Footprints Beachside Recovery is a 12-step treatment facility in Treasure Island, Florida, a small beachfront community about eight miles west of St. Petersburg. Opened in 2008, Footprints was recently listed on the National Registry of Effective Programs, a gold standard list administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Accommodations and Food
The accommodations are simple, contemporary and reflect the casual ambience of the surrounding beachfront. The bedrooms, which clients share with one other person, contain twin beds, nightstands, potted plants and vintage lamps. The common area boasts hardwood floors and walls painted a soothing pale blue, along with big black leather couches, plants and a glass coffee table. There are also outdoor therapy areas with comfortable beach chairs and a vintage Spanish fountain.
Staff members take clients grocery shopping off-site. A nutritionist helps select healthy ingredients that clients then cook themselves.
Treatment and Staff
Footprints offers beds for 14 clients, with the treatment program divided into 30, 60 and 90 day stays. Since treatment is individualized, program length varies from one to three months, although the basic structure stays the same. The facility offers group, individual, trauma, family and expressive arts therapy, as well as Neuro-Linguistic Programming Hypnosis (NLP). There is also drumming and meditative therapy, relapse prevention therapy, addiction education and medication management. Clients attend a minimum of two individual sessions per week, as well as both on-site and off-site AA meetings. In addition, there is an on-site MD who specializes in opiate detox.
A typical day at Footprints includes waking up at 7 am, followed by breakfast at 8. The morning is spent in addiction and relapse prevention courses, as well as in NLP and group therapy. Lunch is at noon, after which there are more therapy and exercise. Dinner is at 6 pm, followed by AA at 7 (either on- or off-site). Free time is from 9 to 10:30 pm, with lights out at 11.
The staff is highly credentialed with degrees ranging from LMHC, LCSW to CAP and one MD.
There are plenty of extras at Footprints, including therapeutic yoga twice a week on the beach. Recreational activities include fishing, paddle boarding, beach walks, bowling and optional spa services for massages. An off-site gym allows Footprints’ clients to work out for free. Cell phones and computers are allowed, as is TV watching during free times. There is no pool, but since the facility is on the beach, clients can swim in the Gulf of Mexico. Yoga is an important part of the program, as is expressive arts therapy, which combines visual arts, music and writing.
Visiting hours are Sundays from 12 to 5 pm. The family program changes from week to week but involves group therapy with the clients.
Footprints’ friendly staff and affluent beachside community make it a serene place to get sober. The mix of traditional and progressive therapy treatments offers clients the flexibility to experiment. Its innovative program and scenic surroundings make it an attractive option at a comparatively reasonable price point.
Footprints Beachside Recovery
151 107th Avenue #13
Treasure Island, FL 33706
Footprints Beachside Recovery Cost: $15,000 (30 days). Reach Footprints Beachside Recovery by phone at (877) 954-3908 or by email at [email protected]chside.com. Find Footprints Beachside Recovery on Facebook or Twitter
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