Destination Hope Reviews, Cost, Complaints

Destination Hope

23
Share.

destination-hopeThe Basics

Located in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Destination Hope offers gender-specific programs for recovery from substance abuse. Over the course of 30 to 90 days, clients address their problems through comprehensive therapy and 12-step work. Both programs also offer dual diagnosis support for issues such as depression, anxiety, eating disorders, trauma and abuse.

Accommodations and Food

Men and women live in two separate apartment complexes during their stay. The two-bedroom apartments, which are shared between four clients, feature modern kitchens, living rooms with a television and nicely sized bedrooms. For therapy and meetings, residents are transported to the nearby main facility where they spend most of their day, while never mixing with the opposite sex.

Just outside the apartment door, views of the Florida sky and swaying palm trees provide a vacation-like feeling. Each complex has a large pool, surrounded by tables and lounge chairs. This is the perfect spot for sunbathing and reading when the weather permits. Clients also have access to the complex’s tennis court, which can be used during free time. Morning workouts are available at an off-site gym.

When it comes to meals, clients are given a $75 grocery card each week to pick out items they like. Back at the apartment kitchen, meals can be prepared as a solo or group activity. By practicing important life skills, clients are better prepared to handle life after treatment.

Treatment

Treatment is gender-specific, with two separate tracks in both the men and women’s programs. The first track focuses on substance abuse with an option for dual diagnosis support while the second deals solely with mental health issues. Treatment time varies with the individual, ranging from 30 to 90 days. A downside of this facility is their lack of on-site detox; recommendations for a local facility can be made.

Each 30-person track offers a mix of group work and individual therapy. Clients meet with a Master’s-level therapist at least once a week for one-on-one time, in addition to seeing a psychiatrist once a week.  Group topics vary depending on the track and gender but may include trauma, relapse prevention, nutrition, an introduction to the 12 steps, processing, abuse, body image, anger management and codependency. Groups are run by a handful of counselors, all with extensive backgrounds in substance abuse and mental health.

For those in the substance abuse track, daily off-site AA/NA meetings are part of the schedule. By working the steps and taking part in a recovery-based community, clients can get in the habit of working daily on their sobriety. Once treatment has ended, their participation in the 12-step world can continue.

Family members who wish to participate in the client’s recovery can do so during family night. Once a week, families are invited for a night of group therapy and educational lectures.

In Summary

Destination Hope provides a personalized experience for men and women where the unique needs of their gender are addressed. Through intensive therapy and 12-step work, clients can feel safe and supported as they heal.

Destination Hope
6555 Powerline Rd, Ste 208
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309

Destination Hope Cost: $18,000 (30 days). Reach Destination Hope by phone at (415) 656-1700. Find Destination Hope on Facebook

Do you have a complaint or review of Destination Hope to add? Use the comments area below to add your Destination Hope review.

Share.

23 Comments

  1. Erin ventura on

    Never heard of a program you reach out for help tell you they cannot hell you because you currently do not have any substances in your system … and than won’t help you find an alternative like halfway and iop since they don’t feel your insurance will cover you for inpatient.. totally fucking discouraging And sad.

    • Iskender Kutlucinar on

      They are all sick personal dictators, even after I left for (was in hospital because whatever they gave me) 72 hours, according to their policy still they refused to give my personal belongings. I had to call Ft. Lauderdale cops (they are dickheads too). I had IV patches all over my arms from hospital and still wearing the ID band but they had to search me for in case I had guns, LOL! All of these happened after I spent 22 hours on the streets and bus benches overnight.
      They are the BIGGEST ASSHOLES EVER! If you must choose go to Michael’s at Palm Springs, CA. There are humans there, they really show you HUMANITY EXIST THERE !!!!

  2. My son went here a few years ago and did wonderful. The therapy he received helped him tremendously and when he was ready to leave it was one of the few places that made aftercare suggestions and didn’t just discharge him to the streets. I publish a magazine and work with many in the treatment industry and can assure you people with the highest of integrity run this place. It is important to understand that those that struggle with addiction are not happy unless they are in a facility that allows them to do what they want to do, but as a parent that is the exact thing you don’t want! Destination Hope has been around for a long time, and if you’re looking for a solid program, this is by far one of the most solid programs out there.

  3. Unprofessional place unorganized and rude. I do not recommend it at all RUN AWAY they only care about insurance money!

