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Recovery First Philosophy
Recovery First programs are reality-based, promoting personal responsibility, with a focus on educating clients in three key areas: Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome, denial management and relapse prevention. Services include detox, inpatient care, outpatient care, interventions and relapse treatment.
Areas of Specialization
Though not all rehab facilities offer “medical detoxification,” all people with an addiction to drugs or alcohol will experience intense physical and emotional changes and discomfort as their bodies react to withdrawal of the addictive substance. Many people use the term “detox” to refer to the period of time (ranging from a few days to a week) when the body is reacting to an addict’s decision to stop using.
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.
Intensive Outpatient (IOP)
Patients who undergo intensive outpatient treatment continue to live at home and sometimes go to school or work while participating in a highly structured treatment protocol that is focused on ending substance abuse. Programs vary in terms of how much treatment patients receive, how often and for how long. Some facilities design individualized intensive outpatient treatment programs.
Residential treatment programs provide housing (food and meals) in addition to treatment for substance abuse. Some facilities offer only short-term residential treatment, some offer only long-term treatment and others offer both, ranging from a few days to many months, based on patient needs.
I am so grateful we found Recovery First. Our son is finally on the right track. Words cannot express our gratitude!
Recovery First helped me become the person I am today. Strong, healthy, and happy.
I just want to thank you and your staff for giving me a chance at a better life. I am picking up my 9 month chip today, and I can't believe the difference in my life. Without Recovery First this would not have been possible.
Meet the Staff
Chairman & Co-Founder, American Addiction Centers
Currently, the Chairman of the Board of American Addiction Centers, a national behavioral healthcare company with treatment centers located in Southern California, Nevada, Texas, Tennessee and Florida, Michael offers treatment and recovery options for drug, alcohol, mental health, and binge eating disorders. The 5 Essential Elements play a key role in American Addiction Centers’ clinical programs and are integral to the AAC culture.
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ABOUT RECOVERY FIRST — HOLLYWOOD, FL
One of 30 treatment centers operated by American Addiction Centers (AAC), Recovery First’s Hollywood, FL location offers intensive outpatient programming (IOP), and aftercare services for adult men and women who are struggling with substance abuse co-occurring disorders. The facility is located less than 10 miles from the beach in suburban southeast Florida.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Treatment at Recovery First (Hollywood) focuses on providing outpatient services to help clients transition back into the community and their normal lives with sober living skills. The facility offers intensive outpatient programming which allows patients to maintain their own residence and lives outside of treatment while seeking treatment. Clients are assessed by admissions specialists and counselors that look for key markers like a client’s level of chemical dependence and willingness to seek treatment. Appropriate clients are admitted to the program.
During treatment, clients participate in individual counseling to address problem behaviors. Clients are assigned to a counselor that also serves as a case manager when developing treatment plans. Clients also participate in group counseling sessions focused on addressing common issues and developing a sense of community. The IOP program generally meets three sessions per week for six weeks.
Clients participate in sober living training to promote sober living and relapse prevention. Training courses focus on common skills such as anger management, coping skills, and basic life management skills. At the end of the program, clients work with counselors to develop aftercare plans. Participation in community-based programming is encouraged to promote continued recovery.
The staff at Recovery First (Hollywood) includes physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, social workers, counselors, and behavioral health technicians. The 102 individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date on the staff’s level of training and experience gave it an average rating of 4.2 out of five stars.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
There is limited information regarding the facilities at Recovery First in Hollywood. However, images of Recovery First facilities show large communal areas including kitchens with community tables. The counseling areas are often large classrooms. Counselor’s offices are slightly smaller and show multiple close sitting areas for counselor and client interactions.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The 101 reviews submitted to Rehabs.com at the time of this writing were mostly positive, with some strong and recurring notes of criticism.
When polled on a scale from one to five, whether they would recommend the facility gave the center an average rating of 4.34 out of five stars in this category. Out of five stars, alumni also gave the center average ratings of 3.86 stars and 4.11 stars, respectively, for its counseling and exercise/leisure options (both based on 101 reviews) and 4.17 stars for its family program (based on 96 reviews).
Alumni gave the facility an average rating of 4.2 out of five stars for its staff's level of training and experience and repeatedly praised the center’s staff: “Understanding. my therapist was very helpful in my treatment here,” alum R.P. wrote in a representative review, while others were pleased that some staff were in recovery themselves. Others praised the way the center applied the 12-Steps and the program in general.
Several alumni complained that the facilities were dated or otherwise in need of attention: “This place really needs an update. The place is very run-down and has bugs in the apartment,” C.M. wrote.
Some alumni reported an excess of down time and difficulties with individual staff members. In a stronger note of criticism, a handful of reviewers claimed that the center was more interested in money than in helping people. “This place is a joke. The staff are a joke. Its all about the money. Staff do not know how to handle anyone with addition,” Nancy wrote in a representative review.
WHAT STAFF SAY
Of the three staff reviews submitted to Rehabs.com to date, one was positive and two negative.
“Management is dedicated to serving the clients needs,” J.G.P. wrote, awarding the center five out of five stars for its holistic offerings, family participation, affordability, staff's level of training and experience, and counseling options.
However, the other staffer wrote: “It's all about the money, prestige and power over peoples' lives for this rehab site. Staff walks on eggshells, worked to death, often demeaned and/or intimidated, and over worked.” This staff member gave one out of five stars for the overall quality of the program, fairness of salary, protocols training, and the loyalty of the staff.
Recovery First accepts self-pay and private insurance, and helps clients to access healthcare loans and other payment options. The 97 individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date on the center’s affordability gave it an average rating of 4.12 out of five stars.
Published on October 2017
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