ABOUT WHITE SANDS TREATMENT CENTER
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.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
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.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
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.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
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. 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.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
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.
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