Luxury Alcohol Rehab

An alcohol addiction robs people of (at one time or another) their dignity, their relationships, and their ability to embrace both life’s challenges and beauty. It is important, then, that their first steps toward sobriety break this bleak pattern and awaken the alcoholic to the possibilities and excitement that a sober life allows. Luxury alcohol rehab programs, like The GRR, entice alcoholics into recovery. Oftentimes alcoholics drink in beautiful places while engaging in recreational activities like golf, socializing, or while watching sports & luxury alcohol rehab programs take the approach that individuals do not have to give up such pursuits when getting sober. Rather, luxury alcohol programs seek to show clients that without alcohol clouding their judgement, such endeavors can be much more enjoyable and the beauty of locales more distinct.

Transitioning clients into Phase 1 of our luxury rehab program (which consists of a highly structured schedule that includes: AA/NA meetings, gym time, individual & group therapy, nutritious meals/snacks, and recreational activities) gives clients a taste of how productive and healthy they can be. Pairing this busy schedule with beautiful homes, fine food, gorgeous suite-style rooms, and fitting recreational activities gets clients excited about what all they can accomplish in sobriety. While many centers use punitive measures to force clients into recovery while in treatment, at The GRR we find it much more effective to inspire people into leading purpose-driven, loving, and sober lives. Such inspiration and self-motivation extends far beyond their time with us and can continue to effect them years and decades after treatment with us.



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Redefining Affordable Drug Treatment

Trying to find somewhere that merges quality with affordable drug treatment can be frustrating, but no fear, the GRR is here : )   Our newest facility, The Cottages in Sebastian, FL, re-defines affordable drug treatment as it offers a beautiful facility, all meals, gym membership, and activities/ transportation to them everyday. Our program has been perfected over the last 22 years and combines nutrition, physical exercise, 12 step meetings/living, individual and group therapy, supportive mentoring, recreational therapy, and re-immersion back into work. Our affordable drug treatment program in The Cottages begins at just 5k a month, less than half of comparable treatment centers! The Gonzalez Recovery Residences is also unique among affordable drug rehabs in our dedication to genuine sobriety (both physically and emotionally). We are able to have this deep sobriety as a major focus because our long-term program allows us to delve deeply and make lasting changes. Our clients who enter The Cottages are motivated to recover, have been through detox/ short term stabilization treatment, and are ready to move on to a transitional living program that is focused on re-integration into society. Interested in learning more? Call 843-283-8068 or email to get an online “packet” e-mailed to you!Image

Affordable Alcohol Treatment in Florida and Washington DC

By the time most alcoholics and addicts are willing to seek treatment for their substance addiction, their lives either already in shambles or on the fast track towards this end. Finances are often ruined, relationships strained to a breaking point, and times desperate. Such circumstances can make affordable alcohol treatment a top priority. The Gonzalez Recovery Residences is quite unique in our program design as it is designed to cost HALF the amount of comparable treatment centers. We emphasize affordable alcohol treatment because, through reduced rates, clients can stay in our supportive residences for longer. When one takes a gander at the scientific evidence on what is the best predictive factor of life-long sobriety, the length of time already sober emerges as the clear frontrunner. By providing quality affordable alcohol treatment, our clients are able to graduate from our program with significant time and experience being sober, an absolutely invaluable accomplishment. We work to bridge the gap between sequestered detox/ primary treatment and “real life” by merging the two in our 3 Phase System (around which our affordable alcohol treatment program is based). This way, clients get the structure and attention of a sequestered experience while also learning how to navigate their work and social lives soberly. By getting our clients back itno the working world while still in treatment, we help minimize the financial impact of seeking treatment for a substance addiction. Steeped in 22 years of tradition and quality, the Gonzalez Recovery Residence’s affordable alcohol treatment program is designed to transition addicts and alcoholics into productive, joyous, and contributing members of society.

Questions to Determine what Level of Addiction Treatment One Needs

When you are researching options for how to get yourself (or someone you love) help for a substance addiction, you may be overwhelmed with the options! Fortunately, there are a few questions that can help you narrow down what level of care one needs: outpatient therapist visits, a structured outpatient program, detox, or residential addiction treatment. Each of these categories of treatment are designed for people at different stages of addiction and using the questions below, you can decide where you or a loved one belongs.


