Principles Recovery Center in Davie, FL

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4343 State Road 7, Suite 109
Davie FL 33314

Principles Recovery Center Philosophy

At Principles Recovery Center we believe in a small community that allows for maximum 1 on 1 clinician time and the most exposure to therapy throughout your time with us. We take pride in our facility only allowing people who genially want to get clean to be a patient. We believe a facilities pride should be in it's clinical success rate rather than just its appearance in photo's.

Our slogan "It's not what we do, It's who we are" defines our organization as we have been down the same road as you. We are family owned and operated unlike other facilities and we will welcome you or your loved one into our center with open arms.

There's rehab and then there's Principles Recovery Center. We put therapy over everything else: Each of our clinicians has over 20+ years experience in the field of substance abuse, out staff to client trio is 1.2:1, our group sizes do not exceed 10 people(average is 5). We accept most insurances as well as Self Pay Opportunities for those without insurance.

We ask anyone considering to join our family to please see our facebook reviews which detail the experiences of our former clients:

Areas of Specialization

  • Dual Diagnosis/Co-occurring Disorders Treatment
    These two terms describe a person who is not only addicted to drugs or alcohol, but also has a mental or emotional illness, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc. Facilities that treat patients with dual-diagnosis or co-occurring disorders provide psychiatric treatment in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation services.

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
    The focus of cognitive behavioral therapy (also called CBT) is helping people to understand the thoughts and emotions that underlie their addiction with the goal of learning new, healthier and more productive ways to understand and express themselves.

Facility Highlights

24/7 Supervision

Activities Related to South Florida Culture

Over 80 years of experience

Meet the Staff

Eileen Hathaway

CEO/Clinical Director

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Eileen has always had a passion for helping people which began when she became a nurse at 21. At the age of 25 she decided to get help for chemical dependency and has maintained continuous recovery since then. Eileen began working in the field of addictions in 1988 as a nurse, primary counselor, senior counselor, clinical director and program director. She’s a certified addictions professional with extensive knowledge and over 20 + years experience with addiction and in program compliance. She has 2 beautiful daughters and 2 amazing grandchildren. Per Eileen her true calling is to help addicts and their families recover from this deadly disease. Her favorite quote by Audrey Hepburn sums up her beliefs: “People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.”

Danny Donahue


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Danny has over 20 years’ experience working with individuals suffering from addiction. Danny’s mother was one of the pioneers of sober hosing in Florida opening one of the first in Miami Dade county. Danny himself has worked with sober housing for over 20 years and has brought that experience to Principles Recovery Center overseeing facilities. Danny has helped over 5,000 individuals in his career and brings that experience each and every day to help assist our clients in any way he can. Editorial Review

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Located in the sunny community of Davie, Fla., 11 miles west of Fort Lauderdale, Principles Recovery Center offers partial hospitalization programs (PHP) and outpatient treatment services for men and women struggling with substance abuse issues and co-occurring mental health disorders. Although Principles Recovery Center does not provide on-site detoxification services, clients who require detox may be referred to facilities in Miami or Fort Lauderdale prior to treatment at the Principles Recovery Center.


To assist clients in acquiring and sustaining long-term sobriety, Principles Recovery Center utilizes 12-step principles, motivational interviewing (MI), and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to address the underlying issues of addiction. Clients participate in one-on-one counseling and attend group therapy sessions. They may also be recommended medications to help with their addictions and medication management is available for individuals with co-occurring mental health disorders. In addition, the facility integrates multidimensional family therapy into its programming, and loved ones are invited to participate in weekly therapy sessions.

Along with core programming, clients participate in extracurricular and therapeutic activities, such as guided yoga and meditation.

Principles Recovery Center values aftercare as an important aspect of its continuum of care. The center offers vocational training workshops, job placement services, and housing assistance for alumni.


According to the facility’s website, staff members possess over 50 years of combined experience in treating addiction. Led by clinical directors, Principles Recovery Center employs a team of psychiatrists, master’s level counselors, social workers, and registered nurses. The 12 individuals polled to date on Principles Recovery Center’s staff’s level of training and experience all gave perfect five-star ratings, and many listed individual staff members as a major strength of the facility. Principles Recovery Center has a staff-to-client ratio of 3:1.


During PHP treatment, clients may reside at Saving Grace House, the program’s housing facility. Accommodating up to 20 clients at a time, Saving Grace House offers a homelike, therapeutic environment with upscale furnishings, pleasant décor, spacious common areas, private bedrooms, and full kitchens.

While living in the home, residents attend scheduled counseling and 12-step meetings. Residents have access to a 50,000-square-foot gym twice per week, and the program facilitates a range of extracurricular activities (e.g. sports events, chartered fishing trips, and team-building exercises).


Alumni response to Principles Recovery Center has been unanimously positive. When asked, on a scale from one to five, whether they would recommend treatment here, eight out of the eight surveys submitted to gave the facility a perfect five out of five. Aspects of the facility that received particularly high scores were the staff’s level of training and experience, affordability, and family participation. Five out of the eight respondents also mentioned the staff as a strength of the facility.


Reviews from the loved ones were more limited, but equally positive, as both loved ones polled to date gave ratings of five out of five for family participation and overall treatment effectiveness. “This place will do everything in their power to help you get clean,” commented loved one F.P., who added: “They care.”


Both employees surveyed to date also gave high marks for treatment effectiveness and the program’s ability to treat co-occurring disorders. One employee wrote that the strength of the program was its “strong faculty commitment to patient success and healthy recovery.”


There's currently no specific information available on pricing via the facility's website. Principles Recovery Center accepts most major insurance providers, including Aetna, United Healthcare, Cigna and Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Updated January 2017

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Principles is an amazing Treatment Center. I have had this one woman as a therapist before and she is amazing. They have a loving staff, all the groups made me really think about the negative actions I was taking. The COO is also an awesome guy. He has helped out thousands of struggling addicts in South Florida. Principles is a place where I would send a loved one and know they are getting top notch Treatment.

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Incredible clinicians and recovery support team! It's who we are not just what we do is as true a statement here as could ever be. Excellence in addiction treatment!

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Strengths: People, Program, and Family Atmosphere. I can not even express the gratitude I have for Principles Recovery Center, from the staff who genuinely cares and it's evident to the facility itself. This place has given me a whole new perspective on what it means to be in recovery and life in general. The amount of support and help is always there for the taking. This is not a business, this is a place where the staff takes pride in watching us grow and supporting us each step of the way.

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Extremely competent staff. Felt like they really cared. Would like to have gone to the gym 5xs per week . The staff really knows about the disease and will help you anytime.

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Family Atmosphere, Clinically Run, Small group settings were strengths of the facility. This place will do everything in their power to help you get clean. They care.

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Strengths: Staff expertise, staff to patient ratio, level of integrity. Weaknesses: Should be known better by community! Excellent staff, caring people, high level of integrity, good program!

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Experienced. Awesome staff. Family feel from everyone there. Reality based treatment. Not a lockdown facility.

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This place saved my life. Theres no other way I put it. If you are looking for a place that puts the patient first you have found it here.

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