Gulf Breeze Recovery

Gulf Breeze Recovery Gulf Breeze Florida

Gulf Breeze Recovery is a non -12 step holistic drug treatment facility on the water overlooking Pensacola Beach in Florida. We focus on helping our guests identify exactly how their addictions began and how to break free from these addictions to lead a successful life without the need for weekly meetings or sponsors.

ABOUT GULF BREEZE

Set in a waterfront building on Florida’s Gulf Coast, Gulf Breeze Recovery offers residential substance abuse treatment for adults.” Medical detox and 24-hour monitoring is available on-site.

TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT

According to its website, Gulf Breeze Recovery is a non-12-Step, holistic treatment facility and states that its program is conducive for those who continually struggle with relapse.

Residents typically stay eight weeks, though it varies depending upon the individual needs of each client. The facility calls its program “THRIVE,” the aim of which is not to delve into the past, but rather amend present action. The program starts by tackling denial and resistance before residents focus on their physical health, embarking on an individualized fitness plan complemented by spa therapies. Neo-cognitive therapy in three stages begins with developmental activities, then small group activities, and finally, intensive one-on-one counseling. One alumni surveyed by Best-rehabs.com at the time of this writing reported receiving six to seven hours of group therapy a day. The facility also offers neurofeedback.

There are comprehensive aftercare options which include the continuation of one-on-one counseling services (either in person or online), weekly online group meetings facilitated by a therapist, and a closed online forum for all alumni.

STAFF CREDENTIALS

The staff at Gulf Breeze Recovery includes a director of operations, an admissions coordinator, a clinical director, a psychiatrist, and two full-time executive chefs. There is a staff-to-client ratio of 2:1.

ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES

Gulf Breeze offers 26 beds in a newly renovated two-story building. The upstairs includes a modest workout room with a view of the water and beach, and adjacent to it is the facility’s spa. Clients stay mostly in private rooms, and each room has a flat screen TV and cable.

Other amenities include an outdoor pool and a private beach area.

WHAT ALUMNI SAY

Reviews from more than a dozen alumni surveyed by Best-rehabs.com to date were highly positive. Several former clients credited the facility with saving their lives and praised it for its kind and compassionate staff, its effective programming, and the fact that it took a non-12-step approach to addiction treatment. “Gulf Breeze was an incredible place,” wrote C.D. in a representative review. “There isn’t one person on that staff who isn’t kind, caring and, in some cases, entertaining… This isn’t a 12-step program, thankfully. The approach is holistic, yet practical.”

WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY

Two of the three loved ones surveyed by Best-rehabs.com at the time of this writing gave the facility positive reviews. A.E.K. and K.W. both gave the facility mostly five out of five stars across 15 different evaluated metrics, including its family participation, its staff support, its counseling options, its holistic activities, its cleanliness, and its pricing.

But K.L.D., whose son attended Gulf Breeze, gave the rehab mixed feedback. The parent told Best-rehabs.com that staff were caring, the counselors were helpful, and that the programming was sound. But the reviewer also noted that some of the facility’s marketing was misleading (“the pictures led me to believe it was right on the beach…the truth is that there is a small piece of sand that overlooks the water, but it is not really a beach,” they wrote), that the follow-up after treatment was minimal, and that the program ultimately did not work for their son.

WHAT STAFF SAY

The two staffers polled by Best-rehabs.com at the time of this writing both gave Gulf Breeze highly positive reviews, describing it as an “excellent” and “innovative” program.

FINANCING

Fees start at $35,000 for 56 days. Gulf Breeze accepts private pay and offers financing via a third-party lending program. The facility allows insurance to be filed, but clients receive reimbursement after paying up front.