  4. Nothing like it sounds. Some of the staff were so rude and when i was considering leaving bc I was home sick, they brought me in a room to talk …7 people around a table asking why which showed they cared but half of them literally were laughing at my reasons like mocking me and then said I had to get off their property before I could make a phone call for a ride. Had to walk across a parking lot to stand on the side of the road to call an uber. They were so mean

    • A Disappointed Mom on

      I regretted sending my son there. We live in a Maryland and I was fed the marketing facade they present to potential patients. He called me the first day he was there and said he was in an apartment complex where people were selling drugs right outside the door. I flew down to get him. When they found out I was coming they dropped him off at the baggage claim area of the airport when he was 5 days into detoxing the drugs out of his system. He was in terrible shape. They didn’t want any parts of him because they knew I wanted answers to questions. I believe they prefer clients who’ve been through the court system and only doing rehab as part of a court agreement. It was so sad.

  5. Kim Christensen on

    Hi my name is Kim I went to Destination hope in July of 2015, it was by the grace of God that I was able to get it…I was at Rock bottom and one day decided to go on the Internet looking for help for my mental health and drug addiction…I knew nothing about treatment, we’ll D.h popped up on my screen and I decided to call them. They got me into treatment in 3 days, paid for my greyhound ticket and everything. When I arrived i was a little nervous but they welcomed me like I was family, bought me food and all. I stayed there 30 days throughout the 30 days they got me stable on my medication and helped me understand my addiction and mental health issues.. the staff there were very friendly and professional if it wasn’t for them I would still be using,dead, or in jail I was headed on the wrong path in life, the living courters is amazing and the facility is very nice…I had support from them the entire time , I am now 8 MONTHS sober and owe it to them for where I am in my life today…I still keep in contact with them on a regular and participate in the alumni meetings and depression meetings. One day I hope to work for them and give back what they gave to me. I would recommend this for anyone who really wants to change there lives, after I completed the program they helped me get into a halfway house they never gave up on me not once and I was a hard client to handle at first. I am thankful for everything they did for me, you have to be willing to change they can only do so much but you have to do your part also, I hope to see people who also want better in there lives when I come to visit and maybe give them some words of encouragement, I am blessed to B apart of the D.h family…thanks for all our have done for me

  6. Virginia mcweeny on

    PLEASE DO NOT SEND ANYONE YOU LOVE TO THIS FACILITY. One word to describe Destination Hope….. In humane!

    • Iskender Kutlucinar on

      They are sick people, first of all I’m disabled and old! I was suicidal so DH told me they would treat me for that problem, when I was there they put me into a category of drug users (I never, ever used drugs)! These people keep giving me wrong medicine and I ended up in Hospital for three days, after spending 72 hours (they had to release my personal belongings after 72 hours) they wouldn’t give me my personal stuff and I ended up on the streets of Ft. Lauderdale overnight, rained on, skin my foot peeled off, basically when I went to office they wanted me to sign a paper saying “I quit but that way they would extend my belongings another 72 hours”, I refused to sign it and they told me to “get out of the office NOW!” Next day I called the police and went to pick up my belongings and finally I was free. When I came back to Maryland within 2 days I felt my lung was not functioning and hurting when I took a breath. I went to ER and they told me I had Pneumonia. I ended up in Suburban Hospital another week. If you want to meet most disgusting people YOU CAN GO THERE and find the dirt bottom, pitts of miniature Dictators! I’m suing them for Medical malpractice, I’ll make them pay, both DH and Banyam, I promise to give them a huge headache.

  7. Worst place ever. Do not go here. They lost an entire bag of all of my clothing. The program itself absolutely sucked and the people working here i really cant even begin. Most of them are drug addicts or former crackheads. Completely irresponsible and careless unfriendly staff.

