Central Florida is considered to be a high-intensity drug trafficking area and with high drug trafficking comes a higher rate of drug use. Both drug and alcohol addiction rates have skyrocketed here in recent years, and more Floridians are abusing prescription opioids and heroin than ever before.
“According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), 3,245 opioid-related overdose deaths were reported in Florida in 2017. That’s a rate of 16.3 deaths per a population of 100,000, which is much higher than the national rate of 14.6 deaths per 100,000 people.”
Situated in the Tampa Bay region, St. Petersburg is also no stranger to addiction. Drug and alcohol abuse has driven this city to become one of the more violent cities in all of Florida. The rise in addiction rates has not gone unnoticed, and both the federal and state government are doing as much as possible to help those living in St.Petersburg.
In April 2019, the Florida House of Representative unanimously cleared a bill (HB369) that would give people suffering from addiction access to broader peer counseling. This bill will provide non-violent drug offenders with access to state-certified peer support services.
Support doesn’t stop there. There are plenty of drug and alcohol addiction resources in St. Petersburg. If you are seeking help for a drug or alcohol addiction, call Lakeview Health at 866-704-7692. We are available 24/7 and can guide you towards the resources that you need to overcome an addiction.
Our closest drug and alcohol treatment centers to St. Petersburg, Florida is located in Jacksonville, FL. Here, you’ll find two different facilities: The Star of Lakeview, which is a men-only treatment center, and The Rose of Lakeview, which is a women-only addiction treatment center. Our board-certified physicians and therapists can address gender-specific needs for a more custom-tailored level of care.
Before your arrival, an admissions person will collect your information over the phone and do what is called a pre-admission screening. During the pre-admission screening, we will ask you questions about your substance abuse history. It is a best practice, to be honest during this call so that we can determine the best course of action for you.
Once you arrive at our rehab facility, you will complete your primary admissions evaluation. Our medical staff will conduct a comprehensive assessment that will include your medical, physical, psychiatric, and substance use history. This assessment will help our team create an individualized treatment plan that is based on your specific history. Since every patient’s history will be different, treatment plans will vary from person to person. If you are ready to begin your path to recovery, call 866-704-7692.
Drug and alcohol rehab programs equip those struggling with addiction with the skills and tools needed to achieve lifelong sobriety. Most rehabs will custom tailor addiction treatment plans to the needs of each patient.
Rehab programs come in different levels of care. The level of care that’s most appropriate for each patient will depend on his or her situation.
• Inpatient treatment programs. Residential Inpatient treatment programs offer one of the highest levels of care possible. We consider this our “homelike”environment. The patient will stay at our drug and alcohol rehab facility for about 28 days, and receive 6 hours of structured therapy and treatment every day. The treatments we offer include 12-step meetings, psychiatric care, and medical care. Our inpatient treatment programs also include wellness activities and exercise.
• Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHPs). PHPs are less intensive than inpatient treatment programs. While patients do not need to relocate to our rehab center, they will need to travel here every day for treatment. These programs can last for several weeks to several months. They allow patients to receive the addiction treatment they need without needing to take an extended leave of absence from work or school. Many patients also consider attending this type of program after they have completed an inpatient treatment program.
• Outpatient treatment programs. Those who receive outpatient care will often have already completed an inpatient program or PHP. The primary goal of outpatient programs is to help patients transition from an intense substance abuse treatment program to a life in recovery. There are many different types of outpatient programs. One of the most popular programs is an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). With our IOP programs, patients receive at least three hours of structure treatment each day. PHP’s or IOP’s may also be an option for patients that have relapsing symptoms and are seeking help to keep them under control.
Lakeview Health offers a full continuum of care. Our patients can choose from all three types of care. They can also transition from one program to another depending on their progress and their needs.
Call us at 866-704-7692, so we can walk you through each program. Our addiction experts can help you figure out which level of care is the best fit for your current needs.
Lakeview Health is a dual diagnosis treatment center. Dual diagnosis treatment is for anyone suffering from co-occurring diagnosis, meaning they have been diagnosed with a mental health disorder and substance abuse disorder. An example of this would be a patient that is suffering from bipolar disorder and also has an addiction to opioids. In many cases, the mental health problem may have been the result of long term drug or alcohol abuse.
A patient with a dual diagnosis would need a different approach to care than someone who is only suffering from a substance addiction. If the patient has a mental health and substance abuse disorder it is essential that they find a treatment center with a medical team that is qualified to address mental health issues. Examples of mental health conditions may include anxiety, depression, anorexia or borderline personality disorder. A patient with a co-occurring diagnosis would typically start with an inpatient treatment program. If you are struggling from a mental health condition with a drug/alcohol addiction, Lakeview Health can help. Call 866-704-7692 to speak confidentially to one of our staff today.
Medical detox is one of the first steps to recovery. It is also one of the most crucial steps. This process can take anywhere from 7 to 14 days. Medical detox cleanses the body and removes all toxins caused by substance abuse. The detox process will reduce the intensity of withdrawal symptoms and will even eliminate some dangerous or life-threatening symptoms by rebalancing neurochemicals in the brain.
