Treatment Center Setting
- Residential Neighborhood
- Beach Community
Beaches Recovery Philosophy
Beaches Recovery provides a comprehensive approach to overcoming chemical dependency, alcoholism, process addictions and co-occurring mental health disorders by providing nationally recognized evidence-based treatment options in a safe, confidential, and supportive environment. Our services consist of Extended Care Treatment, Primary Care Treatment, Outpatient Treatment, Family Programs, and Alumni Services.
Areas of Specialization
A form of animal therapy, equine therapy involves visiting, working with and sometimes riding horses as a way to create a metaphoric relationship that leads to life-altering insights.
Addiction recovery does not end with discharge after completing a rehab program. Facilities that offer aftercare planning and/or support work with patients to ensure sustainable recovery by helping to plan and make arrangements for transitional or sober living, help with housing, vocational counseling, etc.
Some facilities have an addiction treatment protocol that all patients or clients are expected to follow, while others customize or individualize treatment based on a person’s unique needs and circumstances. Factors that may affect treatment decisions include age, lifestyle, medical conditions, type of drug, religious beliefs, etc.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR is a highly specific, research-validated form of therapy that can help people overcome traumatic stress, anxiety and depression. With EMDR, a trained practitioner uses bilateral stimulation, eye movement and touch to stimulate parts of the brain as a patient recounts certain experiences and memories as a way to more thoroughly process uncomfortable, painful feelings.
For being so young at the age of 18 this was the best place for me, a regular lock down rehab would not have worked out for me. Beaches makes you feel like your more in the real world and its up to you to make the best out of your recovery. Beaches helped me cope with my feelings after numbing them for 5 years. The therapist really connect with you and don’t treat you like another person the care for you and help you. I’ve got a lot out of beaches and they are helping me put my life back together and I will be forever grateful.
I have struggled with substance abuse for over 11 years, and I arrived at Beaches Recovery in a state of complete hopelessness; my life had become completely unmanageable, and I couldn’t picture any other way of life. I arrived at Beaches Recovery in February 2016 as my last resort to regain a life that I could be proud of, and now I can proudly say that I have completed the inpatient program and found a life in sobriety that I never dreamed possible. This program was the best decision I could have made for myself, allowing me to learn how to live sober while still allowing me the freedoms to feel as though I was not being completely isolated from the rest of society. I am proud of the progress this program provided me with the opportunity to accomplish for myself, and I am more hopeful for my future than I have been in a really long time. Beaches Recovery helped me realize that I my sobriety was worth fighting for, and for that I will be forever grateful.
Before I got here I was calling it “beaches resort” and I still feel the exact same way. The staff offered me a lot of great things to help me with my recovery. My therapist gave me options and an awesome treatment plan. I have been in treatment before and never have I got the help that I needed. In beaches I am working on things that I never have before. I feel one hundred percent better since I got here. Not only my therapist helps me, but if I ever have a problem or need something any of the staff members are there to put their hand out. This is a wonderful place and I would recommend it to anyone.
After struggling with substance abuse for almost 10 years, I came to Beaches Recovery hopeless and without any sense of direction. This program is teaching me the necessary skills to rebuild my life and face life on life’s terms without relying on a substance to get through each day. Beaches has definitely helped me save my own life and has given me hope for the future that I haven’t had in years. I definitely recommend this program for anyone struggling with addiction.
Beaches Recovery, how do you describe a place that helped you grow so much and you didn’t even realize just how much until now. When I came to treatment I was broken, I had lost my will to live and didn’t even fully know it I just knew that I was miserable. I had lost my family, I had already been institutionalized and in and out of jails many times something had to change but I didn’t know what or how to do it. Fortunately I was given the opportunity to come to this program. To be honest I wasn’t the easiest or the nicest client at the beginning I was able to find everything and anything wrong that everyone else was doing because I didn’t want to look at myself. I had so much self hatred that it came across as just plain anger to others. Thankfully I was blessed enough to have an amazing therapist who was more than patient with me to help me find the underlying issues that were making me suffer so and work through them. It truly was the little things that they did for me that helped me the most . I am grateful to this program for helping put me on the path that I am on now to living a better life. Its truly hard to put into words what a place can do for someone, you have to experience it. Its truly been the biggest blessing in my sobriety so far. They helped me build a foundation that will last if I continue to do the foot work.
Upon entering Beaches Recovery Center I can honestly say my fears of addiction has subsided dramatically, I’ve learned the trick to avoid using, is just that, avoid it all together for me the distraction is the best way to handle my stinking thinking, in this program as aa group we have, been to a baseball game, basketball game, go cart racing, surfing, paintballing, movies, festivals as well as gym time in a top of the line well known workout facility stay busy with Beaches and it will work it did for me.
