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

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.

Inpatient Treatment Centers

Inpatient treatment centers remain the gold standard for those in acute need of help combating a substance addiction. Medical and psychological professionals are available and highly skilled in meeting the unique needs of alcoholics and addicts, which often turns out to be life-saving. As substance abusers tend to have an uncanny ability to lie and manipulate, inpatient treatment centers are incredible in their ability to see through these ruses and act according to what the addict/alcoholic actually needs, not what they want. Early in treatment, the individual may be very hostile to the program as it represents the one thing that they are unable to weasel their way out of or lie to escape. Inpatient treatment centers force addicts/alcoholics to reflect on times that individuals would much rather simply forget about in order to decipher life’s lessons. Such an adjustment to taking an honest look at one’s current self and one’s past can be uncomfortable in the beginning but the highly trained staff of inpatient treatment centers are able to work with clients to help them eventually embrace this new-found degree of honesty. In addition, these well-prepared professionals help empower clients to make healthy decisions in the future. While the journey to sobriety (literal and emotional) can be exceptionally trying, investing in a solid treatment team and program, like those offered in inpatient treatment centers, is the best first step towards leaving an active addiction in the past. Email to find out why The Gonzalez Recovery Residences have risen to national acclaim for our long-term substance abuse recovery programs.


Executive Drug Rehab


The Gonzalez Recovery Residences’ executive drug rehab program is for those certain individuals who are accustomed to the finer things in life and believe that recovery from a substance addiction should be treated as a luxury, not as a punishment. Clients who come into our executive drug rehab program are often individuals with demanding top-level jobs and often appear, to the unsuspecting eye, as someone who is a great success. These clients’ drug of choice is usually alcohol, prescription drugs, and/or stimulants like cocaine. As our executive drug rehab clients are often perfectionists and connoisseurs of quality, we hold ourselves to exceptionally high standards of care so we can not simply meet, but exceed, their expectations of treatment. These clients live in our flagship Plantation Home, a 7 bedroom gorgeous home on the water that sits on a 46 acre gated preserve features both a pool and tennis court. The seclusion that the gated property affords is of great importance to many of our executive drug rehab clients as privacy is among their top concerns. The location and large wrap-around porches (complete with rocking chairs) also gives our executive drug rehab clients a respite from their typical hectic days and allows to focus internally on growth and sobriety. To learn more, contact Lauren Ashley directly at 843-283-8068 or at


FAQs on Inpatient Alcohol Treatment Centers

Top FAQs on The GRR’s Inpatient Alcohol Treatment Centers:

***(in addition to those discussed in yesterday’s blog about Drug Treatment Centers, same rules and program apply to addicts and alcoholics at The GRR)

Q6. My pet means the world to me. If I decide to seek inpatient alcohol treatment, what will happen to him/her/them?

A6. We will assist you in finding a place for your beloved animal to stay while you seek the lifesaving help that you deserve. In certain cases, an animal may be allowed to reside alongside a client in our recovery residences. If we cannot accommodate your pet in the home and you are not from the Vero Beach or Washington DC area, we can help you to locate safe, supportive, and engaging care for your pet either in your hometown or nearby our facilities.

Q7. What’s this about required social networking?

A7. Something many clients/ families don’t expect from inpatient alcohol treatment centers is a stipulation requiring clients to be social. At The Gonzalez Recovery Residences, however, we find that being well-connected to a strong recovery community is essential for life-long sobriety. We have also noticed, throughout our 22 years as a treatment center, that addicts and alcoholics usually struggle immensely with social interactions that don’t involve alcohol and/or drugs. By requiring clients to meet, have conversations with, and learn from others in recovery, we help increase the chance of a client reaching out to someone in a position to help when temptation to use occurs.

Q8: What is the actual requirement about socialization/ meeting people outside of the treatment facility who are in good standing with AA/NA?

A8: We require each client invite 3 individuals of the same sex over for dinner, an activity, lunch, etc per week.

Q9: Since inpatient alcohol treatment centers are usually not in one’s home community, are family and/or close friends from home involved in the treatment process?

