The United States is no stranger to drug and alcohol addiction, especially considering the growing rates in which people are experiencing this disease. Today, nearly 23 million Americans struggle with an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol, which is more than the number of Americans currently diagnosed with cancer of all kinds. In places such as West Virginia and Ohio, opioid overdoses are occurring at an astonishingly high rate, while Indiana is the meth capital of both the United States and the world. Washington, D.C. has the highest percentages of crack and cocaine use in the country and Wisconsin is home to the 12 out of the top 20 “drunkest cities in America.”

Despite the millions of people who are addicted to substances like opioids, meth, cocaine, and alcohol, the vast majority never gets the help they need to stop their substance use disorder. With 10% of adults in the country struggling with addiction, 75% of that 10% do not get professional treatment, such as that offered at our drug and alcohol rehab Florida.

Even though substance use disorders are much more understood today than ever before, and there is more acceptance of addiction as a disease, it still does not erase one of the strongest characteristics of addiction – denial. Those who are caught in the throes of addiction often struggle to see their behaviors as being reflective of having an addiction. Instead, many addicts and alcoholics deny the severity of their condition, which causes them to ignore the need for treatment. Even though denial can be strong and unwavering when someone is addicted to drugs and/or alcohol, there are several users who can admit to having a problem but who never follow through with getting treated. Pair these common causes of not getting treatment with obstacles related to insurance coverage and expensive out-of-pocket payments and it is no wonder why the majority of people experiencing substance use disorders do not get help. However, no matter what is preventing a user from enrolling in a facility like our drug and alcohol rehab Florida, it is critical that he or she push past the challenge of getting into treatment so that he or she has a shot at a better life.

At our drug and alcohol rehab Florida, we understand how pervasive drug and alcohol addiction can be and how it can cloud one’s judgment regarding the need for treatment. We also understand that effective treatment centers are needed now more than ever, which is why we are pleased to offer our services to those who are ready to put a stop their drug and/or alcohol addiction and begin a happy, healthy, recovered life.


When someone is dealing with the disease of addiction on his or her own, it can be confusing, scary, and demoralizing. While it might appear that a person who is addicted to drugs and/or alcohol does not care about anything else but his or her use, it is usually the exact opposite. Addicts and alcoholics are not blind to the fact that they have a problem, nor are they in the dark about how that makes those around them feel. The heaviness of this disease paired with constantly letting others down and causing conflict in the family can lead to continued abuse of whatever mind-altering substances someone is abusing. Addiction is nothing short of a vicious cycle that can continue without stopping if a user does nothing to get professional help. It is very rare when someone who is addicted to drugs like heroin, cocaine, and even marijuana can quit on his or her own without the help of others.

At our drug and alcohol rehab Florida, we understand that people who are addicted to these substances are not bad people, rather people who are in dire need of help to prevent further destruction in their lives. Therefore, we happily welcome anybody who is struggling with the disease of addiction and is ready to end their drug and/or alcohol use for good.

When individuals enroll in our drug and alcohol rehab Florida, the most important thing they can bring with them is their determination to get sober.  All members of our team, ranging from medical professionals like nurses and doctors to mental health specialists such as psychotherapists and counselors, not only work with the client but also work with one another to ensure flawless continuity of care for the client.

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At 12 Keys in Florida, we offer treatment for people with addictions to a number of different substances, including the following:

