Popularity of Florida Holistic Addiction Treatment Centers

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Beaches, warm weather, short and flip flops. This is what most people think of when they think of Florida. This state is becoming more popular for holistic addiction treatment centers. With the increase in the production of synthetic cannabinoids Florida has seen an increase in substance abuse, and drug and alcohol treatment [1].

Florida Treatment Centers

There are hundreds of therapy centers in Florida. One such treatment center hosts individualized treatment plans and a holistic approach to substance abuse.

They provide medical detox, inpatient rehab care, and an outpatient program; it offers treatment for those struggling not only with substance and alcohol issues but PTSD, anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder [1].

More holistic options such as art therapy, equine therapy, and music therapy are also offered. Family sessions are included in the recovery process, and faith is a large focus at this center. Nutritional and personal training are also provided.

This treatment program has a spa and clients are able to utilize its services which include massages, hair and nail services.

This therapy center’s approach to treating their patients is built on a holistic methodology is what makes so outstanding. This method is based on art therapy, equine therapy, music therapy, family therapy sessions, but it also allows faith-based rehab, and nutrition and fitness therapy. [1]

There is another recovery center in Florida located in Edgewater. It is private and offers substance abuse treatment which is based on spiritual and evidence-based practices.

Residents can attend counseling and group sessions and this facility offers both outpatient, intensive outpatient (IOP) and residential for both men and women struggling with substance and alcohol abuse.

Some programs offer treatment modalities such as behavioral and cognitive therapy.

Also offering trauma therapy, motivational interviewing and rational emotive behavior therapy makes this center stand out in terms of best practices [1].

A particular facility also offers amenities such as a wellness program to include chiropractic services, acupuncture, and massage therapies.

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A rehab program located in Orlando offers all levels of care for substance abuse as well as hospitalization if needed. This facility varies from others that if offers Brain SPECT, which is a diagnostic technique which allows for brain monitoring of activity and blood flow. The center also offers neurotransmitter testing to help patients restore the balance of neurotransmitters.

Several treatment centers offers more holistic programming to include detox, all levels of care and are primarily designed for artists, military, and executives.

One such facility offers E-therapy for clients who are not able to make daily meetings due to work responsibilities. E-Therapy, or online therapy, is a service the center offers. It is therapy available to those who are unable to attend everyday meetings due to work related responsibilities.

Why is Treatment so Popular?

Holistic treatment is a part of many Florida treatment centers. It works to help recover a person’s mind, body, and soul. Often a variety of services and activities are offered while in treatment to help each person to achieve physical and emotional well-being to reach sobriety [1].

Some services are meditation, organic meal plans, massages, wellness centers, acupuncture, and animal therapy [2]. Many of these programs work with participants to teach them how to protect all areas of their health.

Often holistic treatments are considered alternative treatment because they do not follow traditional treatment programs. Typically, centers that focus on the whole-body have larger facilities to promote relaxation, exercise, spas, or meditation practices.

Often those who attend more holistic programs, such as in Florida, report that they try to fill their life with drugs and alcohol, but when entering treatment, they begin to develop a personal spiritual connection [3].

Why Florida

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration )SAMHSA), it is recommended that when choosing a substance abuse program, a person should choose one that targets addiction and wellness in comprehensive ways [4].

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Often with addiction comes many areas of dysfunction within the mind and body. Not all programs offer holistic treatments, and programs in Florida can offer both environmental and holistic services.

Treatment programs in Florida are in often a warm and beautiful environment. With beaches and warm weather, it is easy to see why people chose this State for treatment. Many centers offer holistic treatment approaches which can appeal to individuals who are looking for new and different ways to focus on sobriety.

In conclusion, treatment can be a difficult and overwhelming process for many. When choosing a place in Florida, looking at facilities that offer both holistic and traditional approaches are best.

Being in a warm climate allows for multiple outdoor activities and beautiful weather to recharge and rest while focusing on sobriety. If you have visited Florida, you know what the draw is for many to come and vacation there. Often treatment in Florida can seem like a relaxing and restful place to get the assistance needed.

Image of Libby Lyons and familyAbout the Author: Libby Lyons is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS). Libby has been practicing in the field of eating disorders, addictions, depression, anxiety and other comorbid issues in various agencies. Libby has previously worked as a contractor for the United States Air Force Domestic Violence Program, Saint Louis University Student Health and Counseling, Saint Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute Eating Disorders Program, and has been in Private Practice.
Libby currently works as a counselor at Fontbonne University and is a Adjunct Professor at Saint Louis University, and is a contributing author for Addiction Hope and Eating Disorder Hope. Libby lives in the St. Louis area with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys spending time with her family, running, and watching movies.


[1] Florida’s Top Rehab Centers: Holistic Approach at Its Best. (n.d.). Retrieved July 02, 2017, from https://addictionresource.com/drug-rehab/top-rehab-centers-in-florida/
[2] Miller, M. L., & Gifford, B. M. (n.d.). Holistic Addiction Rehab Programs. Retrieved July 02, 2017, from http://www.rehabs.com/about/holistic-rehab/
[3] Holistic Rehab. (2017, May 31). Retrieved July 02, 2017, from http://www.projectknow.com/research/holistic-rehab/
[4] Sovereign Health Addiction, Dual Diagnosis, and Mental Health Treatment Programs. (n.d.). Retrieved July 02, 2017, from http://www.detox.net/articles/holistic-detox/

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Published on September 15, 2017
Reviewed By: Jacquelyn Ekern, MS, LPC on September 15, 2017.
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About Jacquelyn Ekern, MS, LPC

Jacquelyn Ekern founded Addiction Hope in January, 2013, after experiencing years of inquiries for addiction help by visitors to our well regarded sister site, Eating Disorder Hope. Many of the eating disorder sufferers that contact Eating Disorder Hope also had a co-occurring issue of addiction to alcohol, drugs, and process addictions.