Substance Abuse and Addiction Treatment Resources in Sarasota

Sarasota Drug & Alcohol Rehab, Detox & Treatment Resources

Florida faces a gigantic substance abuse problem. Even Sarasota, a city with 55,000 people, has been affected in dramatic ways. Heroin laced with the powerful opiate, fentanyl, has been the cause of numerous overdose deaths.

Police Chief Bernadette DePino leads efforts in Sarasota County to combat the problem and attributes the spike in heroin overdoses to the naiveté of first-time heroin users who arrive from out of town on spring break or during summer months without realizing the potency or the contents of the drug they are using. Even though EMS uses Narcan to try to reverse overdoses, it isn’t always successful.

Heroin isn’t the only drug being misused in Sarasota. Alcohol and marijuana are also high on the list of substances. In addition to efforts being made by law enforcement to quell drug and alcohol misuse, Sarasota provides treatment by way of detox, inpatient, outpatient, medication-assisted treatment (MAT), residential treatment and aftercare.

Our Closest Facility:

Orlando Recovery Center Drug and Alcohol Rehab6000 Lake Ellenor Dr Orlando FL 32809-4615 (407) 680-1226

You’re not alone in this struggle.

did you know?
and a half million adults use cocaine

Opioids both legal and illegal — like heroin, oxycodone and hydrocodone — have been the center of the discussion on drug addiction in recent years. However, substances like cocaine and methamphetamine continue to be a problem as well. It was reported that 1.5 million American adults used cocaine in 2013. Fortunately, millions of people are able to seek treatment at national treatment facilities.

Finding Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Sarasota, Florida

Sarasota, Florida Alcohol Rehab Centers and Drug Rehab Centers

Sarasota residents living with heroin or alcohol dependency have numerous recovery solutions available to them, whether they’re seeking alcohol or drug rehab in Sarasota, Florida. These solutions include detox, inpatient services, outpatient services, MAT or a combination of these.

There are twelve drug and alcohol treatment facilities within 25 miles of Sarasota. With so many in the area, electing to recover in another city under the care of a national brand may be the best option, for a number of reasons. Privacy is a big issue for some individuals. Deep shame often accompanies addiction, and some prefer to recover out of town. Another advantage to accessing treatment in another city is the quality of services, since a branded treatment center can offer services that a smaller one can’t. Distance is another factor to consider. Some people in recovery need to put distance between themselves and the enabling factors that contribute to their dependency.

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    Residential Treatment Programs

    Residential treatment is designed to assist those suffering from a long-term or serious addiction and is perfect for those who have relapsed more than once or for those with an opioid dependence. In residential treatment, the client lives at the facility until treatment is finished and receives a wide array of medical, psychological and supportive care. Length of stay in a residential treatment center varies from weeks, months or up to a year or longer. Duration is decided on an individual basis. Some people are court-ordered to a residential treatment center while others choose this form of treatment on their own. Some enter residential treatment at the urging of loved ones.

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    Partial Hospitalization Programs

    Partial hospitalization provides short-term hospitalization, and can last from 14 to 30 days depending on the needs of the individual. Group and individual therapy are part of the case plan along with aftercare or follow-up usually by way of support groups.

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    Outpatient Treatment Programs

    Outpatient treatment is designed for those with an addiction that isn’t as serious as others. In outpatient treatment, the client travels to the center for 10-15 hours per week, which accommodates the client’s work, education, family, legal or other obligations. The duration of outpatient treatment can last from three to six months or sometimes up to twelve months or more. Outpatient treatment can include detox, 12-step programs, group therapy, individual or family therapy and aftercare services.

The Recovery Village is a national treatment center that offers quality, comprehensive services, including detox, inpatient, outpatient, partial hospitalization, residential, MAT and aftercare. This treatment center meets the individual needs of the client while offering a holistic approach to the recovery process.

