ABOUT FAIRWINDS TREATMENT CENTER
Founded in 1989, Fairwinds Treatment Center in Clearwater, Fla. is dedicated to treating dually diagnosed adults and teens facing behavioral and emotional health, substance use (SUD), and eating disorders. Fairwinds Treatment Center offers several levels of care, including detoxification, residential, and intensive outpatient (IOP) program; services that are respectively available at just 10.9 percent, 29.2 percent, and 43 percent of facilities in Florida.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Clients receive individualized treatment plans to address primary and co-occurring disorders. Programming includes cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), nutrition counseling, meal planning, exercise groups, relapse prevention, and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), an approach used at 56.1 percent of Florida facilities. Each client receives individual sessions with doctors, therapists, nutritionists, and psychiatrists for a curriculum of medication management, art therapy, group counseling, and family therapy.
Using the 12-Steps as the primary basis for long-term addiction recovery, Fairwinds supports clients’ attendance at both Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and/or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings off-site. Families are encouraged to participate in their loved one's recovery by attending group therapy sessions.
Fairwinds takes a “non-diet” approach to eating disorders and specializes in male and teen eating disorders. Treatment includes journaling, menu planning, intuitive eating, and experiential activities, such as eating out at restaurants.
According to its website, Fairwinds features a multidisciplinary team of licensed psychiatrists, certified drug and alcohol addictions counselors, licensed social workers, master’s level therapists, and nurses. There’s also an on-site general physician, a psychologist, an art therapist, and a registered dietitian. Fairwinds is also one of 203 (30.4 percent) of Florida facilities accredited by the Joint Commission.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Details regarding living arrangements are limited to date, but pictures published on the facility’s website depict a semi-clinical, home-like setting with shared rooms and communal spaces featuring couches and TVs. There’s also a large dining room, group rooms, classrooms, and offices. To date, the six individuals polled on the matter by Rehabs.com approved of the facility's upkeep.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Many former clients polled by Rehabs.com to date shared positive reviews for the facility. Alumni generally gave top five-star ratings for leisure activities and cleanliness, and more than half of the 10 alumni offered four- and five-star ratings for treatment effectiveness.
An anonymous alum commented that its strengths included great counselors, lots of educational materials, and good support. “If you are looking for a place to surrender & start your life again with a fresh start & are willing to change; Fairwinds is the place to begin that," S.K. wrote.
Fairwinds is not without its critics. “I was more than willing to address my issues, but it was like pulling teeth to get them to start talking with me," F.W. wrote. Another reviewer noted weakness was the facility's cost, while others felt the staff was great but “disorganized at times,” “disrespectful,” and “manipulative.” “Group therapy was effective but often got pointless and repetitive,” another alum added.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Feedback provided by loved ones was just as mixed. Overall, however, the four loved ones polled by Rehabs.com to date gave generally positive ratings concerning the facility's programming and staff.
Family Participation: 4/5
Staff Experience and Training: 4/5
Counseling Options: 3.8/5
However, some loved ones were critical of aftercare planning and the results achieved. “There weren't any referrals to a place we could afford or even suggestions for aftercare planning like further therapy,” one loved one wrote. Reflecting on their child’s experience with Fairwinds, S.M. added: “My teenager attended Fairwinds and was discharged in worse condition than when he went in.” However, disagreeing with these opinions, another loved one wrote: “Excellent plans for rehab and recovery.”
Fairwinds Treatment Center does not publish its fees online, however its website notes that it, along with just 69.3 percent of facilities in Florida, accepts private health insurance plans, such as Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, and United Healthcare. Self-pay is also accepted. To date, the six individuals polled on the matter by Rehabs.com offered polarized opinions concerning the facility's cost.
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