The Mandala Healing Center offers holistic-minded, inpatient treatment to men and women in West Palm Beach, Florida. Formerly known as The Delray Recovery Center, a Florida Model, Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), the facility’s name changed due to its recent move to the current eight-acre, lakeside location. Its former campus in Delray Beach continues to serve as a sober living community where clients may step down to an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) from the residential center in West Palm. Treatment incorporates evidence-based therapy methods and 12-step support, offering individualized programs for all of its clients.
Accommodations and Food
The green space on which Mandala rests used to be known as Carp, a property in West Palm Beach that was originally owned by the government until they ran out of funding and put the campus up for sale. Mandala was lucky enough to acquire the property and the seven buildings that came with it. There are a total of 40 beds with more being added every day. In the currently living facility, there two large living room areas, a dining room, a kitchen and a large patio. Additionally, there are three group therapy rooms as well as separate offices for clinicians. Bedrooms are separated for men and women by the living rooms so genders reside on opposite ends of the building. There are four beds (double-sized complete with pillowtop mattresses) per room but rooms with two beds are currently in the works. All of the rooms are decorated with a peaceful, modern flare.
Mandala is also working on revamping a space that will specifically handle the detox portion of treatment. The plan is to have all that and all the aforementioned facilities up and running by late 2016. There is a yoga studio in the current admin building and construction is underway for more spaces for holistic services including acupuncture, massages and even a full-service beauty salon.
The cafeteria is part of the detox building that’s under renovation but in the meantime, healthy, well-balanced meals are prepared by a chef in the residential facility. Clients also meet with a nutritionist once a week.
Clients who transition to sober living in Delray Beach are accommodated in a small apartment-style building with 10 units in total. Each two-bedroom unit sleeps two clients with full en-suite bathrooms attached. Apartments also have a living room with cable TV, fully equipped kitchens and on-site laundry. Bedding, linens, towels and cleaning supplies are all supplied by Mandala as well.
Residents in the transitional program are supplied with a food card with transportation provided to the local grocery store weekly. Meals are prepared by clients. The south campus is located near downtown Delray, a vital urban area busy with shops, restaurants, coffee shops and movie theaters. Residents are encouraged to venture out into the local community and partake in what the city has to offer.
Treatment and Staff
A residential stay in the primary care program is usually 45 days. Treatment is trauma informed and individualized, incorporating a combination of the 12 steps, evidence based therapy and holistic approaches. CBT, art and music therapy, Qigong, mindfulness, meditation and spiritual workshops are offered, as are relapse prevention groups and anger management sessions.
Those with co-occurring disorders are able to receive medication management by on-site psychiatrists. Staff are Master’s-level LCSWs and addiction counselors. The clinical team is also made up of a medical director, nurses and caseworkers.
Stays at the extended care Delray Beach campus are normally 60 days but can be customized to the client. While living in the transitional facility, clients must participate in IOP which involves up to nine hours of treatment per week. All of this treatment occurs at a nearby facility in Boca Raton. Clients attend group therapy sessions as well as one weekly individual therapy session in addition to a daily AA/NA meeting in the evening.
Clients are expected to obtain employment or participate in volunteering in the community. Though daily life is not strictly monitored by staff, residents are expected to follow the rules during their stays (which generally last for six months). The facility also provides life skills courses for those who wish to get back into the work force while living on the premises. These classes help with resume writing, interviewing skills, job searches and budgeting practices.
After the two initial weeks in the sober living/IOP program, clients have an 11 pm curfew on weeknights and midnight on weekends. Family may visit though they are not allowed to stay on the premises. Clients are also permitted to smoke in designated areas, though not in the units themselves. At this point in treatment, residents are allowed to use personal cell phones, laptops and their cars. Those without a vehicle can still get to IOP and appointments through transportation provided by Mandala.
Recreational activities like beach trips and hikes are regularly scheduled and daily yoga classes are available. Residents are given a gym membership if they step down to the sober living accommodations with transportation provided as well.
On the West Palm campus, a monthly family program invites loved ones for three days during which time they participate in therapy with the client. Family involvement continues to be encouraged when clietns step down to the sober living program.
An aftercare program is also available, consisting of individual and group therapy sessions as well as evening recovery groups for as long as clients wish to attend. Alumni programs and meetings are hosted at the facility. Former Mandala clients can expect up to a year of monitoring their progress after discharging from either campus.
Mandala Healing Center offers a well-rounded, medically sound yet holistically oriented program with a wide range of evidence based and traditional 12-step practices. The cost of treatment includes a comprehensive range of services including recreational activities and aftercare. This West Palm Beach inpatient facility combines a strict treatment requirements while the independent living at the sober living property in Delray Beach allows clients to ready themselves for daily life in recovery.
Mandala Healing Center
5404 East Ave
West Palm Beach, FL 33407
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