Five Facts about Drug Treatment in Florida

We are at war…no, not just a war against terrorists or rampant shooting incidences, but we have on our hands a drug addiction war; and we have to fight to the bitter end. We are not talking anymore about our teen or adult loved ones needing intervention, but we have also woken up to the reality that is newborns being addicted to prescription drugs, and it is alarming. 

Drug abuse and the need to seek treatment have led to the mushrooming of detox centers and rehabs all over the country for years now. Most of these centers have recovering addicts as their owners and managers as they best know the arduous journey to recovery and staying clean. Many of them have state of the art facilities and there are many luxury rehabs. Here are five facts about drug treatment in Florida.

There are at present at least 98 Drug courts in Florida

Florida was the first to get a drug court in 1989, which was in response to increasing cocaine-related problems in the city. They aim at handling cases of substance abuse offenders (nonviolent) using the judiciary, law enforcement, and social services working together to ensure that the offender gets drug treatment, recovers and becomes a productive citizen.

There were 79,322 admissions in 2009

This is the number admitted at drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers in Florida according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the lead agency of the government when it comes to substance abuse. Of these, 38.3 percent were female while 61.7 were men. These figures have risen from a figure of 47,627 in 2006, while 2004 figures were immensely high at 104,737.

There are 100 plus drug/alcohol treatment centers in Florida

Some operate as private facilities, others are community-based prevention agencies, some are outpatient and others residential, while others offer behavioral health services and others offer a faith based approach using the 12-step program.

In Florida, 1 in 10 inmates are incarcerated for drug use. Only a small number of these inmates receive treatment. Unfortunately, for the majority of those who do not receive help even once released, they will eventually be re-incarcerated, as they will commit crimes to support their habit. Drug treatment specialists in the state have estimated that at least 50% of the over 100,000 prisoners have substance/drug abuse problems.

In 2010, 6,120 inmates in Florida received alcohol/drug abuse treatment

This was provided by the Florida prison system. In 2011, that number rose to over 7,000. More still needs to be done. It only seems to make sense that if an inmate is incarcerated for drug use, they should receive treatment.

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