Lifeskills South Florida

Lifeskills South Florida Deerfield Beach Florida

Since 1991, Lifeskills South Florida has offered customized treatment programs for men and women ages 18 over suffering from mental health and substance use disorders such as: anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders, borderline personality disorders, depression, substance use disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and thought disorders. As a national Center of Excellence, our goal is to provide affordable, customized treatment options that transform lives and empower clients to sustain long-term recovery.

ABOUT LIFESKILLS SOUTH FLORIDA

Founded in 1991 and located a few miles from the beach, Lifeskills South Florida offers residential and outpatient care for adult men and women struggling with substance abuse or co-occurring psychiatric disorders.

TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT

Following a series of comprehensive clinical and psychiatric assessments, each client is assigned to a primary therapist. Though length of treatment ultimately varies in accordance to one’s needs, the residential substance abuse program lasts on three months on average. In addition to 12-step facilitation, Life Skills South Florida offers an evidence-based curriculum of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), practices that address negative thought patterns and behaviors.

Other services offered include individual and group therapy, specialized mental health treatment and education, training in relapse prevention, anger management, and weekly family sessions. Holistic and experiential therapies – like yoga, meditation, art, and music – are offered alongside fitness and leisure opportunities. As residents are expected to pursue work, studies, or volunteering, the residential program offers vocational support and skills training.

For those stepping down from (or simply not in need of) residential care, there are both outpatient and intensive outpatient (IOP) programs available at the facility’s nearby Delray Beach location. While IOP treatment offers as many as 10 hours of treatment per week and can be completed in either eight or 12 weeks, traditional outpatient care offers four hours of treatment per week over the course of either four or eight weeks.

Alumni meetings and events take place both monthly and throughout the year

STAFF CREDENTIALS

According the facility’s website, the treatment team at Lifeskills South Florida consists of a clinical psychologist, a yoga instructor, a case manager, a recovery coach, as well as licensed social workers and therapists.

ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES

Clients reside in fully furnished townhomes that are separate from the treatment facility but staffed 24 hours a day. Most rooms fit three to four clients, though private rooms may be available upon request. Access is provided to a swimming pool, courts, and a fitness center and cigarettes are permitted in designated areas.

WHAT ALUMNI SAY

With only two out of four Best-rehabs.com survey respondents sharing details of life-changing recovery experiences, feedback from alumni is quite mixed. Alum Norka celebrated therapists who were focused on each individual client, while alum D.C. told Best-rehabs.com: “LifeSkills grounded me and gave me the coping skills I need,” adding, “This was the best decision I’ve made.”

Yet Patrick and N.N. told a very different story. Together, they described the staff as “mean-spirited,” “unqualified to treat mental health issues” and of a treatment approach that is based on punishment rather than rewards.

WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY

Four of the five loved ones reviewing the program to date reported positive recovery outcomes and experiences dealing with the facility. Aside from S.B., who claimed that the program advertised itself as something it is not (mirroring certain alumni complaints), family members told of effective, often life-saving treatment that helped their loved ones address their inner demons, communicate more effectively, and develop powerful coping skills.

FINANCING

Lifeskills South Florida is a private pay facility that does not accept insurance. Financing is available through M-Lend Financial, a medical loans company.

