The Watershed - Palm Beaches Philosophy
With a mission focused on freeing clients from their addictions, the Watershed approach is that drug and alcohol addiction and co-occurring psychiatric disorders are treatable illnesses. Treatment—using 12-step programs and individual, group and family therapy—is specialized for women, men, young professionals and families. Peer support and relationships are also emphasized as extremely important in establishing the foundation for recovery.
Areas of Specialization
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.
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.
Meet the Staff
Christopher Crosby has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Watershed Addiction Treatment Programs since 2004. As one of the original founders of The Watershed, Mr. Crosby has worked in addiction treatment for over 30 years. Originally trained as a nurse, he has worked in most clinical areas of treatment as a behavioral health technician, crisis intervention counselor, detoxification and psychiatric nurse, group psychotherapist, and interventionist. He transitioned from direct patient care into administration and business development over a decade ago.
Dr. Michael Slifer
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ABOUT THE WATERSHED — PALM BEACHES
The Watershed operates two residential facilities: one in Texas and this one in Boynton Beach, Florida. The Boynton facilities serves adult men and women and young adults with addiction and co-occurring disorders
Programs for inpatient and outpatient treatment, are available, as is medical detoxification, sober-living facilities, and a specialized treatment program for professionals.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
The Watershed offers gender-specific addiction treatment programs that are individualized to the client's needs. Specialized treatment tracks for dealing with grief and trauma are offered as needed.
Clients will meet daily with a psychologist, psychiatrist, or another professional. Treatment is rooted in the 12-steps and includes individual and group counseling, addiction education, and life-skills training courses. The Watershed also provides anger-management groups, medication management, and relapse-prevention.
The young adult program for clients 18 to 30 provides long-term treatment and gradual re-integration into daily sober living. The professionals’ program does the same and helps clients continue their careers following treatment.
Partial hospitalization programming (PHP) meets daily and includes counseling.
The Watershed supports alumni with extended care options, aftercare planning, and alumni activities.
The Watershed employs medical doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists, registered nurses, recovery counselors, and behavioral health technicians. The facility has a psychiatrist-to-client ratio of 1:18 and a therapist-to-client ratio of 1:5.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The Watershed offers meals created by a chef, a pool, and a fitness center. Clients will do yoga, go on beach trips, and have access to games.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
More than 60 alumni reviews submitted to Rehabs.com to date were mostly positive, with alumni citing life-saving treatment and leaving five- and four-star ratings for treatment effectiveness. Positive reviewers praised staff and overall treatment.
A.R. wrote in a representative review: "Their clinical team, supported by great behavioral health technicians, was warm and embracing. They delivered me a comprehensive treatment approach that gave me the breakthroughs necessary to get sober and remain sober."
Approximately 15 reviewers left negative feedback concerning treatment at the Watershed. Some felt that the Watershed has falsely advertised promised amenities and programs. "They said they could handle my medical issues and could not," L.A. wrote. Others disliked that some staff members were in recovery themselves. Several criticized aftercare offerings.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Most reviews submitted by approximately 20 loved ones at the time of this writing were positive. Positive reviewers lauded communication with loved ones and friendly and caring staff.
Seven loved ones polled by Rehabs.com gave The Watershed's family participation an average rating of 4.29 out of five stars and staff experience and training 4.67 out of five stars. They also collectively gave high marks to counseling options (4.5 out of five stars), exercise and leisure offerings (4.42), and the cleanliness of the facility (4.57).
"You are kept up to date of your loved ones progress AND failures," one anonymous reviewer wrote in a representative review. "You are treated as an inportant part of the treatment and cure."
However, three loved ones felt that the center focused on making money while some reviewers felt treatment could have been better.
WHAT STAFF SAY
Three staff members gave The Watershed mostly negative feedback. Two indicated that staff were not treated well. Staffer L.B. commented: "Despicable patient and staff care. Everything from patient care, to ethics, to terrible working conditions, are horrible." “The staff are taken advantage of,” R.D. wrote.
Employee Steve called staff "nice" and appreciated the facility being "sympathetic to people with criminal records."
The Watershed doesn't accept Medicare or Medicaid but takes most insurance plans including PPO and HMO plans.
Published on January 2018
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