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Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Fort Myers, Florida

Substance misuse, addiction, and the opioid epidemic have negatively impacted the entire state of Florida and its residents. From 2019 to 2020, the number of fentanyl-related deaths in the state increased 53%.1 Fort Myers, a small city in Lee County in the southwestern part of the state, is one of the areas that’s been hit hard by the opioid epidemic. In 2021, opioids, like fentanyl and heroin, were involved in 295 of the 337 fatal drug overdose deaths in Lee County.2 Help is available for those struggling with opioid or other substance addiction in Fort Myers and the surrounding cities.
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Where is Addiction Treatment Located in Fort Myers, Florida?

Most of the 555 substance use treatment facilities in Florida are located near large metropolitan areas like Miami, Tampa, Orlando, and Jacksonville, but there are 20 within 25 miles of Fort Myers.3 You’ll find several options for levels of care, like inpatient rehab, outpatient programs, and partial hospitalization programs (PHP).

In some cases, it can be beneficial to travel for treatment, especially if the people, places, and situations in your home environment trigger substance use. American Addiction Centers (AAC) offers access to some of the best treatment centers in the nation and has two facilities located just a short drive from Fort Myers. River Oaks Treatment Center in Riverview (near Tampa) is less than 2 hours north of Fort Myers and Recovery First Treatment Center in Hollywood is less than 2.5 hours southeast from the city. Both facilities provide high-quality, evidence-based care for the treatment of substance use disorders.

Besides providing a complete continuum of care, River Oaks and Recovery First treatment centers both offer—among other programs and services—specialized services, such as the Salute to Recovery program for Veterans, and River Oaks also has a treatment track specifically for individuals in the LGBTQ+ community.

What is the Cost of Rehab in Fort Myers, Florida?

The cost of rehab in Fort Myers varies based on different factors, including the location of the facility, the services rendered, the amenities offered, the duration of treatment, and whether you’re using insurance to help cover the cost.

Just as location affects the price of housing, it also impacts the cost of treatment. Facilities located near bigger cities generally cost more than facilities in more rural areas.

The type of services you need also affect how much you pay for rehab in Fort Myers. Your primary care physician, mental healthcare provider, or addiction treatment specialist can perform a thorough assessment and provide you with a treatment plan, which may include multiple levels of care. These levels of care impact the price. For instance, an outpatient program that allows you to continue to live at home while you’re in treatment typically costs less than an inpatient or residential treatment program that includes around-the-clock monitoring and care and room and board, too.

Some facilities offer private accommodations, state-of-the-art fitness centers, gourmet meals provided by a chef, equine therapy, and other luxury amenities. You should expect to pay more for these and other extras.

The length of time you spend in treatment also affects the total cost of alcohol and drug rehab. It should be noted that remaining in treatment for the entire duration yields the best outcome.4 Your individual needs determine the time you spend in treatment, and the longer you spend in treatment, the more it usually costs.

How you pay for rehab also plays a role in how much you have to pay. Many individuals use health insurance to pay for rehab. Your insurance plan may cover all or some of the cost of treatment.

Does Insurance Cover the Cost of Rehab in Fort Myers, Florida?

All insurance plans cover at least some of the cost of rehab in Fort Myers. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) expanded access to proper coverage for addiction treatment nationwide.5 In 2010, the ACA made substance use disorder and mental health treatment essential health benefits, meaning all Marketplace health insurance plans must cover substance use disorder treatment. Your specific health benefits depend on your plan. You can call the number on the back of your insurance card and talk to a representative to understand exactly what your plan covers for substance use treatment.

The rehabs in and around Fort Myers accept different forms of insurance. Within 25 miles of the city, 18 of the substance use treatment centers take private health insurance, 6 accept Medicare, 9 take Medicaid, 7 accept state-funded insurance other than Medicaid, and 8 take federal military insurance like TRICARE.3

Recovery First and River Oaks treatment centers accept most major insurance companies, including Aetna, Humana, and Carelon Behavioral Health (formerly Beacon). You can use the form below to verify your insurance.

Additionally, both Recovery First and River Oaks accept other forms of payment for those who don’t have insurance or wish not to use it to pay for treatment.

Other Ways to Pay for Rehab in Fort Myers, Florida

Other ways to pay for rehab in Fort Myers include:

  • Self-pay. Some facilities accept cash or credit. Another option: You can get a loan from a loved one, lenders that specialize in loans for addiction treatment, or a bank.
  • Payment plans. Rehabs may offer payment plans based on your income or financial needs. You’ll pay a fixed monthly amount until you pay the balance.
  • Sliding scale fees. Sliding scale fees adjust the cost of your program based on income and what you can afford.
  • Local, state, or federal funding. Some institutions offer grants and scholarships to cover the cost of addiction treatment based on your eligibility.
  • Low cost/free rehabs. Some states offer treatment for free or minimal costs. In Florida, there are 8 substance use treatment facilities that don’t accept any payment for treatment.

