Treatment Center Setting
- Beach Community
Recovery Unplugged Philosophy
At Recovery Unplugged, clients are encouraged to utilize creativity as a means of grappling with their addictions. Through the practices of lyric writing, musical performance, and musical recording, individuals are exposed to novel tools for promoting lifelong sobriety and maintaining lasting recovery. Through both residential treatment and outpatient services, clients are also provided with traditional recovery resources such as 12-Step groups and cognitive behavioral therapy. Holistic offerings include yoga, nature walks, swimming and gym sessions.
Areas of Specialization
The term “12 Step Program” describes a way to recover from addiction that is based on the model developed by Alcoholics Anonymous. Many drug and alcohol treatment centers base their treatment on 12 steps – the first three of which are situational, the next four addressing the practical issues created by the addiction, followed by two steps focused on making amends for hurting others. Steps 10 and 11 involve a deeper examination of the previous steps and the final step is focused on helping others avoid and recover from addiction.
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.
Holistic therapeutic offerings are incorporated into each client’s daily routine for mental, physical, and spiritual wellness. Individuals are invited to participate in morning meditation, beach yoga, recreational activities, therapeutic relaxation, and more.
Process Abuse Treatment
Not all addictions involve mood-altering chemicals. The term “process addiction” describes the unhealthy use of behaviors (including eating, gambling, sexual activity, shopping, internet use, etc.) that has spiraled out of control and into the realm of addiction.
Meet the Staff
Chief Strategy Officer
Paul is a legend in addiction treatment with a career that spans over 20 years. He has worked as a counselor, manager, court appointed liaison, and consultant. Over the years Paul has helped open some of the most successful treatment facilities in South Florida, along with providing career changing opportunities to those whom share the same passion of helping those in need. As Chief Strategy Officer, Paul brings his years of wisdom and insight directly to Recovery Unplugged staff and clients.
David R. Kramer M.D.
Dr. Kramer is a General psychiatrist Board-Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. David completed his undergraduate studies at Cornell University. He received his Medical degree with honors at the University of South Florida and completed his Psychiatry training at the University of Pennsylvania. He has been in private practice in South Florida since 1997. He has broad experience in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, addiction, post-traumatic stress, and behavioral disorders. In addition, he has extensive experience in psychopharmacology and brief, cognitively-based psychotherapy, and the assessment and treatment of substance abuse disorders. He has served as Medical Director of several residential treatment programs and has been a member of the medical staff at several local psychiatric in-patient facilities. Dr. Kramer is dedicated to the practice of thoughtful, client-informed psychiatric medication treatment
Beth Sullivan-Jawitz, MSN, A.R.N.P.
Beth Sullivan-Jawitz has worked in the field of addiction for over eleven years. She received her Masters Degree in Nursing from Florida International University, and is a Board Certified Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner specializing in psychiatry. Beth has worked with clients in a variety of settings, providing care to patients who suffer from addiction and mental health issues. She has been very active in her own personal 12 step recovery program for over thirteen years, and is committed to offering compassion and hope to all those who want to reclaim their lives from the horrors of addiction.
Cheryl Emery, M.S., C.A.P.
Cheryl Emery is deeply passionate about helping addicts and alcoholics to recover. She has worked clinically in the field of psychiatric and addiction treatment since 2003. Cheryl earned her Master of Science Degree with Honors from Georgia State University in one of the top Professional Counseling graduate programs in the country. Cheryl additionally earned her credential as a Certified Addiction Professional upon moving to Miami in the fall of 2014. Cheryl’s theoretical orientation is strongly Jungian and she served as a board member of the Jung Society of Atlanta for eight years. Cheryl’s enthusiasm for working with people suffering from addiction is the key to her success rate in breaking down the disease’s defenses and building a strong alliance with the person ‘inside’ who truly wants a life free from bondage.
Rehabs.com Editorial Review
ABOUT RECOVERY UNPLUGGED
Recovery Unplugged runs two music-based recovery facilities in the United States: a detox and residential center in Austin, Texas, and this facility on the intracoastal waterway in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The Florida location offers outpatient care at a range of intensities for individuals struggling with substance abuse. This facility treats adult men and women, and is open to those of all backgrounds and levels of musical experience.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Treatment is available at a range of intensities, to suit clients’ needs: there’s a partial hospitalization program (PHP), an intensive outpatient program (IOP), and general outpatient care. The average length of treatment is 28 to 45 days.
Recovery Unplugged is founded on the idea that “music chemically alters our body and makes us feel great.” Essentially, the program aims to replace clients’ drug and alcohol addictions with an addiction to making music, even describing the dopamine rush that can be produced by making music. During multiple weekly sessions, clients learn the basics of songwriting, recording, and performing, learning to access their voice and break down emotional barriers.
As well as music therapy, treatment uses group and individual therapies, unspecified supplementary therapies, and aftercare. An alumni review submitted to Rehabs.com indicated that treatment is strongly based on the 12-Steps.
The program’s director of creative recovery is a successful musician with 27 years of recovery. The organization also employs a psychiatrist, nurses, and master’s level therapists. Both of the alumni polled to date on the staff’s level of training and experience gave it five out of five stars.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The Florida center accepts an intake of no more than 32 clients at a time. The center offers a pool and holistic treatments including yoga, as well as nearby nature walks.
Some clients choose to stay at local sober-living facilities, which offer semi-private rooms, laundry facilities, flat-screen TVs, living and dining areas, 24/7 on-site security, and transportation to and from the treatment center.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Of the eight reviews submitted to Rehabs.com at the time of this writing, seven were positive and one was mixed. The single mixed review, from Tim, cited a chaotic atmosphere, staff shortages, unequal focus on certain clients, and too much time spent watching music videos, as well as a lack of individual therapy. “Too much time not spent on direct treatment,” another anonymous reviewer wrote, seeming to echo some of Tim’s objections.
These complaints, however, were overmatched by praise for the facility, in which reviewers repeatedly complimented the center’s staff, its good location, and its unusual focus on music, which several alumni reported helped them learn to have fun in sobriety. “Music as a means of therapy was a new experience for me and it was extremely effective. On multiple occasions music helped insight a form of personal growth or change in myself,” Kyle wrote. Isolated praise was also awarded to the individual therapy offered and the tools provided for lasting sobriety, and alum Pat wrote of achieving lasting sobriety at Recovery Unplugged after failing at other treatment centers.
At the time of this writing, secondary review sites yielded almost unanimously positive feedback, with average ratings of 4.9 out of five stars based on 175 reviews on Facebook (where the center manages its own page) and five stars based on four reviews on Google.  Reviewers on these secondary sites frequently credited Recovery Unplugged with saving their lives: “This place saved my life! The program, the employees and the clients are all amazing. Thank God he saw fit to put me in RU, I couldn't be more fortunate!” Ross wrote in a representative review on Facebook.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The single review submitted to Rehabs.com to date was very positive. J. gave the facility five stars for its overall effectiveness, and wrote: “I am sure that there are a few throughout America that are equal. It would have to be a place specializing in personal elite to surpass RU.”
WHAT STAFF SAY
Only one staff review was available on secondary reviews sites at the time of this writing. On Indeed, an anonymous staff member wrote: “This treatment center cares very much for each of it's clients. They are innovators in the field and produce remarkable results.” 
According to the facility’s website, Recovery Unplugged accepts most major insurance policies. The facility’s website notes: “Recovery Unplugged will help you navigate the insurance process and provide you with every possible opportunity to access quality treatment,” but does not specify whether financial assistance is available.
Updated October 2016
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