Treatment for Substance Abuse

The Department provides treatment for substance abuse through a community-based provider system that offers detoxification, treatment and recovery support for adolescents and adults affected by substance misuse, abuse or dependence.

  • Detoxification Services: Detoxification focuses on the elimination of substance use. Specifically, detoxification services utilize medical and clinical procedures to assist individuals and adults as they withdraw from the physiological and psychological effects of substance abuse. Detoxification may occur in either a residential or outpatient setting, depending on the needs of the individual.
  • Treatment Services: Treatment services include a wide array of assessment, counseling, case management, and support provided in residential and non-residential (outpatient) settings. Treatment services are designed to help individuals and their families who have lost their abilities to control the substance use on their own and require formal, structured intervention and support. Services include various levels of residential, outpatient, and recovery support based on the severity of the addiction. Research indicates that persons who successfully complete substance abuse treatment have better post-treatment outcomes related to future abstinence, reduced use, less involvement in the criminal justice system, reduced involvement in the child-protective system, employment, increased earnings, and better health.
  • Recovery Support: Recovery Support is offered during and following treatment to further assist individuals in their development of the knowledge and skills necessary to maintain their recovery. These services include transitional housing, life skills training, parenting skills, and peer-based individual and group counseling.

Individuals who pose a significant risk to themselves or others due to substance abuse impairment can be referred for involuntary assessment and stabilization through the Marchman Act

Juvenile Addictions Receiving Facilities

  • Receiving Facilities: Individuals in need of medical assistance to withdraw from drug and alcohol abuse or dependence, detoxification and addiction receiving facilities are available in many communities throughout Florida.


If you are looking for methadone medication-assisted treatment for opioid dependence, please use this link to find a list of licensed providers across the state by region. The table includes accepted forms of payment, medications offered, and if the provider treats pregnant women.

State Methadone Office SOTA
Department of Children & Families
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Program Office
1317 Winewood Blvd. Building 6
Tallahassee Florida 32399

Fiscal Year 2018/2019 Methadone Needs Assessment

In accordance with section 65D-30.014, F.A.C., the Department has published the results of its methadone medication-assisted treatment needs assessment for fiscal year 2018-2019. Interested parties are directed to submit a letter of intent to apply for Methadone Medication-Assisted Treatment licensure to the Regional Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health where need has been determined via mail or hand-delivery by 5 p.m. on July 9, 2019.

Letters of intent should include name of interested party/provider, county/counties of interest, fiscal year of the needs assessment to which the provider is responding to and the number of awards the firm is applying for per county identified in the needs assessment. Interested parties must state if they are seeking to fill the need for programs serving indigent, pregnant, and Medicaid recipients or will not. By July 16, 2019, interested parties will receive correspondence from the regional office regarding the next steps in the process.

*Please note: The Central Region Licensure Office Address has been updated*

  1. Full Needs Assessment
  2. Needs Assessment At-A-Glance
  3. Data Used in Methodology
  4. Resources
  5. Frequently Asked Questions

Medication Assisted Treatment

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) is the use of medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, to provide a whole-patient approach to the treatment of substance use disorders. Research shows that when treating substance-use disorders, a combination of medication and behavioral therapies is most successful. Medication assisted treatment (MAT) is clinically driven with a focus on individualized patient care.

SAMHSA recently issued new guidance on the use of MAT that you, your partners and providers will find helpful in serving persons with opioid use disorder or alcohol use disorder. These guides are available to download at no cost.

The opioid brief guide

Clinical Use of Extended-Release Injectable Naltrexone in the Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder: A Brief Guide - highlights information on the use of extended-release injectable naltrexone for the treatment of opioid use disorder along with other MAT options, including assessment and monitoring.

The alcohol brief guide

Medication for the Treatment of Alcohol Use Disorder: A Brief Guide - summarizes information on the four medications approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of alcohol use disorder and discusses screening and patient assessment, treatment planning and monitoring.

Recovery Residence Administrators and Recovery Residences

Pursuant to section 397.4871, F.S., and section 397.487, F.S., the Department of Children and Families shall approve at least one credentialing entity for the purpose of developing and administering a voluntary certification program for recovery residence administrators and residences. Read more.

Licensure, Regulation, and Accreditation

To view a list of licensed service providers, professionals who provide substance abuse services to individuals and families, and accrediting agencies for substance abuse providers visit the Licensure and Regulation webpage.