Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Twelve Oaks Recovery Center to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at Twelve Oaks Recovery Center.

  • These restrictions have been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit

Our Staff

Timothy A. Gooden, M.D., FASAM, DABAM

Medical Director

Dr. Gooden is a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Medicine and completed his residency in pediatrics in 1984 at Case Western Reserve University. After completing a fellowship in neonatology, he established NorthCoast Newborn Services, Inc., which provided acute neonatal care for community hospitals in northeast Ohio.  

He also practiced general pediatrics until 2002, when his interest in substance use disorders led to a position in the Case Western/University Hospitals/Cleveland VA Medical Center department of psychiatry, division of addiction medicine. After completing his fellowship in 2004, Dr. Gooden did research in addiction medicine with the Cleveland Clinic’s department of addiction psychiatry. 

Dr. Gooden later served as an addiction medicine physician and, eventually, associate medical director at a large residential treatment facility in Warrior, Alabama. In 2010, he established Birmingham Addiction Medicine, Inc., which provided hospitalbased addiction treatment and consult-liaison services to an 860-bed community hospital with a large inpatient psychiatric population in the Birmingham metro area.  

In 2012, Dr. Gooden became medical director of Twelve Oaks Recovery Center, overseeing both the facility’s medical and clinical departments. After leaving for another medical directorship in 2018, he returned to the Twelve Oaks Recovery Center family in July 2020, again assuming the role of medical director. 

Dr. Gooden is a certified member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, a diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine since its inception in 2009, a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and a member of the Florida Society of Addiction Medicine. He continues to be active in community education on addictive disorders throughout the Southeast. 

He currently enjoys life on the Emerald Coast with his wife, Deb, fur kids Farley and Niles, and his Fender, Gibson, and Martin guitars.   

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