If you’re looking for alcohol addiction treatment in Florida, here are some of the more frequently asked questions about rehab in Florida:
Where Can I Find Alcohol Addiction Treatment Centers in Florida?
There are 668 treatment facilities available statewide that treat substance addictions of any kind and 515 specifically-designated for alcohol addiction only.1 Of those, 559 are outpatient facilities, 195 are residential (non-hospital), and 48 are inpatient.1* Many are located along the southeastern coast of the state in the Miami and Fort Lauderdale areas, as well as the southwestern coasts of the state around Tampa and St. Petersburg.
Florida is also home to Recovery First (2) and River Oaks treatment facilities which are part of American Addiction Centers’ (AAC) portfolio of nationwide facilities. Set on 26-acres of lush land in the historic gulf city of Tampa, River Oaks is a tranquil facility boasting an atmosphere of peace and calm so patients can focus on their recovery without outside stressors.
River Oaks utilizes AAC’s Addiction Labs of America to get genetic tests within 24-hours in order to better understand an individual’s genetic makeup and inform them on what medications will be most effective for each person. The facility also boasts various culturally-competent treatments that cater to underserved groups. Situated in both Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood, Recovery First offers patients two locations to seek recovery and begin a path to sobriety.
At its Hollywood location, Recovery First is another strong proponent of pharmacogenetics, similar to River Oaks. Recovery First ensures that each patient receives a personalized care and treatment plans filled with individual and group therapies. In Fort Lauderdale, Recovery First is proud to serve veterans struggling with addiction and offers the Veteran’s Choice Program (VCP) in partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Set next to the white sand beaches of Florida, this location encourages patients to roam the beaches in their free time and relax in the gentle Atlantic surf. Both locations also treat co-occurring mental health disorders.
To find other programs in the state, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offers a full list of Florida rehabilitation facilities, which can be found here.
Where Can I Find Medical Detox Centers in Florida?
There are 197 medical detox centers in Florida. Of these, 78 are outpatient, 73 are residential (non-hospital), and 46 are hospital inpatient detoxes.1 Depending on the magnitude of physical dependence, alcohol withdrawal syndrome may range from mild to physically dangerous. Symptoms may include agitation, anxiety, irritability, high blood pressure, increased heart rate, seizures and in rarer cases, delirium tremens.2
Alcohol withdrawal may be dangerous when done on your own; because of this, a supervised, medical detox center can help avoid unnecessary discomfort or life-threatening withdrawal complications. Detox is the process of getting substances out of your body and helping you manage acute withdrawal symptoms from alcohol.3 These types of programs provide individuals with onsite physicians and 24-hour care to help gain management over alcohol withdrawal symptoms.3
To find local detox facilities in Florida, search SAMHSA’s directory which can be found here.
Does My Insurance Cover Treatment in Florida?
One of the biggest barriers to detox and rehab treatment in Florida is cost. If you don’t have insurance, you may be hit with a rather large bill. Unfortunately, not all private insurances offer substance abuse treatment coverage. Before enrolling in any detox or rehab program, it’s important that you make sure it will be covered by your insurance. The best way to find out is to give your insurance company a call and ask them directly.
In Florida, some of the most commonly accepted insurance providers for substance abuse treatment include:
- Assurant Health.
- Coventry One Florida.
- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida.
- Avalon Healthcare.
Why Choose AAC
American Addiction Centers (AAC) offers a nationwide network of facilities, an alumni support system, quality care, and a 90-day promise. If a person relapses after completing 90 days of treatment at an AAC program, they can return for 30 days of complimentary treatment.
Additionally, AAC alumni from across the country host fun gatherings and events while alumni coordinators check-in regularly to ensure those recovering from substance abuse benefit from continued support.
Check to see if your insurance covers alcohol addiction treatment with American Addiction Centers here.