Reviews about Lifeskills South Florida

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  • Surprised by the issues in the program, felt unsafe at times. Variety of very intense situations happened while there. Felt like many clients should have been hospitalized and not here. Overheard staff commenting on they will take anyone to fill the beds. I then found out they are for profit so it makes sense that it felt more about money than me getting the best treatment . My wife helped find this place and has now heard she heard they have sales reps and they get paid extra money to fill the place up. Then we heard that many of these places pay admitting staff money too as they help fill it up and MAKE money on our pain! Health care in this country has taken a new low and mental health places like this make my stomach hurt due to these practices are allowed to continue.
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  • To preface: I am a friend of a client that is attending Lifeskills, and I am also a counselor so I understand the challenges faced by an organization dedicated to serving those with mental health needs. I am thoroughly disgusted by Lifeskills South Florida. In the past week I have made more attempts than I can count to make contact with my friend and each time I've called there has been a 75% chance that I've been met with rude people on the phone. One person even went so far as to mock my ability to understand English by repeating the same phrase "call back during clinical hours" repeatedly even after I attempted to explain that I had already done so multiple times without any success and just wanted to talk to someone who could explain agency policy to me because I was concerned for my friend. Other staff members were either actively malicious or did not understand agency policy and told me that they would leave a message for a client when in reality this was not being done at all or even possibly forbidden by agency policy. Either way I am utterly confused right now which is not somewhere I should be after speaking to as many staff members as I have. The one time I did manage to make contact with my friend a month ago, I spoke directly to and specifically asked a mental health technician to assist my friend with filling out a release of information so that we could communicate with each other more easily. Clearly this basic request was not followed through with at all since more than a month has passed and I am still not on said client's authorized contact list which makes communicating with them impossible as staff members cannot even confirm or deny that the client is attending the facility (this much is reasonable and commendable due to maintenance of strict confidentiality). Each time I've called I've done what was asked of me - I left voicemails, I sent emails explaining the situation - I have been extremely courteous considering the rudeness I have had to endure. I will commend one staff member or actually being willing to assist me, but the fact that I've jumped through every hoop placed before me and STILL have not been able to talk to anyone who can actually help me? This is utterly absurd. Now. I may not be a client that attended Lifeskills. I cannot speak to the quality of the facility or even the treatment. But for those of you considering sending a loved one to Lifeskills, I want you to seriously consider the following: 1. These counselors and staff members I have been speaking to are guaranteed to be spending the MOST time with your loved one during their stay. Such is the nature of a residential facility. 2. If I, as an outsider, am already being treated this discourteously with regards to simply ASKING QUESTIONS - how do you think your loved one will be treated? 3. Your loved ones are often unstable and difficult to work with. I was reasonable and expressed gratitude in the face of extreme callousness - how do you think tired, frustrated mental health technicians are going to treat your loved one at the end of a rough day? Your loved ones and your family are going through an extremely difficult time. They are vulnerable and need help. But from what I can tell from my interactions with Lifeskills staff - they are going to be treated with disrespect by jaded staff members who can't even answer the phone saying "Hello my name is X, how may I help you". No, you'll be lucky if they just say the word "Lifeskills" without sounding completely like they hate everything about their career. In summary: These are the staff members that will guide the spiritual, emotional and physical development of your loved ones for months. These are the staff members that will care for your loved one's wellbeing. These are the staff members that your loved ones will turn to for help in crisis and to survive. Do you want to take that risk?
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  • I tried suicide 15 times in my life before Life Skills. Put a shotgun to my mouth, and pulled. 150+ pills, hung myself, put a gun to my head, you name it; I did not want to live! Thank you Life Skills!!!! You are amazing, you make me want to live, to be better, I am happy and grateful on a daily basis because of the entire staff!!!! I spent 5 months in residential due to the nature and complexity of my case (borderline, bipolar, trauma, and more). I probably got them bored of me trying to leave!!! Would not be impressed if I found out they had side bets on how many times I would request AMA (jajajaja). THEY ARE NOT IN IT FOR THE MONEY, they are in it For the love. I was an arrogant, egotistical, rude, pain in the ass for my first 3.5 months. They never gave up on me, and for that my family and I are eternally thankful. The staff are all amazing human beings. They all made me fall in love with life, and have motivated me to help others!!!!!
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  • LifeSkills saved my life. Years of unsuccessful treatment brought me to Lifeskills for intensive DBT treatment. I still will deal with my Borderline Personality issues the rest of my life, but I have a fighting chance to succeed now. LifeSkills grounded me and gave me the coping skills I need. This was the best decision I've made.
