Pinellas County is a county that is located on the western coast of the state of Florida. Home to close to 975,000 people as of the 2019 United States Census, Pinellas County is one of the ten largest counties in the state by population. But being a densely populated area can have drawbacks such as increased rates of drug addiction and substance abuse. This has been the case for Pinellas County, where there were 699 drug overdose deaths between 2015 and 2017 according to a report published by County Health Rankings and Roadmaps. This shows how badly the residents need drug and alcohol rehabilitation and detox services because each drug overdose death is a life that could have been saved if the person had gotten the right kind of help at the right time. But it is not just a matter of having services available, which Florida does. Florida is known as the rehab capital of America, but addiction is still a problem for its residents. That is because people do not always want help, or do not benefit from it. At certain stages of addiction, the person may think they don’t have a problem, so they will not reach out for help. In fact, they will actively hide their addiction and lie about it when confronted. They have not had many consequences yet from drug use and still view drugs as valuable.
At later stages of addiction, the person may know they have a problem and even be open about it with everyone. They may use drugs openly and have no hope for a better future or care that they are killing themselves. Some people in the grips of addiction may be so miserable that they hope they die soon from drug abuse. This is because these people often have a very low opinion of themselves at this point and have likely tried treatment before and failed. They may believe that rehab doesn’t work, or that it just does not work for them and they are a lost cause. This is too bad because treatment can help people and they likely had a bad experience and swore it off.
It is vital that when looking for help that you speak with an addiction professional about your options. You must be completely honest about your drug use so they can help you find the most appropriate level of care for your needs. If this step is done incorrectly, the person may struggle and fail in treatment and think it is because the treatment doesn’t work when in fact, it could have.
Here is a list of the different treatment centers in Pinellas County, Florida. The list can be incomplete so please do not hesitate to contact one of our treatment specialists at 1-800-304-2219.