- Comfortable Detoxification
- Healthy Nutrition
- Luxurious Environment
- 24/7 Assistance Provided
- Individualized Treatment Planning
Medical DetoxificationDrugs and alcohol have widespread effects throughout your body, including but not limited to the addiction and/or physical/psychological dependence that develops with substance abuse over time. Many organ systems are affected by addiction and will react to withdrawal. The term “medical detoxification” means that there is a trained and licensed medical professional onsite to monitor your vital signs and protect your physical and emotional health as your body goes through withdrawal.
Individualized TreatmentSome facilities have an addiction treatment protocol that all patients or clients are expected to follow, while others customize or individualize treatment based on a person’s unique needs and circumstances. Factors that may affect treatment decisions include age, lifestyle, medical conditions, type of drug, religious beliefs, etc.
Residential TreatmentResidential treatment programs provide housing (food and meals) in addition to treatment for substance abuse. Some facilities offer only short-term residential treatment, some offer only long-term treatment and others offer both, ranging from a few days to many months, based on patient needs.
Meet the Staff
- Shannon Nuñez, LMHCClinical DirectorShannon Nuñez is the clinical director at Arete Recovery. She previously worked as the clinical director and a primary therapist at Pathway to Hope, another Delphi facility, which has provided her with an abundance of knowledge from different Delphi programs. Shannon began her substance use career working in the non-profit sector, where she became enthusiastic about working with low-income individuals needing help with addiction, mental health, and reuniting their families. Shannon’s educational background includes an M.A. in counseling psychology from Trinity University and she also holds a B.A. in psychology from Florida International University in Miami, Florida. Shannon has spent the last eleven years focusing solely on clients with addiction and mental health issues. She is excited to continue working with clients to ensure they receive the best treatment and education possible on their journey of recovery.
- Aimee Payton, RNDirector of NursingAimee Payton serves as the director of nursing at Vista Pines Health. Aimee has been a part of the Delphi family for over five years and has worked with multiple Delphi sites throughout her tenure. She has previously held a position as the director of nursing at Pathway to Hope and has also filled in as an interim director of nursing at The Palm Beach Institute. Aimee currently assists with the electronic medical record (EMR) training of nursing and medical staff for multiple Delphi facilities throughout the Southeast and Northeast regions. Aimee first began her nursing career with the intention of entering the field of labor and delivery but was quickly drawn to the field of psychiatry. She worked as a mental health nurse prior to being introduced to the field of substance abuse. Aimee then discovered her passion for helping those with comorbidity of addiction and mental health disorders. Since finding her passion in 2014, she has diligently worked in the field of addiction and mental health and dedicates herself to continued work within this community.
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ABOUT ARETE DETOX
Located midway between Miami and Fort Lauderdale in sunny South Florida, Arete Detox provides medically monitored detox and residential treatment for individuals struggling with substance use disorder and dual diagnoses. It's among the 10.9 percent of rehabs in Florida that offer medical detox in a residential setting.
Arete is owned by Delphi Behavioral Health Group, which operates 10 treatment facilities around the country. As such, Arete is among the 52.7 percent of Florida-based facilities that operate as private, for-profit enterprises.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Detox at Arete typically lasts between five and seven days, during which time clients receive 24/7 medical support and medications prescribed both to ease the symptoms of withdrawal and to treat any medical conditions diagnosed by the staff doctor.
Medical care is supplemented by individual and group counseling and recreational activities. Among its medical services, the center offers medication-assisted treatment (MAT) using Suboxone, for individuals struggling with opioid dependency.
Following detox, clients are encouraged to progress to the residential program, which may last up to 90 days, positioning the center among the 20.8 percent of Florida rehabs that offer treatment lasting longer than 30 days.
During residential care, clients participate in evidence-based practices such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and motivational interviewing (MI), as well as 12-step programming.
Arete employs a board-certified doctor, nurses, a licensed clinical social worker, a licensed mental health counselor, and a chef.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Photos published on the facility's website show a lounge with a flat-screen TV, outdoors space with ping-pong tables, and a canteen-style dining room. According to a report in a behavioral healthcare trade publication, the facility has 19 beds.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Of the five reviews submitted to Rehabs.com to date, three were negative, one was mixed, and one was positive. Three reviewers cited inadequate help from the center's care coordinators. William wrote that the staff would not help him to transfer to another facility, and Steve added: "Care corodanaters are overloaded and dont have time for clients. Also these people are sneaky and tell half truths."
One reviewer, C.B., also criticized the center's amenities, writing: "Don't believe any of the b.s., there are NO LUXURIOUS ACCOMMODATIONS. Nothing to do but eat and smoke."
However, the reviewers also repeatedly praised the center's technicians, and J.B. wrote. "Therapists were the best." And despite some criticism, Steve wrote: "In the end they did a good job getting me sober and tolerating my grouchy butt!"
Arete Recovery has mixed feedback on secondary sites at the time of this writing, with average ratings of 3.2 out of five stars based on 16 reviews on Facebook (where the center can manage its own page) and 4.1 stars based on 27 reviews on Google, plus a five-star rating and two one-star ratings on Yelp.  
The positive reviewers repeatedly described life-changing experiences at Arete."Arete changed my life and I am forever grateful. The staff are wonderful people who truly care about each and every client," Riann wrote in a representative comment.
However, other reviewers complained of dishonest practices to get people into treatment, unprofessional treatment once they were admitted, and the center being solely interested in money. "This is a billing facility for young entrepreneurs not a recovery facility. There is nothing good I can say about this facility," Nikki wrote in a representative comment on Yelp.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Of the two reviews submitted to Rehabs.com to date, one was negative and one positive. "After 10 years of using, my son went here for detox. Thanks to Arete and their great staff, he is now well on the way to recovery," Ed wrote in the positive review. However, K.M. wrote that their daughter was not given their medication, and that she was discharged without her parents being notified.
Arete accepts PPO insurance policies on an out-of-network basis. The cost of treatment is not available at the time of this writing.
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