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Alcohol Addiction Treatment Centers in Florida

Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) in Florida

  • From 2006 to 2010, there were 6,669 alcohol-attributable deaths due to excessive alcohol use in Florida.6
  • 17% of Florida’s high school students reported drinking alcohol for the first time before age 13 years in a 2017 survey.7
  • 13% of Florida high school students reported binge drinking on at least 1 day during the 30 days before the 2017 U.S. Department of Health adolescent substance abuse survey.7
  • There were 839 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities in 2017.8
  • There were 32,727 DUI arrests in 2017.8

Medical Detox Centers in Florida

There are 197 medical detox centers in Florida. Of these, 78 are outpatient, 73 are residential (non-hospital), and 46 are hospital inpatient detoxes.1 Depending on the magnitude of physical dependence, alcohol withdrawal syndrome may range from mild to physically dangerous. Symptoms may include agitation, anxiety, irritability, high blood pressure, increased heart rate, seizures and in rarer cases, delirium tremens.2

Alcohol withdrawal may be dangerous when done on your own; because of this, a supervised, medical detox center can help avoid unnecessary discomfort or life-threatening withdrawal complications. Detox is the process of getting substances out of your body and helping you manage acute withdrawal symptoms from alcohol.3 These types of programs provide individuals with onsite physicians and 24-hour care to help gain management over alcohol withdrawal symptoms.3

American Addiction Centers (AAC) offers medical detox at all of its 12 treatment centers across the nation.

Florida State-Funded Alcohol Rehab

Medicaid is a state-managed health insurance program that provides necessary healthcare coverage for low-income families or individuals with disabilities. In Florida, this program is managed by the Agency for Health Care Administration and sets strict requirements for which citizens are eligible.

To be eligible, you must be a resident of Florida and be over 64, have a child under the age of 18, be pregnant, have a disability, or have someone in your household who is disabled. Additionally, you must also meet certain income requirements. For example, a household size of 4 people can’t make more than $34,248 per year. If your household size is 8, you can’t make more than $57,762 per year.4  

Under Florida Medicaid, beneficiaries will receive a number of substance abuse treatment benefits, including community mental health services, targeted case management, and inpatient or outpatient psychiatric treatment 5 Overall, 254 substance abuse treatment facilities in the state of Florida accept Medicaid as a form of payment, which equates to 38% of the state’s total facilities.1 

Check to see if you qualify for Florida’s Medicaid program here.

Using Insurance to Pay for Rehab in Florida

One of the biggest barriers to detox and rehab treatment in Florida is cost. If you don’t have insurance, you may be hit with a rather large bill. Unfortunately, not all private insurances offer substance abuse treatment coverage. Before enrolling in any detox or rehab program, it’s important that you make sure it will be covered by your insurance. The best way to find out is to give your insurance company a call and ask them directly.

In Florida, some of the most commonly accepted insurance providers for substance abuse treatment include:

Free Alcohol Rehab in Florida

If you’re unable to afford private or state-funded programs, there are still a number of free or financially-assisted rehab clinics available to you within Florida. In some cases, these clinics may offer scholarships, other forms of free or discounted treatment, or sliding scales determined by the amount you’re able to pay.

Many faith-based rehabilitation programs are free of charge—such as Jews in Recovery and The Salvation Army—and do not require their patients to subscribe to any particular religious belief. If faith-based rehabilitation are not viable options for you, another way to seek help is by searching out local support groups in your area, most of which are free to attend.

A supportive community of like-minded, recovery-focused peers such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) can play an important role in your journey. Although AA members are not required to subscribe to a particular faith, the steps involve the belief in the divine being. If this isn’t for you, other support groups are available with no religious affiliation.

Packing for Rehab in Florida

Florida has a hot and balmy climate just about all year long, meaning you can leave your big winter coat behind. On average, Florida has the mildest winters in the nation with average lows ranging from 41-65 degrees F in the evenings to daytime highs ranging from 64-77 degrees F. The rest of the year, expect temperatures to range from 65-95 degrees F with high humidity.

When packing, you may want to bring:

  • Cotton clothing and loose attire (t-shirts, shorts, tank tops, dresses).
  • Light jacket for cooler evenings.
  • One set of nicer clothing for special occasions.
  • Running shoes and athletic attire.
  • Sandals or flip-flops.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Hats.
  • Beach towel.
  • Alcohol-free toiletries (toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, sunscreen).


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