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Substance Abuse Treatment and Recovery in Boynton Beach

Florida is frequently referred to as the Recovery Capital of the United States, and with good reason. Ever since the 1970s, people seeking out addiction treatment have come to the Sunshine State in the hopes that the serene beaches and sunny skies will help give them a positive frame of mind and promote feelings of relaxation conducive to a successful recovery from substance abuse.

After completing their treatment, many people choose to remain in Florida, which has led to a large and active recovery community, a ready-made local network of support. One of the biggest recovery hubs in the state is in the greater Palm Beach County area, which has more addiction treatment facilities than any other county in Florida.

Included in this area is beautiful Boynton Beach, a quiet city with many options available for someone looking for addiction recovery treatment. Before you can choose the treatment center that best suits the needs of you or your loved one, you must first know what specific services you need it to provide, what effective addiction treatment involves, and what questions to ask to ensure a center is legitimate.


As the country continues to grapple with the opioid epidemic, Boynton Beach and the greater Palm Beach County area are, unfortunately, not exempt from the tragic tide of overdose deaths. 2017 saw more than 600 opioid-related overdose deaths in the county.

Florida has taken significant steps to crack down on prescription opioid misuse, severely restricting opioids that were once dangerously widely available through fraudulent storefront clinics. In 2018, a statewide bill was passed that limited doctors to only being able to prescribe a three-day supply of opioid medication at a time.

On a more local level, Palm Beach County started a campaign called “Operation Pill Drop” that provided drop-off locations in Boynton Beach and surrounding areas throughout the county for people to get rid of unwanted and extra prescription drugs safely.

However, while these may have helped with prescription opioid abuse, Boynton Beach and the greater Palm Beach County area are still struggling with illegal substance abuse and addiction, with more than 500 fentanyl-related overdose deaths in 2016, and more than 200 heroin-related deaths.

Also troubling is what appears to be a rise in stimulant use after what was previously a steady decline, with more than 400 cocaine-related overdose deaths in 2016, and more than 200 in just the first half of 2017.

Fortunately, Florida continues to stand on the front lines of addiction treatment, combining historically effective, evidence-based therapies with newer, cutting-edge treatments. Many Boynton Beach treatment centers also employ what is known as the “Florida Model” of residential inpatient treatment, one of the leading addiction treatment methods in the country.


Effective addiction treatment is made up of many different elements. It should last at least 90 days, it must be customized to fit the needs of the individual in treatment, and it should address both the physical and psychological aspects of their addiction. These are just a few of the core components necessary for successful substance abuse treatment.

Someone will generally start their recovery treatment program at the most intensive level of care, which means the highest tier of constant monitoring and support. As they move through treatment and progress in their recovery, they will move through the continuum of care, with each new level getting lower in intensity until they have finished the program. The levels of care in substance abuse treatment include:

  • Medical detox
  • Hospitalized inpatient treatment
  • Inpatient treatment
  • Residential or long-term inpatient treatment
  • Partial hospitalization
  • Intensive outpatient treatment
  • Outpatient treatment
  • Post-treatment aftercare support

However, there is no one “correct” path to recovery, and everyone’s experience with addiction treatment is going to be a bit different. Not everyone will begin at the same level or move through them in the same way.

Depending on factors such as the client’s mental and physical health, the severity of their addiction, whether or not they have a history of relapse or a co-occurring disorder, and if they have a strong support system at home, they may require the 24/7 care of inpatient treatment or will be able to get everything need from an inpatient program.

Clients starting in an inpatient program will usually progress until they have sufficiently recovered to the point where they can transition back home or to a sober living house and outpatient treatment, followed by aftercare services.  

No matter which level of care someone starts at, their therapist or clinician will work with them to create a customized treatment plan with therapies chosen based on what will have been determined to be most effective for their needs. These therapies and treatment modalities will help clients learn to both understand the issues behind their addictive behaviors and be able to manage them and maintain long-term sobriety.

Some of the most frequently used therapies include:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Individual and group therapy
  • Dual diagnosis treatment
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Holistic therapy
  • Medication-assisted treatment (MAT)
  • 12-step programs
  • Addiction education
  • Stress management
  • Relapse prevention planning

However, as you search for substance abuse treatment in Boynton Beach, it is important that you keep in mind that not every facility will offer all of these services. And even if they do, treatments like holistic therapy or MAT may not be covered by your insurance policy. This only serves to highlight the importance of doing as much research as possible before choosing a treatment center.


With the number of treatment centers in Boynton Beach, choosing one can sometimes feel overwhelming. Luckily, there are certain key things to look for and keep in mind that can help you sort through possible treatment facilities and choose the one that is both a legitimate, accredited center as well as one that can best meet your needs or those of your loved one.

To search efficiently, we recommend asking these questions: 

  • Is the facility nationally accredited, are the accreditations up-to-date and can they be quickly and easily provided?
  • Are all of the doctors, clinicians, and staff properly certified?
  • Do they offer evidence-based treatments backed by addiction research, such as cognitive behavioral therapy?
  • Do they offer MAT (medication-assisted treatment)?
  • Can they provide any specialized treatment, such as medical maintenance therapy, trauma therapy, or holistic therapy?
  • Do they take your insurance or otherwise offer alternative payment plans?
  • What kind of amenities are provided during treatment?
  • Do they offer detox services or aftercare support as part of their treatment program?

While this list does not cover every aspect of choosing the right Boynton Beach substance abuse treatment center, it should provide you with a good place to start in your search.


If you or someone you care about is battling with an addiction to alcohol or drugs, don’t wait until it’s too late to get help! Take action and take back your life with help from The Palm Beach Institute.

As Florida’s first private addiction treatment center, we’ve been raising the bar for quality, cutting-edge, evidence-based addiction recovery treatment for almost 50 years. At The Palm Beach Institute, our clients have access to a wide variety of therapy and treatment options, and receive the full continuum of care, starting with detox all the way through to alumni aftercare services.


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