Residential Treatment Program

Residential Treatment Program (RTC)

Residential Treatment Program Overview

Our residential treatment program provides hope for clients suffering from mental health and substance use disorders, helping them ensure sustained recovery. Located in beautiful Deerfield Beach, Lifeskills provides a secure and nurturing atmosphere for balanced recovery and healing. We offer two levels of residential treatment: the North Campus for clients that need more stabilization and support and the Main Campus for clients that are ready for a less intensive residential treatment program.

Residential treatment program clients live in fully furnished townhomes that are professionally staffed 24-hours a day. This realistic, home-like setting allows residents to adapt their new coping skills within the local community and practice their daily routines while taking part in the therapeutic process. In our residential treatment program, we help our clients successfully transition back into their homes, family lives, and careers with newfound self-esteem, direction, and control.

North Campus

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For clients that need more intensive supervision and stabilization prior to potentially transitioning to Lifeskills Main Campus, we established our North Campus with a home-like environment and 24/7 residential supervision and support. While private from the Main Campus, the more intimate setting, smaller milieu, and dedicated staff allow separation without isolation. The North Campus includes areas for reflection, outdoor walking paths, sitting areas, patios, and water features, ideal for healing.

The clinical curriculum offers customized treatment sessions, supportive case management, medical care, and group therapy. The North Campus also underscores our whole-person approach, guiding patients through yoga, culinary arts, and metabolic fitness. With a staff of clinical and medical professionals, including a family therapist, the North Campus offers extensive support to each of our clients and their families throughout their recoveries.

Clinical Pathways and Evidence-Based Practice

How We Treat: Our Seven Clinical Pathways
We believe that each person can change with the right support. Our programming is built on a foundation of evidence-based best practices, integrated care, life skills training, and family support; with Seven Clinical Pathways led by a doctoral-level or licensed clinicians who create tailored and flexible treatment plans that empower each person to sustain long-term recovery.

Embedded within our Seven Clinical Pathways are a variety of evidence-based, best-practice clinical modalities that are prescribed based on each client’s diagnosis to ensure treatment is tailored appropriately, including the following therapies.

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What Our Clients, Their Families, and Clinical Partners Are Saying

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“As a person that suffers from co-occurring disorders that require complex solutions to successfully treat, there are not many mental health centers equipped to handle my case. Some focus only on substances use, others only other psychiatrist conditions. Lifeskills’ individualized care has been the only treatment center that could treat me as an individual in these areas. They have given the chance that no other place has to live a meaningful and fruitful life, of which I am internally grateful for.”

– Grateful Lifeskills Alumnus

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“My stay at Lifeskills has been very beneficial to my path in recovery. Starting with Dr. Nicole and Dr. Mirella at residential then Sheryl and Jason at PHP, this clinical team has helped me completely turn my life around. I am proud to say my relationships, way of life, and attitude have completely changed for the better and I owe it to Lifeskills for this change.”

– Grateful Lifeskills Alumnus

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“Excellent, comprehensive care for mental health. Really helped me manage symptoms that had once been debilitating with informative groups and empowering one-on-one support. The continuum of care is gradual and supportive. It's hard work, but if you really take advantage of all the program's opportunities, it pays off.”

– Grateful Lifeskills Alumnus

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“Lifeskills is arguably the best treatment center in South Florida for those struggling with mental health issues. Lifeskills treated my sister and then myself a few years later. This treatment center saved both of our lives and taught us how to manage our mental health symptoms independently. I am proud to say that I now work in the field of addiction treatment and would not be where I am today without Lifeskills.”

– Grateful Lifeskills Alumnus

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“Lifeskills is an exceptional facility. The staff is professional and easy to work with. Dr. Despina was EXTEREMLY helpful getting my daughter to understand and accept her diagnosis while at Lifeskills. Thank you, Dr. Despina. The weekly meetings with the therapists with our family kept us informed about my daughter’s progress and to answer any questions or concerns. I found this extremely helpful. My daughter is now home, and she is finally compliant with taking her meds and attending therapy with a therapist that is right for her, thanks to the recommendation from Lifeskills. We finally feel we are on the right path to recovery. I am so glad we chose Lifeskills to help our daughter. She is definitely more like herself than she has been in two years.”

– Grateful Parent of a Lifeskills Alumnus

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“I arrived after four suicide attempts, three of which took place within a single day. The last of which got me sent to the VA hospital in West Palm Beach who took the initiative to have me placed at Lifeskills. This place is a miracle worker. It took a fully broken man who couldn't see life ahead of him and gave him hope for the future. Everything here has a purpose, even if you cannot see it at the time. The staff is honestly amazing, full of highly qualified therapists, great techs, and community building that is truly next level. They saved my life. I strongly suggest Lifeskills to anyone who is struggling with mental health. They CAN change you too if you allow the program to work.”

– Grateful Lifeskills Alumnus

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“Lifeskills South Florida was the perfect place to treat my child’s mental health and addiction issues. The staff ‘s qualifications and areas of expertise enabled my child to get the targeted therapy that was needed. The staff was always available to answer questions and treated my family with dignity and respect. I particularly appreciated the family therapy sessions. I would highly recommend Lifeskills.”

– Grateful Family Member of an Alumnus

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“Thumbs up for Lifeskills South Florida, where hope is transformed into healing. I had an amazing experience of professionalism, knowledge and positivity during my visit and am happy to include Lifeskills into my portfolio of recommendations for mental health and substance use disorders.”

– Grateful Clinical Partner, Susanne Johnson, CAI-II, CBI, CRS, EMR

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“I have referred clients to Lifeskills over the years and have never heard anything but positive feedback. I had the opportunity to visit Lifeskills for the first time for a professionals weekend in November 2018. I was incredibly impressed by all the staff and everything I learned about the services they offer. I would send a loved one to Lifeskills, knowing they would receive the highest quality care possible.”

– Grateful Clinical Partner, Lauren Davis

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