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Lucida Treatment Center – Addiction Program Philosophy
Our dual disorder program is designed for men and women who are suffering from addictions and co-occurring mental health issues. This program offers highly individualized treatment, a family program and expert psychiatric care in a private, luxurious setting. Our treatment team addresses both substance abuse and mental health issues at the same time, beginning with an individualized psychiatric and biopsychosocial assessment. We’ve covered all of the details of your stay, from our personal chef and housekeeping service to luxury accommodations and stunning Intracoastal views, so that you can commit fully to your recovery.
Areas of Specialization
12-Step and Non 12-Step Options
While 12-Step recovery appeals to some, others haven’t achieved lasting recovery with traditional programs or prefer an alternative approach. That’s why Lucida offers abstinence-based alternatives like SMART Recovery® as well as 12-Step support. We make every option available so that if one approach doesn't resonate with you, we’ll try others until we find what works for you.
Dual Diagnosis Treatment
Our treatment team addresses both substance abuse and mental health issues at the same time, beginning with an individualized psychiatric and biopsychosocial assessment. During your stay, you will have daily opportunities to practice real-world skills by grocery shopping, budgeting, preparing meals and maintaining your living space. You’ll also have access to a wide range of evidence-based and alternative therapies, including equine therapy, yoga and tai chi, and neurofeedback.
We will teach you the skills necessary to take what you have learned during your stay at Lucida and apply these principles to life outside treatment. We incorporate family support, relapse prevention, cultural outings, fitness, spiritual support, proper nutrition and a comprehensive continuing care plan to prepare you for a successful re-integration back home.
While at Lucida Treatment Center, clients healing from addiction and mental health disorders have the opportunity to receive neurofeedback sessions. Lucida uses BrainPaint®, which is a computerized neurofeedback system. It is also a noninvasive, organic process that is scientifically proven to help to improve mood, confidence, performance and memory.
Meet the Staff
Christopher La Tourette La Riche, MD Medical Director
Christopher La Tourette La Riche, MD, is a board-certified psychiatrist, award-winning psychotherapist and board-certified addiction psychiatrist. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and specializes in treating patients with addictive disorders, anxiety, depression, panic disorder, bipolar disorder and adult ADHD, using a humanistic approach that treats the whole person, not just the disease.
Ash Bhatt, MD Chief Medical Officer – Florida Region
Dr. Bhatt is a Board-Certified Diplomate by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in both adult psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry. He is also a Board-Certified Diplomate by the American Board of Addiction Medicine and an Assistant Professor at the University of Florida College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. Prior to joining Lucida, Dr. Bhatt filled multiple roles at the University of Miami, including Assistant Professor.
Rehabs.com Reviews Contributor
Lucida’s spectacular location—just steps from the Intracoastal Waterway near Lantana in Palm Beach County, Florida—and a resort ambiance that includes gated, marina-view townhouse accommodations, draw a wealthy international clientele, who receive personalized, culturally sensitive attention. One of the nation’s only bilingual (English/Spanish) substance abuse and mental health treatment programs, Lucida also has the capacity to treat patients in Italian, Portuguese, German and French.
Individualized treatment is conducted by a team of board-certified psychiatrists, masters and doctoral level therapists, and a qualified case manager. Practitioner to patient ratio in this adult-only (21+), 12-bed facility is 1:3. Clients participate in two private sessions weekly, and group sessions and various holistic therapies are available throughout the day. Treatment is based on the BRENDA approach, a course that combines psychosocial and pharmacotherapy specifically to address alcohol and substance abuse disorders. Lucida also operates a mood disorder program specifically for women, incorporating a holistic nutrition curriculum to treat depression, anxiety, trauma, intimacy and relationship issues.
There are no chores at Lucida, only a mandate to focus completely on recovery. One alumni commented to Rehabs.com: “I felt very comfortable and safe, allowing me to reflect on myself and my issue. Lucida and their 12 step program…saved my life. Today I am clean happy back at work and living a fuller life than ever before.”
