An institution since 1970, The Palm Beach Institute is the first private drug and alcohol rehab in Florida. Located in the tropical environs of West Palm Beach, the Institute provides 12-step based recovery in a stately home just minutes from the Atlantic Ocean. It also offers an inpatient adolescent program that follows much of the same schedule and features as the adult services.
Accommodations and Food
With room for nearly 40 clients at a time, the Palm Beach Institute is a reasonably large facility that houses clients in two large homes, with a separate cottage on the grounds that sleeps 12 for the adolescent program; the two are kept completely separate. Men and women are housed separately as well as in the former two residences, which are decorated for a warm and classic feel.
As with most facilities, residents share their rooms with a roommate, each with twin beds and minimal furniture. Bathrooms are also communal, located on each floor. While there are occasional opportunities for a single room, these are assigned based only on availability. There is an on-site chef who cooks three hot meals a day for the clientele, who are served in their individual houses. Even better: there’s a nutritionist employed by the Palm Beach Institute, who works in concert with the chef to address any allergy concerns or dietary restrictions.
Treatment and Staff
The Palm Beach Institute offers a medically supervised detox, and requires incoming clients in active addiction to participate. Residents undergoing detox are housed in a separate wing of one of the houses, with the entire process typically lasting seven days; as many as five clients can go through detox at once. There is an on-site nursing staff available around the clock as well. While the average stay for most clients is 30 days, some only take advantage of Palm Beach Institute’s detox services.
Recovery at the Palm Beach Institute is 12-step based, with busy days full of group therapy and recovery work, separated by rest periods and meals. Clients can attend 12-step meetings on-site during the week and off-site community meetings on weekends. There is also individual therapy offered to clients once a week. Palm Beach Institute’s aftercare program includes assistance in completing job applications and obtaining employment, finding housing and other services. Finally, there’s also the opportunity to attend weekly on-site meetings after a client’s stay is over.
While there’s no gym at the Palm Beach Institute, residents can take advantage of group trips to a local gym several times a week at no additional cost. There are no major trips sponsored, though clients can enjoy weekend excursions to downtown West Palm Beach and to the nearby beach. In addition, much of the recreation occurs on-site, with clients enjoying events like pizza parties and movie nights together.
The Palm Beach Institute also offers a comprehensive family program, encouraging client’s loved ones to get involved in the recovery process. This includes a three day a month program, where family can attend educational sessions with clients that include role playing, group discussion, lectures which focus on the addiction cycle, understanding how family dynamics play into the addiction process and methods of effective communication and boundary setting. Families are also highly encouraged to participate in Alanon meetings.
There’s definitely something to be said for the Palm Beach Institute being the first of its kind in Florida, as legacies count for something in the mercurial world of recovery. There’s definitely history to offer here, and boast-worthy features like on-site detox and a tropical setting.
The Palm Beach Institute Location
314 10th St
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
The Palm Beach Institute Cost
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