Alcohol abuse is a common occurrence throughout the United States, and areas like Deerfield Beach, Florida are not immune. Alcohol is the most frequently abused drug behind nicotine and caffeine, and in many cases, requires extra care to stop using. Deerfield Beach is a city located north of Fort Lauderdale in Broward County that has seen its fair share of alcohol abuse.
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism released a national survey in 2018 in which 86 percent of respondents shared that they had consumed alcohol at some point in their lives. In addition to that number, 26 percent self-reported that they had binge drank in the previous month. Unfortunately, addiction is a serious problem that affects millions worldwide, and Deerfield Beach continues to witness a spike in numbers related to alcohol abuse.
Broward County is associated with more than 50 percent of drug-related deaths in 2016. During that time, 25 percent of individuals admitted to treatment facilities in the area revealed that alcohol was their drug of choice. Florida witnessed 3,301 deaths due to prescription drugs, and most of the deaths involved alcohol.
Using alcohol with other substances is common among recreational substance users. Whether it’s done on accident or not, it can increase a drug’s effects, which can be deadly. Mixing alcohol with most substances can be dangerous, but when alcohol is used with other depressant drugs, the outcome is more likely to be fatal.
Using alcohol with opioids will increase the potent effects on your nervous systems rather than if you used alcohol by itself. Alcohol also can cause an overdose even with a relatively small amount of each drug.
Another sought out mixture is that of cocaine and alcohol, which is used to counteract the drowsy effects brought on by the depressant drug.
Unfortunately, when a user feels more alert, they are more inclined to consume more alcohol, which can lead to alcohol poisoning. If you continue drinking, you may also use more cocaine, and that can lead to a fatal overdose on the stimulant.
Mixing two or more drugs for use at the same time is called polydrug use, and the practice is prevalent throughout Florida.
In 2018, Valium, a commonly prescribed benzodiazepine, was found in 283 deaths with other substances, while it was only found in seven bodies by itself.
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Florida has been the model for treatment reaching back to the 1970s, and facilities around the world have used the Florida Model as the foundation of their treatment programs. Treatment has been successful in the Sunshine State because of its stepped approach, meaning you can be placed only in the level of care that meets your most current needs. As you progress, you will be moved to the next appropriate level as needed.
An effective treatment program will help an individual address their substance abuse issues along with their social, medical, and psychological needs. There are no one-size-fits-all treatment approaches. Facilities that use a multidisciplinary approach to help people work through substance use disorders are found to be the most effective for long-term recovery.
American Psychiatric Association. (2017, January). What Is Addiction? Retrieved from https://www.psychiatry.org/patients-families/addiction/what-is-addiction
Alcohol Facts and Statistics. (2020, February 18). Retrieved from https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/brochures-and-fact-sheets/alcohol-facts-and-statistics
United Way of Broward County. (2017, June). Drug Abuse Trends In Broward County, Florida. Retrieved from https://www.unitedwaybroward.org/sites/default/files/images/
Medical examiners Commission. (2019, November). Drugs Identified in Deceased Persons by Florida Medical Examiners. Retrieved from https://www.fdle.state.fl.us/MEC/Publications-and-Forms/Documents/Drugs-in-Deceased-Persons/2018-Interim-Drug-Report-FINAL.aspx
National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2018, July). Treatment and Recovery. Retrieved from https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugs-brains-behavior-science-addiction/treatment-recovery