Located in the historic gulf city of Tampa, River Oaks is set on a secluded 26-acre property. With year-round warm weather, staff work hard to keep the fountains flowing, the flowers blooming, and the various serene paths through the wooded areas of campus in pristine condition. All of this goes towards providing patients with an atmosphere of peace and calm so they can focus on their recovery without outside stressors.
River Oaks is a strong proponent of the field known as pharmacogenetics, which uses the knowledge of an individual’s genetic makeup to inform what medications will be most effective for them in treatment. River Oaks utilizes AAC’s Addiction Labs of America to get genetic tests within 24-hours, and integrates the knowledge into individual treatment plans.
At River Oaks, there are various culturally competent treatments that cater to underserved groups. We host a weekly LGBTQI group, and can provide individual counseling services in both English and Spanish (though group sessions in Spanish are not available). This, along with two monthly opportunities and outings for family visits means that you’ll feel loved and supported during your stay at River Oaks.
River Oaks does not have mental health exclusionary criteria as long as the patient is cognitively capable of benefiting from CBT technique. All rooms at River Oaks are ADA compliant. Levels of care include:
At River Oaks, our treatment team of professionals consists of physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses and LPNs, licensed and license-eligible therapists, case managers, behavioral health technicians, and an operations team.
For the past 28 years, Jeff Turiczek has dedicated his career to the behavioral healthcare industry working his way up from a mental health technician to key leadership roles in several hospitals and treatment facilities. Prior to joining the American Addiction Centers (AAC) family in 2015, Turiczek served on the Executive Board of the Florida Juvenile Justice Association helping shape behavioral healthcare laws in the state for juveniles in the criminal system. He also assisted in crafting critical administrative rules aimed at protecting children with behavioral healthcare issues.
Struggling with the same addiction issues that plagued his family as a young person, Turiczek realized his passion for behavioral healthcare early on in his life and, as a result, pursued a career in addiction treatment. Since then, he’s worked to break the stigma of addiction in his professional endeavors through sharing his personal experience and educating others about the disease of addiction.
Today, Turiczek serves as the Chief Executive Officer of River Oaks Treatment Center located near Tampa, Florida, where he oversees the facility’s operations and staff ensuring each patient is provided compassionate, high-quality care. When he’s not working to transform lives, Turiczek enjoys spending quality time with his family, which includes a daughter in college and a son in high school.
With over 20 years of clinical experience in psychiatry, Dr. Michael Murphy is a valuable asset to the West Florida community and American Addiction Centers’ (AAC) family. Prior to joining AAC in 2018, Dr. Murphy served as the National Medical Director at Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) Behavioral Health Services and, over the course of 12 years, held several leadership positions for a number of psychiatric hospitals and medical centers in Tennessee.
Dr. Murphy is a renowned expert in the diagnosis and treatment of major mental illness and substance abuse disorders with extensive experience leading initiatives in patient safety, violence prevention, integrated care and medical comorbidity. Additionally, Dr. Murphy authored Blueprints in Psychiatry, a textbook for medical students with the 6th edition scheduled to be published in 2018. Dr. Murphy also served on the faculty of Harvard Medical School’s Consolidated Department of Psychiatry and as the medical director of the Appleton long-term treatment program at Mclean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts, for 8 years.
Dr. Murphy’s strong interest in trauma, mood disorders and substance-use disorders is exemplified through his clinical care using a combination of sound psychiatric reasoning and a positive relational spirit. Today, Dr. Murphy oversees the clinical team at River Oaks and ensures each patient is provided compassionate, high-quality care that will help set them on the path to long-term recovery.
The Joint Commission for Behavioral Health Care Desert Hope is accredited by The Joint Commission for Behavioral Health Care, an internationally-recognized symbol of healthcare quality and the gold standard of care for the industry. This accreditation signifies that, through external, unbiased evaluation, we have met or exceeded The Joint Commission’s standards for providing addiction treatment for all of the levels of care offered at Desert Hope, including high acuity medical detox.
Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) CARF is an independent nonprofit dedicated to ensuring that various areas of healthcare treatment meet lofty standards. The standards, policies, and accreditation process are actively overseen by an elected board of 11 directors. CARF’s mission is to “promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process and continuous improvement services that center on enhancing the lives of persons served.” According to CARF, “Providers that meet our standards have demonstrated their commitment to being among the best available.”
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