The Refuge, A Healing Place Review

An addiction can completely destroy a person’s life, leaving him or her with little hope for the future. The Refuge, A Healing Place, offers individuals an opportunity to overcome addiction problems and difficulties with depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety and other addiction related traumas. Strategically situated between Orlando and Gainesville in Central Florida, The Refuge addiction center provides people with the professional treatment they need to overcome substance abuse problems and start anew.


The Refuge offers a number of onsite detox programs along with partial hospitalization to suit individual need. These programs combine various therapies to include 12-step recovery, cognitive behavior and holistic approaches to get the positive results people seek. The center focuses on treatments that promote physical, spiritual and emotional healing leading to long-term recovery.

Before enrolling in a treatment program, clients are interviewed by professional counselors to get a better idea of their background and medical history. This information is used to determine treatment options. If a counselor feels an individual would be best suited for another treatment facility, he or she will recommend alternative options where clients can receive the treatment most appropriate for their condition.  


The Refuge treatment center is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), a non-profit organization that helps establish standards for quality rehab services. The center has also received recognition from both The Jason Foundation and Association for Addiction Professionals.

The center’s staff is comprised of an outstanding team of medical physicians, certified nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists and professional counselors, many of which have personal experience with addiction problems, giving them greater compassion and empathy to help others in their time of need.


Living accommodations at The Refuge consist of camp-like cabins which clients share during their stay. During treatment, clients can partake of such onsite amenities as swimming pool, hiking trails, volleyball and basketball courts, ropes courses and a fishing dock. In between therapies, clients are encouraged to participate in the physical activities they enjoy most as well as explore meditation and yoga to enrich their physical and mental health.


Positive reviews received by former clients substantiate the life changing effects addiction treatment at The Refuge can have on a person’s life. Former alum Austin praised the center on Facebook for its caring staff, respectful treatment and great food, calling it a “magical” place. Fellow alum Lee described his experience as a “loving, gentle process that gave me the courage to discover and embrace the whole truth of my life.”  

In response to a survey by, Jon commented on the center’s beautiful and serene location and how conducive it was to his treatment. He gave his experience a perfect '5' rating. K.G., another alumnus, commended the center’s personalized, in-depth treatments and efforts to keep patients engaged during their stay.


Comments from clients’ families further concur that the center offers satisfactory results for recovery. One parent gave credit to the center’s supportive environment and adaptable structure for providing her daughter with valuable insight into her personal situation which was essential to expediting her recovery.


Treatment costs at The Refuge vary according to clients’ individual needs. Detailed pricing information along with treatment and payment options can be discussed with center personnel once a client has been accepted into the program. Health insurance is welcomed by the center as a payment option.