Professional Athlete Program

NFL | PGA | MLB | Sports Entertainment | College Athletic Programs

At Riverside Recovery of Tampa, we treat athletes from all backgrounds and skill levels. Whether the professional is retired or returning to their profession, our goal is to provide individualized treatment to achieve long-term sobriety while maintaining peak performance. 

As part of our Professional Athletes Program, our multidisciplinary team cultivates a treatment plan tailored to the individual. Our experienced team utilizes evidence-based clinical modalities combined with a focus on mental, physical, and overall wellness. In addition to our mental health and substance abuse services provided by our certified and licensed staff, we offer physical and nutritional support, family programs, business communication accommodations, and encourage overall wellness.

Riverside Recovery of Tampa provides amenities that fit professional athletes’ needs while in substance abuse treatment. Our functional training room includes a full set of dumbbell weights, treadmills, and bench presses to allow our clients to engage in a variety of different workouts. It oversees a half-court basketball gymnasium that is used for a range of exercises from basketball to yoga. 

Substance Use Disorder Treatment for Professional Athletes

Athletes are typically held to a higher standard of success than those in other industries. Competing athletically, especially at an elite level, requires both physical and mental fortitude as well as dealing with the high pressure of a consumer-driven market, coaches, and families who have devoted their lives to supporting an athlete with the goal of making them champions.

Participating in competitive professional sports can cause physical stress, mental stress, and discomfort in the long run. In some cases, athletes may rely on unhealthy coping mechanisms which can ultimately lead to addiction. Riverside Recovery recognizes that even elite athletes may find themselves in need of help with substance abuse issues.

Private & Confidential Addiction Treatment for Athletes

At Riverside Recovery of Tampa, we provide completely confidential substance abuse treatment for athletes who need to remain anonymous. Our facility understands professional athletes have unique needs that must be taken into account when selecting a drug or alcohol treatment center. 

Maintaining privacy and confidentiality is often of utmost importance to our clients who may worry about the potential damage that could result from the public becoming aware of their issues with substance abuse.

Levels of Care


Our program provides medical intervention in a peaceful setting, with a compassionate staff committed to making the process as comfortable as possible from life-threatening withdrawal symptoms

Residential Treatment

We provide a highly structured, supported environment where clients gain knowledge of their addiction and learn the skills needed to recover and heal. Treatment is delivered in both group and individual formats.

Day/Night Treatment (PHP)

Designed as a step down from residential, participants live offsite and attend our structured clinical programming daily. Clinical programming includes individual, group, and family therapy, psycho-education, life skills, and therapeutic physical activity.

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Clients have the flexibility to continue recovery and tend to daily responsibilities, such as work and family. As a vital piece of the recovery process, this structured program provides ongoing clinical support needed to integrate recovery skills into everyday life.

Outpatient Program (OP)

Outpatient is ideal for those clients who are seeking long-term support while maintaining accountability in recovery. Clients attend a treatment group weekly where they receive education, positive feedback, and peer support.

Riverside Recovery's Clinical Program

Our multidisciplinary approach addresses the needs of the whole person–mind, body, and spirit. 

  • Group and Individual Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Motivational Interventions
  • Psychoeducation
  • Recovery Facilitation (12 Step, SMART Recovery, Celebrate Recovery)
  • Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART)


  • Creative Art Therapy 
  • Yoga and Meditation 
  • MAT
  • Family Program and Family Workshop Weekends
  • Alumni Programming 
  • Biosound ®️ Therapy System 

Campus Amenities And Services

  • Located on the beautiful Hillsborough River
  • 60,000 square foot facility houses all our programs
  • Swimming pool
  • Half-court basketball gymnasium
  • Fishing 
  • Sound therapy 
  • Exercise room 
  • Catered meals

Conveniently located 15 minutes away from Tampa International Airport (via car).

Contact Riverside Recovery of Tampa

At Riverside Recovery of Tampa, we provide the treatment that people struggling with substance abuse need to heal and find a new start in life. Our comfortable, modern facilities are located in Tampa, Florida, on the beautiful Hillsborough River. We provide multiple levels of care–medical detoxification, and residential and outpatient programs under one roof, easing our clients’ transitions between stages of recovery and providing flexible options to meet each person’s needs.

If you’re a professional athlete and need help, we’re here for you. Contact us today to learn more about our treatment options and why Riverside Recovery of Tampa is one of the top recovery centers in Florida. 

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Whether you’re seeking treatment for yourself, a loved one or as a referring physician, we are always available to answer your questions and help connect you with the resources you need.