Substance Use Treatment

Peace River Center’s Substance Use Services program is certified and licensed by the State of Florida and is a practical, effective and evidence-based approach to prevent unhealthy alcohol use, non-medical use of prescription medications, and the use of illegal drugs. We provide help for alcohol and drug-abusing adolescents and adults, as well as their families. Our program features an abstinence-based treatment program model that focuses on the development of healthy behaviors and lifestyle choices. Every person has exceptional individual strengths – our goal is to help identify and build upon those unique strengths.

Our outpatient counseling provides treatment for adults and adolescents, their families, and/or their significant others who are affected by the use of alcohol or other drugs.

What are Substance Use Disorder Treatment Services?

Persons with substance use disorders experience problems in their lives related to their substance use, such as dysfunctional relationships, poor performance in school or work, legal troubles, increased risk of suicide, and more. Peace River Center offers treatment to address these problems.

Family Intensive Treatment Team

The FIT model was designed to intervene rigorously to recruit, engage, and retain parents and caretakers in substance use treatment while keeping children safe.

Services Offered

Participants may be self-referred or referred by others, such as family members, courts, the Florida Department of Children and Families, adult probation, juvenile diversion programs, and others. Substance Use Disorder Services can be provided at our Bartow site as well as sites that provide group therapy, individual therapy, and telehealth services.

Please call 863.248.3311 for information about any of our programs or to schedule a free, confidential assessment.

  • Individual & Family Counseling
  • Intensive Outpatient Group Therapy
  • Outpatient Group Therapy
  • Substance Abuse Education
  • Substance Abuse Evaluation
  • Aftercare Services

Substance use is a complex problem that can affect every aspect of your life. Recognizing you have a problem is the first step on your road to recovery. When you are ready to make a change and willing to seek help, with the right treatment and support, you can regain control of your life.

Our innovative programs and team of highly trained, caring professionals provide a comprehensive network of education, assessment, treatment and referral services to help keep you from relapsing and teach you how to build your life without drugs or alcohol. Recovery is a time for discovery and change. Treatment will help clients with that change and help them reach their fullest potential.

All services start with a comprehensive evaluation. This assessment allows us to evaluate how you are feeling and coping, both emotionally and physically, so we can recommend which services might best meet your needs. Following the assessment, our staff will work with you to develop an individualized plan of care. Depending on your needs, we offer a range of services.

The intensity of treatment services is determined at assessment and based on individual need. Services range from Outpatient to Intensive Outpatient and Aftercare Services. Housing support is available for clients that would benefit from a more structured environment.

We understand your path to recovery is unique. We also recognize individuals who have a substance use disorder may also have mental health symptoms or a psychiatric disorder. We believe treating these co-occurring disorders as a whole is critical to long-term success in recovery. Our experienced professionals will develop a personal treatment program for you that takes into account your background, struggles and goals, and all of your medical and psychiatric conditions. With our help, you can put substance abuse behind you.

Our substance use programs recognize substance abuse is a disease with biological, psychological and social causes. It varies in severity and complexity, involves aspects of personal choice, and progress is often complicated by relapse.

Peace River Center uses a cognitive behavior model of addiction recovery with an emphasis on relapse prevention, education, and social support groups, combined with individual and group counseling and testing to motivate participants for enduring change.

You and your counselor will work together to develop a treatment plan to address the needs identified in the assessment. A treatment plan is a written guide that includes your goals and an action plan to meet those goals.

Individual Counseling

Individual counseling is an important piece of your treatment program. This is your opportunity to meet one-on-one with a licensed counselor to go over your personal recovery goals, discuss any barriers to your recovery that you encounter in your daily life, and problem-solve solutions that you can incorporate into your daily routine to overcome these barriers.

Counseling may be offered alone or in conjunction with any of our other group services. Specialized therapy is provided by licensed professionals for those identified with co-occurring disorders that may complicate their substance use.

Group Therapy

We offer a variety of groups, including specialized groups for Relapse Prevention, Aftercare Support and Education, Anger Management, Trauma, and Codependency. Group therapy involves recovery-related information and its application to participants, along with group discussion. Our classes vary by site but include medical information on substance use, life skills, meditation, spirituality, smoking cessation, parenting, and many other subjects aimed toward improving recovery knowledge and quality of life.

Own the Upside Website Link

Own the Upside is an initiative of the Drug-Free Coalition partnership of Hardee, Highlands, and Polk counties in Florida. Own the Upside was founded on a single idea: celebrate the positives!

Unfortunately, we've become accustomed to believing only the discouraging news, or the negatives we see and hear on television and in popular music lyrics. We tend to forget there are some incredibly encouraging positives for us to celebrate ... what we call, the "Upside."

Data collected through the Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey (FYSAS) tells us most of our kids don't engage in risky behaviors. Attitudes about abuse are shaped well before our children reach adulthood. We can impact their future now by supporting and investing in prevention programs and services that reduce access, identify risky behaviors, change community attitudes towards alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use, and empower youth to make positive healthy choices. Let's make it a point to focus on rewarding positive behaviors that will continue to inspire our youth to make smart and healthy decisions.

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