Lake Worth, Florida, is a small community in the South Florida county of Palm Beach. Not far from the wealthy, tony city of West Palm Beach, life is much different here. Only 64 miles north of Miami and its ever-busy port and about 43 miles north from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, the diminutive city packs a lot in almost 7 miles of space. It’s always been known as an eclectic place with its art deco walls, fair-trade shops, and cool restaurants.
Even though the city is small in size and population (38,000), it still carries the heavy burden of drug abuse and overdoses, like the larger cities to its north and south. Crime in Lake Worth appears to be heavier on the far east side, according to a Neighborhood Scout map. Drug-related crime is up, as is drug addiction and overdoses. A June 2021 news report from local station WPTV said that opioid-related deaths in the state have increased by 51 percent since 2019, as indicated in its report.
The Palm Beach County medical examiner reports that opioid deaths in the county from 2009 to 2019 increased sharply in that time frame, as noted below.
- 2009 – 324
- 2017 – 749
- 2018 – 556
- 2019 – 604
Other alarming data from the report indicates 905 total polysubstance (more than one drug) overdose deaths from fentanyl analogs in the state in 2020. Included in that number are:
- Cause of death when in combination with other drugs: 424
- Present in combination with other drugs: 479
There were other shocking statistics in regard to the top 10 co-occurring substances in which fentanyl was found:
- Ethanol: More commonly known as grain alcohol, drinking alcohol, and ethyl alcohol
- Cannabinoids: Compounds found in cannabis, of which the primary psychoactive compound is phytocannabinoid tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
- Alprazolam: Most commonly known by its brand name of Xanax
- Amphetamine: Usually prescribed for ADHD or narcolepsy
- Gabapentin: Usually prescribed as an anticonvulsant medication.
The above-mentioned drugs should give you a stark, grim reminder of how people die after using a drug they intended to use, not knowing it was laced with fentanyl or synthetic fentanyl. Fentanyl and synthetic fentanyl are cheap for drug dealers to obtain, cut, and combine with other drugs to “stretch” the amount of drugs they sell. Heroin is potent enough by itself and made more deadly when it is cut with fentanyl.
Statewide, intravenous heroin drug use was the primary source of new HIV cases, as noted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Florida reported 4,563 new cases of infection in 2017. Heroin use is usually initiated by some who were first addicted to prescription opioids. NIDA states that “nearly 80 percent of heroin users reported using prescription opioids prior to heroin.”
Drug addiction doesn’t have to ruin or take your life. There are options for substance use treatment that are nearby and with decades of experience in treating opioid addiction in the area.
Opioid Drug Rehab in Lake Worth
Opioid addiction is tough to overcome, and more so when fentanyl is mixed with the opioid you obtained and consumed. Lake Worth 911 recorded a multitude of “nuisance calls,” a term it uses when people call for emergency help to report houses used to sell and use drugs in.
The city doesn’t want to prevent people from calling 911 for overdoses. That is still needed. As stated in a news report from The Palm Beach Post, “Our goal is not to stop the treatment of drug abuse,” Mayor Pam Triolo said. “It’s to eliminate the bad guys. We still need facilities to help people with drug addictions.”
Opioid treatment is close to you with The Palm Beach Institute (PBI), a short 20-minute drive north on the interstate from Lake Worth. The respected drug addiction treatment center has been operating for 50 years and has a strong success rate.
Opioid addiction treatment is a process that gives you your life back. There are several steps in the continuum of care, and the first step is detox.
Detox is an imperative step in addiction treatment. It is the process your body goes through to expel all toxins from it. It should not be considered the only step to end opioid abuse. Medical and addiction professionals from The Palm Beach Institute are available as you begin withdrawal from the substances you misused or abused. Their focus is to keep you medically stable and comfortable as your body and brain fight to get back to functioning without the presence of substances.
