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The Watershed

221 N Hogan St
Jacksonville, FL 32202

(800) 310-6558


Watershed is a term historically used to describe “a momentous event that alters the course of history.” For example, “a watershed moment.”  Watershed was chosen as the Company name because it is our hope that by obtaining treatment for their addictions, the course of each person’s life will be altered as they begin their road to recovery.

What We Have to Offer

The Watershed is America’s premier addiction treatment provider for alcohol anddrug rehabilitation, with locations in Palm Beach County, Florida and Clear Lake, Texas. The Watershed operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and is licensed by the State of Florida’s Department of Children and Families to perform addiction and substance abuse detoxification for alcohol addiction. We offer intensive inpatient residential drug and alcohol rehab, as well as prevention services. Patients at The Watershed receive an unprecedented level of care by highly skilled and caring professionals who know how to help addicts find long-term recovery.


The Watershed holds “Gold Seal” accreditation through The Joint Commission for our world-class Drug and Alcohol Addiction Treatment Programs and Treatment Centers. The Watershed also operates a Help Line/Crisis Line which provides information and referrals, in addition to motivational and over-the-phone crisis intervention services, to over 14,000 callers per month.

The Watershed is recognized as a leading drug addiction treatment provider, offering medical detoxification and drug rehabilitation for those suffering from the disease of alcoholism and drug addiction. Our facilities are staffed with highly trained addiction psychiatrists, medical doctors, psychologists, nurses and therapists who collectively create the optimal environment for the recovery of an individual dealing with addiction.

Our History

The Watershed was incorporated in February of 1998 by a small group of addiction professionals and investors in order to meet a chronic and desperate need for addiction treatment services. The Watershed’s founders had a vision of creating the best addiction treatment and rehabilitation possible in a way that is affordable to the greatest number of people. The Watershed admitted our first patient May 1st, 1998 and has since treated over 35,000 people. Over the past fourteen years, the executive management Team and founders of The Watershed have remained committed to our passion and vision: to help the sick and suffering alcoholic and addict.

In November of 1998, The Watershed acquired our first free-standing alcohol and drug detox and rehab facility in Boca Raton, Florida. Our Boca Raton location is a 20,000 sq. ft. health care facility, accredited by The Joint Commission and dedicated to assisting and guiding patients through the initial processes of their substance abuse treatment and recovery.

From primary treatment to eventual re-entry into society, our nurses and qualified professionals are in attendance 24 hours a day, caring and nurturing each patient through detoxification. Counselors provide individual and group counseling sessions to help patients work through trauma, relapse and life skills issues that they may encounter during rehabilitation.

In October of 2005, The Watershed opened our newest 132-bed, 6-acre, world-class, in-patient addiction detoxification, treatment, and rehabilitation facility, The Watershed of the Palm Beaches, in Boynton Beach, Florida. Serving South Florida and the entire United States, our modern treatment facilities offer various drug rehabilitation programs including in-patient, out-patient, residential treatment and partial hospitalization.

As a recognized leading treatment provider of medical detoxification and rehabilitation, our mission is to ensure that you receive the care and support necessary for you to find long-term recovery. We have grown in the past fourteen years from a capacity of 8 patient beds to 184 in-patient addiction, detoxification, treatment and rehabilitation patient beds with additional extended care addiction treatment beds and The Watershed Residence in Lake Worth, Florida.

Our Guarantee

As a patient at The Watershed, you receive individualized detoxification, rehabilitation, treatment and counseling to reclaim your life and begin your healing. That’s where The Watershed’s expert staff experience is crucial to your recovery. We operate a 24 hour Help Line for any immediate needs, questions or concerns. We are happy to answer your questions day or night.


Our 24/7 helpline is answered by trained professional admissions counselors who understand exactly what you are going through. We will listen to your concerns, give you a free and confidential consultation and provide you with information about resources available at The Watershed, and within your community. At the completion of the consultation, we will recommend the best course of action for you or your loved one.

The Watershed is dedicated to providing the best possible treatment experience, along with innovative and effective programs to help change people’s lives. Now is the time to start living a sober and clean life. Facility amenities include:

  • caring dedicated staff
  • delicious meals
  • homelike setting
  • serene atmosphere
  • pools




The Watershed rehabilitation center has a proven system to ensure a successful recovery. With our various programs, our patients can find the path that works for them and effectively utilize the tools we give them to embrace a full, healthy and sober life.

 Medical Detoxification

Quitting an addiction to drugs or alcohol without medical assistance can pose significant dangers to your health. In order to avoid serious consequences and the pain of withdrawal, we offer a safe, medical detox program to comfortably release you from your addiction to alcohol or drugs.

