Treatment Center Setting
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Life of Purpose Philosophy
Life of Purpose addiction treatment centers are a family of substance abuse and mental health programs dedicated to providing adults ages 17 – 60+ with the necessary tools to ignite their purpose and recovery. Whether you are a young adult needing to get your life back in order and complete your education, or a professional spinning out of control and needing to re-engage your passion and career, we have programs designed for you.
Our Florida addiction treatment center in Boca Raton, is the first primary care treatment center on a college campus in the United States. We specialize in the treatment of young adults, age 17 and older, whose education has been disrupted by substance misuse. The Florida program offers a Primary Program; Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP); Aftercare Program; and a luxury transitional housing program known as Life in Progress. Primary housing is located about three miles from FAU’s campus and features 24-hour supervision with gender-separate living areas. Transportation is provided to and from all activities.
Our Fort Washington site, located on Virginia Drive in Upper Dublin, PA offers all levels of care, including ambulatory opiate only detox. This site hosts our admission department where one can receive a thorough biopsychosocial and medical assessment with licensed professionals with placement to any of our treatment locations.
Our Reality-Based Treatment Model focuses on strengthening life skills and spans all levels of care, detox through traditional outpatient. In this modality, we assess a person’s strengths and weaknesses to help individuals adapt to a successful sober life style. Reality Based Treatment programming includes emotion regulation, cognitive behavioral therapy, and trauma-informed treatment.
Life of Purpose has 4 locations to meet your specific needs:
Boca Raton, FL
Fort Washington, PA
Bala Cynwyd, PA
Areas of Specialization
Facilities that offer “holistic therapy” see and treat patients in the context of their entire lives and health status. They treat the “whole person,” not just the addiction.
Client & Family Support Groups
Group therapy is a vital component of addiction recovery treatment, considered as important and effective (sometimes even more so) than individual therapy. Benefits include reducing isolation and loneliness and providing the opportunity to learn from others in recovery. In the addiction setting, group therapy is run by trained professionals who guide participants toward a shared goal of recovery.
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.
This term describes one-on-one therapy, in which a patient and trained counselor, social worker, psychologist or psychiatrist meets privately with a patient to discuss challenges related to lifestyle, work, family and romantic relationships that may have contributed to the development of an 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.
Meet the Staff
Kerry Coyle, MSW, LCSW
Kerry Coyle serves as the Executive Director of Life of Purpose Florida. An Alma Mater of Florida Atlantic University for both undergraduate and graduate school, she is perfectly aligned for executive leadership of our academically-focused institution located on the campus of FAU. She will lead the center’s multidisciplinary team of clinical, academic, and medical professionals, and continue the elevation of standards of care based on evidence of efficacy, that is at the core of Life of Purpose Treatment. Experienced with more than 15 years of executive leadership excellence in behavioral healthcare, she leads with resolution and accomplishment. Ms. Coyle has served in various leadership positions at some of the most highly-regarded behavioral health facilities across the country. Her exemplary career includes increasing patient care and outcomes, legal compliance, program development, financial management, strategic planning and forecasting, cohesively creating working environments of appreciation and strong communication, clinical education, synergistic referral relationships, family programming, and alumni relations.
With her academic achievements, professional accomplishments, ethics and compassion, we are delighted and honored to have her as part of the team.
Alexis Rossi MSW, LCSW, CAP
Alexis is responsible for overseeing, training, and supporting all clinical components of LOP Boca. She also works with clients individually and in groups and utilizes a strengths-based, solution focused perspective. She prioritizes healthy family involvement and considers each client holistically. Specializing in trauma informed behavior-based therapies, she believes that the key to success is empowering the individual to be confident in their abilities to maintain healthy changes over time through healthy changes in cognition. She has extensive experience working with clients who have been living with co-occurring disorders and was a crisis intervention specialist for several years. Alexis is especially impassioned to work with individuals recovering from substance misuse as she firmly believes in the restorative power of sobriety.
Staci Morey MSW, LCSW
Staci received her BA in communications from San Diego State University and her Masters in social work from Florida Atlantic University. Staci is a licensed clinical social worker and has been working in the field of addiction for over 5 years. Staci is also trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) which is a type of approach used to address unresolved trauma and can also be used to help clients internalize more coping skills.
Gerold Nolan MS, CAP
Director of Outpatient Services
As a primary therapist, I facilitate group, family and individual therapy sessions and develop and execute treatment plans. I have worked as a mental health professional for over 17 years and draw on my background in Therapuetic Recreation to facilitate our Active IOP and Adventure Therapy groups. I received my M.S.in Therapeutic Recreation from Southern Connecticut State University, my CAP from the Florida Certification board and will graduate from FAU with an Ed S in Mental Health Counseling this spring. I am also a Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern with the state of Florida. My clinical approach is largely based on my own experience with abstinence-based recovery, cognitive behavioral therapy and holistic and integrative therapy models. Originally from Old Lyme, CT, I currently reside in Deerfield Beach, FL and much of my time away from work is dedicated to health and fitness.
