Into Action Treatment

By The Fix staff 04/19/16

This affordable South Florida treatment facility combines holistic therapies and 12-step recovery with a compassionate and hands-on staff.

Into Action Treatment
Location : Boynton Beach, Florida
Phone : (855) 933-6732
Price : $12,000 (Residential and PHP), $2,500 (IOP)
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For those seeking affordable treatment in sunny Florida, Into Action Treatment in Boynton Beach provides a range of options including medical detox, dual-diagnosis support, a combination residential and partial hospitalization track and intensive outpatient programs. The facility is located minutes from the ocean and a half hour from West Palm Beach, but perhaps the most appealing thing about Into Action Treatment is its promise of holistic therapy in the form of massages, yoga, acupuncture and more.

Both men and women are welcome at Into Action Treatment though each live separately in satellite houses near the facility and are shuttled to treatment every day. A total of 22 beds are available and though there aren’t strict lengths of stay, residents are encouraged to stay as long as they need to. Most Alumni were pleased with the breezy beach houses, each with tile floors, full kitchens, meditation rooms and spacious communal areas. Each client also typically shares their bedroom with one roommate, with basic daily chores required to keep the house clean.

While Into Action Treatment used to have catered meals, residents are now expected to cook for themselves in order to learn valuable skills for life post-treatment. To that end, clients take weekly grocery shopping trips where they can spend a $75 dollar weekly stipend on food of their choosing. Still, house staff encourage healthier choices as much as possible—caffeine intake is still limited to the chagrin of coffee lovers. Those surveyed also reported a diverse array of clientele in the program, with ages ranging from the late teens to mid-60s. Participants were reported to be from “all walks of life” with a mix of ethnicities, sexual orientations and economic backgrounds.

Those in need of detox can do so on-site, with medication assisted treatment available when necessary and regular medical monitoring. Once clients feel well enough, they can begin formal treatment. Though programs are highly structured, one alum stressed that treatment encouraged clients to have a balanced “work hard, play hard mentality” in sobriety. In general, residents wake up between 6:30 and 7:15 am to attend morning fitness and spirituality sessions, cooking breakfast for themselves shortly after. Treatment during the day is more variable—as one alum reported, the facility boasts “all kinds of physical, mental and emotional outlets” including gym trips and yoga three times a week, psychodrama sessions, anger management, art therapy, meditation, massages and even visits with a staff chiropractor. Even more unique are holistic options including Reiki and vibro-acoustic therapy. Residents are shuttled home to make lunch at noon before afternoon activities, which often include self-esteem groups and 12-step meetings. After everything, it’s back to the houses for dinner at 5:00 pm and lights out at 10:30.

Although no one religion is specifically emphasized, those surveyed mentioned that the treatment philosophy was “primarily 12-step based,” with plenty of lessons drawn from the Big Book. Although most clients felt that the staff was open to 12-step alternatives, at least one person was disappointed that no other options were offered: “We did big book step study and those are the only meetings we went to. No alternatives.” Religion was not pushed, though, which one Atheist client said “saved his life” during his stay.

The staff at Into Action Treatment includes Master’s level therapists, specialists in psychodrama and art therapy, yoga instructors and a chiropractor. The facility also has medical doctors come on-site weekly to check up on the well-being of those in treatment. Clients had high praise for the staff, and several respondents mentioned how much they appreciated the “tight-knit community” and “hands on staff that made me feel like I was family.” One said the most memorable part was “the love and compassion I was shown, they loved me until I could love myself.” And, although one former resident commented that the facility should consider “better counselors with longer experience,” others said that the one-on-one psychotherapy and the “Boundaries” group were highlights of their treatment program.

While the familial intimacy also came with a “tough love” approach for a handful of clients, others said the staff were still relatively permissive. “You really had to step out of line to receive a punishment,” another said. “Although you were given a wide berth, extreme cases of negative behavior were handled swiftly and accordingly.” This balanced take on the rules is likely a result of first-hand experience, as many of the staff are in long-term recovery themselves.

Though the majority of the day is blocked out for treatment, clients are still allowed to watch television at night. During the first 30 days, all residents are also on lockdown for phone and internet use, though that opens up later in treatment for job searching, talking to sponsors and other extenuating circumstances. Once clients have completed the intensive part of care, they can also step down to an IOP or outpatient program for relapse prevention support. Both of these options are flexible, consisting primarily of group and individual therapy sessions with staff therapists.

In the end, it’s the results that count, which alums noted were overwhelmingly positive. Although a few mentioned set-backs and relapses early after the program, most said they were able to stay sober long-term. One alum mentioned that “it would be almost impossible to get high with [the staff] in my head and heart,” as it would mean disappointing people he considers family. Many others mentioned that their lives had been saved. “I had horrible days there and sometimes treated those people horribly,” one client reflected, “but they never judged or stopped caring for me.”

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