Blu By the Sea

Blu By the Sea East Destin Florida

Blu By the Sea provides residential drug and alcohol addiction treatment for adults in a safe and intimate setting. The Florida-based facility boasts an excellent client-to-staff ratio and prides itself on treatment tailored specifically to meet the needs of each individual. An experienced staff of masters and doctoral level clinicians work with clients to treat substance abuse and co-occurring mental health disorders, uncover the underlying issues responsible for drug and alcohol abuse, and minimize the possibility of relapse. Spa-amenities and a home-like environment create a comfortable, peaceful, and supportive space for recovery to occur.

ABOUT BLU BY THE SEA

Blu by the Sea is a high-end residential rehabilitation center set in the picturesque Gulf Coast city of Destin, Fla. The facility offers highly individualized treatment for adults struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. Medically supervised detox is also available on-site.

TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT

Blu by the Sea does not adhere to 12-step principles. Rather, the program employs evidence-based treatment methods such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) in conjunction with a range of holistic treatments and recreational therapies. The minimum length of stay is 30 days, though some clients stay longer.

The continuum of treatment progresses through four stages. After the initial detoxification stage, a team of psychologists and substance abuse therapists forms a regimen of holistic treatments, physical exercise, and artistic, expressive activities designed to help eliminate cravings. During this phase, clients exercise with personal trainers, enjoy spa treatments, visit the beach, and participate in yoga and art therapy. Once clients have settled into the activity-based schedule, they begin one-on-one counseling, family therapy, and small group therapy sessions.

The final phase of treatment focuses on aftercare planning. The facility assists clients by providing information on community-based support groups, sober living facilities, and outpatient programs.

STAFF CREDENTIALS

Blu by the Sea employs a multidisciplinary clinical team of master’s and doctoral level therapists, nurses, and experienced mental health specialists. There is a psychiatrist on staff, and clients also have access to dental care, vision specialists, nutritionists, and personal trainers.

ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES

Blu by the Sea offers luxury accommodations set on the beautiful coast of East Destin. The common areas and rooms are decorated like a hotel, and the clinic offers a pool, spa, sauna, and oversized baths. Meals are prepared with important vitamin supplements to help clients in their physical recovery.

WHAT ALUMNI SAY

Five alumni polled by Best-rehabs.com to date provided average ratings of 4.8 out of five stars for treatment effectiveness, 4.9 stars for accommodations and amenities, and 4.4 stars for meals and nutrition. Clients praised the accommodations, delicious food, and meaningful counseling. One alum also rated the facility’s holistic treatment offerings, counseling options, and family participation five out of five stars.

Four Google reviewers at the time of this writing rated the facility five out of five stars and praised the facility’s atmosphere, staff, and food.[1]

WHAT STAFF SAY

A staff member polled by Best-rehabs.com to date, gave the facility one star, rating the its holistic treatment offerings one star, its staff’s level of experience and training one star, and its exercise options four stars. NR wrote: “Staff is rude and untrained. More then 2 people have to share a room. It is not worth the money.”

FINANCING

According to the facility’s website, most insurance plans, including Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Cigna, are accepted.