Frequent opioid use can change the way the brain works. Very potent opioids, such as heroin, morphine, fentanyl, and others, release a great deal of dopamine, the “feel good” neurotransmitter, into the brain, creating a “high.” Once you suddenly stop using opioids, your body struggles to manage the sudden loss of dopamine. Your brain is now trying to re-regulate its dopamine production back to its normal level. This is what causes opioid withdrawal symptoms.
If you used heroin or fentanyl in high doses or for an extended time, you could potentially experience uncontrollable muscle spasms, hallucinations, impaired breathing, extreme paranoia, seizures, panic attacks, and extremely high blood pressure.
Detox at PBI involves medication and fluids to alleviate withdrawal symptoms and rehydrate you. It may also involve medication-assisted treatment with medicines approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. As your system works to get back to normal, you won’t be alone. Addiction therapists are ready to help you through the psychological withdrawal symptoms while you are being cared for by the dedicated medical care staff.
Once detox is complete, you will likely be admitted into inpatient or residential treatment. Here, at PBI, you will begin therapies that will help you learn and deal with the underlying reasons for your addiction. You will gain new knowledge, skills, and tools to use over and over as you work your way through recovery to a new healthier life.
A treatment plan will be developed with your input that is unique to you. Your needs and preferences will be implemented because we know every person is an individual, and their treatment plan should be, too.
Many people with addiction also have a co-occurring mental health condition, which also needs to be addressed. It is essential to stay in treatment for 90 days in order for it to be truly effective.
Inpatient treatment will give you 24-hour access to addiction specialists, therapists, and medical professionals. All of your needs will be tended to from food, medications, or anything else you need. In this structured and safe environment, you will be focusing solely on your addiction and mental health needs, while distractions and trigger points are not near. Relapse prevention is one aspect of addiction therapy that you might find valuable. You will learn how to identify your triggers and how to handle them. This will be useful later when you have completed addiction treatment.
Partial hospitalization is primarily for a person experiencing mental or behavioral problems along with substance use. It is a level of addiction treatment that does not require 24-hour medical monitoring, but it does require 20 hours per week of therapy. This involves spending about five days per week at PBI from four to six hours.
Partial hospitalization is better for someone who needs more help than an outpatient program, has a strong, stable support system outside of PBI, and has reliable transportation to get to and from the treatment center.
Addiction treatment is designed for your specific needs. As such, it may not be possible to reside in a treatment center for an extended stay. Or perhaps you have not been abusing opioids, like heroin, but have become addicted to a prescription opioid after an injury or surgery. It happens. Intensive outpatient treatment (IOP) is also for those who have a strong support network away from the treatment center.
IOP allows you to stay at home and attend to regular daily activities, such as work or school, while also attending substance use therapies at PBI. IOP is good for someone who keeps relapsing or has a co-occurring disorder, like depression or anxiety.
Once you have completed addiction treatment with PBI, you can take advantage of our Alumni program, where you will meet with others for sober activities. Here, you will make new friends, exchange stories, and enjoy events that were specifically planned for those who have successfully completed addiction treatment.
Drug Rehab in Lake Worth FAQ
You have questions; we have answers.
How long is rehab?
As each person is an individual, so is the amount of time one needs to spend in drug rehab. Addiction treatment is more effective when it lasts for 90 days, according to NIDA.
Does The Palm Beach Institute provide transportation?
We can take you to and from our facility to outside appointments. We also can arrange for transportation to and from the area’s international airports. If you live close to our center, we may be able to pick you up and bring you here. Ask one of our intake reps. You are responsible for your transportation if you are coming to our facility for outpatient treatment.
How much does drug rehab cost?
Generally, drug rehab runs from about $1,000 to a few thousand dollars. It depends on the types of treatment you need, how long you stay, and other factors. But don’t let that turn you away. There are always solutions to pay for drug rehab from payment plans, loans, and insurance.
Do I have to travel?
You will have to travel to us if you live outside of the state or far from the center in-state. There are many ways to travel, from personal vehicles, buses, trains, and planes.
What insurance carriers does The Palm Beach Institute take?
We accept most of the major insurance plans and are in-network with a few, which could save you some money. You can verify your insurance here.