Alternatives West Palm Beach Florida

Since 1990, Alternatives in Treatment has been offering individualized treatment of addiction, understood as a disease and treated on the spiritual, psychological and physical levels. The highly structured program, which includes 12-step meetings, emphasizes confidentiality, support and respect within a framework of process, educational and relapse prevention group work.


This facility is made up of two locations, one in West Palm Beach (North Campus) and the other just a mile from the ocean in sunny Boca Raton, Fla. (South Campus). Alternatives in Treatment provides affordable, residential addiction treatment to adult men and women. The facility is well equipped to offer dual diagnosis treatment to clients with complex mental health concerns.

In addition to residential treatment, the center also offers partial hospitalization (PHP) and intensive outpatient (IOP) programs. Detoxification services are not offered on-site; however, the facility will coordinate client admission to a nearby hospital or detox facility if needed.


The treatment team conducts a psychiatric evaluation and develops a treatment plan to meet each client’s individual needs. The center’s philosophy is based on the medical model, which views addiction as a treatable disease, and the facility combines evidence-based and 12-step practices to address the causes and antecedents of addiction. The program specializes in treating a range of co-occurring mental health disorders, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and attention deficit disorder (ADD).

In the residential program, individuals receive services at the main facility from 8:45am to 4:30pm, participating in individual counseling, group therapy, education classes, and relapse prevention. Clients meet with their individual therapist twice a week, and can meet with a psychiatrist for medication management. Clients also attend 12-step meetings and participate in recreational activities. Residential treatment plans are typically 30 days but can be extended. Clients in PHP attend daily meetings with the residential program participants.

As for IOP, clients meet in groups or with their primary therapist three times per week. This program lasts eight weeks and is suited for those who have family or financial obligations and cannot attend the residential program.


The treatment team is led by a medical director, a psychiatrist, and the clinical director, who is also a licensed clinical social worker. The primary counselors are all licensed therapists. The facility also employs nurses and an acupuncturist.


Residents stay in one-bedroom apartments that they share with one other client. The apartments aren’t luxurious but have comfortable furnishings and a kitchen, living room, and bathroom. Each apartment has a TV with cable and a DVD player but computers and cell phones are not allowed. Rather than having a chef, the residents cook in their kitchens, fostering important life skills in the process. There is not a pool or gym on-site, but clients can use nearby facilities in the community. Also, there is outdoor green space and a smoking area.


A single alum has provided with feedback to date. James gave Alternatives in Treatment five out of five stars, writing: “AIT helped me understand addiction and recovery by education on the physical, emotional, and psychological aspects of addiction as well as, showing me how to look with in and work through issues I was afraid to face.” He finished by saying, “Today I am two years sober and I myself work in recovery. I'm forever grateful to Alternatives in treatment.”

Other sources on the internet reveal mixed experiences. CiteHealth to date has received one perfect, five-star review and one for just one out of five stars.[1] The positive alum said: “The quality of care…provided both by the medical staff and the clinical team was excellent and I would feel comfortable recommending this facilty to anyone who is serious about recovery.” The other reviewer though, felt the program was “Not genuinely concerned about success of recovery.”

Additionally, four reviewers on Google all awarded just one out of five stars to date for their experiences.[2] All agreed that it was the worst rehab they’d ever encountered and that treatment was not worth the price they paid. Many also noted that the facility was understaffed and that amenities were not comfortable and welcoming.

Alternatives In Treatment also received 34 reviews averaging 4.4 out of five stars on its Facebook page, which the facility can manage.[3] Most did not leave comments alongside their star ratings, but Alexander called the facility a “Lifesaver.”


The only feedback from an affiliated loved one to, Joanne, noted that the facility offered strong individual and group counseling but noted that the aftercare services could be improved. The same loved one gave mostly four and five out of five stars for all 15 metrics polled, other than a few three-star ratings for holistic treatment, faith-based services, and affordability.


The facility accepts most private insurance plans.

Updated May 2017




Reviews about Alternatives

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  • Worst program I have been in. Counselors seem manipulative and are disrespectful. Staffing is not even enough to give out meds. Meetings occur 50 percent of time otherwise u sit around and smoke. I was actually kicked out for a medical injury that occurred my second day that required surgery they said they wd accommodate and day before the surgery was told I was kicked out on medical...asked to use the phone to call family before surgery and counselor laughed and said it wasn’t my night to call anyone..just an overall discusting experience.
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  • The counseling group and individual were strengths of the facility. Aftercare was a weakness of the facility.
  • Treatment Effectiveness
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  • AIT helped me understand addiction and recovery by education on the physical, emotional, and psychological aspects of addiction as well as, showing me how to look with in and work through issues I was afraid to face. Today I am 2 years sober and I myself work in recovery. I'm forever grateful to Alternatives in treatment.