Magazine article Addiction Professional

Riverside Recovery

Magazine article Addiction Professional

Riverside Recovery

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In selecting the location of their new substance use treatment facility, leaders at Riverside Recovery in Tampa, Fla., wanted to be situated not far from the "real world" of a city but still in a place where they could create a sanctuary experience for patients.

The 60,000-square-foot building along the Hillsborough River, formerly housing a psychiatric hospital and then a juvenile detention center, sits little more than a five-minute drive from downtown Tampa but offers a spa-like environment, says Ashley Janes, Riverside Recovery's director of business development and admissions. Fishing and kayaking are among the recreational pursuits made possible because of the surrounding location. The center houses detox, residential and intensive outpatient services that have a foundation in the 12 Steps but integrate numerous therapeutic modalities (cognitive therapy, psychodrama, etc.) and recreational therapies.

"I don't know if the patients even know how much value is coming out of the recreational therapies," says Janes. "I think they just look at it as fun."

One challenge that the facility administration inherited in selecting the location involves federal restrictions governing renovations in the riverfront area. Building improvements are occurring on a phased basis, with all of Riverside Recovery's 15 detox and 51 residential beds currently located on the upper floor of the facility. By next year, there will be a total of 135 beds, says Janes. The treatment center opened in the Seminole Heights section of Tampa last summer. …

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