River Oaks Treatment Center
Highlights of River Oaks Treatment Center
Therapeutic Environment for a Lasting Addiction Recovery
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:
- Medical detox.
- Residential treatment.
- Partial hospitalization program.
- Intensive outpatient.
- Optional transition to sober living.
Genetics Informs Your Addiction Treatment
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.
Culturally Competent, Family Oriented
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.
Specialized Treatment Programs
In addition to the different levels of care at River Oaks, we understand the unique needs of specific groups and we strive to ensure that all patients are given fair, individualized, and effective care. Some of our specialized treatment programs include:
- Young adults.
- First responders.
- Trauma-informed addiction treatment.
- Gender-specific addiction treatment.
Accreditations for River Oaks Treatment Center
The Joint Commission for Behavioral Health Care River Oaks 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.”
About River Oaks Treatment Center
Depending on your level of care, you will participate in individual therapy for 50 minutes once per week or more depending on clinical necessity. A variety of different treatment modalities are used but not limited to cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), motivational interviewing (MI), psychoeducation, and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR).
Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)
MAT combines pharmacotherapy with counseling and behavioral therapeutic approaches to treat substance use disorders such as alcohol use disorder and opioid use disorder. At River Oaks, we are authorized to administer naltrexone and Vivitrol (extended-release naltrexone), and can coordinate with pharmacists if medication is needed during aftercare.
Group Therapy is offered 7 times per week and includes:
- Cognitive behavioral process groups.
- Therapeutic curriculum-based groups.
- Expressive and experiential therapy groups.
- Wellness education facilitated by nurses.
- Psychoeducational groups.
Alternative Psycho-Educational, Supportive, & Expressive Therapies
Additional therapeutic interventions are offered to complement your overall care and wellbeing. A few of our noteworthy offerings, including:
- Massage therapy.
- Art therapy.
- Music therapy.
- Biosound chair.
Staff at River Oaks Treatment Center
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.
Jeff Turiczek, CEO
For three decades, 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.
Dr. Michael Murphy, Medical Director
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.
What to Expect at River Oaks Treatment Center
Prospective PatientsProspective patients and their families are welcome to tour the facility. Appointments are recommended. However, we will accommodate a drop-in, provide information about our programs, and provide a tour 7-days per week during normal business hours.
ArrivalOur admission process is quick and easy, and usually takes an hour or less to complete. Upon arrival clients receive a thorough nursing assessment. Each patient is assigned a specific case manager who assists in monitoring their treatment course. These case managers focus on the patient’s appropriate step-down planning and aftercare placements to make sure their needs are met.
MealsRiver Oaks has an executive chef, sous chef, and a full culinary team on staff to provide patients with healthy meals three times per day. Dietary requests are accommodated.
Housing DetailsThere are 54 beds for male residential and detox housing and 32 beds for female detox and housing. PHP and IOP patient live in the 76-bed supportive housing unit. All rooms are semi private—in each room are 2 full size beds with pillow top mattresses and private bathrooms. Private rooms are available for an additional charge.
Recreational ActivitiesRecreational time is set aside each day for each patient. Equipped with a baseball field, tennis courts, yoga classes and a full gym, among other recreational amenities, patients can complement their treatment with fitness activities. Massage therapy is also available every day.
TechnologyBecause connectivity is so important, patients may bring and use their electronic devices during available hours. We provide free Wi-Fi to all patients and guests.
The family program at River Oaks is an educational didactic program on substance abuse, brain interactions with substance abuse and psychosocial disorders with substance abuse. Patients can still attend if their families are unavailable.
The family program is 2 full days twice monthly—held the second and fourth Friday and Saturday. Patients will be able to meet with their families and have lunch during either afternoon session. Following is a family outing, for those patients who qualify. Children are permitted based on age and appropriateness.
Visiting Your Loved One
During your loved one’s treatment, we can work with you to plan a visit. Your loved one’s treatment team will provide you with all of the information you need to schedule your visit.