Twelve Oaks Recovery Center has been in the business of recovery for 30 years and specializes in the treatment of chemical addiction, co-occurring disorders and PTSD for adults. Twelve Oaks offers a full continuum of care, from initial detox to a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), residential and outpatient treatment programs, all close to the Emerald Coast of the Gulf of Mexico.
As a member of the Acadia Healthcare network, the Twelve Oaks Recovery Center is just one of many behavioral health facilities providing chemical dependency and therapeutic support. With its headquarters in Franklin, Tennessee, Acadia serves communities across the US and in the UK with inpatient, residential, outpatient and school-based treatment programs.
Accommodations and Food
Located on the sound of Navarre in the Florida panhandle, this facility has 102 beds housed in a collection of brick buildings with green shutters on five acres. Inside, the shared bedrooms resemble spacious college dorm rooms and are furnished with twin beds, floor lamps, dressers and tables that serve as desks. The main group room is full of green couches set up in a circle with a television and a projection screen on hand for lectures. Clients have access to a modest fitness room with several treadmills, exercise balls and weight lifting equipment.
The head of the dietary program determines the Twelve Oaks menu and teaches diet and nutrition education classes in addition to providing three healthy meals a day in the cafeteria. The campus store, Oakmart, sells personal items and snacks. Clients are allowed to bring whatever books they’d like to read (and not just self-help or spiritual ones). Adult clients can also order cigarettes from the store on campus; adolescents here aren’t allowed to smoke, but Twelve Oaks will help them to quit through a smoking cessation program.
Treatment and Staff
Clients at Twelve Oaks can opt for a drug-free detox or a medical detox, which is monitored by a staff of nurses and an on-call doctor. Once this phase is over, Twelve Oaks recommends that clients continue with inpatient or outpatient recovery, depending on need and feasibility.
The residential program typically lasts for 20 to 22 days (after detox) and in this short time, clients form a community within their treatment track or, as Twelve Oaks likes to call it, a “town.” Every morning, a town hall meeting is held, and an elected resident serves as mayor in order for clients to discuss community issues—something meant to encourage personal responsibility, a sense of belonging and community.
Every day clients wake up for breakfast and chores. Afterward, there’s the town hall meeting, then clients meet in small groups for therapy sessions where they discuss addiction, the challenges of living sober, anger management and healthy self-esteem. Clients with trauma diagnoses may do additional therapy in specialized groups. Exercise is also built into the schedule and time is allocated for recreational activities.
In the evenings and on weekends, clients attend 12-step meetings on campus, do 12-step work or attend additional relapse prevention lectures and process groups. Spirituality is an important component of recovery here and attempts are made to accommodate all religious orientations (a separate track for those looking for faith-based recovery centered around the Christian Bible is offered).
A separate program treats clients suffering from PTSD and substance abuse using educational groups, psychotherapy and individual therapy. The primary treatment modality employed is group therapy, where clients explore the impact trauma has had on their lives—discussing emotional regulation, self-awareness and addiction as well as using art, writing therapy and psychodrama. Individual therapy appointments focus on prolonged exposure therapy, CBT and relaxation training in addition to the substance abuse schedule followed by the rest of the residents at Twelve Oaks.
The staff at Twelve Oaks is made up of a doctor who serves as the medical director, nursing staff, Master’s-level therapists, substance abuse counselors, Christian counselors and PTSD specialists as well as a case manager and recreational therapist. All groups are led by these therapists and counselors as well as the medical director and occasional outside speakers.
Swimming, art (both visual and creative writing), yoga and massage are some of the alternative therapies offered. Clients also aren’t far from the beach for water sports or beach volleyball and they can make use of the exercise room, board games and horseshoes on campus. In addition, there are weekend trips off campus.
Though there is no formal family therapy scheduled at Twelve Oaks, private sessions are arranged through each client’s individual therapist on an as-needed basis—even over the phone if necessary.
The Twelve Oaks staff is also dedicated to providing effective aftercare for residential clients, placing them in the outpatient program for an additional eight weeks following graduation if necessary or following up with regular counseling sessions and monitoring their commitment to 12-step meetings.
Twelve Oaks Recovery Center is a comprehensive program, offering something for everyone: adults suffering from co-occurring disorders as well as trauma sufferers, the military and Christians. Clients are encouraged to get outside, get active and get in the water (there’s even a recreational therapist on staff). This facility a great resource for the northwest Florida recovery community at large.
Twelve Oaks Recovery Center
2068 Health Care Dr
Navarre, FL 32566
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