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River Oaks Philosophy
River Oaks provides a compassionate, comprehensive, and quality recovery experience for adults in the Tampa, Florida area who are battling substance addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders. Treatment programs focus on empowering clients with hope for recovery by looking at the totality of the person – spirituality, mindset, and physical wellbeing. By taking into consideration their special life circumstances surrounding the alcohol or drug addiction, they develop personalized treatment plans and recovery goals for clients.
Areas of Specialization
Residential treatment programs provide housing (food and meals) in addition to treatment for substance abuse. Some facilities offer only short-term residential treatment, some offer only long-term treatment and others offer both, ranging from a few days to many months, based on patient needs.
Research shows that the odds of successful, sustained recovery from addiction are far higher when family members and loved ones are involved in treatment. Drug and alcohol addiction often have genetic roots, whether related to substance abuse, mental illness or both. Family dynamics also play a role and, often, family members are the first to realize a loved one has developed an addiction. Also, it’s important for family members to understand and embrace the lifestyle changes that are required to sustain recovery.
Drugs and alcohol have widespread effects throughout your body, including but not limited to the addiction and/or physical/psychological dependence that develops with substance abuse over time. Many organ systems are affected by addiction and will react to withdrawal. The term “medical detoxification” means that there is a trained and licensed medical professional onsite to monitor your vital signs and protect your physical and emotional health as your body goes through withdrawal.
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.
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ABOUT RIVER OAKS
Owned and operated by American Addiction Centers (AAC), River Oaks is an adult substance abuse treatment center set just outside of Tampa, Fla. The rehab provides residential and outpatient treatment options, as well as medically monitored on-site detoxification, and treatment for co-occurring disorders.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
All clients are thoroughly assessed upon arrival to determine the appropriate level of care. Length of stay for residential treatment varies, but 90 days is the typical recommendation. Treatment includes 12-step practices and evidence-based modalities, such as motivational interviewing (MI) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). The facility also utilizes AAC’s own unique recovery curriculum, “Embracing Change: Recovery for Life,” which is a workbook-based program focused on the treatment of co-occurring disorders.
Clients participate in group therapy, individual counseling, Seeking Safety trauma groups, art therapy, and therapeutic adventure activities. Psychoeducational workshops are key aspects of the recovery plan, and holistic activities, including yoga, acupuncture, and equine therapy, are also offered. Clients attend AA/NA meetings and family therapy sessions are offered regularly.
In additional to residential care, a partial hospitalization program (PHP) provides treatment for six to eight hours per day, while an intensive outpatient program (IOP) offers treatment for three hours per day. Both programs are available three to seven times a week, based on client need.
River Oaks provides aftercare planning and has an alumni group. Clients can also take advantage of AAC’s Brand Promise, which states that those who successfully complete the 90-day program may return for an additional 30 days of treatment free of charge in the event of relapse.
The treatment team includes physicians and a 24-hour nursing staff, as well as licensed psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and therapists.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
River Oaks’ 26-acre campus provides a scenic and serene environment for recovery, including a wooded 12-step serenity path. Other amenities include housekeeping and gourmet meals, as well as a fitness center, tennis and basketball courts, and an outdoor soccer field. On-site movie nights are also offered each week.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Of the 13 alumni surveyed by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing, four gave River Oaks positive reviews while nine gave River Oaks negative reviews.
The four satisfied clients reported that the facility was professional, the staff was caring, and the food and accommodations were satisfactory. “I give it 4stars,” wrote Chantal in a representative review. “For me it was a gift and saved my life and the tools a got from there I still have and still clean and sober.”
Yet the unhappy former clients had numerous complaints, chief among them being poor organization and management, overwhelmed staff, misleading information regarding the program pre-intake, and care that was not individualized. Angela noted that the facility’s specialized “Embracing Change” curriculum was not at all helpful — “the workbooks didnt come in until i was half way through my 30 days,” she wrote. She also told Rehabs.com: “The case loads for the therapist are way over loaded. I had to tell the nurses what pills i was suppose to get.”
Judy agreed, reporting: “They claim to offer one on one therapy yet you only see your therapist 3 times while you're there … Unprofessional and horrible place to send someone you love.”
Overall, the facility received an average rating of 3.23 out of five stars for its treatment effectiveness, based on ratings from the nine alumni polled on the matter to date.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
All three loved ones surveyed by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing gave River Oaks negative reviews. Feedback was in line with alumni comments and included misleading marketing, overwhelmed management, and ineffective treatment.
“I sent my daughter to river oaks rehab, I was assured that they were dual rehab and Would handle her anxiety disorder. For the first two weeks her disorder was ignored…Many mistakes and unprofessional behavior by top staff members took place while she attended this facility… Please do not send your loved one to this facility,” L.C. wrote in a representative review.
According to the facility’s website, trained treatment consultants will help prospective clients determine if their insurance is accepted and what the best payment method may be for treatment.
Updated October 2016
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