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| What is the Faith + Recovery program at FHE?

The Florida House Experience, Faith and Recovery Program is a Christ-Centered Faith+Recovery based substance abuse, mental health, primary and or dual diagnoses program. Our Program uses a non-denominational approach to treatment. The FHE Faith + Recovery program is designed to allow clients to establish and or restore their faith relationship with God while also addressing their addiction and behavioral issues. The program is an integration of Behavioral, Medical (focus on brain change) and Faith based relationship with God.

While many programs have Christian “tracks” that simply consist of a Bible Study and weekly off-site church services, our program differs in that we also implement a comprehensive, unique faith based curriculum specifically designed for the groundbreaking work being done at FHE in the areas of neuroscience and behavioral health. The essence of our Faith + Recovery program is defined by a right relationship with God, Through Jesus Christ and revolves around biblical principles in all aspects of care provided.

| Who is the program intended for?

We believe a right relationship with God is essential for your recovery success. You will discover “How God Can Change your Brain” and you will be transformed by the renewing of your mind Romans 12:2. When this relationship is coupled with maximizing your treatment stay, individualized medical, clinical treatment and family recovery we believe you gain the best opportunity for long term success. We honor and welcome those from all Christian denominations as well as those with no faith at all. All that we require for this program is for someone to be seeking to connect spirituality. We approach addiction and mental health issues from a spiritual perspective and are a fully integrated faith centered program in conjunction with evidence based medical and clinical practice guidelines. We believe that it is important to combine the spiritual component with other medical and clinical programming including educational, clinical groups, relapse prevention, and individual clinical sessions and the neurosciences.

| What can I expect at the Christian program?

We meet all clients right where they are in their spiritual journey. Our approach encourages clients to have a deeper understanding of God’s forgiveness, mercy, peace and love. We provide spiritual support, guidance, make suggestions and recommendations. The environment is non-judgmental or condemning in nature. We allow his word to come into our lives and connect it to all supporting groups and programs. We are not a simple tract like most programs again everything we do revolves around solid biblical principles.

| What type of staff can I expect?

We have a full-time Pastor and a Program Director, who is a licensed Christian Therapist in both Substance abuse and Mental Health. Our additional Christian based Counselors also are licensed for individual and group work. Our Lead Pastor will meet you upon arrival, and is an active group therapist as well. He is always available for individual spiritual counseling.

| Christian Programming:

  • Individual Counseling with Licensed Clinical Therapist
  • Pastoral Led Group studies
  • Daily Devotional reading series
  • Bible Studies-connecting Gods word with the client need
  • Bible based Recovery groups
  • Christian Family Resources
  • Church Services…Non- denominational
  • Celebrate Recovery – Off-Site Location
  • Prayer & Meditation Morning meetings
  • 12-Step Meetings using God’s word to support
  • Christian Family Therapy
  • Psycho-educational Group Therapy
  • Leaders of the Faith Community Speaker Meetings
  • Faith and Recovery Meetings – Integration of Faith and Recovery

| Integrated Services:

(Include neurotherapy, medical, psychiatric, milieu, specialty therapy DBT, EMDR, Trauma Resolution, Holistics, Alumni)

The Faith and Recovery Program has its own curriculum specifically designed to complement all offerings of the Florida House Experience. Whether clients are involved in other programs such as Neurorehabilitation, Behavioral Health, First Responders, Sober Skills, Working @ in Recovery, all will have access to spiritual care, Bible Studies, and Church Services. At the same time, those in The Faith and Recovery Program are assured caring, and compassionate Case Management, Holistic Services, Family Therapy, Group and Individual Therapy, state of the art Neurorehabilitation Program, Behavioral Health, and Aftercare and Sober Living. The Florida House Experience understands that addiction is complex and that there is no single treatment that will work for everyone. We utilize a multidimensional, Collaborative Care model to ensure that our clients receive the quality of care that most benefits. Other care components include: Medicine and Psychiatry.

| Family Program

(With program and with FHE family services, three-day, family support, referrals to family resources)

