Miami Behavioral Health Center offers mental health and substance abuse services at several locations in south Florida. The organization teamed up with Spectrum Programs in 2003 to provide the latest in behavioral health science, specializing in treating co-occurring disorders. High quality detox, residential and outpatient treatment are available to help adults and adolescents struggling with addiction.
Accommodations and Food
The residential program occupies a converted office space that houses 47 clients. Twenty beds are designated for adolescents between the ages of 14 and 17. Bedrooms featuring twin sized beds and natural light are shared between two clients. The building also includes a common area with a TV, therapy rooms, a dining hall and offices. Smoking is permitted in designated outdoor areas.
Three meals a day are provided for clients. The food is cafeteria quality and the portions are generous. Coffee and snacks are available in the afternoon and evening.
Treatment and Staff
Based on an evaluation, an individualized treatment plan is created for each client. Treatment may begin with a medical detox, allowing the client to stabilize physically. This three- to seven-day process is closely monitored by nurses and meds are used when necessary.
The 30- to 90-day residential program uses evidence-based techniques, traditional talk therapy, psychiatric evaluations, education and medication management to address addiction and mental health issues. Group therapy occurs daily, covering topics such as trauma, introduction to the 12 steps, relapse prevention, mental health, coping skills and communication. Adolescents are separated from the adults during group therapy. Individual therapy occurs once a week, during which CBT is used. While this program is not rooted in the 12 steps, a couple of AA/NA meetings are offered each week. Educational lectures on abstinence and the dangers of addiction happen every week.
As clients near the end of their stay, Miama BHC focuses on transitioning them back to their regular social and professional lives. Clients are educated about resume writing and other aspects of job searching. An aftercare plan is mapped out and outpatient programs are set up when needed.
For those who are looking to receive treatment without leaving home, two levels of outpatient are offered—Intensive Outpatient (IOP) and outpatient. IOP occurs three times a week, in three-hour sessions, while outpatient occurs once a week, in three-hour sessions. Both tracks include group and individual therapy. Group and education topics are similar to those discussed in residential. The length of time spent in these programs depends on the individual.
The staff includes doctors, nurses, Master’s-level therapists and certified substance abuse counselors (CSAC).
A family program offers family group every Saturday afternoon and family therapy with individual counselors as needed.
Organized social and recreational activities are available to clients, such as movie nights, bowling and sporting events.
Miami Behavioral Health Center offers a strong mental health component to their substance abuse treatment. With doctors and psychiatrists on staff, medical and psychological treatment is always available. The programs are offered on a sliding scale fee, making treatment accessible to everyone.
Miami Behavioral Health Center
3800 W Flagler St
Coral Gables, FL 33134
Miami Behavioral Health Center Cost: Sliding scale. Reach Miami Behavioral Health Center by phone at (305) 774-36163. Find Miami Behavioral Health Center on Facebook
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