The Florida Drug Control Update published by the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy reports that about 8 percent of Florida residents say they used illicit drugs in the month prior to the survey.
They also reported that:
- The number of deaths caused by drugs in Florida is higher than the national average.
- The number of meth lab seizures has increased by 148 percent in two years across the state.
- Marijuana is one of the most popular illicit drugs among Florida residents who seek treatment.
Florida is also one of the states with the highest rates of illegal prescription drug diversion and abuse in the country.
Popular Substances of Abuse in Florida
When Florida residents seek treatment for drug or alcohol dependence, they are asked to name their “drug of choice.” No matter how many substances have been abused across a lifetime, there is usually at least one that the patient particularly struggles with. In Florida, the most popular drugs of choice in order of popularity are:
- Opiates other than heroin (prescription painkillers like OxyContin, Percocet, etc.)
Marijuana was by far the most commonly abused drug among Florida drug rehab patients. Almost twice as many patients claimed marijuana as their drug of choice as patients who claimed opiate painkillers, the number two drug of choice, according to Florida Substance Abuse and Mental Health Issues At-A-Glance published by the Substance Abuse and Mental health treatment Administration (SAMHSA).
The Option of Out-of-State Treatment
Due to the state’s many ports, Florida is a top spot for incoming substances.
Drug trafficking is a constant problem and, as a result, residents have almost constant access to any amount of their drug of choice. For those who are attempting to live a sober life, this kind of temptation can be too much to bear. For that reason, many Floridians choose to enroll in drug addiction treatment programs and sober living outside of the state. Getting away from home gives them a chance to:
- Physically remove themselves from access to old friends who use drugs and the drug dealers who supply them with their drug of choice
- Put mental and emotional distance between themselves and stressful relationships and issues back home
- Avoid dealing with stressful issues like bills and work or school problems
- Work toward resolving legal issues
- Work toward improving opportunities in work and career after treatment
Choosing the Right Drug Rehab for Your Family
Not sure how to find the best drug rehab program for your addicted loved one in Florida? You’re not alone. There are so many different types of rehabilitation options to choose from that it can be confusing – especially when you’re in the midst of crisis.
Contact us at the phone number listed above and speak to an addiction treatment expert who can help you:
- Decide which treatment services in the Florida area will be the most productive for your addicted loved one
- Answer questions about signs of drug abuse, when it’s time to seek treatment, and which types of addiction treatment are available
- Deal with issues of financing and insurance coverage
- Find the right drug addiction treatment program for your loved one that meets his or her treatment needs