Oakland Park, Florida, is a small city compared to most cities. It encompasses only 8 miles, but those 8 miles are filled with homes, city parks, easy access to beaches, shops, and some of the eclectic restaurants in the county. About 41,000 people call the city just north of Fort Lauderdale home. Its diverse culture makes it a neat place to live or work.

However, just like the rest of the cities in Broward County, Oakland Park is in the throes of an opioid fight that seems like it will never end. The Florida Department of Health reported 305 non-fatal opioid overdoses in Broward County in 2019 (Table 5), and a total of 959 all drug overdose counts (Table 6). Data for the county also indicates that 222 opioid overdose deaths were reported in the county in 2018, mostly White males between ages 45 to 54.

Drug use data the United Way of Broward County shares notes that most of all the heroin deaths in the county involved polysubstance use, meaning heroin was used in combination with other drugs. Cocaine deaths have been rising continually, and most are attributed to using it with other opioids and heroin.

Commonly abused drugs include cocaine, heroin, prescription opioids, fentanyl analogs, and non-pharmaceutical fentanyl. When other drugs, such as prescription pain relievers and benzodiazepines, are laced with fentanyl, the combination of those substances can be fatal for the person taking the drugs.

The Florida State Medical Examiners’ office reports that opioids are the top drugs found by the state medical examiner in Broward County. The state also released data indicating which drugs were attributed to the manner of death by accident in Florida in 2020. They are:

  • Cocaine: 1,608
  • Fentanyl: 2,712
  • Fentanyl analogs: 892
  • Morphine: 748
  • Heroin: 462
  • Oxycodone: 381
  • Methadone: 147
  • Hydrocodone: 129

Opioid abuse can also make the transmission of viral infections worse and can also increase the number of new infections through IV (intravenous) drug use. Data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and released by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) indicate that in 2017, there were 4,563 new HIV infections in Florida, most of which were men injecting drugs. New infections of Hepatitis C numbered 357 in 2017.

Oakland Park is a South Florida city not far from the Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale and the Port of Miami, where a hefty amount of illegal drugs is brought into and distributed throughout the area. Drug use and abuse, and especially opioid abuse, is a growing problem in the city and county.

Opioid use disorder (OUD), which is also called a severe opioid addiction, can be very difficult to overcome and be free of without help. Arete Recovery, located close by in Pembroke Pines, Florida, provides caring, professional substance use treatment for those in Oakland Park who want to end their opioid addiction.

Arete Opioid Rehab in Oakland Park

Addiction is a brain disease that is distinguished by compulsive use of substances despite the negative consequences that occur. People who abuse opioids usually do so to feel the euphoric effects of the drugs. They continue to use opioids even when it threatens their health or causes a myriad of family and legal issues.

Opioid rehab in Oakland Park is as close as Arete Recovery in Pembroke Pines. A short drive is all it takes to get there. The staff is kind, respectful, and ready to work with you to rid the drugs from your body and get you on the right track again.

Soon after you arrive at Arete, you will undergo an assessment to determine what your physical, mental, and social needs are. This will help them and you to develop the treatment plan that is a good fit for you. Once that is complete, you will likely begin with detox.


Opioid withdrawal is generally not as dangerous as withdrawal from benzodiazepines or alcohol. However, it can produce symptoms that range from mild to severe,  depending on how many and how long you’ve been using them.

In the first 24 hours, you can expect to feel symptoms that resemble a bad cold or mild flu. Soon after, you could expect to feel a bit worse with nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, chills, rapid heartbeat, and high blood pressure.

Detox usually lasts from a few days to a week. You will go through a few stages before reaching the psychological stage, where you will be craving opioids. Medications might be given in detox to ease the withdrawal symptoms and any medical complications that might come up. All medication given in detox is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Medications given are meant to ease symptoms and help keep you medically stable.


Detox alone won’t keep you from taking opioids again. Arete Recovery offers inpatient treatment, which is strongly encouraged to help you understand and work through the causes for your addiction, and learn and practice new skills you will need as you forge your way to becoming opioid-free.

Our inpatient program provides an array of behavioral therapies, group therapies, evidence-based therapeutic sessions, and life skills classes for you to take advantage of. Each one will be very beneficial to you. It’s up to you and your therapist to determine which sessions to participate in. As you progress during inpatient treatment, so will your treatment plan. Relapse prevention is another aspect of inpatient care. Here, you will work on a plan that you can use when you are done with opioid drug rehab and on your way into the world again.

Opioid Rehab in Oakland Park FAQ

There is much information here and on the Arete Recovery website about opioid rehab. We are sure questions will come up for you that you didn’t find and an answer for. Below are some of the questions we hear quite frequently. If you still don’t see an answer to a question you have, please reach out to us. We’re happy to find the answer for you.

How long is rehab?

There are no definite answers as to how long rehab is. The length of time depends on factors that are as individual as you. For instance, a person with a mild opioid use disorder may be in rehab for a few weeks. A person with a long-lasting opioid addiction might be in rehab for 90 days or longer. The intake assessment will determine how long you need to be in rehab.

Does Arete Recovery provide transportation?

Transportation is often a barrier to receiving treatment for many people. We know it can be a real challenge to get to a treatment center. At Arete Recovery, we can help with that. If you need transportation to our facility, we can arrange to pick you up at the nearest local airport. We can also arrange to drop you off at the airport when rehab is complete. We do not cover the cost of transportation outside of the pickup and drop-off for airports, but we can help arrange transportation. Don’t let lack of transportation keep you from opioid drug rehab.

How much does drug rehab cost?

The cost of treatment is also another barrier to getting the help you need. Many people don’t seek treatment for fear of what it may cost. There are several variables as to what goes into the cost of drug rehab, such as what type of facility it is, what amenities you take, where it is located, and medications given.

Arete Recovery can help you determine the cost of drug rehab at our facility and work with you to find solutions for payment. The price tag of substance abuse treatment shouldn’t deter you from seeking help. If you have insurance, your plan may cover mental health and substance use treatment. If it doesn’t cover everything needed, we will work with you to find a way to pay for what insurance does not.  Cost should not deter you from getting drug rehab.

Do I have to travel?

Yes, you will have to travel. Whether you live one block away from Arete Recovery or several states away, you will have to travel to get to us. There are quite a few ways to travel to our center. If you need assistance in arranging travel, let us know.

What insurance carriers does Arete Recovery take?

Arete Recovery is one of the respected substance use treatment centers managed by Delphi Behavioral Health. We accept most insurance plans and are in-network with a few others. Currently, we take Aetna, Anthem BlueCross/Blue Shield, CareFirst BlueChoice, and Cigna. If you don’t have an insurance plan from one of these, please let us know, and we can verify your insurance plan and let you know what’s covered.

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