  • Opioids – Opioids such as heroin, fentanyl, and OxyContin are arguably the most addictive substances in the world. Today, the United States consumes 80% of the world’s supply of opioids, as the country is in an opioid crisis. Those who abuse opioids tend to experience symptoms such as respiratory problems, depression, and frequent mood swings.
  • Meth – Meth, which is most popular across the South, is an amphetamine-based substance that also contains highly toxic chemicals such as paint thinner and battery fluid. People hooked on meth experience excessive energy and euphoria followed by deep periods of depression and anxiety.
  • Crack – Made by combining cocaine and baking soda, crack is extremely dangerous to abuse. It is not only a drug that is easy to overdose on, but it is also a drug that can lead to cardiovascular complications such as heart disease, heart attack, infection of the muscles around the heart, and heart failure.
  • Cocaine – Cocaine comes in its pure form, unlike crack. Abusing this substance produces similar effects as abusing crack does, which include significant boosts in energy, excessive talking, and extreme euphoria. The side effects of cocaine abuse also include cardiovascular problems, as well as long-term depression.
  • Alcohol – The most widely abused substance in the world, alcohol can give people a sense of lowered inhibitions and feelings of significant contentment. However, when abused, it can lead to liver damage and failure, alcohol poisoning (which can be deadly), and symptoms of depression and anxiety.
  • Benzodiazepines – Benzodiazepines like Ativan and Xanax are the most commonly prescribed prescription drugs in the country, which makes perfect sense as anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S. When abused, benzos can cause people to suffer from rebound symptoms of anxiety and panic, as well as suffer from potentially life-threatening symptoms such as high blood pressure, seizures, and increased heart rate.
  • Stimulants – Stimulants like Adderall and Ritalin work very similarly to cocaine and crack in that it offers that desirable shot of energy. These prescription medications are also able to improve one’s focus and attention. Abusing stimulants like Adderall and Ritalin can cause long-term heart problems and increase the potential for stroke and other intravascular issues.  
  • Steroids – Steroids, which are most commonly abused to improve physical appearance, stamina, and performance, are extremely dangerous, as they can increase the risk of developing cancer, trigger excessively high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and anxiety.
  • Ketamine – Used most commonly as an anesthetic for animals who require surgical procedures, ketamine is abused for its ability to produce feelings of relaxation and detachment. When it is abused, however, it can cause thickening of the bladder and urinary tract, as well as kidney problems. It is not uncommon for a long-term ketamine user to have his or her bladder removed because of this effect.
  • PHP – PHP causes euphoria and relaxation, which is why many people are drawn to abusing it. Continuing to abuse PHP can cause anxiety and panic disorders, severe depression, suicidal thoughts, and impaired cognitive skills.
  • Barbiturates (e.g. Amobarbital, Phenobarbital) – Barbiturates bring on a sense of euphoria when abused, however continual abuse of this type of drug can lead to depression and anxiety, as well as a significant risk for struggling with suicidal thoughts and tendencies.
  • Marijuana – Marijuana produces a sense of relaxation when abused. Continuing to abuse marijuana can impact one’s life by causing him or her to neglect responsibilities, become lackadaisical, and engage in dangerous behaviors while under the influence. Marijuana is also known as a gateway drug, meaning that those who abuse it might also be turned on to abusing other more dangerous substances.
  • Bath Salts – Bath salts are amphetamine-based, however since they are manmade, they can contain several different kinds of substances that can be dangerous to one’s wellbeing. This drug is known to cause erratic behavior and seizures, as well as death due to a user not knowing exactly what he or she is consuming.

People who experience the disease of addiction experience it in their own ways. For example, some people struggle with overpowering and consuming cravings, while others are better able to manage their cravings. The type of substance that is being abused can also create differences in users. Someone who abuses alcohol may experience bouts of depression as a result of that use, while someone who abuses benzodiazepines can suffer from symptoms of anxiety. No matter how a person’s addiction has impacted them, our team at our drug and alcohol rehab Florida can help.

If you are addicted to drugs and/or alcohol, it is not too late to get help. You deserve to live a life free from the confines of addiction. Call us right now.


At our drug and alcohol rehab Florida, we treat people who are addicted to several different substances, ranging from alcohol and heroin to marijuana and bath salts. Our team is comprised of a variety of different professionals who are both experienced and compassionate. Several of our staff members are also in recovery themselves, giving them the unique advantage of truly being able to understand how our clients are feeling, what they might be going through emotionally and physically, and what more they might need in order to develop a sustained recovery.

When approaching a client who is addicted to drugs and/or alcohol, we make sure that all hands are on deck so that the client will receive only the most comprehensive, effective treatment possible. We employ detox services, evidence-based therapies, and continual care options for all of our clients so that they can clear all mind-altering substances from their bodies, identify and address the underlying causes of their addictions, and move forward in their lives with a plan for continued care.

In addition to substance use disorders, our drug and alcohol rehab Florida also provides treatment for several different mental health conditions, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Personality disorders

We find it extremely common for our clients to experience both a substance use disorder and a mental illness at the same time, which is known as having a co-occurring disorder. To help treat the symptoms of this type of condition, both our mental health and medical teams work in sync with one another to provide care simultaneously for the client so that both issues are being treated at the same time. On our staff, we have a robust team of mental health professionals who are not only well-versed and educated in substance use disorders, but who are also knowledgeable in various different mental health conditions and the symptoms they can produce, such as suicidal thoughts and mania. When a client who has a co-occurring condition enters into one of our programs at our drug and alcohol rehab Florida, he or she will receive the very best quality care to so that he or she can learn how to manage symptoms of both conditions and live a happy, healthy life free from substance abuse and the pain that an untreated mental illness can bring.


