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A reputation for exceptional client care.

The Headwaters program is part of the larger Hanley Foundation therapeutic community, offering ready access to the full range of resources this relationship ensures. Treatment facilities for Headwaters’ clients are currently housed at the nationally regarded Hanley Center located on a tropical campus in West Palm Beach, Florida. The comprehensive menu of clinical programs at Hanley Center reflects the most current scientific understanding of the biology of addiction accompanied by the most effective medical and clinical treatment approaches. From detoxification and medical stabilization to individualized treatment and continuing-care planning, Headwaters is able to draw on Hanley’s resources and tailor treatment programs that are customized to the individual needs of each client.

We offer sophisticated clinical care.

The Headwaters treatment program is based at Hanley Foundation’s Hanley Center campus, South Florida’s oldest and most well-known provider of services for individuals and families suffering from addiction and related disorders. Headwaters uses a comprehensive bio-psycho-social model to integrate all aspects of assessment and treatment.

The biological and psychological factors unique to the individual, along with the influences of family and personal life, are considered and integrated by the multidisciplinary clinical team to develop each client’s individualized treatment plan.

We understand the client.

Treating affluent individuals with substance use disorders presents some uncommon challenges. Our team has a cultural competence with this demographic and is well versed on the needs and boundary issues these clients may encounter. Our clinicians have particular expertise in establishing a trustworthy, therapeutic alliance with this unique group, which is often heavily defended and insulated from many of the consequences of addiction. We understand this particular demographic as a demanding identity construct that is worthy of our attention and care. 

We are flexible.

Our goal is to provide an optimal treatment environment that is egosyntonic but with clear boundaries. Our focus is on engaging the client in treatment. We want to allow clients who would not ordinarily consider residential treatment – often for work or family reasons – to benefit from it. To that end, adjustments to the recommended program’s plans are considered. Allowances for some work-related interface and/or the use of electronics may be authorized by the clinical team if this access enhances treatment and can be incorporated as part of the therapeutic exploration.

Our flexibility extends to family.

Addiction is often multigenerational, and it profoundly affects the entire family system. Our belief is that the family needs treatment every bit as much as the client. Therefore, we customize our programs for each client’s family and make every effort to arrange the family’s clinical involvement in a way that meets the individual’s scheduling needs. We also include the larger spheres of influence often held by Headwaters’ clients.


We begin preparing for discharge upon admission.

Teeing up admission for optimal outcomes is a core component of treatment development at Headwaters. In-depth and multidisciplinary assessments, informed by the history provided by referents and family, are transformed into a highly individualized treatment plan. A team approach that includes staff members, the client, the client’s family, and trusted referents is key to a successful execution of the plan. Ours is a safe, secure and empowering model that builds on strengths and positives.


We incorporate the principles of psychopharmacology.

We will incorporate appropriate pharmacological interventions, as warranted. Integration of such care, particularly with clients who have co-occurring disorders, can produce better outcomes.

We are leaders in leveraging cutting-edge brain science to fight addiction.

Through our health psychology department, The Center for Brain Recovery, we can take full advantage of evidence-based therapeutic approaches and techniques for cognitive restructuring that use the brain to fight addiction and help address co-occurring issues such as depression and anxiety, thereby improving chances for long-term recovery.

Address: 933 45th Street,
West Palm Beach, FL 33407

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