Reviews about Gulf Breeze Recovery

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  • GBR saved my life! I looked and debated rehabs for a month before making a decision and I made the best decision by choosing gulf breeze recovery! I highly recommend GBR!!
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  • I am so thankful that I came to Gulf Breeze Recovery! I have been thru several different types of recovery centers and nothing ever seemed to work for me! When I came to Gulf Breeze I was at the end of my rope, and in complete desperation! Immediately upon walking thru the doors the staff made me feel at ease and right at home! They actually cared about me and my well being and were there to help me with any of my concerns! The program has a unique and holistic approach in teaching a new way to look at life and live your life! They helped me to love myself and forgive myself! Something I haven't been able to do in a long time! The foundation that I built there has set me up for success and continues to grow with my active participation in aftercare with my 3P educator, literature, and online groups! The facility is absolutely breath taking and the accommodations are really first class! They have amazing food, fun art classes, one on one counseling, sauna, and recreational therapy, along with yoga and meditation! This was honestly the best place I could have ever chosen to go to! It has saved my life today! Thank you Gulf Breeze for all that you have done and continue to do for the recovery communities!!
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  • Dont send anyone here. They are the rudest people I have ever met in my life. They worse a false God and tell everyone that its someone elses fault you have problems. This place cost me my marriage by the counselor Rich encouraging fights. Dont waste your money. Your loved one is a dollar bill to them not a human. The only people they care about is themselves. The facility is nasty. Bugs and smoke odor everywhere. The website is advertising falsely as there are no therapy rooms with water views. Just paintings of the water. The place brainwashes these addicts into thinking that life is all roses and butterflies and if it isn't, blame it on someone else instead of taking responsibility for your actions in life. Don't expect to be involved in the care of your loved one either. They're too stupid to realize that after your loved one leaves the facility, you have to care for them and deal with the problems and trauma.
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  • During my time at GBR I met some of the most amazing people. Everyone is wonderful and the counselors truly care about your recovery. The staff does a great job of making sure you are well taken care of, safe, and feel comfortable throughout your eight weeks. The nursing staff is the bomb. They make sure that you stay totally comfortable when you are in detox by checking in on you often and seeing if you need anything at all from them. They are compassionate and kind. The chefs will not let you go hungry. The food is amazing! Overall my experience was great and I would recommend GBR to anyone who is struggling with addiction.
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  • The program good, counselors very good. Effective program. Unfortunately the insurance dept. and coordinator are inept boarding on incompetent, despite being a self proclaimed insurance "expert". Payment in full is required up front, as GB is out of network with many carriers. The in house assessment was that in patient treatment was required, but the ins. carrier ultimately determined it was not and denied the claim. GB insurance coordinator stated that pre authorization of in patient was received, but has NEVER produced this, despite numerous requests. It was obvious she did not understand the internal/external appeal process on this private insurance plan and resulted not being able to bring in an attorney before appeals were exhausted. This has been the only in patient stay where insurance did not cover, the only difference, ins submittal and back up support. Bottom line? Good program , do not count on competent help on insurance or rely on reimbursement.
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  • I finally found the facility I have been looking for. I've attended a 12 step rehab facility and another non-12 step facility in California with neither having the success I was looking for. I feel different upon graduation from GBR than I felt from any other. I now can see myself spending the rest of my life being not dependent on addictive substances. The counseling staff at GBR was outstanding.
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  • I highly recommend Gulf Breeze Recovery. After my time at GBR, I am not “in recovery”, I am RECOVERED! The transformation that has taken place within me during my stay at GBR and afterwards is indescribable. I am continually amazed at the changes I’ve experienced in my addictions, well-being, relationships, anxiety/stress levels and overall happiness. And, things seem to continue to get better! Once you SEE for yourself the principles that are explored at GBR, it is impossible to ever un-see these principles. GBR provides an excellent environment to begin the life changing process of learning & understanding these simple principles. Each stage/aspect of GBR’s program including detox, sauna, neuro feedback, coursework, physical health, mental health, healthy diet, education, reflection, meditation, free time, etc is well planned & beneficial to the overall process of not only removing the addiction but guiding you towards a new perspective on life after rehabilitation. The continuing education counselor provided by GBR to work with after leaving GBR has been extremely good for me as well. GBR provides several counselors outside of their facility to choose from upon leaving GBR…you & your GBR counselor will work together to find the best “fit” for your life after GBR. In closing, please review the recovery approach of Transformational Recovery Centers (GBR) vs Traditional Recovery Centers (12-Step). Of course 12-Step programs have helped many people over the years & they continue to do so, but there is another, better way that WORKS…GBR can and will provide the foundation for a new life for you like it did for me. I will be forever grateful for Gulf Breeze Recovery. The food is awesome too!
