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ABOUT TURNING POINT OF TAMPA, INC.
Turning Point of Tampa, located in Tampa, Fla., has offered comprehensive treatment programs for adults struggling with chemical dependency, co-occurring mental health disorders, and eating disorders for more than three decades. The center provides residential, partial hospitalization, and outpatient treatment services but no on-site detoxification. Clients must be medically cleared before receiving treatment.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
According to the center’s website, clients undergo an initial assessment to determine the appropriate level of care. The residential program lasts between 30 and 60 days and encourages clients to participate in extended care,, during which they are expected to work, volunteer, or attend school while continuing treatment.
Chemical dependency and co-occurring treatment is based on 12-step principles and participation. In addition, residential clients participate in a structured schedule of group counseling, weekly individual therapy sessions, and educational lectures.
Day treatment and outpatient programs enable clients to live in the community while receiving treatment. Clients attend the intensive outpatient program (IOP) for a minimum of 24 sessions.
The center holds a three-day, intensive family program, which includes multi-family educational groups and family counseling. To provide ongoing support, the facility offers alumni opportunities to meet and share their progress in recovery.
Turning Point of Tampa is among 30.4 percent of substance abuse treatment facilities in Florida accredited by The Joint Commission. The multidisciplinary treatment team includes psychiatrists, nurses, master’s level therapists, licensed mental health counselors, social workers, and registered dietitians.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Known as “The Village,” Turning Point of Tampa houses residents in apartment-like duplexes that surround the main treatment building. Clients live in private or semi-private roomswith a private phone and answering machine, cable television, outside sitting areas, and laundry facilities. Housing is supervised 24/7. Website photos show a beach volleyball court, foosball tables, workout facilities, ping-pong tables, and basketball courts.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Of the 12 alumni surveyed by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing, seven submitted positive feedback, three were neutral, and two negative. The four who evaluated additional extended metrics offered more detailed opinions, citing staff as a strength.
Staff Experience and Training: 4.8/5
Connectivity/Visitor policy: 4.7/5
Family Participation: 4.5/5
Positive reviewers thought the program helped them, considered the counselors professional, and appreciated the staff's similar addiction history, as referenced by P.L.A.: “Most of the staff are in recovery, and I feel they understand more so than staff that have not been through the horrors of addiction.” “The staff made me feel very welcome and were good to me,” one anonymous alum wrote.
Yet, there were complaints about food and cost of treatment, about which an alum told Rehabs.com: “They get the job done but the price is a downfall.” Another noted: "Turning Point treated me awfully. It was a mistake attending Turning Point of Tampa. I would be very uncomfortable recommending Turning Point of Tampa to anyone."
On secondary sites, the center received favorable feedback to date: 4.3 out of five stars based on 46 reviews on Facebook, which the organization can manage; 3.8 stars based on 42 reviews on Google; and 3.5 stars based on three reviews on Yelp.   
Reviewers were either highly positive or highly negative: on Facebook, for example, 38 were four and five stars (83%), one was three stars, and seven were one star. On all sites, five-star reviewers praised the center as “ethical” and “professional” with a “holistic” and “practical” approach that "saved their life.”
Alexandria, who had attended several treatment centers, wrote: “It was…the most focused, twelve step based, therapy intensive, and helpful program I have ever entered. I owe Turning point of Tampa my sobriety, abstinence, and sanity.” Negative reviewers criticized advertising claims and management as being in the business for money only.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The 11 loved ones polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing gave mostly positive reviews, as reflected in their ratings for major categories: 4.3 out of five stars for treatment effectiveness, 4.1 stars for accommodations and amenities, and 4.1 stars for meals and nutrition. The 10 or 11 who evaluated additional metrics offered more detailed opinions:
Facility cleanliness and upkeep: 4.4/5
Family participation: 4.2/5
Reviewers praised the staff as “experienced,” “well educated,” “dedicated,” and “compassionate.” One parent wrote Rehabs.com: “Turning Point helped my son identify psychological triggers that cause addictive behavior in himself; helped him with internal motivation to stay clean; gave him confidence in himself; promoted NA and/or AA meetings… Highly recommend.”
Another commented: “My family member returned healthy, relaxed and confident.” Isolated criticism concerned cost of treatment; for example, one stated: “They get the job done,” but listed price as a weakness.
Turning Point of Tampa is in-network with most major insurance providers and offers financing through third-party lenders. The facility does not accept Medicare or Medicaid.
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CMTurning Point treated me awfully. It was a mistake attending Turning Point of Tampa. I would be very uncomfortable recommending Turning Point of Tampa to anyone.
hepAwful place. Based strictly on AA, which you can get for free. Staff very ugly to clients. DO NOT send a loved one to this demeaning place.
JADVery caring & professional staff. Focused on the disease of addiction & set me up for success in recovery.
Anonymouspersonalization, caring, helpfuln. one on one treatment as well as groups so that they can talk to other people with the same addictions.
AnonymousVery good with multiple addictions . Needs more outings and provide options for physical activity. Over good with dealing with addictions but needs more real life situations outside of the treatment center.
JJTurning Point helped my son identify psychological triggers that cause addictive behavior in himself; helped him with internal motivation to stay clean; gave him confidence in himself; promoted NA and/or AA meetings as well as Al-A-Non for family; helped him with anger & other issues. F/U care for a few weeks after he left; Set him up with a half-way house where he lived over a year, with our financial assistance. Highly recommend!
AnonymousThey dont turn no one away regardless how many times they come back. They have no follow up plan upon release. Some of the staff are recovering addicts and can relate and recognize.
AnonymousThey need better counseling options.
NBWe lived in a "village" which consisted of 3 bdrm duplexes. We shopped every Friday & did our own cooking. The whole experienced enriched my life. I went from entering with non-stop crying for 4 days to exiting with a huge smile & a direction in my heart that I knew I would follow forever. The counselors were always alert to our individual needs & addressed them accordingly. Ages were in various ranges as well as why people were there. I left there never looking back knowing I was on the mend. To this day 13 years later I've not had one drop to drink & I Praise God for this. I'd pray that anyone who'd enter their doors would also find their path.
AnonymousExperienced staff who listen. High turnover of staff. It was difficult to evaluate this facility before selection and application. There are other god facilities and it is very difficult to decide which one to attend.
Anonymousthese are well educated people who help you
AnonymousStrengths: holistic approach emphasizing the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the whole person. Weaknesses: tools needed for recovery. GOT BETTER AT AA FOR 0 MONEY.
AnonymousThey have a good process going from start to finish they make you feel at home they keep you with a good piece of mind and they make you feel confident about just say no to drugs
AnonymousThe food could be better. The staff made me feel very welcome and were good to me.
Anonymousmy family member returned healthy, relaxed and confident
AnonymousIt is a great place to get your life back
Anonymousthey get the job done but the price is a downfall. this is a great place for rehab if you truley want to get sober.
AnonymousDedicated and Compassionate .Helps get to the issues that are faced and finds solutions.
AnonymousStrengths: the ability to work with many types of problems and give people the help they need. the facility is well staffed with very professional minded peolpe that care very much about there job and the people that they are there to help facility is very well maintained and residents are treated with care
AnonymousGreat counselors, knowledgeable staff. Could allow more time for one on one therapy visits. Most of the staff are in recovery, and I feel they understand more so than staff that have not been through the horrors of addiction.
PatrickMost of the staff (maintenance, clerical, house managers, therapists, CEO) were in recovery, this meant a lot to me.
KeithProfessional positive treatment experience
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