Opioid use and abuse are not just centered in large cities but in smaller cities, too. In fact, opioid abuse is a continuing public health problem for every city in the country, from small to large. North Lauderdale is no exception to the opioid problem ravaging Broward County, where it is located. Florida, Broward County, and North Lauderdale are all dealing with the effects and fatal aftereffects of using or abusing opioids.

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance’s Project Opioid reported: “545 people lost their lives to an overdose in Broward County between January and September of 2020, representing a 24% increase from the same time the previous year.”  This occurred during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. They also relay that the opioid epidemic’s economic impact on the state totaled $971.1 billion lost each year in gross regional product and a loss of almost 129,000 workers who are absent from the workforce.

Fentanyl and its analogs have also crept into North Lauderdale and the county through nefarious sources. The Florida Medical Examiners Commission (FMEC) notes that fentanyl was the top drug presence in Broward County in the second quarter of 2020, which is not alarming. Fentanyl and fentanyl analogs have been found in illicit drugs sold on the internet and on the street. Common drugs that are counterfeited with fentanyl include morphine, cannabinoids, and alprazolam. A tiny amount of fentanyl can result in death if it is ingested.

The most shocking statistic from the FMEC is that eight of the 11 causes of death in the state in 2020 are the result of opioids. In descending order, they are:

  • 2,596 – Fentanyl
  • 1,215 – Cocaine
  • 498 – Morphine
  • 423 – Fentanyl analogs
  • 399 – Heroin
  • 233 – Oxycodone
  • 100 – Methadone
  • 71 – Hydrocodone

Opioids of every type have invaded Broward County and North Lauderdale and consistently wreak havoc on the lives of those who are prescribed them and become addicted. While prescription opioids are meant to reduce pain for the short term, many people keep taking them to ease the acute pain from injuries or surgeries. Florida permits only a three-day supply of opioid medication for acute pain. If your physician identifies special circumstances, the prescription can be increased to a seven-day supply. This, however, does not stop those who are addicted to narcotic drugs from obtaining them.

Opioid addiction is tough to overcome, but it can be done. Withdrawal from narcotics can be uncomfortable and distressing without professional medical help.  If you live in or near North Lauderdale, opioid detox is readily available for anyone who truly needs to end opioid abuse.

Arete Opioid Rehab in North Lauderdale

If you are battling opioid addiction, look no further than Arete Recovery drug rehab. Our caring and dedicated medical and substance use team will be with you from the minute you arrive. An initial assessment of your most urgent needs will be determined, and a treatment plan will be developed with your input. Once that is done, you may be on to detox, where your health and comfort are monitored 24/7.


Acute withdrawal from opioids usually begins within a few hours after the last dose is taken. Opioid detox symptoms may last up to five days, depending on your individual situation. This is when the toxins begin to exit your body. You can expect to experience serious cravings for the drug(s) you have taken. During the second stage of opioid detox at Arete Recovery, your cravings should subside, and your body is beginning to chemically rebalance itself. Withdrawal symptoms may peak at the 72-hour mark. The psychological stage of opioid withdrawal will continue for weeks and for heavier users, perhaps months. If it is determined that you will need FDA-approved medication during detox, Arete’s licensed medical personnel will tend to it.


Detox alone will not help you maintain sobriety for the long term. Inpatient or residential treatment at Arete Recovery may range from 30 days or less to 90 days or more, depending on how severely you are addicted to opioids. Residential treatment means that you will reside on our campus for the duration of this treatment modality as you come to terms with your substance use disorder and any co-occurring mental health disorder.

You will have access to the medical staff for any needs and participate in behavioral therapies that are evidence-based, such as:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Dialectical behavior therapy
  • Emotion-focused therapy
  • Solution-focused therapy
  • Substance use education
  • Relapse prevention planning
  • Medication education
  • Therapy sessions for individuals, families, and gender-specific

All of these and any other sessions you engage in are meant to bolster you in every way as you work toward learning where your addiction is rooted and learn new strategies to prevent drug use.

Partial Hospitalization

The partial hospitalization program (PHP) at Arete Recovery is considered a step-down level of treatment fromopioid-treatment-in-florida inpatient/residential and before intensive outpatient treatment. When you are in this level of care, you are permitted to live at home but must attend intensive therapies for 20 hours per week, usually meeting during the daytime. You will still be able to access the medical staff if needed. PHP is an essential treatment level after residential, but it may also be used as a stand-alone treatment if it is determined that PHP is what you need.

