Next Generation Village® Welcome Guide:
What to Expect From Intake to Aftercare
The Path to Health Starts Here
On behalf of everyone at the Next Generation Village®, congratulations on taking the first step toward helping your child live a healthier life. This guide will introduce you to our treatment center and programs designed just for teens, and answer your most pressing questions before their arrival. Here you’ll get an idea of what your child should bring, what daily life will look like and explore the different levels of care offered at our treatment center. We are excited to welcome your child and are honored to be a part of the healing process — we’ll be with them every step of the way.
Now that your child has decided to begin treatment at Next Generation Village®, it’s time to prepare them for their stay. Knowing what to bring, what to leave behind and how to reach our Sebring, Florida facility sets the stage for a successful recovery.
What to Bring
This guide ensures that your teen has everything they need while they’re with us, so they can focus on what’s really important — healing.
We recommend that new residents pack the following items:
- Insurance and pharmacy card
- Driver license/state ID (if applicable)
- Two weeks worth of season-appropriate clothing
- Comfortable sleepwear
- One-piece swimsuits for girls, knee-length board shorts for boys
- Toothbrush, unopened toothpaste, and alcohol-free mouthwash
- Unopened shampoo and conditioner
- Unopened sunscreen
- Unopened face wash and moisturizer
- Unopened lotion
- Unopened lip balm
- Unopened feminine products
- Positive reading material
- Pictures of family and friends
- Music device (cannot have internet access)
- Insulin (if dependent)
- Prescribed non-narcotic medications
- Cordless, rechargeable electric razor
- A hat, if desired
Please note: Electrical items (e.g. hairdryer, curling iron, electric shavers) are allowed, but will be checked for safety.
What Not to Bring
Rehabilitation is an opportunity for your teen to distance him or herself from the people, places and ways of thinking that contribute to drug or alcohol use. Because of this, we prohibit patients from bringing certain items to Next Generation Village® to help them focus on recovery. Items not permitted at our facility include:
- Drugs or alcohol
- Drug or alcohol paraphernalia
- Illegal substances or mood-altering drugs (including over-the-counter products that may alter mood)
- Weapons (including pocket knives)
- Food of any kind (including candy)
- Internet devices (including laptops, computers and tablets)
- Narcotic medications (including medicinal/licensed marijuana)
- Cigarettes, vaporizers (vapes) and electronic cigarettes*
- Clothing depicting drugs, drug paraphernalia, explicit language and/or images
- Expensive or excessive jewelry
- Cameras or handheld video or tape recorders
- Products containing alcohol (e.g., mouthwash, hand sanitizer, nail polish remover, etc.)
- Aerosol products (including hairspray and spray deodorant)
- Disposable razors
- Dental floss (dental floss will be provided)
- Opened toiletry products (including lotion and shampoos)
- Opened vitamin bottles
*Smoking is not permitted at Next Generation Village.
During the admissions process, all necessary travel accommodations are booked and confirmed for your loved one. You can bring your child to the facility via car, or you can arrange travel via airplane, train or bus. Wherever your teen is coming from, our staff will provide transportation from all local train stations, bus stations and airports. If they are traveling by plane, your child will be picked up from the airport and transported to our facility.
Expectations After Arrival
Within the first 24 hours after arrival, your teen can expect:
Cell Phone Use
To ensure your child’s continued recovery, no cell phones are allowed at our facility. 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. However, phone contact to loved ones will be made upon arrival. Because healing is the first priority, keeping distractions to a minimum is key for recovery. After an initial blackout period, patients may use the phone three times per week on assigned days.
Located in picturesque Sebring, Florida, Next Generation Village® provides first-rate care and education to teens struggling with addiction. The rehabilitation center is situated on a serene lake and provides teenagers with a peaceful setting to focus on recovery while developing new habits and passions. A spacious pool, basketball courts, on-site gym and lounge provide teens with the positive outlets they need to heal.
Each day, in-house chefs, nutritionists and dieticians prepare, plan and serve three nutritious meals for all residents. Typically, there are a few different meals to choose from for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with vegetarian and vegan options available. Snacks are also provided. For the safety of all patients, no outside snacks or meals are permitted. If your child has any food allergies, please let us know prior to arrival so we can appropriately accommodate their needs.
Rooms at Next Generation Village® provide your child with a comfortable place to rest during recovery. There are currently 40 beds available, with two patients occupying each room. Each room includes one private bathroom that the room’s occupants share. The number of residents in each room may vary depending on your individual treatment stage and care needs.
