Life of Purpose in Boca Raton, FL

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3848 FAU Boulevard, Suite 100
Boca Raton FL 33431

Life of Purpose Philosophy


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

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.

• 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
Yardley, PA
Bala Cynwyd, PA

Areas of Specialization

  • Holistic Therapy
    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.

Facility Highlights

Located on the campus of Florida Atlantic University

Specializing in emerging adults and adolescents

Adventure therapy provided

Meet the Staff

Kerry Coyle, MSW, LCSW

Executive Director

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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

Clinical Director

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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. 360 Guide

Review by Contributors


Set in sunny Boca Raton, Fla., (with other locations in Fort Washington and Bala Cynwyd, Penn). 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 residential and intensive outpatient treatment (IOP), academically-focused aftercare, and recovery housing.


The Life of Purpose program begins with primary residential 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.

The residential and outpatient components of the treatment program offer long-term care options. In Florida, 139 (20.8 percent) of the residential programs are long-term programs. Also, there are only 287 (43 percent) IOPs in the state.

Clients in the IOP also begin to participate in Life of Purpose’s Academically Focused Aftercare Program™, which provides support as clients learn to balance 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.


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. It is one of 295 (44.2 percent) facilities in the state with treatment options specifically for men. 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. Life of Purpose is one of the 203 (30.4 percent) facilities in Florida that are accredited by the Joint Commission.


Five alumni polled by to date offered mostly positive reviews. Of the four who left ratings, four rated Life of Purpose four or five out of five stars in treatment effectiveness, accommodations and amenities, and meals and nutrition, while one rated the facility only two, four, and two stars in those same categories, respectively.

In feedback, alumni J.H. and B. indicated that the facility has a strength 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 sixth 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 managed by the facility), 76 reviewers rated Life of Purpose an average 4.8 out of five stars.[1] Alumni mostly provided positive feedback about the staff's compassionate care and opportunities for educational advancement.


Of two loved ones providing feedback about Life of Purpose to date, one was positive and one was mixed.

One loved one wrote how “the college program that was an integral part of the recovery” for their son. They indicated there was good family communication and that the treatment was effective.

The other anonymous loved one gave moderate ratings of three out of five stars for the center's counseling options, family participation, and the staff's level of experience and training. They gave low two-star ratings for co-occurring disorders treatment.

WHAT STAFF SAY 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.

On Indeed, Life of Purpose has one five-star review, one four-star review, and one two-star review.[2] On Glassdoor, Life of Purpose has two five-star reviews and one one-star review.[3] Positive reviews reflected treatment effectiveness and praise for staff. "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," wrote an anonymous staffer in a representative review on Glassdoor. Both negative reviews noted problems with management with one individual writing: "Clinical team is untrained."


Life of Purpose accepts most major medical plans. Self-pay is accepted, and other payment options are available. The facility also helps under or uninsured clients find funding through the community and government organizations.


Published on March 2019

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Unique model, excellent staff, exceptionally robust medical and psychiatric services! Location, staff, size of the program for individualized attention.

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I had a really positive experience with this facility. The staff were competent and caring. Great staff, lots of options for different therapeautic activities, very comfortable living quarters.

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My Son, who is 20 years old received a referral from a residential treatment facility in Palm Beach (Futures of Palm Beach) to transition to Life of Purposes PHP program and then the after-care program. We chose Life of Purpose because of the college program that was an integral part of the recovery, and we couldn't be happier with that decision. Everyone at Life of Purpose went out of their way to make sure Will felt welcomed and was comfortable during his treatment program. They maintained contact with me (as the parent) to let me know that he was doing fine, and what he might need. I would like to give special recognition to his counselor and to th administration who was always very helpful and understanding. My Son really enjoyed and got a lot out of his counseling sessions with his counselor. He has been able to stay sober and will be attending college full time starting in the Fall of 2018. I highly recommend LIfe of Purpose for thier education based recovery programs.. It was perfect for our family.

It is truly painful for me to write this review, but I am doing this for the future families who are considering sending their loved ones here. The only positive thing I can say about their program is they do not commit rampant insurance fraud. All their good clinicians have been run off and you left with a hodgepodge of mix matched pieces. All their problems stem from their CEO. No one can work with him for long. Always clashing with their most productive employees. If you don’t conform to his worldview of the treatment model, you are toast. Everyone walks on eggshells trying to appease him, giving up their dignity in the process. All their referrals have dried up and their entire business model relies on you staying in their “system” for PHP, IOP, aftercare, halfway house, and then relapse and do it again. Their outreach people are too busy making speeches and attending recovery conferences to get new clients. People in the industry don’t want to work with them anymore. They are reliant upon you relapsing at this point. Upper management is filled with unpleasant, arrogant people. The Director of Operations at an academically focused treatment center has a GED and is only in power due to her relationship with the CEO. The company is known for their “blurred boundaries.” Therapists, owner, techs are friends on social media with the clients. Everyone knows each other’s business. Best way to say it is incestuous. To further illustrate the disposition of the CEO, a former client was offered a job as a tech but declined due to being happy at another facility. The CEO, unable to accept rejection, proceeded to ban him from receiving any more services from the facility, stopped him from sponsoring any current clients, and told him that he would call the cops if he came back around. They are a shell of their former self. All the above, as well as rapid expansion to other states, has thinned the company’s resources to where they find themselves on the brink of collapse. As a result of their declining census, they are more desperate than ever. They will get every dime out of your insurance. Please be advised before coming to this facility.

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located near colleges on the area and works with people to continue their education while in treatment A weakness was the young staff This is best suited for young students who want to continue their education.

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Life of Purpose is an amazing place where education and recovery are coupled. When I went to treatment, Life of Purpose did not yet exist. All of my therapists and the treatment centers that I went to for inpatient and outpatient recommended against me going back to school. I had to start my online classes late because the rehab that I was at refused to let me do any work for them. I did extremely well and stayed sober and went to a collegiate recovery community but did not have any help from the treatment team I was paying. At Life of Purpose I see the opposite. Young people who go through the program are set up for success and do well. I have seen many people go through this program, stay sober, and then graduate college. It is the best treatment option for emerging adults, there is no doubt about that.

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LOP was amazing down to a T! I love all the staff that I could back to finally after five years, and they kept me involved in activities physically and mentally every week too. This place has just truly changed my life for the better. I know they just care so much too and that is so refreshing!

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