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Families: What You Need to Know

Sending your loved one off to treatment is scary; you may worry about their well-being and how they’re progressing. Knowing more about just how they’ll spend their time at Recovery First may help to ease your fears.

What Will My Loved One Be Doing?

Family holding hands with a loved one battling addiction

While at our Hollywood facility, your loved one will be spending their days in a rigorous therapy and treatment schedule. Their exact schedule depends on whether they’re in detox, residential treatment, a partial hospitalization program, or intensive outpatient treatment, but many of the basic principles are the same.

Our clients often start their day with morning meditation. Then they’ll enjoy breakfast and begin their day of treatment in earnest. Their mornings will be spent in a number of clinical programs, from dialectical-behavior therapy to pain management.

One key part of daily treatment is process group therapy, which is when your loved one will meet with their therapist to address any personal issues, conquer any symptoms of relapse, and advocate for their health appropriately.

Your loved one will also participate in various educational groups to learn more about addiction and recovery. Their days will also include various healthy activities to promote communication, healthy habits, and physical wellness.

Coursework changes each day to keep your loved one thoroughly educated on a number of recovery-based subjects. Your loved one will have some free time in the afternoon, as well as dinner. They can attend optional groups at night. Lights out will occur at the same time each day so that patients get adequate rest and stay on a healthy schedule.

Our treatment team will work with your loved one from day one to develop an aftercare plan so that both of you know what you can do to be successful when your loved one leaves Recovery First.

Can I Talk to Him or Her?

To help your loved one stay truly immersed in their recovery, we place limits on phone calls and visits. Families may visit once per month during our family weekends, while phone calls may be placed during non-programming hours/free time.

At Recovery First, we encourage writing impact letters to your loved one. Once they receive this letter, they’ll be able to write back to you the next day.

Don’t worry if you don’t hear back from your loved one; they may just be busy with treatment. To see how they are progressing, you are free to call our facility and speak with their therapist. Just keep in mind that our therapists are not on-site 24/7, so they may not be able to return your call immediately.

Can I Bring Gifts or Items to My Loved One?

You may bring your loved one essentials such as clothing or personal items. Be mindful of the fact that, due to the sensitive nature of treatment, we will need to perform a thorough search of everything you intend to give them. This is done for their safety and the safety of their peers in the program.

We do not allow any food or drinks as gifts. Rest assured that your loved one will be able to pick up whatever they need at the grocery store.

How Can I Help?

Your main role during your loved one’s recovery is to be as supportive of your loved one’s journey as possible.

Our monthly, 2-day family program will help you understand exactly what this means. You will work with your loved one’s therapist to see how you can be involved in their treatment.

This is more than just a visitation—the program also helps you better understand what your loved one is going through. You’ll watch a presentation from their psychiatrist and also attend therapy groups so you can learn how to repair your relationships. This might involve family therapy, couples counseling, or another form of therapy.

When your loved one is ready to be discharged, you’ll work one-on-one with their case manager to plan how and when they’ll return home.

Family Visits

Families are encouraged to visit loved ones at Recovery First during the family program weekend.

There are several nearby hotels where you can stay. For the Hollywood facility, these include:

  • Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (9 minute drive).
  • Quality Inn and Suites Hollywood Boulevard Port Everglades Cruise Port Hotel (13 minute drive).
  • Holiday Inn Express and Suite Fort Lauderdale Airport West (10 minute drive).

The best way to get here from out of town is to fly into Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL), which is just 20 minutes from the Hollywood facility. You can take a taxi, Lyft, or Uber if you don’t have a car. Another option is public transportation. To get to Hollywood, take bus 9 or 12 to stop 291 or 145.

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