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Drug Rehab Centers in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, Florida has a total of 71 drug rehab listing(s) containing information on alcohol rehab centers, addiction treatment centers, drug treatment programs, and rehabilitation clinics within the city. Contact us if you have a facility in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and would like to share it in our directory. Additional information about specific Fort Lauderdale listings is available by phoning our toll free rehab helpline at 866-720-3784.

Fort Lauderdale, FL is in the grips of the "heroin epidemic". Additionally, between 2012 and 2013, there was a near 300% increase in the number of people using "Molly" (MDMA, also known as Ecstasy). In addition, a synthetic drug, known as flakka, which is a cathinone that is similar to Molly, is gaining in popularity. Additionally, there have been 37 new psychoactive drugs on the market.

Statistics on Fort Lauderdale Substance Abuse

  • There was a 17% decline in the number of deaths in the first six months of 2012 due to prescription opioids abuse.
  • There was a significant increase in young adult methamphetamine, heroin, and prescription opioid abusers.
  • Cocaine abuse had been stabilizing for a few years, but it has once again started to increase.
  • There was a sharp decline in the number of heroin addicts.
  • There was a tenfold increase in the number of synthetic cannabinoids that were seized. However, due to law enforcement efforts, its abuse has actually declined.
  • Adolescents and young adults continue to abuse cannabis, including through disguised vaporizers.
  • MDMA and methamphetamine users are on the increase, which is putting a particular strain on the health care system.
  • Abuse of prescription medication continues to be a significant concern.
  • Alcohol continues to be the most abused substance of all, particularly among the younger population.

Efforts to Curb Drug Abuse in Fort Lauderdale

More and more, Fort Lauderdale is taking the approach that addiction is a disease, rather than a criminal offense. However, it is also known that there is a positive correlation between substance abuse and crime, either to fund the addiction, or because people who abuse substances are more likely to lose their inhibitions and find it easier to engage in criminal behavior. To address this, the 17th Circuit Drug Court of the Broward Sheriff's Office has been started. Here, those who are arrested on drug or alcohol charges are given the opportunity to participate in a program from the Day Reporting and Reentry Division, through which they are given the opportunity to detox and go to rehab, and "graduate" once they are clean.

A lot of resources have gone into supporting treatment facilities, so that people are able to get the help that they need if they do have a substance abuse disorder. Many people go to these centers following an intervention by loved ones, medical professionals, colleagues, or the drug court. Hence, various outreach programs have been started to make sure that people know how to conduct an intervention, and so that there is extensive knowledge on how and where to get help. Rehab exists both on an inpatient and outpatient basis. People are encouraged to seek residential treatment as much as possible, as this has been proven to be more successful. Either way, they are also provided with extensive aftercare.

Additionally, various community organizations have come together to create educational outreach programs. These are aimed at lowering the number of young people who seek out substances as a form of entertainment, or succumb to peer pressure. It is hoped that, by targeting young people and helping them stay away from gateway drugs like alcohol and cannabis, the statistics on substance abuse in the city will start to decline significantly.

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Drug Facts

  • Steroid use can lead to clogs in the blood vessels, which can then lead to strokes and heart disease.
  • Ecstasy is sometimes mixed with substances such as rat poison.
  • 49.8% of those arrested used crack in the past.
  • Of the 500 metric tons of methamphetamine produced, only 4 tons is legally produced for legal medical use.
  • Amphetamines are generally swallowed, injected or smoked. They are also snorted.
  • Believe it or not, marijuana is NOT a medicine.
  • In 2003 a total of 4,006 people were admitted to Alaska Drug rehabilitation or Alcohol rehabilitation programs.
  • Approximately 13.5 million people worldwide take opium-like substances (opioids), including 9.2 million who use heroin.
  • Drug abuse and addiction changes your brain chemistry. The longer you use your drug of choice, the more damage is done and the harder it is to go back to 'normal' during drug rehab.
  • A heroin overdose causes slow and shallow breathing, blue lips and fingernails, clammy skin, convulsions, coma, and can be fatal.
  • Over 5 million emergency room visits in 2011 were drug related.
  • Studies in 2013 show that over 1.7 million Americans reported using tranquilizers like Ativan for non-medical reasons.
  • Most people use drugs for the first time when they are teenagers. There were just over 2.8 million new users (initiates) of illicit drugs in 2012, or about 7,898 new users per day. Half (52 per-cent) were under 18.
  • Cigarettes can kill you and they are the leading preventable cause of death.
  • Emergency room admissions from prescription drug abuse have risen by over 130% over the last five years.
  • Over 500,000 individuals have abused Ambien.
  • The stressful situations that trigger alcohol and drug abuse in women is often more severe than that in men.
  • In 2010, U.S. Poison Control Centers received 304 calls regarding Bath Salts.
  • Alcohol is a sedative.

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