River Oaks

12012 Boyette Road
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River Oaks offers inpatient and intensive outpatient treatment for individuals with alcohol and/or substance addiction. The program includes aftercare support, individual therapy, equine therapy, family support and more. River Oaks is located at Riverview, Florida.




The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) is a non-profit organization that specifically accredits rehab organizations. Founded in 1966, CARF's, mission is to help service providers like rehab facilities maintain high standards of care.

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Treatment Duration : 90 days
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Since its inception in the 1930’s with Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), 12-Step fellowships have empowered generations of individuals fighting substance abuse to improve their lives by “working the steps.” For those battling addiction, the fellowship of coming together with other individuals creates a safe environment for sharing recovery stories and healing. Following program completion, 12-Step group attendance has been shown to increase lengths of abstinence (Journal of Substance Addiction Treatment, April 2014). River Oaks incorporates the spirit of 12-Step fellowship and meetings into our treatment programs at all levels of care. Their curriculum includes a section – “What are the Twelve Steps? Steppin’ a New Life” – that serves as a summary and introduction to the 12-Step philosophy and spirit.

Intensive Outpatient:

In River Oaks' IOP program, the client requires less supervision than the PHP program but makes the commitment to participate in a structured treatment schedule. The IOP client attends therapy and programming 3-7 days per week, according to the individualized treatment plan. Therapy is provided in treatment blocks of a minimum of 3 hours in duration. At this care level, the client works on fine-tuning his or her early recovery and aftercare plan and becomes involved with the local sober community.

Medically Assisted Detox:

The Medical Detox level of care allows River Oaks' licensed medical team to safely monitor 24/7 the client’s symptoms during the withdrawal period which usually lasts 5-7 days. The client resides in a quiet section within the residential area that is located in close proximity to the nurse’s station. All members of the medical team are experienced in wide-ranging withdrawal symptoms and understand the associated requirements. After the client safely completes detox and is evaluated by the interdisciplinary treatment team, he or she begins the appropriate course of treatment.

Individualized Treatment:

Certain drug and alcohol rehabs have standard treatment regimes they expect all patients to follow. Others offer individualized treatment, meaning they tailor treatment to a person's specific background and needs. For example, a rehab facility may adjust a treatment program to take into account the type of drug or addiction from which the person suffers, their age, medical condition(s), religious beliefs, or lifestyle.


InRiver Oaks' Residential Treatment (RT) program, the client resides at our facility and receives 24/7 staff supervision. The client participates in his or her treatment plan of individual therapy, group sessions, addiction therapy groups, and other therapeutic activities.

Aftercare Support:

Before graduating from treatment, it’s important for the client to have his or her aftercare program in place. The reason River Oaks stresses the importance of aftercare plans from day one is that an effective aftercare plan can make or break the client’s chances for long-term sobriety, particularly in the initial period following graduation. A comprehensive aftercare plan can be beneficial for all areas of the client’s life after treatment. During treatment the client can work with the clinical team to talk about the need for continued care after graduation. Is it necessary to check in with a psychiatrist or therapist periodically? If the therapist makes this recommendation, then local providers in the community can be set up prior to graduation. Gathering contacts and resources builds a strong foundation of recovery resources for reintegrating into a drug-free life. They encourage their graduates to stay in touch with fellow Rivers Oaks alumni, participate in AAC Alumni activities, and attend 12-Step or other recovery support groups for fellowship.

Holistic Treatment:

Rather than focusing solely on addiction, holistic treatment facilities treat patients in terms of their whole being. Holistic treatment is about more than just addiction and sobriety – it addresses the person’s life in its entirety, including career, physical, familial, and spiritual aspects.

24-Hour Clinical Care:

At certain points in the recovery process, it's important to have support available 24/7. 24-hour clinical care offers a safe environment in which to recover from drug or alcohol addiction in peace, knowing medical detox and other treatment will happen with professionals on hand.

Treatment Focus:



The goal of treatment for alcoholism is abstinence. Those with poor social support, poor motivation, or psychiatric disorders tend to relapse within a few years of treatment. For these people, success is measured by longer periods of abstinence, reduced use of alcohol, better health, and improved social functioning. Recovery and Maintenance are usually based on 12 step programs and AA meetings.

