Honey Lake Clinic is a non-profit organization (501c3,) created to glorify God, in the name of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, through the psychological and spiritual renewal of each individual to achieve their God-given potential and live fully transformed lives of joy, peace, forgiveness, freedom, meaning, purpose, and fulfillment through world-class Christian Mental Health and Substance Abuse treatment.
No, we are a Bible-believing, Christ-centered, and non-denominational ministry.
This is our Doctrinal Statement:
The unique bio-psycho-spiritual program at Honey Lake Clinic will help anyone who is motivated to grow. So no, you do not have to be a Christian to be admitted to Honey Lake Clinic and receive our intensive treatment services. We help people from all religious backgrounds move forward, grow spiritually and psychologically, and improve their brain chemistry.
All meals and snacks are provided. A healthy diet is a critical component of spirit, mind, and body. Caffeine, bleached flours and sugary soda will be severely restricted. A large part of our produce is organic coming from our own garden. We provide gluten-free, vegetarian and protein-intensive diets.
Patients are responsible for removing their bedding and making their beds twice a week, on Sundays and Thursdays. Your room will be cleaned by housekeeping staff weekly. However, patients are responsible for keeping their rooms tidy and organized.
Honey Lake Clinic is a licensed residential treatment facility providing intensive therapy to help you overcome struggles that interfere with and hinder your functioning. For your safety and the safety of other patients at Honey Lake Clinic, you will be required to stay on campus throughout your stay.
A vehicle will not be necessary on campus. If you do drive here, you can park the car on campus. Upon checking in, you will need to give your keys to us for safekeeping and will receive them when discharged.
Yes, we permit emotional service animals that weigh less than 20 pounds. There is a $1,000 non-refundable deposit to bring your emotional service animal. Please discuss this with our staff when you make your initial call.
The nature and intensity of the treatment we provide at Honey Lake Clinic make it necessary for all patients to stay at the on-site facilities for the duration of their treatment. Once you voluntarily sign in and are physical admitted to Honey Lake Clinic, you are under our supervision until you sign out and are discharged.
While admitted, patients may only leave the campus with permission from their treatment team to address other urgent health needs. The terms of these permissions will be decided on a case-by-case basis.
Since you will be staying on the Honey Lake Clinic campus for the duration of your treatment, there will be no need to pursue off-site activities. However, should your visiting family members and friends wish to go out for activities while they are in the area, our operations director will be happy to provide them with a map and other options for activities that they can pursue.
During the pre-admission process, a detailed list of items to bring and items to leave at home will be provided to you and reviewed by the admissions coordinator. But here is an overview of what to expect:
Florida is warm most of the year as days in the winter are at least 50°F and, usually, over 60°F. Casual, comfortable clothing such as jeans, shorts, and T-shirts should be perfect. You might also want to bring a light hoodie or jacket in the late fall and early spring months. In the winter, the nights can get around 40°F, so a heavier jacket might be required.
Honey Lake Clinic has a beautiful campus so walking to various activities will be common. Bring good walking shoes, sneakers for the gym, and sandals. No high heels, please.
We will go to a small church on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings, where attire is casual. You can wear whatever you are comfortable in or used to.
We do have a pool, sauna, hot tub, and a gym, so workout/exercise clothes and a bathing suit are important.
As Christian men and women, we want to honor God and each other in how we present ourselves, including with our clothes. Please avoid wearing clothes that are too short, revealing, tight, have vulgar or disrespectful language or graphics, or glorify alcohol or drugs.
Honey Lake Clinic has a complete state-of-the-art fitness center that includes the latest aerobic and anaerobic equipment.
One of the practices that we perform in compliance with benchmark industry standards is a search of all patients and their belongings upon arrival. Honey Lake Clinic seeks to be a best-in-class facility and, as such, we need to have a full awareness of all items that are brought onto the campus by our patients.
