I am honored to join Lucida in a role that allows me to help people, both nationally and internationally, who have hidden in the shadows and resisted getting help, often because they are too ashamed or too ill to get the treatment they need.
Lantana, FL (PRWEB) January 30, 2014
Lucida Treatment Center, a luxury drug rehabilitation and mood disorder program in Florida, welcomes board-certified psychiatrist, award-winning psychotherapist and board-certified addiction psychiatrist Christopher La Tourette La Riche, MD, as its full-time Medical Director.
Dr. La Riche is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and specializes in treating patients with addictive disorders, anxiety, depression, panic disorder, bipolar disorder and adult ADHD, using a humanistic approach that treats the whole person, not just the disease. He earned a bachelor’s degree in comparative literature from Yale University and a master’s degree from Columbia University.
Dr. La Riche received his medical degree from the Ponce School of Medicine in Puerto Rico where he graduated with clinical distinction. He completed his internship and residency in psychiatry at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, and received his fellowship in addiction psychiatry from the University of Miami. Dr. La Riche is a fluent speaker of six languages (English, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, German and French).
“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Christopher La Riche to the Lucida team,” said Catherine Willner, Regional Vice President – Florida at Elements Behavioral Health. “Chris has the rare ability to engage, empathize with and treat complex clients suffering from a wide variety of mental health and substance abuse disorders. He is an excellent addition to our team, and will be an outstanding resource for our clients and their families.”
Areas of particular interest for Dr. La Riche include working with and educating families about addiction and offering state-of-the-art aftercare that gives clients the best opportunity for lifelong recovery.
“After completing formal treatment at Lucida, we want clients to take ownership of what happens next and to play an active role in creating their aftercare plan,” said Dr. La Riche. “Drawing on the latest scientific research, we help design aftercare plans that seamlessly blend therapy, psychiatry, monitoring, contingency management and peer support, while keeping referring clinicians closely involved throughout the process.”
Dr. La Riche treats clients in all three of Lucida’s programs: its multicultural addiction treatment program for Spanish speakers; its addictions program for adults suffering from addictions and co-occurring mental health issues; and its women’s mood disorders program. Clients at Lucida live in gated, well-appointed, gender-separate townhomes overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway and receive treatment from a world-class team made up of Dr. La Riche, master’s and doctoral level therapists, and a case manager.
In addition to expert medical and psychiatric care, Lucida offers a variety of evidence-based therapies as well as innovative approaches such as dolphin-assisted therapy, a ropes course, therapeutic sailing, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), equine therapy and neurofeedback. Recognizing that 12-Step involvement doesn’t appeal to everyone, Lucida also offers non 12-Step addiction treatment options such as SMART Recovery®.
“I am honored to join Lucida in a role that allows me to help people, both nationally and internationally, who have hidden in the shadows and resisted getting help, often because they are too ashamed or too ill to get the treatment they need,” said Dr. La Riche. “People suffer far too long with what is actually a very treatable illness. Once they reach out for help, we see incredible transformations happen.”
About Lucida Treatment Center
Lucida Treatment CenterSM is an addiction and mental health treatment center located in an exclusive, resort-like setting just steps from Florida’s Intracoastal Waterway in Palm Beach County. Lucida offers highly individualized, research-based treatment that includes 12-Step and non-12-Step support options. Lucida is made up of three distinct programs: a women’s mood disorders program, a multicultural addiction treatment program for Spanish speakers, and a dual disorders program for adults suffering from addictions and co-occurring mental health issues. To learn more about Lucida, call (855) 463-6369 or visit http://www.lucidatreatment.com. En Español llama (562) 731-2480 o visita a http://www.lucidainternacional.com.
About Elements Behavioral Health
Elements Behavioral Health is a family of behavioral health care programs that also includes Promises Treatment Centers, The Ranch, The Sexual Recovery Institute, Right Step, Journey Healing Centers, and The Recovery Place. Elements offers comprehensive, innovative treatment for substance abuse, sexual addiction, trauma, eating disorders and other mental health disorders. We are committed to delivering clinically sophisticated treatment that promotes permanent lifestyle change, not only for the patient but for the entire family system. For more information about Elements Behavioral Health, visit http://www.elementsbehavioralhealth.com.