|Working in Recovery Program
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| What is the Working in Recovery program at FHE?
The Florida House Experience, Working in Recovery Program is designed for those whom addiction or mental health issues have created significant impairments in their functioning and has led to consequences necessitating treatment. These clients have demonstrated an ability to progress in life in certain areas (family, work, self-supporting) but these gains are impacted by poor choices, lack of self-care, and self-defeating behaviors that lead them to recognize that they need treatment to get back on track. The program is designed to educate, help you to gain insight into your self-defeating behaviors and learn to develop new coping skills, social supports, and to make healthy choices consistently and appropriately.
| Who is the program intended for?
The Program is intended for those who have progressed in certain life areas but, as a result of their behavioral health conditions, are having difficulty maintaining healthy coping mechanisms and therefore difficulty managing their lives. Our clients in the program have jobs, families, businesses, or are loved ones of those who do of which substance use and mental health has had a significant impact on their lives.
| What can I expect at the Working in Recovery program?
We have licensed and PhD clinicians and psychologists to support you in your recovery process. We have case managers that follow you from admission to discharge to assist you in various life areas.
| Working in Recovery Program Features:
The unique feature of the Working in Recovery program is the peer-support model of care. In this program, you will be with the same cohort throughout your stay that have a similar situation to your own. By being around those that have the same struggles, you can develop and strong support system to assist you throughout your recovery process.
| Integrated Services:
(Include neurotherapy, medical, psychiatric neuro, milieu, specialty therapy DBT, EMDR, Trauma Resolution, Holistics, Alumni)
The Working in Recovery Program has its own curriculum specifically designed to complement all offerings of the Florida House Experience. In addition, we also offer robust 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 Working in Recovery Program will facilitate family involvement weekly when requested by clients. The 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 support, how the brain is involved in substance use and behavioral health 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.
| Dr. Michael Levy, PhD, Program Director
Dr. Michael Levy earned his bachelor’s degree from Boston University and his doctoral degree in professional psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology at Berkeley. He has worked in the mental health and substance use disorder fields for over 25 years, having clinically overseen full continuums of care of individuals who struggle with substance use, mental health disorders, or both. He has published over 25 articles on the understanding and treatment of substance use and psychiatric disorders, he has given numerous talks and lectures on these topics, and he has also been involved in number of research projects that focused on the treatment of addictive disorders. He is the author of two books, Take Control of Your Drinking…And You May Not Need to Quit, and Celebrity and Entertainment Obsession: Understanding Our Addiction.
| Paul Altine, MFT, Therapist
Paul is a married father of two children. He has worked in the field of mental health for over 10 years. Paul’s background is in marriage and family therapy. He obtained a Master from Antioch University in Marriage in Family Therapy. Paul believes that one of the most important factor that determines an individual’s wellbeing is the quality of their relationships with themselves and others. Paul adheres to a humanistic philosophy while using strategies from motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy and others to foster healthy and joyful lifestyle. Paul approaches working with clients from a systemic perspective which includes an evaluation of the client within the context of their relationships. Paul is passionate about music and often incorporates music in the therapeutic process with clients. On the weekends, Paul could be found Jogging and spending time relaxing with his friends and family.
| Wendy Happ, LMHC, Therapist
Graduated cum laude from Nova southeastern university with master’s degree in mental health, bachelor’s degree from Florida state university. I have been working in the field of addiction and mental health for close to 10 years. I specialize in working with people dealing with co-occurring disorders and have extensive training in family therapy. I love my job and am continuously inspired by seeing individuals and their families grow during the recovery process.
| Matt Stillman, MSW, Therapist
Matt completed his BSW and MSW in 2000 and 2002 respectively at Salem State University is Massachusetts, where he was born and bred. Has been licensed in Massachusetts as well as in Scotland where he lived for 10 years and was a National Trainer for suicide prevention. Matt has worked with various type of people including those suffering with major mental illness, people in crisis, higher education, criminal justice and prisons and returned to working in the substance abuse field in 2016, the population that has always most resonated with him and that he began his career in. Matt entered the field in 1996 after getting sober at the age of 19 here in South Florida and has remained in long-term recovery ever since. Matt has been trained in DBT, has an eclectic clinical style and has an increased professional interest in Compassion-Focused Therapy as well as Happiness and Spirituality in Recovery. His personal passions include sports, his children, writing and travel.
| Rehan Gordon, Case Manager
Rehan has been working as a case manager at The Florida House Experience since 2015, assisting patient with Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), short-term disability, legal issues, school withdrawal, etc. received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Central Florida in 2010 and her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Nova Southeastern University in 2014. Rehan has a history of working in the substance abuse and criminal justice fields. Rehan has spent time working with adolescents involved in diversion programs due to substance abuse and/or criminal involvement, by providing individual and group therapy, case management, and family education in an outpatient setting. Rehan enjoys assisting patients, to alleviate concerns while they are going through their treatment process.
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