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  • I checked into GBR March 7th, 2017. I had a pretty good idea about the program which was nice. From the start the staff was great about check-in and making sure I felt as comfortable as possible. Having had history with the program it made starting classes a little more comfortable. I was really able to focus on myself and search for what would help me out on understanding what it is I want. The facility is extremely nice and well kept with amazing views. The food is outstanding! GBR has truly provided me help to get my mind back on track and enjoy life again.
    GBR saved my life. 30+ years or hard drinking had me depressed and suicidal. AA didn't work for me at all. The program at GBR and the principles taught there worked. I have been sober for 27 months and know I will never drink alcohol again. The staff is wonderful. The food is amazing. And the program works. It's more like a resort than a rehab. And I went before they put the swimming pool in! They teach you how your brain works. Once you understand this, quitting destructive behaviors is simple. I highly recommend Gulf Breeze Recovery.
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  • I spent the better part of 15 years using methamphetamine. It had taken over my life and my ability to be comfortable around anyone, most of all myself. I knew I needed help and I had finally gotten to a place where I wanted help. I had never been to rehab before and wasn’t really sure where to start. I knew that a 12 step program was not for me. I just started searching the internet and Gulf Breeze Recovery kept popping up. I called a few places only to get an answering service. I was left feeling discouraged and because of this, I was reluctant to call GBR. When I finally worked up the courage to ca a man answered the phone. I’m so glad he did because I’m not sure I would have ever made it to any rehab if I had not spoken to a real person. Everyone at GBR went out of their way to make sure I was comfortable. Everyone there was so nice and helpful. During my 12 week stay at GBR I learned, not just how to survive but how to live life healthy and happy. I enjoy life now, a life that I now know I deserve. I thank God that I found GBR. It is the real deal! Thank you Gulf Breeze Recovery for saving my life!
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  • I checked into GBR June 3, 2016. I cannot overstate the impact my stay there made on me. I truly believe they saved my life. Actually, it would be more accurate to say they showed me that I had the ability to save my own life all along. I have been clean for about four and a half months as I write this review. I truly thought that I was beyond repair. I had been kicked out of my last rehab, I had come and gone, unmoved, from the rooms of 12 step meetings, and I honestly thought that I was destined to die with a needle in my arm. GBR offered me a safe place to come to the realization of my innate value. I had tried looking outside of myself for peace for so long that it was completely revolutionary to realize that the only place I needed to look was within. I could literally go on and on about the counselors and the rest of the staff. However, I think that my experience can be summed up by saying that there is no doubt in my mind that I would not be alive today had I not found this treatment center. And, today, the quality of my life has already surpassed any hopes I had for myself before coming here. And it gets even better every day.
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  • My name is Jon, I'm 31 years old, and I attended Gulf Breeze Recovery Center for my drinking. I had been completely dependent on alcohol for 15 years. I had no respect for myself, and I no hope for the future. I had tried to taper, and I was still waking up at night to maintain. My mother recommended Gulf Breeze because she agreed with their principles, and she believed that this was my last chance. I didn't know what to expect, and I had had negative experiences with seeking help in the past, but I would have tried anything because I believed my life depended on it. I was dreading the detoxification process, because I would get ill when I didn't have enough to drink, but I was pleasantly surprised by how brief my detox was. The doctor and nursing staff made me feel very comfortable and welcome. After detox the real beauty of Gulf Breeze began to shine through. All of the staff and even the other guests created an amazingly nurturing and caring environment for me. And though I had my solitude, I never felt alone. I felt that everyone there truly wanted the best for me, and believed I could achieve it. The counselors teach you how your brain works, how your thoughts can work for you instead of against you. They teach you how to process stress, understand emotions, and become at peace with yourself. They taught me that there was nothing wrong with me. I didn't have a disease; the drinking was just a symptom of how I was living. Just like if I don't have a headache, I don't think