Darryl Strawberry Recovery Center

Darryl Strawberry Recovery Center St. Cloud Florida

Comfort and tranquility are hallmarks of the treatment program at the Darry Strawberry Recovery Center, where clients (including professional athletes) with drug and alcohol addiction get personalized care that targets the root cause of their illness. The residential program lasts 28-days, and is designed to treat all forms substance abuse, including prescription medications. Treatment is based on the 12-step model and also includes individual, group and family counseling, with a focus on empathy and personal growth.

ABOUT DARRYL STRAWBERRY RECOVERY CENTER

The Darryl Strawberry Recovery Center (DSRC) operates two facilities founded by former American Major League Baseball player Darryl Strawberry in partnership with Oglethorpe, Inc., an organization that usually works to rescue failing psychiatric health centers.

The facility offers medical detox in the town of St. Cloud, Fla. and residential care at its facility in DeLand to adults who are struggling with addiction and dual diagnosis. There’s also dedicated programming for those struggling with addiction to prescription drugs.

TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT

This facility offers a 28-day residential program based on the 12-Steps and the disease concept of addiction. The program aims to treat each client’s physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.

Treatment begins in St. Cloud with a free health exam and an individual assessment of the client’s substance abuse history. Detox typically lasts five to seven days, and medication can be prescribed before and after the process, if necessary.

Clients then transfer to DeLand, about 70 miles north of St. Cloud, to attend the residential program, which is fairly traditional. Aside from 12-step programming, treatment incorporates individual and group therapy, marriage and family counseling, spiritual development, relapse prevention training, dietary planning, and daily organized physical activity. These services are also available in the form of continuing care post treatment.

STAFF CREDENTIALS

The staff-to-client ratio is 1:6. Staff includes a 24-hour nursing staff, physicians, psychiatrists, therapists, certified addiction counselors, and dietitians.

ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES

This is a 50-bed facility with some private rooms. The treatment and residential facilities are housed in six separate buildings, connected by walkways on a campus with plenty of green space and grassy fields. There are also common areas with flat-screen TVs, stocked snack areas, as well as ponds and woods nearby.

WHAT ALUMNI SAY

Of more than 50 reviews submitted to Best-rehabs.com to date, 40 were positive and about a dozen were negative or mixed. Ratings for treatment effectiveness averaged 4.68 out of five stars based on the 41 alumni ratings for this category.

Reviewers frequently spoke in glowing terms, noting that this facility had saved their lives and praising the staff very highly. “The DSRC center has saved my life… The staff is amazing, they have there heart into the recovery for everyone,” Kevin wrote in a representative review. Other reviewers noted how much they had learned at the center — about both life skills and their own addiction. “When I went there I was educated about my disease in a way that I never was before. I learned not just about 12 steps and don’t drink etc. I learned the reasons behind a lot of my behaviors from a medical and social perspective,” Joe wrote.

There was also a small but vociferous collection of negative reviews, many of which made the same complaints about disorganization, a lack of contact time with staff, and problems with detox, most frequently either insufficient or inappropriate medication. “This place is a chaotic mess with absolute zero organization,” Mike wrote in a representative review. Alum Heather also told Best-rehabs.com that the facility assured her that her insurance company had cleared her treatment, but she returned home to an enormous bill nonetheless.

WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY

Of the seven reviews from friends and family submitted to Best-rehabs.com to date, two were positive and five negative. Five ratings from loved ones for treatment effectiveness averaged 2.6 out of five stars. Both positive reviewers noted that treatment had been successful for their loved ones. “They have given us hope again,” K.D. wrote, while V.I. praised the “personalized attention of the staff.”

The negative reviews yielded some strong recurring complaints. Loved ones frequently echoed alumni by describing the facility as disorganized, in particular the detox services. The reviewers also repeatedly noted that the program was not as promised: “Everything they promise on the phone or on the website is either an outright lie or an enormous exaggeration. Patients will most likely not receive most or any of the care described. One on one therapy MIGHT happen once a week, medical detox is definitely not provided,” Pat wrote in a representative review.

FINANCING

Treatment costs $16,800 per month, and the facility is in-network with private insurers including Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, CIGNA, MultiPlan, and ValueOptions.

