Treatment Center Setting
United Recovery Project Philosophy
The United Recovery Project has been designed to maximize the recovery potential for clients of all backgrounds in a nurturing, supportive setting. We believe that there is hope for anyone struggling with an addiction. We provide a small client to therapist ratio in order to ensure the highest quality of care possible. We offer a safe environment where clients are taught how to effectively deal with everyday challenges, including past failed attempts at discovering solutions. Our therapists and counselors utilize a variety of treatment modalities in order to provide clients with the tools they need to achieve long-term sobriety. By understanding each client’s unique differences, our clinicians tailor individual treatment programs to achieve the highest level of wellness on the road to recovery.
Areas of Specialization
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.
Eating Disorder Treatment
Many mental health professionals view eating disorders (including anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder, along with other dysfunctional eating patterns) as a food addiction – in that food is used in ways other than as fuel or a source of pleasure. Some, but not all, addiction treatment programs include eating disorder treatment as part of the service menu. Also, an eating disorder may be a dual-diagnosis or a co-occurring disorder with drug or alcohol addiction.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
The focus of cognitive behavioral therapy (also called CBT) is helping people to understand the thoughts and emotions that underlie their addiction with the goal of learning new, healthier and more productive ways to understand and express themselves.
Animal therapy (also called animal-assisted therapy and pet therapy) supports recovery and emotional wellbeing by helping people develop relationships with animals. Animal therapy can be a one-time or ongoing experience.
United Recovery Project helped me in so many ways, they were there for me when I couldn't be there for myself and never once did they turn their back on me. I came in here lost, and they helped me find my worth and realize that life is worth living. This place is by far the best treatment I've ever been too, they truly care about their clients and helping people find a new way of life. I appreciate all of the staff for what they've done for me, I would absolutely recommend this place to anyone that wants to change for the better. URP saved my life, and I could never thank them enough.
United Recovery Project staff is amazing!! The techs are very helpful and understand a lot and help me get through a lot of my issues. Kristen, Alexis and Patrick help me accomplish what I needed to do and guided me in the right direction. The place is very clean and very professional. I came down from New Jersey with so many court issues and lost hope in myself and found hope in other people and then in myself. I want to thank everyone that works at URP for all that they do and for giving me so much hope for the further and for saving my life one day at a time. These people really care on a different level than any other treatment center I have been too. They have so much passion behind what they do for their clients. They have given me a different look at addiction and I have learned the tools I need to stay focused on staying clean and work a program of recovery. I am so grateful I had the opportunity to get to work with the staff and the techs. I had so many great moments with the staff and cherish them. Thank you United Recovery Project for being there for me when I had no hope and lost my way in life.
This place was the best decision I ever made, this place saved my life and im so grateful for the people that work here. They're wonderful people who care about you and not the money. I never thought i could do this but this place gave me hope that I can and I am so grateful to the people that work here. If you're tired of being miserable and wanna give up, I recommend you give this place a call. They are here to help people who are struggling with addiction. I will never forget my experience at United Recovery Project. Thanks for saving my life.
Fantastic service - I had a loved one that had a problem with alcohol and pills and had a fantastic experience there. They received the guidance and support needed to foster a new lifestyle. It has been quite a while and my loved one is on the right track, thanks to these guys. Keep up the good work!
Where do I even start! Urp is helping me save my life and I am forever grateful! I first walked through the doors July 13th and I am still attending therapy and staying in halfway that's owned by whom I'm confident they hand selected to make it just as wonderful as their treatment facility! The united recovery project offers an approach to addiction that was brand new to me. They didn't just explain why drugs were bad and talk about why I shouldn't use....they helped me get to the bottom of why I chose to do them in the first place. Why I wanted to get out of myself so badly. When I first got here I didn't want to trust anyone but they told me I could trust them and they prove that to me every single day. Ashley, mike Davis, Bryan, Alexis, and Kristen are a wonderful example of the gifts recovery can bring to you! They are open to suggestions and truly care about every single client that walks through those doors. I love everyone here and its so nice to know that I'm loved right back! Highly recommended to anyone whether its your firsts time in treatment or your 30th! This place changes lives!
In a nut shell U.R.P. gave me the hope I have been searching for my entire life. In many ways this place saved my life. Most apparently the entire staff showed me love and proved to me that I am worthy of loving myself. My therapist specifically inspired me to believe in the future and strive for greatness. The other clinical members were compassionate, empathic, and accommodating to All of my needs. The rest of the staff through the duration of my stay was supportive and encouraging, which was all I needed to stay motivated when I became unwilling. I would recommend this place not only to someone struggling with addiction but anyone who wants to re-invent their own life because United Recovery Project stands behind what they preach and teach and truly care about the individual! Thank you U.R.P. you all saved my life.
Meet the Staff
Alexis Ecoff, M.A., MCAP, LMFT
Alexis earned both a B.S. in Psychology and a B.A. in Family and Child Sciences from Florida State University and an M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of San Diego. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Florida, as well as a Masters Certified Addiction Professional. Alexis is also a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). Alexis has clinical experience working with individuals, families, couples, children, and groups and also a sub-specialty working with people in recovery. Alexis utilizes an integrated, systemic approach to counseling; empowering people to define what is not working for them in their lives and to discover the possibilities for making life work. In doing this, clients are guided towards identifying their strengths, accessing their resources, tapping into their own potential for success, and taking action toward achieving their desired goals.
Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder
Bryan Alzate serves as our Chief Executive Officer. Bryan has a vested passion for assisting those struggling with substance abuse, as he is an active member of the recovery community with over 9 years substance abuse free. Bryan attended Florida Atlantic University before co-founding the United Recovery Project. Bryan brings 8 years of substance abuse treatment experience to URP. It is his goal to provide a safe, healing environment where clients are given the tools needed to achieve total health and wellness.
Kristen joined the United Recovery Project team in August of 2016 as Case Manager and shortly thereafter, earned the title of Safety Officer. She began her journey to recovery in 2006 when she came from NJ to S. Florida for treatment. Her passion for helping others began when she was given the opportunity to run a sober living home for women in 2007, in which she did passionately for 6 years. In 2009 she began working as a Behavioral Health Technician and quickly became a Lead tech supervisor. In 2011, Kristen became a case manager where she used her drive to help others by assisting clients with their legal, employment, and aftercare needs so that they could focus on getting the most of their treatment while not worrying about these things. She is an active member of the Recovery Community in Broward County and sits proudly on the committee for Broward National Recovery Month. In 2016 she received the award for "Recovery Person of the Year,” an honor she treasures dearly. She has traveled to Washington D.C. for the Unite to Face Addiction Rally to advocate for more resources and bring about awareness to the problem of addiction that plagues our nation.
Director of Admissions
Chris LiVolsi completed his Undergraduate studies at Florida International University, graduating summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. His primary focus is substance abuse and trauma psychology. Chris is actively involved in psychology research through the TRIIIAD lab at FIU. He is dedicated to community service and the enrichment of life through his involvement in Phi Betta Kappa. It is Chris’s mission to provide the resources clients need to receive the highest quality of care available. He best serves his purpose by working as the Director of Admissions at United Recovery Project.
Rehabs.com 360 Guide
ABOUT UNITED RECOVERY PROJECT
Located in south Florida, United Recovery Project offers residential and outpatient treatment for individuals struggling with substance abuse and a dual diagnosis. Detox is not available on-site although, according to its website, the facility “works with a network of high-quality detox programs for clients to begin their journey” before coming to the center.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
After a pre-evaluation to confirm that a client is a good fit, treatment begins with a full assessment by the clinical director or a primary therapist to create a customized treatment plan.
The residential program typically lasts 30 days, although some clients stay for 45 to 60 days. Treatment is built around cognitive behavioral therapy and includes 12-step meetings, individual and group therapy, medication-assisted therapy (MAT) with Vivitrol and Naltrexone, creative therapies, and meditation. Educational sessions cover relapse prevention, trauma, life skills, and family dynamics.
Upon completion, clients receive an aftercare plan that may include referrals to the center’s local sober living facilities, where they reside while engaging in further treatment. The facility's partial hospitalization program (PHP) involves nine hours per week of group counseling, plus one hour a week of individual counseling.
Within Florida, United Recovery Project is among 26.8 percent of substance abuse treatment facilities accredited by The Joint Commission. The clinical director is a master’s level therapist, and many staff members are in recovery themselves.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Male and female residential clients live in upscale facilities, which have pools, gardens, and outdoor leisure areas. Extracurricular activities include trips to the beach, bowling, and movies as well as chiropractor sessions, equine therapy, fishing, and laser tag. Individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date on the matter praised the maintenance of the facility.
Facility Cleanliness and Upkeep: 4.7/5
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
A wide cross-section of alumni polled by Rehabs.com about United Recovery Project to date submitted overwhelmingly positive feedback, particularly for its counseling options, staff, and family participation
Counseling Options: 4.7/5
Staff Experience and Training: 4.7/5
Family Participation: 4.5/5
Reviewers repeatedly praised the staff, described as very caring and understanding; some appreciated that many were in recovery themselves. An anonymous alum, in a representative review, told Rehabs.com: “Had a great experience here. Staff are the best and saved my life and are angels.” Isolated critical comments concerned high cost, focus on finance over treatment, and lack of professionalism.
Likelihood to Recommend: 4.8/5
Secondary sites yielded positive opinions to date: 4.8 out of five stars based on 73 reviews on Google; four stars based on three reviews on Yelp; and 4.9 stars based on 125 review on Facebook, which the organization can manage.    Reviewers (alumni, loved ones, others) commended the caring and competent staff, treatment regimen, structure, atmosphere, and living conditions. “Great place if you want to stay sober and start a new life. The staff is excellent, make you feel comfortable, and tend to all your needs,” wrote William on Google. Isolated criticism concerned false advertising claims and unscrupulous practices.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Loved ones polled by Rehabs.com about United Recovery Project submitted very positive feedback to date, all eight giving perfect five stars for both treatment effectiveness and accommodations and amenities, and 4.9 out of five stars for meals and nutrition. Seven provided more detailed opinions on other metrics, echoing alumni praise.
Counseling Options: 5/5
Family Participation: 4.8/5
Holistic offerings: 4.7/5
Reviewers praised the staff, professionalism, living conditions, and customer service, such as Bryan, who told Rehabs.com: “This facility is extremely in touch with the true nature of addiction” and added: “Every question I had was answered right away, I was always updated on how they were doing and what I could do to help and understand their treatment process.”
WHAT STAFF SAY
Two staffers polled by Rehabs.com to date gave very positive feedback, assigning five and four out of five stars to other metrics, including affordability, connectivity, counseling options, facility cleanliness and upkeep, family participation, holistic offerings, likelihood to recommend, and staff experience and training. “Here at URP our number one concern is showing our clients love as they never felt loved before while in active addiction,” one employee wrote.
According to the facility’s website, most insurance is accepted, including Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and United Healthcare. Overall, individuals polled by Rehabs.com on the matter appreciated the cost of the facility:
Published on September 2018
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