Coastal rehab clinics are plentiful throughout California, attracting residents with promises of rest and relaxation along with programs to begin recovery. The Watershed, founded in 1998 by CEO Chris Crosby, is South Florida’s answer to this approach. It has also grown considerably throughout the years; when The Watershed first opened, the Boca Raton location was the only one and could house a mere eight residents at a time. Now it has added a location in Boynton Beach, and has helped more than 35,000 people find recovery.
Accommodations and Food
Residents do not normally choose where they live between the two locations, which differ quite a bit in terms of amenities. Though the facility tries to accommodate requests, necessity is the ultimate deciding factor in terms of where clients go. Generally speaking, the Boca location tries to cater mostly to middle-aged clientele and Boynton more to a younger crowd.
Boynton Beach, which opened in 2005, is the newer of the two facilities and is set up like a giant condo with 132 available beds, a swimming pool, a full-service kitchen and a large and up-to-date fitness center. New residents are housed with roommates in double rooms that are considered three-star hotel quality with private bathrooms (though TVs are only in the common areas).
The Boca Raton location is about the same in terms of the living quarters but it’s stripped down: the housing facility (including the fitness area) is smaller and there’s no pool. Both locations have the same set-up for food, although Watershed’s cafeteria-style dining gets mostly lackluster reviews from alumni.
Treatment and Staff
The Watershed offers individualized treatment but treatment is primarily group-based. Meetings run more or less all day long, with one-on-one sessions with clinical psychiatrists Monday through Friday and AA meetings at night. The center offers dual-diagnosis therapy and has relapse prevention meetings every day while mornings are dedicated to primary therapy.
The staff includes nurses, psychiatrists, doctors and therapists, many of them in recovery. Watershed has on-site detox and a handful of programs, including separately gendered groups for men and women. Still, if residents only stay for the minimum month, they are likely to miss out on some of the more specialized treatment options.
There are a few aftercare options for those who would like to continue their recovery in Florida: one is to live in the Watershed Apartments, which is close to the Boynton Beach location. Each comes fully furnished with TVs in each room, a pool, on-site laundry, a gym and a computer lab. Finally, The Watershed also offers a halfway house for clients to go after residential treatment.
Watershed emphasizes its alumni program, which features weekly meetings with rotating speakers and annual alumni picnics. It also advertises its own “social network” for the geographically-limited (or possibly the less-social). The site offers helpful recovery advice, online forums and recovery journal entries from alums.
Overall, the Watershed offers alcohol and drug rehabilitation and dual-diagnosis support with a few extras. Those living in southern Florida and beyond could do well seeking treatment here.
1000 NW 15th St
Boca Raton, FL 33486
4905 Park Ridge Blvd
Boynton Beach, FL 33426
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