Founded in 2015 in Port St. Lucie, Florida, Amethyst Recovery Center provides outpatient substance abuse and addiction treatment as well as dual diagnosis support for men and women suffering from chemical dependency. Located on the Treasure Coast, Amethyst Recovery provides safe and structured sober living for clients concurrently enrolled in their Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and basic outpatient program.
Founder Ian Treacy—who himself has long-term recovery—derived the facility’s name from the amethyst crystal, known for its powerful healing properties and has historically been used by healers to treat alcoholism and other addictions.
Accommodations and Food
The facility accommodates 50 PHP clients across five furnished, gender-specific houses which include fully equipped kitchens. Residents have around-the-clock monitoring by live-in staff. All rooms are double-occupancy. Those enrolled in the PHP are not permitted cell phones or Internet and all activities are supervised, including evening outings to 12-step meetings, the gym or park. Clients are responsible for their own food and are taught grocery shopping, meal planning, cooking and proper nutrition skills. Residents rotate chores and in small groups prepare food for the entire household.
Sober Living facilities for those enrolled in the IOP track accommodate 50 clients in eight houses. IOP is a step down from PHP and clients are given the opportunity to use many of the life skills that they developed while enrolled in PHP. Residents enjoy more freedom at the IOP level and are permitted cell phone and Internet usage. Additionally, they are allowed use of their cars, though transportation is provided for those without. IOP residents are responsible for their own groceries and meal preparation.
Finally, sober living accommodations are available for those enrolled in basic outpatient care. This final phase is ideal for those transitioning from more intensive care to independent living.
Treatment and Staff
Prior to admission, clients undergo a comprehensive assessment and must have completed detox. Clients receive individualized treatment plans. Those enrolled in the PHP track are typically attending treatment for between 38 and 45 days, while IOP is between 30 and 60 days. PHP clients attend 40-hours of treatment in the course of a week while those enrolled in IOP attend nine. Basic outpatient clients attend just one 90-minute one-one-one session. The PHP and the IOP both consist of group and individual therapy, life skills workshops and chemical addiction education. Individual therapy is scheduled per each client’s needs. Attendance of 12-step meetings is required during treatment. IOP clients are also required to look for work, adhere to a curfew, perform household chores, work the steps, attend meetings on their own and—if not working—participate in community service.
At Amethyst Recovery Center, evidence-based modalities including Seeking Safety (for women), processing, CBT, DBT and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) are used. Group topics include relapse prevention, trauma, anger management, co-occurring disorders, coping and life skills. Groups are both co-ed and gender-specific. Group numbers range, but typically there are between six and 12 clients per group. Bio-sound therapy is and EMDR are also available for appropriate clients and psychiatric consultations are scheduled as needed. Medication management is available for those with co-occurring disorders.
There are approximately 12 staff members including a Master’s-level Certified Addiction Professional (CAP), a psychiatrist, licensed counselors, Bachelor’s-level therapist, bio-sound feedback technician and administrative support.
On March 7, 2015, Amethyst Recovery will launch the Alpha Series for clients seeking a faith-based approach to recovery. Groups will be incorporate a Christian-focused component, utilizing stories from the Bible without the dogma.
Amethyst Recovery Center is a comprehensive substance abuse and addiction treatment program with safe and structured sober living for those at all levels of recovery. This unique program provides sober housing for those enrolled in PHP, IOP and basic outpatient programs. Clients have a good balance of intensive substance abuse treatment that incorporates evidence based methods and the 12-steps while building life skills and developing autonomy and independence.
Amethyst Recovery Center
2000 SE Port St Lucie Blvd
Port St. Lucie, FL 34952
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