I. Getting Help

What to Consider When Choosing a Rehab Center

There are many different types of rehab programs and treatment options to consider. Here are a few of the decisions you need to make:

The main factors that determine which rehab options will be best for you are the severity of your addiction and your unique personal and financial situation.

For more information on how to make all of these decisions, read our guide to Choosing the Right Rehab

The Highest Rated, Low-Cost Rehabs in Florida

If the cost of rehab is a barrier for you (as it is for many) and you don’t have insurance, there are still ways for you to get help. Out of the 534 rehab facilities recognized by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) in Florida, 116 offer some sort of payment assistance to most adults. Out of those 116 rehabs, Aspire Health Partners in Orlando received the highest overall scores from help.org.

For more information about the five core metrics, head to the full breakdown of our filtering process and ranking methodology

1. Aspire Health Partners

Aspire Health Partners offers regular and intensive outpatient programs to those living in Orlando Florida. The rehab earned an overall score of 7.6, with its highest score (9.28) in the category for rehab services provided. The facility offers 12 rehab services, including medications for psychiatric disorders and Methadone maintenance. The rehab’s weakest performance came on “Cost” – it was given a score of 4.44 because it does not accept some common forms of payment such as Medicare or TRICARE. However, it does accept Medicaid and private insurance.

  • Rehabilitation Services Provided: 9.24
  • Treatment Approaches: 7.28
  • Cost: 4.44
  • Special Programs for Unique Demographics: 8.71
  • Ancillary Services: 8.58

2. Florida House Experience

Florida House Experience was a close second to Aspire Health Partners, with an overall score lower by only 0.6 of a point. This rehab offers short and long-term residential inpatient care, as well as regular and intensive outpatient treatment to Floridians living in Deerfield Beach, which is about 35 miles south of Palm Beach County. The high number of rehabilitation services provided (16) and ancillary services (45) earned the program high scores. The facility earned its lowest score in cost, by only allowing self-payment or private insurance. They do not offer Medicaid, Medicare, TRICARE, or government assistance.

  • Rehabilitation Services Provided: 10
  • Treatment Approaches: 8.19
  • Cost: 1.11
  • Special Programs for Unique Demographics: 8.71
  • Ancillary Services: 10

3. Centerstone of Florida Hospital and Addiction Center

Located in Bradenton, 45 miles south of Tampa, Centerstone of Florida Hospital and Addiction Center provides short and long-term residential treatment, along with regular and intensive outpatient treatment. The center earned its highest score in ancillary services, for offering 37 services to its patients. The program’s lowest score (6.66) related to the number of rehabilitation services provided. According to the data provided to SAMHSA, common medications such as Disulfiram (Antabuse®) and Methadone are not available. Buprenorphine is used in treatment, and medications for psychiatric disorders are available.

  • Rehabilitation Services Provided: 6.16
  • Treatment Approaches: 7.28
  • Cost: 6.66
  • Special Programs for Unique Demographics: 8.04
  • Ancillary Services: 8.25
Top-Rated, Low-Cost Treatment Centers in Florida
RankRehabTotal ScoreContact Information
#1Aspire Health Partners7.6100 West Columbia Street Orlando, FL 32806 Main Tel: 407-245-0014
#2Florida House Experience 7.6505 South Federal Highway Deerfield Beach, FL 33441 Main Tel: 866-421-6242
#3Centerstone of Florida Hospital and Addiction Center7.02020 26th Avenue East Bradenton, FL 34208 Main Tel: 941-782-4600
#4Ambrosia Treatment Center: Bradford County Clinic 6.9546 NW University Boulevard Suite 103 Port Saint Lucie, FL 34986 Main Tel: 888-492-4619
#5Memorial Regional Hospital: SHARE Program6.93400 North 29th Avenue Hollywood, FL 33020 Main Tel: 954-276-3400
#6Lakeview Center Inc: Adult Outpatient Counseling6.31221 West Lakeview Avenue Building H Pensacola, FL 32501 Main Tel: 850-469-3730
#7Cove Center for Recovery6.1100 SW 10th Street Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315 Main Tel: 954-376-4783 x405
#8DISC Village Inc: Wakulla Adult Outpatient6.085 High Drive Crawfordville, FL 32326 Main Tel: 850-926-2452
#9New River Wellness Center6.02962 SW 26th Terrace Suite 204 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312 Main Tel: 954-530-6118
#10DACCO Behavioral Health Inc: Women’s Outpatient Services5.94422 East Columbus Drive Tampa, FL 33605 Main Tel: 813-384-4000

Finding a Substance Abuse Treatment Center in Florida

Start by determining your coverage

If you have private insurance or coverage purchased through the healthcare marketplace, contact your plan provider to determine exactly what services are covered. If you have Medicaid (or to determine whether you qualify), visit myflorida.com to get started. Whatever type of coverage you have, insurance companies (public and private) are required to cover substance abuse treatment for qualified individuals.

Use our database to find a treatment center near you

The tool below lists all of the treatment centers in the state of Florida recognized by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Input your zip code and select the filter icon to find relevant rehabs near you.

Schedule an assessment

If you are pursuing treatment that will be covered by insurance, your first step will likely be scheduling an assessment by a qualified individual such as a therapist or counselor. Most facilities provide assessments, or your primary care provider may be able to refer you. Contact companies in our database above to find out if they will provide this service.


