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River Oaks Philosophy
River Oaks provides a compassionate, comprehensive, and quality recovery experience for adults in the Tampa, Florida area who are battling substance addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders. Treatment programs focus on empowering clients with hope for recovery by looking at the totality of the person – spirituality, mindset, and physical wellbeing. By taking into consideration their special life circumstances surrounding the alcohol or drug addiction, they develop personalized treatment plans and recovery goals for clients.
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.
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.
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.
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ABOUT RIVER OAKS
Owned and operated by American Addiction Centers (AAC), River Oaks provides holistic, evidence-based treatment to individuals struggling with substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders. Set just outside Tampa, Fla., the rehab center supports spiritual, physical, and psychological recovery through AAC’s in-house-developed curriculum, physical activity, meditation, and rest. Medically monitored detoxification is available on-site along with three levels of residential and outpatient care.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Following a physical, psychological, and social assessment, each client begins a plan of treatment which is adjusted as necessary throughout the rehabilitative process to provide the best care. The facility’s website emphasizes the goal of empowering clients in their recovery.
If detox is necessary the five- to seven-day drug-specific, medically monitored process is provided in a dedicated section of the residential facilities. During the withdrawal process, therapists also work with clients to address related mood and behavioral health concerns.
The length of stay for residential treatment varies, but 90 days is the typical recommendation. All programs incorporate 12-step concepts with the “Embracing Change: Recovery for Life” workbook-based curriculum, which features an array of information about addiction, reflection exercises, and therapeutic practices. Depending on clinicians’ recommendations, clients may participate in cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, or trauma-informed modalities such as eye movement desensitization reprocessing and Seeking Safety. Experiential therapies offered include equine, art and music.
In addition to residential care, a partial hospitalization or day program (PHP) and an intensive outpatient program (IOP) are available. The PHP meets for six to eight hours a day most days of the week and prioritizes helping clients to transition back to life outside of rehab, through sober recreation and building support systems. Similarly, IOP clients meet three to seven days each week, but for just three hour spans. River Oaks staff members also work with each client to develop aftercare plans and can provide referrals to sober living services.
The treatment team includes physicians, nurses, master’s level therapists, licensed social workers, and behavioral health technicians, according to job descriptions accessible through the facility’s website.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The River Oaks campus is described on its website as retreat-like. Photographs feature modern, comfortably furnished meeting and bedrooms, a beautiful lawn and gardens with multiple outdoor seating areas, and a basketball court. The staff includes a personal trainer and professional chef.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Of sixteen alumni reviews submitted to Rehabs.com at the time of this writing, 10 were positive and six were negative.
One of the most frequently referenced points in both sets of reviews is the relative newness of the facility. In a representative comment regarding disorganization, alum T.T. wrote: “This is a new facility. They have not worked out the kinks. There is not enough staff.” Angela wrote that the program’s therapy workbooks were not available during her first two weeks in treatment. On the other hand, Jim acknowledged the facility’s understaffing but characterized employees as dedicated and the program as life-saving.
About half the favorable reviews represented the staff as caring and accommodations as high quality. However, three critical reviewers reported issues with cleanliness and another three commented that their experience did not match what they expected from marketing materials. Two also expressed frustration with discharge procedures
Half a dozen former clients rated the effectiveness of treatment received four or five stars out of five. Two alumni complained of not enough one-on-one access to their therapists.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
All five reviews submitted to Rehabs.com by loved ones were negative. Feedback was in line with alumni comments regarding misleading marketing, overwhelmed staff members, inadequate treatment for co-occurring conditions, and unresponsiveness.
According to the facility’s website, treatment is covered by many commercial insurance plans and staff members are available to assist clients in verifying benefits. Private pay and payment plans can be arranged. Graduates can also take advantage of AAC’s Brand Promise, which states that individuals who experience relapse after successfully completing a 90-day treatment program may be eligible for an additional 30 days of treatment free of charge.
Published on June 2017
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