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Whether it is a legally prescribed medication or an illicit drug like heroin, cocaine or marijuana, any drug of abuse can rob you of your full potential, devastate your health, and ultimately cause premature death. But this knowledge is rarely enough to help someone with an addiction find life-long freedom from substance abuse. The internal and external cues to use are so strong that most people with a drug problem cannot overcome these addiction triggers without professional treatments and supports.
At Beach House, we understand these challenges unique to recovery from substance abuse. That is why we have designed our 35-day Inpatient Drug Rehab program for anyone who wants to stay successfully sober over a lifetime and knows they need professional help for managing relapse triggers and addressing the root causes of their drug use.
Following a medically supervised detox, clients live on campus in our new, state-of-the-art facility, which is located near miles of quiet beach preserve in the charming coastal town of Juno Beach, Florida. Here, within a warm and supportive, family-like environment, clients immerse themselves in an intensive, daily routine seven days a week of various group and individual therapies. Guided by caring and experienced medical and clinical professionals, clients learn new life skills and therapeutic coping tools, develop systems of support, such as 12-step recovery groups, and discover the ingredients of a healthy recovery lifestyle— all as part of the Beach House pledge: people, purpose and passion.
Here’s What Patients Can Expect from our Inpatient Drug Program:
- 35-day medically supervised inpatient treatment
- Medication-Assisted Treatment for drug cravings, where appropriate
- 7:1 client-therapist ratio (well below industry standards)
- State-of-the-art, brand-new facility located near miles of quiet beach preserve
- Caring and experienced medical and clinical professionals
- Evidence-based clinical interventions
- 12-step recovery groups
- The option of family therapy through our Family Program
- Renowned high safety standard including 24/7, one-on-one medical monitoring for clients who need it
The therapists and group facilitators did an amazing job in keeping me engaged while educating me on my disease and helping me process its emotional and behavioral components. The medical staff, especially nursing, made sure all of my medical needs were met on a daily basis. – Michelle
Inpatient Drug Rehab at Beach House – What Sets It Apart
Inpatient drug rehab at Beach House is characterized by a number of unique features that help to explain why our treatment outcomes consistently outperform the industry average.
Therapeutic Alliance – We place a strong emphasis on “therapeutic alliance” (the degree of connection and rapport between a client and their therapist)—and strive to provide this to every client who comes through our doors. Research suggests that a strong therapeutic alliance may be the single biggest predictor of success in recovery.
I’ve personally witnessed what the research also shows: that a strong therapeutic alliance substantially improves clinical outcomes, by boosting client engagement and retention during treatment. – Chief Clinical Officer Anna Ciulla, LMHC, RD, LD
Low Client-Therapist Ratio – One way that we strive to measure, cultivate and continually improve therapeutic alliance is by providing a very low client-therapist ratio. In contrast to other drug treatment providers in Florida and nationwide, Beach House offers a strikingly low client-therapist ratio— 7:1 as opposed to the industry average of 11:1. This ensures more personalized attention to treatment needs, even during group therapy sessions.
Medication-Assisted Treatment – We also employ the latest medical advances in treating addiction. Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)—for example, Suboxone to relieve opiate cravings—is an option that our in-house psychiatrist can recommend to clients (depending on the drug of abuse, their history of addiction, and other factors that an in-depth medical and psychiatric assessment administered at the start of treatment may reveal). MAT has been evidenced to reduce rates of relapse for certain substance use disorders. In cases where Suboxone is prescribed for opiate cravings, care is taken to ensure that it is used as a short-term intervention and when other treatment options have been exhausted.
Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) helps to manage the symptoms that can lead to relapse and helps to sustain sobriety. We know the best results come with an interdisciplinary approach that combines medication with behavioral therapy in treating the physical and psychological roots of addiction. MAT is an important part of that approach. – Medical Director Dr. Meera Joseph, MD
An OTP-certified, On-Site Pharmacy – Unlike many providers, Beach House enjoys the designation of being an “OTP” or “Opioid Treatment Program,” which is the highest level of certification that an addiction treatment provider can attain, based on a strict accreditation process that requires the oversight and approval of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Our in-house pharmacy can therefore dispense all medications, from naltrexone to more highly regulated MATs, quickly, conveniently and right on site at our facility.
