Drug Addiction Treatment in Pompano Beach, Florida
Palm Bay, with a estimated current population of over 104,000, is the most populated city in Florida’s Brevard County. Its total area is 68.86 square miles, of which 3.14 square miles is water. Several notable public figures were born or raised in Palm Bay, including PBS and Discovery Channel reality TV host Deanne Bell, pro football players Joe Cohen of the San Francisco 49ers and Reggie Nelson of the Oakland Raiders, the late Baseball Hall of Famer Ray Dandridge, Chris Heston, pitcher for the San Francisco Giants, bassist Bobby Dall of the rock group Poison, CNN contributor David Getwitz, opera singer Ezio Flagello, and former National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Sportsman Racer Don Fiorelli.
Palm Bay began receiving mainstream accolades in 2010, when Forbes magazine listed the city as both the 11th Most Innovative City in the Nation, and Best Bang for the Buck. In 2014 and 2017, Forbes also hailed Palm Bay as “one of America’s fastest-growing cities.” The city has been renowned for its innoventions and pioneering primarily in high-tech research, development and manufacturing.
The city is also known for its small town flavor. Cultural events are ongoing, as are sporting events. The median income for a single employee, averaging males and females, as of 2018 is $63,000, which is above the national average. Palm Bay’s current unemployment rate is 6.6%.
Racial demographics (rounded) are the following: 73% Caucasian (including Hispanic white), 18% African American, 14% Hispanic or Latino of any race, with the remainder a combination of Native American, Pacific Islander, “two or more races,” or “some other race.” Though English is Palm Bay’s primary language, nearly 7.5% are Spanish-speaking.
Palm Bay welcomes an average of two million tourists yearly, who arrive in part to experience the city’s thriving arts culture. Some, however, arrive from nearby cities as transients. Still, Palm Bay visitors are able to participate in numerous concerts both classical and pop, opera and ballet events. Popular theater destinations include the Maltz Jupiter Theater, the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, downtown’s Delray Beach Playhouse and the Palm Beach Dramaworks, among others. Many of the arts and cultural events are free, which gives many an introduction that they may not usually take advantage of. Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation operates three separate amphitheaters on its own, which hosts numerous events throughout the year. Gardens are plentiful, as are museums, and nightlife is in long supply.
Unfortunately, the state of Florida is considered a HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) stronghold by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ); as such, the easy access to and from outlying cities make Palm Bay, like several of the state’s other popular destinations, a base for numerous drug trafficking organizations. Illicit substances easily enter and exit the city, tourists are a particular target, and transients receive payments for getting involved in related illegal operations.
DRUG ABUSE AND CRIME STATISTICS
A 2017 study by the NDEWS – the National Drug Early Warning System – elucidating Drug Use Patterns and Trends in Palm Bay and surrounding areas, included the following information:
- For all of southeastern Florida, in the first half of 2016 alone, the number of non-fatal overdoses for benzodiazepine, at 1047 collective events, far exceeded those for heroin (759 such events), and prescription opioids (508 such events).
- Cocaine-related overdoses have increased year-to-year from 2013, blamed on Columbian trafficking.
- Following a year-to-year decline from 2007-2012, based on treatment center admissions, a note from the 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System showed a stabilization of current alcohol use by Broward high school students from 2013-2015.
- Of those who use, marijuana is the primary drug of choice by 85% of Palm Bay residents under the age of 18.
- Meth use is low in both Brevard County, and Palm Bay proper. Statistics as compared with other substances is considered under-the-radar – as it is in several Florida cities – though the drug class is still abused by some.
- In 2016, alcohol remained the primary substance cited by nearly one-third of all treatment center admissions. This figure mirrors the 2015 figures, and is consistent with 2017 and estimated to be consistent with 2018 numbers.
- 22% of all Palm Bay middle schoolers in the area have smoked, or use a vaping device, at least once.
- As with much of the state, local politics continue to conflict with evolving federal laws as it regards the legalization of marijuana. Pot continues to be produced both indoors and outdoors, in widespread efforts to take advantage of the medical marijuana accessibility. Exploitation of pot laws are expected to remain an ongoing issue for the immediate future, as misuse among addicts and casual users is frequent.
- Opioid deaths are on the rise year-to-year, and show little sign of slowing down. Non-pharmaceutical fentanyl from foreign labs are blamed for the increases, especially those related to adulterated heroin and homemade (or lab-made) counterfeit medications.
- Cocaine is the leading cause of overdose death for those aged 35 and above.
- Ecstasy has been on a year-to-year increase since 2015.
- Though meth use may be low, synthetic psychoactive drugs are gaining in popularity. This drug class includes phenethylamines, synthetic cannabinoids, tryptamines, piperazines, opiates, and benzodiazepine analogs.
- 2016 saw a 35% increase of Palm Bay deaths related to prescription opioids from the prior year, at nearly 900.
2016 Palm Bay crime rate statistics include the following, most of which are said to be at least in part (estimated in some studies to be 50%) drug-related:
- 4 murders per 100,000 residents, above the national average of 3.7 for the same year.
- 57 rapes per 100,000 residents, above the national average of 52.4 for the same year.
