faq

You probably have a million and one questions if you’re reading this. Well, pour yourself a cup of coffee, sit back, and find answers to most of them here!

We’ve broken our FAQ about treatment down by sections. Just click on whichever section you’d like to go to below.

If you have a question that isn’t answered below – it’s unlikely, but possible! – feel free to give us a call today at (561) 508-9070.

General & During Treatment Questions

Find answers to general questions and questions about what happens during treatment here.

When Does Someone Need Treatment?

This is probably the question we’re asked most often. We hear statements like the following almost daily:

Do I REALLY need rehab to stop using?
That’s way too much…I’ll just go to a meeting
I don’t even have a problem! Why do I suddenly need to go to treatment?

So, when does someone need treatment?

Unfortunately, there’s not a one-size-fits-all answer. You need treatment when you need it. Sometimes it’s when you face consequences like financial disaster, a car crash, an arrest, or an overdose. Sometimes it’s when you face emotional, mental, or spiritual bankruptcy. Sometimes it’s none of the above.

A good rule of thumb is to try the following test to see if you or someone you know needs treatment – try to stop using completely* for a month. If you can’t, then seeking professional help’s a smart idea.

* Certain substances produce physical dependence that can be incredibly uncomfortable, or even fatal, if stopped abruptly. These include alcohol, benzodiazepines, and opioids. Don’t stop abruptly if you’re taking these. Call your doctor to discuss your options.

What are the Different Types of Treatment?

Again, there’s not a simple answer to different types of treatment. The short version is that there’s a form of addiction treatment for pretty much everyone. The long answer is, well, longer.

Different types of treatment include:

  • Individual addiction therapy with a specially trained therapist
  • Group addiction therapy
  • 12-step support groups that aren’t professionally associated with any public or private organizations
  • Outpatient (OP) – a mix of individual and group therapy that usually meets once each week for a couple of hours
  • Intensive Outpatient (IOP) – a mix of individual and group therapy that usually meets three times each week for several hours
  • Partial Hospitalization (PHP) – sometimes called day/night treatment, this is a mix of individual and group therapy that usually meets five days a week for 5-8 hours
  • Inpatient or Residential Treatment – most people’s idea of rehab, this consists of around a month of living in a treatment facility and engaging in groups, one-on-one therapy, and other recovery activities during the day and night
  • Long-Term Inpatient – this is an extended version of inpatient which lasts for longer than a month
  • Florida-Model Inpatient – this is a type of residential treatment that pairs structured community living with all the above to help clients develop life skills in addition to personal recovery

It’s worth noting that although the above list is pretty comprehensive, it isn’t every type of treatment.

There are an almost unlimited number of specialized programs that cater to clients’ unique needs. These range from the old school of therapeutic communities to the high-end of California celebrity rehabs.

We told you the long answer was long!

What Happens to Family & Loved Ones During Treatment?

This depends on the particular treatment center your loved one attends.

Some programs place an emphasis on family therapy and development. Others believe the best thing for everyone is to separate for the duration of treatment.

We firmly believe in addressing the family aspect of recovery here at the Good Life. After all, addiction affects the entire family – shouldn’t treatment and recovery do the same?

It’s important to remember that, regardless of whether the treatment center your loved one goes to has a family program, you need to take care of yourself!

Your friend or family member is embarking on a journey of discovery and healing. You should do the same!

What’s HIPAA?

Have you ever tried to contact your loved one in treatment, or to get some information about their progress, and ended up hearing some variation of the phrase “I can neither confirm nor deny that person is here?”

If so, you’ve already experienced the impact of HIPAA.

HIPAA stands for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (of 1996). It’s a piece of legislation that provides privacy and security for patient medical information.

What that means for the non-lawyers among us is that your loved one needs to sign certain releases of information before any clinicians, doctors, or recovery professionals can talk to you about them.

It’s an often annoying part of the treatment experience, but it really does protect both you and your loved one’s medical records.

Why Does South Florida Have So Many Treatment Centers?

South Florida’s often cited as the recovery capital of the United States and, by default, of the world…but why?

There’s not a single answer. It’s a mix of several factors, including the beautiful weather, the relaxing atmosphere, the state laws, and the vibrant community of men and women in long-term recovery.