You will still be involved in behavioral therapies and educational sessions that meet, and you can join groups that focus on life skills training, stress management, nutritional services, and any other activities that the staff has on schedule.

Intensive Outpatient

Intensive outpatient treatment is the next step after PHP. You will still need to attend drug rehab therapy sessions at Arete Recovery during this level of drug rehab but can live at home and attend to family, work, or school responsibilities.

Intensive outpatient treatment is a good option if you can stay on a schedule and keep committed to sobriety while living at home. It is also beneficial if you feel you can succeed in a structured program and have a strong, stable network of support outside of the center.


Arete Recovery’s aftercare program is called the Alumni program. Once you have graduated from substance use treatment, you will become an alumnus and are gladly welcomed into the Alumni program.

We know and understand that once drug rehab is done, it can be unnerving to go back into the world. You will find a steady group of new friends to count on and enjoy events with and support from people who have been through what you just finished. In addition to this, our aftercare program can help with finding job sources, filling out job applications and job application website forms. We can also help in locating other support groups to attend and assist in searching for a new home.

Opioid Rehab in North Lauderdale FAQ

We know it can be daunting to consider opioid rehab and that there are barriers to getting the help you need, like how to get there and how to afford treatment. The questions we hear most frequently and the answers are below so you have as much information as possible at your fingertips. If you have your own list of questions, you are welcome to call or email us with them. We firmly believe that there is no such thing as a stupid question.

How long is rehab?

The length of time for opioid rehab depends on factors that are unique to you. You may have a mild addiction to the pain medication you’re taking and only need a short detox and medication education. Or, you may have a severe opioid addiction and have been abusing it for a long time, which means your rehab will be longer. It’s been noted that the best outcomes for addiction treatment are those where the individual stayed in the program for 90 days or more. You may need a shorter time in drug rehab. How long you are in rehab is determined during the initial assessment.

Does Arete Recovery provide transportation?

How to get to drug rehab is one of the main barriers to treatment. There are many instances where those who want drug rehab cannot get to the treatment center nearest to them.  Arete Recovery provides transportation to and from our campus from the local international airports and bus and train stations. However, you will need to pay for any air, bus, or train fare. We also offer transportation to and from our campus to outside support meetings and/or medically necessary doctor appointments. If you have special transportation needs, please let us know during the intake phone call.

How much does drug rehab cost?

It always comes back to money, doesn’t it? How to pay for drug rehab is the main obstacle in getting the help you need. We understand. Speaking broadly, opioid drug rehab can range from a few thousand dollars to much more than that, depending on the type of treatment center you choose. Luxury addiction facilities will cost more than non-luxury facilities. So, how will you be able to afford addiction treatment? There are several options, from health insurance to working out a reasonable payment plan with us. The cost of drug rehab should not deter you from seeking treatment. We’re here to help find solutions for you.

Do I have to travel?

Arete Recovery is located in South Florida and is convenient to people who live in the area, whether that is Miami, North Lauderdale, or over on the west coast in Naples. No matter where you are arriving from, you will have to travel. If you live out of state and plan to rehab here, you’ll find it beneficial to be far away from your opioid use triggers. Sometimes, it’s better to start fresh someplace new than to be close to those who encourage drug use. That means, yes, you will have to travel.

What insurance carriers does Arete Recovery take?

Health insurance is one of the most common methods of payment for drug rehab. We accept most of the major insurance plans available today and are in-network some of them, which may save you some money for drug rehab. If you have health insurance, it’s best to review the Explanation of Benefits to see what is covered or not. You can also call or email your insurance provider and ask questions about substance use disorder and mental health disorder coverage. Here are a few questions to get you started:

  • What percentage of treatment costs are covered if I go to a) an in-network provider or b) an out-of-network provider?
  • What is the limit of time you cover for inpatient treatment?
  • How many outpatient visits are covered under my plan?
  • What are the copays for each session?
  • Do you cover the costs for detox?
  • What is the approval process, and how long does it take to get approved?

Also, we are available if you need any help with your insurance and what’s covered.

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