Allison Kreiger and Mitchell Baumann have struggled with addiction.
Kreiger, who grew up in Orlando, endured a nasty three-year battle with bulimia and anorexia that nearly destroyed her life. She overcame these diseases by compiling a team of physicians that included a psychologist, psychiatrist, nutritionist, and family doctor. In 2006, she won the title of Miss Florida.
Baumann, a native of south Florida, was a successful senior executive in the banking and finance industry. However, he developed an addiction to alcohol and cocaine, eventually becoming homeless. He spent nine months recovering in a rehabilitation facility.
Now, Kreiger and Baumann have teamed up and are dedicating their lives to helping others overcome addiction. In June, they opened Recovery Village, a full-service treatment facility for people who struggle with substance abuse, mental health problems, and eating disorders. The 67,000-square-foot facility, which is located in Umatilla, features 30 detoxification beds, 60 rehabilitation beds, a recreation and exercise facility, yoga and meditation rooms, indoor and outdoor pools, and saunas. The center also includes private residential rooms with flat-screen television sets and offers patients anonymous pickup services 24 hours a day.
“Umatilla is a perfect site because it’s away from metropolitan areas, which makes it harder for patients to fall back into destructive routines, yet it is easily accessible for local and out-of-state patients,” Baumann says. [divider_1px]
“A facility like this is the key to success for individuals who are suffering from addiction, alcoholism, and eating disorders. The idea is that in closing the door to your past, you can open brighter doors to your future, and Recovery Village makes that possible. The first step is walking through those doors. By seeing it through and staying until the end, these patients are showing that they can change and want the help in doing so.”
— Daniel Webster, 10th district Florida Congressman