Lifeskills South Florida offers hope and a fresh start to clients who may be battling more than just chemical addiction. Since opening its doors in 1991, the co-ed Deerfield Beach treatment facility has been working with addicts and their families through residential and outpatient programs. It is not uncommon for addicts and alcoholics to have experienced some trauma in their lives; in turn, many trauma survivors find themselves battling drug and alcohol addiction later on in life. Whether it is a dramatic event or something that happened during the fragile formative years, untreated trauma can be a trigger and a hurdle for those looking to recover from addiction. That is why a rehab like Lifeskills, which offers clients and their families a place to treat co-occurring addiction and trauma-based disorders, can be the key to long-term success.
Accommodations and Food
Lifeskills resides amongst the billowing palm trees and tropical breezes of Florida’s east coast, with plush manicured grounds, a hotel size pool and clean and spacious living quarters. Clients bunk up with (typically) three roommates in the center’s homey town houses, which are staffed 24/7 with any of facility’s three behavioral health technicians. These residential staff members are also there to provide assistance on personal recovery programs, which are supplemented with support from their peers.
Continued success in the real world is heavily reliant on a successful integration of the client’s new coping skills, which can’t be well tested behind closed doors of a treatment center. That is why Lifeskills does its best to create a realistic, home-life setting with their furnished town homes and access to the local community. Clients are expected to shop for their own groceries and cook and prepare their own meals.
Treatment and Staff
Their approach to treatment is described as a bio-psycho-social-family systemic approach, dealing with all aspects and underlying issues that contribute to addiction and other various disorders such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, schizoaffective disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. Although Lifeskills is primarily a substance abuse rehab, they do not limit their specialized treatment to alcoholics and addicts only. Their mental and emotional health programs are open to all who struggle.
Upon admission, new Lifeskills clients will be assigned a primary therapist and given individualized treatment plans customized to their needs and constructed with long-term recovery as the top priority. The daily schedule at Lifeskills starts bright and early (at 7am) with a brisk 20-minute walk to get the blood pumping. After breakfast, clients move on to group therapy sessions—focusing on things like anger-management, body and self, trauma, grief and stress—as well as individual DBT, CBT, Motivational Interviewing (MI) and expressive and experiential therapy treatment sessions. Lifeskills also offers nutritional assessments with a registered dietician. Once a client is further on in the program, they will be encouraged and assisted with finding employment or going back to school. Towards the end of treatment, which is a minimum of two months but averages four, core psychotherapy and relapse prevention groups are offered. Lifeskills also has outpatient care if needed.
Lifeskills feels that family support (if appropriate) is an important component of effective, long-term recovery—which is why they offer a monthly family weekend, where members of the family are invited to spend an intensive weekend with their loved one (although lodging is sold separately).
Things to bring to a two-to-four month stint at Lifeskills include casual clothes (although nothing provocative), beachwear, potential work attire and a cell phone (though phone use is only permitted after the first week and then on a pass-only basis)
Clients have access to yoga, meditation, a swimming pool, a basketball court and a local gym (a shuttle is available three times a week). Nightly transportation to off-site meetings of AA, Emotions Anonymous, Recovery International and other mental-health/psychotherapy groups are available. Beach days and movie nights are also often planned, along with group bowling and mini-golf outings.
The packing list should also include a checkbook or a credit card since the program does not accept insurance. But trauma survivors who also suffer from substance abuse addiction could do a whole lot worse than this well-priced rehab in the Sunshine State.
Lifeskills South Florida
1431 SW 9th Ave,
Deerfield Beach, FL 33441
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