    The people who work here are idiots they do not care at all about anything or anyone when i complained that i felt sick from their medication they did nothing about it for hours and then actually called to have me picked up by police and ambulance to be locked up in a psyche-ward. I was told the only way i could leave was if i agreed to return to their program. I litterally couldn’t believe it and not to mention i was scared for my life because they basically had me locked up in a mental institution i was taken by police and forced to comply because i had already signed up for their program. They also did the same thing to another lady who was going there, i didnt know what happened to her it was like she disappeared but no she had been locked up in a hospital for no reason other than requesting something with her medication. The employees here do nothing but fool around. As soon as i arrived here i was wondering what the h*** on earth i had gotten myself into. The lady who “greeted” me was down right rude and actually talking to me like i was 2 years old saying i was late when she was in fact an hour early. She was yelling at me saying i didnt think anyone had anywhere to be or blah blah giving me crap as soon as i showed up i wanted to turn the other direction and take off but before i knew it i was getting in the car with this random person convincing myself to go thru with the program because i was going thru some depression and financial troubles my mother convinced me to go through with it. When i had got there they also wanted to take all of my stuff i was not happy at all. They took all of my belongings and not even at one time with one person, first they took my stuff at the crappy apartment that looked so nice online and then next when we got to this program center they preceded to take my wallet and cell phone. When i didnt want to they told me i had no choice but continued reassuring me that it would be safe. In fact to this day i still never had an entire bag of clothing returned to me. When i kept calling and calling they told me to call back, kept reassuring me they just needed me to call back at this time or that time or speak with this person or that person i specifically knew the person who took my stuff and where, they continued to say they never had anything of mine. This place is completely careless, irresponsible and down right going to rob you. They strip you of all your rights as soon as you get there. The place is NO WHERE near as nice or as promising as on the website do not go here and get yourself into the trouble and complete waste of time i made the mistake of agreeing to. Some of the program people are obviously drug addicts themselves and down right creepy former crackhead looking people. You do not want to deal with this place. This place is a horrible mistake. Unless you basically want to have all of your stuff taken away from you and feel like your being babysat but dumb college students who will literally lock you up in a mental psyche ward if you even complain about the treatment or medication i strongly suggest you don’t go here. Don’t even get me started on the medication they had me taking either. It made me so numb i could barely have a conversation and actually caused me extremely painful diarrhea it was embarrassing and when i tried to talk to someone about it they litterally would leave saying they where getting a doctor. 3 ppl told me they were getting someone, a doctor, some person to see if i was okay and never even came back. It was honestly retarded. Horrible experience. Once i got out of the psyche ward i litterally signed myself out of the program right away and proceeded to be out on the streets with no where to go stranded in fort lauderdale. The experience was so bad i think about it every time i even think about the state of florida. All of my best clothes i basically slaved over at work i will never get back and it really sucks because I’ve litterally been wearing donated clothing and cheap crap ever since. Still dont even have sneakers when the sneakers i had in the bag they didnt return where perfectly good steve madden shoes i loved and dont have anymore. Id sue if i could. They overdose you on meds. I didnt feel rite about it but i had so many ppl trying to tell me what to do after i had a bad experience at a job and was hoping to stay with my mom for awhile while i found a new job and stuff. Def had no idea what i was in for….

    • Iskender Kutlucinar on

      Right on, I went there (first Banyan) because I had suicidal thoughts and they told me they would treat me for my problem but in second day I was in they put me in drug abuser category, I’m from Turkey and I never used drugs in my entire life) This places are the prison and they do whatever they will do make sure everything is your fault, LOL. Bunch of miniature dictators, I have a lawsuit for Medical Malpractice opening very shortly to show how they lie to everyone and there will be large amount of money exchange will happen. If anyone goes there put all your belongings (ID, Credit Cards, ETC). Incase you decide that you can’t take this bullshit and leave. They will not give anything to you for 72 hours leaving you on the streets just like I had to do but for 75 hours I was in hospital getting treatment for medical poisoning. When I got back to pick up my stuff (even after 72 hours) they wouldn’t give me my personal belongings and I spent a night on streets. I had to go there with police next morning, what an ASSHOLES!

  8. Worst place ever. Do not go here. They lost an entire bag of all of my clothing. The program itself absolutely sucked and the people working here i really cant even begin. Most of them are drug addicts or former crackheads. Completely irresponsible and careless unfriendly staff.