[1] https://goo.gl/tCLbEB

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  • Exceptional facility! Staff was caring and well trained. The Holistic approach is amazing! The food is exceptional. I was so impressed, that I still keep in touch with the owners. The bedrooms are quiet and very comfortable. The atmosphere is conducive with healing. Getting clean and sober is a personal choice that is one of the hardest things I have ever done. Being surrounded by competent, positive, and loving people made it easier to transition. Cleansing the body, mind, and soul, gives you a clear path to your spirituality. I was spiritually, physically, and emotionally bankrupt when I arrived there. Within just a few days my entire outlook changed. For me , guilt, shame, and remorse had bogged me down. I had also damaged any relationships that I had. My recovery started as soon as I walked in. The guidance and love I have received rom there helped me and will last me forever. Thank you so much. Give it a try. You will be impressed and healed, but only if you are ready and don't mind being pampered. Outstanding!!!
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  • Blu by the Sea literally saved my life! I love this place! The entire staff is great and help you feel comfortable throughout the entire process. The food is top notch, the pool and hot tub are perfect to help you relax, and the house itself if amazing. If you or any loved ones are needing treatment of any kind I would suggest no other place but Blu by the Sea.
    Well considering this facility charges $20,000 for 30 days, I would not have expected to have to fight cockroaches in the kitchen and in the upstairs bathrooms. Also, they push you to visit the psychiatrist which is paid for separately from the original $20,000. I’ll admit, some of the staff legitimately cares about your recovery, but for the most part they’re just there for a paycheck. I want to use drugs more since I’ve been here because of all the stress they cause.
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  • I paid the upfront $20,000 and was told "we will file your insurance and reimburse you all but 15% (their filing fee)". Then at discharge I was told, "we will reimburse you 60 days after you discharge." At this current date, this facility has collected in total OVER 20k from me AND 38K from my insurance; $58,000. I have not received a penny back and they keep saying, "it should be in the mail by the end of the month." Let me rewind a bit, This place makes FALSE ADVERTISING that there is a physician on staff readily available, they do not tell you upfront that you pay OUT OF POCKET for visits to see the psychiatrist, they FORCE you to work like a paid employee (cleaning 3 FULL double sink full of pots/pans plus dishes, utensils, etc. for every employee and clients that resides at the time every evening ; this is on a good day ) Mind you, at when I asked why only females had to wash the dishes every night and men took the trash out the nurse replied, "Well that's just how it is." I am sorry but as a single mother for 14 years, I do everything, that traditional chore did break during my stay; not sure if it maintained. I was threatened to be kicked out because although they are not a "12 step program", I believe in it. I also realized that the pictures on the Internet were not the representation of the same place I was living. The owner, brought me to her office and had my phone stripped from me, deleted all photos; said that if I said a word about what just happened, I wo2be packed and ready to go tomorrow. Like a good girl does that appreciated the group lessons and companionship, I obliged. DO NOT SEND YOUR LOVED ONE WHO TRULY NEEDS HELP HERE! I will gladly give you the single contacts that are worth while.
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  • Blu by the Sea saved my life! It took a lot of courage to leave and ask for help, but I'm a better mother, wife and daughter because of it. My relationships with my family and friends have improved greatly since I made the decision to seek treatment. The staff was professional and kind during my most vulnerable times. They treated me with respect and dignity and like I was a person. I learned coping skills and how to handle triggers in my life. I can't change my past, but I can tell others not to give up and to get help when they need it.
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  • Blu by the Sea has made a huge difference in my life. The staff really cares and they do a great job always very helpful. Also Blu by the Sea is a family owned facility. They have helped me more then I could have imagined. My wife and I will never forget what they have done for me they literally saved my life.
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  • Blu By The Sea is a life-changing rehabilitation facility by the beach in Destin, FL. The friendly staff not only helped me detox and work through my addictions they helped me set the path for my new sober life. The progress made at Blu By The Sea was phenomenal, I cannot express my thanks enough! Amazing housing, gourmet food, and exceptional staff members (management, therapists, nurses). If you or a loved one is in need of making a life changing decision I strongly recommend this place!!
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  • A great program! I would highly recommend Blue by the Sea for even the most severe cases of drug addiction. Words can't describe how effective their program is. They make you feel like family and are there for you around the clock 7 days a week. A beautiful location with great doctors and staff. A++++
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  • It was a nice facility, but they screwed our family of about $20,000. They did this to a couple different families. They have not returned any calls that we have put in to them. Some were were good st their jobs. The chef was pretty good. Might wanna check that out.
    I went to Blu By The Sea in May as an emotional mess!! Thanks to God, and the whole staff, I am better today than I have been in over 25 years!! I was treated like family and felt very much at home while there. Everyone goes above and beyond to make sure all needs and wants are met and you are comfortable at all times. I still see new ways everyday how the things I was taught and the help I received are still guiding me. I would highly recommend Blu By The Sea to anyone with any problems in life. I still miss everyone there and think of them daily. They become like an extended family they are so wonderful!!!!!!
