If a drug or alcohol problem or any other mental health condition is ruining your life, you need to know that life can get better— exponentially.
At Florida House Experience (FHE), we understand the feelings of helplessness, loneliness, and despair that accompany any form of mental illness, and we want you to know that you’re not alone and that recovery is possible.
Thanks to recent strides in understanding how the brain works and how mind, body, and spirit are intimately connected, today there are more cutting-edge medical and clinical treatments available than ever before. These have helped many people go on to recover from addiction and successfully manage mental illnesses like depression, bipolar disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In the process, they’ve also discovered what it feels like to lead a happy, productive and fulfilling life. You can, too.
The Importance of Personalized, Comprehensive Treatment
Any comeback from substance abuse and mental illness doesn’t just magically occur. It happens in response to a personalized and comprehensive plan of treatment. A personalized and comprehensive plan of treatment is a specialized program of care that:
- is administered by a multidisciplinary team (of doctors, clinicians, caseworkers, and other caring professionals);
- can be administered in a rehab program or mental health program (such as a residential drug treatment program or an outpatient treatment program for people with mental disorders);
- combines the latest medical, clinical and holistic interventions, customizing them to address the individualized roots of an addiction or other mental illness.
A “Specialty Treatment Program” – What It Is
Not every psychological center is equipped to provide a personalized and comprehensive plan of treatment, however. Only a high-quality rehab or mental health program, one that employs the very best of what today’s medical and clinical care has to offer in addressing a client’s individualized treatment needs, will maximize the prospects of a successful, long-term recovery.
For this reason, FHE offers a wide range of “specialty treatment programs” that allow clients to be in the treatment track and peer group that best matches their individual treatment needs. A specialty treatment program is a whole package of client-directed, outcome-informed rehab and mental health services—not just a couple of classes—for our clients. Each of our patients deserves a high level of personal expertise for their unique concerns and circumstances.
Each specialty treatment program has its own therapists, who are licensed in that area of specialization, and treatments that are intentionally and uniquely designed for the participants in that program. Consequently, someone participating in our Gambling Program will have very different treatment goals and therapeutic strategies for meeting those goals than someone in our Mental Health Program.
An Overview of Our Specialty Programs
- Empower! Women’s Program – addresses issues like low self-esteem, shame, fear, trust issues, trauma, depression, and addictive disorders, with the understanding that many of these issues stem from experiences of domestic violence, sexual abuse and other traumatic life events that disproportionately affect women— and that are more efficiently processed and treated in a single gender context. The emphasis is on how a strong social support network can help women achieve recovery together.
- Shatterproof First Responders Program – combines innovative medical care, evidence-based therapies, peer support groups, and a comprehensive wellness program into a customized plan of care that addresses PTSD in particular (in addition to other substance abuse and mental health issues that disproportionately affect first responders).
- Behavioral Health Program – is for anyone with an addiction or other mental disorder, and is designed to help them better understand their condition and to equip them with both therapeutic and healthy lifestyle tools and techniques for managing and overcoming their disease.
- Mental Health Program – is for anyone with a primary mental health disorder, such as attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety, bipolar disorder, and depression, among other conditions. The personalized psychiatric and psychological services that we provide in this program include medications, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, peer support groups, mental health education, and coping skills.
- Last Bet Gambling Addiction Program – is for individuals whose compulsive gambling addiction is secondary to another mental illness, and consists of a highly structured and comprehensive program of medical and clinical care that takes place at our residential treatment facility.
- Sober Skills Program – is a non-therapeutic immersion program that, as an alternative to our highly structured residential treatment program, introduces clients to practical spiritual exercises for recovery such as the “12 Steps” and mindfulness meditation. Clients also receive career planning services like resume building and tips for job interviewing, while living within a sober living home environment that is all contained within our campus.
- Working in Recovery – is for working professionals who need flexible treatment options for addiction and/or another mental health condition. Through a program that accommodates their work schedule and treatment needs, they can receive drug and alcohol detox, group and individual therapies like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and 12-step interventions (among others), and holistic care.
What to Expect in All of Our Specialty Programs
Because all of our specialty programs share the same main campus, they also share certain state-of-the-art features that any client, whatever their program, can access. These include:
- Neuro-rehabilitation services that employ the latest breakthroughs in brain science— neurofeedback training, brain stimulation therapy, and EEG brain mapping, for example—to speed the brain’s recovery from addiction and other disorders. (Learn more about the cutting-edge neuro-rehab services that make our specialty programs so distinctive, and how these can be part of a personalized treatment plan.)
- Health and wellness services that provide a wide range of recovery benefits, from acupuncture, recreational activities, chiropractic care and massage therapy to nutritional counseling and a fully equipped fitness facility with yoga rooms. (Explore these amenities and how they can boost your recovery.)
- Our experienced medical staff, including on-site psychiatrist and doctors, whose blend of expertise, compassion, and commitment can help you achieve a successful recovery. (Meet our team.)
How a Specialized Treatment Program Can Help You or a Loved One
Specialized treatment is always the best answer to addiction or any other mental illness— the reason being that they are complex diseases resulting from the interplay of various medical, psychological and behavioral issues. These can vary on the basis of individual factors like age, gender, medical and family history, life experiences (trauma being a big one), and even profession. Here are two examples of how a specialized treatment program is better at getting to the individual roots of an addiction or other mental health problem:
- Alcoholism in a young adult versus an elderly person – The roots of a drinking problem in a young adult can look very different from the causes of alcoholism that develops later on in life. In the first case, a first-time experience of a diagnosable mental health condition may be a major factor, whereas in the second case, grief associated with aging and other losses may be the trigger. These different issues, each with their own physical, psychological and behavioral dimensions, will, therefore, require personalized (or “specialized”) treatment.
- A prescription painkiller issue in a first responder vs. a working professional – Addiction often develops as an effort to cope with mental and psychological pain resulting from stress, but both the nature of that stress and its context can vary to a great degree between individuals, thereby requiring specialized treatment. As an illustration, a first responder (someone whose job regularly involves rescuing victims of natural disasters and other life-threatening emergencies) may have a diagnosis of PTSD that is at the root of their prescription painkiller abuse. (PTSD is a mental health condition that can develop in response to a shocking, frightening, or dangerous event, and can be characterized by disturbing flashbacks, distressing mental images and bodily sensations, and other symptoms that can make life seem unbearable without the help of drugs or alcohol.) In contrast, a working professional may not have a diagnosis of PTSD, but may be depending on prescription painkillers to get through the daily, chronic stress of work and personal life. In each case, specialized medical and clinical treatment that addresses the specific stressors at play, providing healthy lifestyle tools for managing and overcoming these issues, will be key to recovery.
At FHE, we pair the latest breakthroughs in neuropsychiatry and clinical psychology with evidence-based holistic medicine to help you learn how to manage and in many cases fully recover from an addiction or mental health diagnosis. With the help of our specialty programs, you’ll receive a personalized plan of medical and clinical care— and, in turn, the discovery that your illness doesn’t define you, recovery is possible, and you can live a happy and fulfilling life.