What to Expect

We encourage you to view the short videos below to get a sense of what to expect from treatment at the UF Health Florida Recovery Center. Amber Tucker, L.M.F.T., is a licensed family therapist. In these videos, she walks families and loved ones through the treatment phases.

Orientation Phase

  • First seven days of treatment
  • Goal is to help the patient focus on treatment
  • Initial family contact through primary therapist

Phase 1

  • Full phone privileges, full visitation privileges
  • No driving privileges, no therapeutic leave privileges
  • Focus on powerlessness and unmanageability of life due to addiction

Phase 2

  • Eligible for driving privileges and therapeutic leaves
  • Focus on hope, faith and character defects

Post-Acute Withdrawal Symptoms (PAWS)

Upon entering treatment, your loved one may experience the following post-acute withdrawal symptoms, or PAWs. It is normal for people to experience these types of behaviors early in treatment.

  • Changes in appetite and/or sleep
  • Emotional irritability or mood swings
  • Cravings to use alcohol or other substances
  • Defocusing from treatment or wanting to leave

Release of Information (ROI)

  • Staff will encourage family involvement
  • Must have a completed release of information to acknowledge that your loved one is a patient and/or release details of their treatment

Understanding Addiction and How Family Helps

Addiction is a disease. It can evoke shame, fear and guilt. Addiction can have progressively serious, negative consequences. At UF Health Florida Recovery Center, we encourage family members to be part of the recovery process with family sessions, family workshops and encourage Al-Anon participation.