Is Alternatives In Treatment a licensed program?

Alternatives is licensed by the Florida Department of Children & Families to provide:

Residential Level 1 Services – Adult.

As such, it is required to provide specific services to its clients, over and above those required of facilities with PHP or IOP licensure. Clients in our primary residential program are provide with over 30 hours a week of direct clinical services.

Programs that do not have that license typically do not provide that number of hours of clinical services.

In addition, Alternatives is licensed to provide both PHP and IOP adult services.

What is Accreditation?

Insurance companies use one of two agencies to provide them with the information that enables them to make recommendations to their subscribers when asked for an “in-network provider”. The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), International each establish strict criteria for accreditation and conduct in-depth surveys and audits of facilities.

Once accredited, a treatment center can apply for “in-network” credentialing with insurance companies. Our ability to have this status with insurance companies is a result of having consistently met the criteria for CARF Accreditation. Alternatives is proud of having consistently met the criteria for accreditation.

This process requires it be repeated every three years to ensure these standards of care are maintained. Because of this status, Alternatives is in-network with all major insurance companies and many of the smaller plans. There are very few insurance plans with which we are unable to provide some level of care. Our business office and Utilization Review staff work diligently to provide the assistance needed to access those benefits for our clients.

Is accreditation important?

Yes, it is. Accreditation is the only objective way to rate the quality of care to be expected at a treatment program. It reflects the program’s standards of practice and adherence to the criteria established by the agency conducting the survey and, in turn, the insurance company that is providing the benefits.

What is individualized treatment planning?

Although many of our clients present with many things in common, no one or two treatment plans will address every client’s needs. The entire treatment team, consisting of the Clinical Director, Medical Director, Primary Therapist, and Nurse play an active role in determining, along with the client, the specific treatment needs of each client.

Where is Alternatives in Treatment located?

Alternatives in Treatment is located in the beautiful, coastal town of Boca Raton, Florida, in Palm Beach County. Clients reside in picturesque garden apartments located one mile from the Atlantic Ocean.

What is the daily schedule for a residential Alternatives in Treatment client?

Clients are on a structured schedule: Monday through Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm, and Saturday 10am-2pm. Our addiction treatment programs include a Family Program on the third Friday of every month, where the family/significant others of the client (if they are available) can receive therapy and education about the disease and how it relates to them.

In rehabilitation treatment, the client is educated in the nature and progression of the disease of addiction, while concurrently, in the group therapy process, therapists will help him/her to examine the individual belief systems/thought processes supporting the addictive system, planning intervention strategies which promote recovery and prevent relapse.

Upon discharge from one of our addiction treatment programs, at no additional cost, the client may attend aftercare one night a week at the center, where the graduates discuss issues relevant to their recovery, receiving support for the inevitable difficulties encountered while building a new life in recovery.

While in primary residential drug and alcohol treatment, clients stay in two bedroom garden apartments with pool, where 24 hr. per day house managers monitor activities and are available for milieu therapy, to manage schedules and provide transportation to stores and nightly 12-step meetings. All weekend recreation is supervised and includes group outings to the beach, parks and other relaxing destinations.

What Should I Bring to Alternatives in Treatment?

We understand that this can be a stressful time for you and your family. We want to do everything we can to make sure this process goes as smoothly as possible. Below is a list of acceptable and unacceptable items you can bring with you.


Pack comfortable, lightweight, loose-fitting, “wash and wear” clothing to last 7-10 days.

Acceptable Items

  • Long-length Bermuda shorts, pants (casual skirts or dresses are acceptable)
  • Shirts, lightweight jacket
  • Exercise attire and shoes
  • One-piece bathing suits, cover-ups, pool/beach shoes
  • Pajamas, robe
  • Underwear and socks
  • Comfortable, practical shoes
  • Watch
  • Clothes appropriate for interviewing and looking for work including dress pants, collared shirt, blouse and skirt or dress, work shoes (be conscious of walking so as not to pack shoes that are not suitable for that).
Unacceptable Items

  • Fancy, expensive clothing
  • Dry clean only clothing
  • Expensive jewelry
  • Revealing clothing (this includes any tank tops for men or women, low-cut tops, sheer clothing, short-shorts, and tight-fitting clothing)
  • Any clothing identifying alcohol, drugs, cigarettes, or sexually suggestive images

Personal Hygiene

Acceptable Items

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste
  • Shampoo, conditioner
  • Shaving kit (razor must have plastic handle and casing)
  • Other personal hygiene items excluding mouth-wash, etc. with alcohol contents
Unacceptable Items

  • Any personal hygiene items that contain alcohol such as mouthwash, hair spray, body products, and specific shampoos. These items will be confiscated.
  • Scissors and other sharp objects such as metal nail files, straight-edge razors

Medicine and Food

Acceptable Items

  • Prescription medications in original, labeled containers. Prescriptions will be refilled through Alternatives in Treatment, so please do not order additional supply before arrival.
Unacceptable Items

  • OTC (over the counter) medicines and vitamins
  • Any type of food or candy
  • Medical testing devices unless you have specific permission from admissions counselor


Acceptable Items

  • Journal
  • Alarm clock
Unacceptable Items

  • Bedding and pillows
  • Stuffed animals
  • Bottle openers and Leatherman-type tools
  • Lighter fluid refills
  • Markers (toxic)


Acceptable Items

  • Musical instruments such as guitar, flute, violin, etc.
  • Sketch pad, pastels, and other packable art supplies
Unacceptable Items

  • Cell phones, beepers, laptops, briefcases
  • Electronic equipment including TVs, cameras, CDs and players, iPod/mp3 players, iPads, PDAs, electronic games, and similar devices
  • Sports equipment
  • Cards

Contact Information and Identification

Acceptable Items

  • Contact information for physician(s)
  • Contact information for family members and/or close friends
  • Driver’s license, health insurance card
  • Long distance calling card


During inpatient treatment, residents will receive $60 Publix grocery cards (strictly for food) on a weekly basis and can prepare their own meals in their fully equipped kitchens.

We recommend families set up an Individual Cash Account for their loved one upon arrival. Individuals will not have direct access to this account. They may submit a weekly request form to withdraw money for therapist-approved ancillary expenses (toiletries, tobacco products, coffee, etc.)