Substance Abuse Treatment

The Refuge’s defines substance abuse as using or abusing alcohol, heroin, meth, marijuana, prescription drugs, any other mood-altering substance or mood-altering behavior. Addiction is defined as when a person is physically, mentally, and/or spiritually dependent on a substance to feel better or to feel normal. Our substance abuse treatment program helps clients find life-long recovery, one day at a time.

During The Refuge substance abuse treatment course, we look at the underlying causes for a client’s addiction. The Refuge looks at the dependency and we ask, why? Why does this person use external substances or inappropriate behaviors to feel better about themselves or even to feel normal? We take the time to let our PTSD/Trauma and substance abuse clients reveal the often untold secret: Why? Why me?

Substance abuse and other addictions are what people turn to when everything else seems to fail. A person might use one addiction or another to escape when emotions, traumas, or other underlying issues seem too much to bear. This is when residential treatment is needed. Substance abuse is one of the easiest ways for a person to numb the pain, trauma, or other underlying issues.

The Refuge strongly believes in the twelve-step process, therefore all of our clients attend some form of meeting. When clients arrive on property, they receive a copy of “Alcoholics Anonymous,” “Daily Reflections,” and “Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions.” This allows clients to become familiar with the twelve steps and understand that they are essential to long-term recovery. In addition to twelve-step reading material, clients are required to attend at least one meeting per night. Meetings are offered on property 2-3 nights a week and locally in Ocala, FL all other nights. Listed below are all the types of meetings offered at and around The Refuge for clients suffering from substance abuse.

Groups Available at The Refuge

  • AA – Alcoholics Anonymous
  • NA – Narcotics Anonymous
  • SLAA – Sex and Love Addiction Anonymous
  • EDA – Eating Disorder Anonymous
  • ACA – Adult Child of an Alcoholic
  • CODA – Codependency Anonymous
  • YPG – Young People’s Group
  • Gender Specific Meetings