Such high-level attention and treatment costs, of course: $33,000 per month for a shared townhouse, and $48,000 per month for a private room, with no minimum stay. And considering the luxurious accommodations and abundant supplemental activities—an off-site “Dolphin Experience,” sailing, equine therapy, yoga, acupuncture, massage and even rope courses—why would those who can buy in ever want to leave?
At Lucida I felt very comfortable and safe. Allowing me to reflect on myself and my issue. When I was at Lucida they helped me stay focused on the 12 step program and finding my spirituality. During this process I discovered a change in me to start living a better life not only free of substance but also a healthier fuller life. A life with meaning and with purpose. I completed my 12 steps while at Lucida and I was allowed to attend meetings regular basis. This combined with the group therapy was very helpful for me. Lucida and their 12 step program and helping me implement them saved my life. Today I am clean happy back at work and living a fuller life then ever before thank you Lucida.
This place save my Life. Every body is so nice and polite especially my 12 step couch - he is awesome! THANK YOU LUCIDA
Staying for two months at Lucida was the best thing I have ever done for myself. The incredible array of therapeutic activities and competent staff members made my time there a turbo-charged transformative experience. I did not simply get clean there, I gained abundant spiritual, physical, and emotional strength that I was so sorely lacking. The difference between who I am now and who I was when I first arrived at Lucida is mind blowing. Special accommodations can and will be made by the kind and compassionate staff. Clients have some freedom to dictate their own recovery program (SMART vs. AA) but a gentle nudge in the right direction can always be provided. The help, care, and love I received at Lucida empowered me and provided the spiritual principles by which I am living my life today.
Lucida absolutely saved my life. The different types of therapy were uniquely diverse and positively impacted my life in ways I never thought possible. Group therapy allowed me to share my feelings in a safe and inspiring way that resulted in gaining understanding of the root of my addiction. I developed such deep relationships with my peers and my therapist and daily experienced what we called "ah hah" moments; moments of clarity and understanding. The living environment far exceeded my expectations of what a drug and alcohol treatment was. The amenities were of luxury standard and made the process of getting sober extremely comfortable. The healthy and balanced diet was prepared daily by a chef and influenced by a certified dietitian ensuring that along with getting healthy mentally and spiritually we also got healthy physically. I can't say enough about the staff. Everyone was very accommodating and was always available to offer advice and help with any issue that the clients have. Along with therapists and case managers always available Lucida has a Recovery Management Coach/Alumni Coordinator named Jon S. that helped me with Alcoholics Anonymous step work and became a mentor to me. He was someone else who was always available to talk to me and give me advice from a spiritual perspective The staff at Lucida genuinely cared about my recovery and life long sobriety. Everyone from the maids to the Clinical Director played a part in creating an environment that was peaceful and positive. Dr. Christoher La Tourette La Riche, MD, the head psychiatrist created a modality combining psychotherapy and medication that was very effective in relieving my anxiety and helped to bring peace back into my life. Again Lucida saved my life by giving the tools to help build a new and exciting life!
Lucida is a world class facility. When I arrived I was treated like a dignitary. They attend to every need that you might have. The Doctors, nurses , specialists, case managers, techs, dietician, maids and chefs...yes world class chefs, wonderful people. Everyone approaches you with true kindness. I arrived there close to death, literally and left feeling alive.They surrounded me with so much personal care and true concern I almost forgot about my detoxing. Five star accommodations, five star staff and five star activities. Surfing, paddle boarding, sailing, dolphin therapy, equine therapy, yoga and more. My family and myself were truly astounded. It is a luxurious facility in a gorgeous setting. with beautiful people that care. I have an addiction that has been trying to kill me for the last 45 years and Lucida taught me how to live life on lives terms without drugs When it was time to leave I wanted to stay. Lucida and God gave me a new life. My last day was both tearful and joyous. One of the technicians drove me to the airport. During our drive he told me how proud he was of me. He suggested that I put the icing on the cake and attend 90 AA meetings in the next 90 days, which I did and continue to this day. He escorted me all the way to the TSA entrance at the airport and asked if he could pray for me and he did. God found Lucida for me and I am so grateful. I am proud to say that on the 21st of Jan. I will have been sober, clean and alive for 1 year.