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The nearest airport to our facility is the Tampa International Airport (TPA), which is about 25 miles away (or a 45-minute drive). In most cases, our admissions navigators (available at 813-551-3608) will be able to find you a flight into Tampa International Airport. If, however, you are able to find a better flight option, please be sure to let us know.
We will arrange transportation for you from the airport to our facility.
Other travel-related information can be found below.
Your first 24 hours at River Oaks is all about getting a good overall picture of your needs. Our intake department is made up of registered nurses who will perform your nursing and medical health assessment when you arrive. They will work with the on-call physician to determine the appropriate level of care for your needs.
By the end of your first 48 hours at River Oaks, you will have received a psychiatric evaluation as well.
Many patients will begin their time in treatment in medical detox, during which they may also begin participating in group sessions.
We advise bringing the following items with you when you come to stay at River Oaks:
Naturally, there are certain items we discourage clients from bringing to the facility. We suggest that items of a very personal nature, as well as expensive items, are left at home to avoid loss or damage.
Other items we ask that clients not bring to our facility include:
Yes, you may bring your phone to the facility. We allow specific times where you may call your loved ones.
You may also bring your laptop computer or tablet as approved by the clinical team. Although we do offer the opportunity for patients to perform work on their computers, if necessary, treatment is about shutting down the outside world and focusing the majority of your time on you. It is important to fully engage in treatment and focus on your recovery during your time at River Oaks.
Patients often like to have their own shampoos, conditioners, soaps, etc., and we allow any alcohol-free grooming products and products that cannot be used as weapons.
At River Oaks, a concierge laundry service is available. Your laundry will be retrieved once a week, and our staff takes it to the laundry room, washes it, and returns it to you.
We recommend leaving sentimental or expensive clothing that requires specific care at home, as we have large, industrial washing machines that may damage very delicate clothing.
Your days in treatment at River Oaks will be structured and you will be able to benefit from the comfort and stability of being in a 24-hour facility. A typical day in treatment after you complete detox will start with a town hall meeting, which will include the welcoming of new patients to the program, talks from individuals who are graduating, and readings from 12-step inspirational books. You and your fellow program members will set the tone for the day and discuss what you intend to work on.
After that, you will attend morning groups with our licensed therapists following the specialized American Addiction Centers (AAC) curriculum.
This is often followed by process groups, in which you will focus on your progress to date and your goals. Lunch and some personal time will follow. The afternoon will consist of additional group sessions.
There is also an opportunity for you to spend time in our fully-equipped gym or to participate in indoor or outdoor activities. Evening will include dinner, on- or off-site 12-step meetings, and a wrap-up meeting.
Weekends can be a bit different, as individuals in the right phase of treatment can participate in off-site activities in the Tampa Bay area or be visited by their family members.
Throughout the week, you will also receive some homework as part of the AAC-exclusive curriculum Embracing Change: Recovery for Life. You’ll be given a workbook you’ll use during your time at River Oaks. You’ll complete any assignments independent but in some cases you be may be encouraged to share your work during individual or group therapy. Our curriculum will help you to gain certain skills, such as recognizing triggers, managing stress, and reciting helpful self-talk, that are necessary for a successful life in recovery.