The national opioid addiction crisis has affected communities here in Palm Beach County as well. Opioids, which include pain-relieving prescription drugs and the illegal drug heroin, are among the most abused drugs tied to overdose deaths in Riviera Beach and other surrounding cities. Officials also note that the coronavirus pandemic, which was officially declared in March 2020, has increased the number of overdose deaths, which have exceeded those recorded in 2019.
The synthetic opioid drug fentanyl is believed to be behind the notable spike in opioid-related overdose deaths in 2020. Many drugs were laced with the deadly substance, which is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. While fentanyl is legally used to treat patients who are in chronic or severe pain after surgery, illegally made versions are added to street drugs to make them stronger, and unfortunately, deadlier. Many people unknowingly take these poisoned drugs, not knowing that fentanyl has been added to them.
Overdoses Increased in 2020 Throughout Palm Beach County
John Hulick, who leads Palm Beach County’s Office on Substance Use Disorders, told WLRN that based on data from the Palm Beach Fire Rescue and the county’s Medical Examiner’s Office, there was overall a 27% increase in overdose deaths in Palm Beach County from 446 in 2019 to 565 in 2020. Hulick attributes the increase in overdoses to jobs and businesses closing due to COVID-19. Boca Magazine article and The Palm Beach Post have both documented increases in fatal overdoses that occurred during the pandemic.
The number of overdose deaths in Riviera Beach and other county communities has gotten the attention of a local needle exchange program, as WLRN’s article highlights. This illustrates the challenges the county faces in helping people combat opioid addiction. If you or a loved one is living with opioid use disorder (OUD) and want to end your dependence, The Palm Beach Institute is ready to talk with you now about your new beginning. We have been helping people address their substance abuse and addiction for more than 50 years, and we want to help you. You can start your journey today by reaching out to us with a phone call or online chat.
When your treatment for OUD starts, you likely will begin with medical detox. This is usually the first stop and the first step of a process that can take you through various settings as you progress through your treatment program. Medical detox ensures you withdraw from the opioid drug you are using safely and under the care of medical professionals who understand the unique needs of people in recovery from a substance use disorder (SUD). Detox is the most intensive level of care on the continuum.
While in this phase, you will receive everything you need to regain and maintain medical stability. This is a critical step that many people attempting to end their substance use do not get past. The invasive cravings send many people back to using the drug they’re trying to put down, thus putting them back on the path to using and possibly overdosing.
A medical detox overseen by medical professionals gives you the support you need to end your substance dependence properly. Our addiction care staff will monitor you around the clock, ensuring your comfort and safety. You may receive medications to treat illnesses that may arise, and you may be put on a tapering schedule that allows your body to adjust to less of the drug being in your system. Our health care professionals will also assess your physical and mental health needs and make treatment recommendations based on your unique needs and substance use history, among other factors.
After medical detox ends, you will likely need to continue receiving treatment to help you recover from your SUD. Detox alone is not enough to help you end your opioid dependence. If you are working through a moderate-to-severe substance use disorder, our medical care professionals may recommend that you start your program at our inpatient and residential levels of care. Patients who continue their recovery in this phase of treatment usually stay with us for 30 days or longer to receive intensive therapies and other care. They receive 24-hour care from clinical professionals during this time, and the structured and monitored environment ensures they stay on track.
Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)
Opioid use disorder is difficult for many people to overcome without medications. If this is your situation, we may recommend you participate in a medication-assisted treatment program (MAT). MAT has received federal and state support as it is viewed as an effective way to help people avoid relapse while they recover from opioid abuse. The program combines behavioral therapies and counseling with medications approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat people who cannot control their chronic opioid use. Some heroin users and people who abuse pain-relieving medications have found relief while participating in a MAT program. We can discuss the program more with you or a loved one to see if it’s a good fit.
