Frequently Asked Questions

Why does my loved one need an inpatient or partial hospitalization level of care? Isn’t outpatient treatment good enough?

Every treatment plan is based on the individual’s needs. There are several factors that our physicians consider when determining level of care. Some of these factors include the severity of the addiction, risk for withdrawal, physical and emotional status, relapse potential without structured treatment, family or social support and safety of living environment. Every person who seeks help at the UF Health Florida Recovery Center receives a complete assessment to determine the safest and most effective treatment plan.

How long does my loved one need to be in treatment?

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, individuals progress through addiction treatment at various rates. However, research shows that good outcomes are contingent on adequate treatment lengths. At UF Health Florida Recovery Center, each patient has an individual treatment plan. Generally, for residential and outpatient treatment programs, longer participation yields better results. People who participate in treatment for short periods of time often do not achieve the high recovery rates seen in their counterparts who stay in treatment longer and may be more likely to need additional treatment in the future. Often, you will hear people talk about 30, 60 and 90 day treatment. However, addiction is a chronic disease, like diabetes or hypertension, so formal treatment marks the beginning of a lifelong process of disease management. At the UF Health Florida Recovery Center, each patient has an individual treatment plan. Our team of experts will work with you and your loved one to determine the best plan of care to jump start the recovery journey.

Why do I need to attend the family workshop / therapy sessions?

You have been severely affected by your loved one’s addiction. You need help, too. Addiction is a family disease. At UF Health Florida Recovery Center, we invite you to learn more about the disease of addiction and how it affects people differently. Additionally, your participation in the family workshop and therapy sessions will help you cope during this difficult time. We offer support and resources for you. And, by being involved in your loved one’s care, you can experience some of the positive changes with him/her as he/she travels along the journey of recovery. participation in these activities also allows you to relate with other families who are going through similar experiences. You are not alone.

How do you manage medical/health issues aside from addiction issues?

One of the biggest benefits of treatment at UF Health Florida Recovery Center is access to specialized medical care from faculty physicians at the University of Florida College of Medicine. Only a few miles from the FRC campus, nearly 1,000 doctors practice in a wide range of medical specialties at UF Health Shands Hospital, which includes a Level 1 trauma center and several affiliated outpatient practices. Our addiction medicine doctors and psychiatrists work closely with them and make appropriate referrals to them for various medical conditions as necessary.

What is a typical day in the PHP program like?

People participating in the partial hospitalization program at UF Health Florida Recovery Center are in process group therapy with a master’s level therapist seven days a week. Process groups are focused on helping you practice new skills in dealing with fellow patients in an emotionally heightened environment. You learn to support each other, be honest with your feedback and constructive criticism, and identify and resist enabling behaviors. Participants in the program also go to 12-step meetings, engage in recreational therapy and attend various lectures or psycho-educational groups related to whichever treatment track they are on. (Read more about our treatment tracks.) Our physicians, who practice within the academic medical setting at the University of Florida, also offer medical lectures specific to the disease of addiction and the science of recovery. We also include time for our participants to run regular off-site errands to places such as the gym, the grocery store, the pharmacy, etc.

Can I visit my loved one?

Most levels of our partial hospitalization program require overnight stay. Regular visitation is scheduled for friends, family and loved ones every weekend. UF Health Florida Recovery Center is an open campus, however, for full integration into the program, participants are required to be present for all assigned daily activities and group sessions. During this early stage of the recovery journey, we encourage people to turn inward and focus on themselves. Our experience shows that people are able to be most invested in the program when distractions are limited.

Does my loved one need a car while at the UF Health Florida Recovery Center?

Transportation will be provided for all patient treatment needs. Examples include church on Sunday mornings, grocery shopping, recreational activity/outing, doctor’s appointments or pharmacy runs. If patients have a vehicle on campus, they must follow the guidelines outlined in order to drive offsite.