Top 17 Alcohol & Drug Rehab Centers in Lakeland, FL & Free Treatment Resources

 Lakeland Florida Drug Alcohol Rehab
Lakeland sits in the middle of Florida in Polk County, about halfway between Tampa and Orlando. Like most cities in America, drug and alcohol problems exist among residents of all ages. In 2021, there was a 7% increase in drug-related deaths.1 This number may be higher if it weren't for laws like the Good Samaritan Act, which protects callers acting in good faith to save someone from overdosing.2 In some circumstances, a person can petition a court to involuntarily assess, ensure safety, and admit a loved one with a substance use disorder into treatment. This process is part of the Marchman Act.Many quality treatment centers in Polk County are accessible and affordable. If you can't pay for drug rehab in Lakeland, there are state-funded options, or you may qualify for Medicaid or Medicare. Having private insurance is another way to cut the costs of treatment.

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Drug and Alcohol Misuse Statistics in Lakeland

A report by the Florida medical examiners on the 2021 deaths related to drug overdoses reveals a big problem in Lakeland. For example:4

How to Pay for Alcohol and Drug Rehab in Lakeland

lakeland florida cityThe Florida Department of Children and Families (FDCF) contracts with licensed treatment providers to offer substance use and misuse disorder therapy at varying levels of care. The treatment center is provided state funding to cover the costs of drug rehab in Lakeland for those who cannot afford it and do not have insurance.

Covered services include the following:

  • Assessment
  • Detoxification
  • Medication-assisted treatment
  • Methadone and Buprenorphine Clinics
  • Inpatient rehab
  • Intensive outpatient program
  • Partial-hospitalization program
  • Transitional housing
  • Aftercare and recovery support

Local facilities that contract with FDCF include Cove Behavioral Health, Lakeland Centres Florida, and Peace River Centers.

Private Insurance, Medicaid, and Medicare

Private Insurance Covers Addiction Treatment

Private health insurance plans are accepted at many Lakeland drug rehabs. Florida’s more common insurance carriers include Ambetter, Bright Health, Cigna, Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, United Healthcare, and Capital Health Plan.

Private insurers are adapting policies to provide coverage for substance use disorders that match what would typically be covered for other medical care services. With private health care coverage, you will likely have to pay monthly premiums, copays, and deductibles. However, the coverage you receive will significantly reduce the costs of attending Polk County drug rehabs.

Medicare and Medicaid Cover Substance Abuse Treatment

If you don’t have private insurance, you may qualify for Medicaid or Medicare. To be eligible for Florida Medicaid, you must be a Florida resident and a United States citizen. You must also be one of the following:6

  • Pregnant
  • Disabled or take care of someone in your home with a disability
  • Have a dependent under 18 years of age
  • Income that does not exceed the maximum level

Annual income for a family of two cannot exceed $24,353; for a family of three, it is $30,630, and for each additional household member, add $6,277.6

Medicare, a federal insurance plan, allows you to purchase the portions of insurance that meet your needs. Although you must pay for Medicare, many people qualify for low or no-cost coverage that pays for Lakeland drug rehab services.7

Medicare part A covers inpatient treatment services while part B covers outpatient. Medicare part C is a combination plan that offers slight discounts, and part D covers prescription costs. You are eligible for Florida Blue or Florida Medicare if you are over 65 and a U.S. resident or under 65 with a disability. Also, if you have end-stage kidney disease or Lou Gehrig’s disease.7

If you do not currently live in Florida but want to enter a Polk County alcohol rehab, check with your insurance carrier to see if your plan covers out-of-state treatment.

Traveling to and Within Lakeland

If you are searching online for “drug rehab near me” or “alcohol rehab near me” in the Lakeland vicinity, your results will also include the many other perks of Polk County.

Transportation: For example, traveling around Lakeland is easy. The Lakeland Linder International Airport is centrally located, and with quick access to I-4 and the Polk Parkway, you are about fifteen miles from downtown Lakeland. You can get there from the airport via Uber, taxis, rental cars, or the Citrus Connection bus line.8

Lodging: You have many affordable lodging options in Lakeland that are conveniently located near recovery treatment centers. There are around 30 hotels and numerous Air BnB and VRBO rentals.8

Attractions: An essential part of recovery is finding healthy things to do that help you avoid relapse. Lakeland is a mecca for education, culture, entertainment, and fun. You can take a class at Florida Southern College, shop at the First Friday artisan market, watch a play at Polk Theater, or a movie at the Silver Moon Drive-in. Escape rooms, art classes, and supporting the Lakeland Flying Tigers minor league baseball team are all fun activities to engage you.8

Lakeland offers many community resources for someone in recovery. Virtual and in-person alcohol and drug recovery groups provide daily peer support for you and your family, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Al-Anon, faith-based, and educational groups. Lakeland is a place where you can reach long-term and short-term recovery goals.

Call us if you are ready to start your recovery journey in a Lakeland drug rehab. We can help.


  1. Florida Department of Health. 2020. Polk County Community Health Assessment.
  2. The Florida Senate. 2022. Good Samaritan Act.
  3. State University Systems of Florida. 2015. Fundamentals of the Marchman Act.
  4. Medical Examiners Commission. 2021. Drugs Identified in Deceased Persons by Florida Medical Examiners.
  5. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 2022. Florida Medicaid.
  6. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 2022. Who is Eligible for Medicare?
  7. The City of Lakeland. 2022. Fun in Lakeland.

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