A9: We encourage each and every client to have their close friends/ family join us at The GRR. As our mission is to prepare our clients for all the trials of life they will be facing, exposure to their realistic social stressors and/or supports is key while the client remains in a safe environment (in our recovery residences with 24/7 support and professional counselors).

Q10: I’m not sure that I’m ready to commit to long term treatment yet, is there a way that I can come and get the feel for your program/ facilities first?

A10: Yes and we highly encourage you to! We are able to sign clients out of his/her primary treatment facility (if that is where you will be coming from) and give you a tour of our homes (3 within half an hour from one another in the Treasure Coast of FL and 1 in the suburbs of Washington DC in Alexandria, VA). You will be invited to meet other residents, chat with staff, and get a true taste of how The GRR works. To arrange a tour/meet-and-greet, call Lauren at 843-283-8068 or email


5 FAQs on Inpatient Drug Treatment

FAQs About The GRR’s Inpatient Drug Treatment Program:

Q1. How long does the program last?

A1. The GRR program is solely a long-term program and the recommended minimum stay in one year, although select clients are ready to move on between 6 months and 1 year. The program can last up to 3 years and, for the second two years, if a client is a good role model to newer residents and in good standing with the program, (s)he can become a “house manager” where upon the fees for the program are waived in exchange for time “on duty” with fellow residents.


Q2: In inpatient drug treatment programs, am I allowed to take medications that I need (for high blood pressure, sleep, pain, etc)?

A2: Upon entering the GRR, you will be extensively interviewed by a local addiction medicine doctor who will determine which medications you absolutely must be on (and you will be allowed to take these medicines) and which are substitutions for your addictive behavior (often sleeping or pain pills but there are exceptions to this). As your health/needs change throughout your course of treatment, you will return to an addiction medicine specialist to inform health/medication decisions.

Q3. How can I afford inpatient drug treatment, especially one that is so long term?

A3. Inpatient drug treatment is an investment of your time, energy, and money and is lifesaving. At The GRR, we strive to cost you half the money per month of comparable treatment centers so that you can invest double the amount of time and energy into your recovery (which is the BEST predictor of one’s ability to stay sober). Clients go back to work, part-time in Phase 2 and full-time in Phase 3, and can earn money towards his/her treatment this way. Often our clients are professionals who work remotely from our facilities during these latter two phases, but some residents work in our local community (interior design, service industry, culinary arts, etc).

Q4: Are electronics (phones, computers, ipods, tablets) allowed?

A4: Yes, provided they are not distracting you from your recovery process or hindering it in any way. For most clients, we ask for their electronics (except tablets for reading and ipods for music) for the first few weeks to help them transition into our serious recovery program. We provide a house phone for checking in with family/friends.

Q5: Will I meet regularly with a therapist during treatment?

A5: Yes, you will have professionally-led group and/or individual therapy 3x a week and your house manager will be intimately familiar with recovery from substance abuse and is able to serve as a mentor at any time.

To be continued! Answering common questions about PETS, FAMILY CONTACT, RULES, SOCIAL REQUIREMENTS, and more!

Call 843-283-8068 to speak to an admissions counselor or e-mail for general or specific inquiries.

Learning to Embrace Life “Straight Up”

Long term drug rehabs can seem like a death sentence to those with current substance addictions and, in a way, that feeling is accurate. A large part (often the biggest part of an addict or alcoholic’s life) will be dying during such treatment. This is often terrifying to an alcoholic or addict as, in many cases, the individual has completely forgotten what his/her life pre substance abuse was like. Without the chasing, using, and come down off the substance of choice to fill his/her days, life may seem daunting and unpredictable. Long term drug rehabs capitalize on the biggest resource they have to fight addiction (time) to breakdown this fear of sober living and help individuals realize their inherent potential and where it can lead them, IF they remain sober. Embracing, rather than fearing, living life “straight up” (that is without the use of substances to blur out unpleasant realities and dull the pleasant ones) is a gradual process that long term drug rehabs help transition clients through. Helping clients re-discover their passions, talents, self-confidence, and inherent vulnerability are all aspects of the very deep healing that long term drug rehabs, like The Gonzalez Recovery Residences, specialize in providing. If you’re interested in hearing more about our long term programs, e-mail or call 843-283-8068. Our website is