If I could give this place a negative rating, I would. I came out much worse than when I went in. They lied to my family and me. The doctor told my husband I had taken drugs I HAD NOT!!! I am a straight alcoholic. They wasted our money and lied to get my husband to pay for another month because they knew we had money. Their only motivation was monetary and went to any lengths to get it. The doctor was determined not to let me out at 30 days and had me sent falsely to the psychiatric ward 3 days shy of my supposed discharge date in the attempt to keep me at Destin Recovery and take our money. He tried to get the Sheriff's Department to do the paperwork. They refused, so the doctor did it. The psychiatric ward released me immediately because it was unwarranted. They also refused to send me back to that hellhole and sent me home. That little trip to the psychiatric ward cost $14,000, and the doctor refused to pay it. The psychiatric nurse said the doctor had done this before. BEWARE!
Destin Recovery practices humiliation and degradation. They had me crying in front of the whole group because I was helping other patients. They said I wasn't concentrating on my own problems. What a farce! I checked in because I needed help. Another week in the same group, one of my roommates was verbally abused for dressing slutty. The next week, my other roommate was abused for looking sultry. She was a beautiful lady and did nothing special to look sultry. My last week, he picked on a lovely lady who was in the outpatient program. She did nothing to deserve it! While I was there, the doctor only picked on women and appears to have a deep-seated resentment against us.
The website makes the center look like a great place to be. Don't be fooled by this. We were only allowed to go to the beach 1 time, and we all had to walk together. There was no swimming, sunbathing, paddle boarding, or kayaking even though they advertise it.
The absolute worst of all this is that my marriage broke up because my husband believed the doctor's lies. Even though the doctor did NOT have permission to talk to my family, he did anyway and involved my husband in his hellacious plans for me. Because of this, my husband felt entitled to verbally and emotionally abuse me until I left him months later. The doctor knew my husband had controlling and narcissistic issues. My husband was played like a fiddle!
The doctor's notes in my record state several medical conditions he thought I had. I HAD NONE OF THEM!!! My test results from the psychiatric ward back this up, and there were NO drugs or alcohol in my body.
They discourage family involvement. I was not allowed to talk to my husband for 2 weeks, and then, only on speakerphone in front of my therapist. My husband agreed to research other treatment centers for me. My therapist called him behind my back to ask him not to. I asked when my husband could visit. She said in a couple of weeks, which was after my discharge date. They had no intention of discharging me and convinced my husband not to pick me up after 30 days. I COULD NOT HAVE GOTTEN OUT at 30 days! I was a prisoner. I only got out because they sent me to the psychiatric ward. It was supposed to keep me for 3 days then send me back to Destin Recovery for another month. It backfired on the doctor. The psychiatrist rescinded the order and sent me home. I now have PTSD because of the whole experience and will be in therapy for years.
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE DO NOT GO OR SEND ANYONE HERE!!! You will waste money and be humiliated.
By the way, the doctor's wife is also his nurse. Between the 2 of them, they have a horrible addiction treatment center scam going.