The Refuge, A Healing Place

"Symbol of Beauty, Dignity, and Perseverance"

14835 SE 85th Street Rd, Ocklawaha, FL 32179

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About The Refuge, A Healing Place

The Refuge is a licensed 12-step-based treatment facility which provides a variety of treatments for patients. The Refuge examines the body’s nervous system, with a core belief in body and trauma connection in relationship to substance abuse. The Refuge takes unique approaches in healing patients with a personalized treatment based on connecting with patients and providing a safe healing atmosphere. Here, patients unlock the root causes of addiction, co-occurring disorders, and trauma, gain insightful coping methods, and develop meaningful self-awareness that can be used post-recovery.

The Refuge spans over 94 acres of land, in a serene setting, and provides over 60 beds. Over 100 staff members are ready to assist 60 adults. Patients have access to bicycling, meditation trails, high-rope courses and fishing docks.

The Refuge transforms substance abuse, trauma, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) into success, joy, and safety. The Refuge has a knowledgeable staff, well trained to accommodate prospective and current patients. Holistic-based treatments, such as yoga and meditation, encourage patients to remain aware of the mind-body connection to the present moment. Equine therapy uses horses to form a connection with patients. Patients can gauge their healing progress by a horse’s response. Hypnotherapy safely permit patients to explore old patterns of thoughts and behaviors which trigger addiction.

Psychodrama therapy centers on delving into issues and concerns through dramatic action and instills emotional and personal growth in patients. Somatic experiencing assists clients in healing trauma like substance abuse and PTSD by triggering intense emotional states at varying speed levels comfortable for the patient’s nervous system. Traditional medically-supervised alcohol, benzodiazepine, opioid, and crack/cocaine detoxes are performed with the support of caring nurses and doctors aiding in a life of wellness and sobriety.

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  • Detox
  • Relapse Recovery
  • PTSD/Trauma
  • Depression and mood disorders
  • Process addictions


  • Swimming pool
  • Yoga
  • Life Skills Classes
  • Ropes course
  • Gym
  • Volleyball and kickball tournaments
  • Pontoon boat outings
  • Out door activities - fishing, golfing, boxing, zumba, bowling, canoeing

Treatment Approach

  • Individual and Group Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Experiential and holistic therapies
  • Art & Music Therapies
  • Breathwork
  • Somatic experiencing
  • Hypnosis
  • Equine therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Massage therapy


"This place saved my life. I met some of the greatest people in my life here. The activities, and therapy are second to none. I would recommend this for truly anyone trying to heal old wounds the correct way."

Addison S.

"I can’t say enough positive words about the people that were involved in my TRAUMA therapy- from the chefs, the house managers, the AMAZING therapists, my case manager, medical team, maintenance, housekeeping...this was a life changing experience and I will be forever grateful for the treatment I received. I have met some amazing people and have made an amazing group of friends. Even better than that- I have not felt this well in years! Thank you to everyone!"

Judy I.

"Everyone was so welcoming and helpful. The campus was clean and well taken care of. The staff was loving and kind. There were activities planned and it did not feel like an in patient facility at all!"

Tiffany M.

"The Refuge is exactly what it says. It’s a safe beautiful place filled with professionals who educate, love and challenge those who want to heal from trauma and addiction. I would send everyone I love who struggles if I could. I am forever grateful, changed and on a journey of healing. I could not have done it anywhere but at this amazing place."

Kara R.

"The Refuge therapists and counselors helped me better understand how traumatic experiences of the past affect my drug addiction. They are understanding and professional. I highly recommend The Refuge especially for dealing with drug addiction & trauma related issues."

Billy C.

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