Treatment Center Setting
- Beach Community
Recovery First Philosophy
Recovery First Fort Lauderdale East, owned and operated by American Addiction Centers (AAC), is one of two Recovery First locations. Located in Palm Beach, Florida, Recovery First treatment center has a 83-bed capacity and provides adult men and women struggling with substance abuse and behavioral health issues with PHP and IOP treatment programs. Additional services include psychological testing and ongoing holistic healing services. Clients also enjoy frequent outings to local attractions including the beach, local parks and museums.
Areas of Specialization
Some facilities have an addiction treatment protocol that all patients or clients are expected to follow, while others customize or individualize treatment based on a person’s unique needs and circumstances. Factors that may affect treatment decisions include age, lifestyle, medical conditions, type of drug, religious beliefs, etc.
Research shows that the odds of successful, sustained recovery from addiction are far higher when family members and loved ones are involved in treatment. Drug and alcohol addiction often have genetic roots, whether related to substance abuse, mental illness or both. Family dynamics also play a role and, often, family members are the first to realize a loved one has developed an addiction. Also, it’s important for family members to understand and embrace the lifestyle changes that are required to sustain recovery.
Creative Arts Therapy
Writing, making art or engaging in theater can be deeply therapeutic for people working to recover from addiction. Many facilities offer one or several forms of creative arts therapy as a way to help patients learn to express their feelings in productive ways.
I learned a lot about myself and my addiction.
Singer Island has changed my life this rehab give me so much help an educated me on my addiction. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else to try and get my life back.
The clinical staff was phenomenal the yoga instructor and wellness staff as well.
I appreciate the activities that we do on the weekends and the special privileges we get. Some of the staff genuinely care about us. I love my therapist miss Anna, I also like where we stay.
Meet the Staff
Diane Funston has more than 20 years of notable success serving in executive leadership positions for a variety of healthcare organizations. She specializes in strategic operations, planning of evidence-based treatment practices, fiscal management, operations and clinical management, marketing and relationship development, regulatory oversight and compliance management, and engagement and retention.
Mayra Matos, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker with over 25 years of experience in the field of mental health. She worked with federal and state government agencies including the Department of Veterans Affairs and the State of Florida about 23 years prior to joining Recovery First. Matos also served as clinical director for a national substance abuse treatment organization involved in the development of clinical programming working with high profile clients and families, and in 2002, she founded the South Florida Center for Family Counseling, a private practice providing individual, family, marital, sexual, and substance abuse related counseling. Matos developed and managed two state-awarded contacts for special services for all youth aging out the foster care as well as family conferencing services for all dependency judicial cases for two entire South Florida Counties. She has served as the field advisor and instructor for Barry University for over 20 years and has presented nationally on topics such as family engagement and empowerment, crisis intervention strategies, and locally on mental and public health issues such as depression, domestic violence, and child abuse, especially within minority groups and the Spanish Speaking community.
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ABOUT RECOVERY FIRST WEST
Located in the coastal community of West Palm Beach, Fla., Recover First West provides a residential, an intensive outpatient program (IOP), a sober living support program, a partial hospitalization program (PHP), and aftercare services for adults who struggle with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. The rehabilitation center is one of nine high-end facilities operated by American Addiction Centers, including a nearby Hollywood location.Medically-monitored detox is available on-site.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Recovery First West (and other American Addiction Centers facilities) treat substance abuse as a chronic disease. In the disease model of addiction care, clients are treated as if they have a disease like any other that requires medical treatment and continuing care to recover from. Treatment begins with a comprehensive evaluation so that the treatment team can develop an individualized treatment plan.
Recovery First West uses a collection of different cognitive, experiential, physical, and educational therapy types to create a comprehensive treatment for clients. The treatment curriculum is designed by American Addiction Centers, and is based on self-examination, education, and the development of coping skills.
