Fort Lauderdale Addiction & Mental Health Resource Guide

When you or a loved one is confronting substance dependence or addiction, it can be difficult to know where to turn. That’s why Recovery First has created this guide, which includes several addiction treatment resources in Fort Lauderdale and the surrounding Broward County.

In this resource guide, you’ll find information about:

  • Public and private services for behavior and mental health disorders.
  • Support groups located in Ft. Lauderdale.
  • A variety of addiction rehab facilities in the region, including state-funded treatment options.

Behavioral and Mental Health Services in Fort Lauderdale

Fort lauderdale city skylineFort Lauderdale is the county seat of Broward County, Florida, and home to nearly 2 million residents, the second biggest county by population. The area is known for its tourism, with over 14 million visitors in 2018 alone. Although, like much of Florida, Broward County was once known as a place for retirees, today you’ll find people of all age groups.1

For those who do suffer from dependence and/or addiction, Ft. Lauderdale and the surrounding region offer a robust collection of mental health and behavioral resources for the community.

You’ll find several of the region’s resources below.

The United Way of Broward County Commission on Behavioral Health and Drug Prevention

For over 80 years, the region has benefitted from the efforts of United Way of Broward County, which focuses on improving the health, education, and financial stability of everyone in the community.

While the organization has several different coalitions, its Commission on Behavioral Health & Drug Prevention is focused specifically on:

  • Substance abuse prevention.
  • Mental health.
  • Creating partnerships between federal, state, and local agencies to develop integrated healthcare efforts in the county.
  • Researching and implementing innovative approaches to take on substance misuse.

The commission curates a collection of prevention toolkits in its Prevention Resource Center, which include information ranging from underage drinking and e-cigarettes to opioid overdose and content specifically for the LGBTQ+ community.

Through their community events, United Way of Broward County is able to address its residents directly and disseminate resources and aid directly to the community.

Support Groups in Ft. Lauderdale

For people who are unsure about full-fledged addiction treatment, have questions about recovery and sobriety, or are in recovery and looking for help and accountability, support groups are a great way to go.

Support groups can also be helpful ways for family members or friends of the person who is or was addicted to process their feelings, heal relationships, and help their loved one stay sober going forward.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Meetings in Fort Lauderdale

AA is one of the best-known 12-step programs in the addiction recovery space, focusing specifically on alcoholism. There are a handful of AA meeting locations in Ft. Lauderdale, which you can find via the Broward County AA webpage.

City Hall
100 North Andrews Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301


Narcotics Anonymous (NA) Meetings in Fort Lauderdale

Similar to AA, Narcotics Anonymous takes the 12-step approach to recovery for those who have experienced substance abuse outside of alcohol.

Prophecy Church
611 NW 24th Ave
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311

999 Prospect Road
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

Sunshine Cathedral
1480 SW 9th Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315

St. Sebastian Church
2000 Marietta Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

Mental Health Support Groups Fort Lauderdale

Unfortunately, Florida is not known for its mental health support. As of 2014, the state ranked last in the U.S. per capita for mental health resources. Broward County, too, ranked first in number of suicides among the rest of the counties of the state: 243 people died by suicide in the county in 2016.

Hope is not lost, though. Organizations like United Way of Broward County (mentioned previously) are looking to shift the tide on mental health in the region. Fort Lauderdale, too, has an expanding list of mental health support groups. Below you’ll find meetings that focus specifically on depression, anxiety, and loss.