1. Have there been repeated failed attempts at sobriety?

If yes, a profound addiction is at work and high levels of care are needed. After detox (medical detox if substance of choice was alcohol or benzodiazepines as withdrawal from these can be lethal), long term residential addiction treatment is recommended so the individual is finally prepared to re-enter life without needing drugs/alcohol to cope or “enjoy” oneself.

If no- outpatient care is recommended, either an after-work program or seeing an addiction specialized therapist a few times a week.

2. Have negative social consequences resulted from drug/alcohol use or procurement? (such consequences could include: isolation, breakdown of marriage, severed connections with close friends or family members, or an inability to maintain a stable romantic relationship)

** may be difficult for addicts/alcoholics to answer objectively, they may need to rely on impartial advice from those close to him/her to answer this as addicts/alcoholics are often in profound denial about their addiction causing ANY sort of problem.

If yes- the addiction has begun to ravage the individual’s life. Despite hurtful consequences, the addict/alcoholic is unable to stop themselves from continuing their addiction. It is time for intensive help- residential addiction treatment is recommended so the individual can come to terms with the harm his/her addiction has caused and develop skills to replace the addiction’s function.

If no- the addiction has been caught in its early stages, a very good sign. Unfortunately, it may be difficult to convince these individuals that they are headed down a dangerous and unsatisfying track, an intervention is often necessary in these cases to create a “bottom” for the individual to hit (safely during an intervention before his/her life is destroyed by the addiction.

3. Has drug/alcohol use or procurement caused problems in your working life? (Loss of job, decreased productivity, demotion, etc)

** ditto to last Q’s disclaimer on objectivity

If yes- Continuing to engage in the behavior after something as important as one’s work life has been jeopardized is a sure sign of trouble. Time needs to be spent both reflecting on the problems substance abuse has caused and how to stand up to temptation and resist using it. As this is infinitely easier said than done, residential addiction treatment is suggested for these cases as having 24/7 mentors and a strong/stable program are going to be key for developing the skills necessary for life-long recovery.

If no- refer to above question’s “if no” answer. Outpatient options are favored unless significant other problems due to drug/alcohol use have occurred.

4. Do you feel that it is either impossible or useless to function soberly?

If yes- consistent professional intervention is needed to aid the individual throughout early recovery. Not only will the individual need to be in residential addiction treatment to keep him/her safe from accessing the drug/substance, he/she will need very positive recovery role models present around the clock to verify that sobriety is (indeed) worth it!

If no- challenge the individual (or yourself) to “prove it” by staying sober. If the/she/you decline because “it’s no fun” or “it’s a bad time” are brought up, recognize these as excuses and attempt sobriety anyways.

5. What percentage of your day is dedicated to locating, using, and being high/drunk on your substance of choice?

If a significant amount of one’s DAILY life is dedicated to escaping life through substance use, there is a major problem. If getting drunk/high is among the top 2 priorities of someone everyday, he/she is in need of IMMEDIATE residential addiction treatment. If, however, one only uses substances once or twice a month- outpatient therapist visits would be a more appropriate place to first seek help.



Treatment for Professionals in Washington DC Area



The Gonzalez Recovery Residences began over 22 years ago in Washington DC and has grown from a single apartment to 4 premier recovery residences. It can be extremely difficult to attract working professionals to inpatient drug treatment centers as leaving work can be a very scary proposition. The GRR’s Colonial Home, which is located in Alexandria, VA, is unique among inpatient drug treatment centers as everything from the location to the program to the AA/NA meetings attended are specific to recovering professionals. As many of our clients have stressful and demanding careers, a main focus of our program is to prepare them to soberly withstand such pressure when they return home. We are able to thoroughly prepare our clients for life-stressors because, unlike most other inpatient drug rehab centers, we are a long-term program that is based on phases. Our 3 phase system allows clients to slowly re-immerse themselves in a working and social world while staying safely supported in our recovery residences. Our first phase is structured like most inpatient drug rehab programs as it is highly structured and is based on achieving stabilization. Phase 2 requires clients to go back to part-time work and be well-connected in a local sober social community. Phase 3 requires clients to return to full-time work while still prioritizing their recovery first. By continuing to live in one of our inpatient drug treatment centers and participating in our activities/ 12- step meetings before and after work, we are able to provide support and intervention exactly when it is needed. Clients get actual practice with using new (productive) coping mechanisms for work/fiscal/social strife and have a mentor available 24/7 to help get him/her through the rough patches that characterize early recovery. Our location on the Washington DC beltway gives our clients the exceptional opportunity to work in the city during phase 2 and 3 of inpatient treatment. For more information, e-mail and an online “packet” of information will be e-mailed to you right away. If you’d prefer a hard copy of all such information, please e-mail with your mailing address.

