Servicing Fort Lauderdale and the surrounding community, at Recovery First we know that when it comes to recovery, no two people are the same. That’s why the same treatment plan doesn’t work for everyone. At Recovery First, our main goal is to offer you freedom from your addiction through a personalized continuum of care. Throughout each level of care, you’ll receive an individualized plan of treatment catered specifically to your needs. You may move through treatment levels by moving from one facility to another. You’ll also find that the curriculum stays the same as you progress through treatment, keeping you grounded in the same main principles. So whether you started in detox at our Hollywood facility or came directly into the partial hospitalization program at our Ft. Lauderdale facility, you’ll be learning the same concepts and ways of thinking. We’re proud to offer our clients a diverse array of therapiesaimed at helping you change maladaptive thinking, work through issues such as grief or trauma, and increase your motivation for positive change. Changing the way you think about yourself and the world around you will increase your chances of lifelong success in recovery. Some types of therapies we might integrate into your plan of care may include dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), which helps you learn to alter your emotions and build better relationships with people, or process group therapy, where you work with others in recovery to talk about past experiences. Beginning your recovery is turning point in your life, and often an overwhelming and scary step. We want to reduce your burden and help you relax as much as possible. That’s why we have a number of amenities and features in our programs. From a stocked gym and recreation rooms to apartment-style living, our Hollywood location has just what you need to feel comfortable in rehab. A highlight of our Ft. Lauderdale location is its proximity to the beach. The feeling of warm sand between your toes and the sound of the turquoise ocean waves lapping upon the shore are just a short, five-minute walk away. Our goal is to help you feel as good in treatment as possible so that you can give all your attention to your recovery. our recovery doesn’t end whentreatment ends, and neither does our support. We offer a number of alumni and aftercare groups to help you stay on track and complete your goals. Recovery First offers a number of alumni and aftercare support sessions to keep you motivated and on track. Our alumni program hosts monthly events where you can learn to socialize and have fun with other people in recovery without using drugs or alcohol. You can also come to our aftercare meetings, which are held Saturday mornings from 9 to 11 a.m. at our Hollywood facility, to talk more in depth about your recovery.
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Denise is a dedicated licensed mental health provider with nearly 30 years of mental health, co-occurring and substance use disorders experience. Prior to joining American Addiction Centers, Denise served most recently and for the past nine years as the Executive Director of Behavioral Health Services for Aventura Hospital and Medical Center. Denise is a proud graduate of Nova Southeastern University where she earned her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling and holds a license in the state of Florida.More
Dr. Seely received his medical degree from Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Jefferson University in 1979 and went on to complete his residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Dr. Seely brings nearly 40 of experience as a practicing psychiatrist to his position as medical director at Recovery First. Prior to coming to Recovery First, Dr. Seely practiced at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center, working alongside Recovery First CEO, Denise O’Connell.More
Armi has served as the Director of Nursing and Infection Control Officer for Recovery First Hollywood and Fort Lauderdale since 2018. She supervises all operations of the nursing staff. Armi holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Arellano University in Manila, Philippines. Her career includes more than 30 years of nursing and healthcare experience in hospital and outpatient psychiatric and substance abuse settings. Before joining Recovery First, she worked as Clinical Nurse for an Internal Medicine private practice primarily serving the geriatric population. She brings a wealth of expertise with strengths in crisis prevention, risk management, quality assurance and nursing maintenance. Armi’s devotion to high-quality care earned her awards for nursing excellence in behavioral health from Broward General Medical Center 4 years in a row. She is passionate about helping others turn their lives around, stating “Working in Substance abuse and Psychiatric and mental Health setting gives me the opportunity to serve the most vulnerable clients who are usually at their lowest point in their lives….Seeing these same patients at the end of their rough journey to being able to manage the challenges of everyday temptations and gaining insight of what they had gone through is truly a fulfilling experience.” She currently resides in Parkland, Florida and has 3 daughters.More