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  • LifeSkills ebabled my dad to address his depression and alcoholism. My dad was in denial my entire life. At age 52, my dad finally addressed his demons. Now due to the pharmacology of Dr Dan Bober, the treatment at Lifeskills, and the Family Therapy Program, my dad is re-discovering his life. He and my mother realized the unhealthy communication patterns, family secrets at the Family Weeekend at Lifeskills. I love my father and am grateful for the medication for his depression and his abstinence and recovery. Proud of you dad!
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  • Our son first attend d LifeSkills last year and graduated six months ago. He experienced what we now know as a drug induced psychosis. Having a son with high apserations, acceptance into law school and the world before him, this shook us to our core. Our 4.0, straight A student was now in trouble at college. He was required to seek medical treatment during his final semester in college prior to graduating. Little did he know that he smoked laced marijuana. It took several months for him to return to a normal baseline. his psychiatrist at Lifeskills knew how to treat him. his therapist did a wonderful job using Cognitive Remediation to help his cognition. The team at Lifeskills saved our son and family. Our son is now one year later finishing his final semester for college. His grades are back to As and Bs. He will graduate this May. We do not know if our son can get to law school as that was his life's dream. But we do know he has his life back and has a future. Thank you Lifeskills
    LifeSkills South Florida saved my daughters life. BPD, lifelong depression, anxiety, and marijuana use. She was a mess. Fro age 14 until age 23, she struggled greatly and did not graduate high school. 4 months at Lifeskills gave me my daughter back. Yes she still has depression and anxiety but she has the skills to cope and her medication is effective. Her outrageous borderline personality disorder issues have been largely arrested. She has learned coping skills, meditation and mindfulness. A great big shout out to the yoga instructor. My daughter has obtained her GED and is now enrolled in a junior college. The poor reviews on rehab.com are disgruntled people who have somehow gotten lost in their journey and bitterness. I strongly recommend Lifeskills to any parent.
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  • Lifeskills changed my life. The people I met there, the tech and the therapists are focused on each client- not just all at once as if we all had the same story. I recommend it.
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  • I absolutely agree with the other reviewer. The staff is mean-spirited. Treatment is based on punishment and brainwashing.
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  • their ability to treat both mental health issues and addiction at the same time. Their staff are all licensed and nationally certified. my husband and I received weekly family therapy helping us learn how to deal with our son and his mental health and addiction issues. If the Family therapy staff were not there, I do not know what we would have done. Our son was in the best hands for his care. The campus is very beautiful, very high end. It looks like Key West style housing. However, it is a small campus. My son is approaching one year in sobriety. Lifeskills South Florida did a lot for him, including treating his bi-polar. He has just finished his last out patient counseling and moved from the halfway house after 7 1/2 months there. He has a stable management job in the area. We now have our son back and are so very thankful for everyone who took part in helping him at Lifeskills.
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  • My son was at Lifeskills for 2 1/2 months and we realized during this time (and I would have expected professional mental health providers to realize this sooner), that our son, who was diagnosed with a psychotic disorder, could not function on his own and you need to be able to do that to live in a condo with only other clients. He could not make his own meals, and he was so upset being there, that he stopped eating and by the end of his stay, they had to give him Ensure to get nutrients into him. This center basically treated my son as if his problem was only a substance abuse issue (which it was clearly not, he was referred to them by a psychiatric hospital for a disorder that was leaning towards schizophrenia). Their goal for him was to go to AA meetings every night and get a sponsor, and then he would be rewarded with phone privileges and outings with his sponsor. He had not had a drink in a year at the time he went there. He had been self-medicating before that. He had psychotic episodes. Going to the large AA meeting in Florida, with 50-100 attendees, he told us overwhelmed him. His disorder made it hard for him to socialize and talk to people. If this facility really knew how to treat someone with this disorder, they would have had him meet with someone else who had a similar mental illness and was doing well living with it. This person could be a peer mentor. That would make more sense, I’ve since heard of this approach used at other more successful programs. When our son came home, he told us they called him and his roommate something to the effect of "the escape house" or "the runaways" because they both walked away from the facility. This is totally unprofessional and unacceptable for individuals working with the mentally ill population. They should know better than to mock or make fun. They are just there to do bed checks at night and dole out medication. Knowing what I know now, I believe he felt as though he tried so hard, but he failed the program. My biggest regret besides sending him there in the first place, is that I don't think I told him that he didn't fail, the program failed him. I'm writing this in the hopes that no one else with a mentally ill family member will send their loved one there. This place at best is only possibly capable of being a rehab facility and I'm not even sure how well they do with that.