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. It has since closed. Now it has a location in Boynton Beach, Florida and one in Clearlake, Texas. It has helped more than 35,000 people find recovery.
Accommodations and Food
Boynton Beach, which opened in 2005, 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).
Residents dine cafeteria-style.
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 residential program. 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.
The Watershed Locations
4905 Park Ridge Blvd
Boynton Beach, FL 33426
The Watershed Cost
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