Treatment Center Setting
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- Beach Community
Ambrosia Treatment Center - West Palm Beach Philosophy
Ambrosia has earned an industry-leading reputation for quality care. Located on the palm-tree lined intercostal waterways, the West Palm center offers comprehensive addiction treatment. Ambrosia provides safety and comfort while facilitating medical, therapeutic and holistic healing. Clients acquire the tools to build a solid foundation for a fulfilling and productive life without alcohol or drugs. While other treatment centers talk about individualized treatment plans, the concept is fully ingrained into everything Ambrosia does. The facility is committed to complete, lasting recovery.
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.
Outpatient treatment describes all addiction treatment that is not residential. Patients live at home while undergoing rehab.
Patients who undergo intensive outpatient treatment continue to live at home and sometimes go to school or work while participating in a highly structured treatment protocol that is focused on ending substance abuse. Programs vary in terms of how much treatment patients receive, how often and for how long. Some facilities design individualized intensive outpatient treatment programs.
Trauma & Associative Awareness Therapy (AAT)
Associative Awareness Therapy (AAT) uses the brain’s innate ability to adapt to change in a healing way, essentially “retraining” the brain to respond differently to familiar memories of trauma or pain.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR is a highly specific, research-validated form of therapy that can help people overcome traumatic stress, anxiety and depression. With EMDR, a trained practitioner uses bilateral stimulation, eye movement and touch to stimulate parts of the brain as a patient recounts certain experiences and memories as a way to more thoroughly process uncomfortable, painful feelings.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
The focus of cognitive behavioral therapy (also called CBT) is helping people to understand the thoughts and emotions that underlie their addiction with the goal of learning new, healthier and more productive ways to understand and express themselves.
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.
Creative Arts Therapy
Writing, making art or engaging in theater can be deeply therapeutic for people working to recover from addiction. Many facilities offer one or several forms of creative arts therapy as a way to help patients learn to express their feelings in productive ways.
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.
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.
Some facilities have an addiction treatment protocol that all patients or clients are expected to follow, while others customize or individualize treatment based on a person’s unique needs and circumstances. Factors that may affect treatment decisions include age, lifestyle, medical conditions, type of drug, religious beliefs, etc.
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.
Though not all rehab facilities offer “medical detoxification,” all people with an addiction to drugs or alcohol will experience intense physical and emotional changes and discomfort as their bodies react to withdrawal of the addictive substance. Many people use the term “detox” to refer to the period of time (ranging from a few days to a week) when the body is reacting to an addict’s decision to stop using.
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.
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.
Client & Family Support Groups
Group therapy is a vital component of addiction recovery treatment, considered as important and effective (sometimes even more so) than individual therapy. Benefits include reducing isolation and loneliness and providing the opportunity to learn from others in recovery. In the addiction setting, group therapy is run by trained professionals who guide participants toward a shared goal of recovery.
Ambrosia has an amazing staff who always go above and beyond. This facility really stands out from the rest due to their dedication to helping not only people with substance abuse problems, but also help their loved ones get through this difficult time.
Ambrosia was there for me when I was at a very dark place in my life. They were very responsive, knowledgeable and always available to help me. Without their help I don't know what I would have done. Ambrosia was fantastic and all the staff was great.
I can't say enough good things about Ambrosia. This place literally saved my life. This was my fourth treatment, and never before have I felt so cared about. The staff here helped me through all of my problems. Not just addiction, but also the root causes of my addiction. I've never felt so sure about my future plans, and it's nice knowing I now have the tools to fight this battle the right way. This place is amazing, and I will always be grateful for everything they did for me.
Meet the Staff
Dotty Lerum CAC, ICADC, LICDC
"Dotty" has been working in the field of addiction since 1977. Through several industry certifications, she maintains the highest international and Flordia-specific standards for addiction professionals.
“I care about each and every client, but I don't accept excuses. It's often been years lying, denying and manipulating. This is where those behaviors end. Once they get on the right path, they just have to keep walking."
Duy Nguyen DO
Dr. Nguyen is a graduate of Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences and completed his psychiatric residency training at Palm Beach Consortium for Graduate Medical Education. Dr. Nguyen has served the South Florida community since 2012 and has extensive inpatient, residential and outpatient experience in drug detox, addiction and mental health.
