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.

Post-Acute Withdrawal Symptoms (PAWS)

Upon entering into 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

Orientation Phase

  • 7 days
  • Help the patient focus on treatment
  • Initial family contact by 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, eligible for therapeutic leaves
  • Focus on hope, faith and character defects

Release of Information (ROI)

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

Addiction is a Disease

  • Evokes shame, fear and guilt
  • Drugs and alcohol are symptoms of “the problem”
  • Progressively serious, negative consequences

Family Recovery

  • Family sessions
  • Family Workshop
  • We encourage Al-Anon participation