Type Of Care
Treatment Apporaches
Service Setting
Age Groups Accepted
Ancillary Services
Facility Operation
Facility Smoking Policy
Gender Accepted
Language Services
License Certification Accreditation
Payment Assistance Available
Payment Methods and Insurance Accepted
Special Programs Groups Offered

    What to Expect in Rehab

    There are many different methods for treating addiction, and the science of studying addiction is constantly improving and changing. However, the core pieces of treatment are generally the same.

    For more on what to expect in rehab, read our guide on the addiction rehabilitation process 

    II. Rehab for At-Risk Groups

    Substance Abuse Treatment for Veterans

    1 in 15 veterans had a substance use disorder in 2015

    1 in 15

    Veterans had substance use disorder in 2015

    Veterans face unique challenges that can put them at higher risk for substance abuse than the general population. Factors leading to increased risk include things like PTSD and homelessness.

    Veterans have access to additional resources for treatment, and VA benefits often cover the cost. To get help with substance abuse from the VA health care system follow these steps:

    • Enroll: If you aren’t enrolled already, you can check to see if you are eligible by using the Health Benefits Explorer, and then complete the application.
    • Discover: Find out whether your local VA center provides substance use disorder (SUD) treatment by calling or visiting the center. If you don’t know where the closest VA is, call the VA hotline to find out: 1-800-827-1000.
    • Find Treatment: If your local VA does provide SUD treatment, then discover what your options are and enroll in treatment. If your local VA doesn’t provide SUD treatment, then use the SUD program locator to find one that does.

    Military sexual assault of female veterans is linked to substance abuse

    1 in 4

    Female veterans have experienced military sexual assault

    According to the Florida Department of Veteran Affairs, Florida has the third largest female veteran population in the nation, with over 154,000 female veterans. The VA website reports that one out of four female veterans have experienced some form of military sexual assault – this type of trauma can lead to self-medication with drugs or alcohol. If you or someone you love is one of the many female veterans impacted by sexual assault or substance abuse, visit womenveteransresources.com.

    For more information, read our guide on Substance abuse Rehab for Veterans

    Substance Abuse Treatment for Teens

    More than 1 out of 10 youths abused substances in 2013

    13%

    Binge Drinking

    9.5%

    Illicit Drug Usage

    In Florida, 13% of youth participated in binge drinking in 2013, and 9% used illicit drugs. To overcome the challenges that youth face in overcoming substance addiction, some treatment centers provide teen-specific treatment programs. Our database has a filter that allows you to find the closest rehabs that provide that treatment option.

    Additional Resources for Parents and Teachers

    Use the following resources to get a better understanding of three of the biggest dangers to youth: prescription drug abuse, underage drinking, and marijuana use.

    Co-Occurring Mental Health & Substance Abuse Treatment

    Substance abuse and mental health issues tend to go hand-in-hand – the technical term is “co-occurring mental and substance use disorders.” The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) estimates that 18% of those with some form of mental health illness also have a substance use disorder, and 39% of those with a substance use disorder also have a mental health disorder.

    Mental Health Resources & Treatment

    If you or someone you love is suffering from mental health issues such as depression, PTSD, eating disorders, or severe anxiety there are many resources and ways to get help.

    Below are a few ways to get immediate help, as advised by MentalHealth.gov:

    • Emergency Services: If your life (or someone else’s life) is in danger, always start by dialing 911 to get immediate access to emergency services.
    • Suicide Prevention: The number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is: 800-273-8255. You can also initiate a private live online chat.
    • Veterans Crisis Line: Dial 800-273-8255 to talk to someone immediately. You can also access help with a private online chat, or you can text 838255.

    For those who need mental health help but don’t have an immediate need, the Florida Department of Children and Families (DHCS) has a page dedicated to helping the general public with mental health concerns and a mental health resource page for veterans.

    Those who have mental health issues and a substance abuse problem may benefit from dual-diagnosis rehabs. Use the appropriate filter in our tool above to find rehab centers with programs designed to meet the unique challenge posed by co-occurring disorders.

    III. Finding Aftercare in Florida

    Aftercare is often overlooked, but it’s one of the most crucial steps in the rehabilitation process. The chances of relapsing after rehab dramatically rise for individuals who just try and go back to “normal life,” rather than pursuing further treatment in aftercare. There are several types of aftercare including follow-up visits for continued therapy, group therapy, and sober living homes.

    12-Step Addiction Meetings in Florida

    Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) designed the 12-step process for those recovering from an alcohol addiction, and today there are many other 12-step programs for other addictions and issues – Narcotics Anonymous (NA) is one only one example.

    Contact the appropriate local organization to find an AA or NA meeting near you

    The tool below lists the contact information for local organizations that will connect you to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings near you. Since meeting times and locations change periodically, contact the local groups that coordinate the meetings to ensure that the information is up to date.

    Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) Database

    NameCityProgramTelephoneSpanish Hotline
    Bay Area NABay Area (Saint Petersburg, Clearwater, Pinellas County)NA(888) 779-7117N/A
    Beach & Bay Area NABeach & Bay Area (Miami Beach)NA(800) 918-2330N/A
    Big Bend Area NABig Bend Area (Tallahassee)NA(877) 340-5096;(850) 224-2321N/A
    Brevard IntergroupMelbourneAA(321) 724-2247N/A
    Broward County A.A. IntergroupOakland ParkAA(954) 462-0265;(954) 462-7202N/A
    Central Florida Intergroup Service (Orlando Area)CasselberryAA(407) 260-5822;(407) 260-5408N/A
    Central Miami IntergroupMiamiAA(305) 504-7211N/A
    Central Office Of Sara-Mana Inc.SarasotaAA(941) 951-6810;(941) 351-4818N/A
    Central Office Of West PascoNew Port RicheyAA(727) 847-0777N/A
    Conch Republic Area NAConch Republic AreaNA(866) 584-2411N/A
    Conch Republic Area NAConch Republic Area (Lower Keys)NA(305) 394-5962N/A
    Conch Republic Area NAConch Republic Area (Upper Keys)NA(305) 664-2270N/A
    Daytona Beach Area NADaytona Beach AreaNA(844) 344-3155N/A
    Dist. 16 HelplineLake CityAA(386) 758-4283N/A
    District 15 IntergroupPanama CityAA(850) 784-7431N/A
    District 27 Answering Service for Levy, Gilchrist and Dixie CountiesLevy,Gilchrist, Dixie CountiesAA(352) 949-2239N/A
    East Central Florida Area NAEast Central Florida AreaNA(844) 623-5674 x713N/A
    Emerald Coast Area NAEmerald Coast Area (Panama City and surrounding areas)NA(866) 985-0008N/A
    First Coast Area NAFirst Coast Area (Jacksonville)NA(904) 723-5683N/A
    Flagler County IntergroupPalm CoastAA(386) 445-4357N/A
    Forest Area NAForest Area (Ocala, Marion County, Lake County, Sumter County)NA(352) 368-6061N/A
    Gold Coast Area NAGold Coast Area (Ft Lauderdale)NA(888) 524-1777N/A
    Greater Orlando Area NAGreater Orlando Area (Orange, Osceola & Seminole counties)NA(407) 425-5157N/A
    Greater Pensacola Area NAGreater Pensacola Area (Pensacola, Ft Walton Beach)NA(850) 496-1673N/A
    Gulf Coast Area NAGulf Coast Area (Port Charlotte, Ft Myers, Cape Coral, Lww & Charlotte Counties)NA(866) 389-1344N/A
    Heartland Area NAHeartland Area (Lakeland, Polk County)NA(863) 683-0630N/A
    Heartland Intergroup A.A. IncLakelandAA(863) 688-0211;(863) 687-9275N/A
    Hernando County IntergroupSpring HillAA(352) 683-4597N/A
    Indian River Central OfficeVero BeachAA(772) 562-1114N/A
    Intergroup 17OcalaAA(352) 867-0660N/A
    Intergroup 5 Inc.TallahasseeAA(850) 224-1818N/A
    Intergroup Comm Of District 14Ft. Walton BeachAA(850) 244-2421N/A
    Intergroup Of Martin CountyStuartAA(772) 283-9337N/A
    Intergroup Service Comm Of The 5th Dist Inc.North PortAA(941) 426-7655;(941) 426-7723N/A
    Intergroupe Francais En Floride (French)HollywoodAAN/AN/A
    Intergrupos de Area NotreFt. PierceAAN/A(772) 446-5555;(561) 262-3176
    Key West IntergroupKey WestAA(305) 296-8654N/A
    Lake Sumter Central OfficeLeesburgAA(352) 360-0960N/A
    Lee County Area IntergroupFt. MyersAA(239) 275-5111N/A
    Miami-Dade IntergroupMiamiAA(305) 461-2425N/A
    Midcoast Area NAMidcoast Area (Delray Bch, Boca Raton, Boynton Bch, Deerfield Bch)NA(561) 393-0303N/A
    Naples Area IntergroupNaplesAA(239) 262-6535N/A
    Nature Coast Area NANature Coast Area (Inverness, Dunnellon, Crystal River, Lecanto)NA(352) 393-0303N/A
    Nature Coast IntergroupCrystal RiverAA(352) 621-0599N/A
    North Central Florida IntergroupGainesvilleAA(352) 372-8091N/A
    North Dade Area NANorth Dade Area (North Miami Beach & surrounding)NA(866) 935-8811N/A
    Northeast Florida IntergroupJacksonvilleAA(904) 399-8535N/A
    Oficina Intergrupal de OrlandoOrlandoAAN/A(407) 240-1181
    Oficina Intergrupal De Tampa-BayTampaAAN/A(813) 842-8444
    Oficina Intergrupal Hispana de A.A. BrowardSunriseAAN/A(954) 832-6780
    Oficina Intergrupal Hispana Del SurMiamiAAN/A(305) 642-2805
    Oficina Intergrupal Sur De Florida AAWest Palm BeachAAN/A(561) 929-1759
    Osceola County IntergroupKissimmeeAA(407) 870-8282(407) 240-1181
    Palm Beach County Intergroup AssociationWest Palm BeachAA(561) 655-5700N/A
    Palm Coast Area NAPalm Coast Area (West Palm Beach)NA(561) 848-6262N/A
    Peace River Area NAPeace River Area (Port Charlotte)NA(800) 381-7371N/A
    Pinellas Co. Intergroup Inc.St. PetersburgAA(727) 530-0415N/A
    Recovery Coast Area NARecovery Coast Area (New Port Richey)NA(727) 842-2433N/A
    River Coast Area NARiver Coast Area (Hernando County)NA(352) 754-7200N/A
    Serenity Coast Area NASerenity Coast Area (Jacksonville, St Augustine, Orange Park, Neptune)NA(904) 358-6262N/A
    Shark Coast Area NAShark Coast Area (Venice, Nokomis, North Port, Englewood)NA(941) 493-5747N/A
    So. Palm Beach County Intergroup Inc.Delray BeachAA(561) 276-4581N/A
    South Atlantic Area NASouth Atlantic AreaNA(866) 288-6262N/A
    South Broward Area NASouth Broward Area (Hollywood)NA(954) 967-6755N/A
    South Dade Area NASouth Dade AreaNA(305) 265-9555N/A
    Space Coast Area NASpace Coast Area (Brevard County, Melbourne)NA(321) 631-4357N/A
    St. Lucie County Intergroup AssociationPort St. LucieAA(772) 873-9299N/A
    Suncoast Area NASuncoast Area (Sarasota, Bradenton)NA(941) 257-5055N/A
    Sunset Coast Area NASunset Coast Area (Naples, Bonita Springs)NA(888) 435-7301N/A
    Tampa Funcoast Area NATampa Funcoast AreaNA(813) 879-4357N/A
    Treasure Coast Area NATreasure Coast Area (Ft Pierce, Port St Lucie, Stuart, Okeechobee, Vero Bch)NA(772) 905-4409N/A
    Tri-County Central Office, IncTampaAA(813) 933-9123;(813) 933-9722N/A
    Tri-District Intergroup,Inc.PensacolaAA(850) 433-4191N/A
    Uncoast Area NAUncoast Area (Gainesville)NA(866) 352-5323;(352) 376-8008N/A
    Unity Springs Area NAUnity Springs AreaNA(888) 385-3121N/A
    Upper Keys FL IntergroupKey LargoAA(305) 852-6186N/A
    Volusia County IntergroupSouth DaytonaAA(386) 756-2930N/A
    Wiregrass Area NAWiregrass Area (Bonifay, Mariana)NA(866) 985-0008N/A