We will perform the searches during the intake process. Your luggage will be searched in one room by a technician while you will be accompanied into the restroom by a nurse of your gender to be searched. You will be asked to disrobe. The nurse will not touch you, but will need to observe you to ensure that you are not bringing in anything that is potentially harmful to you or to others. If you have no contraband under your clothes, this will last only a couple seconds.
We apologize for this inconvenience and intrusion, but hope that you understand our need to be good stewards and protect those who are coming here for healing in a secure, safe, and trusting environment.
No one will know of your stay and treatment at Honey Lake Clinic except for the following possibilities:
Your dignity and privacy are key to us at Honey Lake Clinic. Several principles guide us in this area:
Yes, we will have visitation times on the weekends, so check with the nursing station for the schedule.
Yes, we can share our insights, experience, and expertise to evaluate and facilitate the next stages of your ministerial journey with those whom God has put in your life to spearhead that process with you.
We know that the cost of accessing professional treatment from licensed clinicians is significant, and some cannot afford these life-impacting services. At times, depending on our donors and availability, we are able to provide some scholarships to reduce an individual’s out-of-pocket expense. Please do inquire when you make your initial call to Honey Lake Clinic.
Also, if you are a part of a local church community, they might be able to provide some scholarship money to help lessen your cost. You can ask them to call us and we will explain our program and how their support could be a powerful blessing in your spiritual and psychological growth.
Towards the end of your stay here, we will help facilitate your re-engagement process with your family, church, and therapist.
This will be customized for each individual but could include a therapist, psychiatrist, marriage therapist, pastoral coach, recovery meeting, home church, or any other support that is needed or recommended by your treatment team.
After you leave, you can continue to read and be blessed by the Stepping Stones Daily Devotional written by our Medical Director, Dr. Karl Benzio, as well as other life growth resources on our website.
Yes, our Medical Director, Dr. Karl Benzio, will be your psychiatrist. He will evaluate you shortly after your admission and see you weekly to share his expertise and manage any medications that you might be taking. His unique spirit, mind, and body treatment philosophy is evident throughout our Honey Lake Clinic program and he will help you absorb God’s healing to renew your brain chemistry in a lasting way.
Yes, Honey Lake Clinic allows our patients to bring their electronic devices with them to the clinic to be able to keep in touch with family and friends and handle any work-related items.
As most electronics have cameras or recording devices, it is our responsibility at Honey Lake Clinic to uphold the HIPAA laws and guarantee each individual complete privacy and safety while at our facility. Patients may only use their electronic devices during free time and in their room.
Prior to admission, each patient will sign a contract acknowledging and agreeing to this electronics policy.
No, you don’t need to bring cash with you. However, if you do, it will be kept in the safe. You may need a credit or debit card if you are planning to schedule your return trip home from Honey Lake Clinic, or are a self-payer who needs to be able to purchase medication.
There are washers/ dryers available to do personal laundry and detergent is provided. So you will only need to bring clothes for a week.
Please bring everything that you will need for a 30-day stay, just as if you were going on vacation. However, please note that we won’t allow you any products in aerosol cans or any that contain alcohol.
Yes, with your written permission, we will communicate information to help facilitate the next steps of you transformational care.
Unlike most programs that have 10 to 12 patients in a group, with each patient receiving one individual session per week, Honey Lake Clinic has a maximum of 6 to 7 patients in a group, with each patient receiving three individual sessions per week.
If patients are having difficulty with withdrawal symptoms, we can give them Ibuprofen for headaches, Benadryl for insomnia, Sudafed for a runny nose, a laxative for constipation, etc.
No, Honey Lake Clinic only accepts people ages 18 and older.
Our treatment program is a minimum of 30 days, however, our average length of stay is 41 days. 80% of our patients stay longer than initially planned. We believe this is due to improvement and understanding that they are receiving appropriate treatment.
At Honey Lake Clinic, we accept patients ages 18-80.