Clients participate in individual and group therapy sessions using cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), motivational interviewing, rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT), eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, and trauma therapy. Aside from the cognitive therapies, experiential therapies like music and art therapies are offered.
Clients needing the most intensive care are admitted to the 90-day residential program. Once that program is complete, clients are transitioned into IOP, PHP, or aftercare programs. Clients are encouraged to participate in community-based support networks including 12-step meetings. Family involvement is also a priority and on-site or online participation can be arranged.
A typical residential treatment plan is for 90 days. Some clients may continue in an intensive outpatient program or begin with a partial hospitalization or day program. Aftercare is available for clients that complete the 90-day program. Clients will be included in an additional 30 days of recovery support to maintain a sober lifestyle.
The treatment team at Recovery First West includes licensed and credentialed medical doctors, registered nurses, board-certified psychiatrists. The team also includes licensed substance abuse and mental health counselors as well as social workers with advanced education degrees and licenses in their appropriate fields. In addition, the facility employs personal trainers and nutrition professionals that work with the medical team to facilitate physical rehabilitation services.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Clients live in shared bedrooms with two twin beds. There are furnished community areas and a shared kitchen.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
At the time of this writing, more than 101 alumni surveyed by Rehabs.com about Recovery First had positive feedback. The 101 alumni surveyed, on a scale from one to five, on whether they would recommend the facility to others, gave a cumulative rating of 4.34 out of five stars.
The facility’s staff received mixed feedback. Of 29 reviewers who mentioned staff techs, more than two-thirds complained of disorganization, inadequate training, and poor communication; however, on average, alumni rated the staff's level of training and experience 4.2 out of five stars. In a representative moderate review, alum Paul wrote that there were “Inconsistencies depending upon who is working the shift.” Alum Dustin wrote: “Good counseling, not enough techs, lack of feedback from techs. It was a good experience for the most part.” About half a dozen alumni reported that staff were caring and ten highlighted the positive community and fellowship.
Opinions about accommodations also varied. Alum K.L. wrote: “you can trade anything for the incredible staff,” going on to describe the amenities as disappointing. Some identified the ability to prepare one’s own food as a strength, while about as many did not prefer this approach. Many noted the beautiful grounds, but others described the living quarters as poorly maintained.
The vast majority of alumni indicated that the treatment was effective and the program a valuable experience.
On Google, the facility earned 3.8 out of five stars from 11 reviews.  Eight of the reviews were positive. Alumni praised the staff members, who, according to alum John, “do the best they can to make getting sober less painful.” In a representative review, alum Adam wrote: “The facilitators and therapists genuinely cared about me and every other client in the facility. To be honest, I miss it and I wish I could go back because of the lessons I've learned while I was there. Without Recovery first I wouldn't know what I'd be doing today with my life. It has changed my mindset for the better and I'm truly blessed to be in the position that I am today.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
At the time of this writing, four loved ones provided feedback to Rehabs.com about Recovery First West. The feedback was mixed.
Positive reviews and survey responses highlighted family participation and treatment effectiveness as strengths and tech understaffing or inconsistency as a weakness. One wrote that “Cost was a bit much,” giving affordability three out of five stars.
WHAT STAFF SAY
To date, Rehabs.com has received feedback from three staff members of Recovery First West. The feedback was mixed, with two positive and two negative reviews. The staff members didn’t agree on the ratings for any of the categories surveyed. One staff member described management as “dedicated” while another wrote that “It’s all about the money.”
Recovery First West accepts a range of private health insurance plans. The facility also provides a free insurance coverage verification service. Private pay is accepted, and payments can be made by cash or check. Recovery First West can also establish a payment plan if the other methods are not appropriate for a client. Healthcare service loans are available through Recovery First West.
According to its website, the facility also participates in a “Brand Promise” which is a guarantee of recovery success. Clients that complete the 90-day program can receive an additional 30 days of recovery follow-up services to ensure that they stay sober. These services are provided for free.
Published on October 2017
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