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.
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.
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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