- 47 robberies per 100,000 residents, above the national average of 42.2 for the same year.
- 408 assaults per 100,000 residents, above the national average of 374.9 for the same year.
- 454 burglaries per 100,000 residents, above the national average of 417.2 for the same year.
- 1252 thefts (not counting auto) per 100,000 residents, above the national average of 1150 for the same year.
- 135 auto thefts per 100,000 residents, above the national average of 124.1.
By all measures, the city of Palm Bay exceeds the national average in terms of crime rate.
Penalties on the books for possession include:
- Possession of over 10 grams of any Schedule 1 drug (cocaine, heroin, LSD) is considered a felony, punishable by up to 30 years in prison and/or a fine up to $10,000.
- For marijuana, however, also a Schedule 1 drug, illegal possession is punishable by up to one year in jail and a minimum fine of $1000 for a first conviction. For a second conviction, a 15-day mandatory sentence with a maximum of two years and a fine up to $2500.
- Possession (or use) of drug paraphernalia is considered a first-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail, 12 months probation, and a $1000 fine. Paraphernalia can include the following: syringes, pipes, storage containers, rolling papers, cutting devices, blenders, bulbs and other devices used to store, manufacture, or use.
- Depending on the nature of the offense, other punishments can include imprisonment, seizure of property as part of forfeiture proceedings, loss of driver’s license and more. For example, Xanax without a prescription is illegal. Xanax is a Schedule IV controlled substance, and a third-degree felony to possess without a prescription. Upon conviction, the offender will lose their driver’s license for two years.
- Drug sales are typically considered felonies, though in certain instances possession of marijuana specifically may be downgraded to a misdemeanor if there was no intent to sell. In Palm Bay, as with most of the state, an offender’s prior record is usually taken into consideration.
Pre-Intake very simply means “prior to intake.” No longer does one need to check themselves into a treatment center without being prepared. The Recover is a perfect example of an internet resource that can be a great friend in this regard.
To determine the extent and nature of one’s addiction, pre-intake questions may include the following: “How long have you been using?” “Do you believe you have a problem?” “Do you think others who know you believe you have a substance-related problem?” “Have others confronted you with questions related to substance abuse?” “Do you ever use alone?” “Have you ever substituted one drug for another, thinking one particular drug was the problem?” “Does the thought of running out of drugs terrify you?” “Have you ever been in a jail, a hospital, or a drug rehabilitation center because of your using?”
You can find pre-intake sample applications online. In this case, as with any other self-diagnostic tool, the questions as asked are exploratory only. You must speak to a trained and licensed professional for any true diagnosis. Still, such online tools such as a pre-intake questionnaire can be extremely useful. If you can honestly answer those questions, you may be validated, or you may dislike your responses. If you were drawn to the tool, likely both will apply. Regardless, consider your results, and then take necessary action.
There are pros and cons with online resources such as these, particularly when it comes to completely basing your treatment decisions on your own responses. That would be a negative, as remember, such questions are guidelines only without a trained professional to analyze your answers. Regardless of whether such questions are based on true-life examples of treatment center queries (they usually are), you may not be the best arbiter of your responses. Most especially if you are under the influence of any drug, or alcoholic drink. On the positive side, if you can be truthful with your answers, such online questions will certainly provide a glimpse into your condition, and the need for help.
Many addicts, or users with a problem whose usage is not yet defined as an addiction, make the mistake of not taking the first step towards sobriety as it regards intake. If you need help in making an informed decision as to what treatment method is right for you, we cannot encourage you strongly enough to, again, speak to family and/or friends who have been there before. Sometimes, a user has a difficult time making such decisions with a clear head.
And once more, if you know of no one who has been through these issues before, please contact one of the centers as listed on this page.
Also, we encourage you to ask yourself a few questions: What is holding you back from getting help? Do you believe you have a support system? If so, do you feel comfortable contacting them and speaking about your problem? If not, would you feel more comfortable contacting a professional? Do you believe you are capable of making an informed decision as to your treatment? If yes, you are well-advised to take advantage of one or more of the resources here. If no, you are strongly advised to contact one of the phone numbers listed here, and discuss your reservations.
Again, they are there to help.
During the intake application process, you will be required to list your prescription medications and days and times taken (if “none,” you check “none”), an authorization of medical care, a list of allergies or other medical issues, and a waiver of responsibility. Some applications ask more. A physician or treatment center representative will then review your application for the proper steps, and treatment.
The concept and practice of detox is typically broken down into three distinct phases: Evaluation, Stabilization, and Transition to Inpatient Drug Rehab
Evaluation: As overseen by a doctor, who will determine what drugs are presently being used, how long has the patient been using, and how much and how frequently the patient uses.
Stabilization: As expounded on the site, stabilization differs patient to patient, based on specific substance being abused. This is the end result of the withdrawal phase.
Transition to Inpatient Drug Rehab: Many addicts believe that once they complete withdrawal, they are finished with their treatment. That is a dangerous belief, as withdrawal only releases the immediate physical hold of the substance.
