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Turning Point of Tampa’s village campus is located on the west coast of Florida, just minutes from the white sandy beaches of the Gulf of Mexico. Opened in 1987 by Michael Radcliffe, a local sober man, Turning Point of Tampa (not to be confused with Turning Point in New Haven, Connecticut) is committed to providing high quality, 12-step based addiction, eating disorder and dual diagnosis programs that are both affordable and effective.

Accommodations and Food

The Turning Point of Tampa is one campus—with what it refers to as its “village residences” 50 feet from the therapy offices. Four clients share each two-story duplex. The facility offers both private and semi-private rooms—room assignment is based on client need and availability. All client houses have cable television, telephones, answering machines, full kitchens and laundry facilities within the apartment.

Learning how to manage meal times is a focal point of the life-skills training at Turning Point. Counselors take clients on supervised trips to the grocery store. Meals are planned for and prepared by the residents in their own kitchens. Behavioral technicians at the facility help the clients cook if they don’t know how as a part of a life skills program that’s incorporated into the facility’s treatment model.

Treatment and Staff

At the core of treatment programming at Turning Point of Tampa is the highly structured 12-step model for addiction recovery, including addressing any dual diagnosis. Detox is not offered on campus, but clients can be referred to local facilities before returning to participate in 30- to 60-day residential treatment plans—the specifics of which are determined by the highly credentialed staff of 14.

Particular attention is paid here to co-occurring disorders. Group and individual therapy focus on the underlying issues accompanying drug and alcohol dependency. Clients participate in two groups per day, and see their individual counselors once a week. In addition, all clients are required to attend 12-step meetings and get sponsors while in treatment.

Turning Point of Tampa also focuses on real life skills; tools needed for recovery. This primary treatment level addresses issues such as maintaining abstinence, relapse prevention, acceptance/denial, dysfunctional relationships and trauma issues while promoting personal responsibility.

Morning meditation is at 8:30 am and intensive group therapy starts at 9:15 am. There is a one-hour break for lunch at noon and intensive group therapy begins again at 1:15 pm. The daily group schedule varies every day (sometimes clients may be in group until 4:30 pm) and clients have free time after 5 pm. Residents are required to attend a 12-step meeting every evening. Lights out is at 11 pm.

Visiting hours are on Sundays from 1 to 5 pm after the client’s first full week of treatment and their counselor’s approval. The family program happens once a month over a three-day weekend, from Friday morning to Sunday afternoon. There are classes on addiction, codependency, family roles and dynamics. The family learns how to create a healthy foundation, establishing positive communication through group and individual therapy.


On-site yoga, acupuncture, biofeedback, vibro acoustic therapy, volleyball and basketball courts are just some of the extras offered at Turning Point of Tampa. There are also opportunities to attend church on Sundays and the local YMCA on the weekends as well as movie nights and karaoke competitions.

In Summary

Turning Point of Tampa offers extensive aftercare planning, free quarterly “recharge” events and an intensive family program. Add to this strong dual diagnosis support in a safe but independent sober village and it is hard to see who wouldn’t benefit from affordable recovery near the beach.

Turning Point of Tampa Inc. Location

6227 Sheldon Rd
Tampa, FL 33615

Turning Point of Tampa Cost

$12,500 (30 days); IOP: $3,600. Reach Turning Point of Tampa by phone at (813) 882-3003 or by email at [email protected]. Find Turning Point of Tampa on Facebook and Twitter

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  1. The people that write bad reviews probably got kicked out or left because they didn’t like the rules and recommendations. Yes this place is intense. It is challenging. It is down right hard and painful. But looking back I needed all those things. I have been clean over 1 year now after 30 years of horrible drug and alcohol addiction and more rehabs than I can count. Also the psychiatrist there is not just the best psychiatrist I have ever seen, he is the best doctor I have ever seen in my life. The cost of treatment was worth it just seeing someone with that expertise and compassion.

    • People write bad reviews because the place is terrible. During my stay, two people died. They both completed the program. They both died with in a week of leaving. After TPOT, I went to another program and I have been clean ever since.

    • George Fernandez on

      I came to Turning Point April 2015 ready to give up on life. The staff, administration and the therapist were unbelievable and dedicated. I wasn’t viewed as a number but as a person who wanted to change for the better. It was extremely hard and very tough and regimented rehab center but that’s what I needed. Turning Point gave my life back showing me and teaching me what has to be done to achieve sobriety. I have referred many of people to them and will continue. They were a GodWink.

  2. Turning Point of Tampa violated my anonymity. I had no release for my family. They contacted them any way. When I expressed my displeasure, I was informed by Jim Dwyer, I was that I could sue them.

    • Turning Point of Tampa violated my anonymity. I had no release for my family. They contacted them any way. When I expressed my displeasure, I was informed by Jim Dwyer, that I could sue them.

      I would be very uncomfortable referring any one to Turning Point Tampa.

  3. I was recently discharged from Turning Point after 30 days. My experience was life changing. I am incredibly impressed with the Administration, therapists, house managers and staff. The experience I had far exceeded all my expectations. I entered broken and hopeless and left strong and hopeful. I will go as far to say, they saved my life.

  4. That’s pretty disgusting. When I was a client at TP, I had the most impressive academic credentials “on campus”. Unless TP has changed radically, I wouldn’t refer my CAT to TP for after-care.

  5. Pretty sad a rehab center in business to help people can’t even help a dis able veteran that only gets one check a month because they won’t use a sliding scale

    • I cann not express enough my gratitude. This experience changed my life and I have been clean and sober for four years now. I received excellent care and at times in my face brutal therapy. Without this I would be dead!!!!! I also had the experience to witness care giving at Fairwinds of Clearwater, my brother and best friend were both patients at the facility. The care there is a complete joke and needless to say both relapsed. They both went to Turning Point after and remain clean and sober to this day. Thank you Turning Point for saving our lives

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