In a location that was once a resort, The Florida House Experience houses nearly 100 men and women at any given time for a serious dose of recovery. Despite some enjoyable activities in the Florida sun, Florida House Experience doesn’t skimp on treatment. It is committed to getting clients back on track with a full continuum of care and truly positive rehabilitation experience.
Accommodations and Food
Giving residents apartments in a building complete with a centralized pool area may make them feel like they’re on the set of a nighttime soap opera. But the program at Florida House Experience is nothing to gossip about. Treatment starts off with a medical detox (if needed) where clients have the luxury of going through withdrawal in 800-thread count sheets in rooms equipped with flat screen TVs. Also provided during detox: bathrooms stocked with fluffy, Florida House Experience monogrammed towels and rain-showers and unlimited snacks and ice cream available around the clock.
After detox is complete and clients have been fully stabilized and evaluated, they are transitioned into their own sober same-sex living spaces complete with gender-specific pools, though they may have to live with as many as three roommates.
Therapist approval is required for residents to use their phones and all clients have to adhere to Florida House Experience’s expectations of cleanliness. Still, staff only requires clients to make their beds, keep their area and the common areas clean and do a surface cleaning of the apartment once a week (a deeper cleaning is done by the facility’s housekeeping service).
Clients are required to make their own meals as food is not provided by the facility. Everyone is given $70 a week for groceries and $50 a week credit at JoJo’s Café, the on-site grab-and-go joint.
Treatment and Staff
Although clients are required to attend nightly 12-step meetings, the program itself doesn’t make this the primary focus of the program. No one is expected to do any step work or get a sponsor. However, many of the group sessions mirror the 12-step dynamic with a sober alcoholic or addict sharing their experiences. In terms of the schedule, meditation immediately follows breakfast and the first group session starts at 9:30 am. Days are spent in a mixture of group therapy, recovery work and mandatory 12-step meetings at night. Classes on spirituality, character defects and behavioral patterns are designed to teach people what these elements have to do with alcoholism and addiction.
Florida House Experience employs a dedicated team of medical and clinical professionals. Clients are assigned and work regularly with a primary therapist throughout their journey here. Former clients repeatedly praise the doctors, therapists and technicians for their dedication and top quality care.
When inpatient treatment is complete, clients have the option of transitioning into sober living—which involves no moving or changing much at all except the opportunity to start getting integrated back into society. Clients in the sober living community program stay in their apartments but are encouraged to get jobs, meet people, make outside friends and resume the components of a normal functioning life while still living in the safety and security of a sober environment with people they know.
Residents can swim, hit the on-site gym, take yoga, get acupuncture or enjoy a massage at the Wellness Spot (although some former clients report that not all amenities are available at all times). Sundays are fun days, reserved for group outings to the beach (as long as individual apartments have passed inspection that week), a big barbecue with the usual hot dogs and hamburgers (as well as chicken and occasionally pulled pork) and an on-site AA meeting led by one of the program’s alumni.
Some fun in the sun mixed with some serious recovery at a relatively low price makes this Florida options one of the better ones out there.
The Florida House Experience
505 S Federal Hwy
Deerfield Beach, FL 33441
The Florida House Experience Cost: $17,500 (30 days). Reach The Florida House Experience by phone at (866) 421-6242. Find The Florida House Experience on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+ and Pinterest
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