Like cities all across the U.S., North Miami has many residents struggling with substance abuse, particularly opioids.
The Medical Examiner’s Office reports that between 2005 and 2015, an average of 100 people in Miami-Dade died each year due to opioid overdose. Then in 2016, this number jumped with a reported 229 fatal opioid overdoses throughout the county.1 This sharp increase in opioid-related fatalities is alarming and calls for increased resources.
Luckily, North Miami is home to a number of rehabilitation programs targeting those with substance use disorders. In 2015, more than 1,000 Miami-Dade County residents attended treatment programs for opioid use disorder, or opioid addiction.1
If you are having trouble with opioids or any other substance—whether its prescription drugs, illicit substances, or alcohol—you may be thinking about the possibility of getting treatment in North Miami. If so, you may also be curious about what happens in rehab. First, it’s important to know that detox is distinct from treatment in rehab.
- Professional detox programs are designed to manage the physical symptoms of withdrawal that occur after stopping drug use.2
- Some forms of acute substance withdrawal should always be completed under the supervision of specially trained medical staff because it can be dangerous for users to stop cold turkey on their own.
- Symptoms of withdrawal can be severe and possibly life-threatening, depending on the substance.
While a necessary first step for recovery, detox alone is rarely sufficient to completely stop drug use, as it does little to address the underlying psychological and behavioral issues connected to the user’s addiction.2
When you enter rehab, depending on the type of program and your individual needs, you can expect to participate in various evidence-based approaches to treating substance use disorders. Your treatment will likely include behavioral therapy, medication, or both.3 Often, therapy will include individual sessions and group sessions. Many individuals who are addicted to drugs also suffer from other health or psychiatric issues that can be addressed at the same time, such as bipolar disorder or depression.3
The rehabilitation period will focus on giving you tools and strategies for dealing with the inevitable cravings and drug triggers. Treatment staff will motivate you to continue your recovery and teach you how to avoid future drug use and prevent a relapse.3
If you’re ready to take the first step on the road to recovery, please use our free directory to find a treatment center near you in North Miami.
- Miami-Dade County (2017). Miami-Dade County Opioid Addiction Task Force.
- National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2018). Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (Third Edition): Types of Treatment Programs.
- National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2018). Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (Third Edition): What Is Drug Addiction Treatment?
Looking for Outpatient Treatment Centers in Florida? Outpatient treatment describes all addiction treatment that is not residential. Patients live at home while undergoing rehab.