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Phoenix House Florida History


In the early 1990s two long-time friends, Fred Fisher and Whit Palmer wanted to help their sons who were struggling with the consequences of substance abuse related issues. Through a friend, Bill Trumbull, both parents found help for their children in a Daytop rehabilitation program in New York.

The experience with their children created a desire to assist Daytop in establishing a similar drug rehabilitation facility in Florida. Whit’s daughter, Susie, found a former hospital facility in Citra, Florida and the plan was put into motion. Negotiations and fundraising followed, culminating in Daytop opening a Florida rehabilitation facility in 1994. After a few years, and the realization that additional support was needed to expand Daytop Florida, Fred and Whit contacted Phoenix House Foundation. In 1998, the two organizations entered into an affiliation agreement resulting in the current day Phoenix Programs of Florida, Inc. (dba Phoenix House Florida). Nestled in the scenic hills of Marion County, our residential substance use disorder treatment program helps adults and the inner strength to sustain recovery.



Phoenix House Florida offers Adult Residential Services in separate units for men and women. In addition, office-based detoxification for prescription and opiate drug use is available. At Phoenix House Florida, each individual is guaranteed the highest quality of care, delivered with professionalism and respect. We pride ourselves on providing outstanding and accessible substance use disorder treatment. Phoenix House Florida is accredited by Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, CARF, a nationally recognized standard of excellence.


About Phoenix House Florida

Phoenix House Florida is a nonprofit addiction treatment provider. We empower people to experience their personal strengths and help them discover new ways to manage the mental, physical, and emotional aspects of addiction so they can live better more purposeful lives.

At our three locations, we offer outpatient and residential programs to build healthier communities across the state. Our services are located in Brandon, Tampa, and Citra.

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At Phoenix House Florida, we have a passion for healing. If you or your loved one are in need of subtance use treatment, we are here to help. Give us a call or submit our appointment request form today.

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How Can We Help?

At Your House

There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to recovery. Outpatient treatment must follow a continuum of care that starts with a thorough needs assessment and ends with recovery monitoring.

At Our House

For some patients, stepping away from the buzz of everyday life is the only way to make a full recovery. Inpatient treatments help patients refocus their recovery efforts to achieve positive, long-lasting outcomes.

The Derek Jeter Center

The Derek Jeter Center Adolescent program in Brandon, FL provides comprehensive outpatient services that help families deal with teen substance use and related mental health conditions.