Maitland >La Amistad Behavioral Health Services
My mother was admitted to their adult
in-patient program 4 weeks ago. At the time of her admission she was majorly depressed, going through a divorce, attempted suicide and was emotionally weak. The only positive thing I can say about La Amistad is that they presented a very nice picture on their website and in their brochure.
My mother (in her early 60's) was placed in a setting that was overrun with 20 and 30 something’s, who would consistently use LOUD foul language, had little or no manners and showed little respect to others. This was brought to the staff’s attention and they said they can't do anything about it. This was unacceptable in my opinion.
My mother (an ex smoker) could not use any of their outside recreational areas as the residents took over it with their non stop smoking. Further more, their staff degraded my mother numerous times (I witnessed this on two occasions during my weekly visits). The facility is kept at 68 degrees (although they raise the temp during visiting hours) and most residents wear sweatshirts, jackets and warm pants to deal with this.
My mother also was only seen by a psychiatrist one time a week (maybe for 10 minutes) and then met with a counselor one time a week. Everything else was in groups, which were overrun by the younger residents and my mother got very little out of the groups due to the consistent interruptions from the younger residents. Their staff did NOTHING to keep the group focused and in control.
I initially had very high hopes that I found the right facility for my mother. I had to pay out of pocket (over $15,000), which was tough to do, but I only wanted the best for my mother. Sadly I and my mother feel we were lied to and misguided. If I had to give a dollar value for what their services are worth, I would say $500 (for the month) and not a penny more. Unfortunately I am now back to having to find another facility/program for my mother and am out over $15,000 and little to show for it.
Made a huge impact for my neice. The constant support from therapists and the school providing a seamless transition entering and leaving the campus was a relief! No where else could we have continued her academic progress and address the therapuetic issues she faced. I am grateful for La Amistad.
I can't say enough positive things about La Amistad. My family has been through so much over the past year. We were at the end of our rope before we came to La Amistad. Through our experience with the Caring Doctors and Therapists at La Amistad, we have seen so much improvement in our situation. Thank you , Thank you, Thank you!
La Amistad turned our child around after seeking help many other places. Do not hesitate to send your child here. They really do care and their school and therapists are wonderful!
I highly recommend La Amistad. Upon strong encouragement from my family I entered La Amistad’s Adult Dual Diagnosis program in Winter Park, FL. After many years of battling addiction and Bipolar Disorder I found a psychiatrist at La Amistad who spent enough time with me to really understand my illness and walk me through the initial phase of my recovery. My therapist, a LMHC and Certified Addiction Professional, provided ongoing support to me and my family while I worked through my issues and developed a Relapse Prevention Plan. I have been to a number of Rehabs and it was La Amistad that finally helped me manage my mental illness to the extent that I have been substance free for over 90 days. Thank God for La Amistad!
Therapy that I needed. When I entered La Amistad I had very high expectations for my treatment. Not only were my expectations met but exceeded my hopes and dreams. They treated me with Professionalism and Compassion. The staff was so kind and understanding of my situation. I know if it weren't for them, I would not be where I am today. I will be forever grateful for the insightful therapy I received. I would recommend this facility highly for anyone with a substance addiction or mental disorder.
Gave me hope.
This facility gave me hope that things will be different now. From the first moment I arrived I was treated with respect and dignity. I think this is the best place ever.
Thank you to all the counsellors and doctors who made my visit so life changing. I am so grateful to each one of them. I have a renewed faith in mankind
la amistad drug treatment center. What a horror story I endured. To be detoxed I was given so many drugs that I was totally derailed and incompetent and then verbally abused by the other patients because i could not talk or function right. The doctor there is a total incompetent. HE does not listen and did not return the plaintiff calls from my family when they could not even understand what I was saying. I did not go in there that way. This is the newer facility in Orlando. The counsellors were not understanding either. How could they expect me to function on high does of seroquel which he gave me to sleep... and I am not a mental health patient either. I was sent home to detox on my own because this worthless doctor did not have me detoxed in 28 days and my insurance company would not pay for more. I should call an attorney. Do not go there unless you want to be in a country club for addicts. These people are all about money,not good treatment.
NEVER send your child. We sent our child here for an eating disorder and behavior issues. He was there for 6 weeks and when he got back was over weight and even more noncompliant. It was an EXTREME waste of time and money. The staff REFUSED to comply with parent request and allowed our child to do things at the facility that were not allowed at home. There was no plan to transition back to a home environment which made matters even worse. It has been an emotional nightmare for our entire family.
This is a parent's review. I had a child spend time here recently, and 7 weeks and thousands of dollars later, no results. I found the staff to be unresponsive, the psychologists very naive, my daughter complained of poor sleeping conditions as others have done so.
Most of all however, after 7 weeks there were no results and my child is worse than ever. Don't waste your money or more importantly your time with this program. If I could use an emotion from the wheel it would be abused, as in I feel abused to have wasted my time and money here.