Riverside Behavioral Center

733 East Olympia Avenue
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Riverside Behavioral Center is a private rehab located in Punta Gorda, Florida. Riverside Behavioral Center specializes in the treatment of mental health,


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My loved one didn't get the treatment she needed, she says the staff wasn't helpful and that the environment of Riverside was so bad that she wanted to get away from there and never come back. Bathrooms were shared by four people and the facility was never clean.
Worse then jail, dirty, staff is rude and does NOT CARE ABOUT P/T SAFTY
The hospital was filthy, but the staff was knowledgeable and caring. Loved the Dr.
I am a licensed RN - non practicing - I fully understand the purpose of HIPPA is patient protection. I have a major issue with the entire process when the Baker Act has been declared. A friend of mine was in Bayfront. He assigned 3 people a his HIPPA contacts. He was rocking between being coherent and incoherent due to a number of issues going on. Absolutely NO MENTION of a code being needed so his HIPPAA contacts could get information. The education process is sorely lacking - the communication with the family and assigned contacts non existant. Now he has been moved to Riverside - we think - again no education on how to set the bloody code up - and now none of his HIPPA contacts can get in touch with him or visit him - one being his daughter - HOW DID THIS CODE NONESENSE EVEN MAKE SENSE WHEN YOU HAVE A PATIENT who is in and out of being coherent??? I will be filing a complaint with the AMA and HIPPA also that both of these ho
I was baker acted after a suicide attempt at 19. I was obviously already very scared about being placed in a mental institution and I had every right to be. To start with I was the youngest person being treated. They keep the extremely violent people in with the nonviolent. The nurses see you for a minute in the morning and at night and I saw the psychiatrist one time my whole 5 day stay. There was a patient who told the techs that I was having kissing another patient even though at the time this patient said that it had happened I was seeing the medical doctor for my asthma and they didn't believe me. I told them to check the cameras and the tech became aggressive and dragged me to the "quiet room". Another man followed me the whole time I was there telling me I was his daughter and he loved me and would touch me and when I told the techs it made me uncomfortable again they did nothing and I was reprimanded. Stay far away from this place.
OMG! Absolute horrid place! The doctors are very uncaring, treat you like a number as long as you are adding to their paycheck. The facility has not been painted, updated or floors cleaned since the 1970;s VERY DEPRESSING place to be in. Not a chance I will deal with the same doctor or ever take a chance of visiting Riverside. Much nicer, more professional places around I hope.
My wife has had issues with depression for many years. She finally got the courage up to seek help. She admitted herself voluntarily. Due to her career, she specifically asked if her employer could find out. In front my wife and myself, they said, "You are voluntary, so no one will know without you permission" She was being brave and finally seeking help. I called to check on her and she's crying and scared and said they were nice and friendly to begin with, but then said they wanted to "Baker Act" her so she could not leave on her own. She is scared and worried. She had made plans with work and our babysitter to stay for 4 days. The "Baker Act Coordinator" Told me she said she wanted to leave on the first night. This is an absolute lie. This poor woman made a huge step forward and reached out for help on her own and they have ruined that. It took her years to do this and ask for help.
Worst experience ever! I was depressed and suicidal when going in there, and the only reason I'm not now is because I'm happy to get out of there! They treated me like a criminal or completely ignored me. For instance, I ask someone for clean sheets to make my bed and the huge guy standing around would say "in a minute". Then, I would wait and wait while he sat around laughing feeding his face. I would ask again and he'd tell me to go ask another worker that was obviously busy doing something else. Horrible! Made me feel like a nobody. I tried to talk to the short guy that runs the place I guess, and he made some snide remark to one of the people he was walking with and kept walking. STAY FAR AWAY FROM THIS PLACE. THERE ARE OTHER PLACES THAT WILL TREAT YOU LIKE A HUMAN BEING!
No one cares or treats these people with any kind of respect. Awful awful awful. My loved one wants to die
My daughter is a patient here and they are the most disrespectful disgusting place you can get treatment at ! Nobody knows what there doing the nurses sit around talking laughing eating while 52 patients roam the hallways free . They give you information that is absolutely false and my daughter has refused medication time and time again and they keep trying to push it on her these people don't get when a patient says NO it means NO ! I would not recommend this place to anyone for any kind of treatment Run and save your money for people who actually care and are not there just for a check !



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Psychotropic Medication:

Psychotropic medications (aka psychodynamic medication) are any medicines used specifically to affect and/or alter a patient's mind, emotions, and behaviors. Such psychiatric medicines are often used to change chemical levels in the brain that impact a person's mood and behavior. These medications include mood stabilizers, antidepressants, anti-ADHD drugs, and anti-anxiety medications.

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Residential treatment programs are those that offer housing and meals in addition to substance abuse treatment. Rehab facilities that offer residential treatment allow patients to focus solely on recovery, in an environment totally separate from their lives. Some rehab centers specialize in short-term residential treatment (a few days to a week or two), while others solely provide treatment on a long-term basis (several weeks to months). Some offer both, and tailor treatment to the patient's individual requirements.

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Mental Health:

Mental health rehabs focus on helping individuals recover from mental illnesses like bipolar disorder, clinical depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, and more. Mental health professionals at these facilities are trained to understand and treat mental health issues, both in individual and group settings.

Therapy Programs:


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.

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.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy:

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a modified form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), a treatment designed to help people understand and ultimately affect the relationship between their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. DBT is often used for individuals who struggle with self-harm behaviors, such as self-mutilation (cutting) and suicidal thoughts, urges, or attempts. It has been proven clinically effective for those who struggle with out-of-control emotions and mental health illnesses like Borderline Personality Disorder.

Electroconvulsive Therapy:

ECT is a form of treatment in which controlled electric currents are passed through the brain, sometimes causing short seizures. Treatments are done under general anesthesia. ECT appears to change brain chemistry for the better, and has been shown to provide fast and sometimes dramatic improvements in severe mental health conditions that can exist alongside addiction, including depression, bipolar disorder, psychosis, and suicidality. ECT is also often used by those who prefer it to taking medication.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy:

Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) is a way of getting nicotine into the bloodstream without smoking. It uses products that supply low doses of nicotine to help people stop smoking. The goal of therapy is to cut down on cravings for nicotine and ease the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal.

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.

Experiential Therapy:

Experiential therapy is a form of therapy in which clients are encouraged to surface and work through subconscious issues by engaging in real-time experiences. Experiential therapy departs from traditional talk therapy by involving the body, and having clients engage in activities, movements, and physical and emotional expression. This can involve role-play or using props (which can include other people). Experiential therapy can help people process trauma, memories, and emotion quickly, deeply, and in a lasting fashion, leading to substantial and impactful healing.

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.


Riverside Behavioral Center
Last Updated: 09/21/2018

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