At Lakeview Health we offer medically-supervised detox. This is much safer than at-home detoxes, as patients receive around-the-clock care. Our medical staff will create an individualized, and physician approved treatment plan that will help you safely detox from drugs or alcohol.
40% to 60% of those who receive addiction treatment will relapse. This is a standard part of any journey to sobriety. To avoid relapses, it’s crucial for patients to have a solid relapse prevention plan upon completing an addiction treatment program.
Studies show that peer support plays a crucial role in recovery. Those who receive continuous support throughout their journey to recovery are more likely to remain motivated and to abstain from drugs and alcohol.
There are plenty of recovery meetings in and around St. Petersburg. You can take a look at some of the options that can be found in this area below.
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is the largest international fellowship for those struggling with alcohol abuse. This faith-based, 12-step program teaches members how to become more self-aware of their actions. They also allow members to talk openly about their struggles with alcoholism. AA meetings are free to join. Recovering alcohol users can go to as many AA meetings in St. Petersburg as they wish each week.
Time: Everyday @ 7:00 AM
Group name: 2250 GROUP
Location: 3125 5th Ave N
Friendship Baptist Church
Time: Monday to Saturday @ NOON
Group name: HIGH NOON DAILY
Location: 4001 74th St N
Salvation Army Cafeteria
Time: Wednesday @ 7:00 PM
Group name: YOU ARE NEVER ALONE
Location: 310 14th Ave S
Narcotics Anonymous (NA) is perhaps the second largest 12-step program worldwide. NA meetings are designed for those struggling with drug abuse. Members can be addicted to any substance, from prescription drugs to illegal ones. St. Petersburg NA meetings are also faith-based and follow the same meeting structure and style as AA.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Saint Petersburg
Time: Monday @ 6:30 PM
Location: 719 Arlington Avenue North
Time: Tuesday to Sunday @ 5:30 PM; Sunday and Saturday @ 7:45 AM
Location: 440 Roser Park Drive
Trinity Lutheran Church
Time: Tuesday @ 8:00 PM
Location: 401 5th Street North
Addiction affects everyone. Loved ones often have a difficult time grappling with the addiction as well. Those whose lives have been impacted by someone struggling with alcoholism will benefit from going to Al-Anon meetings. Al-Anon is another faith-based, 12-step program. This mutual support group helps loved ones learn how to approach those struggling with alcoholism about recovery.
Al-Anon meetings in St. Petersburg can also be extremely beneficial to anyone who is dating someone who is working on his or her recovery.
First United Methodist Church
Time: Thursday @ 7:30 PM
Group name: Serenity First AFG
Location: 212 3rd St. N, Street
St Anthony’s Hospital
Time: Sunday @ 10:30 AM
Group name: Good Morning AFG
Location: 1200 7th Avenue N
First Presbyterian Church Room N-121
Time: Saturday @ 7:00 PM
Group name: Seven On Seventh AFG
Location: 701 Beach Dr. NE
Nar Anon is similar to Al-Anon; however, this mutual support group is for those whose lives are impacted by someone struggling with drug abuse. St. Petersburg Nar Anon meetings are also faith-based 12-step programs. They help loved ones learn how to make the best decisions for their lives and better understand the intricacies of substance use disorders.
Pasadena Community Church
Time: Monday @ 7:00 PM
Group name: Night of Serenity
Location: 227 70th Street South
Northwest Presbyterian Church
Time: Saturday @ 7:00 PM
Group name: Saturday Night Family Nar-Anon Group
Location: 6330 54th Avenue North
Cornerstone Community Church
Time: Wednesday @ 7:30 PM
Group name: St. Petersburg NFG (Wed)
Location: 6745 38th Avenue North
Faith-based recovery meetings are not for everyone. Many people struggling with addiction are turning to science-based meetings, like Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART) meetings. These 4-point programs teach members critical recovery skills that help them manage addictive behaviors.
For example, members that go to SMART meetings in St. Petersburg learn how to practice Unconditional Self Acceptance (USA) and the ABCs of REBT for urge coping and emotional upsets.
The CATE Foundation
Time: Monday and Tuesday @ 6:30 PM
Location: 5942 Frond Way, Apollo Beach, FL 33572 USA
Time: MONDAY @ 6:30 PM; Wednesday @ 11:00 AM
Location: 5109 N Nebraska Ave. , Tampa, Florida 33603, USA
The Serving Spoon
Time: Friday @ 10:30 AM
Location: 1825 S. Osprey Ave., Sarasota, Florida 34239, USA
You don’t need to struggle with alcohol or drug abuse alone. We understand that reaching out for help can feel very intimidating and scary. However, admitting that you have a problem and looking for help are some of the first steps to recovery.
Here, at Lakeview Health, we offer a wide range of addiction treatment programs for all types of addiction. Reach out to us at 866-704-7692, and our addiction specialists can walk you through the different treatment programs that we offer. We can help you figure out what you need to succeed. We have addiction experts available 24/7 to help you get started on your road to recovery!