Frequently Asked Questions
What do you treat at Lifeskills South Florida?
Lifeskills South Florida specializes in treating adults with co-occurring psychiatric and substance use disorders, and co-occurring conditions.
What can I expect in the first 30-days of treatment?
In addition to therapeutic programming 7 days a week, the first 30-days may include medication management, setting personal goals, and identifying emotions that are obstructing your recovery. The team will use pre-assessments, intake information, previous medical records, and family assessments to customize an individual treatment plan, partnering you with clinicians that are best equipped to help you meet your goals. Psychological testing is offered for clients who may require further diagnostics to assist the team in setting the optimum treatment plan.
How long does treatment usually last at Lifeskills South Florida?
We achieve positive outcomes because we do not put recovery on a timetable. Each client’s circumstances and treatment needs are different with many of our clients averaging three months within the residential level of care. The length of stay at Lifeskills South Florida is entirely dependent upon the unique needs of our clients, the complexity of their condition(s) and the rate at which progress is made. Clients are challenged to reintegrate into their community and achieve their personal treatment goals as quickly as they are able.
Why is the average length of stay so long?
Lifeskills South Florida is an extended treatment facility that provides a full continuum of care. Research shows that stepping down from a higher level of care to IOP and transitional living provides more successful outcomes, leading to a healthier and more independent lifestyle. Lifeskills offers a strong after care program for an additional six months to one year after treatment through intensive outpatient care and transitional living at Osceola House. We also encourage involvement in alumni activities to form and continue strong bonds and connections.
How does the Lifeskills program prepare me for independence?
Our clinical staff is specialized in helping our patients find stability and focus on integrating back in their home, work, and family life. The continuum of care includes community living skills and reintegration for a healthy and independent life. Relapse prevention, self-monitoring, job skills, budgeting, nutrition, shopping, meal planning, and interpersonal skills learned through living with housemates are just some of the skills focused on during treatment. You will also work on identifying social support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Smart Recovery, and mental health support groups so that you can learn to seek support for yourself, work with a sponsor and learn how to surround yourself with the healthy and supportive community you will need to remain successful in recovery.
Will my insurance cover treatment at Lifeskills?
We are a private pay facility that can work with out of network benefits. We are not a Medicaid and Medicare provider. Our admissions team is available to discuss payment options with you.
Can I contact my loved one?
We believe family is an important part of the treatment process. Initially, we ask that you give your loved one time to focus on his or her needs and treatment program. For the first week in the program, your loved one will not be able to make phone calls as they are getting acclimated and then they will be able to call from a phone that is centrally located in the nursing station.
Can my family and friends visit?
At Lifeskills South Florida, we understand the importance of family and friends in your recovery. Our therapists will work with you and your family to determine the appropriate time for visitation.
How is my family involved in treatment?
Our strong family component to our program offers support, education and guidance to you and your loves ones through the treatment process. Upon admission, you will be assigned a licensed therapist who will work directly with you and your family. This therapist will be in constant communication with your family, as you allow, and will help facilitate family sessions, visitation and any other family related need the arises.
Can my loved one bring a laptop or cell phone to Lifeskills?
To stay focused on recovery and less on external distractions, we ask that no personal computers or iPads be brought to treatment, however; center computers can be used with monitored access. We ask that cell phones be left at home, but center phones are made available.
What should I bring to Lifeskills?
You may bring personal clothing, toiletries (not containing alcohol) and other items that will help you feel more at home at Lifeskills South Florida. Towels and linens will be provided for you. Click here for a detailed list of suggested items to bring to treatment.
How are medications managed at Lifeskills?
Lifeskills South Florida offers supervised self-administration of medications only when approved and/or prescribed by the Medical Director.
Will I have a roommate?
Yes. Our facility is spacious and comfortably furnished; clients can expect to have three to four housemates. We can make accommodations for a single room arrangement.
Can I smoke at Lifeskills?
We promote healthy living and will provide smoking cessation support by request, however, smoking cigarettes is permitted in designated areas.
How can I receive further information or be admitted to Lifeskills?
Clients can be admitted to Lifeskills of South Florida 24/7 following a clinical assessment conducted by telephone. For further information, you may contact us toll-free at 844-749-1560.