CARE (Chemical Addictions Recovery Effort, Inc.)

CARE (Chemical Addictions Recovery Effort, Inc.)


Based on Panama City, Fla., CARE (Chemical Addictions Recovery Effort, Inc.) is a nonprofit that provides prevention, intervention, and treatment services for individuals struggling with chemical dependency. Specifically, the center provides residential treatment for women and adolescents and an outpatient program (OP). DUI and prevention services are also available at this facility, as well as medical detoxification services for both men and women.


Upon intake, clients undergo an initial assessment to determine an appropriate level of care and treatment plan. The detox unit is staffed 24 hours per day, and the average length of stay in the unit is three to nine days. During detoxification, clients receive medication management, as well as education, group therapy, and encouragement to continue with residential or outpatient treatment. Twelve-step participation is also a fundamental part of all treatment programs.

Residential options include AWARE (A Woman’s Addiction Recovery Effort), offering treatment of up to 60 days in length.. The program includes individual, group, and family counseling; drug education groups; and 12-step meetings. SOS (Starting Over Straight) offers residential treatment for adolescents aged 13 to 18, all of whom must be enrolled in an educational program during treatment. The program uses the same modalities as women’s residential treatment, with emphasis on family treatment and life skill development, as well as home passes.

Outpatient services are available in Panama City, Marianna, and other nearby locations by appointment only. OP Services consist of counseling and encouragement. According to a 2016 SAMHSA report, CARE is one of 46 percent of facilities nationwide to offer services tailored for women clients and one of 27 percent for adolescents (pages 22-23).


CARE”s detox center employs nurses and an on-call physician, and the residential programs are staffed by addiction counselors. The single alum polled by to date rated CARE five out of five stars for its staff’s level of training and experience.


CARE’s detox unit has six beds for men, five for women, one for an adolescent, and three short-stay beds. The women’s residential program offers 30 beds, and the adolescent program offers 14 beds. The single alum polled by to date rated the facility three out of five stars for its accommodations and for the facility’s cleanliness.


The single alum polled by to date, Nicole, did not recommend CARE. The alum rated the facility a perfect five stars for its treatment for co-occurring disorders but only one star for its holistic offerings, family participation, and counseling options. “Helps with withdrawal symptoms,” she wrote, but added: “No counselors to talk to. If you have better insurance than medicaid, find a better place to go.”

On secondary sites to date, CARE received mostly positive reviews. On the facility’s Facebook page, which may be curated, three reviewers rated it a perfect five stars.[1] On Google, three reviewers left two perfect five-star ratings and one four-star rating.[2]


On secondary sites to date, staff left mixed to positive reviews of CARE. On Glassdoor, two reviewers rated the facility two and five out of five stars.[3] On Indeed, two rated the Panama-based facility three and five out of five stars.[4] Reviewers mostly wrote that CARE’s work environment was enjoyable, though one criticized its medication management. A former registered nurse wrote: “The most enjoyable part of the job was my co-workers and the Clients who would come back and say they had been clean or sober for 30 days or a year or 20 years.”


CARE’s website states that fees for OP services and detox are based on a sliding scale, and that a variety of insurance policies are accepted. The single alum polled to date indicated the facility accepted Medicaid, and she rated its affordability three out of five stars.


The Panama City News Herald reported that CARE had recently expanded its women’s residential services to accommodate 30 clients.

[2] GoogleReviews

Reviews about CARE (Chemical Addictions Recovery Effort, Inc.)

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  • Helps with withdrawal symptoms. No smoking, have to pay for phone, no counselors to talk to. If you have better insurance than medicaid, find a better place to go.