    Sober Living Homes

    Sober living homes (also referred to as recovery residences) are group homes that help recovering addicts transition from treatment facilities to living on their own, while maintaining sobriety. They are especially helpful for those who don’t have a supportive and positive environment to live in after rehab.

    Residents can stay for a couple months of for years, as long as they follow the rules and don’t relapse (most homes have a zero tolerance policy for using substances). Other rules usually include completing chores, attending mutual support groups regularly, and paying an equal share of the cost of renting the home.

    Some halfway houses are listed in our database, and you can find them by using the appropriate filter in our tool above. Otherwise, head to our guide on sober living homes to learn more about sober living homes, and to find a certified recovery residence near you.

    IV. Substance Abuse in Florida

    Overview

    Marijuana is the most commonly used drug in Florida

    10.5%

    of Florida residents use marijuana

    11%

    of Americans use marijuana

    Marijuana is used by over two million Floridians every year (based on 2015 data), which equals 10% of the population. For comparison, the national average is 11.09%. Except for cocaine which was about equivalent with the national average, residents of Florida abuse drugs and alcohol at a lower rate than the rest of the country.

    Annual Averages for Substance Abuse in Florida
    Ages: 12-17Ages: 18+TotalFlorida % of PopulationNational % of Population
    Alcohol (AUD)*38,000972,0001,009,0004.99%5.10%
    Cocaine9,000316,000325,0001.61%1.46%
    Heroin1,00037,00038,0000.19%0.27%
    Marijuana189,0001,964,0002,152,00010.63%11.09%


    * AUD stands for Alcohol Use Disorder. The numbers reflected on the table above are not the number of individuals who use alcohol, but rather those who have an AUD.

    The percentage of deaths due to drugs and alcohol in Florida is lower than the national average

    12.5%

    of Florida deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol

    13%

    of US deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol

    The table below shows the number of deaths involving drugs and alcohol in the 10-year span between 2006 and 2015. The percentage of deaths is below the national average for all ages (12.45% in Florida vs. 13.36% nationally).

    Deaths Caused by Drugs and Alcohol in Florida Between 2006 and 2015
    Ages: 12-17Ages: 18+All Ages
    Drug-Induced Deaths219215,136215,439
    Alcohol-Induced Deaths2334,12534,155
    Total Deaths3,9821,980,8742,004,705
    Percentage of Drug & Alcohol-Induced Deaths5.73%12.60%12.45%

    The rate of treatment for opiates in Florida is more than double the national average

    20.5%

    of Florida rehab admissions are for opiates

    8%

    of US rehab admissions are for opiates

    One in five addicts who went to state-funded rehab facilities in 2015 listed “other opiates” (including prescription painkillers, but not including heroin) as their primary substance of abuse – that is over twice as high as the national average. Likewise, the number of people who went to rehab for alcohol addiction was nearly 3% higher in Florida than in the U.S. as a whole.

