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Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services


The Basics

For more than 50 years, Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services which, despite its moniker ministers to individuals of all denominations, has provided a wide variety of health and community services to Floridians  including substance abuse and addiction treatment at two residential facilities: the Adele Gilbert Residential Treatment Program in St. Petersburg and the more short-term Darlington Treatment Center in rural Holiday, Florida, about 30 miles northwest of Tampa. Both treat clients with chronic mental illness and co-occurring disorders. Most of the residents here are court-ordered to undertake treatment.

Accommodations and Food

Adele Gilbert and Darlington each have 16 beds. Rooms are double-occupancy and have a bed, desk and closet for each resident.

There are areas for physical exercise, which is heartily encouraged for residents. Three meals and two snacks are provided a day.

Treatment and Staff

The Adele Gilbert program provides 12-step based treatment for individuals with chronic mental illness who may also have co-occurring substance abuse issues. Clients attend daily individual and group sessions on site and have access to outside 12-step meetings. Medication management is provided. After the first 45 days of treatment, clients are allowed to leave the facility unsupervised.

Much like Adele Gilbert, though with a shorter stay, Darlington offers substance abuse groups using a 12-step approach and CBT. Darlington also takes referrals from crisis units in the community and provides clients with individual counseling and psychosocial rehabilitation as well as daily living skills training and socialization activities.

The average length of stay at Adele Gilbert is six to eight months, while Darlington offers a shorter-term stay—between three and eight months. There is no on-site detox at either facility.

The staff at Adele Gilbert includes licensed mental health clinicians and the clinical  director, who is a certified addiction professional. A psychiatrist visits Adele Gilbert upon request. Darlington is staffed largely by  nurses.


Both facilities also provide clients with transportation to doctor’s appointments and off-site AA and NA meetings and, in the case of Darlington, to nearby churches or synagogues for religious worship.

Residents at Adele Gilbert can participate in voluntary resident work programs, food preparation, employment training and a GED program. At Darlington, clients can work in the adult foster program, which pairs them with elderly individuals who they help transport to various appointments, as well as the mental health counseling center and the young adult transitional program assisting young clients.

In Summary

With two residential drug treatment facilities, Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services provides the community’s most needy populations with chemical dependency treatment. The facilities serve individuals with chronic mental illness issues and co-occurring substance abuse using a 12-step model and CBT.

Adele Gilbert Residential Treatment Program
3180 66th St North
St. Petersburg, FL 33710

Darlington Treatment Center
3142 Darlington Rd
Holiday, FL 34691

Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services Cost: $1,500 (30 days). Reach Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services by phone at (727) 893-1661. Find Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services on Facebook and LinkedIn

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