Whether you or someone you love is struggling with an alcohol or drug use disorder in day to day life can be hard. But there is hope and there is help; no matter who you are, what your past, or how bad your addiction has become, you too, can recover from alcohol or drug addiction. The Healing Center in Fort Lauderdale can help.

One of the biggest challenges someone suffering from addiction (or someone who is close to someone with an addiction issue) faces is the feeling of isolation. You may feel alone, that no one truly understands, and that you have nowhere to turn for help. The help that will give you long-lasting freedom from addiction and guide you on the road to recovery, joy, and a life free from this deadly disease.

You are not alone.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2017 more than 70,000 people in the United States alone died from drug overdoses including illicit and prescription opioids. The most staggering increase attributed to fentanyl and fentanyl-related overdoses. The epidemic continues and is getting worse.

And it’s not just drugs. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reports that annually about 88,000 people die from alcohol and alcohol-related causes in the U.S. This makes it the third most preventable cause of death in the nation.

Breaking Free from Addiction

Life in the bondage of addiction—to drugs or alcohol—doesn’t have to keep being part of your story. You or your loved one don’t have to become one of these statistics. There is hope and lasting freedom from addiction is possible. The first step is finding the addiction treatment center best for you.

Change your story today. Your past doesn’t define you.

When you live with an addiction to alcohol or drugs most days you may feel like you exist only to get your next drink or your next high. You wake up trembling from withdrawal or a painful hangover from the night before. Drugs or alcohol and when you get a drink or get high may be the first thing you think about when you wake up. You want to feel better – physically and mentally – and a drink or drugs are all you know that will help make it stop.

The problem is that what once may have helped you feel better or take the edge off, no longer does. Now you’re caught in the endless cycle of drinking or using drugs just to function. Once in the grips of addiction, many barely function.

There is hope, there is help. The Healing Center in Ft. Lauderdale, FL has helped guide hundreds of people, just like you, on the path to recovery and reclaiming their lives. Good lives, filled with joy and peace of mind.

Take the first step.

Finding the Drug and Alcohol Rehab in South Florida Right for You

The first step on the road to recovery and a life free from addiction is making a decision. If you’re tired of living life the way it is today, then it’s time to get help. Many people find that once they make this life-changing decision there is a sense of relief.

For most people with an alcohol or drug use disorder seeking treatment at a reputable center with a detox program comes first. Detox, in a safe environment with caring, experienced professionals who can help, is crucial.

Drug and Alcohol Detox is necessary to get through the withdrawal process, which can sometimes be life-threatening.

Withdrawal from alcohol or drugs progresses through different stages, on varied timelines, involving varying symptoms, and can be different for everyone. The specifics of withdrawal will depend on numerous factors including:

  • What type of substance(s) is being stopped
  • When the last dose was taken
  • How much was taken the last time
  • How long the use/abuse of alcohol and/or drugs has been
  • What, if any, co-occurring mental health issues are present

Withdrawal can be very difficult and present many symptoms which often cause a person to relapse in order to stop the painful symptoms. It’s vital to understand that detoxing on your own can be dangerous and is not recommended. Suddenly stopping using a substance can cause:

  • Increased blood pressure
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Muscle fatigue
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke

This is one reason seeking treatment at rehab which offers detox is an important step in long-term recovery. Many treatment centers, like The Healing Centers, also offer medically-assisted detox which has been proven to be successful in getting through the first stages of detox.

Detox: What to Expect

The American Society of Addiction Medicine defines withdrawal as “the onset of a predictable constellation of signs and symptoms following the abrupt discontinuation of, or rapid decrease in, the dosage of a psychoactive substance.”

The first stage of detox is the acute withdrawal or simply the withdrawal stage. This can last for days or weeks depending on the above factors. The timeline below is a general guideline for acute withdrawal:

  • Alcohol (five to seven days)
  • Opioids (four to ten days)
  • Methadone (14 to 21 days)
  • Cannabis (five days)
  • Stimulants such as cocaine, amphetamines, methamphetamines (one to two weeks)

When going through withdrawal, some or all of the following symptoms can occur:

  • Anxiety, racing thoughts
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Sweating
  • Shaking
  • Seizures
  • Body aches
  • Cravings
  • Hallucinations
  • Agitation, irritability
  • Depression
  • Paranoia
  • Insomnia
  • Mental confusion

Detox treatment at a quality treatment center helps successfully get through this difficult – but vital –  part of recovery.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), there are three stages of detox:

  1. Evaluation
  2. Stabilization
  3. Further treatment


During the first stage, qualified and experienced medical and mental health professionals will evaluate what drug or drugs are in your system, current state of mental health, any co-occurring mental health issues, other medical conditions present. After this evaluation, a detox and treatment strategy will be developed and suggested.


In this second part, the bulk of the detox and associated detox treatment will happen. You will be told what to expect during detox and any medications will be given to ease withdrawal symptoms as well as psychological counseling as needed.

 Further treatment

While detox is an unavoidable first step in the road to freedom from addiction, it is not the only step to take if you want to truly find peace of mind and a life free from the bondage of alcohol and/or drugs. Engaging in treatment as well as committing to follow up care is important to gain the tools needed for long-term recovery from addiction.

Change Your Story—Start Today

Addiction is a chronic disease with no cure. But you, or your loved one, can find a life free from the pains of life in active addiction. Addiction Treatment past the detox phase as well as engaging in ongoing follow up care, and there are many options for both, is the key to recovering physically, mentally, and emotionally from the deadly and destructive disease of addiction.