    Admission into State-Funded Treatment Programs in 2015
    Total Admissions in FloridaPercent of all Admissions in FloridaPercent of All Admissions in the US
    All Substances30,387100%100%
    Alcohol (Including Alcohol Usage with Secondary Drug)11,10136.5%33.9%
    Other Opiates (Including Prescription Painkillers)6,24320.5%8.2%
    Marijuana 4,62415.2%14.1%
    Heroin4,10913.5%25.4%
    Cocaine (Including smoked and other usages)1,7125.7%5.0%
    Amphetamines (Including Methamphetamines)9813.2%8.9%
    Other/Unknown7262.4%3.0%
    Tranquilizers7032.3%0.9%
    Sedatives760.3%0.2%
    Hallucinogens 490.2%0.1%
    Other Stimulants460.2%0.1%
    Inhalants150.0%0.0%
    PCP20.0%0.3%

    Key Indicators of Substance Abuse Issues

    When trying to understand the substance abuse problem in a specific area, researchers and policymakers examine “key indicators.” Combined with usage stats, key indicators can provide a deep level of insight into which substances and demographics present the biggest problem and are at the highest risk. Key indicators with recent, credible statistics available are examined below.

    13% of Floridians struggle with mental health issues

    Based on data from The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 18% of those with some form of mental health illness also have a substance use disorder, and 41% of those with a substance use disorder also have a mental health disorder. The combination of the two issues is called a “dual diagnosis.” Because of the link between the problems, the prevalence of mental health problems helps us to understand substance abuse in Florida.

    13%

    of Floridians have mental health problems

    13.5%

    of Americans have mental health problems

    As you can see in the table below, mental health problems afflict more than one out of every eight Floridians (or 13%), which is just below the national average of 13.55%.

    Florida Annual Averages for Mental Health Issues in 2014 and 2015
    Ages: 12-17Percentage of PopulationAges: 18+Percentage of Population
    Major Depressive Episode166,0000.08%933,0004.61%
    Serious Mental IllnessNo DataNo Data567,0002.80%
    Any Mental IllnessNo DataNo Data2,630,00013.0%
    Had Serious Thoughts of Suicide No DataNo Data563,0002.78%

    Suicide is an act that’s often linked with substance abuse – those who have a Substance Use Disorder (SUD) are six times more likely to attempt suicide during their lifetime than those without a SUD. Nationally, Florida ranked 20th for the number of suicides per 100,000 people.

    Suicides in Florida Between 2006 and 2015
    Suicides in FloridaSuicides RankFlorida Suicide Rate (Per 100k People)Suicide Rate RankU.S. Suicide Rate (Per 100k People)
    Ages: 12-174553rd3.245th4.2
    Ages: 18+28,0682nd18.722nd16
    Total28,5383rd1520th12.5

    The rate of DUI-related deaths in Florida is relatively high compared to the nation

    The most tangible impact substance abuse has on a community may be when individuals choose to get behind the wheel of a car after using drugs or alcohol.

    8

    deaths per 100,000 people involving intoxicated Florida drivers ages 21-34

    6.7

    deaths per 100,000 people involving intoxicated US drivers ages 21-34

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 2.1% of Florida drivers report driving after drinking too much, which is about equivalent to the national average of 1.9%. The overall rate of deaths (seen in the table below) is also close to the national average, with the exception of the rate of deaths involving intoxicated drivers between the ages of 21 and 34.

    Deaths Involving Drivers Under the Influence of Alcohol in 2012
     Ages: 0-20Ages: 21-34Ages: 35+All Ages
    Florida Rate of Deaths (per 100,000)1.28.03.33.7
    United States Rate of Deaths (per 100,000)1.36.73.13.3

    The table below represents the most recent data available regarding drug and alcohol-related automotive fatalities in Florida. The fatalities from drugs and alcohol decreased by almost 3% between 2013 and 2015.

    Automotive Fatalities Involving Drugs and Alcohol in Florida from 2013 to 2015
    201320142015
    Drug Fatalities232219281
    Alcohol  Fatalities474459508
    Total Fatalities 2,4022,4942,939
    Percentage of Fatalities Involving Drugs and Alcohol 29.4%27.2%26.8%

    Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles: 2013-2014, 2015

    Floridian physicians prescribe high-dose opioid pain relievers at a high rate

    Prescription drug abuse (particularly opioid painkillers and Benzodiazepines) is an increasing problem in the United States. While it is difficult to estimate how many people use these drugs as prescribed and how many abuse them, the CDC and IMS have researched the variation in painkiller prescriptions between states. The more prescriptions are written, the greater the potential for dependence and abuse.

    6.6

    high-dose opioid pain reliever prescriptions per 100 people in Florida

    4.5

    high-dose opioid pain reliever prescriptions per 100 people in the US

    Florida ranked below average for the number of opioid pain reliever prescriptions written in 2012. Although out of 51 states (and Washington D.C.), Florida ranked 5th for the number of high-dose opioid pain reliever prescriptions.

    Painkiller Prescriptions in Florida per 100 People in 2012
    FloridaNational AverageState Rank
    Opioid Pain Relievers72.787.337
    Long-Acting/Extended-Release Opioid Pain Relievers11.312.026
    High-Dose Opioid Pain Relievers6.64.55
    Benzodiazepines46.939.210

    Homelessness has seen a sharp decrease in the state of Florida

    A high rate of homelessness in an area indicates a greater potential for substance abuse problems. Homelessness has been shown to be linked to substance abuse as both the cause and result.

