Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19
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, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Twelve Oaks Recovery Center.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and 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 has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being 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.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

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

Swimming Therapy

About Swimming Therapy

Learn About Swimming Therapy at Twelve Oaks

Twelve Oaks Recovery Center is located on the beautiful emerald coast on the Gulf of Mexico.  Twelve Oaks recognizes that the use of water activities can be instrumental in providing a therapeutic experience in treatment.  We also recognize that these water activities can be an opportunity to help patients learn to socialize in a sober environment.  The use of the water area at Twelve Oaks for activities includes swimming. Swimming is allowed at scheduled times.

At all times, there will be 2 staff available, one of which must be Shallow Water Safety certified including CPR and First Aid certified.  Staff will ensure appropriate lifesaving floatation device(s) are on hand prior to permitting patients to enter the water.

Patients still in detox are not allowed to participate in water activities.  However, all others are able to participate at the appropriately scheduled times by group.  Swimming will be in designated areas marked by buoys only.

Swim Attire

Swimming Attire at Twelve Oaks Recovery Center

Bring your swimsuit with you when you come, but remember the following: swimsuits must provide full coverage (for males and females).  Females must wear a one-piece bathing suit, shoulder-strapped, without revealing tops or high-cut legs (full coverage). Males must wear boxer-type, board shorts (full coverage, no speedos) Bring your long t-shirt just in case. Long t-shirts will be worn if there is any staff-recognized inappropriate attire. Swimming attire will only be worn on the beach area and only when engaging in swimming activities only. Bring your favorite cover-up. Cover-ups (t-shirts, etc.) will be worn to and from the cottages or dorms. At no time will swimming attire be worn in the clinical building, dining building,  medical building or administration building or in smoking areas.

Sun Safety

Sun Safety & Importance During Your Time at Twelve Oaks Recovery Center

Don’t worry, we’ll provide the sunscreen.  Sunscreen is required while participating in water and beach activities.  Remember sunburn is damage to the skin and all patients will be cautioned to use sunscreen often while in the sun and water.  Some medications will cause photosensitivity, increased skin sensitivity to the sun, and extreme care must be taken, including wearing a t-shirt over swimming attire when in the sun. A list of those medications will be posted in the medical building.  Florida is closer to the equator and therefore the sun is more intense. Along with the reflection properties of the white sand and blue water, the time to a severe burn is lessened.  Those from other areas or not accustomed to being in the sun will be advised to be extremely cautious, even on cloudy days.

We hope your will enjoy your beach time with us.  We are certain our beautiful shoreline will aid in your recovery!

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