Port Saint Lucie, FL Drug and Alcohol Rehab Centers

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Substance Abuse Stats in Port St. Lucie, FL

Port St. Lucie is a city in eastern Florida with a population of around 190,000 people.

Check out the following substance abuse stats for the state of Florida to get a better idea of what the Port St. Lucie area has to deal with:

  • In 2017, it was estimated that nearly 7% of the Florida population over the age of 12 had a substance use disorder (SUD).
  • Unfortunately, the vast majority of people with a SUD in Florida did not receive treatment.

Choosing Between an Outpatient and Inpatient Rehab

Anyone who needs substance abuse treatment in Port St. Lucie will choose either an inpatient or outpatient setting for their care.

  • Inpatient rehab is best for people who need a lot of support and structure, although almost anyone with substance abuse issues can benefit from inpatient care.
  • Outpatient treatment is only suitable for people who are transitioning out of inpatient rehab, or for people who have mild substance abuse issues and plenty of support at home.

How Long Can Treatment at a Rehab Last?

If you go to inpatient rehab, you’ll need to figure out how long you are going to stay. It is common to stay at rehab anywhere from 2 weeks to a year or more. In general, the longer you stay at rehab, the better your chances will be for long-term recovery.

To really make your time at rehab count, you should try and plan on staying for at least 90 days. Although longer stays are more expensive, they provide better long-term results.

What to Expect at Rehab

It’s difficult to know exactly what to expect at rehab. Each patient enters treatment with unique needs and history. 

Depending on your specific situation, your time at rehab might include:

  • Therapy
  • Group meetings
  • Activity therapy
  • Medication
  • Skills classes
  • Exercise
  • Healthy living

Rehab is a great opportunity to remove yourself from toxic environments and surround yourself with positive influences. It can be a challenging process, but the reward is your sobriety, health, and wellbeing.

When Would You Need to Go to Detox?

Detox is separate from substance abuse treatment, but many patients go to detox before starting treatment. Detox is also sometimes called ‘medical withdrawal’.

Detox is necessary for anyone who is going through or could go through withdrawal. It is a safe, medical environment where people in withdrawal are given everything they need to get through the difficult process.

Attempting to ‘skip’ detox by going through withdrawal at home is dangerous and can lead to serious complications and health risks.

How Long is Detox?

Detox will last as long as it takes for withdrawal symptoms to pass and the patient’s health to stabilize. For some people, this process only takes a few days, while for others it could be weeks before they are ready to move on to treatment.

When it’s time to leave detox, staff will help you to make a seamless transition into treatment and recovery. Detox helps to ensure that you start rehab off on the right foot.


  1. Florida Adolescent Substance Abuse Facts.
  2. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2019, May 22).
  3. National Survey on Drug Use and Health. (n.d.). Florida. Retrieved from