Options For Recovery: Substance Abuse Treatment

Substance Abuse Treatment

An estimated 19.7 million people 12 or older throughout the United States suffer from substance abuse, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). More than 70,200 people died from a drug overdose nationally in 2017 alone. Florida has one of the highest drug overdose death rates with it topping 25.1 per 100,000 people – a 5.9% jump between 2016 and 2017. Substance abuse is one of the biggest problems our nation faces but that doesn’t mean there aren’t options for treatment and recovery. Here the experts at Fifth Street Counseling Center explores some of those options.

Intensive Outpatient (IOP)

One of the most popular and effective forms of treatment for substance abuse is intensive outpatient (IOP) therapy because it allows those seeking treatment to maintain their daily lives including school and work. It is also a popular choice because it does not require patients to undergo detoxification or constant supervision.

Outpatient Treatment Versus Inpatient Treatment

While live-in treatment centers have a high success rate as they take people out of the lifestyle which leads to substance abuse, people often have too many responsibilities to make that commitment. Our busy lives mean we have to seek out flexible substance abuse treatment options. With IOP, patients receive the care they need but live at home. A safe home environment with supportive people helps the treatment work.

What To Expect

Fifth Street Counseling Center prides itself on creating custom treatment plans to ensure individuals receive the best treatment for them. Our IOP treatments begin with Phase One, a six-week treatment program. Individualized programs then determine the number of phases you will need for recovery. Three evenings a week, patients will meet in both comfortable group and one-on-one settings to learn necessary recovery skills.


IOP alone may not be enough to recover from substance abuse. Many patients find that implementing Vivitrol® is beneficial to their treatment plan. Vivitrol® is a non-addictive injectable drug that is taken once a month to prevent relapse in those dealing with opioid addiction. Those who qualify for Vivitrol® must first complete detoxification and supplement their plan with IOP treatment. One of the main benefits of receiving this treatment is that patients can receive the injections and the necessary recovery programs directly at Fifth Street. This means that patients do not have to seek out a different clinic or doctor to receive treatment. Another huge benefit is that qualifying patients can receive this treatment free of charge thanks to the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) and the Office of the State Courts Administrator (OSCA). If you have friends or family who are also seeking to prevent relapse, you can refer them for the program.

Post Treatment Counseling

Even after the drugs stop, your treatment should not. Proper post-treatment care is essential for recovery. Counseling is crucial to prevent relapse and continue to learn skills to lead a healthy life. Even when you no longer require IOP, Fifth Street counselors will meet with you to discuss the next steps in your healing process.

Payment Options

One of the major arguments against seeking out substance abuse treatment is that it is too expensive. At Fifth Street, we understand that and offer several ways to make recovery options more affordable. We work with several insurance companies and employee benefit packages, as well as Medicaid and other commercial plans, to help with treatment costs. On a limited basis, we also provide our services at a reduced fee or supplemented with a scholarship.

Substance abuse recovery is not something that should be done alone. With professional help, you are more likely to learn what it takes to combat the disease. If you are ready to take the first step in a brighter future, call us today at (954)-797-5222!

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