Communication is key. Some users are resistant to treatment, most especially when in a treatment center against their will. In this instance, your communication with your specialists will be at risk. Remember, they are there to help you. You have the freedom to ask questions, and the right to receive answers
That is one of the benefits of treatment, a better understanding of your illness.
INPATIENT TREATMENT RESOURCES
Inpatient treatment can either be PHP (a partial hospitalization providing a highly-structured environment, with typically active treatment of 30 hours per week), the less-intensive IOP (intensive outpatient treatment plan, which requires up to three hours daily over 3-5 days, for a total of nine hours weekly; therapy is usually included, but the patient can live either at their own home or a halfway house during the process), and an RTC (residential).
Though you may be the best determinant of the degree of inpatient recovery resources best suited to your needs, frequently one may need the help of family or friends to help you more clearly identify the treatment options that are most prudent for your needs. From there, only your personal commitment will determine your success
PHPs and RTCs are amazing resources for those with more severe or difficult abuse issues. Both options are highly-structured, especially the former. The importance of structure cannot be understated. You will have a time for medicinal treatment, a time for personal or group therapy, a time to rest, a time for activities …
Frequently, a user has little structure outside of the treatment center. The user is more interested in the high than by scheduling their day via their clock. The structure of PHP treatment, particularly, may be a challenge for some. But, if you allow the treatment to take its course, the end-result can exceed your most optimistic hopes.
So ask yourself: “Do I do well in a structured environment?” “Am I functional in a structured environment, or will I have a better chance to succeed with something less restrictive? As ever, a user if not always the best determinant as to treatment. If a user is high while making the decision, that will be in no one’s best interests. It’s time to commit, with as free a sense of mindfulness as possible.
OUTPATIENT TREATMENT RESOURCES
Outpatient treatment allows the patient a certain level of responsibility to remain clean while outside of the treatment center. You will face temptations but will have also learned specific strategies as to how to deal with them. It is up to you to take advantage of those lessons. There is a certain degree of trust on the part of the outpatient treatment administrators that the user will remain clean, and at the same time outpatient treatment allows for the user to remain productive on the outside while still receiving help. If you work, you can schedule your outpatient appointments or check-ins after hours.
Outpatient treatment is a comprehensive approach to wellness, and no less impactful than inpatient services. Please research the importance of outpatient treatment resources on The Recover, or speak to loved ones who have been through the process. Recovery is an ongoing process, which requires a substantive lifestyle change to avoid the ever-present threat of a relapse.
One very important point, though, under this or any treatment circumstance: The entirely of your treatment is a commitment. Outpatient or not, if you miss one appointment you will likely miss another.
That is a recipe for failure. What you allow, you encourage.
Remember this as you move forward in your treatment. There are countless reasons why one would fail, in this or any other environment. Laziness, rigidity, intimidation.
But … there are fewer reasons to succeed: Yourself, first of all, then your loved ones (your collective of family and friends). Which means more to you? The pain of the commitment to get well, or the pleasure of using? If you answer the latter question as your affirmative, consider those loved ones who care about you, and worry about you.
On that note, let us elaborate upon the concept of commitment for a moment. Some users resent the term, thinking many of those who do not use, or who are not otherwise plagued by addiction, tend to believe commitment is that much easier than it truly is. How can a user commit to anything at all, one may ask, much less treatment if said user is overwhelmed by their addiction?
It is very difficult. Really, it is. But you can do this. You can reclaim your life, as none of us are defined by our addictions.
More information on Inpatient vs. Outpatient
AFTERCARE AND SOBER LIVING RESOURCES
Sober living may be the final step in your formal treatment plan before returning home, but treatment never really ends. Sober living houses provide the interim environment between rehab and mainstreaming back to your natural environment. The reason for the initial formation of sober houses was simple: a person in recovery frequently needed a safe and supportive place to stay, during the vulnerability of early recovery, prior to returning home.
Sober houses are also highly-structured, and most residents are referred to a sober living environment from a rehab center. Requirements and rules are strict, and the list usually includes:
- No drugs or alcohol on the premises
- No violence
- No overnight or sleepover guests, not even family
- Commitment to random drug testing
- Involvement in a community-related program
- Acceptance by a peer group
- Acceptance of advice from treatment professionals
- Respect for the rules of the house
- Following all directions
- No swearing
- No stealing
- No sexual activity between residents
- As part of a recovering community, if you see or hear any resident breaking the rules of the community, they must be reported immediately to appropriate staff
- Anyone on prescribed medication must inform the house manager upon admittance
- Residents must attend all sober house meetings
- Residents must submit to drug and/or alcohol tests upon request
- Rooms must be clean at all times
- Chores must be completed without argument
- Curfew must be respected.
Many of the above rules are enforced with a Zero Tolerance Policy. Meaning, if any of these rules are broken even once, you risk being kicked out of your sober living home. If you had experienced structure during your prior treatment to this point, you should be in good shape.
Remember, your treatment is a process. Skipping time, or skipping steps, does neither you nor your community any favors.
Remember, West Babylon, New York has this much in common with any other city in the country: Drug issues abound, as do recovery options. The doors are open. Will you walk through?