The philosophy of care at the Lake Haven Recovery Center hinges on providing a safe, comforting environment for recovery in a beautiful natural setting. Treatment here acknowledges that addiction is a life-threatening disease, and incorporates the principles of AA/NA into individual, group and family therapy, along with providing services for men and woman with co-occurring mental health issues.
ABOUT LAKEHAVEN RECOVERY CENTER
Located in Pompano Beach, Fla., 36 miles north of Miami, LakeHaven Recovery Center offers outpatient-based treatment programs with sober living facilities for adults and adolescents struggling with chemical dependency andThe center offers a partial hospitalization program (PHP) and an intensive outpatient program (IOP), as well a specialized tracks for pregnant women, first responders, and a Christian-based program track. Medical detoxification services are not available on-site.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
According to LakeHaven Recovery Center’s website, to determine an appropriate level of care and identify individual client needs, clients first undergo an initial substance abuse and psychiatric assessment before beginning treatment. The center’s programming combines the 12-Step model of recovery with a range of evidence-based modalities, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and motivational interviewing (MI), to help clients modify destructive behavior and set recovery goals.
During treatment, clients are assigned a primary therapist who provides individual therapy and guidance. In addition, clients attend group and family therapy sessions, as well as psychoeducational groups and 12-step workshops that guide clients through the first three steps of the fellowship. Clients also attend daily 12-step meetings on- and off-site. As indicated,(Naltrexone and Vivitrol) may also be utilized to minimize the discomfort of withdrawal and help curb cravings.
To help clients struggling with, the facility utilizes eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) to treat issues of trauma. Clients may also participate in neuro-feedback sessions to address maladaptive responses to emotional or psychological issues. Along with traditional treatment options, clients also participate in guided yoga, Tai Chi, art and music therapy, and physical conditioning.
To help clients lead productive lives after treatment, LakeHaven offers job coaching through its Pathways 2 Work program and case management services to assist with any legal, employment, and/or social issues. In some cases, clinicians may encourage clients to “step-down” to less intensive levels of care. LakeHaven offers both day and evening intensive outpatient programs (IOPs), which includes nine hours of weekly programming for four weeks. LakeHaven also operates transitional living facilities, offers no-cost, and facilitates activities through an alumni organization.
LakeHaven Recovery Center’s website notes the treatment staff includes a psychiatrist, an internal medicine physician, a licensed clinical social worker, master’s level therapists, an EMDR specialist, and recovery coaches. In addition, many staff members are in recovery themselves, and the facility’s therapist-to-client ratio is 1:10.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
LakeHaven Recovery Center’s website indicates through the center’s residential facility and transitional homes, LakeHaven can accommodate up to 108 clients. The residential facilities, which is staffed 24 hours a day, is located on a nearby lake. Clients share mini-suites that feature a bathroom, a well-furnished living room, full kitchen, and flat-screen TV. Residents have access to a workout room, laundry services, a swimming pool, a volleyball and basketball court, and a “tiki hut,” where residents enjoy an outdoor barbeque each Sunday.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Of the four alumni polled by Best-rehabs.com at the time of this writing, three left negative feedback and one alum provided positive opinions about LakeHaven Recovery Center. The single alum who provided a positive reviews gave five out of five stars for treatment effectiveness. “great staff. practical staff treats you with focus,” they wrote.
However, the three other alumni left negative feedback called the center unethical and wrote the center only cares about money. “why cant they get their act together… all about money… they should be ashamed of them selfs,” an alum wrote in a representative review.
Secondary sources revealed more positive alumni opinions. On the facility’s Facebook page, which LakeHaven can manage, 40 reviewers awarded the facility an average rating of 4.8 out of five stars.  Many reviewers tended to praise the facility’s staff. “Being an alumni from lake haven I can truly say that the staff and clinical team here saved my life!!” Steve, a representative reviewer, wrote.
On Google reviews, five individuals offered very polarizing opinions of the facility, and provided an average of 2.6 out of five stars.  The two reviewers to leave positive ratings did not leave commentary. The other three reviewers, who were predominantly negative, wrote of an unprofessional staff and an insect problem.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
All three loved ones surveyed by Best-rehabs.com to date provided negative opinions about LakeHaven Recovery Center. One loved one said their son left worse than when he arrived, and the other loved ones had problems with billing. “This recovery treatment center is run more like a jail with money motivating them instead of giving their clients the best possible treatment,” a loved one wrote in a representative review.
LakeHaven Recovery Center’s website notes it accepts private insurance from number of providers, including Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Humana, and United. Currently, the daily cost of the facility’s partial hospitalization program (PHP) and with sober living is $1,950.