We offer a 30-45 day residential treatment program in which we work on the beginning steps to get your life back on track.
We offer a 30-45 day residential treatment program in which we work on the beginning steps to get your life back on track.
After you complete our residential program, we offer an Intensive Outpatient Program where you can continue to build on your recovery.
After the process, we have 9 hours of groups per week plus a 1 hour individual session with one of our specialized therapists.
Our program is a strengths-based, competency approach to treatment which is designed to assist the client with overcoming specific obstacles and increasing their ability to manage their emotions and situations without using chemicals to self-soothe and reduce anxiety, numb, avoid and provide what often appears to be relief. The treatment approach utilizes evidenced based practices to facilitate the many aspects of healing; physical, neurological, mental, emotional and spiritual, that must be addressed and to some extent resolved. Our goal is to provide the highest level of quality services to assist with often co-occurring mental health issues that are frequently related to substance use.
United Recovery Project is designed as an intensive program for individuals who are seeking help for substance addiction. This program is unique in that it is not a track within a general population program, but rather its own distinct program with separate therapy groups and residential experience. The program combines therapy methods for treatment of addiction and trauma utilizing one-on-one and group therapy to address all aspects of the individual, including mental, physical, spiritual, social, environment and relationships. United Recovery Project will not attempt to change the client; rather to empower the client to define what is working in your life and discover the endless possibilities for what your life can be. The goal is that the client develops the strengths and resources necessary for one’s own recovery.
Before entering the program, clients undergo a pre-assessment to confirm that they are an appropriate clinical fit. Upon admission, they meet with the Clinical Director or your Primary Therapist who does a full assessment in order to assign a primary therapist and create a customized treatment plan. Clients are typically in the program for a minimum of 30 days, though can remain in the program for 45-60 if recommended by the clinical team. When the client approaches the end of the program, the clinical team creates an aftercare plan, including coordinating with resources in the client’s home community to ensure that the progress made during the client’s treatment is continued.
An extremely vital aspect of any successful therapy begins with thorough assessments. We use an extensive array of tools which are designed to facilitate an opportunity to gain as much information as possible to further the effectiveness and appropriateness of all therapeutic interventions from that point forward. Thorough assessments are key to creating the therapeutic map to success.
Treatment plans are individualized and focused on specific goals and objectives for the client to achieve while the client is receiving clinical services at United Recovery Project. These treatment goals are identified through the assessment process and are client specific. This is the map of how we will guide the client through his therapeutic process and towards his healing and ultimately recovery.
The format is setup in a weekly rotation with each task or activity defined in advance. The schedule is such that a new client will be introduced into the rotation and through the stay will accomplish all tasks and assignments as outlined.
Explanation of Therapy Sessions:
Individual therapy is a truly intimate process in which clients have an opportunity to discuss some of their most difficult issues and most private fears. These weekly sessions create paradigm shifts in the client’s belief system and create substantial growth, which can lead to freedom.
Individual therapy sessions occur on at least a weekly basis. During these sessions the therapist addresses the client’s individual needs, issues which are client specific, areas of concern, reviews treatment plans, communicates with family, and assists client with overcoming obstacles, gaining insight into problems as well as creating a safe environment that is not available to the same extent in a group setting. These sessions provide the client with a unique opportunity to work on their specific issues with the undivided attention of their clinician. This is also where a strong therapeutic bond is created which further elicits extensive change within the individual.
Primary Psychotherapy Group:
Primary group therapy is a process format in which clients deal with their most difficult issues in a supportive peer environment. Primary group creates a cohesiveness and common bond within the group which cannot be replicated in any other way. It is where clients interact on a deeply personal level which creates incredible growth opportunities.
Groups may focus on processing difficult emotions and situations, providing an educational opportunity, and it allows for an increase in comprehension of the presenting issues. Groups can occur with one or more therapists who facilitate and guide the direction of the group. Group settings provide a unique advantage in that they create the instillation of hope through a group of peers which demonstrates that treatment can and will be effective, it allows for a sense of universality in that we are not alone with our problems, it’s an opportunity to impart information through psychoeducational tools, creates a sense of altruism in which opportunities rise which allow the participants to help each other which creates the feeling of usefulness, it allows for relationships to develop that are similar to primary family experiences which offers an opportunity to relearn and clarify distortions, it is a means to improve socializing techniques, it can create an opportunity for imitative behavior of members who are functioning more appropriately, it provides an opportunity for catharsis, there are existential factors that arise while sharing with others and it provides interpersonal learning through receiving feedback from others.
Meditation and Goals:
Meditation is a vital aspect of neurological healing. It has been proven to create neuroplasticity and reengage the prefrontal cortex. It is a skill that teaches clients how to regulate their mood and manage their thoughts in a positive and productive way. Setting daily goals is a practice which will help each individual client throughout their lifetime. It is about instilling daily habits of recovery, which will further enhance their lives.
In a morning meditation group the clients will read from various chosen daily meditation books, discuss what the reading means to them and how it applies in their life. They also have an opportunity to practice 10 minutes of mindfulness in order to learn this vital skill in mood and thought regulation as well as create a tool that they will be able to use going forward to improve overall balance in their lives. Each client writes down a goal that they hope to achieve during the day and these goals are individualized and client specific.
