ABOUT FLORIDA RECOVERY CENTER GAINESVILLE
Florida Recovery Center (FRC) is located on the University of Florida campus and affiliated with the medical school. The center provides evaluations, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient treatment, and continuing care groups for individuals struggling with substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders. The campus is minutes from the UF Health Shands Psychiatric Hospital, where patients may access specialists and detox services if necessary. Clients are referred to FRC from across the country and many are professionals working in safety-sensitive industries. The facility’s staff assists in addressing legal and licensure obligations.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Assessment services offered at FRC include psychiatric and neuropsychological evaluation, labs, nutritional testing, and medical consultation for clients who may have a dual diagnosis of addiction and another mental or physical disorder. Clients needing support during their withdrawal process are medically supervised at the nearby hospital and receive medication-assisted therapy when appropriate.
Following detoxification or other stabilization services, the next level of care offered is partial hospitalization (PHP) at the recovery center. PHP plans, which include FRC housing, typically range 30 to 90 days in duration, with residents participating in 12-step programming, group and family therapy, individual counseling, educational sessions, fitness activity, and recreational therapy. Among the options for therapeutic recreation are horticultural activities, cooking classes, and a ropes course. PHP clients also have access to medical care while in treatment on the university’s campus.
Those seeking step-down treatment may opt for intensive outpatient treatment (IOP). This treatment includes most of the PHP elements, meeting fewer hours during the week on an evening schedule. Specialized recovery tracks are available at both intensive levels for physicians, attorneys, young adults, and women. Standard outpatient appointments can be arranged individually through the department of psychiatry and the FRC.
The treatment team is comprised of physicians board certified in psychiatry or addiction medicine, psychologists, master’s level therapists and social workers, a recreation therapist, and nurses. According to the facility’s website, many staff members are in recovery themselves.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Partial hospitalization patients share comfortably furnished suites located in a group of apartments. On-site amenities include an outdoor pool, picturesque gardens, and table tennis. Transportation is provided to church, medical appointments, shopping, and recreational outings.
For detox or inpatient treatment at the UF Health Shands Psychiatric Hospital, the Florida Recovery Center has 20 dedicated beds. Some private rooms are available.
The center’s alumni group holds regular events and meetings.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
To date, Best-rehabs.com has received 14 reviews from this facility’s former clients, including six with extensive survey responses. Of 12 ratings for the effectiveness of treatment, half were fives stars out of five and the average was 3.8. Trends included complaints about financial dealings and praise for the tools provided and life-saving results. The six alumni polled on the staff’s level of training and experience and the cleanliness and upkeep of the facility gave highly favorable average ratings of 4.2 for both.
Some reviews provided contrasting perspectives. For instance, one alum reported disappointment in receiving no medical support while another expressed appreciation for the physical assistance provided through coordination with the nearby hospital. Additionally, an alum who offered otherwise positive opinions identified cost as a weakness.
Another point of weakness was evident as three positive reviewers rated the availability of counseling options just two stars apiece, revealing an apparently limited focus of treatment. One alum reported that their treatment was not individualized and relied too heavily on education.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Four loved ones also submitted reviews to Best-rehabs.com. Three were negative and one positive. Criticisms were in line with alumni perspectives on financial concerns and lack of care for co-occurring disorders, while praise focused on the quality of FRC’s clinical staff.
The website notes that several insurance plans are accepted, but encourages interested parties to call for more information about co-pays and coverage. Each client will meet with a financial counselor during the intake process.