Inpatient Rehabilitation

Inpatient drug and alcohol rehabilitation can help you change destructive behavior. At The Watershed’s inpatient drug and alcohol treatment center, clients are also taught how to avoid relapse so they can live a new life without their addiction.

Residential Rehabilitation

We treat all of our clients with dignity and respect while helping them successfully transition from treatment back to their community. Through The Watershed’s programs, alcoholics and addicts will learn how to abstain from mind-altering substances in safe, welcoming and empowering environments.

Partial Hospitalization

Our goal is to bring patients back into society and enable them to live again. Patients in this phase of treatment are given more independence and responsibility. As a step down from the Residential program, the Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) provides on-going therapy for continued recovery.

Intensive Outpatient

Patients who have progressed in their recovery efforts in the Partial Hospitalization Program will transition into the Intensive Outpatient Program. While continuing to live at The Watershed Apartments, they have the ability to work or go to school during the day, and attend therapy groups in the evenings.

Halfway Houses at The Watershed

The Watershed Apartments Halfway House is an integral part of our successful continuing care plan. Living in a supportive and structured environment has proven to be the element that enables individuals to fully embrace the process of recovery.





Choosing to quit an addiction to prescription pain killers, drugs, or alcohol “cold turkey” without medical assistance can pose significant dangers to your health and result in severe medical repercussions. In order to avoid serious consequences and the pain of withdrawal, The Watershed offers a safe medical detoxification program designed specifically to comfortably release you from the physical grasp of your addiction to alcohol or drugs.

Our experienced and compassionate medical staff provides the quality care and supportive environment that patients need to recover from drug and alcohol addictions. We want your detoxification to not only be successful, but also as comfortable as possible. That’s why our caring Watershed staff will work with you and your loved ones daily to ensure a successful journey to healing and recovery.

The Watershed specializes in treating:

  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Women
  • Men
  • Young Adults
  • Professionals
  • Families


Steve DeMarco

Admissions Director

Steve DeMarco is the Admissions Director for The Watershed Addiction Treatment Programs and has been with The Watershed since its beginning. Steve is a nationally certified addiction counselor and has over 20 years experience in treating people suffering from mental health and addiction problems. He has worked as an interventionist, counselor and an admissions specialist. Steve’s information and referral center helps over 10,000 people a month to find help for themselves or their loved ones at treatment centers throughout the United States. “We throw them a lifeline, and to it we are eternally tethered.”

Dr. Rasha Lawrence

Medical Director

Dr. Rasha Lawrence is currently the corporate Medical Director for The Watershed Addiction Treatment Programs and a full time psychiatrist working with the Women’s Program at the Boynton Beach Facility. Dr. Lawrence graduated from Ain Shams University, School of Medicine in 1995. She practiced as a physiatrist and rheumatologist before she joined University of Miami Behavioral Medicine Research Center, where she had experience with research and clinical work. There, she became interested in the body and mind connection. Dr. Lawrence continued her training at The University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital where she completed a four year residency in the psychiatry department.

Jennifer Tiech

Programs Director

Jennifer Tiech functions as the Program Director of The Watershed Boca Raton Facility. She is a licensed mental health counselor and has been working in the field of substance abuse and mental health for the last 20 years. Jennifer Tiech graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Sociology from Florida Atlantic University in 1993 and received her Master’s Degree at Nova Southeastern University in 1995. She recently became a qualified supervisor for the State of Florida to help other mental health interns become licensed. Jennifer Tiech has been passionately working at The Watershed for almost 10 years. She began as a therapist and worked her way up to Program Director. Her greatest reward is the feeling she gets from helping others.

Diane Poehlman

Program Director

Diane Poehlman is the Program Director of the men’s unit at The Watershed of the Palm Beaches. Poehlman graduated from Nova South Eastern University with a master’s degree in 1999. She is a licensed mental health counselor and is certified to supervise clinicians for licensure. Diane joined The Watershed team over eight years ago when she was employed by The Watershed as a primary therapist. She was later promoted to the Program Director of Watershed at Boca Raton. During her time at The Watershed, she also supervised their extended care program. Diane Poehlman has been in the mental health and addiction treatment field for 35 years and has a great deal of experience with many populations including, those who suffer from severe mental illness, depression, domestic violence, childhood abuse issues and addiction. She has designed and implemented two juvenile justice programs, one of which, the intensive case management unit, was presented, accepted and utilized state wide.

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By calling the helpline you agree to the terms of use. We do not receive any commission or fee that is dependent upon which treatment provider a caller chooses. There is no obligation to enter treatment.

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