Treatment Alternatives in Boca Raton, FL

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7000 North Federal Hwy
Boca Raton FL 33487

Treatment Alternatives Philosophy

Treatment Alternatives is a professional, substance abuse facility located in Boca Raton, FL. With a psychiatrist, physicians, and other medical professionals on staff, Treatment Alternatives has been helping individuals celebrate recovery for over 25+ years.

Areas of Specialization

  • 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.

  • Medical Detoxification
    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.

Facility Highlights

Individualized Treatment Plans

Laptops and Wifi Available throughout Facility

Luxury Treatment Center

Meet the Staff

Bill Gilliland

Director of Online Marketing/IT

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Bill is uniquely qualified for his position at Treatment Alternatives. Bill has worked in Marketing and Information Technologies for over 25 years.

Billy Briggs

Admissions Coordinator

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Billy Briggs attended our facility in 2009 where he learned the tools necessary to live a healthy and productive life. Through the guidance of the men he met at our facility he has gained an extensive knowledge of the program of recovery.

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ABOUT TREATMENT ALTERNATIVES

Based just minutes from the beach in Boca Raton, Fla., Treatment Alternatives provides rehabilitative treatment designed to addresses the core, underlying issues of addiction. With more than 25 years of experience, the facility offers two levels of intensive outpatient programming, which draw upon an array of evidence-based and experiential therapies. Dual diagnosis treatment for individuals struggling with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders is available, as well as a specialized executive track. Detox services and sober living arrangements are also available through affiliated facilities, including the nearby Awakenings for Women.

TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT

Following medical detoxification at a separate Treatment Alternatives facility, individuals can enroll in a 28-day partial hospitalization program (PHP), which meets seven days a week. Many clients simultaneously participate in supervised, sober housing. Those enrolled in the more flexible intensive outpatient program (IOP) attend between three and five days of treatment each week, three hours at a time, day or evening.

PHP clients participate in individual therapy once a week, and the facility's website emphasizes the continuity of care available as clients work with the same counselor throughout successive stages of treatment. Among the evidence-based modalities used are cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and trauma-oriented eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). Holistic offerings include yoga, art therapy, nutritional counseling, acupuncture, spiritual counseling, and gender-specific programming. Clients also attend educational sessions and 12-step meetings.

Every six weeks, the facility hosts a weekend family program with lectures, group sessions, and private family counseling.

Treatment Alternatives collaborates with probation officers to support clients with legal obligations.

STAFF CREDENTIALS

Most of the staff at Treatment Alternatives is in recovery. Treatment team members include master's level therapists, psychiatrists, licensed social workers, and licensed holistic therapists. The facility maintains a staff-to-client ratio of 1:5, according to information provided to Rehabs.com by the facility. At least one staff member is actively involved in LGBT outreach.

ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES

Promotional material is available online in Russian and some staff members are fluent in Russian.

The Treatment Alternatives rehab center and its sober living facilities are located in upscale Boca Raton and Delray Beach neighborhoods. Website photographs feature recreational activities such as basketball, billiards, weight training, and board games. At least one facility offers a jacuzzi and swimming pool.

Visitation is restricted while residents are participating in the PHP.

WHAT ALUMNI SAY

Feedback for Treatment Alternatives received by Rehabs.com was mixed. More than one-third of 15 former client reviewers characterized the staff as caring. Half identified the effectiveness of treatment as a strength, with most of those mentioning specific successes in employment, housing, and family relationships following rehab. On the other hand, one alum reported the need for stronger alumni programming.

Nine alumni were polled on several specific aspects of treatment and accommodations, awarding more than 4.5 out of five stars each for family participation, the staff's level of training and experience, the facility's ability to treat co-occurring disorders, and the centrality of 12-step concepts to the program. Also receiving high ratings were affordability of treatment and holistic therapy offerings. Just slightly less favorable were average ratings of four stars for meals and nutrition and options in counseling approaches.

Nevertheless, three of 15 alumni would not recommend the facility to others, and even some of those who concluded their experience was positive criticized accommodations and amenities. Three wrote that maintenance was was poor. Two complained of not enough activities (balanced out by two who highlighted structured programming as a strength). Two also criticized the cost of Treatment Alternatives.

WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY

In contrast to overall positive alumni trends, feedback from six loved ones was split between two favorable reviews and four critical. Again, the facility's cleanliness, inadequate activities, and financial aspects were criticized, as well as inconsistent communication from staff. Half, however, rated the effectiveness of treatment four or five stars.

WHAT STAFF SAY

Two staff members polled by Rehabs.com provided highly contrasting perspectives on the facility. One awarded five stars for all 15 metrics measured, including staff experience, accommodations, counseling options, while the other agreed with a family member that the facility did not match its marketing materials.