Reviews about Darryl Strawberry Recovery Center

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  • I went to the DELAND, FL DSRC 3 times all in 2016... SAVED MY LIFE 2 YEARS AGO AND COUNTLESS OTHERS...! I went to DSRC 3 times at Darryl Strawberry Recovery (It was me who didn't accept their help the first 2 times there, staff was great, why I went back for my 3rd visit). Dr.y looked past all my bs and tough guy "I don't need help" attitude. He didn't treat me like a junkie just filling a bed. He showed kindness, empathy, love, and respect. No judgement for a single second. He got down deep into my soul and had to build me back up. Doing exactly what doctors told me to do is why I was addicted to painkillers. I trusted "medical professionals" and it almost cost me my life. So trusting another doctor was very hard for me and that's why it took me 3 stents at a treatment center. He never gave up on me and welcomed me back anew everytime always saying that I'm growing and maturing. HE SAVED MY LIFE AND I LOVE THIS MAN. If you have read this far, knows somebody who not only struggles with addiction but mental health as well, please do anything/everything to seek out help for them. There is no do overs when your dead, so do what you can for a loved one.
    I just want to say I'm very well known there at Darryl Strawberry Recovery Center and I can tell you this several times that I have been there it didn't matter what time of the day night anytime I was always able to find NRA or even the director and other employees to ask a question or Etc if you're serious about the program and you're serious about recovery they have several classes and all the employees do is push everyone to go to every single class they go door-to-door to get people to go to every class and if you really sit there and comprehend and you want this you get great information from every group and I also thought the food was great in the snacks were just fine most treatment centers don't even allow coffee work blessed to even have that there and that's pretty much how I feel about it
    The staff was amazing. The food here was great. The building was clean and secure. I loved this place and would recommend this to anyone in need. Plus the church was great to me. Thanks for the great experience.
    I recently admitted myself into the center, within 8 hours I decided to leave, but it took another 30 hours to get released. The villa staffers for the most part were very good. But I found out if you have insurance they will do anything to keep you as long as possible. That said I would go back if I ever need the help, they desperately need to remodel or fix up the villas as they are rundown and furnishings are wornout,
    Great christian program on the way to an already super program. Received great care
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    This facility in the process of the patient being sent to a sober living handed her all medication with no direction on how to handle. Patient in coma 2 hours later and family has been pleading with them to help figure out what was given in order to help in Er an and service was horrendous. Hospital Er calling and calling them to get realease and no one will return call
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  • I loved my experience at the St. Cloud location, I feel that I need to return but I no longer have insurance, I don't what to do.
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  • The director and medical doctor are unprofessional and do not put the needs of the patient first. They care only about the mighty dollar and the turnover. The put out without transportation or the required medicine necessary. Many of the staff are caring and supportive. Darryl Strawberry would be appalled by what is going on behind closed doors. The state and the attorney general ' s office should look into this place. We are trying to clean up the epidemic and they are forcing suboxine on these people.
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  • The St. Cloud facility is extremely gross and unorganized. Most of the staff is very nice but some of them are extremely rude. I would not suggest sending anyone to this location.
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  • Staff is very unprofessional and everything on the website is not true. Very hard to achieve your own soberity, police are called everyday because of patients and staff member, horribly ran. Would never recommend anyone to go here. I went for 28 days and it was patheticly ran staff has no idea what they are doing don't even know how to discharge you properly. I also got all my stuff stolen by patients.
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  • its nothing like what they display.
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  • great program if you give in surrender listen and apply the steps and tools they teach you IT WORKS IF YOU WORK IT
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  • I had a life changing experience here at DSRC. The staff and the other residents for the most part were focused on their recovery one hundred percent. I am grateful for my time here.
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  • I like the Counselors and the Groups which are VERY GOOD. Everyone is nice and considerate. The food is OUTSTANDING and to ask for help here does not go UNNOTICED. Staff is very helpful and willing to bend over backwards for the client. EVERYONE has a smile on their face.
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  • this was an amazing experience the staff the my counsler made me see things in a completely different light. The director is an outstanding woman aswell as an amazing rollmodel. all the people here have really changed my life and i am eternally greatfull 2 this program!!!!!!!
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  • This is a good place that really helped me with my recovery. I was here two times before and they NEVER GAVE UP ON ME. I felt that this place gave me alot of support and love. THANK YOU DARRYL STRAWBERRY RECOVERY CENTER.
    Do not go to this place! This place is very disorganized and their is no communication. We decided upon this place based on the reviews and the close proxmentity to where we live. Everyone was friendly and knowledgable until my husband checked in. After that it was a nightmare and there was no assistance or support. The medical detox is a joke and the doctor on staff is even more of a joke. The point of medical detox is that the patient is detoxed with very little symptoms and comfortable. When it came to getting assistance or questions answered everyone passed the buck by transferring to others who either did not answer the phone or who did the same by transferring us to someone else.
