Top 10 Reasons to Choose Us for Treatment

If you or your loved one has made the difficult decision to enter treatment, the next step—deciding where to go—is often overwhelming. There are a lot of facilities out there offering a range of treatments. How are you supposed to know which is going to be the best fit for you?

There’s a good chance River Oaks Treatment Center in Tampa Bay, Florida has what you’re looking for. To learn more about why this might be the perfect fit for you, read on.

1. Quality Clinical Program Located in Central Florida

You can count on a qualified, experienced team of compassionate professionals to handle your treatment at River Oaks. In addition to our highly-qualified Addictionologist and Psychiatrist-led medical providers, we boast a high-quality clinical staff made up of master’s-level licensed or license-eligible therapists.

Our clinical team includes our nationally certified Clinical Director, as well as clinicians trained in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), and motivational interviewing (MI). We also utilize the Biosound Therapy System to assist with self-regulation and mindfulness with the goal of treating all clients’ emotional and mental health needs.

Our program is based on the 8 dimensions of wellness, and the Embracing Change: Recovery for Life dual diagnosis curriculum designed specifically for individuals receiving treatment with American Addiction Centers, our parent company.

2. Dedicated Treatment for both Veterans & First Responders

We offer a unique program for Veterans called The Rally Point: AAC, which is tailored to the needs of military Veterans.  This  programs offers trauma-informed care and Veteran-specific curriculum and address topics relevant to Veterans. River Oaks is a VA-approved community care provider and a VA Center of Excellence. We also offer care for first responders, including police, firefighters, EMTs and more.

3. Designated Program for LGBT Community

LGBT clients receiving treatment with us work with a designated clinician for group therapy to address issues specific to the LGBTQ community. The same therapist provides oversight and training for all our staff to ensure we meet the cultural competencies paramount to making LGBT clients feel like they have a new place to start, in a place that truly understands who they are.

4. Accomplished Medical Director

River Oaks’ Medical Director, Dr. Michael Murphy, is a nationally recognized expert in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of dual diagnosis clients. Educated and trained at Harvard University, Dr. Murphy is a published author who has written textbooks to teach future generations of psychiatrists.

He oversees a full team of Psychiatrists, an Addictionologist, and Advanced Nurse Practitioners to ensure all clients receive the proper diagnoses and medical care to meet their individualized needs.

5. Caring, Experienced Nursing Team

Our nursing staff consists of registered and licensed practical nurses with years of substance use disorder and mental health experience and training. During medical detox and residential treatment, our nursing team provides 24/7 medical oversight to our clients to ensure safety and comfort during the entire process, and respond to any medical emergencies that may arise.

6. Well-Appointed and Comfortable Treatment Campus

garden at river oaks facilityIn addition to our year-round temperate weather, the 26-acre wooded property River Oaks Treatment Center sits on is beautifully manicured with flowing fountains, serenity paths through mossy oaks, and numerous paved walking areas throughout the campus just outside historic Tampa Bay.

Our outdoor amenities include tennis courts, basketball courts, a softball field, and acres of maintained lawn. The resident living and treatment space is designed with modern accommodations for resident comfort and wellbeing.

Our Executive Chef and his culinary team provide restaurant quality food in a café bistro setting. Ultimately the goal is to provide a conducive atmosphere of peace and serenity that allows the residents to focus solely on their own course of treatment.

It is our belief that in this quiet, safe sanctuary, true healing can begin.

7. Family Program

Family support is incredibly important to a person’s recovery. To make sure we are doing everything we can to support our clients, we make a concerted effort to bring the family into the treatment process.

One of our licensed therapists coordinates a family program that engages clients and their families and helps them understand the disease of substance use disorder. This program takes place once a week and provides education on family systems and the overall impact addiction has on the family.

We also encourage family therapy sessions when appropriate, and these sessions can be conducted virtually or in-person.

8. Full Continuum of Care Services to Meet Your Individual Needs

At River Oaks, we provide a full continuum of dual diagnosis treatment to meet a very real and growing need: the need for quality, comprehensive care for those struggling with addiction/mental health disorders.

At the very forefront, we provide a medical detox and stabilization program followed by a strong residential treatment component.

We also provide day/night partial hospitalization programs (PHP) and intensive outpatient programming (IOP) including the ability to live in our licensed supportive housing program. And for those locally, we offer both community PHP and IOP services. These outpatient services are scheduled to meet your individual needs.

Community PHP available Sunday through Saturday from 8:30am-4:30pm

Community IOP available 6 days per week (Sunday through Friday for males; and Monday through Saturday for females) from 8:30am – 11:30am.

9. Accredited Program You Can Trust

Choosing the right treatment option is critical to your success. River Oaks is a program you can choose with confidence. Our program is nationally accredited by The Joint Commission, the gold-standard in healthcare accreditation.

10. Insurance Accepted and Flexible Payment Plan Options

We know that treatment saves lives, and we want to make treatment as accessible as possible. River Oaks works with most out-of-network insurance policies, and our business office will work with you to ensure that finances are not a barrier to you receiving the best care possible.

At River Oaks, we know that working with insurance can be overwhelming when you simply want to get help now; that’s why we jump through the hoops for you to get you the kind of care you need. We will work with your insurance to get you the longest treatment stay possible. We have a proven track record of working to get the best outcomes with insurance, and we boast a longer-than-average length of stay compared to other Florida rehab facilities.

Knowing we’ll work with you and your insurance company to get you into treatment for as long as you need (be it 7 days, 30 days, or even longer), you can feel comfortable knowing you’ll have stability, support, and a safe, sober environment as you begin the journey out of active addiction and into recovery.

Verify your benefits quickly and for free, or speak to one of our care management professionals about payment options.

Get the Help You Need Now

We believe River Oaks Treatment Center has what you or your loved one needs to be your choice for substance use treatment. To hear more about our programs, treatments, and Florida drug and alcohol rehab facilities, give us a call at .

We wouldn’t be as effective — 63% of our patients maintain sobriety at the 12 month mark — without the active and ongoing participation in our treatment, recovery, and alumni community from you and former patients just like you. Everyone contributes their experience and sometimes our clients even go on to work at River Oaks or in other jobs in the addiction treatment industry. We are advocates of those in addiction coming together as a community. You make that possible.

We believe in you, and we are here to help you and your family find new joy in recovery.

You can reach us at or check your coverage for inpatient addiction treatment or at any other American Addiction Centers location. We promise to keep your information confidential.

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