Life of Purpose believes that individuals suffering from addiction shouldn’t have to choose between recovery and education. The rehab challenges the conventional wisdom that people in early recovery should wait to pursue their education, and follows a treatment model that offers real-world exposure in addition to comprehensive drug and alcohol addiction treatment. Young adults learn essential life skills, practice key recovery principles and are given the opportunity to attend classes while in the facility’s clinical continuum of care.
ABOUT LIFE OF PURPOSE
Set in sunny Boca Raton, Fla., (with other locations in Texas and Tennessee) Life of Purpose is an academically-focused, residential drug and alcohol treatment facility for students, including high school students and graduates, undergraduates, aspiring trade workers, and postgraduates. The facility, set on the Florida Atlantic University (FAU) campus, is the only substance abuse treatment facility in the country that is located on a university campus and specializes in treating young adults whose education has been disrupted by their substance abuse.
The facility offers a four-level treatment model that includes primary and intensive outpatient treatment (IOP), academically-focused, and recovery housing.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
The Life of Purpose program begins with primary treatment, which typically lasts for 60 days. During this time, clients are permitted to attend classes while also participating in recovery-based activities at FAU’s campus. The treatment schedule includes a minimum of 25 clinical hours per week and utilizes evidenced-based therapeutic modalities. Clients participate in group and individual therapy, adventure-based outings, and 12-step groups.
Once Primary Care is completed, clients can transition into the 60-day IOP. The program offers a minimum of nine clinical hours of treatment a week, with clients attending group sessions three evenings a week while continuing with individual therapy, case management, and at least seven hours of group therapy per week. Relapse prevention is one of the primary goals of the IOP, and treatment is highly focused on helping clients adopt the coping skills necessary to be successful in real-world recovery.
Clients in the IOP also begin to participate in Life of Purpose’s Academically Focused Aftercare Program™, which provides support as clients learn to juggle their classroom hours with their weekly IOP treatment schedule. During the last 30 days of IOP, clients fully transition to the aftercare program, which consists of two hours of individual therapy and one group therapy session a week.
The treatment team includes licensed clinical social workers, academically focused case managers, licensed mental health professionals, certified addiction professionals, registered nurses, a psychiatric nurse practitioner, and a certified alcohol and drug counselor.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Primary care clients reside in gender-specific, dorm-like facilities with 24-hour, on-site supervision.
Life of Purpose also provides a long-term transitional living residence for men, that’s designed to be conducive to recovery as well as academically supportive. There is a live-in recovery residence manager, as well as a full-time academic case manager who is at the residence Monday through Friday. Additionally, behavioral health technicians are on hand to offer individualized support, such as offering transportation to Life of Purpose’s outpatient programs.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Five alumni polled by Best-rehabs.com to date offered mostly positive reviews. Of the four who left ratings, three rated Life of Purpose four or five out of five stars in treatment effectiveness, accommodations and amenities, and meals and nutrition, while the fourth rated the facility only two, four, and two stars in those same categories, respectively. Alum L.T., polled on a further 12 categories, rated the facility four stars in holistic treatment offerings and cleanliness but only two stars in 12-step treatment, faith-based care, and treatment of co-occurring disorders.
In feedback, alumni J.H. and B. praised the facility for its coupling of academic education with clinical treatment, with alum J.H. writing: “Young people who go through the program are set up for success and do well.”
However, alumni J.T. and J. felt the academic portion of the program was stronger than the clinical. Alum J. wrote: “Clinically they are a mess, the group therapy was not beneficial to me. I found getting back into school very helpful to my recovery.” A fifth alum, although leaving no ratings, wrote negative feedback for Life of Purpose, criticizing the facility for its authoritarian management style.
On secondary sites, Life of Purpose received overwhelmingly positive responses to date. On the facility’s Facebook page (which may be curated), 61 reviewers rated the facility an average 4.8 out of five stars, with 58 positive reviews, one mixed, and two negative. On YellowPages.com, four reviewers rated the facility one, five, five, and four out of five stars, and on Google, 16 reviewers rated the facility an average 3.8 out of five stars, with five negative reviews and 11 a perfect five stars. Alumni mostly praised the staff’s compassionate care and opportunities for educational advancement in their feedback.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Best-rehabs.com currently has no reviews from loved ones of Life of Purpose to date. On secondary sites to date, loved ones left mostly positive reviews echoing alumni feedback, though one loved one on YellowPages.com criticized Life of Purpose’s high costs.
WHAT STAFF SAY
Best-rehabs.com currently has no reviews from Life of Purpose staff to date, but on secondary sites current and former employees were mostly positive, echoing alumni sentiments. One employee rated the facility a perfect five stars on Glassdoor, writing: “We don’t take no for an answer and aren’t afraid to deviate from the norm. The clients (or students as we call them) have become my friends as well.”
According to its website, Life of Purpose accepts most major medical plans.