The Faith and Recovery Program will facilitate family involvement weekly when requested by clients. The Faith and Recovery Program encourages clients to incorporate family support in their treatment offerings. Family goals are to further learn about the family dynamics, history of client’s substance use, behavioral health, spirituality, how addiction, and behavioral/mental health impacts the family, exploration of family’s history, their family origin concerns with the objective of identifying how this may affect current family dynamics and the client. Based upon this assessment, a family treatment plan will be developed. Issues which may include, but not limited to, communication issues; attempting to establish open and honest communication; explore barriers to ineffective communication, addressing enabling behaviors, learn how to set limits, establish healthy boundaries, trust issues and how this affects the relationships, psychoeducation on addiction and spiritual support, how the brain is involved in substance use and spiritual problems, how neuro biofeedback can be beneficial, discussion of the role of the family from a spiritual perspective, proving a safe place to allow family members to express their feelings to each other in healthy ways and exploring codependency issues. The Florida House Experience also offers a three-day family workshop with a Licensed Family Therapist.

| Debi Douglas, LMHC, MCAP, DCC, MA

Debi Douglas is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor for Florida House Experience – The Center for Faith and Recovery Program. Debi enjoys serving others and being involved with spiritual interventions and disciplines that address the clients’ core issues. She believes that working as a team towards one common goal can bring about a lifetime of change for many clients.

The most rewarding part of her job is getting feedback from clients that she actually cares about their well-being. Debi is grateful to work with an organization that appreciates their employees and promotes an environment of camaraderie.

Working in the field since 2009, she has worked with children, families, couples, and the adult population. Debi Is passionate about working in the addiction industry and merging those skills with her faith. As a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC), she is most passionate about being an agent of change while fulfilling her God-given talents to help others.

Debi earned her Bachelor of Science in Leisure and Tourism Management from European University in Spain. She then obtained her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Trinity International University in Florida. Debi is a Master’s Level Certified Addiction Professional (MCAP), Distance Credentialed Counselor (DCC) and also certified in EMDR. Her greatest achievement is knowing that she has helped someone change their life around positively.

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10

|Pastor John Panico, R.N., M Div.

John Panico is a Pastor at the Florida House Experience – The Center for Faith and Recovery Program. John has co-authored a tailor made faith based curriculum with Debi Douglas to complement ground breaking work at the Florida House Experience, especially in neuro/behavioral sciences. John is also the Senior Pastor of Calvary Chapel Delray Beach. He and his church family have worked with several recovery centers in the Palm Beach County, developing Christ-centered curriculum which emphasizes a balance of God’s Word, the power of the Holy Spirit, and connection to Christian community all as essential components to one’s recovery. John’s passion and privilege is to present God’s Word and watch the Holy Spirit change lives.

John received his degree at Palm Beach State College in 2004 as a Registered Nurse (RN), and worked primarily with Trustbridge Hospice for 11 years. He then received his Masters of Divinity (M. Div.) from Columbia International University in South Carolina in 2010. He enjoys serving the church and community with his wife, (who is also a RN) and spending time with his family.

“But those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up on wings like eagles, they shall run and not grow weary, they shall run and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:11-13

| Eileen Somerville, LMHC, MCAP

Eileen Somerville is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who earned her undergraduate and masters level degrees from Florida International University (FIU) here in South Florida. Eileen is also a Master’s Level Certified Addiction Professional (MCAP).

Eileen has been working in mental health since 2008 and is also passionate about working with addiction. She has worked in private practice over the years and enjoys working with couples. Eileen ultimately decided to work with this population of mental health and co-occurring addictions(s), because it is challenging yet very rewarding. She believes it is ever changing and predicable.

She loves helping those that society often turns their blind eye to, giving hope to those who have none. Eileen enjoys incorporating faith into therapy because often times, she believes this is what’s lacking in a patient’s life and keeping them from recovery. Eileen’s other great passion is her family; her husband and two sons who she likes to make proud daily.

Philippians 2:3-4, 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

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