These all make South Florida an attractive location for treatment centers. This applies for California, Texas, and Arizona too.

Questions About Our Program

Find answers to questions about the Good Life and our unique recovery program here.

Why Choose the Good Life?

We’re often asked what makes our particular program so special. You can find the answer to this below.

The implication of this question, though, is always the same. When someone asks what makes the Good Life special, they’re really asking “why should I choose your program over other treatment centers?”

The simple answer is because you trust us.

We incorporate a number of unique programs and modalities into our larger treatment program, but we’re not all that different from many other rehabs. We place an emphasis on clinical care, evidence-based practices, wellness activities, and 12-step involvement…but so do other facilities.

You should choose the Good Life because, as we hope you can see from out website, we’re 100% invested in you or your loved one’s complete recovery.

We’re sober ourselves and we know what a living hell addiction is for everyone involved. We’ve been there and found a way out. We’ll show you or your loved one that way with dignity and respect.

Do You Have Doctors, Nurses & Specially Trained Staff?

We absolutely do. We’re licensed by the State of Florida and the Florida Department of Children and Families, which require us to have the highest quality medical care available for our clients.

Not only that, but we take pride in what we do. We’ve gone above and beyond by finding the best doctors, nurses, physician assistants, clinicians, etc. and bringing them to our program.

Head over to out staff page to learn more about the incredible treatment team we’ve assembled!

What Makes Your Program Special?

We touched briefly on this above, but it bears some more explanation here.

What makes our program special? Our incorporation of wellness activities and our personal touch to addiction recovery.

To put it another way, we’re proud to have the following:

  • All the certifications & accreditations treatment programs need
  • Doctors & nurses
  • An experienced & compassionate clinical & support staff
  • An immersive individual & group therapy program at multiple levels of care
  • Informal workshops & educational lectures
  • A 12-step component & case management services
  • Community living

But so do many other addiction treatment centers. What makes us stand out is our small census and wellness activities.

We make sure to never take too many clients at any given time. This keeps our staff to client ration low and allows us to give each and everyone who walks through our doors a personalized and valuable treatment experience.

As for wellness activities, well, we know the benefits and value of getting out into nature. We’ve lived them.

We combine all the above into a program that not only gives you the tools needed to get and stay sober, but that helps you have fun while doing it!

How Will Fishing & Boat Rides Help Recovery?

We think so (and so do many other experts in the field of addiction recovery). Head over to our page on wellness activities to learn about their numerous clinical benefits.

Post-Treatment Questions

Find answers to questions about what happens after treatment here.

What Happens After Treatment?

Much like what happens during treatment, the answer to this question depends largely on what you or your loved one do after treatment.

You can continue through the continuum of care. You can go to a sober living residence. You can go to 12-step meetings. You can do none of the above.

It’s all up to you.

We recommend a period of around 90 days of sustained focus on your personal recovery. Some of this occurs in primary treatment, some in step down care, and some in a halfway house.

The important thing is to set aside as many obligations as you can (ideally all of them) and focus on nothing but getting and staying sober.

What About Relapse?

It’s unfortunate but relapse is often a part of recovery. This isn’t always the case, but the disease of addiction has about the same relapse rate as other diseases (anywhere from 30% to 50% or higher depending on who you ask).

It’s important to remember that even if you or your loved one do relapse – it isn’t the end of the world. As people in long-term recovery ourselves, we’ve lived through relapses.

They’re unfortunate and potentially fatal, but remember that anyone can get sober at any time.

There’s a recovery saying that goes “no matter how far down the scale we have gone…” Applying this to relapse, no matter how many times you’ve relapsed, recovery is possible and within your reach.

Halfway Houses, Sober Residences, ¾ Houses…Help!

The world of sober living’s a lot to take in, we know. The good news is that it isn’t as complicated as it seems at first.

At its most basic, sober living offers the same experience regardless of the particular name it might take on – a living space that’s conditional upon your sobriety and that’s free of drugs or alcohol.

Most sober living residences have other rules, but sobriety’s the hard and fast one that can’t be broken. For example, halfway houses usually don’t allow the opposite sex of their residents to visit, while ¾ houses do.

