Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a common chronic anxiety disorder characterized by uncontrollable, recurrent, and unwanted thoughts (obsessions) and/or repetitive behaviors (compulsions). The National Institute on Mental Health (NIMH) states that nationally, an estimated 1.2 percent of adults had OCD in the past year (2001-2003) and that the incidence was higher for women than men. 

About 50 percent had a serious OCD impairment, 34 percent had a moderate impairment, and 14.6 percent had a mild impairment. While these data were pulled from the National Comorbidity Survey Replication (NCS-R) for the years 2001-2003, we can surmise that the percentages have increased.

Within the state, the Florida Behavioral Health Assessment indicates that 61.7% of adults with any mental illness (AMI) did not receive treatment. The report also makes it clear that Florida ranked last in the U.S. for mental health support in the fiscal year 2014. Also noted in the assessment is that Florida ranks 10th for the number of people with a dependence or addiction to substances.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Florida has an annual average of 38.9 percent of people with any mental illness (AMI) who received mental health services between the years of 2017 to 2019. Florida residents with a substance use disorder or alcohol use disorder total 1,176,000.

Pompano Beach is included in the National Survey on Drug Use Health’s Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) of Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL. The report’s data is from 2005 to 2010 and includes the entire MSA. It indicates that an annual average of 561,000 people over age 12 used any illegal drug, 9.1% used marijuana, and 3 percent used prescription opioids for non-medical reasons. The report also states that 349,000 people aged 12 and over had a substance use disorder. 

Again, as these statistics are roughly 10 years old, we can expect the percentages of those abusing illegal drugs and having been classified with a substance use disorder to have increased in the subsequent years. Mental health disorders and substance use disorders are usually conjoined, and it is not sure which one comes first. It is hard to imagine that someone with OCD might think they can’t find or get to a mental health facility where they can get help. This could lead to individuals wanting to ease OCD symptoms by using drugs or alcohol.

 If this is you and you live in or near Pompano Beach, there is help within an easy commute at Vista Pines Health.

OCD Treatment in Pompano Beach

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OCD can be an incapacitating mental health condition for some people. Treatment for OCD might be useful and beneficial for some individuals.  It can cause people to avoid social settings, self-isolate, increase depression and anxiety, and result in misusing or abusing drugs or alcohol. Self-medication can be a dangerous activity when you want to alleviate your OCD symptoms. The more you self-medicate with substances, the higher the risk you take for developing chemical dependence and addiction to the substance(s).

Furthermore, alcohol and some drugs can produce physical and mental withdrawal symptoms that are greatly uncomfortable and potentially fatal. You can avoid that with co-occurring disorder treatment at Vista Pines Health.


When you suddenly stop using alcohol or drugs, your body will start to rid itself of the substances and all toxins in it. Detox at Vista Pines Health is medically managed to ensure you are physically stable and as comfortable as possible. Due to the possibility of potentially deadly side effects of some drugs and alcohol, medication may be given. 

Substances in which medicine is given include opioids, benzodiazepines, alcohol, sedatives, and nicotine. As your body and mind work their way back to functioning without substances, you will have support.


Inpatient and residential treatment is usually the next step in drug rehab. It is often the best environment to solely focus on your mental health condition. Here, you will not have everyday distractions. At Vista Pines Health, your privacy, when admitted to inpatient or residential treatment, is paramount. You and your therapists will engage in evidence-based treatment modalities that are best suited for your needs in a structured setting.

Treatment Methods

Vista Pines Health addiction professionals have decades of experience in utilizing the most commonly practiced therapies. Our caring staff guides you through your sessions and works with you in sessions to achieve the results you want and need.

Cognitive Behavioral Treatment (CBT)

Cognitive behavioral treatment (CBT) is a gold-standard form of therapy that focuses on changing dysfunctional behaviors, emotions, and thoughts by digging into and upending negative beliefs. It is based on the idea that perceptions and thoughts affect behavior. The primary base for CBT is on present circumstances and emotions and not on past experiences. In a typical CBT session, you will be able to identify and challenge negative and harmful thoughts and replace them with positive, realistic thoughts and actions.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) helps you identify goals that are important to you and help you overcome the barriers that prevent you from reaching your goals, per PsychCentral. You will learn how to modify thoughts and behaviors that are not helpful to reaching those goals. DBT sessions are very structured and follow four main modules:

Core Mindfulness: You will learn how to be more aware in the present moment and focus on one thing at a time, without judgment.

Distress Tolerance: You will learn how to accept challenging situations that you don’t have control over and find solutions to solve your problems and raise your mood.

Interpersonal Effectiveness: You will learn how to create healthier relationships as you learn how to take care of yourself. You will learn new ways of working through conflict, practice listening well, and without doubt, asking for what you need.

Emotion Regulation: Learn how to label your emotions without judging them, and learn how different emotions regulate your behavior. You will also learn the obstacles that prevent you from managing your emotions. This includes learning how to avoid the circumstances that trigger strong emotions.

Dual Diagnosis

Dual diagnosis is the term used for a person with both a mental health disorder and a substance use disorder that occur together. These two disorders usually go hand in hand, although it is not always known which one occurs first or to what degree they cause or affect each other. MedlinePlus states that half of the people with a mental health disorder also have a substance use disorder. Vista Pines Health treats individuals with dual diagnosis.

OCD Treatment in Pompano Beach FAQ

We know you will have questions after reading this page. We want to assure you that we have answers to the most commonly asked questions. If you think of a question that’s not listed here, please reach out to us. If we don’t know, we can find out.

How Long Is Rehab?

Each person who is admitted for rehab has their own needs. The length of time spent in rehab depends on factors that are individual to you. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) asserts that in order for rehab to be truly effective, a stay of 90 days or more is needed. Addiction is a chronic disease, and recovering from it takes time.

Does Vista Pines Health Provide Transportation?

Lack of transportation can be a significant hurdle to receiving treatment. We want to try and help you avoid that. If you are traveling to our facility from within the county or from a nearby county, we may be able to pick you up from the train or local bus stations. We also can provide transportation to and from outside facility medical appointments and support meetings. We can arrange for transportation at nearby airports.

How Much Does OCD Treatment Cost?

We know that the cost of treatment can be a significant barrier to getting the mental health care one needs.

OCD treatment costs greatly depend on your length of stay, any medication you receive, and any amenities you enjoy. Generally, an inpatient or residential treatment program will cost more than outpatient treatment. Cost should not be a factor in whether you get treatment for OCD. We may be able to help determine an estimate for the cost and work with you to find acceptable solutions for payment.

Do I Have to Travel?

Yes, you will have to travel to Vista Pines Health. Whether you are coming from a few miles away or from out of state, you will have to travel to get to us. We can help coordinate travel arrangements for you.

What Insurance Carriers Does Vista Pines Health Take?

We accept most of the major insurances that are available. We are also in-network with some others, which may reduce your total cost for OCD treatment. We currently accept insurance coverage from these providers:

  • Beacon
  • Aetna
  • ComPsych
  • Blue Shield
  • Cigna

If you have any questions about your insurance plan and what’s covered, take time to review the entire plan. You can also contact us.

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