Our Track Record in the Community as a Trusted Florida Provider – Beach House is known locally for its high safety standards. Our medical staff can and do provide one-on-one, 24/7 medical monitoring to clients who need it. We also have strong working relationships with hospitals in the area, including Jupiter, JFK, and Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, which regularly refer clients to us. Their close proximity also ensures that Beach House clients are guaranteed an extra layer of support and peace of mind in cases of medical emergency.
Our Facility and Location – Our state-of-the art facility offers a full continuum of substance abuse care, all within the safety and convenience of one peaceful, self-contained campus in sunny Juno Beach, Florida. (Take a virtual tour of our “home away from home.”)
An unsupervised drug or alcohol detox can be medically dangerous. We have a well-rounded team of medical and psychiatric providers who are able to provide a multidisciplinary treatment program. Co-occurring medical conditions are closely monitored so that the patient can focus on the detox and recovery process while being assured that all aspects of their health are being managed. – Medical Director Dr. Meera Joseph, MD
What to Expect from an Inpatient Drug Rehab Program
The main goal of inpatient drug rehab is to provide clients with the various recovery supports they will need—and which Beach House offers in the form of a highly individualized plan of medically and clinically integrated care—in order to achieve long-term freedom from one or more drugs. Clients at this level of care therefore can expect to receive ongoing monitoring by our medical team (as needed) for any post-detox occurrence of PAWS. They also can expect to participate daily in group and individual therapy with therapists who are credentialed in the following evidence-based clinical interventions (also known as “best practices”) for substance use disorders:
- Trauma-Informed Therapy, including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) skills, helps clients heal from the experiences of trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that are often at the root of substance abuse. Our therapists teach clients DBT skills involving how to manage the painful emotions associated with a post-traumatic stress response, so that clients can successfully overcome this very common relapse trigger. In addition to these DBT skills, clients learn how to develop the following cognitive-behavioral tools through trauma-informed therapy: grounding skills, resource building, safe place work, and resiliency skills.
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is another form of psychotherapy that, based on ongoing research into its comparative effectiveness next to other interventions, qualifies as a “best practice” in treating addiction. Our CBT-certified therapists work with clients to change the particular cognitive and behavioral patterns that feed their addiction to one or more drugs — and to replace them with healthier coping skills, in the way of alternative forms of thinking, relating and acting.
- Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a client-centered form of substance abuse counseling that seeks to facilitate positive change and a desire for change on the part of the client. Through motivational interviewing, our experienced therapists help gently steer clients towards freedom from addiction by encouraging greater self-awareness and a self-directed willingness to grow.
- Medication-Assisted Treatment can be very effective during inpatient drug rehab and after, depending on the person and the nature of their addiction. After a comprehensive assessment by our on-site, addictions-certified psychiatrist, clients may receive medication assistance for their particular chemical dependency and medical needs, and for any co-occurring diagnoses such as anxiety, depression or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
- Mindfulness Meditation has become an important component in drug addiction recovery programs across the nation— and rightly so: multiple studies through the years have shown its effectiveness in treating substance use disorders. With the guidance of our experienced staff, clients at Beach House thus learn helpful techniques for practicing greater, non-judgmental attentiveness to their inner and outer worlds. Clients can take these tools with them when they leave, with the result that they become more resilient to relapse.
More and more clinicians have seen the positive impact that mindfulness meditation has on clients in the treatment setting. Clients have benefited from the way that it helps with impulse control. – Chief Clinical Officer Anna Ciulla, LMHC, RD, LD
- Yoga, as another evidence-based practice promoting mindfulness and relaxation, yields great benefits for Beach House Clients. Certified yoga instructors lead clients through exercises that increase bodily awareness and holistic well-being (as the healthy integration of mind, body and spirit). This tool can serve clients well as an effective stress-busting tool — stress is a common trigger of relapse — when they leave our facility.
- 12-Step Peer Support and Life Skills Groups feature prominently in our daily, residential treatment program. Studies show that participation in 12-Step recovery groups like Narcotics Anonymous significantly reduces the likelihood of relapse during the first critical year post-rehab. At Beach House, we offer 12-Step and other peer support options to our clients. Within the safety of these recovery groups, our clients learn crucial life skills pertaining to anger management, trauma-based issues, grief and loss, and cravings and relapse prevention.