A Day in the Life
Your child’s days at Next Generation Village® will be spent learning how to live a life free from drug and alcohol use. They’ll find new hobbies, make lasting connections with other teens and rediscover their own personal interests without relying on substances.
As they move through the different levels of care, your child’s daily life will change as they gain new insight and advance through treatment. Depending on the level of care, their 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 and your teen an idea of what to expect at Next Generation Village®.
Family Visits and Therapy
During treatment, it’s important to reconcile with family. While some do better with long-distance family treatment, others may prefer to have visits from parents or other family members. Because connecting with the past is vital, therapy sessions are held throughout treatment to give loved ones an opportunity to see, understand and participate in the patient’s growth.
While treatment will take place at Next Generation Village®, there may be occasional off-site opportunities available like equine therapy. Off-site visits may vary between residential, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs. With a range of on-site recreation options, including yoga, a gym, basketball courts and more available, there are plenty of activities available to aid in recovery.
The Treatment Process
There are a variety of treatment programs at Next Generation Village®, ranging from around-the-clock medical detox and residential care to intensive outpatient care. The treatment programs that your child will participate in will depend on their own personal needs. Care often starts with medical detox, an intensive process that typically takes between five and 10 days. From there, they’ll either move to residential care, partial hospitalization or intensive outpatient care, where they’ll continue treatment.
The entire treatment process varies in length, but often lasts between 35 and 45 days. After treatment, your child will return home equipped with the tools and resources they need to continue their recovery at home. Treatment may include:
Medically Assisted Treatment
Depending on what substance is being misused, quitting cold turkey can be dangerous and even life-threatening. That’s why Next Generation Village® provides medication-assisted treatment (MAT), which combines behavioral therapy and medication to treat substance use disorders. This combination can also be used to treat co-occurring mental disorders.
Our regulated medical detox plan and 24-hour care services are available for those in residential treatment. Individualized clinical care and tapering ensures that your child has a healthy and comfortable transition. Before leaving the center, our staff will provide patients with a list of local resources and clinics for continuous care as they start their substance-free life.
James Drury, DO
Dr. Drury has been involved in the care and treatment of children, adolescents and adults with mental health and substance abuse issues for over 30 years as a psychiatric attendant, registered nurse, and psychiatrist. He strongly believes in empowering his patients to become the best that they can be in all aspects of their future endeavors and their abilities to, “Make it a better day”!
Mary Valerie Lee
Mary Valerie Lee is the clinical director at Next Generation Village, where she previously served as the lead therapist. As the clinical director, she has created and implemented structural changes, supervised therapists and been an advocate for mental health. She strives to utilize her skills in counseling, supervision and organization to help others experience life to its fullest while guiding adolescents on the road to recovery.
A transformational servant leader, Michael has decades of experience at every level of the residential continuum, working with disadvantaged, disabled and disenfranchised youth. Throughout his career, he has been instrumental in generating revenue through grant writing, public events, business partnerships, community relationships and volunteer recruitment.
Brandi Filppula, RN
Director of Admissions“Treatment changed and saved my life, and I would like to help others find a new path and new way of life.” Brandi has been a registered nurse for over 10 years. She graduated from South Florida State College in 2005 with an associate degree in nursing and is now pursuing her bachelor’s degree there. She values the opportunity to develop relationships with and change the lives of patients and families. Her goal is to facilitate a seamless transition from home into a recovery community.
Insurance and Your Obligation During Treatment:
Many health insurance plans require that you pay out-of-pocket expenses prior to accessing your healthcare benefits. These “patient responsibility” expenses may include deductibles, co-pays, a coinsurance percentage and maximum out-of-pocket expenses. Each family’s individual responsibility varies, depending on a number of factors, including:
- Your individual benefits plan
- Your child’s length of stay at center
- Type of services received during treatment
- Other services offered at center, but not covered by the insurance provider (lab tests, non-covered prescriptions, etc.)
- Reasonable boarding fees (should your child stay with the facility for treatment at outpatient levels of care)
One of our intake coordinators will review these fees with you at the time of admission. The deductible is due upon admittance to our center. 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 the process.
Please be sure to check with your insurance provider prior to admitting your child at Next Generation Village® to understand your child’s individual benefits plan. Keep in mind that your insurance plan may not be a “participating provider” with Next Generation Village®. You are responsible for all non-covered and out-of-pocket costs related to treatment during your child’s stay.