    This facility is truly amazing. The groups, the counselors, the recovery aids, and the rest of the staff are caring and loving. Outside meetings are provided, church on Sunday, and interactive groups are all a big part of the recovery process here. I came in with a lot of baggage but I am leaving with a lot of love and support. This was a true life saver to me.
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  • Thank you for everyone who helped me
    The admissions and administration were to p notch and willing to assist us any way they could and were more than fair and respectful. The staff was very accommodating as were all of the nurses; ready and willing to help when asked. The food was good and quantity very sufficient for any appetite. The glaring negative aspect of the facility is the Dr. While I understand he can't just hand out medication whimsically as requested, he has to be willing to actually help people. Having a protocol or regimen is a good idea, but one has to be flexible with it as not everyone is the same. People's sizes, tolerances, drug or alcohol consumption is different and they need to be treated as such. I have been dealing with physicians and hospital administrators for over 12 years so I understand the inner workings, politics, and habits; the Dr. here has the biggest God Complex I have encountered and "absolutely can't" be wrong. People that come here need help, and that is the last thing they need to be healed.
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  • i am so disappointed in this facility. i went through the detox program at the deland center. i NEVER met a therapist and the time i spent with the MD on staff was at most 5 minutes a day---if i sat outside his office and waited to speak to him. while i was here, they told me my insurance was approved, i was at the facility for 8 days. when i returned home, i received a letter from my insurance company stating that none of my stay will be covered, as it was not medically necessary and i would be responsible for all bills if i CHOSE to remain in patient. i got the letter AFTER my entire stay, making it impossible for me to leave in time to halt any potential billing issues. they lead me to believe everything was taken care of and my insurance was covering the entire bill, minus my co-pay. i have called the center numerous times in reference to this issue and not only have they never returned my call, but any time i catch a person on the phone--the person i need is NEVER in the office or is always on the other line and they'll call me back (they do not). during a group lead by "doc" he made a point of letting us all know the center is not in it for the money, they are trying to help the world one addict at a time... yet, they manipulate facts and slap you with a bill for $8000. a bill i absolutely cannot afford, a bill that has me so stressed out i am on the verge of relapse.
    the majority of my treatment at Darryl Strawberry recovery was very helpful. I would have stayed longer if my insurance allowed
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  • I had a great experience at DSRC: the staff is compassionate and eager to help, time spent there is well structured and productive with helpful group meetings throughout the day, individual and group therapy is provided, the therapists are sensitive to individual needs and therapy/recovery plans are geared towards these needs, and the food is very good and plentiful. The owner and his recovery mentor "Doc" are very involved in the operation of the facility. They share their hair-raising personal recovery experiences. They are quick and stern in correcting B.S. from the clients. Also, they frequently solicit client input for improvements to the operation of the center. Better yet, they are quick to follow through with these suggestions. There is an interesting diversity of clients. Clients are from all backgrounds, age groups, and substances abused. I made many friends and was sad to leave them, but we will keep in touch on the "outside". From DSRC, I gained a solid foundation for my recovery.
    Overall the Darrell strawberry recovery center was a good experience i learned alot of tools that i may use when i get out of here. The meetings were informative and the counselors were nice.The only downfall of the place was you got fed 6 times a day and in my opinion did not receive enough exercise activity. meaning one weight bench for the whole facility is not enough along with only two hours of exercise Monday through Friday wasn't enough either. I think if they add more activities it will provide addicts with more ways to blow off steam and make there recovery easier.
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  • The treatment program was beneficial. I just wish the staff, administration, and clients were all on the same page.
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  • I recently had an adult child enter this program. I have nothing good to say about this center. I am posting this review in hopes of preventing others from being scammed. Everything they promise on the phone or on the website is either an outright lie or an enormous exaggeration. Patients will most likely not receive most or any of the care described. One on one therapy MIGHT happen once a week, medical detox is definitely not provided. There are many very good rehab places, this place is not one of them. If you are looking for help and hope for a loved one, look elsewhere.
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  • The treatment here was more than I expected. The staff is caring and takes get care of each client, knows their personal history.
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  • This is a great place to go. Very clean and the program is very helpful.
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  • Had a great experience!
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  • This place really changed my life. Everyone welcomes you with open arms. I would terll everyone who needs help to come here.
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  • This is a great place to get help with your addiction. They do many different groups that help with addiction and any many more life skills.
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  • I loved it here wish I could stay longer I have learned a lot cant wait to come back for iop
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  • I had a good experience while at the Darryl Strawberry Recovery Center. I learned about myself, my addiction, and coping skills. Administration and Staff were excellent. I highly recommend this facility if you are looking for help in moving towards a successful recovery. Thank you DSRC!