    The people who work here are idiots they do not care at all about anything or anyone when i complained that i felt sick from their medication they did nothing about it for hours and then actually called to have me picked up by police and ambulance to be locked up in a psyche-ward. I was told the only way i could leave was if i agreed to return to their program. I litterally couldn’t believe it and not to mention i was scared for my life because they basically had me locked up in a mental institution i was taken by police and forced to comply because i had already signed up for their program. They also did the same thing to another lady who was going there, i didnt know what happened to her it was like she disappeared but no she had been locked up in a hospital for no reason other than requesting something with her medication. The employees here do nothing but fool around. As soon as i arrived here i was wondering what the h*** on earth i had gotten myself into. The lady who “greeted” me was down right rude and actually talking to me like i was 2 years old saying i was late when she was in fact an hour early. She was yelling at me saying i didnt think anyone had anywhere to be or blah blah giving me crap as soon as i showed up i wanted to turn the other direction and take off but before i knew it i was getting in the car with this random person convincing myself to go thru with the program because i was going thru some depression and financial troubles my mother convinced me to go through with it. When i had got there they also wanted to take all of my stuff i was not happy at all. They took all of my belongings and not even at one time with one person, first they took my stuff at the crappy apartment that looked so nice online and then next when we got to this program center they preceded to take my wallet and cell phone. When i didnt want to they told me i had no choice but continued reassuring me that it would be safe. In fact to this day i still never had an entire bag of clothing returned to me. When i kept calling and calling they told me to call back, kept reassuring me they just needed me to call back at this time or that time or speak with this person or that person i specifically knew the person who took my stuff and where, they continued to say they never had anything of mine. This place is completely careless, irresponsible and down right going to rob you. They strip you of all your rights as soon as you get there. The place is NO WHERE near as nice or as promising as on the website do not go here and get yourself into the trouble and complete waste of time i made the mistake of agreeing to. Some of the program people are obviously drug addicts themselves and down right creepy former crackhead looking people. You do not want to deal with this place. This place is a horrible mistake. Unless you basically want to have all of your stuff taken away from you and feel like your being babysat but dumb college students who will literally lock you up in a mental psyche ward if you even complain about the treatment or medication i strongly suggest you don’t go here. Don’t even get me started on the medication they had me taking either. It made me so numb i could barely have a conversation and actually caused me extremely painful diarrhea it was embarrassing and when i tried to talk to someone about it they litterally would leave saying they where getting a doctor. 3 ppl told me they were getting someone, a doctor, some person to see if i was okay and never even came back. It was honestly retarded. Horrible experience. Once i got out of the psyche ward i litterally signed myself out of the program right away and proceeded to be out on the streets with no where to go stranded in fort lauderdale. The experience was so bad i think about it every time i even think about the state of florida. All of my best clothes i basically slaved over at work i will never get back and it really sucks because I’ve litterally been wearing donated clothing and cheap crap ever since. Still dont even have sneakers when the sneakers i had in the bag they didnt return where perfectly good steve madden shoes i loved and dont have anymore. Id sue if i could. They overdose you on meds. I didnt feel rite about it but i had so many ppl trying to tell me what to do after i had a bad experience at a job and was hoping to move back in with my mom for awhile. Def had no idea what i was in for….

    • My husband just transfered here yesterday after detoxing. After reading about your experience, I am mortified. It is scary how secretive these facilities are until after you sign on the dotted line. I am under the impression he is blocked out of communication with me unail the second week. I just hope he doesn’t have to wait that long if the program does for him what it did for you.
      Sorry to hear your story. When you are looking for help, something like this is a nightmare.
      Do they explain what meds they gave you and why?

      • Please don’t judge this place by the opinion of one person. My son is here now and when he was sent here I was told it was a great place. Sometimes getting better doesn’t feel good nor is it fun .

        • Derek caliguri on

          I went to this place and it worse place I’ve ever been too in my life drug dealers living where you stay at apartments counsler was horrible they give you way too many drugs which I don’t think they should do anyway consider already detoxed when they take you I hope your son is really doing well and not telling you he is when really he’s using every night still

  9. Hi I just wanted to say that this is an excellent place!! I give them an A+ if you need a place to recover from any addiction this is the best one, I am very happy with them and I thank them for the very good job that they are doing with my daughter . She is leaving soon and going to a transitional living with them. For today she is doing great thanks to all of the very good people from Destination Hope

    • My husband just transfered here yesterday after detoxing. Other than a group call with his counselor, I’m in the dark about his treatment. Have you seen the accommodations for the patients or personally been to the office?

      • I went there if I were you and you really want to get him help I would get him out of there Tommorow I’m sorry it’s hard to here but all they care about is ins money I literally realapased 3 times while I was there it was so hard to stay clean because they have drug dealers that live in the apartments where u stay and they give you money and cigs every week and people were putting money together and using 12 people realapased while I was there and one kid overdosed I wouldn’t send my worst enemy the counselor sucked and they give you way too many meds there you’re already detoxed. I’m so sorry a family member is there I’ll pray for you

  10. I came across this post for Destination Hope. I am a LCSW in the recovery field for about 9 years now. I have seen many treatment centers come and go in the South Florida area and only the good ones are left standing. Destination Hope of Fort Lauderdale is by far one of the best places that really does make a difference. Their staff, clients, and facility are top notch and they are in the business of getting their patients sober and living fullfilling lives again- NOT in the business of just making money like the rest of them. Do your research and make sure you are going to a place that CARES!

    • That is bullshit all they care about is $ worst place ever you clearly never went there how you supposed to stay clean with dealers living right next door right after detox place is a fucking joke one kid almost died there from od and I realapased 3x there I wouldn’t send satin himself there the counslers are the worst I’ve ever had goodluck to anyone who goes there prison has more sobriety then this place unreal not to mention the cockroaches and you would think they would hire someone to clean nope they make the addicts clean up everyday and try and say it’s to help us lol cheap fucks

Leave A Reply

About Author

The largest and most trusted rehab review site in the world.