Orlando Recovery Center® Welcome Guide:
What to Expect From Intake to Aftercare

The Path to Health Starts Here

On behalf of everyone at Orlando Recovery Center®, congratulations on taking the first step toward a healthier you. This guide will introduce you to our treatment center and therapy programs, and help answer your most pressing questions before your arrival. Here you’ll get an idea of what to bring with you and what daily life will look like. You’ll also explore the different levels of care offered at our treatment center. We are excited to welcome you and are honored to be a part of your healing process — we’ll be with you every step of the way.

Next Steps

Now that you’ve decided to begin treatment at Orlando Recovery Center®, it’s time to prepare for your stay. Knowing what to bring, what to leave behind and how to reach our Orlando facility sets the stage for your successful recovery.

  • What to Bring

    This guide ensures you have everything you need while you’re with us, so you can focus on what’s really important — healing. We recommend that new residents pack the following items:

    • Season-appropriate clothing for nine days
    • Comfortable sleepwear
    • One-piece swimsuits for ladies, knee-length board shorts for men
    • Toothbrush, unopened toothpaste, and alcohol-free mouthwash
    • New and unopened alcohol-free hygiene items
    • Unopened shampoo and conditioner
    • Unopened sunscreen
    • Unopened face wash and moisturizer
    • Unopened lotion
    • Unopened lip balm
    • Unopened feminine products (if applicable)
    • Unopened cigarettes/dip (enough for stay) or prepaid gift card for cigarettes (if applicable)
  • What Not to Bring

    Rehabilitation is an opportunity to distance yourself from the people, places and ways of thinking that contribute to your drug or alcohol use. Because of this, we prohibit patients from bringing certain items to Orlando Recovery Center® to help them focus on recovery. Items NOT permitted at our facility include:

    • Drug or alcohol paraphernalia
    • Drugs or alcohol
    • Computers
    • Tablets
    • Cameras or handheld video or tape recorders
    • Products that contain alcohol (mouthwash, etc.)
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Vaporizers (vapes)
    • Dental floss (dental floss will be provided)
    • Opened toiletry products
    • Weapons (including pocket knives)
    • Clothing depicting drugs, drug paraphernalia, explicit language and/or images

Travel Details

Wherever you’re coming from, our intake coordinators at Orlando Recovery Center® make sure you arrive at our center in a safe and timely manner. During the admissions process, all necessary travel accommodations are booked and confirmed by you or your loved ones. If you’re traveling by air, you’ll be picked up from the airport and transported to the center.

Expectations After Arrival

To ensure the safety and sobriety of both new and current patients, each resident must consent to a search of both their person and belongings upon arrival at Orlando Recovery Center®. During this search, staff members will collect any items not permitted during treatment and store them in a safe and secure place until your stay is over. Additional random searches may be conducted throughout your time at Orlando Recovery Center®.

Cell Phone Use

Because healing is your first priority, keeping distractions to a minimum is key for recovery. For the safety and privacy of all patients, cell phones will be securely stored upon arrival and signed in and out by your therapist during specific sessions. After an initial 72-hour blackout period, you may use the phone twice per week, in 20-minute increments, and one additional weekend day (if earned) with no calling card required.

The Facility

Located in front of Lake Ellenor in Orlando, Florida, Orlando Recovery Center® offers the perfect setting for you to enter the world of recovery. The beautiful landscape, combined with our exclusive amenities, set the stage for your healing, self-discovery and acceptance. We invite you to visit our website to view photos of our facility or to learn more about our amenities and treatment programs.

Amenities and Therapies

The amenities are part of what makes Orlando Recovery Center® so unique. The following is a sample of the amenities and activities that are offered: 

  • Exercise gym
  • Swimming pool
  • Basketball courts
  • Volleyball courts
  • Prepared meals
  • Laundry and housekeeping for select levels of care
  • On-site washer and dryer for select levels of care
  • Art therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Life skills therapy
  • Yoga therapy
  • Recreation room
  • Weekly off-site activities (NA/AA meetings, bowling, movies, beach, etc.)
  • Alumni mentoring
  • AA, NA and SMART Recovery meetings

* Activities may change from time to time or from season to season. Your access to these amenities will vary depending on situational medical recommendations.


Each day, our dietary staff members prepare, plan and serve three nutritious meals for all residents. We also have a dietitian on site to work with eating disorder patients, provide menu planning and provide nutritional assessments, if indicated. Typically, you will have a few different meals to choose from for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with vegetarian and vegan options available. Three snacks a day are also provided. No outside snacks or meals are permitted in the facility. If you have any food allergies, please let us know prior to your arrival so we can appropriately accommodate you.

Sleeping Arrangements

Rooms at Orlando Recovery Center® provide you with a comfortable place to rest during your recovery. The center includes double rooms and single rooms as well as shared double bathrooms. The number of residents in each room may vary depending on your individual treatment stage and care needs.

A Day in the Life

Your days at Orlando Recovery Center® will be spent learning how to live a life free from drug and alcohol use. You’ll find new hobbies, make lasting connections with others and rediscover your own personal interests without relying on substances.

