Waters Edge Recovery Philosophy
At Waters Edge Recovery, each guest is treated as an individual, with a customized treatment plan designed around the current needs and recovery lifestyle that each guest has chosen. There is a strong focus toward the future and in finding a genuine, personal purpose for their lives. Emphasis is placed on respect and compassion towards self and others and on the innate strengths and aspirations each of our guests possess and can be helped to be guided by.
Areas of Specialization
This term describes one-on-one therapy, in which a patient and trained counselor, social worker, psychologist or psychiatrist meets privately with a patient to discuss challenges related to lifestyle, work, family and romantic relationships that may have contributed to the development of an addiction.
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.
Meet the Staff
Dr. Joanna VanVleet
JoAnna VanVleet, D.O., is Board Certified in Psychiatry and Neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and a Fellow with the American Psychiatric Association. She attended Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, subsequently graduating with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Chemistry from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. Dr. VanVleet graduated from Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Dr. VanVleet completed her four year psychiatric internship and residency training through Henry Ford Behavioral Health System in Detroit, Michigan. She completed a year-long fellowship with subsequent certification in Electroconvulsive Therapy. Dr. VanVleet is the Medical Director for
Waters Edge Recovery Center in Stuart, Florida as well Florida Psychiatry Associates, an outpatient
private practice in St. Lucie West, Florida serving the entire East Coast of Florida as well as Central
Dr. VanVleet is a member of the American Psychiatric Association and serves on several committees on behalf of the Florida Psychiatric Society. She is also a member of The American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry and American Society of Addiction Medicine.
Dr. VanVleet is married and resides in the St. Lucie West area. She enjoys reading, gardening, cooking, traveling, exercising, and other activities with family and friends.
Iesha is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and a certified Masters Addiction Counselor. She is a United States Veteran whose passion for treating those struggling with addiction grew as she witnessed fellow service members as they lost those things that they most valued in their lives as a result of their struggles. She also spent years overseas as a civilian assisting military members and families whose struggles were negatively impacting their overall wellbeing.
Iesha’s expertise is used to assist individuals with becoming aware of their thinking-patterns, how these patterns affect their lives, and promote change, where change is best for a healthier life.
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ABOUT WATERS EDGE RECOVERY
As its name suggests, Waters Edge Recovery is situated on the waterfront, alongside the St. Lucie River in Stuart, Fla. The facility serves adults who are struggling with substance abuse issues, including those with co-occurring mental health disorders. Treatment options include a partial hospitalization program (PHP) and an intensive outpatient program (IOP), along with sober living. The facility also offers medically-assisted detox.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Treatment is tailored to each client’s needs, although a typical rehab program lasts 28 to 45 days. During this time, clients can learn about the nature of addiction, develop their spirituality, or be introduced to the 12-Steps. All clients participate in individual therapy, group counseling, and family therapy.
Waters Edge promotes a holistic approach to recovery. Treatment therefore incorporates yoga, exercise, art and music therapy, meditation, and recreational activities including basketball and ping pong.
Clients in the IOP program take part in nine hours of group activities, workshops, and one-on-one counseling each week and may live in Water Edge’s housing if they choose. Topics covered include relapse prevention skills, how to manage urges and cravings, and others. The program encourages continued employment and community service.
There are also gendered programs for men, women, and young men, and specialized programs for business executives, first responders, healthcare workers, seniors, and chronic relapsers.
Waters Edge’s treatment team includes a medical director, a program director, a clinical director, a trained nutritionist and dietician, and a life coach, along with master’s level therapists and certified addiction counselors.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Waters Edge has rooms with two beds each, and select rooms having a waterfront view Guests can enjoy outdoor seating areas, which offer views of the St. Lucie River. Waters Edge is comfortably furnished with lounge areas and maintains some exercise equipment, but guests are also allowed to use a nearby fitness club.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Alumni reviews for Waters Edge are extremely positive, with 14 alumni to date rating the facility four and five stars out of five for its treatment effectiveness, accommodations and amenities, and meals and nutrition. All three alumni polled on additional metrics such as the holistic treatment offerings, the staff’s level of experience and training, the connectivity/visitor policy, the cleanliness, the affordability, and the counseling options each gave five out of five stars in all categories.
Alumni comments praised the facility’s serene atmosphere and high-quality care. Alum Elio wrote: “Beautiful place with people that care and make you part of a family.” The only negative review criticized the facility’s high cost.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Three loved ones polled by Rehabs.com to date also recommended Waters Edge highly, rating it mostly five and a couple times four out of five stars in treatment effectiveness, accommodations and amenities, and meals and nutrition. Comments praised the staff and soothing atmosphere, although one criticized the facility for its high cost and the other two described its housing and communications between loved ones as merely “okay.”
WHAT STAFF SAY
Two staff members recommended Waters Edge without reservation, with one rating it five stars in treatment effectiveness, accommodations and amenities, and meals and nutrition. Staff member P.H.M. wrote: “The treatment team are experience, professional and exceptionally talented.”
Waters Edge does not publish its rates online, but its official website notes that most major insurance providers are accepted.
Updated March 2017
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