At our drug and alcohol rehab Florida, we offer intensive outpatient programming for those who are looking to end their active addiction and regain control of their lives. Many of those who come to us begin their treatment by detoxing.


Since we are not at the same level as inpatient treatment program, we ensure that those clients who require detox services but want to enroll in our intensive outpatient program do not need around-the-clock detox care. This is because our intensive outpatient program does not require clients to stay at the facility, rather allows them to return home after a day spent in treatment. That does not mean, however, that we cannot provide some detox services to clients in need.

When clients are detoxing at our drug and alcohol rehab, they will be able to work with medical and mental health professionals to get through the withdrawal symptoms they are experiencing both comfortably and safely. Depending on the substance that a client has been abusing, he or she might be able to be prescribed a medication to help calm withdrawal symptoms and curb cravings for continued use. Most of all, clients can benefit from the support that our team will provide them during this time, as we will continually encourage him or her to push through the period of detox instead of returning back to use.


Clients who are a part of our drug and alcohol rehab Florida will participate in therapy sessions of all kinds. We offer cognitive behavioral therapy, individual therapy, group counseling, family therapy, experiential therapy, and much more. Each one of our therapies is designed to help clients uncover the root causes of their addiction, as well as address those and other issues that they might have. Therapy will also help clients develop coping skills, as well as show him or her how to have fun and enjoy life without having to get high to do so. Certain therapies, such as group counseling and 12-Step programming, will connect clients to one another, allowing for a support system to develop, benefitting all involved.


When clients complete their program, they will return home to their everyday lives. This can be overwhelming and frightening for many, however, with an aftercare plan put in place, clients can feel more comfortable during this transition.

We work with each client to help him or her establish a plan that includes things such as how many meetings he or she will attend, what his or her go-to coping skills will be, and what healthcare providers he or she will go to for physical and mental health services. This plan can even include small details, such as what a client’s everyday schedule might look like.

At our drug and alcohol rehab Florida, we never just cut our clients loose without the support they need to keep succeed in their recovery. So, not only do we provide clients with aftercare plans, but we also connect them to recovery coaches who can be in touch with them on a regular basis for the first year out of treatment. Communication does not only occur over the phone, but it can also occur through our 12 Keys Coaching App, which allows clients to get in touch with their recovery coach, as well as log exercise, meals, and sleep, and even how many meetings he or she attends, etc. Through this app, clients can continue to maintain their progress both on their own and with the help of a personal recovery coach.


Addiction and denial often go hand-in-hand, as those who are stuck in the continuous cycle of this disease have trouble seeing any type of light at the end of the tunnel. Friends, family members, and other loved ones can also struggle to see past their own denial that one’s addiction is out of control. This “fog” is often the reason why it is so hard for people to determine if they need drug and alcohol rehab or not.

If you are abusing drugs and/or alcohol but are not sure if your actions require you to go to rehab, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Have I been using longer than I intended to? Am I using more than I was when I first started?
  • Am I continually increasing the amount of drugs/alcohol I abuse in order to achieve the effects I want?
  • Do I spend a lot of time thinking about using, looking for ways to use, or constantly being on the go to obtain drugs/alcohol?
  • Has my use caused me problems in the workplace (including termination), at school, or in my relationships with others?
  • Have others suggested that I seek professional addiction treatment?
  • Do I feel like I cannot function without abusing drugs/alcohol?
  • When I am unable to use, or if I do not use as much as I normally do, do I experience withdrawal symptoms, such as nausea, headaches, or abdominal pain?
  • Have I made attempts to stop using but have been unsuccessful in doing so?
  • Am I hiding my use or the extent of my use out of fear of judgment or interference from others?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any one of these questions, it might be time to reach out for professional help, such as that offered at our drug and alcohol rehab Florida. The longer you wait to get into treatment, the more severe the effects that you suffer can be. Plus, you put yourself at risk for overdose each and every time you use, which can end in death. So, do not wait any longer to reach out for the help that you need to finally put a stop to your active addiction and save your life.


Being addicted to drugs and/or alcohol can leave you isolated from others, lonely, and depressed. And even though you think that continuing to use is the only way that you will feel better, you could not be farther from the truth. The more that you use, the more secluded and sadder you will become. For many people, continuing down this dark path leads to overdose and even suicide, as the pain becomes too much to bear. But, by reaching out for help, you can pull yourself out of this mess. We are here to help you do just that

Call our drug and alcohol rehab Florida right now to get started on your road to recovery. You will not regret it. Contact us today.

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