Detox Centers

Detox is the first and most important step you will take in your recovery as it cleanses your body of the initial toxicity of drugs. This process can last one to two weeks. In most cases, if relapse occurs during detox, the recovery process has to start all over again. It’s necessary for detox to be medically supervised as it can be dangerous if attempted alone. Doctors and other medical staff are an important part of this initial stage.

While detox may be important to your recovery, it should not be a substitution for rehab. A detox center can be beneficial, but it is better to detox in a facility that also offers treatment programs so that after you have completed the detoxification process, you can start the psychological and emotional healing that is necessary when treating substance use disorder.

Recovery Meetings Near You

Recovery occurs in multiple phases. Finishing a treatment program can be a life-altering experience, but it is only the first step in your recovery journey. Aftercare is as important as the steps that came before it. Finding a recovery program – whether it is a traditional 12-step program or an alternative recovery program – that resonates with you is so important.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Meetings

Alcoholics Anonymous is the oldest recovery group in the world. Since 1935, Alcoholics Anonymous has been helping millions of people to stay sober, one day at a time. In an AA meeting, recovered alcoholics will share their experiences, strengths and hopes with one another in an environment where they can all lean on each other for support. There are AA meetings all over the world. If you recently completed alcohol treatment, Sarasota offers several AA meetings to give you the support you need to stay sober.

  • Sunrise
    Bahia Vista Menonite Church
    4041 Bahia Vista
    Sarasota, FL 34232

  • Better Attitudes
    Pine Shores Presbyterian Church
    6210 Crestwood Ave.
    Sarasota, FL 34231

  • High Hope
    Gratitude Club
    530 Payne Pwky.
    Sarasota, FL 34237

Narcotics Anonymous (NA) Meetings


Like Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their strength, hope and experience with each other in a 12-step program. NA is geared towards users of all substances whereas AA focuses more on alcohol misusers. While both NA and AA encourage members to work the steps (admitting their lives are unmanageable, surrendering their addictions to a higher power and making amends for previous mistakes), the only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking or using drugs. Regardless of where you completed drug detox, Sarasota’s NA meetings can help you stay on the right path and prevent relapse.

  • Where:
    731 Lime Ave.
    Sarasota, FL 34237

  • Where:
    911 Central Ave.
    Sarasota, FL 34236

  • Aloha Mobile Home Clubhouse
    3100 Hawthorne St.
    Sarasota, FL 34239

SMART Recovery Meetings

The largest alternative to 12-step recovery programs, SMART Recovery is a group that focuses on self-reliance and self-empowerment in a 4-point system that includes building motivation, coping with urges, managing behaviors and thoughts and living a balanced life. SMART Recovery sees addiction more as a series of destructive behaviors that can be managed as opposed to a disease that needs to be treated.

  • SMART Recovery
    Suzuki Institute
    3100 Southgate Cir.
    Sarasota, FL 34238

  • VA Bay Pines Health Care System
    St. Petersburg, FL 33744
  • The Homeless Coalition
    1476 Kenesaw St.
    Port Charlotte, FL 33948

Al-Anon and Nar-Anon Meetings

It is obvious that substance use disorder harms the individual using a substance, but it also affects the family and loved ones of that individual. Nar-Anon and Al-Anon are programs that provide support and guidance to the friends, family and loved ones of those who suffer from substance use disorder. In the style and structure of 12-step program, Al-Anon and Nar-Anon offers emotional support and advice via group and family meetings.

  • Nar-Anon
    Built to Last
    Faith United Church of Christ
    4850 FL-64
    Bradenton, FL 34208

  • Al-Anon
    Al-Anon for Parents AFG
    St. Andrew’s United Church of Christ
    6908 S. Beneva Rd.
    Sarasota, FL 34232

There are several addiction resources serving residents of Sarasota, Florida, but sometimes it’s challenging finding the best, most comprehensive treatment without traveling outside of the city. When you are seeking alcohol and drug treatment facilities in Sarasota, Florida, it may also be worth it to look at nearby cities.

Local Communities Served

  • 33694
  • 33702
  • 33938
  • 34205
  • 34242

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