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  • Facility is by the beach Unhealthy food. Dishonest Marketing- Make promises to patients before coming and do not keep. Staff is rude and untrained. More then 2 people have to share a room. It is not worth the money. Patients are not treated with respect. Patients would get kicked out for no reason and the money they spent on tuition would be kept. Food is terrible.
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  • activites,people who care and understand A downfall was that it was kknda expensive very caring people..lots of things to do daily
    Blu By The Sea really helped change my life. I had been to two other state facilities that didn't understand what I needed. I needed group therapy and one on one counseling and I got that. I also didn't need to be around people who were trying to sneak drugs in and that was not the atmosphere at BBTS at all. Everyone that I was in treatment with wanted to get clean and that made for an amazing experience. I still speak with a lot of the people that I was in treatment with and I would have never gotten that at a state facility. I was on xanax worse than most people could ever imagine and had convinced myself that I needed it to live. I am 4.5 months clean now with no need or want for xanax. Is BBTS perfect? No. But you will never find another facility as close to perfect as they are. I would rate them a 98/100. They met nearly all my needs and the nurses took care of me and treated me with respect. I wasn't treated like an addict, I was treated like a human being and feed well the entire time too! I wish them the best of luck and would highly suggest that you look into BBTS if you are needing treatment. The third floor view btw is amazing and relaxing! It is a beach get-a-away with a spiritual/mental/physical healing.
    Blu by the Sea is a luxurious drug and alcohol rehabilitation center located right on Scenic Highway 98 in Destin overlooking the Gulf. I had a wonderful experience here and enjoyed every minute of my stay. The staff is wonderful and the food is some of the best I've ever had. Perfect place to work on your recovery and get back to the person you know you can be. I'd recommend this place to anyone!
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  • The counselors are great at their job and each have good ways of getting down to the problems of the clients and can address them in a way that doesn't only give a client a better perspective of what they were doing but also helps promote recovery. The groups and one on one therapy sessions will ensure that clients leave with the tools they need for staying sober and I personally feel great about my whole experience here. I would wholeheartedly suggest Blu By the Sea for anyone struggling with addiction. The whole staff is friendly and you feel like part of a family building relationships with the other clients. On top of everything else the food is delicious which is obviously a plus.
    Blue By The Sea has been instrumental in me reclaiming me! I went searching for relief from severe anxiety which had wrecked havoc on my life for over a decade. I had never put two and two together to see that the anxiety was very directly connected to prescription medication, given to me by a “real” doctor. In one day, the staff at BBTS recognized the effect the drugs were playing, in addition to alcohol. I stopped all medication the first day and I have not had one iota of anxiety since (nor cravings for drugs or alcohol). Never once was I uncomfortable, physically or emotionally, due to the staff and the environment provided at BBTS. If your life is as unmeaningful as mine was to me, know that there really is hope and a realistic way for real people like you to overcome your addictions and live the life you envision for yourself. ... Religion is actually not even dwelled upon, although you are offered several different options of worship at a bonafide METHODIST church. The choice is yours.
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  • Today marks a milestone in my life. I have been sober for one year. There is no way it would have happened without my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Blu by the Sea, and my living family. My wife and daughters belief in me gave me the strength to go on. Your highly skilled and caring staff helped me gain the skills to fight this terrible disease. Would say to anybody struggling with any type of addiction that Blu by the Sea is the way to go. I was a lost soul and Blu by the Sea put me on the right path. One thing I must say: It only works if you want it with all your heart. Finally I would like to say Thank you to my new lifelong friends at Blu by the Sea. Prayers to you.
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  • I researched rehab centers for what must have been a month or two. I narrowed my list down to a select few and started calling. After speaking with Blu I knew this was the right spot for me. My experience there was amazing! I have never felt so good about myself and happy in my own skin. The detox was very comfortable as the nurses were always there to make sure my needs were taken care of. I had been to three other facilities in my quest for sobriety, all of which were 12-Step camps with fifty or more clients. The staff of professionals really helped me to get to the root cause of my problem. The small group of my peers were very encouraging and I still keep in touch with a select few, all of whom are still doing well I might add. The meals were chef cooked and fresh fruit was always available. The beach house was really a delight to reside in, and the amenities were that of a comfortable home environment. Overall I would highly encourage anyone with a problem to start their life over at Blu. They really helped me to overcome my problems. Today I am happy again and feel like my old self. Give yourself a break and give them a call, you won't regret it.
    I have worked on getting sober for three and a half years. Today, I celebrate one year of sobriety. My journey led me to many treatment centers. I found Blu by the Sea as the best. A family environment in which the owners and all staff take a sincere personal interest in the client. I owe my sobriety to God first and foremost, and to the staff at Blu by the Sea. If one is a real alcoholic, I would suggest at least a 90 stay at this fine facility!
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  • They saved my life. I found a new way to live