Substance Abuse Services

A wide array of detoxification, treatment and recovery support services for adolescents and adults affected by substance misuse, abuse or dependence are funded by the Florida Department of Children & Families and provided by a large network of community-based providers. A number of private organizations also offer substance abuse treatment services.

Treatment services include assessment, counseling, case management, and support provided in residential and non-residential (outpatient) settings.  Recovery support activities include transitional housing, life skills training, parenting skills, and peer-based individual and group counseling.

Individuals who need medical assistance to withdraw from drug and alcohol abuse or dependence, detoxification and addiction receiving facilities are available in many communities throughout Florida.  Individuals that pose a significant risk to themselves or others due to substance abuse impairment can be referred for involuntary assessment and stabilization through the Marchman Act.

To find a substance abuse services provider funded by DCF, use the department's searchable directory located here.

Integrated Treatment of Co-Occurring Disorder

Co-occurring disorder, also referred to as dual diagnosis, is a term used for people who have both a mental health disorder, such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, and a drug or alcohol addiction.  Both the mental illness and the addiction have their own unique symptoms that may impair the individual's ability to function and to respond to treatment, as well as affect overall health.

Studies in recent years indicate that co-occurring disorders are very common, and that people with either a substance abuse disorder or mental disorder are at high risk for developing a co-occurring disorder. When a mental health problem goes untreated, the substance abuse problem usually gets worse as well. And when alcohol or drug abuse increases, mental health problems usually increase too.

You can learn more at the national NAMI webpage, Dual Diagnosis and Integrated Treatment of Mental Illness and Substance Abuse Disorder.

For several years, work has been done at the state and national level to develop integrated treatment services for people who suffer from co-occurring disorders. Integrated treatment services address each condition, helping people recover from both in one setting, at the same time.  Providing appropriate, integrated services for these individuals not only allows for their recovery and improved overall health, but can ameliorate the effects their disorders have on their family, friends and community.

The Florida Department of Children & Families (DCF) is strongly committed to implementing a Comprehensive, Continuous and Integrated System of Care (CCISC) at publicly-funded treatment facilities. The goal of this statewide initiative is to ensure that providers are capable of serving individuals with substance abuse and mental health needs through integrated services.

For more about this statewide initiative, visit the DCF Co-Occurring Initiatives website. 

Websites

Center for Substance Abuse Treatment - CSAT

Florida Alcohol & Drug Abuse Association

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

National Institute on Drug Abuse

Withdrawal Resources

Studies and publications

Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey (FYSAS)

Monitoring the Future: National Results on Adolescent Drug Use, Key Findings, 2010

Substance Abuse Prevention Dollars and Cents: A Cost-Benefit Analysis, U.S. Center for Substance Abuse Prevention