Treatment Center Setting
- Residential Neighborhood
The Palm Beach Institute Philosophy
Founded in 1970, the Palm Beach Institute was the first private drug and alcohol treatment center in the state of Florida. As a leader in the 12-step, residential treatment model, the Institute offers medical detoxification, along with inpatient, transitional living and aftercare services for men, women and adolescent males. Recovery programs include individual and group counseling, peer support, anger management and relapse prevention.
Areas of Specialization
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.
I was so glad when I found the Palm Beach Institute for my son. It was his third facility and his dad and I were very discouraged. When we first saw the facility we were thrilled. It was so inviting and not like the “prison atmosphere” that was at the other two facilities. It looked comfortable but secure. He had the freedom to move around in the house where he was living which helped him deal with the recovery. Then once we met the counselors and the people who worked there, we knew that we had found a wonderful place. The counselors really knew how to talk to the clients and really knew what they were doing. They understood what our son was dealing with and that allowed him to respect what they said. They all seemed to have as big heart for what they were doing. When we left there after attending the family sessions with our son, we were so encouraged. Just hearing our son’s words and how he was thinking made our hearts sing with joy. I would recommend that anyone dealing with addiction try the Palm Beach Institute.
I was a patient at PBI several years ago, and was treated with respect and dignity. The experience was far beyond what I could have imagined! The staff were all courteous and respected my privacy, but didn't allow me to get in my own way during the whole process. They called me on my stuff, and made sure I was accountable for all my actions!
Every day, he is stronger and stronger. Every day he is more confident. And every day, he inspires someone. He is truly walking the walk now. His attitude is more positive than I've seen it in years, his drug tests have all been negative, and he is now celebrating 5 months clean! Although I know this will be his ongoing process, of taking one day at a time, I can't thank you enough for saving our son's life. My husband and I are forever grateful that we stumbled on your website when we did.
Meet the Staff
Kimberly Traxler, B.S.
Kimberly has her Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and is currently working on her Master’s of Science in Counseling Psychology at Palm Beach Atlantic University. Kimberly has been working in the Substance Abuse field for three years and her passion continues to grow as she understands the importance of reintegrating those with substance abuse issues back into society. She has had training in relapse prevention techniques, coping and life skills, domestic violence, and family systems. Kimberly is a passionate promoter for the client’s after care plan and making sure the client’s have the best possible chance at sobriety upon leaving treatment.
Kristina Dygulski, MA
Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern
Kristina has a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from South University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Florida Atlantic University. In addition, she is currently a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern in the state of Florida. As a Primary Adolescent Therapist at The Palm Beach Institute, Kristina works closely with her clients and their families. Utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Kristina’s eclectic approach allows her to make connections with her clients and facilitate change and growth. Kristina believes that in order to make impactful and lasting changes, one must examine their behaviors, cognitions, and family dynamics.
Paola C. Arrue, MSW
Registered Clinical Social Worker Intern
Paola C. Arrue, MSW, Registered Clinical Social Worker Intern is an adult Primary Therapist with Palm Beach Institute. Paola has been a Florida native since the age of four when she emigrated with her parents from Lima, Peru. She graduated from Wellington High School in Wellington, Florida, followed by her Bachelors in Social Work from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida with a specialization in geriatrics. She graduated with honors from Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida and received her Masters in Social Work. Paola’s passion has always been working with underserved populations.
As an alumni of the Palm Beach Institute, Rick returned to join our team as a Behavioral Health Technician. He now works in intake to help clients make the smooth transition into our program from the very start. Rick has developed a passion for helping clients achieve emotional wellness and regain their life free from substances. With his intensive experience of working with the adolescents in treatment, he has influenced many lives whether it be a client or their family. His personal experience and inquisitiveness of recovery has proven him to be a great asset. Outside of work, Rick is a positive role model in the sober community and enjoys his time reading and playing golf.
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ABOUT THE PALM BEACH INSTITUTE
Founded in 1970, The Palm Beach Institute (PBI) was the first private drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in South Florida. Housed in an oceanfront facility in sunny West Palm Beach, the center provides inpatient treatment, transitional living, and aftercare services for adults and adolescent males, including those with co-occurring mental health disorders. Additionally, The Palm Beach Institute offers on-site, medical detox and a three-day family program.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
For some, treatment at PBI begins with detoxification, and its detox center is staffed with medical professionals who monitor clients around the clock. To reduce withdrawal symptoms during the detox process, clients may be prescribed Suboxone or methadone.
Once stabilized, residents participate in 12-step and evidence-based programming that includes individual and group counseling, peer support, anger management, and relapse prevention. From there, clients may decide to enter the transitional living program, which offers structure and support through 12-step meetings while allowing clients to ease back into their day-to-day routines.
Aftercare, which consists of both individual and group counseling, is also available to inpatient treatment graduates. PBI’s family program involves family members in the recovery process through lectures on addiction, group discussion, coping skills education, and information about 12-step programs.
PBI’s multidisciplinary staff consists of master’s level therapists, mental health counselors, licensed alcohol and drug counselors, a registered nurse, and a case manager.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Located minutes from the Atlantic Ocean, PBI’s Olive House residential facility is a homelike residence cheerfully decorated and surrounded by tropical vegetation. Bedrooms are shared, and common areas are comfortably furnished and equipped with fireplaces and flat screen TVs.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Two alumni reviews polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing are lukewarm. One anonymous reviewer gave the facility’s accommodations, meals, and amenities five-star ratings, but provided only three stars for treatment effectiveness. This reviewer noted that family participation and 12-step treatment components were great with four out of five stars, but holistic and faith-based treatment options may be lacking.
E.R., who also awarded treatment effectiveness three out of five stars, gave higher ratings for accommodations and meals. She indicated exercise, leisure, and holistic offerings were lacking with two-star ratings, but gave the level of counselor training and experience five out of five stars. She reported experiencing a relapse after 30 days of treatment, but disclosed that she did not participate in aftercare services.
Reviews from alumni on Google yield mixed feedback. On Google, the facility received an average rating of 3.8 out of five stars from 14 reviews. While many reviewers left five-star ratings and commented on the supportive staff and great food, others felt staff members were unprofessional and inconsiderate. “They have an amazing staff that welcome you with open arms,” Abbie wrote to Google, while another alum, Steve wrote, “This Rehad facility is poorly run with a lack of professionalism and consideration for the families involved.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
A family member polled by Rehabs.com also provided a three-star rating for PBI’s treatment effectiveness. While the loved one gave holistic and leisure options four out of five stars, they indicated family participation may be lacking. In comments, the sibling appreciated being able to communicate with their brother daily, but felt there was not enough flexibility. “They let me call my brother every night. However, we couldn't call when we wanted to,” the anonymous loved one wrote.
WHAT STAFF SAY
While Rehabs.com has not received staff reviews at the time of this writing, feedback on Indeed is mixed with a collective three out of five stars based on three reviews. Of the three reviews on Indeed, two included complaints about being overworked and having an irregular schedule, as well as working under poor management.
PBI does not publish its rates, but the facility’s website lists a number of accepted insurances, including Aetna, Cigna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and others. According to the website, this facility also offers full and private-pay options for those who are uninsured or underinsured.
Updated February 2017
Published on April 2017
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