Beaches Recovery Philosophy
Beaches Recovery provides a comprehensive approach to overcoming chemical dependency, alcoholism, process addictions and co-occurring mental health disorders by providing nationally recognized evidence-based treatment options in a safe, confidential, and supportive environment. Our services consist of Extended Care Treatment, Primary Care Treatment, Outpatient Treatment, Family Programs, and Alumni Services.
Areas of Specialization
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.
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.
Meet the Staff
Bill Galer, LMFT
Bill Galer serves as Clinical Director at Beaches Recovery Services, LLC. Bill was first licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in 1998 in California where he worked in several outpatient and residential programs treating adolescents and adults. He maintained a private practice for several years before relocating to Jacksonville Florida in 2004. Bill continued to work in the mental health and addictions field as the Program Director for The Players Championship Village, a rehab and substance abuse treatment center located in Jacksonville.
Christine Kennedy is a registered Marriage and Family Therapy Intern and Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist in the state of Florida. She has experience in helping clients grapple with the effects of multiple diagnoses which include but are not limited to, substance abuse, chemical and behavioral addictions, trauma, depression, suicidal ideations, self-harm, eating disorders, sexual addictions, anxiety, and physical, sexual, and emotional abuse.
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ABOUT BEACHES RECOVERY
Located minutes from the beach on the outskirts of Jacksonville, Fla., Beaches Recovery offers residential, intensive outpatient (IOP), and partial hospitalization (PHP) programs for adults seeking treatment for substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. Specialized programs are available for specific substances, first responders, gender-specific groups, and executives. Medical detox is not available on-site, but the facility offers assistance through nearby detoxification centers.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Treatment at Beaches Recovery begins with an assessment over the phone or in person at the facility’s 24-hour intake center. Clients are assessed to identify their specific needs and to individualize treatment. Clients can also be referred by family members and other professionals. Clients must be adults (18+) and be physically capable of participating in treatment options. Interventions can be arranged as well to facilitate the start of treatment.
This facility uses a variety of evidence-based and holistic treatment modalities, and stresses that each treatment plan is highly individualized. Clients participate in therapy practices including 12-steps work. However, a non-12-steps approach is available as well. These traditional therapies are combined with holistic practices involving outdoor activity, community involvement, and physical activity to promote a full-body rehabilitation experience.
Treatment is gender-specific, and all programs include individual and group therapy, including evidence-based modalities such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). There’s also a family program, 12-step tracks, and holistic offerings such as equine therapy, drama/music therapy, as well as boating, bowling, and hiking therapy. The women’s program has a special focus on trauma, grief, sexual abuse, and body image issues. There are also specialized, discreet programs for first responders and executives.
Aside from the gender-specific options, specialized programs are available for target groups. First Responders and Executives are able to seek discrete and specialized services to facilitate a more effective recovery. These programs have limited numbers of participants, and focus on keeping participation confidential so that clients will not experience issues in their professional and personal lives.
Beaches Recovery also offers a Fresh Start DUI Program to help clients with legal issues navigate the rehab process and meet their legal requirements. Family participation is encouraged throughout treatment, and services are available to assist families.
The treatment team at Beaches Recovery consists of a clinical director, licensed marriage and family therapists, and licensed mental health counselors, one of whom is also a certified sexual addiction therapist. The facility is accredited by the Joint Commission.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Beaches Recovery is a 90-bed facility where clients share rooms, although some private rooms are available based on the program and availability. The facility has an open view of the ocean which is nearby. . Photos published on the facility’s website show homey décor, an outdoor pool, a kitchen, private bathrooms, and the facility reports that there’s access to outdoor training space. A Chef is on staff and dietary preferences can be accommodated. Separate living spaces are available for different groups although it is not clear how the space is divided amongst the different programs.
On Google, alum Irene claimed that "There are even a yoga, art and equine therapies patients can elect to be included in. Some of the adjunct fun activities include Top Golf, zip lining, canoeing, the list goes on. As intensive as this program is, it is also fun.”
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Rehabs.com has received over two dozen reviews from alumni at the time of this writing, most of which are positive.
The seven alumni polled on a range of 15 metrics gave high ratings, with averages of between 4.7 and 4.9 out of five stars for all metrics evaluated including exercise and leisure provisions, holistic treatment offerings, the connectivity to regular life and visitor policy during treatment, the level of family participation in treatment, available counseling options, and the staff's level of training and experience. In a representative review, alum S.A. wrote: “The staff is great, the facilities and houses are very nice and I have been sober ever since and my life has never been better.” Feeling welcomed and well cared for by the staff was another recurring strength listed by reviewers.
Yet several called out perceived faults with the staff and their level of professionalism and care. Alum M.H. indicated the “pictures are deceiving,” and Liam found treatment to be “very punishment focused.” Additionally, John cited a lack of communication, and P.K. complained that there were frequent tests for which the results were left unread. Alum M.J. noted that the facility “is a scam!!”
On Google, the facility earned an average of four out of five stars from 52 reviews to date.  Alumni praised the facility’s location and the therapists on staff. In a representative review, alum Irene mentioned the "beautiful beach setting" and "immaculate new condos." Describing her weekly routine and the variety of holistic offerings, she wrote: “I was assigned a weekly one on one therapy session alongside a small 5 day a week morning therapy group. There is a very good balance of specialized therapy treatment time and fun activities designed specifically to experience sober living fun."
On its official Facebook page, which the facility can manage, Beaches Recovery received 4.8 out of five stars from 17 reviews.  Sixteen of the reviews were five out of five stars. The single one out of five star review was written by a parent who’s son overdosed at the facility. In a representative review, alum Brittany wrote: “The staff is friendly, clients have the opportunity to do many team building outings such as volleyball, surfing,equine therapy, ropes course, and so much more. They teach you the coping skills that we all need to be successful in our sobriety.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Rehabs.com has received feedback from five loved ones to date whose ratings for treatment effectiveness average 3.2 out of five stars.
Affordability received an average of four out of five stars. “Very holistic. It was very nice.. but it was a bit pricey,” one loved one wrote. Also, a positive review from J.W. reported that “The staff was so helpful and communication was awesome.” The level of staff experience received an average of five out of five stars.
Several loved ones had less positive experiences to report. Angela, the wife of a former client, cited a lack of supervision, and Christopher called the place unprofessional based on his wife’s experience.
WHAT STAFF SAY
At the time of this writing, four staff members have submitted feedback about Beaches Recovery to Rehabs.com. Their feedback was mixed.
Although all staff members awarded the facility five out of five stars for treatment effectiveness, accommodations, and meals, one of the staff members was less impressed. They offered only two out of five stars for holistic options, family participation, cost worthiness, and the staff’s level of training and experience, citing poor client supervision and communication.
Despite this criticism, staff members seemed to enjoy their work. Staff member D.M. wrote: “Employees and clients are treated like family and we are one large community.”
Beaches Recovery accepts most private insurance plans, including Aetna, Cigna, and BlueCross. The facility’s website features an online insurance verification form.
Published on December 2017
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