Miami-Dade is a county that is located on the southern-most tip of the state of Florida. Home to over 2.7 million people as of a 2019 census report, Miami-Dade is the most populous county in Florida and the seventh most populous county in the United States. But being that large and being known as a party destination has resulted in Miami-Dade County having serious problems with substance abuse. From 2015 to 2017 there were 828 drug overdose deaths in the county, one of the worst rates in the state according to a report published by County Health Rankings and Roadmaps. This shows how badly drug and alcohol rehabilitation and detox facilities are needed to help address the problem and save lives. Every drug overdose death is a life that could have been saved, and the person either never got help, or didn’t get better as a result of the help they received.
For those who never reached out for help, there could be several reasons why. Perhaps they had just begun using drugs and were hiding it from everyone when they accidentally overdosed. In these instances, families usually wonder why they weren’t honest, and didn’t come to them for help with whatever they were struggling with. But in these early stages of addiction, the person usually isn’t aware that they are struggling with anything and just view drugs as an escape or fun way to party. Because they know that drugs are illegal and frowned upon, they do not announce to their family that they’re about to go use heroin. Blaming oneself for a situation like this may seem unavoidable but is equally unproductive.
Unfortunately, some people who reach out for help from substance abuse treatment services do not always find long-term recovery. This can happen for a variety of reasons as well, but the most common is because the person attended the wrong type of treatment for them at that time. This isn’t necessarily anyone’s fault, but the problem can be avoided if the person seeking treatment does adequate research before making a selection. If they are going to be detoxing from heavy substances like opioids, tranquilizers, or alcohol, it may be best that they choose a very high level of care such as medical detox, because they may otherwise struggle. There are programs that do not attempt to treat withdrawal symptoms because they do not have medical capabilities, or they expect that people going there won’t need those services. This can result in a person being in a lower level of care than what they actually need, which will produce less than optimal results.
Similarly, a person can attend a higher level of care than what they need, and they may find the environment to be very restrictive and unnecessary. Again, this will cause less than optimal results and the person may leave treatment before completion or develop a dislike for recovery models. People can begin to believe that treatment does not work, and they may complain to others and discourage them from form getting help, too. If they had attended the right program for their needs, things may have been very different. Whenever you are looking for help, always be open and honest with treatment facility staff so that they can provide you with the best recommendations possible.
Here is a list of the different treatment centers in Miami-Dade County, Florida. The list can be incomplete so please do not hesitate to contact one of our treatment specialists at 1-800-304-2219.