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 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.
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.
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
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