Relapse Prevention and Sobriety Maintenance:
Relapse prevention and sobriety maintenance are perhaps the most vital skills for maintaining abstinence and avoiding relapse. We put significant effort into creating a solid plan in place which focuses specifically on the client’s relapse package. As discussed earlier, there are often multiple addictions occurring and they each have specific behaviors, emotions and situations attached to them. Our goal is to include as much information as possible, which is designed to help the client see their symptoms long before the relapse actually occurs.
One of the most vital skills for recovery is learning how to maintain abstinence and avoid relapse. The group topics are designed to assist clients with seeing their addiction for what it is, creating a new vision for the future, understanding and accepting personal accountability and recognizing the signs and symptoms of relapse.
Art and Creativity Exercises:
Art and Music Therapy are interventions which assist with neuroplasticity; the actual healing of the brain, creating different avenues to explore things that may not come up in normal “talk therapy” and it facilitates an entirely new point of view in which the client may make significant discoveries that are otherwise impossible to achieve.
Art and music therapy are a great avenue to access aspects of the client which would not be as easily addressed in a normal group setting. Art therapy accesses different parts of the brain, which allows for greater integration of concepts as well as neurological healing. Art and music therapy often bring out different issues than normally arise in a “talk therapy” format.
Bryan Alzate serves as our Chief Executive Officer. Bryan has a vested passion to assist 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.
Alexis earned both a B.A. 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 University of San Diego. She is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapy Intern in the state of Florida and is working towards licensure. 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.
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.
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.
Chris has been serving in field of treatment for addictions and co-occurring mood disorders since 2012. He has energy for helping others overcome their substance abuse and underlying issues, assisting them in achieving their God given potential. Chris received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont in 2005. He is currently a Florida Board Certified Addiction Professional and an Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Chris takes a hands on approach by maintaining a full caseload, facilitating group sessions, and providing spiritual counseling to our clients.
Patrick finds great passion in providing therapeutic services through solution-oriented conversations, collaborating with clients to determine the futures they envision for themselves and their families. Patrick believes that therapy works best when therapists seek to understand their clients first and don’t simply rush to change them.
Patrick has been trained in hypnotherapeutic techniques that may assist with drug and/or alcohol dependency, smoking cessation, depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues. A child advocate and lead trainer at a domestic violence agency for many years, Patrick served survivors in the movement to end domestic and sexual violence. Patrick has worked with many clients and problem-issues including relationship difficulties, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, chronic pain, military veterans’ issues, traumatic brain injury, HIV/AIDS status, physical and mental disability as well as with clients who have been court-mandated to seek therapeutic services.
Patrick is an LGBTQ-affirming therapist and seeks to understand the diverse lives of his clients through attention to their cultural context. Patrick completed his undergraduate education at the University of Central Florida, where he graduated with a degree in English: Creative Writing in 2007. He graduated with a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Nova Southeastern University in 2016. Patrick approaches substance abuse treatment through a systemic lens, seeking to gain increased insight about the client’s biological, psychological, and social relationships. Patrick views his relationship with clients as a fundamental feature of healing and thereby emphasizes an empathic approach that includes respect, patience, and transparency.
Lori has her Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern- IMT 2348. She has multifaceted experience in the helping field since 2001 including mentoring, counseling, and case management as well as the development and implementation of programs and events within aftercare programs, faith-based institutions, and community-based organizations. Over the last few years, Lori has provided therapeutic support while working in a clinic, at a hospital, in schools, with families in their homes, and in a private practice setting. It is through this experience that Lori found a passion in working in the substance use field.
Lori believes in the power of change within the recovery community. She also understands that it is often a crisis or major life event that brings individuals to seek treatment and she is enthusiastic about collaborating with her clients on exploring their experiences and identifying strengths and resources to overcome challenges and accomplish life goals. Lori utilizes an eclectic approach to therapy that includes traditional talk therapy, family therapy, art, mindfulness meditation, play and adventure-based activities, and solution focused narratives.
Lori was born and raised in South Florida. She enjoys doing activities outdoors including kayaking and biking, she dabbles in painting, poetry, and photography and she loves spending time with her family, friends, husband and puppy.
Catalina is a bilingual (English/Spanish) Registered Marriage and Family Therapist who has worked with INDIVIDUALS, COUPLES and FAMILIES who seek help with, but not limited to, the following issues: Substance Abuse/Recovery, Family Conflict, Marriage/Couple Conflict, Parent-Child Issues, Grief/Loss, Emotional Distress, Anxiety/Depression/Anger, Self-Esteem and others. Catalina's goal is to provide her clients with a safe, non-judgmental therapeutic environment where they can explore new solutions and gain the tools to cope with life's challenges in a more effective manner.
Every client's life story is UNIQUE, therefore, she takes an INDIVIDUALIZED approach to therapy that allows her to meet clients where they are, identify their innate strengths, and help them construct meaningful relationships and a fulfilling life.
Catalina is passionate about listening to people's life stories and helping them learn how to best navigate the most important and complex relationships in their lives.
Ashley is a South Florida native from Hollywood, FL. She has a wide range of therapeutic experience. She has worked within the fields of substance abuse, mental health, homeless, and criminal offender populations. Ashley believes in a balance between compassion and accountability and feels fortunate to be in a field that contributes to saving and changing lives. Her passion lies in helping others empower themselves into a new world of opportunity and hope. Ashley utilizes an eclectic approach to collaborate with her clients and creates individualized treatment objectives to meet her client’s needs. She is a Primary Counselor at United Recovery Project and is also a Florida Board Certified Addictions Counselor, International Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor, and is pursuing her education in Mental Health Counseling.