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substance use disorder recovery

Primary Care

For clients whose education has been disrupted by substance use disorder, we offer supportive services designed to facilitate a rapid return to the classroom. By fostering individual potential into goal-directed behavior, our clients make a positive shift and discover what they can accomplish.

While participating in our Primary Residential Program, all clients have the opportunity to attend classes. Our Academically Focused Case Managers™ work in conjunction with our clinical team to minimize any delays in returning to study programs.

When not receiving therapeutic services at Research Park on the Florida Atlantic University (FAU) campus, Life of Purpose clients reside in gender-separate, group living facilities with 24-hour, on-site supervision.

Treatment sessions Monday through Friday begin at 9:30 a.m. and conclude at 5:00 p.m. with an optional workout at the FAU fitness complex. During treatment time, clients participate in both group and individual sessions with our multidisciplinary staff. Evidenced-based therapeutic modalities with proven efficacy in the treatment of substance use disorders in this particular demographic are utilized.

Throughout every level of care, each client works with the same treatment team for continuity. Clients form strong relationships as they keep the same individual therapist and Academically Focused Case ManagerTM.

Our rigorous schedule, which includes a minimum of 25 clinical hours per week, is interspersed with esoteric activities designed to spark self-reflection, personal congruence, and life meaning while reinforcing the core values of our program’s educational philosophy. Alternative experiential learning activities include: yoga, meditation, and art therapy. Plenty of time is also set aside for studying.

Adventure-based outings that are designed around sober fun take place once a week and may include paintball, kayaking and trips to the park. On weekend, behavioral technicians plan activities such as movie nights and trips to the beach to keep clients socially engaged.

Clients are also introduced to local 12 step fellowship communities by attending meetings and being encouraged to participate in their program.

Here’s an example of a typical weekday, which may be adjusted according to a client’s academic class schedule:

8:00 a.m. Wake up, take a shower, do house chores, eat breakfast, and prepare for transportation to clinical site

9:30-12:30 p.m. Clinical Hours. Clinical hours may consist of individual therapy, individual case management, psychiatric evaluations, medication management, or group therapy.

Clients are transported for lunch back at the Primary Care residence with break until 2:00 p.m.

2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Afternoon group sessions continue

5:00 to 6:00 p.m. clients transported to and from Primary Care residence to gym on FAU campus (optional activity) and can work out with supervision

6:30 p.m. Return to residence to shower, eat dinner and prepare for community meetings, which may include Alcoholic Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) groups or meetings with collegiate recovery communities (CRCs).

Our treatment model also offers essential, real-world exposure critical to the growth and development of young adults. With the assistance of our residential and clinical staff, clients practice life skills such as shopping, budgeting, housekeeping, and self-care to prepare them for independent living on campus and in the community.

For more information, please call us at 1.888.PURPOSE (787-7673).

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