responsible for. We want to get started as soon as possible on getting you started on your recovery from opioid addiction, so reach out to us as soon as you can. The sooner you call, the sooner you can start working toward a positive future.

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