Additionally, there are several free community resources for individuals struggling with substance misuse or addiction in Fort Myers. These include:

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). The Lee County-area group provides a 12-step program and fellowship for individuals who struggle with alcohol misuse. There are more than a dozen meetings throughout the Fort Myers area.

Cocaine Anonymous. For individuals who struggle with cocaine use, this 12-step fellowship has meetings in southwest Florida, including several in Fort Myers.

Narcotics Anonymous (NA). While there are not meetings in Fort Myers, for individuals who struggle with substance use, there are 12-step meetings not too far from the area.

Al-Anon Family Group. The Florida South Area chapter of Al-Anon, an organization for the loved ones of the individual who struggles with addiction, has meetings in Fort Myers every day.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). The chapter serving Lee, Charlotte and Hendry counties makes local support accessible. Find resources for everything from places to get evaluations and assessments to mutual-help groups and outpatient substance use treatment.

Lee County Coalition for a Drug-Free Southwest Florida. This alliance of community members works to prevent and reduce substance misuse in Lee County. They also have a list of prevention, mental health, treatment, and support group resources available on their site.

United Way 211. Accessed by calling 211 from any phone in Lee County, United Way 211 can provide a free list of substance use and mental health community resources and referrals to health and human services within Lee County.

The Center for Progress and Excellence. This mental health and social services agency provides short-term free services—including crisis intervention and outpatient mental health treatment—and helps facilitate longer-term care for individuals in Lee County.

What Substance Addictions Do Fort Myers Rehabs Treat?

Rehabilitation centers in Fort Myers treat various addictions. Some of the common substance use disorders include:3

Many people with a substance use disorder have co-occurring mental health conditions. Some of the most common mental health disorders seen with substance use disorders include anxiety and mood disorders, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).6 An integrated treatment approach, which addresses both disorders simultaneously yields the best treatment outcomes.7

Within 25 miles of Fort Myers, there are 13 rehab facilities that provide treatment for co-occurring substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders. Additionally, Recovery First and River Oaks treatment centers both provide high-quality care for co-occurring disorders.

Types of Addiction Treatment Offered in Fort Myers, Florida

Treatment is a very personal experience, meaning what works for one person may not work for another. Thus, effective treatment must match the individual to the treatment setting, interventions, and services that are most appropriate for their needs. This is typically determined by your primary care physician, mental healthcare provider, or addiction treatment specialist, who can perform a thorough assessment and recommend a treatment plan. In Fort Myers, your treatment plan may include one or more of the following:3,4

Detox. Available at 5 of the substance use treatment centers within 25 miles of the city, medically managed detoxification is often the first step in a more comprehensive treatment plan. It allows you to clear your body of the substance while you safely undergo withdrawal under the supervision of healthcare professionals who can keep you as comfortable as possible.

Residential treatment. Sometimes used interchangeably with inpatient care, residential care at the 6 facilities within 25 miles of Fort Myers involves 24-hour support and a place to live during treatment. There are also 2 facilities that provide inpatient care in a hospital setting near Fort Myers.

Outpatient treatment. Outpatient programs provide treatment services without an overnight stay at the facility. These programs vary in intensity, with the number of hours per day and days per week differing based on your needs. All 20 facilities within 25 miles of Fort Myers offer outpatient programs. Of these, 7 offer partial hospitalization programs(PHPs), sometimes called day treatment, and 8 provide intensive outpatient programs (IOPs).

Aftercare. Aftercare, often called ongoing care, is a critical component for many individuals’ addiction recovery paths. Of the 20 substance use treatment centers near Fort Myers, 18 offer some sort of aftercare support. In addition to continued counseling and/or therapy sessions, aftercare programs may include transitional living such as sober homes, mutual-help groups like AA and NA, and other social services such as employment counseling or training.

How to Find Rehab Centers in Fort Myers, Florida

When searching for alcohol or drug rehab in Fort Myers, you first want to ensure that the facility provides the level of care that’s right for you. Beyond that, you may want to consider a facility’s licensing and accreditations, the different therapies utilized, specialized programming offered, amenities, and payment options.

American Addiction Centers (AAC) can help you find treatment facilities near Fort Myers. Call to speak to one of our knowledgeable and compassionate admissions navigators, who can listen to your story, answer your questions, explain your treatment options, verify your insurance coverage, and help you begin your journey to recovery today.

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