    Thanks to the steady decrease starting in 2013, the overall rate of homelessness in Florida dipped below the national average in 2016. Nonetheless, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) relates that 6% of all homeless people live in Florida, and it has the second highest unsheltered rate in the nation at 9%.

    The U.S. HUD AHAR: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013

    Substance Abuse Among At-Risk Groups

    “At-Risk Groups” are segments of the population who are especially vulnerable to developing a substance abuse problem, or those who have a higher likelihood of negative outcomes. While there are several different demographics that fit into this category (such as pregnant women and veterans), the only recent statistics in the state of Florida have to do with youth. Youth are considered “at-risk” because the effect of substance-abuse on their still-developing brain is more extreme than with older addicts.

    Florida youths binge drink at a lower rate than teens in the U.S.

    13%

    of Florida youth had a binge drinking session in 2013

    15%

    of US youth had a binge drinking session in 2013

    Since 2012, binge drinking in Florida among 12 to 17-year-olds has remained in a steady decline, falling 1.6% below the rest of the nation. Illicit drug use has increased in that same period, slightly surpassing the national average (by 0.3%).

    Substance Abuse Among Youth
    Illicit Drug Use in FloridaIllicit Drug Use in the U.S.Binge Alcohol Use in FloridaBinge Alcohol Use in the U.S.
    2009 – 2010 9.8%10.1%15.3%17.5%
    2010 – 20119.1%10.1%14.5%16.3%
    2011 – 20129.1%9.8%14.4%15.6%
    2012 – 20139.4%9.2%13.1%14.7%

    SAMHSA’s Behavioral Health Barometer: Florida, 2014

    V. Regional Substance Abuse Statistics & Rehabs

    The following sections provide a deeper look at the substance abuse problem in Florida by examining key indicators in the five largest cities. Additionally, the three highest-rated rehabs that offer some type of payment assistance near each city are listed.

    Jacksonville

    The three highest rated rehabs in the Jacksonville area that offer payment assistance are listed in the table below, along with each institution’s performance on our core metrics.

    The Highest-Rated, Low-Cost Rehabs Near Jacksonville
     Clay Behavioral Health CenterStepping Stone Center for RecoveryEPIC Community Services Inc: EPIC Counseling Center
    Rehabilitation Services Provided2.317.74.62
    Treatment Approaches9.17.286.37
    Cost5.551.114.44
    Special Programs for Unique Demographics6.030.673.35
    Ancillary Services4.297.594.95
    Total Score5.45.24.9

    Deaths from drugs and alcohol in Jacksonville occur at a fairly average rate

    13%

    of Jacksonville deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol

    12.5%

    of Florida deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol

    The percentage of deaths due to drugs and alcohol is 12.99%, which is just below the national average (13.36%). However, the county is higher than the state average for 12 to 17-year-olds (5.73%) and all age groups (12.45%).

    Drug and Alcohol-Induced Deaths in Duval County Between 2006 and 2015
    Ages: 12-17Ages: 18+All Ages
    Drug-Induced DeathsN/A9,4839,496
    Alcohol-Induced DeathsN/A1,4501,452
    Total Deaths24582,66684,299
    Percentage of Drug & Alcohol-Induced Deaths6.12%13.23%12.99%

    The unsheltered homeless population in Jacksonville has declined by 66% since 2012

    Duval County’s unsheltered homeless population has decreased by over 900 individuals in the last five years, while sheltered populations have remained fairly stable. Veteran homeless populations and total homeless populations have also decreased, by 55% and 31% respectively.

    Homelessness in Duval County
    20122013201420152016
    Sheltered Homeless1,5421,6711,7561,4271,518
    Unsheltered Homeless1,3191,097293426441
    Homeless Veterans292324224184130
    Total Homeless2,8612,7682,0491,8531,959

    DUI arrests in Jacksonville have declined since 2012

    19

    DUI arrests per 10,000 people in Jacksonville in 2016

    17

    DUI arrests per 10,000 people in Florida in 2016

    The DUI arrest rate in Duval County has decreased by 25% since 2012, which accounts for 478 fewer DUI arrests. Since 2015, the county saw a slight increase in DUI arrests (by 1%), and maintains the fourth highest arrest rate of the five counties we researched.

    DUI Arrests Per 10,000 Population
    20122013 201420152016
    Duval County25.326.124.418.718.9
    Hillsborough County30.528.230.423.030.5
    Miami-Dade County16.714.714.69.87.1
    Orange County17.124.722.615.115.9
    Palm Beach County20.219.217.214.114.8
    Statewide23.227.521.515.717.0

    Florida Department of Law Enforcement: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

    Miami

    The three highest rated rehabs near Miami that offer payment assistance are listed in the table below, along with each institution’s performance on our core metrics.

    The Highest-Rated, Low-Cost Rehabs Near Miami
     Memorial Regional Hospital SHARE ProgramCove Center for RecoveryJackson Community Mental Health Center: Opa Locka
    Rehabilitation Services Provided6.166.164.62
    Treatment Approaches9.18.197.28
    Cost6.661.115.55
    Special Programs for Unique Demographics4.697.370
    Ancillary Services7.268.918.25
    Total Score6.96.14.6

    The percentage of deaths due to drugs and alcohol in Miami is low

    5%

    of Miami deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol

    12.5%

    of Florida deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol

    Miami’s rate of alcohol and drug-induced deaths (5.11%) is well below the state average of 12.45%. The percentage of deaths for 12 to 17-year-olds is also less than half of the national average (5.73%) at 2.41%.