State-Funded Insurance (i.e. Medicaid)
Medicaid is a state-managed health insurance program that provides necessary healthcare coverage for low-income families or individuals with disabilities. In Florida, this program is managed by the Agency for Health Care Administration and sets strict requirements for which citizens are eligible.
To be eligible, you must be a resident of Florida and be over 64, have a child under the age of 18, be pregnant, have a disability, or have someone in your household who is disabled. Additionally, you must also meet certain income requirements. For example, a household size of 4 people can’t make more than $34,248 per year. If your household size is 8, you can’t make more than $57,762 per year.4
Under Florida Medicaid, beneficiaries will receive a number of substance abuse treatment benefits, including community mental health services, targeted case management, and inpatient or outpatient psychiatric treatment 5 Overall, 254 substance abuse treatment facilities in the state of Florida accept Medicaid as a form of payment, which equates to 38% of the state’s total facilities.1
Check to see if you qualify for Florida’s Medicaid program here.
Free Rehab in Florida
If you’re unable to afford private or state-funded programs, there are still a number of free or financially-assisted rehab clinics available to you within Florida. In some cases, these clinics may offer scholarships, other forms of free or discounted treatment, or sliding scales determined by the amount you’re able to pay.
Many faith-based rehabilitation programs are free of charge—such as Jews in Recovery and The Salvation Army—and do not require their patients to subscribe to any particular religious belief. If faith-based rehabilitation are not viable options for you, another way to seek help is by searching out local support groups in your area, most of which are free to attend.
A supportive community of like-minded, recovery-focused peers such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) can play an important role in your journey. Although AA members are not required to subscribe to a particular faith, the steps involve the belief in the divine being. If this isn’t for you, other support groups are available with no religious affiliation such as:
- SMART Recovery in Florida
- Secular Organization for Sobriety
- Women for Sobriety
- HAMS Harm Reduction Network
- Life Ring, Florida
Florida-Specific Packing List
Florida has a hot and balmy climate just about all year long, meaning you can leave your big winter coat behind. On average, Florida has the mildest winters in the nation with average lows ranging from 41-65 degrees F in the evenings to daytime highs ranging from 64-77 degrees F. The rest of the year, expect temperatures to range from 65-95 degrees F with high humidity.
When packing, you may want to bring:
- Cotton clothing and loose attire (t-shirts, shorts, tank tops, dresses).
- Light jacket for cooler evenings.
- One set of nicer clothing for special occasions.
- Running shoes and athletic attire.
- Sandals or flip-flops.
- Beach towel.
- Alcohol-free toiletries (toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, sunscreen).
Florida Alcohol Stats
- From 2006 to 2010, there were 6,669 alcohol-attributable deaths due to excessive alcohol use in Florida.6
- 17% of Florida’s high school students reported drinking alcohol for the first time before age 13 years in a 2017 survey.7
- 13% of Florida high school students reported binge drinking on at least 1 day during the 30 days before the 2017 U.S. Department of Health adolescent substance abuse survey.7
- There were 839 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities in 2017.8
- There were 32,727 DUI arrests in 2017.8
Other ways to get help
In addition to finding treatment facilities, there are additional ways to get help or find support if you’re struggling with alcohol addiction, including:
- Alcoholics Anonymous
- Florida Sober Living (by county or city)
- Narcotics Anonymous
- LGBTQ support groups
. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2017). 2017 State Profile — Florida National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS).
. MedlinePlus. (2019). Alcohol Withdrawal.
. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2006). Detoxification and Substance Abuse Treatment.
. Benefits.gov. (n.d.). Florida Medicaid.
. Better Health Care for All Floridians. (2015). Florida Medicaid: Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.
. Centers for Disease Prevention Control. (2013). Alcohol and Public Health: Alcohol-Related Disease Impact (ARDI).
. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2019). Florida Adolescent Substance Abuse Facts.
. Foundation for Advanced Alcohol Responsibility. (2018). Alcohol Statistics.
*Facilities may provide more than one type of care.