Over the past two decades, the United States and abroad have witnessed a societal collapse like no other. A medication that provides therapeutic effects and serves a vital purpose in society to relieve mild-to-severe pain started getting abused at unprecedented levels. You might be asking yourself how something like that could happen?
In the late 1990s, pharmaceutical representatives from Purdue approached doctors to start prescribing drugs like OxyContin (oxycodone) to relieve pain for even mild injuries. They reassured these doctors their patients would not become addicted to opioid pain relievers, leading to an influx in prescriptions across the nation.
They say hindsight is 20/20, and it’s easy to see now how that was an issue. However, back then, we had no idea the crash course we were on and what it would lead to today. We witnessed potent opioid prescriptions administered to those with issues like sprains who had no business taking opioids. It led to the widespread misuse and abuse of these drugs, and “pill mills” popped up in areas throughout South Florida like Miami Gardens. Opioid abuse continued to spiral out of control to the point that the government took notice and stepped in. It led to stricter guidelines for prescriptions, but the damage was already done.
Once doctors cut off those addicted to opioid pain medication, users moved on to the next option—heroin. By 2010, heroin use became prevalent due to its low cost, high potency, and accessibility. Fast forward to today, fentanyl has emerged as the opiate of choice because of its high strength and low cost. The drug is 50 times more potent than heroin and has significantly contributed to the opioid overdose crisis. The latest CDC data provided a disturbing glimpse into what we are likely to continue seeing.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released provisional data showing there were an estimated 100,306 drug overdose deaths in 2020 alone. It was the first time the United States eclipsed the 100,000 person mark, a 28.5 percent increase over the year before, which was then a record high. Unfortunately, areas like Miami Gardens, located in Miami-Dade County, haven’t been spared. Its close proximity to global ports puts it somewhat at a disadvantage when it comes to the opioid crisis. For as many drugs as border officials find, tons of others flow in freely and undetected, contributing to this crisis.
With the entire globe facing strict lockdowns and what seems to be a never-ending pandemic, it has harmed mental health, leading many to feel hopeless and indulge in their desire to use drugs. It’s unfortunate, and it appears to be something we’ll continue witnessing until we’re able to get everything under control. For now, we must focus on addiction treatment and getting people the help they need. We also must improve deteriorating mental health.
If you’ve reached your wit’s end and use opioids merely to avoid getting sick, it might be time to consider opioid treatment in Miami Gardens. If you’re ready to put it all behind you and get a fresh lease on life, it’s time to get help now. Maybe you don’t use fentanyl, but if you’re purchasing drugs from the black market online or off the street, you never know when you’ll get a prescription pill laced with fentanyl, which can cause a fatal overdose. It’s imperative to seek help now.
Opioid Addiction in Miami Gardens
In the past, Miami was known for its 24-hour drug-fueled parties. Because of its proximity to South America, drugs like cocaine routinely flooded in, leading to alcohol and cocaine parties. Although you can still find these drugs in the area, opioids have flooded Miami-Dade County, leading to 10.7 deaths per 100,000 people, according to the most recent data from Miami Dade Matters. The figures rose dramatically from 2013 on and haven’t fluctuated much. Opioids have crept into every part of our society. These drugs don’t care about your socioeconomic background or race. In most cases, users report falling in love with opioids after the first time they tried them, leading to the fast path of addiction.
Florida, as a whole, has witnessed dramatic amounts of opioid overdose deaths as well. Provisional data from 2020 shows an estimated 3,708 drug overdose deaths—3,034 of those were opioid overdose deaths. The state also received 2,362 calls to Florida Poison Information Network related to opioids.
Unfortunately, it’s hard to ignore what opioids have done to Florida and Miami Gardens. For that reason, seeking opioid treatment might be your last chance to save your life. Below, we’ll discuss your options and what you can do to treat your addiction.
Family Recovery Specialists Opioid Treatment in Miami Gardens
We understand this is a challenging time in your life that you’d like to forget. You can hop on the path toward recovery by seeking opioid treatment. Below, we’ll discuss what that might look like for you.
Partial Hospitalization (PHP)
Partial hospitalization (PHP) usually occurs during the day and offers alternative hours, such as half-days, weekends, or in some cases, evenings. It can be conducted in hospitals and private facilities and maintains a distinct separation from residential treatment. You’ll undergo various therapy methods designed to help you overcome your addiction. The objective is to find the cause of your opioid addiction.
Intensive outpatient does not require or include residential or partial day services that larger treatment facilities use. It allows the individual to recover while maintaining outside activities separate from treatment, including work or family obligations. It’s typically reserved for those who have completed more rigorous levels of care, such as detox or inpatient care, and does not offer any type of detox services. Its flexible scheduling is desirable for those looking to get help and maintain their lives outside of treatment.
You might think that once treatment concludes, you’ll be forgotten about by the centers you placed your faith in getting you sober. However, that shouldn’t be a concern. Family Recovery Specialists will put you in touch with 12-step programs, fellow alumni and continue providing you support once you leave our program.
Opioid Treatment in Miami Gardens FAQs
If you feel that opioid treatment in Miami Gardens is right for you, having questions is part of the process. Below, we answer common questions we get about our services and treatment in general. If we don’t cover yours, please call or email our intake coordinators.
How long is rehab?
Unfortunately, we cannot provide you with a definitive figure. People heal from addiction at their own pace, so treatment can last anywhere from 30 to 90 days or more. If you’ve been using opioids for several years, it’ll take a bit longer for you to recover from something like post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS), and you may need a little longer before going back into society without the safety net treatment will provide you.
Does Family Recovery Specialists provide transportation?
Yes. However, you must reach out to our intake staff before your arrival to schedule your transportation. We will pick you up at the airport, bring you to off-site appointments, and arrange for you to be brought back to the airport or another drop-off point once your treatment program concludes. Keep in mind that you are responsible for your travel expenses.
How much does drug rehab cost?
The cost is dependent on your needs and what insurance will cover. For example, someone without insurance will incur more out-of-pocket expenses than someone who is in-network with our facility. For that reason, we cannot provide a definitive figure. Please reach out to our intake coordinators for more information and an estimate of costs.
Do I have to travel?
Yes. Whether you live inside or outside of Miami Gardens, you’ll be required to travel to our facility.
What insurance carriers do Family Recovery Specialists take?
Fortunately, we accept most major insurance providers. We’re also in-network with various insurance companies. If you have questions about coverage or if you’re in-network with us, you can reach out to our intake team for more information. You should also reach out to your insurance company to determine what you’ll have covered during your stay. Remember, you should never put a price on your health. Seek treatment today.