    Drug and Alcohol-Induced Deaths in Miami-Dade County Between 2006 and 2015
    Ages: 12-17Ages: 18+All Ages
    Drug-Induced Deaths127,6057,622
    Alcohol-Induced DeathsN/A2,2492,250
    Total Deaths540190,416193,181
    Percentage of Drug & Alcohol-Induced Deaths2.41%5.17%5.11%

    Miami-Dade County reports the highest rate of homelessness in the last five years

    The homeless populations in Miami-Dade County are over 6% higher than they were in 2012. In spite of this, homeless veteran populations have decreased by 40%, and sheltered populations have remained fairly stable.

    Homelessness in Miami-Dade County
    20122013201420152016
    Sheltered Homeless3,1082,9633,3163,1453,253
    Unsheltered Homeless8688398401,007982
    Homeless Veterans265253317236157
    Total Homeless3,9763,8024,1564,1524,235

    Miami has seen a sharp decline in DUI arrests between 2014 and 2016

    7

    DUI arrests per 10,000 people in Miami in 2016

    17

    DUI arrests per 10,000 people in Florida in 2016

    In 2016 there were 1,967 fewer DUI arrests in Miami-Dade County than in 2014, which is a 50% decrease. Overall, DUI arrests occurred at the lowest rate (among the cities we researched), falling 58% below the state average.

    Impairment Tickets Per 10,000 Population
    20122013 201420152016
    Duval County25.326.124.418.718.9
    Hillsborough County30.528.230.423.030.5
    Miami-Dade County16.714.714.69.87.1
    Orange County17.124.722.615.115.9
    Palm Beach County20.219.217.214.114.8
    Statewide23.227.521.515.717.0

    Florida Department of Law Enforcement: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

    Tampa

    The table below shows the three highest rated treatment centers that offer payment assistance in or near Tampa, along with each institution’s performance on our core metrics.

    The Highest-Rated, Low-Cost Rehabs Near Tampa
    DACCO Behavioral Health, Inc.: Tampa OutpatientAgency For Community Treatment Services, Inc. (ACTS)Operation PAR, Inc. 
    Rehabilitation Services Provided6.162.311.54
    Treatment Approaches7.288.198.19
    Cost3.338.887.77
    Special Programs for Unique Demographics4.690.670
    Ancillary Services7.922.315.28
    Total Score5.84.84.6

    Tampa’s drug and alcohol-induced death rate is the highest statewide

    14.5%

    of Tampa deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol

    12.5%

    of Florida deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol

    Out of the five cities we researched, Tampa has the highest percentage of deaths caused by drugs and alcohol in the state. The city’s percentage of 14.64% is also high when compared to the US average (13.36%) and the state average (12.45%).

    Drug and Alcohol-Induced Deaths in Hillsborough County Between 2006 and 2015
    Ages: 12-17Ages: 18+All Ages
    Drug-Induced Deaths1813,39113,413
    Alcohol-Induced DeathsN/A2,6422,647
    Total Deaths283107,677109,676
    Percentage of Drug & Alcohol-Induced Deaths8.13%14.89%14.64%

    Tampa's homeless population has drastically decreased since 2012

    Homelessness in Hillsborough County has reached its lowest point in the last five years, with a 75% decrease in total homeless population. That amounts to over 600 fewer homeless veterans and 5,600 fewer homeless individuals in the county. According to the Florida Department of Children and Families, many factors contributed to the drastic decrease in homeless individuals between 2012 and 2013, including new counting methods, fewer emergency shelters, and more beds available to the homeless.

    Homelessness in Hillsborough County
    20122013201420152016
    Sheltered Homeless9729658531,1751,048
    Unsheltered Homeless6,4479441,091756769
    Homeless Veterans800170236313181
    Total Homeless7,4191,9091,9441,9311,817

    Tampa has the highest rate of DUI arrests in the state

    30.5

    DUI arrests per 10,000 people in Tampa in 2016

    17

    DUI arrests per 10,000 people in Florida in 2016

    Of the five counties that we researched, Hillsborough County had the highest number of DUI arrests per 10,000 people, overshadowing the second highest county by 61%. Moreover, the arrest rate in the county increased by 32% between 2015 and 2016.

    DUI Arrests Per 10,000 Population
    20122013 201420152016
    Duval County25.326.124.418.718.9
    Hillsborough County30.528.230.423.030.5
    Miami-Dade County16.714.714.69.87.1
    Orange County17.124.722.615.115.9
    Palm Beach County20.219.217.214.114.8
    Statewide23.227.521.515.717.0

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    Florida Department of Law Enforcement: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

    Orlando

    The three highest rated treatment centers in or near Orlando that offer payment assistance are listed below, along with each institution’s performance on our core metrics.

