Treatment Center Setting
- Beach Community
Life of Purpose Philosophy
A PURPOSE DRIVEN APPROACH TO ADDICTION TREATMENT
Our mission is to support each individual in creating a life worth being sober for. We believe recovery and success are not mutually exclusive but that success in long-term recovery relies upon the pursuit of one’s passions, vision, and purpose. Life of Purpose is designed to support individuals in acknowledging their self-worth and their capabilities by pursuing commendable acts while simultaneously receiving clinical and medical support for their recovery.
• Psychiatric Care offered by a psychiatric nurse practitioner
• Medical care provided by an on-site, full-time nurse
• Cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, narrative therapy, adventure therapy, and cognitive reframing
• A dedicated case manager to address legal concerns and coordinate with the clinical team
• Family program and support provided
• Alumni support
• Weekly family participation with clinical staff and case management during a client’s treatment is required
A STRENGTHS-BASED INTERVENTION
Traditionally, emerging adults have been diverted away from higher education due to the view that a university campus is an “abstinence hostile”environment. The alternative to the pursuit of higher education is full-time employment in the skilled workforce. The lack of upward mobility and perceived stagnation created by this dynamic undermines the progress made during treatment and the individual’s ability to maintain recovery. The addition of even a single class in conjunction with part-time employment fundamentally changes a young adult’s perception of self and the direction of one’s life.
ACADEMICALLY FOCUSED AFTERCARE
• Full-time academic case managers work with clients one-on-one to review class assignments, prepare for class projects and exams, as well as help clients develop effective study habits and the tools to deal with the pressures of being a student.
• A supportive infrastructure allows for potential barriers to be identified early and addressed either clinically or academically as needed.
Life of Purpose in Florida can assist you with safe housing options while you are in treatment.
Recover your purpose!!!
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.
I found myself walking to a train station to commit suicide. I could not deal with the pain and cycle of addiction that I couldn’t break, but that’s when I found Life of Purpose. I came to Florida in 2013 to try and get sober. Five years later after multiple treatments, therapists and detoxes I found myself walking to a train station to commit suicide. I could not deal with the pain and cycle of addiction that I couldn’t break. I had been through Life of Purpose once already and decided that I did not want to continue doing what I was told to do in order to stay sober. Once again, I gambled away everything I had, hurt my family, burnt every bridge, lost my job and suicidal I made a call to Sarah and Lissa with hopes to make it back to Life of Purpose. They went above and beyond to get me back in while at the same time comforting me and assuring me that someone still loved me. I went through the program again having Staci as my therapist who I credit in helping to save my life. I was inpatient for two months, IOP for six months and still stay in contact with staff, staying connected. Summarizing what Life of Purpose has done for my family and I in one page would be impossible. Most importantly, I have my family back, I have my dream job, and I can genuinely laugh and be happy today. I am crying while writing this because I never thought I would get to the point of being able to say things like this. It did not seem possible. Life of Purpose is more than a treatment facility/program to me. They are my family.
I lost everything: a loving family, friends who wanted nothing but the best for me, a job I loved, and my health. I arrived at Life of Purpose (LOP) on a Monday. I was twenty-seven years old, extremely fearful, sad and hopeless. On that day, the staff greeted me and told me everything was going to be okay. Those words were simple, yet powerful, and exactly what I needed to hear. I lost everything: a loving family, friends who wanted nothing but the best for me, a job I loved, and my health. During my time at LOP, I was afforded the opportunity to work with an amazing therapist, who guided me through my challenges, a nurse, who would take my vitals and comfort me when I was having a panic attack (which meant the world to me), and a tech that taught me I could have fun watching football on Sundays without having a drink. Fast forward almost two years later… I have my family in my life, friends that I can call anytime, a great job, a home, and a dog named Dr. Dre, who’s my best friend. I can say without any reservation, LOP provided me the necessary time to heal and to build a strong foundation, so when I left I was ready!
One of the hardest decisions as a parent is finding the right treatment program for your child. Thankfully I found Life of Purpose, an amazing academically focused treatment program. With a collaborative effort of their clinical team, staff continues to provide a treatment program designed to meet my son’s individual needs, stability, and resources to guide him towards his path for the future. The knowledgeable staff has provided support throughout his time in the program, and additional support when he was in need. They assisted my family emotionally and continue to help us to move forward. Not only did he graduate high school a year earlier than expected, he is working full time with plans to continue college while living and thriving in his support community. Life of Purpose is an excellent treatment program that I highly recommend to all parents looking for a successful program for their young adult. Katie H, RN, BSN, OCN
The commitment to guiding the addicted to a solid path with hope. Using all the known pathways and some ones they have designed and cultivated only at Life Of Purpose.
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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