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WhiteSands Alcohol & Drug Rehab Fort Myers

1820 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers, Florida, 33907
At WhiteSands Treatment Center, our philosophy revolves around the positive belief that everyone has the capacity to improve and grow. We know that you can overcome your limitations through changes in attitudes, habits, and behavior, and we are here to help you do just that! Alcohol abuse and drug addiction are chronic problems that affect both the body and the mind, so we don’t just treat physiological dependency; our dual diagnosis treatment programs also work to locate and change factors that might make it difficult to abstain from drug and alcohol abuse in the long term. We are entirely committed to helping you reach your fullest potential. We want to encourage and inspire you to have confidence and faith in yourself; to learn how to forgive not just yourself, but also those around you. Ultimately, recovery is about healing. Here at WhiteSands, we know that alcohol and drug addiction affects everyone differently. We maintain the creed that you deserve a customized treatment program tailored to your highly specific situation, so all of our alcohol and drug addiction treatment programs are updated and modified as an individual’s situation evolves. This careful process maximizes your chances of a successful recovery.

Facility Highlights

  • A+ BBB rated
  • JCAHO accredited
  • 100% scorecard from DCF


  • Holistic Therapy

    Facilities that offer “holistic therapy” see and treat patients in the context of their entire lives and health status. They treat the “whole person,” not just the addiction.
  • Individualized Treatment

    Some facilities have an addiction treatment protocol that all patients or clients are expected to follow, while others customize or individualize treatment based on a person’s unique needs and circumstances. Factors that may affect treatment decisions include age, lifestyle, medical conditions, type of drug, religious beliefs, etc.

Facility Settings

  • Private/Secluded

Meet the Staff

  • Joseph Ducey
    Joseph DuceyCOO
    Mr. Ducey currently serves as Chief Operating Officer of White Sands Treatment Centers, and has held that position since shortly after the opening of the facility. As COO of White Sands, Mr. Ducey is responsible for the day to day operations of both Ft Myers and Tampa treatment locations.In addition to his day to day responsibilities at White Sands, Mr. Ducey was responsible for the expansion of the Ft Myers location into Intensive Outpatient and Sober Home programs, as well as the planning and opening of the Tampa location consisting of 150 inpatient beds. Prior to joining White Sands, Mr. Ducey held a variety of management positions within Acquinity Interactive and its subsidiary companies, where his responsibilities primarily focused on the day to day operations of call center management team, product development, and implementation and analysis. Prior to joining Acquinity, Mr. Ducey served as Executive Vice President of CIT Group in Livingston, New Jersey. He holds a degree in Business Administration
  • Dr Lyndsay Henry
    Dr Lyndsay HenryClinical Director
    Lyndsay Henry, Ph.D. currently serves as Clinical Director for the Fort Myers Location and has held that position since shortly after opening in 2014. She is additionally Vice President of Clinical Services for White Sands Treatment Centers. Within these roles, Dr. Henry oversees clinical operations for all locations. She is responsible for hiring and training all clinical staff in Fort Myers as well as creating and implementing the program schedules and aiding in patients receiving the best treatment possible. Dr. Henry is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in the state of Florida. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Sociology at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. She received her master’s and doctorate degrees in Psychology at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She has worked extensively with children, adolescents, and those struggling with addiction.

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Located in Fort Myers, Fla., White Sands Treatment Center treats both substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. A full continuum of treatment services is offered, including medical detox, residential treatment, a partial hospitalization program (PHP), an intensive outpatient program (IOP), and sober living facilities. Specialized tracks include a women’s program and a Christian program. It is one of the 310 (46.4 percent) facilities in Florida that have programs tailored to women. Medical detox is available.


Upon admission, clients undergo a comprehensive assessment to determine the most appropriate route of treatment. The typical residential stay is 30 to 60 days, making it one of Florida’s 139 (20.8 percent) of long-term treatment programs. The treatment model is evidence-based including methods such as motivational interviewing(MI), motivational enhancement therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).

Treatment also incorporates holistic offerings, including art, massage, exercise, and nutritional therapy, as well as yoga and acupuncture. Clients participate in individual and group therapy, focusing on building healthy coping skills and gaining support from peers. Family therapy is offered as an integral part of the treatment process.

As step-down options, the facility has partial hospitalization and outpatient programs. White Sands also offers sober living homes, and clients who complete treatment are connected to community support groups and therapists in their area.


The treatment team includes board-certified medical doctors, psychiatrists, master’s level psychologists, clinicians, nurses, and licensed addiction counselors. It is one of the 203 (30.4 percent) of treatment facilities in Florida accredited by the Joint Commission.


White Sands is a resort-style facility full of luxury amenities, including a pool, kitchen, gazebo, and fitness room. Photos also indicate that clients share rooms with two beds. The center’s website states that electronics are forbidden, smoking is permitted in designated areas, and visitors are allowed with permission.


Rehabs.com has received 24 alumni reviews for White Sands to date, of which 20 are positive. Positive reviewers commented on helpful, knowledgeable staff and a comfortable environment. Alum Emily wrote representatively: “The clients, and staff were extremely helpful and made me feel right at home.”

Four alumni, however, gave negative reviews, rating White Sands. Complaints varied in their focus, with reviewers reporting poor medicinal knowledge among staff, ageism, and poor accommodations. Even in otherwise positive reviews, alumni noted how they felt misled in terms of the amenities and how there was a lack of trained counselors.

On Google, WhiteSands Treatment Center has an average rating of 4.5 out of five stars from 140 reviews to date.[1] The feedback is overwhelmingly positive, with alumni describing how the facility “gave me my life back” or “saved my life”. The staff was noted to be “Amazing.”


Six loved ones polled by Rehabs.com to date gave reviews of White Sands, with five negative and one positive. The negative reviews rated the facility only one star in treatment effectiveness and complained of poor family-client interaction. One family member named Lori wrote representatively: “It is difficult to get ANYONE even the nurses's station on the phone… Now I understand about HIPPA, but it is wrong that no one at least returns a phone call.”


This facility accepts all private insurance policies, and employs insurance coordinators to help clients to maximize their reimbursements. It is one of the 463 (69.3 percent) of facilities in Florida that accept private insurance. It also accepts self-payment via credit card, wire transfer or cashier's check. White Sands does not accept Medicare or Medicaid.

[1] GoogleReviews

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