“Why should I seek treatment out of State?” When you reach the point of needing treatment, your addiction has seriously progressed. While many people will stay at home and go to treatment, research has found that removing yourself from you home environment, your neighborhood, and associates, allows you to be free from obligations and other responsibilities that are distracting. Those entering treatment need to focus solely upon the self. The work of recovery is challenging. Distractions will just hinder your ability to do the necessary work. Getting away from home and from the people and places that are alcohol and drug related is recommended.
“Why should I seek Treatment in Florida?” South Florida is known as the rehab capital of the country. There are many reasons for this, but the significant reasons are these. Treatment requires time, quiet, and safe and secure environments. You have to opportunity in South Florida to enjoy the sun, the warmth, the beach and hundreds of 12 Step meetings available day and night daily. Recovery means healing the body, the mind, the spirit. The greenery, the weather, the beaches all contribute to a sense of healing, of experiencing the natural beauty and placing the body at ease. You want to place yourself far away from triggers that would send you out to use. Calm environments are best for early recovery.
“Do you take Medicare or Medicaid?” No. Treatment Alternative accepts many insurance companies as well as private pay.
“Can I bring cigarettes to treatment?” Yes, you may bring cigarettes to treatment. It is the best time to stop smoking cigarettes when you enter treatment.
“Is there gender specific housing?” Treatment Alternatives at all levels of care has the ability to reach out to its affiliates in making housing arrangements as needed specific to gender.
“Can I get a single room?” While our housing facilities provide you with many comforts of home, we do not provide residents with single rooms. It is important in early recovery not to isolate. Having a roommate can be a great emotional support.
“Is the Staff in recovery?” Yes, almost all of our staff are in recovery and understand the challenges facing those entering treatment.
“Do you work with Probation Officers?” Yes. We will work with a PO and provide a letter of acceptance or other information needed, as long as authorization for release of information has been signed by the client.
“Can I have visitors?” While you are in the PHP level of treatment, no outside visitors are allowed. Your entire focus must be on getting and staying sober. People from the outside can become distractions. For family members, there is the family program that happens every six weeks.
“What do I bring to treatment?” You will need to bring casual clothes that are comfortable. You will be able to wash your clothes and towels at the laundry facilities. You should bring
- Long pants, belt
- Underwear or undergarments
- Shorts (NO short shorts)
- Short-sleeve shirts, t- shirts (no short cropped t-shirts)
- Long sleeve shirts
- Bathing suit, sandals for the beach and pool
- Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen
- Eyeglasses if you wear them
- Athletic clothes for working out including sneakers
- 2 towels
- Personal hygiene items: soap, shampoo, face wash/body wash, toothpaste and toothbrush, mouthwash, hair brush, feminine hygiene products etc.
- Hair dryers are OK
- Ipods and cell phones are OK. It should be remembered that, in PHP, these items will be locked in a safe and returned to you as you step down or when you leave
No gang related shirts, racists’ slogans on shirts, sexually explicit t-shirts. Dress should be appropriate for treatment, no provocative clothing is permitted. Remember that you are not going away on a holiday; your focus is on getting healthy.