The Recovery Village is a residential treatment program run by Advanced Behavioral Medicine in Umatilla, Florida. Like many treatment centers, the 60-bed facility offers help to those who suffer from substance abuse and co-occurring mental health issues. While the facility does not force clients to follow the 12 steps, it is required to attend daily AA and NA meetings. Through a variety of therapeutic and recreational activities, clients can begin to live as sober, healthy individuals.
Accommodations and Food
Located in a converted children’s hospital, at The Recovery Village clients share a basic bedroom and bath with one other person. Each of the rooms has two twin beds and minimal decor. Detox, group, individual therapy rooms and the dining hall are all just a short walk from the living quarters. Televisions can be found in the recreation rooms and while personal mp3 players are allowed, Internet devices and mobile phones are prohibited.
All meals are eaten as a group and prepared by the resident chef. Food is served buffet style and the selection is typically pretty healthy. Snacks and juice are available in between meals for those who need something extra. While sugar is allowed in the diet, caffeine is not.
On most days when the Florida sun is shining, residents can take a dip in the pool during free time. Each morning, clients can also work out at on-site modern gym, which features a wide array of stationary machines as well as free weights and weight machines.
Treatment and Staff
For those who need detox, a 10-day on-site medically monitored program is available for an additional $7,500. Typically, the average treatment stay is from 30 to 90 days. During this time, clients can meet with a psychiatrist once a week, see an individual counselor three times per week, have several hours of group therapy per day, participate in 12-step programs and engage in recreational activities.
Group topics range from relapse prevention and family dynamics to life skills and emotional processing. Evidence-based approaches like CBT, DBT and Motivational Interviewing (MI) are also used during group time. Psycho-educational lectures are given to educate clients about the nature of addiction as a disease.
While a client does not have to start working the steps, daily attendance at 12-step meetings is enforced. An optional 12-step based introductory course called “Back To The Basics” is offered to those who want to learn about the history and requirements of the 12 steps.
With 12 counselors, a psychiatrist, a medical director and a handful of nurses, clients are definitely in good hands during treatment.
In addition to traditional therapy modalities, The Recovery Village uses holistic approaches such as yoga, meditation, martial arts and equine therapy. For those needing a break from the facility, off-site outings to the movies and bowling occur on Saturdays. The Recovery Village aslo offers massage and acupuncture at an additional cost.
Family involvement is encouraged during treatment. Visits can be made during visiting hours and weekly family therapy sessions can be arranged. If family members cannot attend in person, conference calls are also an option. A family week is also provided for each client during which they can participate with family members in a busy schedule of lectures, group therapy and extensive sessions with the primary therapist.
With the intensive individual counseling and variety of recreational activities, programming at The Recovery Village in Umatilla can provide a solid foundation for sobriety and an active lifestyle. The Florida sunshine is always an added perk.
The Recovery Village
635 Umatilla Blvd
Umatilla, FL 32784
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