Founded in Florida in 1982, Directions For Living serves over 12,000 people each year and focuses on substance abuse, mental health, homelessness and the child welfare system. With treatment options for adults, children and families, behavioral, mental and primary healthcare services are available for residents of the greater Tampa Bay area. Outpatient substance abuse programs for adults also include dual diagnosis support and can be accessed at the Clearwater Center in Clearwater, Florida. Dependency case management, diversion services and the children’s specialty center are located in Largo.
Treatment and Staff
All clients seeking substance abuse treatment must first complete an intake evaluation. Operating on a first-come-first-served basis, clients do not make appointments and can walk in to see a practitioner Mondays to Fridays from 8 am to 4 pm. A case manager determines the best course of treatment, including psychological, psychiatric and physical assessments as needed.
The outpatient program consists of individual therapy at least twice a month, group therapy once or twice a week and family counseling as needed. Groups are held on Mondays for one hour, and on Fridays for two. Therapy never exceeds 12 clients, as small groups leave space for everyone to receive individual attention. A therapist facilitates sessions, opening with an educational lecture about substance abuse, its consequences, identifying triggers or relapse prevention, among other topics. The session is then open for group sharing, with clients receiving the benefit of peer support and fellowship. The program is ongoing, with clients completing it once treatment goals are met.
Licensed Master’s-level therapists and counselors address trauma through evidence-based practices such as CBT and Seeking Safety. Psychiatrists, doctors and nurses provide assessments and medication management for clients with co-occurring disorders, with a fully integrated pharmacy at the Clearwater Center providing easy access to prescriptions.
An Early Childhood Consultation program provides parenting skills training in the home. Early childhood specialists teach parents to care for infants and children up to five years old. Therapy and additional resources can be accessed for families and kids with trauma, behavioral or emotional problems, including coordinating foster care and adoption. In-home therapy is also offered.
The primary counselor also coordinates with other services offered. Some of these include referrals to housing and employment resources for those at risk of homelessness, and pairing with law enforcement officers and social workers to manage legal issues. The primary counselor serves as an advocate for the client and provides continuous assessment, planning, coordination and monitoring.
The range of other services provided make Directions For Living an attractive choice for outpatient substance abuse treatment. For those facing homelessness, with co-occurring disorders, or looking for treatment as a family, great support is available. Fees for intake evaluation are $140, with group and individual therapy between $100 and $120 per session.
Directions For Living Main Office
8550 Ulmerton Rd, Ste 130
Largo, FL 33771
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