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Substance Abuse Treatment and Recovery in Lake Worth, FL

The sandy beaches and sunny weather that Florida is known for draws in not only tourists and vacationers but people seeking substance abuse treatment. For nearly 50 years, Florida has been a major hub for those in recovery, with many remaining in the state even after they finish treatment, leading to a sizable recovery community and a reputation as the recovery capital of the United States.

Palm Beach County, in particular, is home to a concentrated cluster of addiction treatment centers. Lake Worth alone is estimated to have roughly 300 treatment facilities and sober living homes per seven square miles.

While this means there is a wide variety of options available for substance abuse treatment in the Lake Worth area, it also means you need to look carefully and thoroughly before making a decision. The sheer number of treatment centers in Palm Beach County has led to a high number of illegally operated facilities looking to scam potential clients and defraud their insurance companies.

The best way to avoid these places is to learn about what proper addiction treatment looks like, know exactly what services you or your loved one require for a successful recovery, and the right questions to ask.


Much like the rest of the country, Florida and by extension, Lake Worth, has had continued struggles with opioid addiction and overdose deaths. Measures have been taken against prescription drug misuse, including a statewide bill that passed in early 2018 limiting prescription amounts to three day’s worth of pills, as well as “Operation Pill Drop,” a Palm Beach County initiative providing multiple drop-off locations to dispose of unwanted prescription medications like painkillers safely.

However, Lake Worth and the surrounding area continues to have troubles with illicit substances. In 2016, Palm Beach County suffered more than 200 overdose deaths involving heroin, and more than 500 involving the synthetic opioid fentanyl or a fentanyl analog.

Stimulant use is also on the rise in the Lake Worth area, with 2016 also seeing more than 400 cocaine-related overdose deaths, and another 230 in first six months of 2017.

Luckily, Florida remains on the front lines of cutting-edge addiction treatments, including what is known as the “Florida Model” of residential inpatient addiction treatment, the leading method of substance abuse treatment in the U.S.  


For substance abuse treatment to be truly effective, it needs to address all the aspects of an individual’s addiction. This means not only treating the physical issues of dependency and withdrawal but also the underlying psychological issues of their addictive behaviors.

A treatment plan may utilize detoxification or medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for the physical aspects combined with behavioral therapy and addiction education and management classes.

When someone begins substance abuse treatment, they generally start at the highest level of care, which provides the most intense medical and therapeutic support. As they progress through treatment, they will work their way down from there to less intensive models of care until they have completed their recovery program.

The levels of care in addiction recovery treatment care 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

Not everyone will need to start at the highest levels of care, and not everyone will move through the different levels in the same way. There are factors unique to each person and their experience with addiction that will determine their treatment needs, including:

  • The addictive substance(s) used
  • The severity of their addiction
  • Their mental and physical health
  • If they have a history of addiction and relapse
  • If they have a co-occurring disorder
  • Whether or not they have a strong outside support system

These factors and more will help to ascertain whether someone needs the more intensive care provided by inpatient treatment to be successful in their rehabilitation or if an outpatient program may provide sufficient support for them to recover. Those who start in inpatient care may also eventually graduate down to outpatient care as they move through treatment.  

No matter where someone starts within the levels of care, they will have a treatment plan customized by a therapist or clinician. These therapies will be chosen based on what will be most effective for helping them understand the issues at the root of their addiction and give them the tools and skills needed to maintain sobriety and manage their addictive behaviors.

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

One important thing to keep in mind as you look for substance abuse treatment in Lake Worth is that not every treatment center is going to be equipped to offer all of the aforementioned services. Even if a facility does provide certain services, such as holistic therapy, your health insurer may not cover it, so always make sure you have done your research before making a choice.


When seeking out substance abuse treatment in Lake Worth, as well as anywhere else, there are several key things to look for that can help you avoid a fraudulent treatment center trying to take advantage of its clients, including that a facility has the accreditations and certifications necessary to operate legally. You also should look to see if they use evidence-based treatments in their recovery program.

To more efficiently sort through Lake Worth treatment centers and find one that is both legitimate and can provide the specific services you or your loved one require, we recommend asking these questions:

  • Are you nationally accredited? Is your accreditation up-to-date and can you provide proof?
  • Are all of your doctors and staff properly certified up-to-date, and can proof of this be provided?
  • Do you use evidence-based treatments backed by addiction research, such as cognitive behavioral therapy?
  • Do you offer specialized treatment, such as holistic therapy, trauma therapy, or medical maintenance therapy?
  • Do you offer MAT (medication-assisted treatment)?
  • Do you provide detox services or aftercare support in addition to your treatment program?
  • Do you take my insurance?
  • Do you offer alternative payment plan options?
  • What kind of amenities are provided during treatment?

This is by no means an exhaustive list, but it is a good start toward being able to find the best substance abuse and recovery treatment in Lake Worth for you or your loved one.


If you or a loved one is struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol, it can feel like there’s nowhere you can turn to for help. But help is always available at The Palm Beach Institute.

We were the very first private addiction treatment center in Florida, and we have been continuously raising the standard for rehabilitation and recovery for nearly 50 years. We offer the full continuum of care, providing seamless transitions between detox, ongoing treatment, and aftercare, with our dedicated team of doctors and staff there to provide resources, support, and guidance every step of the way.


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