FINANCING

Per the facility’s webpage, private pay and most commercial insurance plans are accepted out of network at Treatment Alternatives.

Published on October 2017

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This was the worst place I could have ever sent my loved one. This is a very unsafe environment for any recovering addict/ alcoholic. He relapsed several times. Drug dealers hung out across the street. Treatment Alternatives knew about this. It was so bad that some of the techs had nicknames for the dealers. Then they charged $800 for your loved one to go into detox. There was absolutely no activities to keep them busy and happy. The accommodations were a complete roach infested dump. I would not recommend this place ever. I am just happy my loved one escaped with his life.

Shame on this facility... The contradictory statements from the clinical director, therapist, in house techs to the police report showing no need for Baker Act (not to mention the clinical director wasn't present and submitted faxed documents to push my son into intense inpatient care - not acceptable to the police, because he wouldn't take his medication and then same clinical director emailed me saying no medication was ever prescribed) proved only one thing, it is all about the money and not well being of my son.

I had been warned in another review that I should NOT give my credit card # or the facility would charge my account for my daughter's care without my authorization. So when they told me that would only keep my daughter in treatment if I agreed to pay $800 for detox (insurance did not deem it medically necessary) I asked to sign an agreement that stated "one time only authorization". I signed the document and gave them their $800 for 2 days of detox. Then when my daughter left without completing the program they charged my account an additional $756 for things like towels, room key, back rent that she owed and $200 worth of "administrative costs". I filed a claim with my credit card company and they ruled in favor of Treatment Alternatives. Apparently the handwritten (by Treatment Alternatives) "1 time auth only" was not considered valid. This is deceitful behavior on the part of Treatment Alternatives, a trick designed to get money from the families of their clients. It reminds me of what addicts themselves will do while actively using....manipulate people to get what they want. Shame on Treatment Alternatives for behaving in this manner.

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Great Therapists!! Some of the housing. You get out of this what you put into it...

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Treatment is outstanding. Counselors highly qualified . Staff is very kind and helpful. The career program was highly beneficial and placed me immediately. This program and the staff helped me in getting my life back on track. I now have a job, my own apartment, I pay my own bills and have become a productive member of society again.

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The people are amazing. The heat was bad. The experience was life changing. No frills, but awesome recovery

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The staff at Treatment Alternatives is amazing. They always went out of their way to make sure I was doing well Maintenance could be improved. When I went through the program it took several days for our sink to get fixed Treatment Alternatives gave me the opportunity to start a new life. When I first entered the program I was a mess. Now I have beautiful family and have been clean and sober for 7 years. The recovery community in the Boca area is incredible. I've never seen so many young people with significant clean time. If you're young and don't believe getting clean is possible let me tell you Treatment Alternatives is the best place to start. Staff will be there for you every step of the way as you grow and change.

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LONG-TERM SOBRIETY OF STAFF AND CLIENTS. LARGE FACILITY. I WAS A CLIENT HERE AND 3 AND A HALF YEARS LATE RI AM NOW A STAFF MEMBER. MANY OF MY PEERS WORK HERE, AND MANY FRIENDS HAVE ALSO GONE THROUGH THE PROGRAM AND RECOEVRED OVER THE YEARS, WITH THE HELP OF TREATMENT ALTERNATIVES.

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Client care, support staff. Needs a stronger alumni program. I've been sober for almost five years. I came in here for the second time, and was welcomed with open arms. I lived in the men's sober living for a year before moving out and getting my own place. I'm still friends with a lot of people I met there, primarily the staff.

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Caring staff at housing. No activities. All of the staff cares deeply about the clients and wants to see them heal and get better.

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Dinamite therapeutic team. Great place.

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Excellent clinical team. Not enough leisure activities. Excellent housing facilities.

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Treatment Alternatives has over 25 years of experience. They have a Curfew

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The staff are outstanding and really care about the patients. Dumpy accommodations for in-patient. I used them for a problem with alcoholism. They seemed to try and diagnose you with all sorts of things to keep you there

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Demand to interview and choose your therapist. The small groups and tech support were excellent. However, there was limited time with therapists and vast differences in the quality of therapy.

I would like to express my concern for the way in which the staff at this facility operates their business. ... They describe their services: supervision for 24 hours, professional advice, therapist, etc, etc, and they did NOTHING!!! ... ... I am so angry and disappointed . I would like to let everybody know to NOT send their loved one to this place. All they want from you is money and they don't care about anything else. They want you to fail to keep your money.

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Great parent weekend. A strength of the facility was the staff while a downfall was the accommodations.

the worst place yet , filthy, dont care, expensive, large failure rate, only interested in money.

horrible place only cares about money

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Found on the internet. Helpful program.

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Would not go back

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Doesn't measure up to what they promise.

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