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Lucida Treatment Center – Addiction Program Philosophy
The Addiction Program at Lucida Treatment Center provides residential care for dually-diagnosed individuals struggling with substance abuse issues and co-occurring mental health disorders. Luxury accommodations, including a personal chef, housekeeping services, and beautiful views of Florida’s Intracoastal Waterway allow clients to focus completely on recovery in a private and comfortable setting. The drug and alcohol rehab offers biopsychosocial assessments, expert psychiatric care, individualized treatment programs, and both 12-step and non-12 step support to ensure that all clients learn to adopt and practice sustainable recovery methods that truly work for them.
Areas of Specialization
Facilities that offer “holistic therapy” see and treat patients in the context of their entire lives and health status. They treat the “whole person,” not just the addiction.
The term “12 Step Program” describes a way to recover from addiction that is based on the model developed by Alcoholics Anonymous. Many drug and alcohol treatment centers base their treatment on 12 steps – the first three of which are situational, the next four addressing the practical issues created by the addiction, followed by two steps focused on making amends for hurting others. Steps 10 and 11 involve a deeper examination of the previous steps and the final step is focused on helping others avoid and recover from addiction.
Dual Diagnosis/Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment
These two terms describe a person who is not only addicted to drugs or alcohol, but also has a mental or emotional illness, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc. Facilities that treat patients with dual-diagnosis or co-occurring disorders provide psychiatric treatment in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation services.
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.
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 resort ambiance that includes gated, marina-view townhouse accommodations, draw a wealthy international clientele. One of the nation’s only bilingual (English/Spanish) substance abuse and mental health treatment programs, Lucida also has the capacity to treat clients 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 client ratio in this ages 21 and over, 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 on 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 warrants a higher level of treatment costs, though: fees start at $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 offsite “Dolphin Experience,” sailing, equine therapy, yoga, acupuncture, massage and even rope courses—why would those who can buy in ever want to leave?
Lucida offers luxury accommodations in addition to a wide variety of treatment options. Their luxury comparatives make it a comfortable place to go through rehab. The low client census and good ratio of staff to clients ensure clients get the individual attention they need. The facility offers a variety of treatment approaches (not solely 12-step). So clients can try another approach. The company is a start up so it's still working some things out. Policies and procedures are at times not consistent.
The staff is totally focused on the well-being of its clients. Alumni events are amazing and the facility does its best to foster an atmosphere of recovery even after you leave. Amenities were fantastic and the counseling staff in superb.
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.