Suncoast Rehabilitation Center Receives High Score From The Florida Department Of Children And Families

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The Florida Department of Children and Families issued a compliance rating of 96.53% to Suncoast Rehab Center on review of client records, both clinical and medical.

In a recent review of Suncoast Rehabilitation Center located in Spring Hill, Florida, a Substance Abuse/Licensure Specialist from The Florida Department of Children and Families gave Suncoast Rehab Center a score of 96.53% on review of client records (both Clinical and Medical). The drug and alcohol rehab center is a residential substance abuse program which utilizes The Narconon Model of Treatment to help individuals addicted to alcohol and/or drugs overcome their addictions once and for all. The program is an alternative to the traditional 12-step model of treatment, and the average stay for a client is 3-4 months.

The medical team of Suncoast Rehab Center is led by Dr. Brent Agin, MD, with the clinical team being led by Thomas Garcia, LMHC, CAP. There are 19 total staff members, with over 100 years of combined service in treating addiction, at Suncoast who service up to 21 clients at any given time.

The Florida Department of Children and Families completed their on-site review process of Suncoast Rehab Center for the purpose of inspecting the facility, program and procedures for full licensing as an Adult Residential Level II Treatment Services Facility. The Department of Children and Families based in Tallahassee, FL oversees programs ranging from adoption to domestic violence and of course substance abuse. The Substance Abuse Program Office is dedicated to the development of a comprehensive system of prevention, emergency/detoxification, and treatment services for individuals and families at risk of or affected by drug addiction; to promote their safety, well-being, and self-sufficiency.

The vision of The Substance Abuse Program Office is to work closely with the Office of Drug Control, on the development of initiatives, strategies, and performance measures to reduce the incidence of drug abuse among Florida's citizens through the means of evidence-based prevention services, improved access to effective treatment services, and strengthening the substance abuse service delivery system.

According to recent statistics from the Office of National Drug Control Policy, during 2007 there were:

  • 155,246 adult drug arrests in Florida.
  • 14,114 juvenile drug arrests in Florida.
  • Cocaine abuse is the primary drug threat in Florida. Cocaine is available throughout Florida from the gram to kilogram level. Additionally, drug trafficking organizations dealing in crack cocaine have been identified in at least six major cities in Florida.
  • Methamphetamine abuse has impacted the majority of Florida's 67 counties and use is widespread.
  • Unprecedented increases in levels of prescription drug abuse poses a serious threat to the health and safety of Florida citizens. The Florida Medical Examiners report that five people die in Florida daily as a direct result of prescription drug overdoses. Investigations indicate that diversion of hydrocodone products such as Vicodin and oxycodone products such as OxyContin continues to be a widespread problem in Florida.
  • According to a report from the National Survey of Drug Use and Health, approximately 1.2 million (8%) of Florida citizens (ages 12 or older) reported past month use of an illicit drug.
  • Among Florida high schools students surveyed, approximately 11% reported lifetime abuse of prescription painkillers.
  • Approximately 15% of Florida high school students reported using marijuana and 10.18% of 12-17 year olds reported other illicit drug use within the past 30 days.

The real problem is that these statistics lead to only three inevitable ends for drug users and addicts; Rehabilitation, Jail or Death. Of those endings, drug rehabilitation is the most viable
solution and is what Suncoast is dedicated to providing to the citizens of Florida. In addition to providing rehabilitation services through its licensed facility, Suncoast President, Eric Mitchell, announced a new drug prevention initiative in which Suncoast Rehab has now sponsored all of the Hernando County schools with drug education materials for their classes so that the youth of today can be educated on drugs and their harmful affects so that they don't become one of these statistics.

"We are thrilled to be a part of the Department of Children and Families program and are excited about the impact we can make on the drug problem here in Florida for years to come" said Eric Mitchell, President of Suncoast Rehabilitation Center.

The facility is working hard to expand its services, both in drug treatment through its rehab center and through its drug prevention and community activities. Suncoast Rehab Center is currently seeking building approval through Hernando County to build an administration and delivery building so that there are greater facilities and resources to help more people in the future.


Eric Mitchell
Suncoast Rehabilitation Center


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