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  • I am very glad I came to DSRC. The things I learned saved my life. I got the tools I needed to save my life and the lives of friends and family. I feal like I have a new life and can't wait to start living it. Thank you to 4 employees in particular and the great staff for all your help!
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  • I am just leaving on my journey from Darryl Strawberry and the program and facility is amazing they have helped me get on the right path. As I start my road of recocovery outside of here I owe a huge thank you to all of the amazing staff, my Therapist and others!!! Thank you all!!!
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  • DSRC was an amazing experience. It seriously changed my life, I am so grateful to have had this opportunity. I came here broken and deteriorated inside and I am leaving a new women. To all the counselors, staff members, nurses and kitchen staff. Thank you for all that you have done. To two staff members in particular, thank you so much for being there for me I don't know what I would have done without you guys. Darryl Strawberry Recovery Center is truly amazing and a god scent. Thank you again.
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  • First off before I begin my review, I want to address some other reviews posted on this site. Before choosing to come to Darryl Strawberry, I read the reviews posted which obviously concerned me. However, I chose this facility anyway, and am grateful and blessed, that I did. To those who wrote those reviews, I ask you how sincere were you about your recovery? One thing I learned is that I am responsible for my recovery and what I choose to put into it, I will take away. The staff were there to guide me and assist me, but I had to do the work. Anyone can find things wrong with any place, but I chose to be grateful for where I was and for being around people who genuinely cared. The Administration team were nothing short of amazing. They are two individuals that I will never forget. They spent endless days with me to ensure my continued success. There were many days I felt like giving up, as recovery is one of the hardest things I've had to do. They would NOT let me fail or give up on myself. They worked long days to ensure that I got the most out of my stay while at the program. My therapist was also a valuable part of my recovery and I am grateful for her insights and wisdom. The staff members did an excellent job with the residents and I appreciated their efforts and hard work daily. I truly am walking away a better and changed person. I cannot predict my future, but I know that I am intent on continuing in my recovery and taking the tools I have learned at Darryl Strawberry Recovery Center and applying them to my life. I am excited for what lies ahead for me and my family. Thank you Darryl Strawberry Recovery Center!!!
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  • the snacks were horrible and they should give us more food for our money
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  • I highly recommend Darryl Strawberry Recover Center for anyone who is suffering from addiction. As a former client and also an alumni I was able to break free from alcohol and drug addiction. The staff was very caring and helpful through out my entire stay there. Especially the owner and the director of the program. My accommodations were very comfortable and clean. There is a cleaning service and meals prepared so that you can just focus on yourself. I loved this place and can't wait to come back and share my experience strength and hope!!
    I'm laying in bed at Darryl Strawberry Recovery center as I write this. This place is a chaotic mess with absolute zero organization. I've so far been here for 30 days, through out my stay I have made no progress. This place is like high school, people running around with no care to recovery or rules which have no consequences if broken. Look else where if you want to have a serious recovery!
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  • I have a family member that is receiving treatment at this recovery center and I'm lacking serioustrust in this facility.
    I had a loved one attend treatment at this facility. I am also a professional in the substance abuse field. I have nothing positive to say about this treatment center. My loved one's detox was mishandled. They conducted one two hour assessment the first week he was there and for the next month and a half he did not have ANY individual sessions with a therapist. This place essentially runs the client insurance until they are out of benefits. Do not send your loved one here. There is poor treatment provided and there is very little support or communication.
    This place is the worst rehab I have ever been to...they only want to give you some doctor in there the only thing he wants is give you some Suboxone. I went there to quit Suboxone and he still prescribed me some subs. I was man enough to refuse them, even though I suffered a little with the withdrawal, I was able to finish treatment. Woman and man are together in the same building while you're in detox, really? ...If you really want a change in your life you can do it and quit drugs. Don't be afraid of the outcomes. Believe in God, he is the only one who can do the miracles in your life, but first you really need to want a change in your life. I'm grateful that I got to go to a rehab but wasn't expecting this for the place. They really need to work on different areas. Thanks to my wonderful wife who trusts on God and never leaves me down and my father God who gives me the strength to finish and go through this process.
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  • I enjoyed my time spent here, I got a feeling that everyone involved wanted the best for me and I enjoyed the one on one time with the owners.
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  • Had an amazing time at DSRC the staff was wonderful and my therapist. Im looking forward to my new life In recovery.
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  • I had an extended stay here and loved every day. Theres always something new I could get out of the groups and I can honestly say that I'm leaving here a different person. Thanks to two staff members in particular, and the rest of the staff here I've been able to overcome past resentments and things holding me back and am now able to go out confidently and face problems I'll have on the outside. DSRC saved my life from where it was going and I cant thank this place enough for what theyver done for me.
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