Merritt Island

Merritt Island is Florida’s largest island, the home of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center and home to a 140,000-acre nature sanctuary. There is more to this town than meets the eye, however. There is a serious problem for the citizens of Merritt Island: alcohol and drug addiction. With an increase of the Florida drug overdose death rate from 2014 to 2015 of 22% (according to the Center for Disease Control), substance abuse is a significant issue.

It’s not just illegal drugs like heroin and marijuana that are the problem. Alcohol – though legal – is another problem. Last year, there were 797 drunk driving fatalities, a 14.8% increase from the previous year, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

It can feel hopeless if you are suffering from substance use disorder. But you don’t need to feel alone. There are many people who understand what you are going through, and there is an abundance of resources available to help you. Seeking drug addiction treatment in Merritt Island is an admirable thing to do. It takes courage to ask for help.

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Merritt Island, Florida Alcohol Rehab Centers and Drug Rehab Centers

Depending on your history of addiction, the substance you have been misusing, the length of your addiction, etc., you may need different treatment programs. In many rehab facilities, there are residential treatment programs, partial hospitalization programs and outpatient treatment programs. Some patients participate in all three in a progression. Whether you’re seeking a drug rehab center in Merritt Island, FL, or an alcohol rehab center in Merritt Island, FL, it’s important to understand the differences between these programs.

Residential Treatment Programs

The residential or inpatient treatment program gives the patient 24/7 access to medical care. For those with serious addictions or those who need to first complete detox, this is a great fit. In a residential treatment program, the patient will stay in the rehabilitation facility. The patient will also participate in group therapy, individual therapy, classes and other healing activities like yoga and meditation.

Partial Hospitalization Programs

In a partial hospitalization program (PHP), the patient has a little more freedom. Although he or she will still have access to medical care and he or she will also be required to participate in the same activities, he or she does not need to stay at the facility.

Outpatient Treatment Programs

In an outpatient treatment program, the patient may still work or fulfill any family obligations. He or she still has the same recovery curriculum, including classes and therapy, but he or she is allowed to stay at home, provided that there is a stable environment.

Many people elect to use a national treatment facility because here, addiction specialists will help you to determine an individualized treatment plan that will be the most effective for your recovery.

Detox Centers

The positive thing about a Florida detox center is that you can get medical assistance with the detox process. Undergoing withdrawal symptoms on your own can easily lead you to relapse. Depending on what substance you are detoxing your body from, the withdrawal symptoms can be dangerous or even deadly. It’s essential that you detox under medical supervision.

It’s important to remember, though, that while detox is important, it is only the physical component of beating addiction. The real recovery happens in a treatment program where you can address the spiritual, emotional, mental and psychological components of your addiction.

The best way to avoid relapse is to attend a national treatment center like The Recovery Village where you will be able to go into a residential treatment program after your detoxification

Recovery Meetings Near You

Completing an inpatient or outpatient treatment program is a wonderful thing to do. However, unless you join a recovery program in the long term, you are likely to relapse. Luckily, there are many options for recovery programs near you.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Meetings

Founded in 1935, Alcoholics Anonymous has been helping people for decades. The group is a fellowship of men and women who share their experiences with alcoholism and help each other to stay sober. An AA meeting consists of a leader introducing a discussion topic and then anyone in the group speaking on the topic (or going off topic if they need to speak about something else regarding their alcoholism). If you recently completed alcohol treatment, Merritt Island offers AA meetings to help you stay sober. There are many AA meetings in Merritt Island, including:

Merritt Island Group
3585 N. Courtenay Pkwy.
Ste. 1
Merritt Island, FL 32953

New Hope Group
1135 N. Courtenay Pkwy.
Merritt Island, FL 32953

Sober Time YP Group
155 Cone Rd.
Merritt Island, FL 32952

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Narcotics Anonymous (NA) Meetings

Narcotics Anonymous is the second largest recovery group. It is like Alcoholics Anonymous in that it also has the 12 steps and is a fellowship of men and women who share their strength, hope and experience with each other. The only difference is that while AA is for those who struggle with alcohol addiction, NA is for those who have used a wider range of substances. Regardless of where you received drug treatment, Merritt Island and surrounding cities offer NA meetings to prevent relapse. Here is a list of meetings in the Merritt Island area:

415 W. Merritt Island Causeway #3
Merritt Island, FL 32952

Rockledge Presbyterian Church
921 Rockledge Dr.
Rockledge, FL 32955

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SMART Recovery Meetings

SMART Recovery Meetings

The biggest alternative to 12-step programs, SMART Recovery is a 4-point system that is based on self-empowerment and relying on yourself. While 12-step programs ask their members to turn to a higher power, SMART Recovery asks its members to turn to themselves. The 4 points involve building motivation, coping with urges, living a balanced life and managing our thoughts and behaviors. Here are the closest SMART Recovery meetings to Merritt Island.

3115 Friendship Pl.
Rockledge, FL 32955

1200 Van Arsdale St.
Oviedo, FL 32765

Al-Anon and Nar-Anon Meetings

When someone has substance use disorder, they are not the only one who suffers. Their loved ones often have to go through quite a range of experiences. For the friends or family of one who is addicted, it’s important to find a support system. Al-Anon and Nar-Anon are the 12-step groups specifically for the loved ones of those who are in recovery. Here are the closest Al-Anon and Nar-Anon meetings to you.

Faith Lutheran Church Day Care Bldg.
280 E. Merritt Ave.
Merritt Island, FL 32953

First United Methodist Church
825 Forrest Ave.
Cocoa, FL 32922

Addiction Resources in Nearby Florida Cities

For those who are seeking alcohol and drug treatment facilities outside of Merritt Island, Florida, there are also many drug rehab resources across the state of Florida:

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The Recovery Village aims to improve the quality of life for people struggling with substance use or mental health disorder with fact-based content about the nature of behavioral health conditions, treatment options and their related outcomes. We publish material that is researched, cited, edited and reviewed by licensed medical professionals. The information we provide is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. It should not be used in place of the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare providers.

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