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

LAST UPDATED ON 10/09/2020

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 Wellness Resource 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 Wellness Resource Center.

  • This restriction has 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 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.

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Boca Raton’s Preferred Autism Treatment Center

Autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, is a type of neurodevelopmental disorder that may be characterized by deficits in communication or social interaction, restricted or repetitive behaviors, and excessive or diminished responses to auditory or visual stimuli.

As the term spectrum indicates, people who have autism spectrum disorder may display a broad range of symptoms and experience a wide range of effects. Some people who have ASD are able to live independently, pursue rewarding careers, and form meaningful friendships. In more extreme cases, other people who have autism spectrum disorder may be incapable of living on their own or caring for themselves.

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), which is part of the National Institutes of Health, has compiled a significant amount of information about many important issues related to autism spectrum disorder.

When a person who has autism spectrum disorder struggles with substance abuse and addiction, they risk considerable damage to their physical, emotional, and social well-being. Thankfully, both autism spectrum disorder and substance use disorders are treatable conditions. When a person gets the type and level of care that best meets their unique needs, they can achieve long-term recovery and experience improved quality of life.

Signs & Symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder

The types of ASD symptoms a person experiences can vary considerably. The severity of the signs and symptoms of autism spectrum disorder may also differ widely from person to person.

Common signs and symptoms of autism spectrum disorder may include:

  • Difficulty participating in typical back-and-forth conversation
  • Limited ability to share interests or emotions
  • Failure to recognize, interpret, or respond to social cues
  • Apparent disinterest in forming friendships or interacting with peers
  • Improper use of gestures, eye contact, or body language
  • Lack of facial expressiveness
  • Experiencing considerable distress due to minor changes
  • Rigid thinking patterns
  • Ritualistic behaviors, such as needing to eat the same food or follow the same route every day
  • Profound adverse responses to certain textures or sounds
  • Being fascinated by lights or certain movements

To meet the criteria for a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder as established in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), ASD symptoms must be severe enough to impair a person’s ability to function in one or more important areas of life.

The typical onset of ASD symptoms occurs during early childhood, though the signs and symptoms of autism spectrum disorder may not become apparent until a person is much older.

Autism Spectrum Disorder Causes & Risk Factors

Experts have not identified a sole, definitive cause of autism spectrum disorder. But they have noted several risk factors that can increase a person’s likelihood of developing ASD.

Potential causes of and risk factors for autism spectrum disorder include:

  • Being born to parents of advanced age
  • Low birth weight
  • Fetal exposure to the medication sodium valproate
  • Alterations of DNA sequences within certain genes
  • Gender (autism spectrum disorder diagnoses are far more common among boys and men than among girls and women)

Autism Spectrum Disorder Statistics

The following statistics about autism spectrum disorder and addiction were reported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and a 2019 study that was published in the peer-reviewed journal Substance Abuse: Research and Treatment:

  • More than 5.4 million adults, or about 2.2% of the U.S. population age 18 and older, have autism spectrum disorder. (CDC)
  • Autism spectrum disorder occurs in about 3.6% of adult men and about 0.9% of adult women. (CDC)
  • Multiple studies indicate that the prevalence of substance use disorders among people who have autism spectrum disorder may range from 0.7% to 36%. (Substance Abuse: Research and Treatment)

Potential Effects of Autism Spectrum Disorder

As is the case with the signs and symptoms of ASD, the effects of autism spectrum disorder can vary considerably from person to person. Depending on a variety of individual factors, the potential effects of autism spectrum disorder may include:

  • Health concerns related to poor eating, sleeping, and self-care habits
  • Substandard performance in school
  • Difficulty finding and keeping a job
  • Decreased likelihood of establishing an independent lifestyle
  • Increased risk of certain other mental health concerns
  • Increased risk of being abused or exploited
  • Elevated stress levels
  • Social isolation

When a person who has autism spectrum disorder also develops a substance use disorder, the risk to their physical, emotional, and social well-being can increase significantly. However, when a person who has autism spectrum disorder receives appropriate professional care for addiction within a safe and supportive treatment environment, they can make sustained progress toward improved health and long-term recovery.

Therapies Used in Treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorder & Addiction

At Wellness Resource Center, each client follows a personalized treatment plan. Depending on various individual factors, a client who is suffering from autism spectrum disorder and addiction may take part in the following therapies and services:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Medication management services
  • Individual, group, and family therapies
  • Multiple types of experiential therapy
  • 12-Step education and support


Each person who receives care for autism spectrum disorder and a substance use disorder at Wellness Resource Center receives a detailed discharge plan prior to their transition out of our care. The discharge planning process, which begins the day a person enters treatment, may include the client, their family members, the referring professional, and members of the client’s treatment team.

The goal of our detailed discharge planning process is to ensure that each person is connected with the resources and support services that will help them maintain and build on the progress they make at Wellness Resource Center.

Reasons to Choose Our Treatment Center for Autism Spectrum Disorder & Addiction

When you’re trying to make a decision about treatment for autism spectrum disorder and addiction, it’s important to identify the center that offers the services and levels of care you need in an environment that’s right for you.


The following are among the many reasons why Wellness Resource Center may be the perfect place for you:

  • Safe, supportive, welcoming, and inclusive environment
  • Opportunity to work in active collaboration with a team of compassionate professionals
  • Multiple levels of care, including a partial hospitalization program (PHP) and an intensive outpatient program (IOP)
  • Supportive housing with staff supervision to reinforce principles of recovery and promote healthy participation in activities of daily living (ADLs)
  • Increased opportunities for independence as you progress through our program
  • Vibrant alumni community that can serve as a source of continued support
Marks of Excellence
  • American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)
  • Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)
  • Delray Beach Drug Task Force
  • Florida Agency for Health Care Administration
  • Florida Association of Recovery Residences (FARR)
  • Florida Department of Children and Families
  • National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP)
  • The Jason Foundation
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