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How to Choose Drug and Alcohol Rehab Programs in Florida


Although there are as many approaches to alcohol and drug addiction treatment as there are rehab facilities in Florida, the primary objective of any attempt at addiction recovery should be the definitive and sustained recovery. To that end, we have compiled a list of crucial components that you should look for when looking for a drug or alcohol rehab program.

Addiction Treatment Program Intensity

By reviewing the weekly rehab program schedule one can determine the intensity of the program. Some addiction treatment centers are highly disciplined while others are less structured. Yet there are drug and alcohol rehab centers that offer a range of plans and program intensity. The fact of the matter is that clients struggling with alcohol or drug dependency need a combination of framed therapy time and time for reflection.

Addiction Treatment Focus

Focus can be a challenge for addiction treatment centers that try to treat different types of addiction and disorders. While there are similarities in drug and alcohol addiction, process addictions such as eating disorders, can compromise group dynamics if not set up properly. A program that is focused on substance addiction or process addiction alone, often provides recovering clients with optimal and relevant group discussion benefits. It is important to note though, that most well established comprehensive drug and alcohol rehab programs do provide treatment for substance related addictions such as gambling and sex addiction. In addition gender specific therapies are part of these well-established rehab facilities which provides a strong engagement of clients during group sessions as men and women can share separately their gender specific struggles.

Variety of Therapeutic Services

Variety is an important factor in keeping clients engaged and motivated during inpatient rehab. With off-site access been limited or not permitted, a treatment program curriculum that encompasses art, sports, music, message and other holistic therapies in addition to the psychotherapy and the medical detox, encourages clients to sample opportunities that sober life offers. As recovering individuals begin to make plans for their post-treatment lives they need a sense of progress and hope for their future.


Flexibility is the ability of clinical staff to adjust to the needs of a client which often dependents on the clinical staff-to-client ratio. A counselor should have no more than 12 clients assigned to his/her caseload. Generally speaking, counselors with smaller caseload will be more flexible and more creative in customizing client's treatment plan since they have more time to meet individually with clients and consult their cases with the rest of the clinical team.

Transferability (the ability to apply curriculum to life after treatment)

Transferability is the ability of clients to apply what they have learned during treatment to life after rehab. One of the more obvious examples of transferability in a program is the amount of AA or NA meeting participation. Programs that encourage and practice AA or NA participation during treatment will naturally build transferability into their program. While going to meetings can be an important solution for the isolating tendencies of all clients in post-treatment, it is especially true for clients with limited financial resources or access to addiction treatment.

Addiction Treatment Counseling for Family/Loved Ones

Preparing family and loved ones and engaging them into the clients' treatment process is vital for a successful recovery. Therapeutic sessions should be available for clients and their significant others to help repair their relationships and provide family members with a psycho-educational counseling that helps all involved in the recovery process and identification of triggers. Knowledge of the various triggers in the struggling individual's life can help minimize chances of relapse.

The goal of Family Counseling is to assist significant others with the shift needed in the dynamics of their relationship, shifting reaction away from panic to constructive support for the client, and self-care for partners and family members.

Rehab Programs That Treat the Whole Person

In addition to providing traditional therapeutic counseling services with the goal of "being clean and sober", it is equally important to promote total wellness, treating the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of the disease of addiction. Comprehensive treatment offered by modern rehab facilities are known to provide such wellness program to help recovering individuals develop a healthy lifestyle to support their post-treatment recovery. Clients attending rehabs that provide a strong "wellness program" are equipped to find greater purpose in life and an understanding of spiritual lifestyle principles such as compassion, gratitude, thoughtfulness and humility.

The focus of a well-rounded wellness program is to help recovering individuals to develop skills to support their:

  • Physiological needs (exercise, nutrition, physical therapy)
  • Psychological needs (addressing depression, anxiety, low self-esteem)
  • Social needs (re-engagement with family and friends)
  • Spiritual needs (dispensing selfish internal focus, creating purpose in life)

Much can be offered in addiction treatment programs which promote treating the individual as a whole person. Nutritional counseling, exercise activities and alternative therapies are all therapeutic means that help combat physical and emotional stress. When introduced to new lifestyles choices, clients can develop healthy new ways to strengthen their recovery.

Treatment Program with a Strong Follow-up System

Follow-up is critical for staying connected and providing the necessary ongoing support after discharge. The amount of Follow-up (also known as after-care or continuing care) that an alcohol and drug treatment center provides to alumni can be demonstrated by the provision of additional services such as telephone support, reunions, aftercare groups, etc.

If you are looking for a comprehensive addiction treatment program, one that will take you from detox to aftercare, then Florida Center for Recovery in Port Saint Lucie County is the right place for you. Offering a unique blend of traditional and holistic approaches, we've been helping clients recover for over 15 years. Reach out to us. Addiction recovery is just a click or a phone call away. If the information you are looking for is not found here and you need immediate attention you may contact us at: 800-643-4005

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  • Intensive Family Therapy
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  • Discharge Planning
  • Chronic Relapse Program
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