about aspirin, drinking rarely crosses my mind, but if it does, that thought will pass. Gulf Breeze has a knowledgeable, compassionate staff, an extensive library to utilize, fantastic accommodations, delicious cuisine, and a comprehensive curriculum. They have a great facility, and they provide plenty of free time for relaxation, meditation, or exorcise. The one-on-one counseling is fantastic, and the entire staff is always happy to talk with you. 8 weeks can seem like a long time, but I felt like it was necessary to practice being my new, sober self. It really didn't feel like that long when I was there, and giving 60 days to have the rest of my life back was a great investment. It wasn't always easy, but I was definitely worth it. And, they make it easy to stay in touch with loved ones. Sometimes I think that Gulf Breeze shouldn't be a recovery center, because everyone, regardless of whether or not they have an addiction, can benefit from the principles. If you are even the least bit curious about changing your life, I can't recommend them enough. What they do works. I knew my life was bad, but I didn't know how bad until I saw how good it could be. I never could have seen that without them. I’ll be eternally grateful for Gulf Breeze Recovery; they gave me my life back.
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  • I brought my son to GBR after reading all these fabulous reviews. I seriously hoped for the same kind of recovery that others had spoken about. The admissions counselor seemed to know exactly where I, as the desperate and discouraged parent, was coming from. I personally took out a large loan, as our insurance didn't cover standalone treatment facilities, and took him in. The nurses and counselors are truly wonderful. I could not have asked for more. My son loved the nurses too. His counselors were very helpful, although I would have liked him to have had more time with them. The ideas are sound, and I got a lot out of the books that they gave him. If he had wanted to make any of it stick, it would have been great, but they could not change who he is, nor give him hope for the future, so it didn't work. He doesn't drink as much as he did before, and we have more sober days than we did before, but I feel that it is only honest to say that it doesn't always work. Frankly, if I only read positive reviews about a place, I would begin to wonder if they were "rigged". The building is lovely, it is on Pensacola Beach Blvd, however, there is no ocean access. The pictures led me to believe it was right on the beach and that my son would walk along the beach or sit on the beach and make life decisions. The truth is that there is a small piece of sand that overlooks the water, but it is not really a beach, and no one is allowed to be alone outside anyway, so don't expect that. I"m just letting people know what I found vs what I thought I would find. I don't think I would go so far as to call the cooks executive chefs, but they did cook dinners and my son said many of them were good. He didn't care for all of them though, and when he asked for Ensure instead of a meal, I was charged for that. I thought that was a little strange. Keep in mind that although the staff may be awesome, your family members may be still be hard to live with, and there may be disagreements between other guests and your addict. They are all grown ups with big problems, so don't expect all hearts and flowers and friends forever. My son was kind of a jerk sometimes when he went in and that didn't change. He's still kind of a jerk sometimes, and I'm sure he was tough to live with, as he told me that other guests were tough to live with too. I found that the pricing, as well as the length of treatment, were negotiable, which seemed a little odd. I"m grateful that they are sensitive to those of us who are not made of money, but feel that others should know that the first price they tell you may not be your only option. I read hundreds of reviews before I selected a place for my son. I know I really appreciated those who gave their honest feedback, as this is an industry plagued with scammers. Gulf Breeze is not a scam. It is a good idea. I think it could really make a difference if your addict would listen and use their information. It just didn't work right now with my son. I thought there might be more follow up with him after he left, but there was not much. He was assigned to a new counselor whom he had never met, so I don't think he ever called her. If your addict relapses and you want to send them back, there is no discounted rate, so I hope it works for you on the first round.
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  • This center absolutely saved my boyfriends life and I can say that he would not be alive today if we had not found this center. I will forever be grateful.
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  • When I entered GBR, I was scared, anxious and heartbroken. My husband had filed for divorce and was awarded temporary custody of our son. Slowly but surely, the program helped me change my mindset and regain my power. I was a different person when I left than when I came in. A positive experience all around.
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  • Very well mannered and understanding staff. Very clean and well kept.
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  • Professional staffing, but to strick. This is a very professionally staffed facility and a nice relaxed atmophere. The trust should be more so trusting the patient will meet expectations. Overall, an excellent program.
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  • Greatly enjoyed this facility and all it had to offer.
