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