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    Desert Hope is a beautiful oasis with modern charm located in Las Vegas, Nevada. We provide all levels of care from detox, in-patient, outpatient and sober living.

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  • A New Life Awaits

    Start your recovery at our spa-like facility in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. Holistic therapies, chef-prepared meals, and LGBTQ+ support are among the many features of our premier drug and alcohol treatment program.

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    Laguna Treatment Hospital is located in Orange County, CA. The first Chemical Dependency Recovery Hospital in the OC, we offer safe medical detox, mental health support, and wellness programs.

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  • Start Recovery at Our Southern Resort

    Take a step back from your life and get the help you need at our premier drug and alcohol addiction center. Nestled in the countryside 1.5 hours from Memphis, Oxford gives you the support you need in a calm and beautiful setting.

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  • Recovery Forecast includes Tropical Weather

    Your recovery can start at either of two premier drug and alcohol treatment facilities in the Greater Miami area - Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood, FL. Our specialties include treatment for veterans and first responders.

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  • Sunny Florida Welcomes You

    Retreat to the sunny climate of Tampa, Florida for a stay at the gold standard of treatment facilities. We offer customized care plans to help you on your recovery journey.

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  • Helping New Englanders Find Recovery for Over 30 years

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Our Facilities

Convenient Location
Recovery First provides substance abuse rehab at Recovery First Hollywood (IOP) and at Recovery First Fort Lauderdale East (PHP and IOP) offer a continuum of care for adults struggling with addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders. Our beautiful South Florida facilities are a part of the larger American Addiction Centers (AAC) family of rehab centers located throughout the United States.

Qualified Addiction Staff

Clinical Team
Recovery First Hollywood and Recovery First Fort Lauderdale East are staffed by compassionate licensed, addiction physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, counselors, behavioral health technicians, and support staff with years of experience working with addiction and recovery.

Our Standard of Care

You can trust that you are in good hands when you come to Recovery First to find recovery from addiction. Our treatment team is made up of extremely caring and qualified staff who meet regularly with our medical and clinical leaders from American Addiction Centers to discuss continuous improvements to addiction treatment and the best ways to help our patients find lasting recovery.

Corporate Headquarters
Our Executive Management Team is based in our corporate offices in Brentwood, Tennessee (outside of Nashville). Our leadership is represented by professionals with decades of experience working in addiction treatment, healthcare management, and operation of addiction treatment facilities. We bring together best practices and industry expertise of treatment facility operations management and effective clinical staffing to make Recovery First a premier provider of addiction treatment.

You can reach out to us anytime at hello@recoveryfirst.org

Meet Our Team

Denise O’Connell, Chief Executive Officer

Denise is a dedicated, licensed mental health provider with more than 30 years of experience treating mental health and substance use disorders. Prior to joining the Recovery First family, she served as the executive director of behavioral health for another medical facility in Florida. There, she created an IOP program that expanded significantly during her tenure. Because of her management and expertise, Denise quickly developed a reputation in the community for quality and integrity.

Denise’s career in addiction treatment was propelled by an early interest in the inner workings of the mind, substance abuse, and mental health. A licensed mental health counselor with a master’s degree in counseling psychology and experience with dual diagnosis conditions, she thoroughly understands the particular needs of individuals with mental health disorders and with the substance-abusing population. Denise’s leadership, knowledge, and experience combine to ensure that patients receive the highest level of care at Recovery First.

A self-admitted workaholic, Denise certainly knows how to enjoy the free time that she does get. Her two huskies keep her quite busy, and she and her husband of 21 years are avid boaters who take to the water every chance they get.

Richard Seely, Medical Director

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.

Armi Gutierrez, Director of Nursing

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.

American Addiction Centers

Facility Information

Recovery First Hollywood
4110 Davie Road Ext. Suite 203
Hollywood, FL 33024
Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:30pm
Main Office Line- 954.981.9228
Email- Recoveryfirstintake@contactaac.com
Executive Director – David Sotolongo

Caring Professionals

Our Team
The Recovery First Fort Lauderdale East team is comprised of highly-qualified, passionate individuals who strive every day to provide our clients with the best care possible. Many of our experienced addiction professionals are in recovery so they understand what clients are going through and treat them with dignity and understanding. Our Facility is accredited by CARF and the Joint Commission.

Compassionate Staff
Our experienced, empathetic addiction team includes professionals who are appropriately licensed and certified in their respective areas. Our staff includes:
– Physicians
– Psychiatrists
– Nurses & Nursing Assistants
– Social Workers
– Counselors
– Behavioral Health Techs
– Recreation therapists
– Transportations Coordinator
– Discharge Planner


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