“We integrate recovery into life and life into recovery”

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“Is there a Doctor in the House?


Managing Withdrawal Symptoms with Meds

Entering alcohol or drug rehab is a monumental, life-changing decision and the first step to a healt

Integrating Addiction Treatment and Medical Care: Why Primary Care Physicians Fail

Primary care physicians are in the best position to identify and treat threats to a patient’s health

Addiction Treatment and Spirituality

It’s difficult not to confuse spirituality with religion, but it’s important to keep in mind that re

Destin Recovery

Dr. Roland Reeves, MD and his medical team at Destin Recovery Center use evidence-based medicine and treat addiction as a chronic disease. Let us say that again, we treat the disease of addiction and substance abuse with the same rigorous methodology as you would treat diabetes, heart disease or depression. Treatment involves the latest science that combines medical therapy and private, one-on-one counseling.

This complex disease involves changes in the structure and function of the brain. Treatment needs to involve the mind, body, and soul. This requires not only therapists and peer groups, but the ongoing involvement of a physician.


Columbia University National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse:
Closing the Gap between Science and Medicine.

Dr. Reeves, MD, is committed to helping individuals RECOVER. Destin Recovery offers real treatment to people with drug and alcohol addiction problems though the various transitional stages of recovery and moves them towards being a self-managed individual in control of their own life. Our Rehabilitation Center’s evidence-based medical approach to recovery incorporates a variety of treatment programs that ultimately focus on learning or regaining life skills that enable long-term recovery and prevent relapse.

New Drug and Alcohol Treatment Facility

Destin Recovery’s new alcohol and drug treatment facility will allow patient housing on the beautiful and tranquil sugar-sand beaches of Destin, Florida. The beaches of Destin are rated among the best in the world and will provide the atmosphere amenable to true recovery. It will allow the integration of nature’s therapeutic beauty and the development of inner peace necessary for long lasting recovery and restored health. The treatment facilities are Class A resort quality providing comfortable and peaceful housing during the process of recovery. See Dr. Reeves’s profile on

About Our Services

According to a five-year national study [here] released in June of 2012 by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA Columbia) most providers of addiction treatment are addiction counselors who are not required to have any medical training. Frankly, we believe if you have a disease you should see a doctor.

Our services treat addiction as a chronic disease; most treatment centers typically address it as an acute condition and do not include the necessary long term disease management. Every treatment should include medical treatment by a hands-on addiction doctor combined with cognitive therapy and self-help.

Dr. Reeves is an intricate part of Destin Recovery’s treatment planning and conducts multiple groups and individual sessions with all patients. He and his staff are committed to overhauling the current intervention and treatment approaches and to bring practice in line with scientific evidence.

The Journey of Recovery


A groundbreaking report [here] published last year by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University concluded that “the vast majority of people in need of addiction treatment do not receive anything that approximates evidence-based care.” The report added, “Only a small fraction of individuals receiveinterventions or treatment consistent with scientific knowledge about what works.” 1

A patient at Destin Recovery can expect quality, individualized, evidence-based medical treatment and on-going professional recovery support. We don’t treat a chronic illness for four weeks and then send our patient to a support group; People with a chronic form of addiction need multimodal treatment that is individualized and offered continuously or intermittently for as long as they need it.

Residents are assured the ultimate in privacy and our tranquil, resort-like atmosphere makes men and women of all ages, feel safe and comfortable.

You can further expect a compassionate team of highly skilled professional staff working with you or your loved one. It is our intention to find a recovery path that works for the participant and to strive toward establishing a direction plan that will support an extraordinary life. No one deserves to live in pain or despair. Our program is here to guide and support the journey of recovery.


Recovery requires education of why addiction is a disease; a deep understanding of how this disease changes the structure and function of the brain; why it affects our every thought and decision; and how it has affected our life and our family. True Recovery from this disease is re-discovering how to live life without a substance altering our mind. Healing takes place not only with knowledge, but with applied evidence-based knowledge. Action then allows healing to permeate our minds, bodies, emotions, and spirits. Applying this knowledge provides an immediate chance to live in a meaningful way, and learn how to truly enjoy living.

1 New York Times, Personal Health February 4, 2013. Effective Addiction Treatment

Treatment for the 21st Century hpdestin


According to a recent examination of treatment programs, most are rooted in outdated methods rather than newer approaches shown in scientific studies to be more effective in helping people achieve and maintain addiction-free lives. People typically do more research when shopping for a new car than when seeking treatment for addiction.

Dr. Reeves, MD and the staff at Destin Recovery use a wide range of evidence-based screening, intervention, treatment and disease management tools. Trained to diagnose and treat addiction, Destin Recovery’s medical professionals and are equipped with the knowledge, skills and credentials necessary to provide the full range of evidence-based services.

2 New York Times, Personal Health February 4, 2013. Effective Addiction Treatment


“I had tried to quit drinking for years on my own. I came on June 1st, 2012 and I could not have had a better staff working with me. I thought I was hopeless but it worked. Just keep an open mind.”
Christopher H.
“My stay at Destin Recovery Addiction Treatment Center was professional and complete with much more personal attention than other recovery centers”.
Dennis E.
“Today, I am sober for the first time in 21 years. My wife has a husband and my kids have their father back. Thanks to Destin Recovery Addiction Treatment Center, I have my life back. I am truly grateful.”
Collin R.
“Living a sober life was just a dream for me.  After so many years and attempts to become sober, the treatment I received at Destin Recovery is what I needed to make sober living a reality.”
Susanne M.