The former Florida Elks Children's Hospital in Umatilla is now being reborn as a luxury drug rehab center that is designed to attract celebrities and other affluent clients from around the southeast. The Recovery Village will have its grand opening Tuesday and plans to offer substance abuse, eating disorder, and mental health treatment in a "luxurious setting designed to minimize discomfort from withdrawals," according to the facility. Individuals will be able to have access to meditation rooms, indoor and outdoor pools, saunas, a theater, yoga, and rooms with a flat screen TV and pillow top mattresses.
The amenities are intended to make clients feel at home and minimize some of the withdrawals that are experienced during detox. Individuals are more likely to complete their treatment if they're at ease in a soothing environment. The center is trying to make the clients as comfortable to ensure the best results possible. The rural setting is supposed to allow the clients to concentrate on fighting addiction away from the night life that is present in the surrounding cities. The Recovery Village is the creation of Mitchell Baumann, a recovered alcoholic and drug addict who went on to build a career in the treatment industry.
The Umatilla facility served for decades as the Florida Elks Children's Hospital, providing free care for kids who had brain trauma and orthopedic injuries. It closed in the late 1990s after there were declining admissions due to the changes in health care. Most of the luxury treatment facilities within Florida are concentrated in the Fort Lauderdale area. The facility already believes that due to the location of the center and the amount of luxury amenities that it will be able to offer, they are certain to get a few celebrity clients that will be using the rehab center as well. Elite treatment facilities have become magnets for celebrities such as Britney Spears and Chevy Chase over the years. However, they are not only used by celebrities; there are many individuals who are within the upper class who feel more comfortable staying at elite treatment facilities because of the quality of care that they are able to receive.
The argument is that you typically get what you pay for; individuals feel more comfortable receiving treatment at these facilities because they feel as though they are going to get better treatment based on the price that they are paying. Another reason that people are typically interested in these options is because they are trying to get into a rehab program that is more discreet; they don't want to get involved with a program where they will not fit in or where they may run into someone they know. Other times, it's because they want to try to get into a quicker rehab program. Many of the more elite treatment programs are ideal for these individuals because they provide shorter rehab programs, such as those which may only last a week or so, fitting perfectly into their schedules.