The world-class white sand beaches of Destin, on the Florida Panhandle, are home to Destin Recovery, an inpatient addiction treatment facility that promises to “integrate recovery into life, and life into recovery.” Its founder, Dr. Roland Reeves, believes in a holistic treatment approach to recovery, but he first and foremost treats addiction as a disease. The medications he may prescribe include methadone, buprenorphine, Naltrexone, acamprosate, disulfiram, topiramate, bupropion, varenicline, Suboxone, Vivitrol, Campral and Revia.
Accommodations and Food
Guests stay in a residential condo building directly on the beach, with five units, each with two beds. All rooms are shared, and units are divided by gender. High, vaulted ceilings and floor to ceiling windows allow in the bright Florida sunshine and showcase the sugar white sands and turquoise ocean beyond. Decor and furnishings are clean, modern and new—much like a trendy resort condo.
There are 18 beds available for guests, but occupancy rarely exceeds 16. Two residential managers are on site at all times, and there cameras in all rooms (except for the bathrooms) to monitor client activity.
Not included in the price of admission to Destin Recovery is food; clients should come with a debit or credit card (which is stored in a safe). There are weekly excursions to the grocery store where they purchase their own food, then do their own cooking.
Treatment and Staff
Destin Recovery’s holistic approach relies upon three main components of treatment: medical (ongoing care from an MD and prescriptions) clinical (individual and group therapy, acupuncture, pain management, nutritional coaching) and spiritual (12-step meetings, meditation, life skills and spiritual counseling).
The staff consists of licensed clinical social workers and certified addiction professionals. Licensed psychotherapists are also available to enhance treatment and recovery.
Detox is offered at Destin Recovery. Clients stay in one of two multi-story homes on the beach and receive treatment at a facility a short chauffeured van-ride away.
The two treatment concepts that perhaps distinguish Destin Recovery from other rehabs are their emphasis both on medication and on participating in everyday activities and events that “demonstrate how to live life and enjoy life without drugs or alcohol.” The aforementioned extracurricular activities done in the afternoon exemplify this as do the excursions into the real world include day trips to go fishing, golfing, paddle boarding, hiking and shopping.
Destin Recovery’s treatment program is based on the belief that the problem of addiction is in the brain. It’s not for those who don’t like the use of medication to help clients get off drugs but with meds, therapy and 12-step work, all bases here are covered.
4635 Gulfstarr Dr., Ste. 100
Destin, FL 32541
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