Recovery from drug or alcohol addiction begins with high-quality care. Located in Central Florida, Orlando Recovery Center offers the latest evidence-based approaches for substance use and co-occurring mental health and eating disorders. Multiple levels of care, comprehensive therapeutic methods and post-treatment follow-up set the stage for long-term healing and recovery.

Levels of Care

People living with addiction and mental health often benefit most from comprehensive care. To help promote long-term healing, Orlando Recovery Center offers a full continuum of addiction treatment including medical detox, residential, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient and outpatient treatment.

Medical Detox

Often the first step in most recovery programs, medical detox allows individuals to undergo drug and alcohol withdrawal under the care of medical professionals. This safe and supportive clinical setting can help clients stay committed to recovery goals and alleviate some of the discomfort of withdrawal with medications. However, it’s important for clients to keep in mind that medications are only used when clinically cleared by a medical professional.


Once medical detox is complete, most patients step down to residential treatment. Also referred to as inpatient, clients in residential care live at Orlando Recovery Center full time. This around-the-clock supervision provides accountability and support in the early stages of recovery. During the day, clients participate in reflective individual and group therapy and return to comfortable, on-site living quarters at night.

Partial Hospitalization

A step between intensive care and more flexible intensive outpatient and outpatient treatments, partial hospitalization allows clients to gradually gain confidence in their recovery. Fewer clinical hours allow time for recreational therapies while continuing to provide an opportunity to practice new coping skills in a supportive environment.

Intensive Outpatient

At Orlando Recovery Center, individuals in this stage of care may transition to off-site residency in a supportive home or sober living environment. Regardless, clients in this level of care continue to participate in group and individual therapy on a part-time basis, where they gain insight and build skills needed for long-term recovery.


During outpatient care, clients live off-site at home or in sober living housing and undergo treatment at Orlando Recovery Center’s Maitland outpatient center on a part-time basis. In between therapy sessions, clients gradually return to familial and professional responsibilities. Treatment allows for continued support and accountability in the face of new challenges. Before care is over, counselors work with each client to find local therapy, groups and physicians for ongoing support once treatment at Orlando Recovery Center is complete.

Treatment Therapies

Abstaining from drugs or alcohol isn’t enough to combat addiction. For treatment to be effective and recovery to be long-lasting, clients should understand the origins of their addictive behaviors, address symptoms of co-occurring mental health conditions and learn new coping skills. Through individual, group, family, recreational and holistic therapy, clients can arrive at new insights and build healing habits.

Individual Therapy

During individual therapy, clients work closely with counselors in private sessions to address underlying issues and create achievable recovery goals that promote mental and physical wellness. Sessions are held once a week for most levels of care and may use a variety of therapeutic methods depending on the client’s unique needs.

Individual therapeutic modalities may include:

  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy: Helps individuals build skills in forming relationships, solving problems, communicating, practicing mindfulness and regulating emotions
  • EMDR Therapy: In cases of trauma, this therapy allows clients to process their experiences and move past them
  • Moral Reconation Therapy: Focuses on the moral and social consequences of substance use to decrease the likelihood of relapse
  • Accelerated Resolution Therapy: Aims to reduce the effects of trauma or other significant psychological stressors

Group Therapy

Group therapy at Orlando Recovery Center takes place several times a day. Led by a trained mental health professional, clients in group therapy open up about their experiences, hear about the struggles of others and foster a sense of community and support. Group therapy sessions can also serve as educational opportunities to learn more about various topics, including handling relapse, managing triggering situations, living with grief and trauma, coping with mental illness and understanding codependency. Gender-specific groups at Orlando Recovery Center allow clients to grow and share their struggles while reducing possible distractions.

Clients at Orlando Recovery Center may participate in several different group therapy formats, including:

  • 12-Step programming
  • SMART Recovery
  • Experiential groups
  • Skills groups

Family Support & Therapy

Addiction isn’t always an individual issue; it also impacts parents, children, brothers, sisters and other loved ones. Substance use problems can make healthy communication difficult, which may cause additional distance from family members. Through family therapy, clients and their loved ones can better understand challenging family dynamics, learn how to resolve conflict and begin to build healthy, loving relationships. Because family tends to be a crucial source of support and encouragement after treatment, most levels of care at Orlando Recovery Center involve weekly family therapy sessions.