Yoga for Mental Health
MindHolistic II
16 SE 18th Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

Take Control of Your Life! (Anxiety)
Fort Lauderdale Therapy Center, LLC.
1975 E Sunrise Blvd.
Suite 517
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

Healing Through Transitions
Authentic Integrative Wellness, Inc.
2003 West Cypress Creek Road
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

Life After Loss: Widow’s Wellness Group
Changing Forward
1040 Bayview Drive
Suite 110
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

Fort Lauderdale Substance Abuse Services

florida cocaine substance abuseLike much of the rest of the country, you’ll find that Broward County is impacted by substance abuse. Below, you’ll find some statistics that just scratch the surface of substance use in Ft. Lauderdale and the surrounding county:2

  • Alcohol was present in approximately half of all drug-related deaths in the state in 2016.
  • More than a quarter of patients of addiction treatment centers in 2016 abused alcohol.
  • Marijuana use has increased steadily since 2006.
  • Weed is the primary drug of the 87% of teens under 18 who entered treatment programs in the county.
  • Opioid-related deaths continue to increase, in part due to an increase in non-pharmaceutical fentanyl and the misuse of prescription opioids such as oxycodone.
  • The majority of deaths related to heroin use also included polysubstance abuse—other drugs were also in use at the time of death.
  • Cocaine deaths have been on the rise.

It’s not all bad news, though. Current alcohol use and binge drinking is down in the region, and smoking cigarettes has dropped dramatically. Meth is also not used widely in Broward Country, as it is in other parts of Florida.2

For people suffering from addiction or dependence, Fort Lauderdale offers several rehab facilities, including treatment centers that are accredited and certified to operate in the addiction treatment space.

Drug & Alcohol Rehabs Around Fort Lauderdale

Just outside of Fort Lauderdale in Hollywood, Florida, you’ll find our addiction treatment facility, Recovery First. We treat drug and alcohol addiction, as well as co-occurring disorders, and have accreditations or certifications from several organizations, including The Joint Commission, the National Association for Behavioral Healthcare, and CARF. We’re also licensed by the Florida Department of Children and Family Services.

Recovery First
4110 Davie Road Extension
Hollywood, FL 33024



Buprenorphine (Suboxone) Availability in Fort Lauderdale

Medications that contain buprenorphine (such as Suboxone) were created to help people who are addicted to opioids reach recovery. These medications are often considered safer than methadone at suppressing opioid use, in part because it has a lower potential for abuse and a lower risk for overdose.3

There are over 90 doctors who are able to prescribe or dispense medications containing buprenorphine throughout Fort Lauderdale, including:

Mark Leeds, D.O.
3290 NE 33rd St.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

Jose Diaz, M.D.
4109 N Federal Hwy
Fort Lauderale, FL 33308

Nisha Bhatt, M.D.
4534 N. Federal Hwy
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

Florida State-Funded Treatment Options

One of the biggest hesitations about committing to a rehabilitation center and treatment can be the cost. For many, addiction treatment can be expensive. And although a number of qualified facilities take insurance, sometimes that isn’t enough.

Some facilities offer payment assistance, so make sure to ask when you call. Others offer a sliding scale for payment, meaning if you do not make a lot of money, the facility will adjust the cost of service accordingly. Again, you’ll need to ask if that’s an option.

Support groups are often no-cost, and Broward County offers other resources, like the United Way’s Commission on Behavioral Health & Drug Prevention in the region. Broward County is also home to Broward Addiction Recovery, which may offer services or treatment at lower costs and/or through Medicaid. In 2018, the government organization opened its new central location in Fort Lauderdale.

Battling the disease of addiction is a difficult one to fight alone. Fort Lauderdale and Broward County offer a plethora of options for whatever level of treatment you may be looking for.

Recovery First, one of American Addiction Centers’ Florida drug rehab centers, is ready to help you overcome addiction and find long-term recovery. Call us today at to learn more about alcohol treatment near Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

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  1. Broward County Florida, Planning and Development Management Division. (2019). Broward County at a glance.
  2. United Way of Broward County Commission on Substance Abuse. (2017). Drug abuse trends In Broward County, Florida annual report: June 2017.
  3. Mattick, R.P., Breen, C., Kimber, J., & Davoli, M. (2014). Buprenorphine maintenance versus placebo or methadone maintenance for opioid dependence. Cochrane Systematic Review.
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