Top Reasons to Choose River Oaks Treatment Center in Florida

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If you or a loved one has made the brave decision to enter treatment, deciding where to seek treatment is the next step. And with so many facilities to choose from, the process can feel overwhelming. What makes a facility the right place for you to get the help you need?

River Oaks Treatment Center, near Tampa, may be the perfect fit. Here, the top 10 reasons why you want to begin your recovery journey at River Oaks.
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Reasons why you should choose River Oaks for addiction treatment

1. Experienced Doctors Who Specialize in Addiction Medicine

The same way that you see a cardiologist for heart health matters or a dermatologist to address skin issues, you want an addiction medicine specialist—who has extensive experience and advanced training in the field of addiction medicine—to evaluate, diagnose, and treat your substance use disorder, the clinical term for addiction.

At River Oaks Treatment Center, we have a team of board-certified, experienced, compassionate addiction medicine doctors—all of whom can tailor your addiction treatment to meet your specific needs.

2. Training Others in the Field of Addiction Medicine

Recognized for their expertise, the team at River Oaks Treatment Center regularly provides internships to nurses looking to expand their knowledge of addiction medicine and also hosts medical fellowships for clinicians.

3. Leader in Co-Occurring Disorder Assessments and Treatment

Nationally recognized as experts in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders, the qualified healthcare professionals at River Oaks can create an integrated treatment plan for co-occurring disorders that addresses both the substance use disorder and the mental health disorder at the same time, which research indicates, has been associated with reduced substance use and improved mental health outcomes.

4. Specialty Treatment Tracks

River Oaks offers a variety of specialty treatment tracks for individuals, including:

  • Veterans. River Oaks’ program for Veterans is tailored to the needs of military Veterans, offering trauma-informed care and a Veteran-specific curriculum that addresses topics relevant to them. Topics may include stress and anger management, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) treatment, and coping with grief, among others. Additionally, River Oaks Treatment Center is a VA-approved community care provider and a VA Center of Excellence.
  • First responders. The program for first responders includes trauma-focused treatment and addresses the needs of firefighters, police officers, EMTs, and more.
  • Healthcare workers and other licensed professionals. Recovery poses a unique set of challenges for licensed professionals, such as doctors, pharmacists, dentists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, lawyers, and social workers. The Professionals program at River Oaks addresses specific topics and areas of concern—including vicarious trauma, work/life balance, and compassion fatigue—related to the continued practice as a licensed professional.
  • Members of the LGBTQ+ community. The LGBTQ+ support program at River Oaks allows individuals, who are part of the LGBTQ+ community, to work with a designated clinician for group therapy to address issues that are specific to them. The same therapist also provides oversight and training for the entire staff at River Oaks to ensure that the cultural competencies needed to make LGBTQ+ clients feel understood and safe are met.

5. Therapies to Treat the Whole Person

Therapy takes place in individual and group settings at River Oaks Treatment Center. In addition to proven addiction therapies, River Oaks offers trauma-based therapies to address the underlying issues that contribute to substance use and addiction; family therapy to help repair and restore relationships with family members impacted by addiction; and some recreational and holistic therapies that may incorporate exercise, art, or music.

6. Addiction-Focused Healthcare

Sub-acute programming for substance use disorder means individuals in need of a higher level of medical or mental health care services receive medical supervision 24/7 in a live-in environment at River Oaks. This helps them remain focused on their recovery in a drug- and alcohol-free space.

7. Groups to Support Your Recovery

In group settings, you are encouraged to discuss your feelings and experiences with others in similar situations. On-site 12-Step meetings for both Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) take place at River Oaks, but there are also off-site meetings offered for those ready to make trips outside of the facility.

Wellness groups at River Oaks help you learn about healthy eating and mindfulness techniques—both of which can support your recovery efforts.

8. Housing for Those Enrolled in Outpatient Programs

For individuals enrolled in either outpatient program at River Oaks—the partial hospitalization program (PHP) or intensive outpatient program (IOP)—on-site supportive housing is available. An alcohol- and drug-free supportive community helps them focus completely on their recovery.

basketball at river oaks florida9. Lots of Amenities

The 27-acre campus boasts numerous amenities that help you build healthy habits and support recovery in a variety of recreational, lounging, and outdoor spaces. Play volleyball, basketball, tennis, pickleball, or corn hole. Work out in the fitness center or meditate in one of the mindfulness spaces.

10. Alumni Support

Rehab aftercare, also referred to as continuing care, can be an essential component in your recovery. The River Oaks aftercare program, tailored to each individual, supports connection to the recovery community, provides ongoing monitoring from addiction treatment professionals, and provides connections to additional services if needed.

Through American Addiction Centers, River Oaks also has an alumni app to help foster community and accountability among those who have successfully completed a treatment program at River Oaks. The app allows you to track your progress and recovery goals, keep a gratitude journal, participate in wellness challenges, consume recovery-related articles and podcasts, and maintain a connection to a supportive alumni community.

Get the Help You Need

If you or a loved one struggle with substance use and addiction, call American Addiction Centers (AAC) at and speak to one of our compassionate and knowledgeable admissions navigators, who can listen to your story and answer your questions. Let them tell you more about our programs, treatment centers, and drug and alcohol rehab in Florida. They can also check your coverage and help you understand your options. You can start by filling in the form below. All information is confidential, and there’s no obligation to enter treatment.

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