Tamarac, Florida, is a small city in Broward County with a population diverse in ethnicity as it is in the age of its residents. Despite the state’s continuing efforts to crack down on opioid abuse and overdoses, Broward County remains high on the list for opioid-related deaths.

The year 2020 was particularly difficult for everyone as the coronavirus pandemic swept through the nation, every state, county, and municipality. As cities instituted lockdowns to stop the rampant spreading of the virus, measures such as that also amped up opioid abuse and overdoses. The Florida Department of Health’s Project Opioid underscores this with these opioid overdose death data:

  • March – June 2019: 183
  • March – June 2020: 263

Also, in 2019, the state health office reported 305 non-fatal opioid overdose counts from October through December (Table 5). They also indicate there were 6,128 opioid-related fatalities, which means that opioid was either the cause of death or present in the decedent’s tissues at the time of death. Fentanyl, one of the most potent and devastating opioids, caused most of the drug overdoses in 2019, numbering 3,244, marking a 38% increase from 2018.

Reasons given for using or abusing opioids during the pandemic ran the gamut from being dependent on them to feeling anxious or nervous, lonely, depressed, or agitated. Individuals who said they used opioids relayed profound and troubling replies for not seeking treatment during the pandemic:

  • The majority said they did not feel they needed treatment.
  • A whopping 74% relayed the ability (or lack of ability) to pay for treatment.
  • Thirty-two percent did not have insurance.
  • A staggering 273% indicated fear of losing their job.

Other 2020 opioid statistics from the state health department relay figures for non-fatal overdose emergency department visits, such as the 1,422 opioid-involved visits and 618 heroin-involved visits. The number of individuals who were admitted to the hospital for a non-fatal opioid overdose was 469, and 135 for those using heroin. Fentanyl and fentanyl analogs are known additives to counterfeit prescription drugs sold on the street and are to blame for many overdose fatalities.

Fentanyl-laced drugs are brought into the country every day, and many resemble legitimate prescription medications. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) listed the 10 most commonly filled controlled substance prescriptions for 2018 as hydrocodone, oxycodone, alprazolam, tramadol, dextroamphetamine, zolpidem, clonazepam, codeine, buprenorphine. As such, one should expect that prescription drugs sold on the street by nefarious drug dealers will contain fentanyl or a fentanyl analog.

Additionally, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance stated in a 2021 news release that before the coronavirus pandemic, the economic impact for the state was roughly “$97.1 billion lost each year in gross regional products and 128,800 workers [were] sidelined from the labor force.”

Despite these astounding data, Arete Recovery is open to those who desire help in ending opioid abuse. No one is turned away for lack of funds or insurance. We provide compassionate, confidential care for any person who is ready to turn their life around and are within easy access from Tamarac, Florida, or those who need to get far from the triggers of opioid addiction.

Arete Opioid Rehab in Tamarac

If you or someone you care about needs drug rehab in or near Tamarac, Arete Recovery is a short drive away. Located in Pembroke Pines, our facility provides dedicated, caring medical and addiction treatment utilizing evidence-based modalities that focus on complete drug recovery. We specialize in care for opioid addiction and offer female-only and gender-specific group therapy sessions, ensuring that each person under our care receives opioid treatment in an environment that makes them feel safe and secure.


Opioid drug rehab at Arete Recovery begins with a comprehensive assessment that will determine what your most urgent needs are. When this is finished, you will be admitted into detox, where you will be medically observed 24 hours a day for as long as you need detox.

Detox is absolutely an essential step in addiction treatment. As your system undergoes withdrawal, ridding itself of all toxins, it will also undergo physical changes, which can be distressing and uncomfortable. Opioid withdrawal symptoms are similar to those of the flu; while not life-threatening, they can cause you to feel quite unwell and result in dehydration. How severe the symptoms are for you depend on how long and how high your opioid use is/was.

Generally, the height of opioid withdrawal occurs around the 72-hour mark. Your body is beginning to chemically rebalance itself. Our medical personnel administers FDA-approved medications to help ease withdrawal symptoms related to opioid abuse, including those used in medication-assisted treatment (MAT).

Throughout your stay in detox, you will be treated with dignity and respect and be tended to with professionalism and concern.


Detox alone will not be the panacea for opioid addiction. Residential treatment is the next step in opioid addiction treatment. It refers to on-site, inpatient treatment where one stays for a minimum of 30 days or up to 90 days or more. This treatment type will encompass a range of behavioral therapies, educational sessions, life skills meetings, and programs that include families.

Cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, motivational interviewing, emotion, and solution-focused therapies are a part of residential treatment. You will also participate in relapse prevention education sessions, which is a valuable aspect of addiction treatment. We at Arete Recovery know that relapse is not only possible but does happen. Our team of addiction professionals will work with you to learn what your trigger points are and how to avoid them to prevent a relapse.

We also work with those with dual diagnosis. This refers to an individual with a diagnosed mental health disorder and substance use disorder, such as opioid use disorder. At Arete Recovery, we don’t just treat the addiction; we treat the whole person.


After you have completed opioid drug rehab, our aftercare or alumni program is there for you to connect with for any reason. We will not send you on your way back into the world without a strong support network. Arete Recovery’s Aftercare program organizes meetings, events, and socials for those who have graduated from drug rehab. We can also help our graduates find and apply for jobs, search for suitable housing, and other skills needed to navigate life outside of treatment.

Opioid Rehab in Tamarac FAQ

There are always questions that seem to not be answered when one is searching for information about opioid rehab. If you continue to view and read the information on this page, you will find answers to the questions that are most often asked when seeking addiction treatment in Tamarac and South Florida. If you have a question that was not answered, we encourage you to reach out to us. We welcome individuals from around the country to our facility and to our sister facility Vista Pines Health, which is right next door.

How long is rehab?

The time you spend in opioid rehab largely depends on how long and how heavy a user of opioids you are. Detox can last from a few days to 10 days, and residential treatment can range from one month and beyond 90 days if needed. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) found that an inpatient stay of at least 90 days was the most beneficial in successfully ending drug abuse.

Does Arete Recovery provide transportation?

If you live locally, we may be able to arrange transportation to our facility in Pembroke Pines. If you are considering coming to us from out of town, you will need to arrange and pay for your flights, bus, or train tickets. We may be able to pick you up and take you back to whichever transportation means you arrive. It’s best to contact us to let us know if you will need transportation arrangements.

How much does drug rehab cost?

Drug rehab costs depend on several factors. Generally, they might be around $1,000 to several thousand dollars. The type of facility in which you are given treatment, medications administered, amenities taken, and other factors will determine how much drug rehab will cost. We know the cost of treatment is a common obstacle in seeking treatment and will work with you to find agreeable solutions.

Do I have to travel?

One way or the other, you will have to travel to Arete Recovery, whether you’re arriving from Tamarac or from out of town or state.

What insurance carriers does Arete Recovery take?

We accept most of the major insurance carriers and are in-network with some, which might help you save money on drug rehab costs. If you are curious if we take your current insurance plan, you can click here to verify your insurance.

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