The Recovery Village Umatilla Welcome Guide:
What to Expect from Intake to Aftercare

Your Journey to Health Starts Here

On behalf of everyone at The Recovery Village Umatilla, 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, what daily life will look like and 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 The Recovery Village Umatilla, it’s time to prepare for your stay. Knowing what to bring, what to leave behind and how to reach our Umatilla center sets the stage for 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 — getting better. We recommend that new residents pack the following items for treatment:

    • Two-weeks worth of season-appropriate clothing
    • Comfortable sleepwear
    • One-piece swimsuits for ladies, knee-length board shorts for men
    • 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
  • 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 The Recovery Village Umatilla to help them focus on recovery. Items not permitted at our facility include:

    • Drug or alcohol paraphernalia
    • Drugs or alcohol
    • Chewing tobacco or dipping tobacco
    • 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 or images

Travel Details

Wherever you’re coming from, our intake coordinators at The Recovery Village Umatilla 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 you 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 The Recovery Village Umatilla. 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 The Recovery Village Umatilla.

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 phone 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 three times per week for 20 minutes during non-clinical hours.

The Facility

Tucked away in a quaint, rural Central Florida town, The Recovery Village Umatilla is the perfect place to turn over a new leaf and begin your recovery. The rustic landscape combined with our exclusive amenities set the stage for your healing, self-discovery and acceptance. We invite you to visit our website to explore the grounds more closely, or read on to learn more about the amenities, food and sleeping arrangements at our center.

Amenities and Therapies

An extensive array of on-site and off-site amenities are part of what makes The Recovery Village Umatilla so unique. Amenities and activities may include*:

  • Swimming pool
  • Exercise gym
  • Yoga
  • Basketball court
  • Sand volleyball court
  • Equine therapy (off-site)
  • Canine therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Massage therapy
  • Laundry and housekeeping for select levels of care
  • On-site washer and dryer for select levels of care

*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, in-house chefs prepare, plan and serve three nutritious meals for all residents. 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 Center. If you have any food allergies, please let us know prior to your arrival so we can appropriately accommodate you.

Sleeping Arrangements

Rooms at The Recovery Village Umatilla provide you with a comfortable place to rest during your recovery. Between two and three patients typically occupy each room. However, some rooms house as many as four patients at a time. Each of these rooms includes one private bathroom that all of the room’s residents 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 days at The Recovery Village Umatilla 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 The Recovery Village Umatilla.

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
  • 12-Step and Back to Basics
  • Gender-Specific Groups
  • Individual Counseling
  • Group Therapy

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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 and monthly family weekends give loved ones an opportunity to see your growth firsthand while also participating in family therapy sessions.

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    Off-Site Visits

    While the majority of your treatment will take place at The Recovery Village Umatilla, there are off-site opportunities like equine therapy for those in the appropriate levels of care. Off-site visits and activities may vary between residential, partial hospitalization and outpatient programs. With a range of recreation options, including art therapy, animal therapy, yoga, a swimming pool and more available on-site, there are plenty of activities available to aid in your recovery.

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    Smoke Breaks

    For many recovering substance users, smoking can be helpful for curbing cravings and staying focused on sobriety. Because of this, The Recovery Village Umatilla 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.

The Treatment Process

There are a variety of treatment programs at The Recovery Village Umatilla, 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 The Recovery Village Umatilla 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 The Recovery Village Umatilla, 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 a part of a dynamic family of physicians, treatment specialists and recovering patients. But that camaraderie doesn’t end when you leave The Recovery Village Umatilla. 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

  • Kevin Wandler, MD

    Chief Medical Officer

    As Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Wandler designs and implements proven models of evidence-based therapeutic programming and ensure that each facility is providing exceptional patient care.

  • Dana Giblock

    Clinical Director

    Dana Giblock, LCSW has led an energetic and impactful career in social work for nearly 20 years. A University of Tampa (BS) graduate, Dana’s devotion to helping people strengthened as she accepted a call to action and completed her Masters in Social Work (MSW) at Barry University then on to achieving LCSW status.

  • Holly Demelo

    Director of Admissions

    As Director of Admissions, Holly assists patients in taking their first steps in recovery. Among her duties, Holly coordinates the entrance of all clients into The Recovery Village Umatilla programming, working to verify benefits and transportation arrangements.

  • Jodi Russo
    Executive Director

    Jodi Russo is the executive director at The Recovery Village Umatilla. Jodi is a graduate of Allegheny County College and the University of Phoenix, with degrees in psychology, human service management, and phlebotomy.

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 % 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 facility
  • Type of services received during treatment
  • Other services offered at facility, but not covered by your insurance provider (such as 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 The Recovery Village to understand your individual benefits plan. Please note that your insurance plan may not be a “participating provider” with The Recovery Village Umatilla. You are responsible for all non-covered and out-of-pocket costs related to your treatment stay.

What to Expect – Umatilla
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What to Expect – Umatilla was last modified: October 19th, 2017 by The Recovery Village