    The Highest-Rated, Low-Cost Rehabs Near Orlando
     Aspire Health PartnersThe Recovery Village: UmatillaSCCD: Crossroads of Sanford
    Rehabilitation Services Provided9.245.393.85
    Treatment Approaches7.289.16.37
    Cost4.444.442.22
    Special Programs for Unique Demographics8.7105.36
    Ancillary Services8.588.915.94
    Total Score7.65.74.6

    Drugs and alcohol account for a lower-than-average percentage of deaths in Orlando

    11%

    of Orlando deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol

    12.5%

    of Florida deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol

    Orlando’s average percentage of deaths among all ages (11.25%) is lower than the national average of 13.36% and the state average of 12.45%. However, the percentage of drug and alcohol-induced deaths for 12-17-year-olds in Orange County (7.73%) is higher than the state average of 5.73%.

    Drug and Alcohol-Induced Deaths in Orange County Between 2006 and 2015
    Ages: 12-17Ages: 18+All Ages
    Drug-Induced Deaths127,4137,429
    Alcohol-Induced DeathsN/A1,2951,299
    Total Deaths24775,84077,600
    Percentage of Drug & Alcohol-Induced Deaths6.48%11.48%11.25%

    Homelessness in Orange County is on the decline

    The number of homeless people in Orange County decreased by 62% between 2013 and 2016. In 2016, there were 442 fewer homeless individuals and 89 fewer homeless veterans than in 2015.

    Homelessness in Orange County
    20122013201420152016
    Sheltered Homeless2,2182,3211,9881,8201,537
    Unsheltered Homeless1,4432,057266292133
    Homeless Veterans574611299320231
    Total Homeless3,6614,3782,2542,1121,670

    The rate of DUI arrests in Orlando is below average

    16

    DUI arrests 10,000 people in Orlando in 2016

    17

    DUI arrests per 10,000 people in Florida in 2016

    While the rate of DUI arrests spiked in 2013 and 2014, the number of arrests per 10,000 people was 7% lower in 2016 than in 2012. Compared to the rest of the state, Orlando had 6% fewer arrests in 2016.

    DUI Arrests Per 10,000 Population
    20122013 201420152016
    Duval County25.326.124.418.718.9
    Hillsborough County30.528.230.423.030.5
    Miami-Dade County16.714.714.69.87.1
    Orange County17.124.722.615.115.9
    Palm Beach County20.219.217.214.114.8
    Statewide23.227.521.515.717.0

    Florida Department of Law Enforcement: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

    West Palm Beach

    The three highest rated rehabs in the West Palm Beach area that offer payment assistance are listed below, along with each institution’s performance on our core metrics.

    The Highest-Rated, Low-Cost Rehabs Near West Palm Beach
     Florida House ExperienceDrug Abuse Foundation of Palm Beach CountyRoyal Life Centers Treatment
    Rehabilitation Services Provided103.083.85
    Treatment Approaches8.199.19.1
    Cost1.114.441.11
    Special Programs for Unique Demographics8.7100
    Ancillary Services104.625.28
    Total Score7.64.54.2

    Drug and alcohol-induced deaths occur less often in West Palm Beach than elsewhere in the state

    8.5%

    of West Palm Beach deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol

    12.5%

    of Florida deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol

    The average percentage of deaths caused by drugs and alcohol in Palm Beach County (8.71%) is considerably lower than the national average (13.36%) and the state average of 12.45%. Additionally, the percentage of deaths falls below three of the four other counties we researched.

    Drug and Alcohol-Induced Deaths in Palm Beach County Between 2006 and 2015
    Ages: 12-17Ages: 18+All Ages
    Drug-Induced Deaths1210,85510,875
    Alcohol-Induced DeathsN/A1,9641,964
    Total Deaths280145,913147,322
    Percentage of Drug & Alcohol-Induced Deaths4.29%8.79%8.71%

    In the last five years, homelessness in Palm Beach County has drastically decreased

    Overall, there was a 37% decrease in homelessness from 2012 to 2016. The number of homeless people living on the street (unsheltered) declined at an even greater rate (by 41%), even though it has remained the same since 2015.

    Homelessness in Palm Beach County
    20122013201420152016
    Sheltered Homeless719612649596507
    Unsheltered Homeless1,397947947825825
    Homeless Veterans186168151157115
    Total Homeless2,1161,5591,5961,4211,332

    DUI arrests occur at a low rate in West Palm Beach

    13.5

    DUI arrests per 10,000 people in West Palm Beach in 2016

    17

    DUI arrests per 10,000 people in Florida in 2016

    DUI arrest rates in West Palm Beach have consistently declined in the last five years. Since 2012, the county has seen 792 fewer arrests and a 28% decrease overall.

    DUI Arrests Per 10,000 Population
    20122013 201420152016
    Duval County25.326.124.418.718.9
    Hillsborough County30.528.230.423.030.5
    Miami-Dade County16.714.714.69.87.1
    Orange County17.124.722.615.115.9
    Palm Beach County20.219.217.214.114.8
    Statewide23.227.521.515.717.0

    Florida Department of Law Enforcement: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

    VI. Take Action

    Substance abuse treatment is available for anyone who needs help in Florida – you don’t have to struggle alone. To get help, determine your insurance coverage, then use our tool to find and contact a rehab center near you to schedule an assessment. Remember, many low-cost rehab centers can help if you don’t have insurance coverage or feel that rehab is out of the question due to financial constraints.