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  • Wonderful facility and staff. The material they teach is life changing and is focused on becoming a better person.
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    Using drugs nowadays would be a real buzz kill. Since leaving Gulf Breeze Recovery I’ve found a happiness and peace in my life that is better than the best drink I ever had, or drug I ever used. I thought life without using would be dull and ordinary and couldn’t imagine not having the next “high” to look forward to if I stopped all my use. Truth is, using IS fun and exciting. That’s what we do it for right? I mean, who would ever use drugs or drink if it wasn’t great at first? Using makes you feel good, covers up insecurities, pain, fear, and makes life enjoyable and carefree. All of these things are true until you eventually and unavoidably hit…. (to use Pink Floyd’s album name)…”The Wall”. Anyone who uses long enough like I did will certainly come in contact with “The Wall" that begins to block every benefit that we thought “getting our buzz on” had to offer. If you’re reading this...You know what I’m talking about! “The Wall" of built up tolerance where more and more is required. “The Wall” that stops and blocks friendships, family relationships, success at work or school, and continuity of hobbies and activities we once found peaceful and rewarding without help from any kind of substance. “The Wall” that halts our ability to enjoy the “little things” and the simple pleasures that life has to offer us every moment if we are just open to it. If we can live in the“now” without the clutter of all our thoughts surrounding not only our substance abuse, but all of our thinking that comes from an ego based self that thrives and stays alive through petty comparisons to others, fear of losing something, “being right”, having beliefs, and living in a past and/or future that is only a projected illusion. If any of this sounds absurd to you, then I know my writing is on the right track for you. Something inside you knows there’s some truth here. When Gulf Breeze Recovery taught me that every feeling and experience I have in my life comes from my own ability to create with my own thinking, I was caught off guard too. How could that be? I’m 39 years old and have lived my whole life believing that all the events and circumstances outside of me determined how I felt, what kind of day I had, who was to blame, what mood I was in, and how happy or unhappy I was. How dare they tell ME that I’ve been doing this to myself all these years! How dare they tell me that I’m in control of how I feel about……..wait a minute…..I’m in control of how I feel and all of my experiences in life?……..And there it was….the truth that had been in front of me my whole life, so simple, yet so elusive. I was supposed to be looking inside for every answer for myself. It all starts there. What an insight…what a liberating discovery…..what an Inside/Out Revolution for me. Since my stay at Gulf Breeze Recovery, my life is not back to the way it was before my drug use….it’s way better. Within just a few short months, I was back in good with my family, my friendships were restored, and I’m enjoying my life every moment with a new set of eyes to view my world with. See, my addiction was just a symptom of a bigger problem. Some people have eating disorders, some people have gambling issues, some people have sex addictions, and some people use their intelligence to demean or criticize others to make themselves temporarily feel better. The problem is, just like drug use, these efforts to “cover up” our real issues are only a temporary false sense of well being. But, the truth to every "so called” addiction is a fundamental misunderstanding of how our brains and bodies work together to create our experience in life. Gulf Breeze Recovery helped me to uncover a true sense of well being that has no end, as well as an understanding of life for me that was there the whole time. My life will never be the same. There’s no unknowing what I know now and I am so grateful to their management and staff for helping me find the most important self discovery that anyone can have. Now, I am at the mercy of nothing outside of myself for my daily adventures in life. Nothing happens “to me” anymore. Things just happen and I determine how I want to feel about them which is no longer filled with a roller coaster of emotions, only an acceptance of every event for what it is….and I’m just along for the ride. So, I figure……why not make it a playground? It’s way more fun than a Wall.
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  • Gulf Breeze Recovery changed my life! Before I went I was full of fear, anxiety and had no self confidence whatsoever, not to mention a big drug problem that had plagued me for many years. I had done inpatient and out patient facilities before and they didn't work. They almost made it worse because of the constant reminder of what a screw up I had been. Gulf Breeze changed all that for me! Issues that had kept me down for years just evaporated and left me at Gulf Breeze Recovery. I lost my drug problem and found myself and how great I am in the process. Gulf Breeze Recovery changed my life in the greatest way possible. I wouldn't recommend any other facility other than this one. It went above and beyond anything I could have ever had expectations for.
    I was terrified of going to rehab. I cried the entire way there, but I knew I had to get my alcohol issue under control. Gulf Breeze was an incredible place. There isn't one person on that staff who isn't kind, caring and, in some cases, entertaining. I gleaned so much insight on how to handle not just my addiction, but life. This isn't a 12-step program, thankfully. The approach is holistic, yet practical. I felt very much at peace there, met some incredible people and made lasting friendships. There are weekly online meetings after you graduate to discuss concerns, issues and the like. I've been sober almost 6 months now and it's been much easier than I ever thought it could be. I can't say enough about Gulf Breeze (and no, I'm not an employee!!)