Why a Long Term Alcohol Rehab?

Alcohol is a tricky drug, it’s idealized as the legal way to lose inhibitions, be more interesting and fun, and escape daily worries. Unlike illicit drugs, alcohol is blatantly advertised everywhere from tv commercials during football half times to fashion magazines and travel guides. One can purcase it at supermarkets, restaurants, specialty stores, gas stations, and now even at some Starbucks. One cannot simply avoid seeing or being around alcohol because of the high profits is brings to establishments serving or promoting the legal substance. Unlike with illicit drugs, those in recovery from alcoholism cannot avoid the drug of choice by breaking ties with certain individuals/subcultures that enable drug use. This inability of recovering alcoholics to completely avoid references to alcohol makes them a unique cohort that long term alcohol rehab programs cater specially towards.


Long term alcohol rehab focuses on preparing the individual for an enjoyable, purpose-driven, and sober rest of their life. Just as an alcohol addiction isn’t developed overnight, learning to navigate life soberly again (amidst the mess that alcoholism often brings with it- destroyed relationships, financial strife, low self-esteem) takes time. This is scary to many addicts- time is the one thing they don’t want to give a rehab center because it means that they are going to have to give themselves and their addiction a good, hard look. Alcoholics often don’t want to come to a long term alcohol rehab because it might actually mean, gasp, that alcohol will have to be left in their past. It is important to acknowledge that many alcoholics tend to view their drink of choice as somewhat of a best friend– comforting, omnipresent, and distracting & this is why they are so reluctant to give up alcohol. At long term alcohol rehab centers, like the Gonzalez Recovery Residences, the underlying needs that drove a person to continue to drink despite the overwhelmingly negative consequences are carefully examined and alternate (productive) ways to meet these needs are both proposed and put into practice. Interested in hearing more? Call 843-283-8068 oremail an admissions counselor at for an online “packet” about our program to be e-mailed right over to you!

The GRR- The LAST Residential Treatment Center You’ll Ever Need

Our most common type of client is the “reluctant to recover” chronically relapsing individual who has been through (at least 1) residential treatment center already. It’s a tough population to cater to, these individuals have often given up hope on themselves to some extent and struggle with doubts about their ability to ever live soberly. While difficult, we find that dealing with this high-needs population is the most rewarding way to engage in the recovery field. Providing clients with the absolute last residential treatment center that they will ever need has been our goal since the beginning (almost 23 years ago!) We take clients out of detox/primary treatment and provide them with a well-established program that allows them to step back into their “normal” lives in a way that is empowering rather than overwhelming. Unlike most residential treatment center programs, the GRR requires clients (one stabilized in our program) to start working part-time again and to be well integrated in the local recovery community. These basic needs- to be social and productive members of society– are often overlooked by other residential treatment centers that only focus on keeping individuals sober during their sequestered stay at the rehab. We understand the anxiety that is related to being social soberly (many of our clients haven’t done this for decades) and re-entering the working world (which may have been a large factor in one’s development of an addiction) and therefore provide much support and help along the way! While the GRR is a residential treatment center program, we do not confine individuals to our property like most programs because we believe that addicts/alcoholics must learn how to function “in the real world” to be succesful in their pursuit of life-long sobriety.

Call 843-283-8068 for more information on our 4 facilities (3 in the Treasure Coast of FL and 1 in the Washington DC suburbs)

Luxury Drug Rehab & The Plantation Home

ImageBedroom at The Plantation House

One could easily say the Gonzalez Recovery Residences is a jack of all trades; we excel at offering substance abuse treatment in a conservative/affordable facility, a suburban home in Washington DC, a Spanish style villa, and a high-end secluded Plantation House (our flagship luxury drug rehab ).

