I went to The Watershed in April, 2012, after my mom searched for a rehab for me and found this one online, since it\'s advertised everywhere. She was told on the phone that it would be a 14-28 day program, and that they would set me up with an outpatient program back home. I arrived in Florida and after a couple days, I realized that I wouldn\'t be leaving any time soon. From the moment I arrived, I started hearing how it was so hard to leave, since you couldn\'t sign yourself out (apparently you sign away that right on intake) so you need someone else to tell the counselor that they\'ll take care of you, basically. The issue was, the counselors would call that person multiple times a day, telling them that if you left, you would be in danger.
The inpatient program was decent, I suppose, as far as a 12 step program goes. There was an impressive cafeteria, with five star meals every day. We went to groups during the day and spent our free time outside, generally just talking and chain smoking cigarettes. After a few weeks, I was transferred from the inpatient program to PHP, the partial hospitalization program. That meant leaving the Boynton inpatient location and moving into the apartments, called TWA (The Watershed Apartments.) I had heard stories about TWA the entire time that I was in inpatient... I quickly discovered that these stories were disturbingly accurate.
About 4 or 5 weeks later, I was moved from TWA to TWR (The Watershed Residence.) TWR is located two streets away from TWA and the apartments themselves are very similar. Each time, we had two people two a room, two bedrooms to an apartment. One bedroom had an attached bathroom, and there was always another shared bathroom, in addition to the small living room and eat-in kitchen. When you move from TWA to TWR, you gain certain privileges, which increase during your time at TWR, but you're still in the PHP program, which involves taking the bus ("the druggie buggie") to and from Quantum each day to participate in various groups and meetings. It should also be noted that the five star meals are a thing of a past once you enter PHP, as you are now given a $40 Publix giftcard to do your grocery shopping for the week, in addition to being given sparse breakfast and lunch at Quantum (think bagels for breakfast and sandwiches for lunch, very simple, basic meals.) We were taken shopping once a week in both TWA and TWR. Living at TWR, you\'re allowed to leave for certain amounts of time, as long as you sign out and say where you\'re going. You\'re also allowed to carry small amounts of money for the first time. When I was there at first, we couldn\'t have our phones, but I believe certain people in TWR had been there long enough to get them back -- this all changed later on when they were forced to give us our phones back much earlier in the program.
The counselors at PHP were generally pretty terrible -- A few weeks into my second stay at TWA, my mom and I had finally had enough, and found a way to get me home. It didn\'t get me any closer to being clean, and I actually have serious anxiety because of the experience.
Overall, it was an awful experience and I would never, ever suggest this place, even to my worst enemy. I have over two and a half years clean now, but that is no way thanks to this place or its program.