By The Fix staff 08/24/17

For clients seeking an alternative to traditional 12-step focused facilities, Empower provides a recovery haven that emphasizes on replenishing the mind, body and spirit.

Location : 2120 Range Road Clearwater, FL 33765
Phone : (888) 834-2451
Price : $22,000 (30 days)
Overall :
Accommodations :
Treatment :
Food :
Insurance : Yes
Detox : No

Introduction and Basic Services

Located in Clearwater, Florida, Empower specializes in providing care for clients struggling with substance use disorders. Empower is a Joint Commission-Accredited facility that provides an alternative to programs that focus on the 12-step philosophy, instead offering a plethora of holistic modalities in a private, serene environment. Empower believes in the treatment of the “whole person”. To this end, it offers the perception therapy program that helps to change the negative thoughts and behaviors that lead to substance abuse.

Facility and Meals

Situated close to the sunny beaches of Clearwater, Empower, named “The Ashram of Clearwater,” is a 15,000 square foot facility inspired by Zen Buddhism. The serene atmosphere is perfect for beginning the recovery journey. With only 10 clients at a time, Empower offers both a private and communal environment. Residents enjoy spacious and comfortable private bedrooms equipped with queen-sized beds, TV and WiFi, an adjacent private bathroom as well as basic furnishings. Clients are weclome to bring any electronic devices in order to stay connected with family and friends. In addition, there is an on-site gym equipped with cardio and weights, as well as amenities like a lending library, sun deck, koi pond and jacuzzi. In addition, there are also plenty of common areas for relaxing and socializing.

Empower boasts delicious meals created by the licensed dietician and on-site chef. Dietary restrictions and preferences like gluten-free and vegetarian can be accommodated. Smoking is allowed in specific designated areas outside.

Treatment Protocol and Team

The Perception Therapy residential treatment program offered by Empower dedicates a full week to each of the four aspects of humanity: mind, body, spirit and environment. The objective is to change clients’ perceptions, thereby changing their behavior and creating a sustainable recovery. Lengths of stay vary depending on the specific needs of the client, with the minimum stay being 30 days.

Empower provides a flexible, individualized program where clients select the therapies they believe will be most effective. In addition to weekly individual therapy, residents engage in yoga, meditation, perception therapy, courses on relapse prevention and mind-body-spirit-environment therapy. Empower offers clients a written recovery guarantee. If a resident relapses within a year of leaving the 12-week program, they can return to the Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) or Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) free for up to 12 weeks.

The Empower facility does not offer detox. Preparations can be made with a partnering detox facility, if needed. The Empower team is comprised of an on-site physician, psychiatrist, Master’s-level counselors, a dietician and many specialized holistic therapists.

Bonus Amenities

Empower provides a seemingly endless selection of classes. In addition to those mentioned in the treatment section, there is also Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Gong Bath and Kai-Chi-Do, as well as nearly 300 others. In addition, clients can take group outings to local museums, amusement parks and beaches.


In addition to the written Recovery Guarantee, Empower also offers a Cap Cost Guarantee so that residents are aware of exactly the cost of treatment before they start. Empower is a truly unique facility offering a top-to-bottom, user-friendly holistic recovery experience. For clients seeking an alternative to traditional 12-step focused facilities, Empower provides a recovery haven that emphasizes on replenishing the mind, body and spirit.


2120 Range Road

Clearwater, FL 33765

(888) 834-2451

[email protected]

Empower Cost: $22,000 (30 days); insurance accepted. Find Empower on Facebook, Twitter and Google+

Please read our comment policy. - The Fix