Sober living residences may also be associated with particular treatment centers, though this isn’t always the case. We’re proud to offer community living at the Good Life as a form of sober living residence for clients in all stages of their recovery.

Finally, it’s important to note that certain names for sober living residences have different meanings across the country.

In the Northeast, for example, “halfway house” means a sober living house with some sort of therapy component. In South Florida, halfway house simply means a house where people in early-recovery live.

Why are the 12-Steps Important?

While it’s tempting to write a novel about the importance and positive impact of the 12-steps, we’re not going to do that.

The 12-steps have been around since the 1930s and the principles they represent – honesty, open mindedness, service to others, fearless self-searching, restitution for past wrongs, and more – have been around for much longer.

These principles serve as a blueprint for recovering addicts to build their new lives on. The people in 12-step fellowships serve not only as confidants and a support system, but as architects who help those in early-recovery construct these new lives.

Not to mention, there’s a 12-step fellowship for almost every type of vice imaginable. Nicotine Anonymous? Yep. Gamblers Anonymous? Absolutely. Overeaters Anonymous? You bet.

It’s important to mention that the 12-step model of recovery isn’t the only one, nor is it required for you or your loved one to believe in it. It’s simply a force of good that you can use if you want.

Is South Florida Really the Recovery Capital of the World?

We touched on this a bit above, but it bears exploring just a bit more here. First and foremost, South Florida certainly seems to wear the crown of recovery capital. Just search “recovery capital of the world” and see what comes up.

South Florida is one of several recovery meccas across the US though. They exist here, in California, Texas, Arizona, Utah, Minnesota, parts of Pennsylvania, and several other places.

That being said, South Florida really does offer so many great resources. Consider the following:

    • While exact numbers are hard to come by, there are easily hundreds of weekly 12-step meetings. There may even be thousands.
    • There’s a huge and varied recovery community here. From 12-steppers to folks who prefer SMART Recovery to yogis, spiritual practitioners, and more – there’s a type of recovery for everyone.
    • Many businesses are owned, operated, and employ people in recovery (and we’re not just talking about the addiction treatment industry either).
    • Speaking of addiction treatment, it’s huge down here. There are 20 pages of results for Florida treatment centers on Psychology Today alone, many of which are located in South Florida.

It’s safe to say that yes, in fact, South Florida really is the recovery capital of the world.

Financial Questions

Find answers to questions about the financial aspect of treatment here.

I’ve Heard Treatment is Expensive. Is It?

Generally speaking, treatment’s pretty expensive. It’s important to remember a few things before you start worrying about the price of treatment though.

First, there are many affordable, or even free, options. These are usually federal or state-run facilities and vary in the quality of their programs. Still, they’re a great resource.

Second, many treatment centers accept major commercial insurance. Find a detailed breakdown of this below.

Finally, many treatment centers accept Medicaid and Medicare.

How Much Does it Cost?

There isn’t a simply answer to the question of how much treatment costs. Prices vary from program to program and prices even vary within individual programs depending on your level of care and the scope of tertiary services.

A general – very general – ballpark is between $5,000 and $20,000 for a month of care. Remember, we said general!

It’s important to remember that some treatment centers offer premium services like private chefs and mansion-style living and cater to celebrities. Those are going to be the most expensive, probably even more than we mentioned above.

Sufficiently stressed out about the cost of treatment? Don’t be! Most rehabs, including us here at the Good Life, aren’t in this business to get rich. We want to help people and offer numerous payment plans and options to fit any budget.

Will My Insurance Cover Treatment?

This is the million-dollar question (pun not intended) – does my insurance cover my treatment or my loved one’s care?

Remember when we said one of the most common questions we’re asked is “how do I know if I need treatment?” Well, this is another one we’re asked on an almost daily basis.

While the Affordable Care Act mandated substance abuse and mental health coverage and parity, it isn’t guaranteed that your insurance will cover the entire cost of treatment.

Insurance may cover some of the cost, it may cover all, or it may cover none. The only way to be sure if to verify the scope of your coverage.

We’re more than happy to offer free insurance consultation and verification. All you need to do is call us and we’ll take care of the rest.