“I believe in a comprehensive, holistic treatment approach which focuses on integrating and enhancing spiritual, mental, and physical health.”
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ABOUT AMBROSIA TREATMENT CENTER – WEST PALM BEACH
One of three Florida-based facilities run by Ambrosia Treatment Center, the location in sunny West Palm Beach, Fla. offers residential treatment for those struggling with substance abuse. The rehab accepts adult men and women, including individuals with co-occurring disorders, and is part of the 11.7 percent of non-hospital facilities to offer residential-based detox services on-site.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Ambrosia’s treatment philosophy is based on a traditional 12-step model supplemented with holistic therapies. The facility focuses on treating the whole person, using a holistic approach that incorporates nutrition, physical exercise, yoga, massage, hydrotherapy, and meditation. The facility is also one of 76 facilities in the state to offer acupuncture treatment. Clients also take part in comprehensive medical and psychiatric assessments.
Clients participate in group therapy twice a day and individual therapy once a day, as well as workshops on life skills, relapse prevention, and anger management. They also attend 12-step meetings and are encouraged to find temporary sponsors while in treatment.
A specialized trauma program incorporates mindfulness, psychodrama, and meditation into its treatment groups, and a monthly family program offers education and counseling. Other activities include yoga, art therapy, and employment counseling.
Detox lasts approximately three to 10 days, while the residential program is 14 to 35 days. Continuing care and alumni support are also available, which includes 24/7 support and bi-weekly group meetings.
Ambrosia’s treatment team is comprised of clinical therapists, case managers, licensed psychiatrists, registered nurses, recovery coaches, discharge coordinators and wellness representatives. The program boasts a staff-to-client ratio of 3:1. Like 30.4 percent of facilities in Florida, Ambrosia is certified by the Joint Comission. To date, the eight individuals polled on the matter praised the staff's aptitude.
Staff Experience and Training: 4.1/5
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Ambrosia’s West Palm Beach location houses up to 36 residents at a time in modern residences with large bathrooms, full kitchens, and comfortable living areas furnished with flat-screen TVs. Amenities include an on-site fitness center and a swimming pool, as well as outdoor areas where group sessions are held. The eight individuals polled to date on the center's cleanliness gave excellent reviews.
Cleanliness and Upkeep: 4.6/5
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Ambrosia Treatment Center’s West Palm Beach location has received very positive reviews from alumni to date, indicated they'd highly recommend the facility. The six alumni also praised the facility's holistic offerings and amount of family participation.
Holistic Offerings: 4.8/5
Likelihood to Recommend: 4.5/5
Family Participation: 4.5
The quality of the staff was a recurring topic of praise across reviews, as well as the accommodations. “Small group and therapists/counselors experienced and well trained,” A.M wrote, while K.C. added: “Amazing staff. They really give a lot of attention to the individual and the family.” In regards to the facility, Lisa felt "Accommodations nice, grocery shop and cook for ourselves, near the beach."
Reviews on third-party sites were equally positive, as 53 individuals gave an average rating of 4.7 out of five stars. "Changed my life for the better and i’m so happy with the life I live today," wrote T.M. "From the facility to the environment and especially the staff! Always willing to help out in anyway they can and always go above and beyond what they’re asked to do!"
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Loved ones polled by Rehabs.com to date also gave glowing reviews. Loved ones openly appreciated the amount of support and attention they received from staff. Kathe wrote to Rehabs.com, "This was the only facility that reached out to the parents and made us feel that what we were going through mattered as well," while Darla commended the “very personal and caring staff.”
Loved one K.K. echoed these opinions, awarding a perfect five-star rating for the facility's family program and four stars for the amount of family participation. "I found that Ambrosia cared about my son and about me as his mother," she wrote.
WHAT STAFF SAY
However, the single staff member surveyed by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing rated the treatment effectiveness only one out of five stars and felt there were no strengths. However, the staff member gave moderate three-star ratings for the facility's counseling options, holistic offerings, and the staff's level of experience and training.
Ambrosia Treatment Centter accepts private insurance including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, ValueOptions, Cigna, AmeriHealth, and United HealthCare. To date, the eight survey respondents polled on the matter appreciated the facility's cost.
Published on February 2019
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