When you take the first step and find the courage to begin to change your story, you’ll start to experience a new life, a new sense of freedom. A life free from addiction brings with it many gifts. Gifts of peace of mind, finding your place in life and the community, helping others, and true happiness.

The Healing Center is here to help. Located on the water in beautiful Fort Lauderdale in South Florida it’s the perfect place to find the peace of mind you so desperately need. Take the first step now. You will discover strength you didn’t know you had.

Allison Zaretski, M.Ed, LMHC, CRC


PASSION: Directing and overseeing the entire clinical program. Guiding (and watching in awe) as people transform themselves during recovery – by figuring out and processing their underlying issues. Working with a motivated team of people who care about the clients’ well-being and recovery. I love helping people live the life that they were meant to live!

BACKGROUND: Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and Mental Health Counseling

UNIQUE STRENGTH: I specialize in working with clients who have co-occurring disorders. I approach therapy from a client-centered approach.

Safe + effective care

You’re serious about recovery.
Get serious care.

Awarded the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Behavioral Health Care Accreditation for excellence in performance standards and commitment to safe and effective care.
Proudly accredited by the Florida Department of Children and Families.
Certified by the American Health Care Association to treat major mental health illness, in addition to substance abuse.

We Would Love to Help

We Have Experience With Addiction and How to Help the Indiviual

Challenge your impulses with CBT, DBT, and motivational.
Rebuild your most important relationships with clarity and communication.
Accept your challenges and learn to love and appreciate yourself.
Find meaning and give your feelings expression with restorative art and music therapy.
    • Lay the groundwork for healthy choices with relapse prevention, anger and stress management, healthy relationship models, self-esteem building, and behavioral mapping.


Step back into life with GED acquisition, resume + interview preparation,college applications, nutritional guidance, and food stamp applications.

Do You Find Yourself…

Spending every cent you make on drugs that can kill you?
Roaming the streets in zero degrees, because you cannot hold down a job?
Listening to your mother sob helplessly, as she watches you slip away?
Lying, manipulating even stealing, to get the fix you need NOW?
Choosing opiates or alcohol over your parents, your partner, your kids — your life?

There is hope.

We know because we’ve helped hundreds of courageous people like you start fresh.

We help resilient people like you — men and women with vibrant years ahead of them — find a safe haven where they can discover their worth, reconnect with loved ones, and embrace a limitless future.


This was my first time in treatment, and I was scared to death. But The Core Centers made it easy for me to get the help I needed. I am so lucky to have found this place. The staff genuinely cares and I’ve learned so much about myself and my addiction. I know that if it weren’t for the people I’ve met here and the love I’ve been shown, I might not be alive today. I’m excited about my future because I know it won’t look like my past.


Drugs and alcohol are NOT your destiny.

If you:

Don’t want to become another statistic

Would do anything for another chance to do right by your parents, your kids, YOURSELF

Know you’re worth more than a painful existence


Residents on average

You get an intimate group + dedicated attention


Holistic therapy programs

You choose the ones best for you, with our help


Treatment hours per week

You get the real work you need to make progress

You are unique.

Your path to addiction recovery should be, too
We don’t do cookie-cutter addiction treatment in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Your stay at The Healing Center will include a selection of personalized therapies
and programs handpicked to help YOU overcome your challenges.
Explore Our Programs

Soak up sun, fun & healing – on the water.

You’re here to relaunch your life, free from addiction—but who says you can’t have fun doing it? The individuals that attend The Healing Centers addiction recovery programs discover that sober fun is one of life’s greatest (and most important) pleasures.

At our beautiful addiction treatment facility—located right on the intra-coastal waters of brilliant Ft. Lauderdale, FL—you can grab a boat ride, catch the waves, or just soak in some much-needed sun.

Savor the serenity of our beachfront town, or go ahead and make a splash—with a range of high-adrenaline sports and water activities just minutes away from The Healing Center in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

This is not just about drugs or alcohol.

We treat the underlying anxiety, depression, and trauma that make you more susceptible to substance abuse.

For most people, addiction is just a symptom of latent mental health challenges: anxiety, depression, trauma, personality disorders, or others. These challenges are often overlooked—or ignored—in traditional rehabilitation.

At CORE, we know that balanced mental health is the ONLY way to achieve real recovery…and a beautiful life.

Our dual-diagnosis approach empowers you to make changes that last.

We’re certified by the AHCA to treat major mental health illness, in addition to substance abuse. We start with a thorough medical evaluation to identify your mental health challenges, then create a plan of action. Our doctors might prescribe medications to stabilize your condition, or make pointed recommendations for therapies that’ll work best for you.

The goal? Treat the root issues of your substance abuse, so you can free yourself for good.

dual-diagnosis at the healing center | The Healing Center | PHP IOP and OP located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
The Healing Center | PHP IOP and OP located in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Dial our 24/7 helpline now: (844) 535-2700.

The Healing Center | PHP IOP and OP located in Fort Lauderdale, FL

All major insurances accepted

Our admissions guides will gladly work with you and your provider to find the best options available.

Don’t see your insurance here?

Chances are good that you’re covered. Give us a call to find out.

Get In Touch




2500 N. Federal Highway, Suite 103, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33305

To File, a Grievance with Farr Click the Link Below


The Healing Center Staff and patients follow the CDC guidelines for wearing a mask, hand washing regularly, and social distancing in all aspects of treatment. Patients and staff are confidentially tested if CDC signs/symptoms/temperature are present. We practice strict preventative measures.