The Recovery Village Philosophy
The Recovery Village believes that all individuals with the desire to seek treatment should be provided with the highest quality care at a reasonable rate. A highly credentialed, multi-disciplinary treatment team delivers exceptional client care in the areas of substance abuse, mental health and eating disorders. The team employs clinical treatment best practices as well as a holistic approach to ensure our clients receiver well-rounded and effective care. The Recovery Village focuses on both singular and dual diagnosis (substance dependence with eating disorders) to eliminate the need for patients to move from one facility to another to treat separate diagnosis. The Recovery Village provides a highly professional atmosphere with positive reinforcement to help clients achieve – and maintain – sobriety.
Areas of Specialization
Clients receive individualized care in a luxurious residential facility for maximum comfort during recovery. Program offerings provided include 24-hour supervision, medication management, recreational therapy, yoga classes, individual counseling, group therapy, and more.
The Recovery Village’s aftercare planning program enables clients to establish effective strategies for relapse prevention prior to discharge. Clients identify meaningful coping skills and support systems to ensure long-lasting sobriety upon the completion of treatment.
We believe that we want our clients to have the opportunity to be treated by credentialed, qualified, skilled staff with many years of experience in the field of substance abuse, mental health, and eating disorders.
The Recovery Village team begins with comprehensive assessments, supports evidence-based interventions and comprehensive discharge planning with the goals of lasting recovery, one step at a time. Our multidisciplinary team approach is key to our foundations.
Affordable luxury and serenity in a location where true recovery is possible. Minutes to Orlando, Florida and set at the entrance to Ocala National Forest.
Meet the Staff
Allison Kreiger Walsh, JD
VP of Business Development and Branding
Allison graduated cum laude from the University of Florida in 2006 with a degree in Public Relations and a concentration in Event Management. In 2008, she received a professional broadcasting certification from the Connecticut School of Broadcasting. In 2012, Allison graduated cum laude from Florida A&M University’s College of Law and accepted a position with a nationally recognized hospital system based in Central Florida. Now, as the Vice President of Business Development and Branding at The Recovery Village, Allison is continuing to make good on the promise she made years ago. Allison oversees the center’s marketing and business development program, lending her expertise to develop, coordinate and implement initiatives designed to expand The Recovery Village’s healing reach.
Dr. Heather Luing
After graduating from medical school at the University of Florida, Dr. Luing completed a residency in psychiatry followed by a fellowship in forensic psychiatry. She is dual boarded in each specialty. Her career began in community mental health where she quickly moved into executive leadership, serving as medical director and later as chief medical officer of a large, two-county community health center. Dr. Luing enjoys the combination of direct patient care together with the ability to provide leadership and direction from a medical perspective. Her past position provided experience in addiction medicine as she supervised a busy detox unit as well as both adult and adolescent residential substance abuse treatment facilities. Eating disorders became of particular interest during her participation in the Weight/Disordered Eating rotations while at the University of Florida. Nationally, she is sought after as a speaker on topics of mental health and pharmacology.
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ABOUT THE RECOVERY VILLAGE
Located in the small Central Florida town of Umatilla, The Recovery Village offers residential treatment for men and women struggling with substance abuse and eating disorders. Medical detoxification services and dual diagnosis treatment for co-occurring mental health disorders are both offered on-site. Clients from across the country undergo rehabilitation at The Recovery Village’s main facility in Umatilla as well as in additional Florida, California, and Washington locations.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Intake begins with a thorough bio-psychosocial assessment. Detox is typically followed by up to 45 days of residential or day treatment, continued outpatient treatment, transitional living as needed, and individualized aftercare. Some clients may receive medication assisted therapy.
Progress toward a goal of holistic health comes through a program that combines evidence-based treatment modalities with experiential therapies. Each day integrates educational, individual, and group sessions which may include cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, motivational interviewing, 12-step meetings, meditation, equine therapy, nutritional counseling, gender-specific treatment, and fitness therapies.
Therapy focuses on an array of topics relevant to recovery such as grief, assertiveness, trauma, relationships, and smoking cessation. Family participation is encouraged and phone sessions can be arranged for those unable to visit the facility.
The treatment staff includes medical professionals and licensed addiction counselors. Among the team’s credentials are board certification in forensic and general psychiatry and master’s level social work degrees. Most leaders have more than two decades of experience working in behavioral health services and many employees are in recovery.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Staff members assist clients in arranging for travel to the facility. The Umatilla facility is located close to Orlando, Daytona Beach, and the Villages, just outside the Ocala National Forest.
Small ponds, trees, meditation spaces, courtyard meeting spots, a pool, and a basketball hoop support clients’ recovery through outdoor activities. Indoors, clients share rooms and gather in comfortably furnished lounges. A gym, martial arts classes, massage services, and chef-prepared meals are provided.
According to its website, the program is able to accommodate most needs of clients with disabilities.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
About 25 reviews published on Rehabs.com were split evenly between positive and negative. In an exceptionally balanced review, N.C. wrote: “The food is good but restricted [...] Some staff is amazing. some not so much [...] The place isn’t dirty, but it’s not luxury by any means.” Reviewers frequently praised the staff’s accessibility and empathy. Repeated complaints targeted inadequate dual diagnosis treatment, and disorganization.
All five alumni surveyed by Rehabs.com rated the program worth its cost and would recommend it. Each one gave high ratings to metrics measuring accommodations, staff experience, and holistic therapy opportunities. The facility’s policy regulating connection with the outside world during rehab received the lowest rating, an average of three out of five stars.
James and Aaron both described the program in positive terms as necessarily strict. Aaron wrote: “The time I spent at TRV was some of the most rewarding and painstaking work I’ve ever done. It wasn’t easy and there were times I wanted to give up and thought very ill of their methods. I might not have gotten what I wanted initially in a treatment facility, but in the end it was apparent I got what I needed.” T.Q. and another alum of an affiliated facility in Orlando criticized the program as overly restrictive.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Rehabs.com gathered detailed data from five loved ones and additional friends and family members wrote reviews. Factors receiving mediocre ratings included connectivity, family participation, counseling options, and nutrition. Metrics measuring the staff, however, tended to average higher ratings. Reviewers particularly described staff members as caring and helpful.
Two parents, reviewing the Orlando facility, criticized the facility for its failure to provide what prior communications had promised.
WHAT STAFF SAY
Two employees expressed concern about a chaotic work and service environment. Brian wrote: “I am a former nurse...the clients run the roost…and the inexperienced staff cannot control.”
The Recovery Village accepts most private insurance plans. The facility’s website emphasizes both affordability and luxury.
Updated February 2017
Published on February 2017
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