Recreational & Holistic Therapies

Recovery isn’t just about resolving past issues and abstaining from substance use. For recovery to be long-term, it’s important to build new habits and find healthy outlets for boredom, stress relief and socialization. Recreational and holistic therapies support physical and mental health by introducing healing activities in a supportive environment.

Recreational and holistic therapies offered at Orlando Recovery Center may include:

  • Yoga
  • Canine therapy
  • Art therapy

Medication-Assisted Treatment

While many rehab centers have relied on abstinence-only approaches to recovery, medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is increasing in popularity as an evidence-based, effective alternative. MAT can be used to aid in treatment for alcohol or opioid addiction by reducing the effects of cravings and decreasing withdrawal symptoms. While MAT is offered at Orlando Recovery Center, the treatment is only administered when deemed clinically safe by a medical professional.

Aftercare & Support

To help promote long-term recovery, Orlando Recovery Center offers aftercare services to all clients.

Aftercare from Orlando Recovery Center includes:

  • Alumni Program: Our alumni coordinator contacts clients periodically to check up on progress and ensure continued commitment to recovery
  • Recovery Groups and Providers: Clinicians connect clients to local health care providers and support groups
  • Sober Living Homes: Local Next Step Village sober living facilities can make the transition away from treatment easier through continued support and accountability

Clinical Staff & Leadership Team

Addiction is complex — that’s why Orlando Recovery Center employs compassionate experts in the fields of mental health and behavioral science to address it. During treatment, clients at Orlando Recovery Center receive care from a dedicated, multidisciplinary group of physicians, clinicians and addiction specialists. Care provided by these professionals is led by a leadership team of experts committed to creating treatment plans that work for each individual.

Melissa Browning

Melissa Browning

Director of Nursing


Melissa Browning oversees Orlando Recovery Center’s nurses and behavioral health technicians, while ensuring state and federal compliance for quality patient care. As an experienced registered nurse and leader, Melissa has spent more than 14 years helping people heal in a wide range of...

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Timothy Huckaby

Timothy Huckaby

Medical Director


Dr. Timothy Huckaby, Medical Director for Orlando Recovery Center, is a clinical expert, and a triple board-certified physician in Pain Medicine, Addiction Medicine and Anesthesiology. A graduate of the Louisiana State University School of Medicine, Dr. Huckaby completed his residency in...

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Jeffrey Weinheimer

Jeffrey Weinheimer

Associate Medical Director


For over a decade, Dr. Jeffrey Weinheimer has forged an impactful career in the public health field. A University of Alabama graduate, Dr. Weinheimer served in a diverse range of roles including chief resident during his hospital-based residency and lead...

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Jodi Russo

Jodi Russo

Executive Director of Administration


Jodi is a graduate of Allegheny County College and the University of Phoenix, with degrees in psychology, human service management and phlebotomy. With nearly 20 years of experience in direct patient care and operational management within the behavioral healthcare...

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Ryan Chu

Ryan Chu

Community Outreach Director

Ryan graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in business and a concentration in sales and marketing. That same year, he began his career working in the toxicology industry, educating physicians and medical professionals on tools to identify...

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Kevin Reese

Kevin Reese

Eastern Outreach Director

After pursuing a life-long goal of a career in real estate (including being awarded Two Times Sales Representative), Kevin Reese saw his life spiraling out of control at the hands of addiction. Despite his successful 15-year career, he found truth and peace after reaching out for help. Now...

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Bonnie Christensen

Bonnie Christensen

Clinical Director


Bonnie Christensen, LMHC brings a long history of proven leadership to her role as Clinical Director at the Orlando Recovery Center. In addition to being a licensed mental health counselor, she is an approved Supervisor, certified Mental Health First Aid Facilitator, and trained in EMDR...

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Recovery is closer than you think. If you or someone you love lives with addiction, Orlando Recovery Center can help. Representatives are available to answer your questions, address concerns and begin the enrollment process. Call today for more information or to begin treatment.

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