Partial Hospitalization (PHP)
Not everyone who exits inpatient/residential treatment is ready to rejoin society so soon after leaving. This is where our partial hospitalization program comes in. This treatment setting is also known as PHP or partial day services, and it is what some refer to as a “bridge” between the more intensive inpatient/residential services and the less-restrictive settings, such as outpatient, where there is less supervision. PHP is usually the next phase for people who have completed an inpatient or residential program. If you are being placed in PHP, it means you can live on your own safely in alternative housing or on-site at a facility while attending day sessions of intensive therapies for 20 hours or more a week.
If you attend PHP with us, we offer various treatment therapies that also focus on mental health. This makes the PHP setting for people with OUD/SUD and a mental illness. We also offer relapse prevention help as well as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). In both therapies, patients will understand and reflect on their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors and improve upon them all as they work toward making decisions that support their commitment to full-time sobriety. We will adjust your program according to your needs and progress.
Intensive outpatient (IOP), as well as outpatient treatment (OP), is a step down from PHP. It is for people who can live independently and travel to our facility as they continue their recovery program. If you receive IOP treatment, you will do so for nine or more hours a week; if you receive OP treatment, it will be fewer than nine hours. You will receive the same therapies, counseling, and services in both programs.
Outpatient programs appeal to participants as they are less expensive than higher levels of care and offer flexibility where it concerns their schedules. They can plan to attend treatment based on their personal obligations at home, school, work, or elsewhere. People who are in active addiction and have a moderate-to-severe opioid disorder will not start their recovery program in this phase.
However, people who want to continue their recovery program and those who feel that they could relapse find outpatient programs helpful. People in IOP and OP are solely responsible for keeping their living environment free of distractions that could derail their recovery. They are also responsible for taking their medications and keeping all of their therapy and counseling appointments.
We do not believe that support ends after a person leaves treatment. We understand that this transition from treatment to the real world is important, so we stay with you during this time, ensuring you get the help you need to make this change as successful as possible. Our aftercare program anticipates your needs on the outside, so we provide the tools and resources you need to manage your recovery.
We offer an Alumni Program that connects you to a compassionate and supportive community that knows the unique challenges that come with navigating life after treatment. They can keep you focused, motivated, and uplifted as you continue to work on living sober.
Opioid Treatment in Riviera Beach FAQ
Opioid treatment is available at The Palm Beach Institute, which is about a half-hour or so drive from Riviera Beach. Below are frequently asked questions and answers that our staff receives about treatment with us. We are always here to answer any of your questions and concerns. Please reach out to us at any time.
How Long Is Rehab?
How long you stay in rehab depends on various factors, including how far along you are in your opioid use disorder and what your needs are. Everyone is different, and we realize this, so we design your program with your needs in mind. You could spend 90 days (three months) in treatment, which is ideal, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).
It believes that a person improves their chances of recovery long-term the longer they stay in an addiction treatment program. For many people, living with addiction will require active participation in recovery, even after treatment ends. We will be here for you to help you navigate this new phase of life.
Does The Palm Beach Institute Provide Transportation?
Before you can start treatment, you will need to be able to access the services at our facility. While you are responsible for making your travel arrangements, we will do everything possible to help you during this process. We can pick you up from the airport if you are flying into the South Florida area and then bring you to our facility. We can also plan for your return trip to the airport. You will need to arrange for your transportation to and from The Palm Beach Institute if you are receiving outpatient services.
How Much Does Opioid Treatment Cost?
The costs of your opioid treatment program will vary according to your specific needs. The state of your mental and physical health, the facility where you enter treatment, the kind of levels of care you receive, and other variables will affect your treatment costs. Treatment programs at rehab facilities have been known to run a few thousand dollars to several thousand dollars, depending on the patient. Your therapies, medical care, medications, and other items can also affect your costs. We will go over the costs of your program with you and answer any questions you may have.
Do I Have to Travel?
Yes, you will have to travel to us to receive care at our facility.
What Insurance Carriers Does The Palm Beach Institute Take?
The Palm Beach Institute accepts coverage from most insurance providers. Insurance providers are required to provide services for substance use disorders and mental health disorders under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Our verification team can review your insurance coverage and confirm which benefits will help you with the costs of your program. We also recommend that you get in touch with your insurance provider to ask about any financial responsibility you might have toward making sure the costs of your opioid treatment are covered.