    When I attended Gulf Breeze Recovery in December 2014, I was completely dejected and despondent. Having suffered from addiction for over 10 years and attending more than a few rehab facilities, I was left believing that I could never recover and lead a “normal” life. During my stay at GBR I realized that I was not “broken” and that a life full of happiness without substances is possible. Having been to numerous other rehabilitation centers that seemed only to focus on the past and negative consequences associated with my addictive behaviors, it was immensely refreshing to attend a place where I learned that life is not about what I could or should have done, but what I can do now and moving forward. The staff at GBR is amazing, and they truly care about helping people transform their lives from feelings of insecurity and inadequacy to general well-being and peace. I have since enrolled in a Master’s counseling program and I will never recommend that anyone who is seeking treatment go anywhere but GBR.
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  • August 29, 2014 was literally the day that changed my life. Five years prior I had become addicted to prescription pain pills. For five years I lived with this secret demon that controlled every second of my life. I hid it from my family, friends and coworkers. From the outside you would have thought I had it all: two beautiful little girls, a loving fiancé, and supportive friends and family. But inside I was miserable and felt like dying was the only way to end this vicious cycle. Two days before checking into Gulf Breeze my luck ran out. My fiancé found a bottle of forty pills and asked me if I had a drug problem. I was angry, yet relieved that my secret was exposed. I cried in his arms and said, "I need help!" I contacted a friend who had been in and out of rehabs several times, all of which were 12-Step programs, and none of them had worked for her. She told me about a place she had just come back from called Gulf Breeze Recovery in Florida. She said, "I have been to them all, and Gulf Breeze is a godsend." When I arrived, the place looked like a resort. I was greeted by a very friendly guy; he showed me the facility and I was so impressed, a sense of relief came over me. I was scared of detox because I didn't know what to expect. I was worried about hurting, withdrawals, and whatever comes with getting off of opiates. The nurses and staff treated me like family and not just like another addict. My detox was very comfortable and the nurses accommodated me day and night. After I left the detox treatment I was moved to my permanent room, which was extremely nice and very comfortable. My first two weeks were spent in the spa and sauna to help more with the detox process. After about two weeks being there I started feeling like myself again. I was laughing with the other guests and it was genuine; I would cry because I missed my family, but it was also genuine. I wasn't masking my emotions with pills anymore. At Gulf Breeze Recovery they don't remind you of what you were and what you did. They remind you that you still have and will always have good in you and that what you did in the past is over. Every day is a new day. It will be a year on August 29, 2015 that I have been sober. I could never have done this without my beloved friend who gave me this beautiful gift of Gulf Breeze Recovery. Gulf Breeze made me see how I can live a sober life by remembering the simplest, but oh-so-powerful, four little words: "It's just a thought." I wake up happy to be alive. I am a better mother, daughter, fiancé, friend, and human being because of Gulf Breeze Recovery.
    Gulf Breeze Recovery is truly innovative in the addiction field. The program here is not just about recovering sobriety, but understanding what truly caused the addictions in the first place so that guests not only "get clean", but experience a higher level of living in all areas including relationships, work, parenting, etc. Strengths are that we are small, sense of community and not just a number--guests and staff are seen as equals across the board. The staff truly cares about the guests and strives to always act in their best interests. However, we are small and can't help more people. It is great that we are small so there is a sense of community and not just a number--guests and staff are seen as equals across the board. The staff truly cares about the guests and strives to always act in their best interests. I would and I have recommended this facility! I've seen quite a few rehabs operate and this one truly cares about the guests and not only wants to help them remain sober, but live productive, full lives content in the knowledge that they are not their past mistakes.
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  • After attending 10 different traditional treatment centers with no success, I found Gulf Breeze Recovery. This facility was hands down the most effective place that i had ever been. Addiction is LITERALLY not an issue for me anymore. I don't cope with it, I've overcome it & moved past it with their help. I can't thank the staff at Gulf Breeze Recovery enough, I was dead & now i'm alive. Much love to everyone who had a hand in helping me overcome this addiction in my time at Gulf Breeze. I would recommend this facility to anyone who has tried to overcome addiction unsuccessfully with the traditional approach.