Treatment Center Setting
- Beach Community
Recovery First Philosophy
Located in Palm Beach, Florida, Recoery First treatment center has a 65-bed capacity and provides adult men and women struggling with substance abuse and behavioral health issues with PHP and IOP treatment programs. Additional services include psychological testing and ongoing holistic healing services. Clients also enjoy frequent outings to local attractions including the beach, local parks and museums.
Areas of Specialization
Creative Arts Therapy
Writing, making art or engaging in theater can be deeply therapeutic for people working to recover from addiction. Many facilities offer one or several forms of creative arts therapy as a way to help patients learn to express their feelings in productive ways.
Research shows that the odds of successful, sustained recovery from addiction are far higher when family members and loved ones are involved in treatment. Drug and alcohol addiction often have genetic roots, whether related to substance abuse, mental illness or both. Family dynamics also play a role and, often, family members are the first to realize a loved one has developed an addiction. Also, it’s important for family members to understand and embrace the lifestyle changes that are required to sustain recovery.
Some facilities have an addiction treatment protocol that all patients or clients are expected to follow, while others customize or individualize treatment based on a person’s unique needs and circumstances. Factors that may affect treatment decisions include age, lifestyle, medical conditions, type of drug, religious beliefs, etc.
I appreciate the activities that we do on the weekends and the special privileges we get. Some of the staff genuinely care about us. I love my therapist miss Anna, I also like where we stay.
The clinical staff was phenomenal the yoga instructor and wellness staff as well.
Singer Island has changed my life this rehab give me so much help an educated me on my addiction. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else to try and get my life back.
I learned a lot about myself and my addiction.
Meet the Staff
Anna Spinelli-Travers, LMHC
Anna has spent the past 8 years in the field of Substance Abuse focusing on Inner Child Therapy, grief and loss, trauma related issues as well as family counseling. Anna is passionate about helping people discover their strengths. She works collaboratively with her clients to create and achieve attainable goals in their lives. Her approach provides a safe, therapeutic, and empowering environment – using Behavior Modification, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Client Centered Approaches – for clients to find their strengths, enhance their awareness towards change, acquire an understanding of addiction and mental health, and gain the ability to lead a healthy sober lifestyle.
Ingrid VanAlstyne, MS
Clinical Director Ingrid VanAlstyne came to American Addiction Centers in 2012 with 10 years of experience in the Mental Health and Substance Abuse field. Her experience includes her role as outpatient programming manager at Palm Beach’s Jerome Golden Center, a facility that touches the lives of over 9000 clients a year. In her early work in mental and behavioral health, VanAlstyne worked with crisis situations. With that experience and her knowledge of Spanish language and culture, VanAlstyne had the opportunity to bring in-home therapy to Hispanic families dealing with extreme family issues.
Vanessa Mckain, MS
Floridian Vanessa Mckain has spent her career strengthening the facilities at Singer Island and the Academy so they can become ever better places to nurture recovery. Mckain is dedicated to improving our ability to reach and help young people who are “fighting for their lives” against addiction. “The trend, I notice, is that addictions start at a surprisingly young age,” Mckain reports. Having spent two years overseeing the intake process for both Singer Island and the Academy, McKain is part of a team strong in its support for the education component of adolescent recovery. In addition, as the utilization manager, Mckain currently clears treatment authorizations, freeing up clients and family members to focus on recovery.
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ABOUT RECOVERY FIRST
Located in the coastal community of West Palm Beach, Fla., Recover First provides an array of treatment services for adults who struggle with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health issues. Medically-monitored detoxification, residential, and outpatient treatments are available on-site. The rehabilitation center is one of nine high-end facilities operated by American Addiction Centers, including a nearby Hollywood location.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
A treatment curriculum developed within the American Addiction Centers (AAC) organization approaches substance abuse as a chronic disease. Each client entering treatment receives a comprehensive evaluation to determine how best to address individual physical and mental health needs. Along with evidence-based modalities, clients participate in a wellness program and experiential therapies.
AAC’s dual diagnosis curriculum is based on self-examination, education, and the development of coping skills. Group and individual sessions incorporate practices such as cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavior therapies, motivational interviewing, rational emotive behavior therapy, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, and trauma therapy. Music and art therapies are offered, and clients are encouraged to participate in 12-step meetings. Family involvement is also a priority and on-site or online participation can be arranged.
A typical residential treatment plan is for 90 days. Some clients may continue in an intensive outpatient program or begin with a partial hospitalization or day program.
The treatment team includes medical doctors, registered nurses, board-certified psychiatrists, licensed substance abuse and mental health counselors, and master’s level social workers. In addition, the facility employs personal trainers and nutrition professionals.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Photographs on the AAC website of the 65-bed Palm Beach facility feature beach condo-style residences with spacious shared bedrooms, comfortable meeting and living areas, and sunny patios. Clients have access to a gym filled with free weights and cardiovascular equipment and to massage, chiropractic, and acupuncture services. In addition, frequent visits to a nearby beach, museums, and local parks are arranged.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Results from Rehabs.com surveys of more than 85 alumni revealed overall positive opinions, with average ratings of four stars out of five for metrics measuring likelihood to recommend the program and affordability.
The facility’s staff received mixed feedback. Of 27 reviewers who mentioned staff techs, more than two-thirds complained of disorganization, inadequate training, and poor communication. On average, alumni rated staff experience four stars, but in a representative moderate review, Paul wrote that there were “Inconsistencies depending upon who is working the shift.” Another alum, Dustin, wrote: “Good counseling, not enough techs, lack of feedback from techs. It was a good experience for the most part.” About half a dozen alumni reported that staff were caring and eight highlighted the positive community and fellowship.
Opinions about accommodations also varied. KL wrote: “you can trade anything for the incredible staff,” going on to describe the amenities as disappointing. Some identified the ability to prepare one’s own food as a strength, while about as many did not prefer this approach. Many made note of the beautiful grounds, but others described the living quarters as poorly maintained.
The vast majority of alumni who identified weaknesses at the facility nevertheless concluded that the treatment was effective and the program a valuable experience. One of the highest average ratings, a 4.42, was for a metric measuring the opportunity to participate in holistic therapy options.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Data gathered by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing were from three loved ones. Similar to the alumni feedback, these reviews and survey responses highlighted family participation and treatment effectiveness as strengths and tech understaffing or inconsistency as a weakness. One wrote that “Cost was a bit much,” giving affordability three of five stars.
An array of insurance plans and private pay are accepted, and a payment plan can be arranged. According to its website, the facility also participates in a “Brand Promise,” which may allow an alum who has completed the program to return for a period of follow-up treatment for free, within established limitations.
Updated February 2017
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