UF Health – Florida Recovery Center

UF Health – Florida Recovery Center

UF Health Florida Recovery Center provides treatment for substance abuse, anxiety and depression. With facilities located throughout Florida, FRC offers a wide variety of high-quality and accessible recovery services. The Gainesville location is the Center’s main campus, with 20 licensed hospital beds for detox and a residential rehab community for men and women seeking to break away from destructive environments and overcome their addictive behaviors.

ABOUT UF HEALTH FLORIDA RECOVERY CENTER – GAINESVILLE

Formally known as Shands at Vista, UF Health is an 81-bed treatment facility located on a tranquil, 18-acre property in Gainesville, Fla. The hospital’s Florida Recovery Center offers 20 beds for inpatient detox and stabilization, as well as a partial hospitalization (PHP) and intensive outpatient program (IOP). According to UF Health’s website, the center specializes in treating complex cases including individuals with chronic pain, multiple substance abuse issues, and co-occurring disorders. The facility offers a range of programs specialized for the needs of individuals in different situations.

TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT

UF Health’s treatment philosophy is based on treating every client according to their individualities. Therefore, upon arrival, clients undergo an initial assessment consisting of medical consults, comprehensive labs and psychological testing. The multi-disciplinary team works on an individualized treatment plan, which identifies problems, interventions, and goals. Treatment programs include group and family therapy, individual counseling, addiction education, and 12-step facilitation, as well as medication management.

UF Health Florida Recovery Center also offers specialized programs for professionals in various professions. As clients, physicians and medical personnel, company executives, and legal professionals can work with the facility’s staff to build relationships with “employers, licensing boards, the criminal justice system and professional resource networks” in order to most seamlessly transition back to everyday life.

UF Health Florida Recovery Center offers a program for young adults. The program emphasizes building a peer support system and family involvement to help clients recover from their issues of substance use or mental health problems.

STAFF CREDENTIALS

The treatment team includes medical doctors, nurses, therapists, licensed clinical social workers, all trained in psychiatry, therapy, and/or addiction medicine. In addition, certified addiction professionals and licensed mental health counselors are on staff.

ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES

The Gainesville campus provides housing for its PHP clients in several small apartment suites. Each suite is fully furnished and has a full kitchen. On-campus amenities include an outdoor pool, a ping-pong and light sports area, a reflection pond, and a BBQ area. Clients can also participate in activities such as ropes courses or horticulture as part of treatment.

WHAT ALUMNI SAY

The alumni polled by Best-rehabs.com to date were split in their reactions to treatment. One rated UF Health a perfect five stars in several metrics including cleanliness, meals and nutrition, and the level of staff support, while the other alum surveyed rated it only one, two, or three stars in these metrics.

Positive reviewer Christy told Best-rehabs.com: “When I first entered the rehab, I didn’t really think that I was going to like all the other people in there who were addicted to street drugs and alcohol, but the counselors showed me that I was indeed just like them and that made me want to succeed and get better;” however, the other alum felt that the staff members, who were former addicts, came across as condescending.

WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY

To date, Best-rehabs.com has received nine mixed to positive reviews from loved ones for UF Health. Seven loved ones surveyed by Best-rehabs.com rated the facility highest in connectivity at 4.3 out of five stars, followed by family participation at 4.2 stars. Available counseling options received the lowest rating at, at an above-average 3.4 out of five stars.

Among UF Health’s strengths, many friends and family members reported the staff as being a big advantage for the facility. One anonymous survey participant reported to Best-rehabs.com that the center “has highly trained therapists that are always available to help you with your questions and problems.”

Two negative experiences have been reported to Best-rehabs.com as well. Loved one J.B. found the center to be disorganized and isolating, calling it “a substandard facility.” In a representative review of negative feedback, they wrote: “There were multiple relapses by inpatients and inappropriate actions by the inpatient clients made my friend feel unsafe… They offered one family weekend and limited contact throughout the stay.”

FINANCING

A variety of insurance programs are accepted including Blue Cross Blue Shield, United Behavioral Health, Aetna Behavioral Health, Avmed (for the Gainesville Plan area). Capital Health is also accepted with a referral from a primary care physician. Self-pay options are also available.

All payments are due at the time of service. Delayed payments will affect a potential client’s ability to enroll in treatment programs.

Reviews about UF Health – Florida Recovery Center

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  • I have been sober for 7+ years, but I believe that was through the help of AA and a good Therapist rather than the facility. All Vista did was get me dry. I don't think I would have stayed that way without AA. It was what worked. My Psychiatrist and Therapist got the right medications and kept the pieces together so that AA could do it's magic Vista used an AA apreoach, plus communication training. We had Occipational and Physical Outdoor activities. We read the Big Book stories and attended meetings. It was hard to understand what that meant. Three psychatrists plus one or more social workers were the treatment team. They would decend on you once a day to discuss your case. It was very scary and overwhelming. I my case they wanted me to enter a 30 day treatment program out of state which I found undoable from a cost and family perspective. Facility, Staff, Food (which has now changed negitivly),Program. Psychiatrists, Not enough individual time with theapists, Not explaining the rules and routine to new patients at check-in, Fortunately, I am strong willed and found AA so I remain sober.
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    A hand surgeon disrespected me because I refused to accept the concept of a supreme being or higher power. He actually walked out of my room in disgust when he heard my philosophy.
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  • It was OK not bad. Being helpful and thanking God for helping people.
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    So far, effective treatment for a younger addicted male.
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  • Strong Staff. Helpful Resources. Lack of direction. Parking is an absolute hassle.
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  • my family member has been clean and sober for 2 1/2 years after treatment at the facility. compasionate and carring staff.
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  • They care for the patient and they helped me.
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  • Shands Rehab Center has highly trained therapists that are always available to help you with your questions and problems.
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  • The treatment was effective; however, the employees were terrible.
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  • The facility is unorganized. There were multiple relapses by inpatients and inappropriate actions by the inpatient clients made my friend feel unsafe. Again, substandard facility. This facility is biased toward professionals. It was a terrible experience. This facility was way overpriced and had very little in recreation offered; or Spiritual program of Recovery. The facility caters to "professionals," and does too much to break down the ego of these sick people. They offered one family weekend and limited contact throughout the stay.
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  • The facility was very clean.
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  • When I first entered the rehab, I didn't really think that I was going to like all the other people in there who were addicted to street drugs and alcohol, but the counselors showed me that I was indeed just like them and that made me want to succeed and get better,