River Oaks Treatment Center

Overview

Therapeutic Environment for a Lasting Addiction Recovery

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.

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.

Levels of Care

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

Our Staff & Credentials

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 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.

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.

Our Accreditations

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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Top 10 Reasons

Top 10 Reasons to Come to American Addiction Centers

1. Quality Clinical Program located in Central Florida

When you come to Rive Oaks, you can count on a qualified, experienced team of compassionate professionals. In addition to our highly qualified Addictionologist and Psychiatrist led medical providers, we boast a high-quality clinical staff made up of master’s-level licensed or license-eligible therapists. Our clinical team  includes our nationally certified Clinical Director, as well as clinicians trained in Cognitive-Behavioral therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Motivational Interviewing (MI). We also utilize Biosound Technology to assist with self-regulation and mindfulness with the goal of treating all the clients’ emotional and mental health needs.

Our program is based on the 8 dimensions of wellness, and the Embracing Change: Recovery for Life dual diagnosis curriculum designed specifically for individuals receiving treatment with American Addiction Centers.

2. Dedicated Treatment for First Responders

We offer specialized treatment focused on the care of First Responders struggling with addiction. The program includes designated group therapy sessions with a master’s-level licensed therapist who is a grief and loss specialist to work through sensitive issues that First Responders share.

3. Designated Program for LGBT Community

LGBT clients receiving treatment with us work with a designated clinician for group therapy to address issues specific to the LGBTQ community. The same therapist provides oversight and training for all our staff to ensure we meet the cultural competencies paramount to making LGBT clients feel like they have a new place to start, in a place that truly understands who they really are.

4. Accomplished Medical Director

River Oaks’ Medical Director, Dr. Michael Murphy, is a nationally recognized expert in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of dual diagnosis clients. Educated and trained at Harvard University, Dr. Murphy is a published author who has written textbooks to teach future generations of psychiatrists.  He oversees a full team of Psychiatrists, Addictionologist, and Advanced Nurse Practitioners to ensure all clients receive the proper diagnoses and medical care to meet their individualized needs.

5. Caring, Experienced Nursing Team

Our nursing staff consists of registered and licensed practical nurses with years of substance abuse and mental health experience and training. During medical detox, our nursing team provides 24/7 medical oversight to our clients to ensure safety and comfort during the entire process.

6. Well-appointed and comfortable treatment campus

River Oaks Treatment Center is a comprehensive addiction treatment center in Central Florida, located in Riverview just outside of historic Tampa Bay.  In addition to our year-round temperate weather, the 26-acre wooded property is beautifully manicured with flowing fountains, serenity paths through mossy oaks, and numerous paved walking areas throughout the campus. Our outdoor amenities include tennis courts, basketball courts, softball field and acres of maintained lawn. The resident living and treatment space is designed with modern accommodations for resident comfort and wellbeing.  Our Executive Chef and his culinary team provide restaurant quality food in a café bistro setting. Ultimately the goal is to provide a conducive atmosphere of peace and serenity that allows the residents to focus solely on their own course of treatment. It is our belief that in this quiet, safe sanctuary, true healing can begin.

7. Family Program

Families are extremely important to a person’s recovery. We bring the family into the treatment process in our family program. Our licensed marriage and family therapist coordinates a Family Program engaging clients and their families to provide education on family systems and the overall impact addiction has on the family. We host 2-day family program every other weekend for family members to engage fully in the recovery process with education and support.

8. Veteran and First Responder Dedicated Program

  • Located at our Regional Test Center level of care; included 10-12 designated group therapy sessions with primary activities being provided by a Masters, license eligible therapist that is also a former police officer and grief and loss -specialist.
  • Local Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is affiliated with RTC to assist veterans with additional resources.

9. Full continuum of care services to meet your individual needs

At River Oaks we provide a full continuum of dual diagnosis treatment to meet a very real and growing need:  the need for quality, comprehensive care for those struggling with addiction/mental health disorders.  At the very forefront we provide a medical detox and stabilization program followed by a strong residential treatment component. In addition, we recognize that “the best outcomes occur with longer durations of treatment” [National Institute on Drug Abuse: Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (Third Edition)].  Therefore, we also provide Day/Night (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient Programming (IOP) to include the availability to live in our licensed Supportive Housing program. And for those locally, we offer both community PHP and IOP services. These services are scheduled to meet your individual needs.

  • Community PHP available Sunday through Saturday from 8:30am-4:30pm
  • Community IOP available 6 days per week (Sunday through Friday for males; and Monday through Saturday for females) from 8:30am – 11:30am

10. Accredited Program You Can Trust

Choosing the right treatment option is critical to your success. River Oaks is a program you can choose with confidence. Our program is nationally accredited by The Joint Commission, the gold-standard in healthcare accreditation.

What to Expect

Prospective Patients

Prospective 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.

Arrival

Our 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.

Meals

River 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 Details

There 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 Activities

Recreational 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.

Technology

Because 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.

For Families

Programming

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.

Clinical Care

Individual Therapy

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

Group Therapy is offered 7-times per week and includes:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Process Groups
  • Therapeutic Curriculum-based Groups
  • Expressive and Experiential Therapy Groups
  • Equine Therapy Group
  • 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. Below are a few of our noteworthy offerings:

  • Yoga
  • Massage Therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Biosound Chair

Equine Therapy

The EAGALA Model of equine therapy is utilized and designed to help patients build confidence and alleviate social anxiety and trauma.

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Therapeutic Environment for a Lasting Addiction Recovery

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.

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.

Levels of Care

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

Our Staff & Credentials

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 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.

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.

Our Accreditations

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.”

More About River Oaks Treatment Center

Read our blog.

River Oaks in the News

Read out Rehabs.com 360 Guide. Rehabs.com 360 Guides provide an objective evaluation of all that a treatment facility has to offer. These guides leverage proprietary data and offers relevant information to support individuals’ decisions to choose the treatment center right for them.