The treatment model at Transformations by the Gulf provides Individualized, gender-specific support for rehabilitation and achieving wellness. The program uses evidence-based therapies, emphasizes 12-step core values (self-respect, compassion, spirituality, self-accountability, honesty, transparency, open-mindedness and willingness to change) and offers a wide range of holistic treatment options, including nutrition counseling, acupuncture, yoga, personal fitness training, light and sound neurotherapy, and Tai Chi.
ABOUT TRANSFORMATIONS BY THE GULF
Located on the barrier island of St. Pete Beach, Fla., bordered by the Gulf of Mexico on one side and Boca Ciega Bay Aquatic Preserve on the other, Transformations by the Gulf offers substance abuse and co-occurring disorder treatment for adults on an outpatient basis, as well as community housing for those enrolled in its day treatment program.
Additionally, Transformations is dedicated to helping pregnant women struggling with substance abuse in any trimester.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Transformations by the Gulf does not offer a residential treatment in the traditional sense. Through its day treatment program, considered to be the most intensive level of care available, men and women may access community housing. Designed as a step-down option, those enrolled in the intensive outpatient (IOP) program (with housing) meet three days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Both tracks offer treatment in intervals of 30, 60, or 90 days.
Programming here integrates the core values of 12-Steps into a holistic treatment plan. All levels of care feature gender-specific group therapy, which tends to fall into one of two categories: dynamic process groups, where clients share their experiences and offer feedback in support of one another, or psychoeducational groups, which cover a broad range of topics such as relapse prevention, emotional coping, interpersonal relationships, sexuality and intimacy, and anger management.
Within individual therapy, clients can address more personal issues via cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational enhancement therapy (MET), and other evidence-based approaches. In addition, the facility makes use of a variety of holistic therapies, including nutritional counseling, acupuncture, yoga, personal fitness training, Tai Chi, and light and sound neurotherapy.
The staff includes licensed mental health counselors, an addictions and trauma specialist, an acupuncturist/clinical herbalist, and a certified addictions counselor (CAC). Yoga instructors, a fitness instructor, and a nutritionist are also on-site.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The facility can house 30 clients. The gender-specific residences, which offer some private rooms, are newly renovated.
Women are housed in a five-bedroom house with a private backyard and a pool, while men live in apartments only three blocks from the beach. Both units have fully-equipped kitchens, laundry facilities, WiFi, and cable.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Reviews from a group of four alumni polled by Best-rehabs.com were mixed. Though some complemented the “very structured program” and the “friendly” and “great” staff, others felt their time here was not productive. “This was a TOTAL waste of time and a lot of money – a disorganized and useless sham ‘program’ that is really just some old hippie teaching a few classes,” wrote alum B.N. “Stay away!”
Even alum Mitzi, who enjoyed the structured daily counseling and inordinate amounts of freedom given to clients, thought the program needed improvement. “The number of residents being limited it could be an extremely positive experience. The possibility of one or more of those residents exhibiting extreme antisocial behavior without consequences, not so much.”
Despite complaints and negative feedback shared with Best-rehabs.com, reviews on secondary sites tell a different story. On Google, for example, seven reviewers collectively awarded the beachside facility an excellent rating of 4.3 stars out of five. One reviewer called their decision to attend treatment here a blessing, while another directly credited a staff member with saving her life.
Treatment costs $15,000 per month. Among the insurers this facility works with are Aetna, BlueCross BlueShield, Cigna, United, and Humana.
Updated March 2017