South Florida is a National Center for Drug Rehabilitation and Alcohol Rehabilitation

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Florida has more substance abuse rehabilitation facilities than any state except California and New York

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Sunrise Detox excels because patients are completely detoxed when they come to us for rehab. That's important because the rehab process cannot begin until patients are completely free of their physical addiction.

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According to Morgan Poncy M.D., medical director of Sunrise Detox, a company that runs private medical detox facilities, "South Florida is a national center of the drug and alcohol rehabilitation industry."

In 2006, the most recent year for which data is available, Florida had 668 substance abuse treatment facilities. That is more facilities than any other state except California and New York. Florida facilities are clustered around Palm Beach, Tampa and Orlando. In March of 2006, these Florida facilities served more than 52,000 patients. (National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services produced by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, 2006.)

"South Florida offers the full spectrum of substance abuse treatment facilities including detox centers, rehabilitation centers, and sober living facilities," said Dr. Poncy. Detox facilities like Sunrise Detox help alcoholics and addicts get through withdrawals safely and comfortably. Getting over the physical addiction to drugs or alcohol is the vital first step in recovery. "Once people are detoxed, we help them choose a rehabilitation program that is appropriate based on their unique situation." Rehabilitation is a process of dealing with the emotional drivers of addiction. The final phase of recovery is sober living. While many people go back to their lives, some choose to stay in recovery by living in a residential program. The sunny Florida lifestyle and large recovery community encourages many people to stay in South Florida.

"Sunrise Detox is one of the best centers for drug detox and alcohol detox," said Joseph Bryan, Executive Director of The Beachcomber, a private family center for alcoholism and addiction recovery in Delray Beach, Florida. "Sunrise Detox excels because patients are completely detoxed when they come to us for rehab. That's important because the rehab process cannot begin until patients are completely free of their physical addiction."

"Most of our drug detox and alcohol detox patients live in Florida, but many also come from New York and New Jersey because it is easy to travel from there to Florida," said Dr. Morgan Poncy. "We also get patients from across the country and even internationally." When someone is fighting addiction it is helpful for them to get out of their immediate environment so they can focus on recovery; and after all, Florida is a nice place to visit.

About Sunrise Detox
Sunrise Detoxification Center, LLC helps people stop using drugs or alcohol by getting them through withdrawals safely and comfortably in a medically supervised, hotel-like environment, and then helping them choose a rehabilitation program that is appropriate for their lifestyle. Sunrise Detox has been operating a 30-bed free-standing, acute medical detox facility near Palm Beach in Lake Worth, Florida, since 2004. Sunrise Detox has been featured in several episodes of the A&E Television series Intervention™. For more information, visit http://www.SunriseDetox.com

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