As you move through the different levels of care, your daily life will change as you gain new insight and advance through treatment. Depending on the level of care, your day may include group and individual therapy sessions, recreational activities and more. While no two programs are exactly alike, the sample schedule below will give you an idea of what to expect at Orlando Recovery Center®.

Orlando Recovery Center® Welcome Guide:What to Expect from Intake to Aftercare

Types of Therapy

During your stay, you’ll participate in a variety of personalized therapy sessions. These sessions are designed to help you conquer addiction by recognizing and overcoming triggers, personal scars and past struggles. Your treatment may include:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Dialectic Behavioral Therapy
  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Therapy
  • SMART Recovery Meetings
  • 12-Step and Back to Basics Meetings
  • Comprehensive Therapeutic Experience

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    Family Visits and Therapy

    During treatment, it’s important to reconcile with yourself and your family. While some do better with long-distance family treatment, others may prefer to have visits from parents, spouses or other family members. Because connecting with your past is so important, therapy sessions are held once a week for visiting family members.

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    Off-Site Visits

    While your treatment will take place at Orlando Recovery Center®, there may be off-site opportunities available. Off-site visits may vary between residential, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs. With a range of recreation options including yoga, a gym, basketball and more available on-site, there are plenty of activities available to aid in your recovery.

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    Smoke Breaks

    For some recovering substance users, smoking can be helpful in curbing cravings and staying focused on sobriety. Because of this, Orlando Recovery Center® allows residents to take periodic smoke breaks. Keep in mind that men and women must smoke in separate designated areas. The timing and frequency of these breaks will be determined based on situational medical recommendations. If you smoke, you will need to bring enough cigarettes or tobacco products for the anticipated length of your stay. Smoking cessation products will be offered during your treatment. Please note that vaporizers are not permitted.

The Treatment Process

There are a variety of treatment programs at Orlando Recovery Center®, ranging from around-the-clock medical detox and residential care to outpatient care. The treatment programs that you participate in will depend on your own personal needs. Treatment often starts with medical detox, an intensive process that typically takes between five and 10 days. From there, you’ll either move to residential care, partial hospitalization or outpatient care, where you’ll continue treatment before formulating an aftercare plan with your medical team.

The entire treatment process varies in length, but often lasts between 35 and 45 days. After treatment, you’ll have the option to transfer to sober living housing or return home, armed with an array of resources. Your treatment may include:

Medically Assisted Treatment

Depending on the substance at play, quitting cold turkey can be dangerous and life-threatening. That’s why Orlando Recovery Center® provides a regulated medical detox plan and 24-hour care for those in residential treatment. Individualized clinical care and tapering ensures that you have a healthy and comfortable transition. Before leaving Orlando Recovery Center, our staff will provide you with a list of local resources and clinics for continuous care as you start your substance-free life.

Alumni Program

During your treatment, you’ll become part of a dynamic family of physicians, treatment specialists and recovering patients. But that camaraderie doesn’t end when you leave Orlando Recovery Center®. After treatment, you’ll have access to a nationwide alumni network of counselors and other former patients to help keep you sober and accountable. Staying connected with others who understand your struggle with virtual and in-person meetups can be a strategic and essential part of continuous recovery.

Our Team

  • Dr. Timothy Huckaby


    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.

  • Jennyffer Miller


    Dr. Jennyffer Miller is a Board Certified Adult Psychiatrist specializing in all areas of psychiatry, with a focus on pharmacology, addiction, public psychiatry, and psychodynamic psychotherapy.

  • Katie Reeley


    As executive director at Orlando Recovery Center, Katie Reeley is a dynamic leader with a focus on quality care. Her goal is to unite her team and help guests achieve long-term healing and renewed life purpose.

  • Christine Garnett


    As clinical director, Christine Garnett uses her experience in trauma and substance abuse treatment to lead Orlando Recovery Center’s clinical team and ensure that every patient receives quality care.

Insurance and Your Obligation During Treatment:

As you are probably aware, nearly all health insurance plans require you to pay some out-of-pocket costs in order to access your healthcare benefits. These expenses may include deductibles, co-pays, coinsurance percentage and maximum out-of-pocket expenses (collectively, the “Patient Responsibility”).

Your individual Patient Responsibility will vary based on a number of factors including:

  • Your individual benefits plan
  • Length of stay at center
  • Type of services received during treatment
  • Other services offered at center, but not covered by your insurance provider (lab tests, non-covered prescriptions, etc.)
  • Reasonable boarding fees (should you decide to stay with the facility for treatment at outpatient levels of care)

An intake coordinator will review your Patient Responsibility with you at the time of admission or as soon as possible once you are medically stable. They will explain that the deductible is due upon admittance to the facility and the co-insurance amount and out-of-pocket balance will be billed and paid for after treatment once services are complete. On-site financial counselors will again review your financial responsibility during treatment with case managers who can help you navigate FMLA. 

It is your responsibility to check with your insurance provider prior to admitting at Orlando Recovery Center® to understand your individual benefits plan. Please note that your insurance plan may not be a “participating provider” with Orlando Recovery Center®. You are responsible for all non-covered and out-of-pocket costs related to your treatment stay.