Ambrosia Treatment Center

By The Fix staff 12/19/17

Ambrosia's dedicated team provides comprehensive addiction treatment in a structured and therapeutic setting, with plenty of recreation during downtime. Alumni appreciate the sense of community and understanding staff.

An overhead view of Ambrosia Treatment Center, Medford, NJ
Location : West Palm Beach, FL; Medford, NJ; Beverly Hills, CA
Phone : (888) 492-1410
Price : Varies by location. Please call for price.
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With five different locations, Ambrosia Treatment Center provides comprehensive addiction treatment with a commitment to helping their patients achieve “complete recovery.” Their support has “no expiration,” with a continuum of care including detox, residential, outpatient, family support, and alumni events and resources. The varying locations mean that high quality treatment is geographically accessible to many parts of the country. Ambrosia is in Beverly Hills, California; Port St. Lucie, Singer Island, and West Palm Beach, Florida; and Medford, New Jersey.

According to our survey, people who come to one of Ambrosia’s centers are likely to encounter an eclectic mix of people, with some differences based on which center they were in. One Port St. Lucie resident recalled a “younger crowd” while a Singer Island client remembered mostly middle-aged people. Income and occupations were well represented, including “guidance [counseling], IT and business” with some people employed full time and others unemployed and “relying on family for financial help.” Similarly, there were diverse backgrounds with one former resident noting that he “saw no race, gender, sexual orientation, or religious biases.“

Though certain details are unique to each of Ambrosia’s facilities, each location offers comfortable furnishings and amenities. A couple of the locations accommodate particular subsets of the recovery population. Specifically, the Singer Island location is geared primarily towards those 35 years and older, whereas Port St. Lucie typically treats people between 18 to 25 years old. The Beverly Hills center offers a more high end, luxury program with “extra amenities” and a “world-famous chef.”

For the most part, residents reported having anywhere from one to three roommates as well as basic house duties and a “deep clean” once a week. “We all had housemates, which was sometimes a challenge but good to build connections with others,” one alum said. “We all had chores and had to keep our other housemates accountable.” While each location is somewhat different, all residents can expect to stay in comfortable homes with well-outfitted bedrooms, common living areas, outdoor areas and nearby water features (either local beaches or on-site swimming pools). The houses also come equipped with gym equipment, WiFi and cable TV.

Except for at the Beverly Hills location, Ambrosia clients shop for and prepare their own food. Most clients liked this system, since it allowed them to practice taking care of themselves: “This is such an important life skill that a lot of us ignore in active addiction” and “It was up to our discretion to eat healthy.” Another recalled: “My favorite times were spent when we cooked family dinners together and sat down as a recovery family, prayed, and ate together.”

Because all treatment plans are individualized, lengths of stay among our survey-takers varied from just a few weeks to more than six months. During that time, residents attend full days which include scheduled individual and group therapy, 12-step recovery principles, art therapy, grief processing, trauma-informed care and dual diagnosis support. “Daily life was structured and therapeutic, which was exactly what I needed,” one alum said. Survey respondents noted that medical care was relatively available as well, with doctors visiting the campus “multiple times throughout the week.”

Like most treatment programs, Ambrosia has a code of conduct and rules that clients must follow. For the most part, former residents felt that rules fairly enforced. “The staff was always fair in hearing me out with different issues and infractions,” one alum said. “[Resident managers] would write me up for infractions in the log notes, but did not cause a scene at the time of the issue.” Staff “looked at each situation case by case and reacted accordingly.” Another was grateful for the no-nonsense treatment: “My therapist called me out on all of my negative and manipulative behaviors.”

In fitting with policy, there are regulations placed on phone and internet use as well—alums said phone use was limited to 15 minute sessions several times a week (though TV was allowed during downtime). Many appreciated the unplugged approach: “I liked that there was very little time or opportunity for phone use and almost no internet use,” one said. “I was able to focus on what I needed to focus on.” To balance out the clinical and structured aspects of care, Ambrosia makes sure that residents get plenty of recreation as well: “We had a pool and were brought to the gym once or twice a week along with beach [trips] and nightly meetings.” Volleyball, yoga, and bonfires were also listed, although one resident did suggest “More outdoor acitivities!” Others mentioned relaxation methods including acupuncture and massage therapy.

When asked about the most memorable part of treatment, alumni had high praise for the counselors and therapy. “Most memorable to me was realizing that the staff understood,” one said. Others praised “the treatment itself,” “the mindfulness program,” and, as one person put it, “an impressive balance between tough love and honesty and sensitivity, care and concern.” Alumni describe the program as mostly 12-step based, but “I don’t think they were opposed to other methods.”

Overall, Ambrosia’s treatment methods seem to have paid off for its residents, many of whom reported remaining sober after leaving the program. Those who were still attending were optimistic about the future. “I haven’t left yet,” one participant said, “but I think it’s definitely given me tools to take with me when I go home.” Most alumni expressed gratitude to have found themselves in the care of professionals who turned their life around: “This was treatment center 13 for me and it worked.” And “Ambrosia played an enormous role in my recovery and my life,” another alum said. “I cannot thank Ambrosia enough for what they have done for me and my family.”

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