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Transformations by the Gulf

7217 Gulf Boulevard Suite 2, Saint Pete Beach, Florida, 33706
The treatment model at Transformations by the Gulf provides Individualized, gender-specific support for rehabilitation and achieving wellness. The program uses evidence-based therapies, emphasizes 12-step core values (self-respect, compassion, spirituality, self-accountability, honesty, transparency, open-mindedness and willingness to change) and offers a wide range of holistic treatment options, including nutrition counseling, acupuncture, yoga, personal fitness training, light and sound neurotherapy, and Tai Chi.

Facility Highlights

  • Newly Renovated Residence Homes
  • Licensed Counselors On Staff
  • Fitness Instructor On-Site


  • 12-Step

    The term “12 Step Program” describes a way to recover from addiction that is based on the model developed by Alcoholics Anonymous. Many drug and alcohol treatment centers base their treatment on 12 steps – the first three of which are situational, the next four addressing the practical issues created by the addiction, followed by two steps focused on making amends for hurting others. Steps 10 and 11 involve a deeper examination of the previous steps and the final step is focused on helping others avoid and recover from addiction.
  • 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.

Facility Settings

  • Oceanfront

Meet the Staff

  • Angela Hawthorne
    Angela HawthorneLMHC, Therapist
    Angela “Angie” Hawthorne is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Certified Life Coach, and registered Yoga teacher. She has 30+ years of experience helping people heal from addiction and mental health challenges. Angie currently facilitates the creative arts therapy groups and encourages clients to continue practicing creativity once they leave treatment.
  • Jennifer Gallagher
    Jennifer GallagherLMHC, Clinical Director
    Jennifer Gallagher is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with a Masters Degree in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling. Prior to coming to work for Transformations By The Gulf, Jennifer worked for 15 years in the foster care system, providing individual and family counseling to children and families. Jennifer has experience working with people with addictions and children who have been through traumatic experiences. Jennifer has worked as a therapist for TBTG for 2 years, where she has run self-esteem and empowerment groups as well as doing individual session with clients. She completes the initial assessments with the clients, supervises the clinical staff, and ensures the client’s clinical needs are being met.

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Located on the barrier island of St. Pete Beach, Florida, Transformations by the Gulf offers outpatient treatment coupled with community housing to adults struggling with substance use disorder. Additionally, the rehab is among the 24.9 percent of treatment facilities in Florida dedicated to helping pregnant women struggling with substance abuse in any trimester.


Transformations by the Gulf does not offer a residential treatment in the traditional sense. Through its partial hospitalization program (PHP), which is the most intensive level of outpatient care and offered in only 24.6 percent of treatment facilities in Florida, men and women may access community housing to receive 24 hour support and monitoring while participating in treatment.

Transformations also offers an intensive outpatient (IOP) program (with housing) that meets three days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Both PHP and IOP tracks offer treatment in intervals of 30, 60, or 90 days.

Treatment is 12-step-based and utilizes evidence-based modalities such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and motivational enhancement therapy (MET). All levels of care feature gender-specific group therapy, psychoeducational groups, and individual counseling, as well as holistic offering such as nutritional counseling, yoga, personal fitness training, and acupuncture, the latter of which is available at just 11.4 percent of treatment facilities in California.


The staff includes licensed mental health counselors, an addictions and trauma specialist, an acupuncturist/clinical herbalist, and a certified addictions counselor. Yoga instructors, a fitness instructor, and a nutritionist are also on-site.


The facility can house 30 clients. The gender-specific residences, which offer some private rooms, are newly renovated. Women are housed in a five-bedroom house with a private backyard and a pool, while men live in apartments only three blocks from the beach. Both units have fully-equipped kitchens, laundry facilities, WiFi, and cable.


The majority of alumni surveyed by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing (20 out of 22) gave Transformations positive feedback. Many described the treatment as life-changing and praised the staff for their compassion and dedication. "I will be eternally grateful to the amazing staff at Transformations By The Gulf for saving my life," Shannon wrote in a representative review. "The staff are extremely professional, intelligent and most of all, caring and understanding."

However, the three alumni polled on specific metrics by Rehabs.com offered mixed opinions concerning programming. Alum B.N. gave low one- and two-star ratings for the facility's counseling options, family participation, and holistic offerings. The other two alumni gave more moderate three- and four-star ratings for family participation and holistic offerings, though agreed concerning the lack of counseling options. "They pretend to be a treatment program but they are really more like a YMCA," alum B.N. wrote.

The rehab also fared well on Google[1], where it earned an average rating of 4.7 out off five stars based on 26 reviews. "Transformations has truly been a wonderful and rewarding experience for me. I couldnt have asked for a better treatment," Thomas wrote in a representative review.


Of the five friends and family members polled by Rehabs.com to date, three gave the facility positive feedback and noted they were grateful for the help their loved one received. The two negative reviewers, however, reported that the program was not helpful and lacked amenities.


The facility accepts some private insurance plans, including Aetna, BlueCross BlueShield, Cigna, United, and Humana. To date, the three alumni polled on the matter gave mixed ratings concerning the facility cost, indicated by ratings of one, four, and five stars.

[1] GoogleReviews

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