ABOUT BLU BY THE SEA
Blu by the Sea is a high-end residential rehabilitation center set in the picturesque Gulf Coast city of Destin, Fla. The facility offers highly individualized treatment for adults struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. Medically supervised detox is also available on-site.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Blu by the Sea does not adhere to 12-step principles. Rather, the program employs evidence-based treatment methods such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) in conjunction with a range of holistic treatments and recreational therapies. The minimum length of stay is 30 days, though some clients stay longer.
The continuum of treatment progresses through four stages. After the initial detoxification stage, a team of psychologists and substance abuse therapists forms a regimen of holistic treatments, physical exercise, and artistic, expressive activities designed to help eliminate cravings. During this phase, clients exercise with personal trainers, enjoy spa treatments, visit the beach, and participate in yoga and art therapy. Once clients have settled into the activity-based schedule, they begin one-on-one counseling, family therapy, and small group therapy sessions.
The final phase of treatment focuses on aftercare planning. The facility assists clients by providing information on community-based support groups, sober living facilities, and outpatient programs.
Blu by the Sea employs a multidisciplinary clinical team of master's and doctoral level therapists, nurses, and experienced mental health specialists. There is a psychiatrist on staff, and clients also have access to dental care, vision specialists, nutritionists, and personal trainers.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Blu by the Sea offers luxury accommodations set on the beautiful coast of East Destin. The common areas and rooms are decorated like a hotel, and the clinic offers a pool, spa, sauna, and oversized baths. Meals are prepared with important vitamin supplements to help clients in their physical recovery.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Five alumni polled by Rehabs.com to date provided average ratings of 4.8 out of five stars for treatment effectiveness, 4.9 stars for accommodations and amenities, and 4.4 stars for meals and nutrition. Clients praised the accommodations, delicious food, and meaningful counseling. One alum also rated the facility’s holistic treatment offerings, counseling options, and family participation five out of five stars.
Four Google reviewers at the time of this writing rated the facility five out of five stars and praised the facility’s atmosphere, staff, and food.
WHAT STAFF SAY
A staff member polled by Rehabs.com to date, gave the facility one star, rating the its holistic treatment offerings one star, its staff’s level of experience and training one star, and its exercise options four stars. NR wrote: “Staff is rude and untrained. More then 2 people have to share a room. It is not worth the money.”
According to the facility’s website, most insurance plans, including Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Cigna, are accepted.
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