BayCare Behavioral Health is part of a network of hospitals that have serviced multiple Florida communities since 1997. Their inpatient drug and alcohol program for adolescents and adults is located in the quaint, residential community of New Port Richey, approximately 30 miles Northwest of Tampa. Their goal is to assist clients in overcoming the physical and emotional aspects of dependence.
Accommodations and Food
While Florida’s tropical climate can make anyone feel like they are on vacation, the living quarters at Baycare are very simple—almost dorm-like. All rooms are shared with other same-gender clients and come equipped with minimal frills, though the facility itself does have a media room with a TV. Unfortunately, use of personal phones and computers are not allowed during the duration of treatment.
All meals, which lean more towards economical than diverse or interesting, are delivered three times daily from the North Bay Hospital location. While basic, there are definitely several options to choose from for those with dietary restrictions. There are also soda and snacks vending machines located on-site. Coffee is provided but only in the morning.
Treatment and Staff
While the accommodations and food at Baycare may not be five-star, their approach to treatment is on par with higher-end rehabs with individualized treatment for all their residents. Upon arrival, each client is evaluated (based on physical, environmental, social, emotional and educational components) and then given a treatment program designed to meet their specific needs.
While no two clients will receive the same treatment, the daily schedule at Baycare is generally similar for everyone—wake-up at 7 am, followed by breakfast and a morning community meeting at 8:30 am. The rest of the day is a combination of DBT, 12-step meetings, group therapy and individual therapy. After dinner is structured free time.
Not everybody checking into a treatment program is in need of a medically supervised detox but if they are, Baycare has a 15-bed detox unit on site, with 24-hour nursing care. Depending upon coverage, detox can be covered through insurance or state funding. Since their residential drug and alcohol treatment is part of a larger behavior health program, Baycare also provides dual diagnosis support for clients who struggle with co-occurring addiction and mental health issues.
The staff at BayCare is comprised of physicians, nurses and accredited LDAC counselors who are available for clients at all hours of the day. Psychiatric services are provided through a mental health physician and an advanced registered nurse practitioner handles medication management.
BayCare provides an intensive family program that helps offer more well rounded recovery and helps keep the family involved and educated on the process. Aftercare is also a big focus here and patients can step down into an outpatient program track at a rehabilitation house ten minutes away. Clients exhibiting good behavior are sometimes rewarded with outings to the nearby beach.
BayCare offers the best of both worlds—solid, individualized addiction treatment in the Florida sun at a low price. Though clients may feel the difference from high-end rehabs in the frill-less residential facility, they won’t in the personalized treatment program and caring and qualified staff.
BayCare Behavioral Health
6040 Indiana Ave
New Port Richey, FL 34653
BayCare Behavioral Health Cost: Sliding scale (30 days). Reach BayCare Behavioral Health by phone at (877) 850-9613. Find BayCare Behavioral Health Resources on Facebook
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