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River Oaks Treatment Center Philosophy
Servicing the greater Tampa area, River Oaks fully understands that each of our patients is an individual with individual needs. This is why we offer both personalized treatment programs as well as a continuum of care with several different levels of treatment, including medical detox, inpatient rehab, residential treatment and more. You can move through different levels of care as you progress in your recovery without having to leave River Oaks. We are focused entirely on offering you a customized plan of care that ensures your needs are met and that you have the best possible shot at long-term recovery.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, substance use disorders are primarily treated with counseling and behavioral therapies.We understand that therapies are extremely effective for treating addiction. We also understand that different people respond better to different types of therapies based on a number of variables, such as time spent in treatment, presence of co-occurring disorders, and the types of drugs abused. As such, we offer a full spectrum of therapies that allow our clients the privilege to receive the best care possible for their needs as well as the opportunity to refocus their lives in the way that is most effective for them.
Our facility offers a number of features and amenities that range from equine-assisted psychotherapy to massage, art, and music therapy —all of which have been found to be effective for individuals recovering from addiction and trauma. In addition, we offer private and semi-private rooms, full beds with pillow-top mattresses, and other perks to make your stay as comfortable as possible. We want to give you all the necessary tools to allow you to relax and to focus first and foremost on your recovery.
We know just how important it is to remain connected to support when you leave rehab. River Oaks will not leave you searching for support after your treatment is over. Our staff is dedicated to helping you build an appropriate aftercare program before you leave our facility and providing you with the support you will need during your next several months
and years in recovery.Your aftercare planning begins the moment you enter treatment, and when you leave you’ll do so with a plan in hand.
Areas of Specialization
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.
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.
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.
Meet the Staff
Jeff Turiczek has more than 25 years of experience in the behavioral healthcare field operating everything from intensive mental health, dual diagnosis, addiction facilities and psychiatric hospitals both acute and residential. As a former executive board member for the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, he helped shape behavioral healthcare laws in the state for juveniles caught up in the criminal system. His strengths include creating a strong leadership team culture of care that leads to long term success.
Michael J. Murphy
With over 20 years of clinical experience in psychiatry, Dr. Michael Murphy, MD, MPH, is a valuable asset to the West Florida community and American Addiction Centers family. Prior to coming to River Oaks in 2018, Dr. Murphy served as the national medical director for Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) Behavioral Health Services and, over the course of 12 years, held several leadership positions for a number of psychiatric hospitals and medical centers in Tennessee.
Dr. Murphy is a renowned expert in the diagnosis and treatment of major mental illness and substance abuse disorders with extensive experience leading initiatives in patient safety, violence prevention, integrated care, and medical comorbidity. He is a member of the American Psychiatric Association and author of Blueprints in Psychiatry, a textbook for medical students, the sixth edition of which was published in 2018. Dr. Murphy’s experience also includes servicing on the faculty of Harvard Medical School’s Consolidated Department of Psychiatry and as the medical director of the Appleton long-term treatment program at Mclean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts for 8 years.
Dr. Murphy’s strong passion for treating trauma, mood disorders, and substance use disorders is exemplified through his clinical care in which he combines sound psychiatric reasoning with a positive relational spirit.
As River Oak’s medical director, Dr. Murphy oversees the clinical team ensures each patient receives the high-quality care that they deserve and that will help set them on the path to long-term recovery. Dr. Murphy’s approach is exemplified in Francis Wed Peabody’s quote, “…the secret of the care of the patient is caring for the patient.”
Associate Medical Director
“People do recover; you just have to believe in yourself and want it bad enough to do it.”
Since 2016, Dr. Abbas Sina has treated those struggling with addiction in the Tampa area and beyond as the associate medical director of River Oaks Treatment Center. Prior to joining the River Oaks family, Sina spent nearly 30 years of his career as an ER doctor specializing in internal medicine.
In 2012, Dr. Sina’s career path shifted as he immersed himself in the field of addiction medicine. Having struggled with his own issues with addiction for decades, he was inspired by his own personal experience (and the fellow physicians who helped him regain control of his life) to work to help others who are struggling. As of February 11, 2018, Dr. Sina celebrates 7 years in recovery and remains an active participant in 12-step programs. His experience allows him to better understand his patients and their struggles with addiction on a more intimate level.
In his spare time, Dr. Sina enjoys skiing, snowboarding, and scuba diving. Dr. Sina is also a certified general aviation pilot and frequently rents planes to fly leisurely.
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ABOUT RIVER OAKS
Owned and operated by American Addiction Centers (AAC), River Oaks treatment center provides holistic, evidence-based treatment to individuals struggling with substance use or 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.
Three levels of residential and outpatient care are available at this center, along with medically monitored detoxification is available on-site.
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 (EMDR), and Seeking Safety. Experiential therapies offered include equine, art and music.
In addition to residential care, a partial hospitalization program (PHP) or day program 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. In Florida, 98.4 percent of substance abuse treatment facilities have continuing education requirements for staff, as of the year 2016.
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 who prepares gourmet meals.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Feedback from the 26 alumni submitted to Rehabs.com at the time of this writing was perfectly mixed, with 13 positive reviews and 13 negative reviews.
One of the most frequently referenced points in these 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 noted that the program’s therapy workbooks were not available during her first two weeks in treatment, and Robert wrote, "Very unorganized," adding, "The first three days there I couldn\'t find out hardly any info from staff. After talking with other clients I found out this was the norm rather than the exception." Even Yvonne, in an overall positive review, relayed how the nurses discharged her "with incorrect and missing medication." A second alum complained about her experience with discharge procedures as well, feeling that the staff was "more worried about getting paperwork done for discharge rather than caring about what happened after discharge."
Many of the favorable reviews represented the staff as caring and accommodations as high quality, and nine former clients rated the effectiveness of treatment received four or five stars out of five. One former client referred to the program as "exceptional," another praised facility for being "a professional place" with "great activities to do," and a third was grateful for the "comfortable community." However, two critical reviewers complained of not enough one-on-one access to their therapists, three reported issues with cleanliness, and another three commented that their experience did not match what they expected from marketing materials. Former client complained about the cost and U.D. warned that this facility, "over sells, manipulates, and offends it's clients/patients."
Secondary sites yielded much more positive feedback to date. The facility's Facebook page, which the facility has the ability to manage, showcases a 4.4-star average from 47 users. "Beautiful Facility" and "Sold Groups" are two positive sentiments written by J.J. and shared by most reviewers. "Great client care. This is a phenomenal program with loving staff," former client J.P. wrote in another representative comment.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
All seven reviews submitted to Rehabs.com by loved ones were extremely negative to date. Feedback was in line with alumni comments regarding misleading marketing, overwhelmed staff members, and inadequate treatment for co-occurring conditions. The most widespread complaint was about the facility's connectivity policy and the overall inability to get in contact with their loved ones. The parent of a client expressed frustration at trying to contact her son, only to be "transferred around before (she) got voicemail. No one bothered to call back." Another loved one, Dennise, gave low, one-star ratings to treatment effectiveness, safety, and whether or not the treatment was worth the cost. "My loved one feels like she didn't get any thing at this center but more problems to deal with once she got out I feel the same," Dennise added, in a representative response.
At the time of this writing, family and friends on Google, where the has 3.9 stars from 79 users, were much more pleased with their loved ones' experiences. The staff, the facility upkeep, and the range of activities are all praised. "I am so thankful for this facility. My husband has returned home a different person. Happy and sober. He made friends there that he still keeps in touch with and they support one another," S.S. wrote in a representative response on Google.
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 March 2018
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