While all houses are run in accordance with the same program, there are particular features of the Plantation Home, in particular,  that make it palatable to high-end clients. While there are many options for short-term luxury drug rehab, there are very few facilities that offer extended care in dignified residences that allow executive clients to feel comfortable and content in their recovery lifestyle. Sobriety isn’t about what our clients lose when they walk through our doors but it is about all that they’ve gained (and will continue to gain) by being freed from their restrictive addictions. Lives are opened back up- family travel becomes an option again, romance is restored in intimate relationships, energy & passion can be devoted to one’s career, and spending quality time with loved ones becomes an everyday occurance. Unfortunately, executives & succesful professionals are unlikely to maxmize their chances of life-long recovery because the majority of transitional living facilities are disorganized, of low-quality, and unkempt. This is where the GRR’s luxury drug rehab program steps in, we allow professionals who have completed primary treatment to slowly step back into their lives (their workload, family, social circle, etc) while being monitored by addiction specialists and while maintaining the attitude that recovery must be the top priority. By providing a place where recovery is enjoyable and exciting to those with discriminating tastes, we are able to extend one’s luxury drug rehab experience and ensure recovery is viewed as the glorious oppurtunity that it truly is.


Services our luxury drug rehab program can help arrange for clients:

1. Cultural events (lectures, museums, theater, etc)

2. Golf and tennis (lessons or just playing oppurtunity)

3. Massage

4. Accupuncture

5. Horse Boarding

6. Music lessons

7. Spa appointments

8. Nutritionist appointments

9. Holistic healing approaches

10. Yoga

Inpatient Alcohol Rehab

When one is researching ways to receive treatment for alcohol abuse, they are presented with a multitude of options. Everything from online group therapy to wilderness therapy programs are heralded as the “cure” for an alcohol addiction and many alcoholics and their family members are not sure where to turn for literally life-saving help. How does one pick the rehab style right for him/herself or a loved one? Below is a list of important considerations to refer to when deciding where to seek treatment.

1. To what degree is the alcoholic/addict’s daily life impaired by drug use/abuse? (think about job, family, social, and health functioning here)

2. Does the alcoholic/addict need to take time away from his/her daily life to reflect upon life choices and realign his/her life with his/her values, hopes, and goals?

3. How self motivated is the individual towards life-long recovery?

4. How trustworthy are they about their drug procurement, use, and its effects? (think about whether or not they can be trusted to reach out for supportive help when craving a drug)

5. Has his/her health been affected by the alcohol/drug use?

6. Has the substance dependent individual surround him/herself with a social network that is unlikely to aid in his/her recovery?

7. Has the individual succeeded in “burning bridges” with most of those who disapprove of his/her drug use and isolated him/herself from those who are most likely to help him/her recover?

Inpatient alcohol rehab has exponentially gained in popularity during the last few decades as common sense and scientific findings have converged to highlight it as the best therapeutic intervention for substance dependance. Let’s look, point by point, about what sets inpatient alcohol rehab apart from the other modern modalities of treatment.

  • Inpatient alcohol rehab separates the addicted individual from the negative influences that played a large role in the development and continuation of his/her addiction
  • It gives the person time and space to reflect upon life events, decisions, and mistakes without allowing them to “self-medicate” or “escape” these reality checks with drug/alcohol use
  • It doesn’t allow for the “bluffing” of sobriety that is often observed in outpatient and online treatment modalities
  • The individual is surrounded 24/7 by trained staff to assist in craving control, mood changes, and life restructuring
  • Co-existing problems (anger management difficulties, anxiety problems, depression, social isolation, etc) can be identified by therapists and integrated into the individual’s overarching plan to achieve optimal health
  • Inpatient treatment keeps addicted individuals in early recovery safe from the allure of drugs and alcohol
  • Gives friends/family the “space” that is often needed for healing to begin and most inpatient alcohol rehabs offer family work that is either scheduled into a “family week” or is integrated throughout treatment
  • Experts in both addiction and the health problems that are often comorbid with addictions are made available to individuals in need. In outpatient settings, signs that something medically may be wrong may easily be missed.

While online and outpatient treatment options certainly sound tempting, please make sure to do your research and pick a treatment-type that actually follows through on its promises and alters the course of an addict or alcoholic’s life. We hope this information on the benefits of inpatient alcohol rehab helps you make a wise decision!