Meet the Staff
James W. Griffis
James W. Griffis serves as the Executive Director of Beaches Recovery, overseeing all aspects of operations at Beaches. He is a Healthcare Executive with over 33 years of experience in the field of Addiction and Mental Health.
Ashley Harrold is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who is experienced in treating individuals struggling with chemical dependency and a wide variety of mental health diagnoses including depression, anxiety and grief. She has worked in both inpatient and outpatient counseling settings as well as crisis management. Ashley has completed Level 1 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy and implements these techniques into her therapy sessions.
Christine Kennedy is a registered Marriage and Family Therapy Intern and Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist in the state of Florida. She has experience in helping clients grapple with the effects of multiple diagnoses which include but are not limited to, substance abuse, chemical and behavioral addictions, trauma, depression, suicidal ideations, self-harm, eating disorders, sexual addictions, anxiety, and physical, sexual, and emotional abuse.
Bill Galer, LMFT
Bill Galer serves as Clinical Director at Beaches Recovery Services, LLC. Bill was first licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in 1998 in California where he worked in several outpatient and residential programs treating adolescents and adults. He maintained a private practice for several years before relocating to Jacksonville Florida in 2004. Bill continued to work in the mental health and addictions field as the Program Director for The Players Championship Village, a rehab and substance abuse treatment center located in Jacksonville.
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ABOUT BEACHES RECOVERY
Located minutes from the beach on the outskirts of Jacksonville, Fla., Beaches Recovery offers residential and outpatient care for adults struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. Medical detox is not available on-site, but the facility offers assistance through nearby detoxification centers.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
This facility uses a variety of evidence-based and holistic treatment modalities, and stresses that each treatment plan is highly individualized.
Treatment is gender-specific, and all programs include individual and group therapy, including evidence-based modalities such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). There’s also a family program, 12-step tracks, and holistic offerings such as equine therapy, drama/music therapy, as well as boating, bowling, and hiking therapy. The women’s program has a special focus on trauma, grief, sexual abuse, and body image issues. There are also specialized, discreet programs for first responders and executives.
As part of the holistic approach, fitness is also a big part of treatment and as such, fitness assessments, fitness classes, yoga, and personal training are among the services offered.
The facility’s website details a partial hospitalization program (PHP) that includes daily group therapy as well as individual therapy. An intensive outpatient program (IOP) and general outpatient programming are also available.
Staff includes a clinical director, licensed marriage and family therapists, and licensed mental health counselors, one of whom is also a certified sexual addiction therapist.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
This is a 90-bed facility with some private rooms and stunning views of the ocean. Photos published on the facility’s website show homey décor, an outdoor pool, a kitchen, private bathrooms, and the facility reports that there’s access to outdoor training space and that dietary preferences can be accommodated.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Rehabs.com has received over two dozen reviews from alumni at the time of this writing, most of which are positive. Fifteen respondents’ ratings averaged four out of five stars for both treatment effectiveness and accommodations, and a slightly higher average of 4.1 stars for meals and nutrition.
S.A. gave the facility perfect five-star ratings and, like many other alumni, told Rehabs.com that Beaches Recovery’s balance of activities and therapy changed their life. “The staff is great, the facilities and houses are very nice and I have been sober ever since and my life has never been better,” they wrote. Feeling welcomed and well cared for by the staff was another recurring strength listed by reviewers.
Yet several called out perceived faults with the staff and their level of professionalism and care. M.H. said the “pictures are deceiving,” and Liam found treatment to be “very punishment focused.” Additionally, John cited a lack of communication, and P.K. complained that there were frequent tests for which the results were left unread.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Rehabs.com has received feedback from five affiliated loved ones whose ratings for treatment effectiveness average 3.2 out of five stars. One reviewer gave a four-star rating for the facility’s treatment effectiveness, and five stars for the staff’s level of training and experience as well as the exercise and leisure options. They added: “Very holistic. It was very nice.. but it was a bit pricey.” Also, a positive review from J.W. reported that “The staff was so helpful and communication was awesome.”
Several loved ones had less positive experiences to report. Angela, the wife of a former client, cited a lack of supervision, and Christopher called the place unprofessional based on his wife’s experience.
WHAT STAFF SAY
Surveys submitted to Rehabs.com by five staff members at the time of this writing offered mixed opinions. Four staffers all awarded the facility five out of five stars for treatment effectiveness, accommodations, and meals. D.M. gave five stars for nearly all additional metrics surveyed other than 12-step and faith-based treatment, indicating that these aspects are not a large focus. The same reviewer wrote: “Employees and clients are treated like family and we are one large community.”
An anonymous staffer was less impressed. They offered only two stars for holistic options, family participation, cost worthiness, and the staff’s level of training and experience, citing poor client supervision and communication.
Most insurances are accepted including Aetna, Cigna, and BlueCross. The facility’s website features an online insurance verification form.
Updated March 2017
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