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Recovery First Philosophy
Recovery First programs are reality-based, promoting personal responsibility, with a focus on educating clients in three key areas: Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome, denial management and relapse prevention. Services include detox, inpatient care, outpatient care, interventions and relapse treatment.
Areas of Specialization
Residential treatment programs provide housing (food and meals) in addition to treatment for substance abuse. Some facilities offer only short-term residential treatment, some offer only long-term treatment and others offer both, ranging from a few days to many months, based on patient needs.
Intensive Outpatient (IOP)
Patients who undergo intensive outpatient treatment continue to live at home and sometimes go to school or work while participating in a highly structured treatment protocol that is focused on ending substance abuse. Programs vary in terms of how much treatment patients receive, how often and for how long. Some facilities design individualized intensive outpatient treatment programs.
Addiction recovery does not end with discharge after completing a rehab program. Facilities that offer aftercare planning and/or support work with patients to ensure sustainable recovery by helping to plan and make arrangements for transitional or sober living, help with housing, vocational counseling, etc.
Though not all rehab facilities offer “medical detoxification,” all people with an addiction to drugs or alcohol will experience intense physical and emotional changes and discomfort as their bodies react to withdrawal of the addictive substance. Many people use the term “detox” to refer to the period of time (ranging from a few days to a week) when the body is reacting to an addict’s decision to stop using.
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Meet the Staff
Chairman & Co-Founder, American Addiction Centers
Currently, the Chairman of the Board of American Addiction Centers, a national behavioral healthcare company with treatment centers located in Southern California, Nevada, Texas, Tennessee and Florida, Michael offers treatment and recovery options for drug, alcohol, mental health, and binge eating disorders. The 5 Essential Elements play a key role in American Addiction Centers’ clinical programs and are integral to the AAC culture.
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ABOUT RECOVERY FIRST — HOLLYWOOD, FL
One of 30 treatment centers operated by American Addiction Centers (AAC), Recovery First offers medical detox, residential treatment, outpatient programming, and aftercare for adult men and women who are struggling with substance abuse. The facility is located less than 10 miles from the beach in suburban southeast Florida.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Detox is supervised 24/7 by medical professionals. The center advises a 90-day stay in residential treatment, and bases its treatment on the 12-Steps.
The primary focus of treatment at Recovery First is relapse prevention. This consists of encouraging clients to build a sober support network, for instance through 12-step fellowships, as well as building exercise and nutrition practices, managing the symptoms of post-acute withdrawal, providing positive motivation, and creating an environment that’s conducive to long-term sobriety.
The most intensive level of outpatient treatment is a partial hospitalization program (PHP) that involves programming at least six hours a day, at least five days a week. The facility can arrange for clients to live in supportive housing while completing the PHP. Next, there’s an intensive outpatient program (IOP), which meets for three sessions a week for six weeks. General outpatient clients attend for an hour, once or twice a week.
Each client leaves with an aftercare plan put together in cooperation with their treatment team, as well as access to an alumni network.
AAC offers successful graduates of the 90-day residential program a free 30-day stay should they relapse following treatment.
According to the facility’s website, staff includes physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, social workers, counselors, and behavioral health technicians. The 102 individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date on the staff’s level of training and experience gave it an average rating of 4.21 out of five stars.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Recovery First is housed in a sizable two-story building with a large fountain. Common areas offer large leather couches, an air hockey table, and ping pong. Images on the facility’s website show simple, somewhat sparse shared bedrooms; an article published in the Sun Sentinel in 2014 indicated that the center had 56 beds.
The 100 individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date on the center’s cleanliness gave it an average rating of 4.2 out of five stars.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Reviews submitted to Rehabs.com at the time of this writing were mostly positive, with some strong and recurring notes of criticism. The 101 alumni asked, on a scale from one to five, whether they would recommend the facility gave the center an average rating of 4.34 stars in this category. Out of five stars, alumni also gave the center average ratings of 3.86 stars and 4.11 stars, respectively, for its counseling and exercise/leisure options (both based on 101 reviews) and 4.17 stars for its family program (based on 96 reviews).
Alumni repeatedly praised the center’s staff: “Understanding. my therapist was very helpful in my treatment here,” R.P. wrote in a representative review, while others were pleased that some staff were in recovery themselves. Others praised the way the center applied the 12-Steps and the program in general.
Several alumni complained that the facilities were dated or otherwise in need of attention: “This place really needs an update. The place is very run-down and has bugs in the apartment,” C.M. wrote. Others reported an excess of down time and difficulties with individual staff members. In a stronger note of criticism, a handful of reviewers claimed that the center was more interested in money than in helping people. “This place is a joke. The staff are a joke. Its all about the money. Staff do not know how to handle anyone with addition,” Nancy wrote in a representative review.
WHAT STAFF SAY
Of the two staff reviews submitted to Rehabs.com to date, one was positive and one negative. “Management is dedicated to serving the clients needs,” J.G.P. wrote, awarding the center five stars in almost all of the evaluated treatment metrics, including its overall quality and willingness to put clients’ interests first. However, another staffer wrote: “It's all about the money, prestige and power over peoples' lives for this rehab site. Staff walks on eggshells, worked to death, often demeaned and/or intimidated, and over worked.”
Recovery First accepts self-pay and private insurance, and helps clients to access healthcare loans and other payment options. The 97 individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date on the center’s affordability gave it an average rating of 4.12 stars.
Updated February 2017
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