With substantial state-wide problems with meth, cocaine, prescription pill addiction and alcohol, Florida sunshine and good times hide something a little more sinister and a lot more painful. Florida lags behind the rest of the nation somewhat in term of insurance parity legislation. However, under the Affordable Care Act federal law mandates that even in Florida insurance plans are required to cover treatment for substance abuse and mental health needs at an equivalent level with physical health needs.
Florida also boasts many of the nation's top treatment facilities and for those with comprehensive private health insurance and with the ability to co-pay or self-finance a stay at rehab, there is a choice between many very high quality and respected drug and alcohol rehabs.
Fortunately, even for Floridians with more limited means, drug and alcohol rehabs at low or no cost are also available, and no one in Florida needs to struggle with addiction thinking that they cannot get professional treatment help. No matter how much money you have, there is someone in Florida ready to help you move past addiction and start enjoying a sober and healthy life.
For government assistance, the Florida Substance Abuse and Mental Health Program (SAMH) is the official state authority for substance abuse, mental health, and methadone designation. They can be contacted 8am to 5pm Mon-Fri, on 1-866-762-2237. For more consumer advice, you can also visit the website of the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association (FADAA).