Drug Rehab Centers in Broward County, Florida

Last updated: 06 January 2022


Broward County is a county that is located in the southeastern portion of the state of Florida. Home to an estimated 1.9 million people as of 2019 according to the United States Census Bureau, Broward County is the second-most populous county in the state. It is also the 17th most populous county in the United States, and home to Fort Lauderdale. But being this large can definitely have drawbacks, and increased rates of substance abuse are an example of a common issue that faces areas like Broward County. From 2015 to 2017 there were 1,367 drug overdose deaths among people residing within the county limits according to a report published by County Health Rankings and Roadmaps. This is one of the highest rates in the state and a sign that the residents of Broward county badly need drug and alcohol rehabilitation and detox services. Every single person that dies from drug overdose is a life that could have been save if the person had gotten the right kind of help at the right time.

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A major contributor to the overdose deaths in Florida has been opioids. Opioids have become one of the most commonly abused drugs in America, and many believe that the epidemic has roots in Florida. Drugs like Oxycontin began being prescribed at alarming rates in the 2000s as many doctors took incentives and believed false information regarding the drug, which was peddled by its manufacturer, Purdue Pharmaceuticals. The population was misled to believe that the drug was safe and non-addictive if used correctly, which proved to be knowingly untrue. More and more people became addicted as doctors prescribed insane amounts of the drug to people who were obviously abusing them. This was going on at a high rate in Florida, where doc-in-a-box shops began to pop up to capitalize. So many people became addicted that by the time the federal government finally stepped in and cracked down, it was too late. Even once prescription opioids were more tightly restricted, people now had an addiction and nowhere to get the drug. This is how heroin became one of the most popular drugs in America for the first time in decades.

Treatment for opioid addiction has come a long way as this epidemic has raged on. Not all changes have been for the better, but there are now more options than existed years ago. People can get help from medical detox facilities with coming off the drug since withdrawal symptoms are sometimes so excruciating and physically taxing that the person cannot withstand them without assistance. These programs utilize specialized medications to help taper a person off opioids and smooth out the symptoms which can make getting clean unbearable. Keep in mind that detox is not treatment and that without getting into a rehabilitation program directly from detox the person will likely relapse. Detox only handles physical dependence which is different than addiction. A person in the hospital for a month recovering from a car accident may be given opioids to the point of achieving physical dependence yet can quit the drug and resume a normal life. This is not addiction and is separate. Addiction requires treatment, and anyone struggling with substance abuse should get treatment as soon as possible.

List of Drug Rehab Centers in Broward County, Florida

Here is a list of the different treatment centers in Broward County, Florida. The list can be incomplete so please do not hesitate to contact one of our treatment specialists at 1-800-304-2219.


Marcel Gemme, DATS

Marcel Gemme, DATS


on January 6, 2022

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Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people. He is a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist graduate with Honours of Stratford Career Institute. Marcel has also received a certificate from Harvard for completing a course entitled The Opioid Crisis in America and a certificate from The University of Adelaide for completing a course entitled AddictionX: Managing Addiction: A Framework for Succesful Treatment.