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ABOUT LIFE OF PURPOSE
Set in sunny Boca Raton, Fla., (with other locations in Texas and Tennessee) Life of Purpose is an academically-focused, residential drug and alcohol treatment facility for students, including high school students and graduates, undergraduates, aspiring trade workers, and postgraduates. The facility, set on the Florida Atlantic University (FAU) campus, is the only substance abuse treatment facility in the country that is located on a university campus and specializes in treating young adults whose education has been disrupted by their substance abuse.
The facility offers a four-level treatment model that includes primary and intensive outpatient treatment (IOP), academically-focused aftercare, and recovery housing.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
The Life of Purpose program begins with primary treatment, which typically lasts for 60 days. During this time, clients are permitted to attend classes while also participating in recovery-based activities at FAU’s campus. The treatment schedule includes a minimum of 25 clinical hours per week and utilizes evidenced-based therapeutic modalities. Clients participate in group and individual therapy, adventure-based outings, and 12-step groups.
Once Primary Care is completed, clients can transition into the 60-day IOP. The program offers a minimum of nine clinical hours of treatment a week, with clients attending group sessions three evenings a week while continuing with individual therapy, case management, and at least seven hours of group therapy per week. Relapse prevention is one of the primary goals of the IOP, and treatment is highly focused on helping clients adopt the coping skills necessary to be successful in real-world recovery.
Clients in the IOP also begin to participate in Life of Purpose’s Academically Focused Aftercare Program™, which provides support as clients learn to juggle their classroom hours with their weekly IOP treatment schedule. During the last 30 days of IOP, clients fully transition to the aftercare program, which consists of two hours of individual therapy and one group therapy session a week.
The treatment team includes licensed clinical social workers, academically focused case managers, licensed mental health professionals, certified addiction professionals, registered nurses, a psychiatric nurse practitioner, and a certified alcohol and drug counselor.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Primary care clients reside in gender-specific, dorm-like facilities with 24-hour, on-site supervision.
Life of Purpose also provides a long-term transitional living residence for men, that's designed to be conducive to recovery as well as academically supportive. There is a live-in recovery residence manager, as well as a full-time academic case manager who is at the residence Monday through Friday. Additionally, behavioral health technicians are on hand to offer individualized support, such as offering transportation to Life of Purpose's outpatient programs.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Five alumni polled by Rehabs.com to date offered mostly positive reviews. Of the four who left ratings, three rated Life of Purpose four or five out of five stars in treatment effectiveness, accommodations and amenities, and meals and nutrition, while the fourth rated the facility only two, four, and two stars in those same categories, respectively. Alum L.T., polled on a further 12 categories, rated the facility four stars in holistic treatment offerings and cleanliness but only two stars in 12-step treatment, faith-based care, and treatment of co-occurring disorders.
In feedback, alumni J.H. and B. praised the facility for its coupling of academic education with clinical treatment, with alum J.H. writing: "Young people who go through the program are set up for success and do well."
However, alumni J.T. and J. felt the academic portion of the program was stronger than the clinical. Alum J. wrote: "Clinically they are a mess, the group therapy was not beneficial to me. I found getting back into school very helpful to my recovery." A fifth alum, although leaving no ratings, wrote negative feedback for Life of Purpose, criticizing the facility for its authoritarian management style.
On secondary sites, Life of Purpose received overwhelmingly positive responses to date. On the facility's Facebook page (which may be curated), 61 reviewers rated the facility an average 4.8 out of five stars, with 58 positive reviews, one mixed, and two negative. On YellowPages.com, four reviewers rated the facility one, five, five, and four out of five stars, and on Google, 16 reviewers rated the facility an average 3.8 out of five stars, with five negative reviews and 11 a perfect five stars. Alumni mostly praised the staff's compassionate care and opportunities for educational advancement in their feedback.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Rehabs.com currently has no reviews from loved ones of Life of Purpose to date. On secondary sites to date, loved ones left mostly positive reviews echoing alumni feedback, though one loved one on YellowPages.com criticized Life of Purpose's high costs.
WHAT STAFF SAY
Rehabs.com currently has no reviews from Life of Purpose staff to date, but on secondary sites current and former employees were mostly positive, echoing alumni sentiments. One employee rated the facility a perfect five stars on Glassdoor, writing: "We don’t take no for an answer and aren’t afraid to deviate from the norm. The clients (or students as we call them) have become my friends as well."
According to its website, Life of Purpose accepts most major medical plans.
Published on October 2017
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