- Family Therapy is a critical therapeutic dimension to finding freedom from addiction. Our family therapists invite clients’ closest support system into their healing and recovery process, with the understanding that this support network will be an essential safety net post-rehab, one that’s found to be instrumental in preventing relapse. (Learn more about our Family Program.)
Why 35+ Days of Inpatient Rehab Is the Recommended Treatment Protocol for Drug Addiction
Success rates significantly increase the longer someone is engaged in a program of treatment, according to the research. Risks of relapse are also highest during the first months of recovery— especially during the first month after detox when drug cravings are strongest because of depleted levels of the “feel good” neurotransmitter dopamine. 35 days of inpatient drug treatment is therefore the minimal length of treatment that we recommend to clients who may not be able to undertake a longer course of treatment.
There is evidence to support a minimum of 35 days in treatment as the gold standard for detox and achieving recovery. In general, the first 28 days of recovery are a time when the client is experiencing acute withdrawal followed by post-acute withdrawal syndrome. This is also the time when relationships are being established and re-established with their primary therapist and close loved ones. It is after the initial detox period that the underlying issues can be addressed that may have led to or worsened substance abuse and held the client back from achieving their recovery goals. – Medical Director Dr. Meera Joseph, MD
“Post-acute withdrawal syndrome” (PAWS)—a phenomenon that 75 percent of recovering drug users and as many as 90 percent of recovering opiate users reportedly experience to some degree—is another reason we strongly recommend at least 35 days of inpatient drug rehab as a general treatment protocol. Symptoms of PAWS can be serious and can include:
- Drug cravings
- Cognitive difficulties
- Irritability and hostility
- Feelings of anxiety or panic
- Depressed mood
- Relationship issues
- Obsessive-compulsive behaviors
- Low motivation, apathy or pessimism
- Sleep problems
- Heightened sensitivity to stress
In the absence of medical and clinical supervision within a safe and sober living environment, one or more of the above symptoms can trigger a drug relapse.
There is also the reality that a great majority of clients need medical supervision as they taper off one or more medications, such as naltrexone or buprenorphine, which may have been administered during detox in order to relieve drug cravings and ensure a safe, comfortable and complete taper off alcohol.
Learn more about Medication-Assisted Treatment options for alcohol.
Finally, a great many clients with substance use disorder have a co-occurring mental condition or “dual diagnosis” that typically requires a minimum of 30+ days of post-detox medical supervision detox to be effectively diagnosed and in turn treated. (
Learn more about our Dual Diagnosis program.
Research shows that dual diagnosis is a big concern in addiction. It may be that a primary mood disorder drives a person to self-medicate. Then, because the substance may lessen psychological distress for a time, the person soon becomes dependent on that substance, needing more and more of it to achieve a stable mood. In the reverse setting, substance abuse can change brain chemistry and lead to depression, anxiety and other mood disturbances. – Medical Director Dr. Meera Joseph, MD
How to Know if You or a Loved One Needs Inpatient Treatment for a Drug Addiction
Anyone with a diagnosable substance use disorder can benefit from attending an inpatient rehab program. Here are some common signs to look for that may indicate the presence of a drug addiction that requires treatment:
- A repeated pattern of drug use, despite negative consequences
- Using more and more of one or more drugs in order to cope with stress or simply to function on a daily basis
- Physical dependence marked by cravings and symptoms of withdrawal in the absence of the drug(s) of choice
- Engaging in risky behaviors such as driving under the influence
- Drug-related problems at work, school and/or in personal relationships
- Drug-related troubles with the law
- Unsuccessful past attempts to quit using
If you still aren’t sure whether inpatient rehab for a drug problem is the right next step for you or a loved one, check out the Dangers of Drug Detox at Home and Quitting Cold Turkey, explore the Eligibility and Admissions Criteria for Addiction Treatment, or consider The Benefits of Inpatient Rehab.
How Much Does Inpatient Drug Rehab Cost?
One only very natural concern among a great many clients and families is how to afford the cost of an inpatient drug rehab program. The good news is that high-quality treatment doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg, thanks to federal law that now requires insurance providers to offer coverage for drug rehab. Beach House accepts all major insurance carriers. We also offer flexible financing options to help clients afford inpatient treatment.