Geographical Boundaries

Substance abuse treatment in Florida is available to anyone who wants it, except when it isn’t. One of the biggest misconceptions about drug abuse and substance use disorders in America is that it’s primarily a problem of cities. Ghettos, crack houses and other cartoonish stereotypes flood a typical person’s head when they think about these things, but addiction doesn’t know what a geographical boundary is nor even what race, ethnicity, income, sex or age are. One of the problems facing the ever growing numbers of people with substance use disorder is lack of treatment access.

In most states, rehab and detox centers, including south Florida detox, typically are found in highly urbanized areas, away from rural towns with lower population density. This can pose many problems for those people, especially addicted to opioids who might have developed an addiction from painkillers prescribed by their physician, to find a reliable treatment facility to help them. Even in states where public transportation is more widespread such as California, though, it can be highly difficult for someone who has a need for rehabilitation to get there.

For functioning addicts living in rural areas Florida, who still have a job but know they have a problem and are facing difficulties with withdrawal symptoms, for instance and need professional help, the drive may simply be too far. If a person living far away has financial issues, even paying for gas or cross country bus (if it’s even available) can place help completely out of their reach. This lack of unified treatment availability has contributed to the exploding numbers coupled to the addiction crisis and to the over 70,000 overdose deaths in 2018, which for the first time in American history has totalled more than car accident fatalities.

Some states have began to implement ways to mitigate the problem, but help is coming very slowly. Some solutions have included basic addiction treatment training for hospitals in rural areas to help in early identification of people who might be developing a substance use disorder and to have available any available medication assisted treatment (MAT) drugs if available for those who find themselves in the ER room under overdose situations. Other states have begun looking at funding transportation to treatment facilities that lie far outside the ability of a patient to travel in hopes that getting an addict to quality facility for treatment will entice and encourage them to beat their addiction.

As the country continues to face the spread of addiction out into the countryside, the medical community has struggling to keep up to offer safe treatment options for those seeking help. While groups like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) tend to be available in most towns, even smaller ones, their success rate of helping addicts is less than ten percent and doesn’t benefit from the decades of advancement in research available in dedicated south Florida drug rehab centers. Only the future can tell whether the epidemic of addiction will be stunted but it’s clear that the current reach of help is not adequate enough.

Broward County drug rehab is available to anyone within reach, so if you or someone you love is suffering from substance use disorder, First Step Behavioral Health’s doors are always open. Call (866) 319-6126 for treatment options and locations.

Specialist Supply & Demand

Substance abuse treatment in Florida, especially in Pompano drug rehab centers, rely on specialists, experts and certified practitioners to ensure patients seeking help have the best possible chance at recovery. Addiction treatment has come a long way since the early days where the only option was to either try (and often fail) to get well alone or to submit to generally ineffective faith-based programs that usually did more to make people attending feel terrible about themselves rather than treat the causes of addiction itself. Even as recently as the 1960’s, addiction was clinically seen by psychologists to be a form of psychosis and psychotic behavior.

As the medical, scientific and psychology fields have continued to advance and accumulate information which paints a more complete picture of how addiction works to change the neurobiology of a person’s brain and the mechanics which surround the forming of a substance use disorder, treatment itself has become more effective. There are, though, still problems that are occurring within the treatment options that have two problems that must be overcome; training and information.

For some kinds of treatment, such as the use of some medication assisted treatments for opioid use disorder, a physician is required to attend special seminars, typically on their own time and their own dime, to be approved to prescribe the helpful medication. Some of these drugs will also be highly limited in terms of the maximum amount of prescriptions they can give out and often require ‘refreshers’ to keep their privileges or to expand how many patients they’re allowed to prescribe to. For this reason, treating addiction with clinically proven drugs that inhibit cravings is relatively rare, and contributes to the other issue of training.

Many hospitals will see patients coming in who have overdosed on a drug and along with the lack of medications that can help with preventing the worst effects of the overdose, many will not know that such drugs exist. Compounding the problem is that if a patient comes in exhibiting the early signs of addiction, doctors aren’t typically trained to recognize the symptoms. Worse yet, doctors themselves may still hold on to the outdated beliefs of morality as part of addiction and even harm a person’s chances of seeking treatment by the way they interact with a patient they suspect may have an addiction.

Overall, this has created a very terrible situation in which finding a quality south Florida rehab centers largely the job of the person addicted rather than health officials and practitioners who are expected to do whatever is necessary to improve overall public health, which itself presents a lot of problems as well. With the demand for quality treatment centers going up, there’s a high probability that centers without quality staff may fill the ‘market need’ which could be worse than doctors simply not knowing how to handle patients that come through their office or the ER and their substance abuse problems.

If you or someone you know is suffering from substance use disorder, treatment options are available from First Step Behavioral Health. Call (866) 319-6126 for more info.