Southwest Florida has rapidly expanded in the last 30 years into a major retirement community and investment start-up area. However its rapid expansion in the 2000's had led to it being one of the hardest hit areas in the foreclosure crisis, with entire neighborhoods in Lee county being wiped out through plummeting home values and skyrocketing mortgage payments. Its gradual urbanization has also increased crime, unemployment, and poverty, particularly in downtown and East Fort Myers.
Parts of Lee county are known to particularly hard hit by prescription drug abuse; since it has so many retired residents, prescription drug fraud is very commonplace, and those drugs go right into the hands of countless people suffering from opioid, depressant, and stimulant addictions. Neighboring Lehigh Acres is also well known as a hub for underground meth production, with many related drug crimes adding woes to this foreclosure-wrecked rural city.
Such new and rapidly expanding cities in Florida bear a high cost from
drug abuse. Gang crime, drug trafficking, and addictions spread just as
rapidly as the construction and wealth, and in the pursuit of money even
the well-meaning developers of such places lose sight of the importance
of making sure that drug addiction does not destroy what they have created.
Therefore it is that important for communities to not just be aware of
the dangers of drug addiction, but to actively identify and act on cases
of substance abuse that they see in their friends, family, and neighbors.
Drug use is not something that should either be swept under the rug or
dealt with by the police. It is a disease that should be treated by addiction
treatment professionals who know the best techniques at helping addicts
make a safe and healthy recovery. Medically-supervised
detox, addiction treatment counseling, and a variety of addiction
treatment therapies are all commonly applied in drug and alcohol rehab
to teach patients how to cope with addiction cravings and build a strong
desire to live sober once more. Contact
us to find a rehab center that is right for you, with knowledgeable
physicians and staff best suited to facilitate the healing process.
For more information on our drug addiction treatment in Florida, or for a confidential consultation call toll free at: 800-960-5041