Mental Health and Substance Abuse:

A combined mental health and substance abuse rehab has the staff and resources available to handle individuals with both mental health and substance abuse issues. It can be challenging to determine where a specific symptom stems from (a mental health issue or an issue related to substance abuse), so mental health and substance abuse professionals are helpful in detangling symptoms and keeping treatment on track.

Opioid Addiction:

Opioid rehabs specialize in supporting those recovering from opioid addiction. They treat those suffering from addiction to illegal opioids like heroin, as well as prescription drugs like oxycodone. These centers typically combine both physical as well as mental and emotional support to help stop addiction. Physical support often includes medical detox and subsequent medical support (including medication), and mental support includes in-depth therapy to address the underlying causes of addiction.

Therapy Programs:


Family Therapy:

Research clearly demonstrates that recovery is far more successful and sustainable when loved ones like family members participate in rehab and substance abuse treatment. Genetic factors may be at play when it comes to drug and alcohol addiction, as well as mental health issues. Family dynamics often play a critical role in addiction triggers, and if properly educated, family members can be a strong source of support when it comes to rehabilitation.

Trauma Therapy:

Trauma therapy addresses traumatic incidents from a client's past that are likely affecting their present-day experience. Trauma is often one of the primary triggers and potential causes of addiction, and can stem from child sexual abuse, domestic violence, having a parent with a mental illness, losing one or both parents at a young age, teenage or adult sexual assault, or any number of other factors. The purpose of trauma therapy is to allow a patient to process trauma and move through and past it, with the help of trained and compassionate mental health professionals.

Individual Therapy:

In individual therapy, a patient meets one-on-one with a trained psychologist or counselor. Therapy is a pivotal part of effective substance abuse treatment, as it often covers root causes of addiction, including challenges faced by the patient in their social, family, and work/school life.

Equine Therapy:

Equine therapy, aka equine-assisted therapy (EAT), is a form of experiential therapy that involves interactions and activities with horses. It does not necessarily involve riding horses, but all activities related to horses, such as feeding, grooming, haltering and leading them. A mental health professional frequently oversees the activities (often in conjunction with a horse professional), and helps patients process their thoughts, feelings, and behavior patterns during and/or after the interaction.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing:

EMDR is a therapeutic modality originally developed to help process trauma. In an EMDR session, a patient is prompted to undergo eye movements that mimic those of REM sleep. This is accomplished by watching a therapist's finger move back and forth across, or following a bar of light. The goal is repetitive sets of eye movements that help the brain reprocess memory, which can significantly reduce the intensity of remembered traumatic incidents. Associated memories can heal simultaneously, leaving patients significantly calmer, more stable, and more emotionally relaxed.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a therapy modality that focuses on the relationship between one's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. It is used to establish and allow for healthy responses to thoughts and feelings (instead of unhealthy responses, like using drugs or alcohol). CBT has been proven effective for recovering addicts of all kinds, and is used to strengthen a patient's own self-awareness and ability to self-regulate. CBT allows individuals to monitor their own emotional state, become more adept at communicating with others, and manage stress without needing to engage in substance abuse.

Nutrition Therapy:

Nutrition therapy, aka medical nutrition therapy (MNT), is a way of treating physical, emotional, and medical conditions through diet. Specific dietary plans are designed by professional nutritionists or registered dietitians, and patients follow them in order to positively affect their physical and mental health.

Group Therapy:

Group therapy is any therapeutic work that happens in a group (not one-on-one). There are a number of different group therapy modalities, including support groups, experiential therapy, psycho-education, and more. Group therapy involves treatment as well as processing interaction between group members.

Motivational Interviewing:

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a clinical approach to helping people with substance abuse issues and other conditions shift behavior in positive ways. It is more goal-oriented than traditional psychotherapy, as MI counselors directly attempt to get clients to consider making behavioral change (rather than wait for them to come to conclusions themselves). Its primary purpose is to resolve ambivalence and help clients become able to make healthy choices freely.

Creative Arts Therapy:

Creativity is inherently healing, and can help those in recovery express thoughts or feelings they might not otherwise be able to. Creative arts therapy can include music, poetry/writing, painting, sculpting, dance, theater, sandplay, and more. Unlike traditional art, the final product matters far less than the experience of creation and expression itself.


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River Oaks
Last Updated: 01/22/2018

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