Family Tips and What to Expect at Gulf Breeze Recovery

Family Contact Line:

To leave messages for your loved one, please call: (850) 934-0790

image of front of Gulf Breeze Recovery a non 12 step holistic drug and alcohol rehab specializing in helping guests overcome chronic relapseTo send cards, letters or care packages, please mail to:

Gulf Breeze Recovery
350 Pensacola Beach Blvd.
Gulf Breeze, FL 32561

Please note that we are bound by federal law (HIPAA) to uphold the confidentiality of our guests. We cannot legally provide to you with any specific information regarding your loved one without their express, written consent.

Also, we do make accommodations for families to visit briefly on Sundays once approved by a therapist. However, we have found that one of the major benefits of residential treatment is that it allows for guests to truly focus on themselves and the program without distraction. It is important for our guests to focus on themselves and their patterns away from the familiar influences of “everyday life”. Even when positive, supportive visits seem helpful, they may actually set guests back. We appreciate the desire to be a part of this process and to stay connected, which is why we allow the time and opportunity for the Sunday visits. We simply wish to offer this as information that frequent visits are not always in the best interest of your loved one.

Family Support Group Tuesday’s at 6:00 pm CST

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  • The Inside Out Revolution by Michael Neill
  • The Serenity Principle by Joseph Bailey (overcoming addiction)
  • The Little Book of Big Change by Amy Johnson
  • The Missing Link by Sydney Banks
  • Somebody Should Have Told Us! by Jack Pransky
  • Clarity by Jamie Smart
  • The Enlightened Gardener by Sydney Banks
  • Stillpower by Garret Kramer
  • Fearproof Your Life: How to Thrive in a World Addicted to Fear by Joseph Bailey
  • Slowing Down To the Speed of Love by Joseph Bailey
  • Modello by Jack Pransky
  • The Spark Inside by Ami Chen Mills-Naim (for teens)
  • The Relationship Handbook by George Pransky (for couples)

Additional reading:

  • The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
  • The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff
  • My Stroke of Insight by Jill Boite Taylor
  • As a Man Thinketh by James Allen
  • Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff by Richard Carlson

What to expect during the initial stage of treatment.

image of young female in treatment for drug and alcohol addiction at Gulf Breeze Recovery non 12 step holistic THRIVE® Total Health Recovery programAt Gulf Breeze Recovery, we recognize that you, as a family member of one of our guests, are experiencing many different thoughts and emotions right now. We want to alleviate some of your distress by explaining what to expect during this initial stage of treatment.

Once your family member enters the medical detoxification portion of the program, he or she will be encouraged to rest while being monitored by the medical staff. We discourage phone use at this time in order for the guest to focus on getting better. A therapist will check on the guest daily, but more thorough sessions will start when he or she enters residential treatment.

When a guest completes medical detox, he or she will be assigned a therapist and will begin the transitional phase of treatment that includes neurofeedback. Next, the guest will enter the physical health recovery portion of the program, which includes exercise and spa therapy. The therapist will meet with the guest for an initial session and work to complete an assessment to better identify core goals of treatment.

an image of a therapist for a blog article entitled: Addiction and Aha Moments" for Gulf Breeze Recovery, a non 12 step holistic drug rehabThe therapist will make contact with you, the family member, after a level of trust has been built with the guest and the guest has given the therapist permission to do so. Therapists may only speak with family members if the guest gives special written permission to do so. Establishing trust is an important step in building the therapeutic relationship. This is when goals are established and plans are made regarding family sessions. Typically, the therapist approves and schedules one family visit about halfway through their time in the residential portion of treatment.

At Gulf Breeze Recovery, we want family members of our guests to be involved in the therapeutic process as much as possible. We have created a Family Support Group to help with that process. The group meets via on Tuesdays at 6:00pm central time. At this time, a therapist facilitates a group discussion regarding important topics about our program and recovery.

Many wonder what a typical day is like for their loved one while at Gulf Breeze Recovery.

This varies based on the phase of the program. When a guest is in the physical health recovery portion, he or she participates in that part of the program from 9:00am-12:00pm. He or she then has a break for lunch until 1:00pm. At that time, he or she participates in reflection, which includes reading books related to health and wellness. He or she has a break from 2:00pm-3:30pm and then is in course from 3:30pm-5:00pm. Dinner is from 5:00pm-6:30pm and the final group therapy session is from 6:30pm-8:00pm. When guests are finished with the physical health recovery portion, they have the same afternoon schedule, but transition to attending course from 9:00am-12:00pm.

As you can see, the daily schedule is intensive with several breaks for guests to rest, exercise and reflect.

We hope this brief letter provides you with answers to your questions about this initial stage of treatment. Your family member’s therapist will contact you at a later date and continue to keep you informed.

Program logo: Gulf Breeze Recovery offers a true non-12-Step, holistic drug treatment program with licensed mental health professionals who have small caseloads so that they can offer individualized and intensive care and it's called THRIVE®