Recovery First

Ratings & Reviews
Recovery.org Reviews
  • Overall: 4.1
  • Accommodations: 3.9
  • Meals: 4.2
  • Effectiveness: 4.3
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Contact Information
4110 David Road Extension
Hollywood, FL 33024
8889195938
  • $ Paying for Treatment
    • Insurance is Accepted
    • Financing is Available
    • Medicare is not Accepted
    • Medicaid is not Accepted

Treatment Insights

Recovery First programs are reality-based, promoting personal responsibility, with a focus on educating clients in three key areas: Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome, denial management and relapse prevention. Services include detox, inpatient care, outpatient care, interventions and relapse treatment.

Recovery First Reviews and Ratings Details

The following is based on a combination of Surveys of Alumni, Staff, Loved Ones, and Reviews and Ratings from around the web.

Reviews at a Glance

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C.

The staff at recovery first are absolutely incredible!

Jesse jame

i recommend united recovery project for anyone who is looking to get help. this place works. everyone here is awesome and they give you all the tools you need to be productive in life. this program sa...

Kayla

Therapist The Doctor... is ridiculous, shes absolutely horrible and the biggest downfall of this facility. A new doctor would be a tremendous step up in the right direction, switching up the groups ...

SS

the staff here is available almost always and they are going through the things we are also the website is a lie and not at all what the realistics are. there is a horrible workout area and the 75 do...

SG

Strengths: cleanliness and supportive. Weaknesses: repetiveness. The staff is very attentive and the property where we sleep is nice.

Zach

The staff was awesome and they went above and beyond to make sure i felt comfortable. Weaknesses: I could not find a single one! buy fishing poles for clients!

Tabitha

I am pleased to say I am a Recovery First alumni. I am an addict and former drug user. I had become a shell of my former self and had lost hope.Going into Recovery First I didn\'t know what to expect ...

EFC

Strengths: Groups, Beach, meeting. Weaknesses: Not to much alone time. very transitional and independent

RP

Strengths: understanding. my therapist was very helpful in my treatment here

Anonymous

This facility was pretty good.

Anonymous

Accommodations could have been better.

Christina

Strengths: daily groups Weaknesses: no activities, lots of downtime need to keep clients more busy at property

Emily

Facility was great.

MM

they are all very blunt and honest and call you out when youre not being truthful or trying to fake it not enough time for females in the workout room i learned a lot about myself .

Dylan

The facilitators are awesome! Alumni was very enlightening, helpful towards my own personal recovery! Not too much in my own opinion. Others may think differently. I think if you are open-minded and w...

ITK

Strengths: staff community therapist, the experience was good and i think the way the run it is good

Kayla

meetings were a strength.groups was a weakness. doing more hands on groups

Lisa

Excellent staff very caring and concerned too much leisure time was a weakness. I am glad I made the phone call, It was what I needed

MF

Strengths: detox was painless leaving the facility with a positive attitude. Weaknesses:some time techs dont want to deal with a legitimate question  i need an answer to sluff it off to the next tech...

Christina

Big thankyou going out to the staff at Recovery First! I am doing well now, inmost part because of you guys. Keep up the good work! I highly recommend this facility foranyone who is struggling.

KB

My son was in the facility for about 30 days. He didn\'t have many complaints and didn\'t really have anything bad to say. He was always upbeat and positive when we spoke on the phone. He said there w...

SJ

Recovery First Review Behavioral Health Technicians • Lazy • Relate personal information regarding their love life and drug habits. • Disrespectful speech when addressing clients. • Use o...

Brian

Outings were nice. Staffs were ok. It was great here

Jessica

The counselors I had were helpful and resourceful. A little understaffed when it comes to therapists and the PHP house could use some work regarding the backyard. I took charge of my recovery so that'...

Alexandra

Rectory the tech's the community. Not duel diagnosis no mental health groups not enough time with therapist. I felt welcomed and at home and I finally want to be clean.

Joe

Organization, well trained staff. Communication, consistency. I have learned adequately and this facility has done its job in preparing me to move forward.

Tyrese

Positives: staff. Negatives: Controll. Better speaker.

Deborah

The STAFF! They were the best! From Eric to the transportation team were fantastic! The facilities were old and worn out, but clean. I would have like to have access to acupuncture and massage therap...

Kelsey

Staff is amazing and they speak to you on a personal level, not as if your just another client. And the day is well planned out. No weaknesses that I can think of, the facility is very well ran. I had...

Mel

Getting to the core of client's issues and really trying to help each person individually. A little unorganized as far as communication goes between staff members. I really enjoyed this facility. Th...

Kelsey

Some of the tech's were good. The counselors were not that good, The tech's helped out a lot. They were better help to the clients than the counselors were.

Michael

Staff was very friendly. Absolutely no help with discharge planning. I would recommend this place for anyone who does not need help finding aftercare living.

Richard

Support and Communication Organization could be little better Gained tools to move forward in my sobriety

Brandon

The staff are extremely supportive. The php house is such an awesome place, it's my second family. The organization of some days are skewed. This is an awesome place full of people who genuinely car...

Vincent

The php program is a close group of peers and a smaller community. A lot of down time is spent at the facility in the afternoon. More time should be spent at the house where we learn life skills such ...

Stevie

Staff and tech were great. It's a great program I'm thankful thank you recovery first and its staff

Jeremy

Certain techs know how to handle issues with respect and dignity. Friendly environment. Being able to participate in outside meetings is a plus. Over all this place is good, the staff make it a great ...

Bryan

Property was old It was fair

Jennifer

Great meetings..great support..staff was excellent and respectable..great food .. And cleaninless Wasn't too many I can think of right now ..maybe a little unorganized when transferring from detox to ...

Hugo

I liked the groups.

Charlie

Family environment was great. Full of inspiring people to motivate people about sobriety. Start advertising on television.

Timothy

they let you go shopping and let you cook your own food. the in house meetings are really good most of the staff here is excelent the recreational outings are amazing such as the park and bowling a...

WR

Community was good. Communication of results of requests seemed to be slow. If wrap up group is fun, don't come down on the slight words that allow release, camraderie and release of tension.

Alex

Schedules are organized and effective. Staffs are professional and the facility is kept well mainacied. Groups are repetitive. I can with a mindset that I would be unwanted and that the treatment wa...

Austin

Recovery First has a very well trained and diverse therapists on top of the amazing techs who offer great words of wisdom since a majority are in recovery themselves. They also offer a since of freedo...

Marie

Very understanding staff and therapist. Rensponded to my needs when necessary. Food was very good which helped me begin to eat properly. I strong believe that if a client is ready to recover, this fac...

Kevin

Friendliness, care but too much monitoring. Safe, and educational.

Megan

Effectiveness and the therapist are very good. Organization should've better. My rehab treatment at this facility was very effective for me. I am so happy I came to this treatment center to receive ca...

Casey

Groups Caseloads Techs Speakers were all strength. Stay at the center all day. Would be nice to break it up during lunch. They did a great job helping more learn more about addiction and the ways t...

Richard

Relatively clean. Caring staff. Offer clients a good deal of freedom. Therapists are skilled. Intake procedures could be improved. There needs to be more explanation of the process and more empathy...

Rosa

Excellent Staff members, caring and loving. Transportation was a problem. I made the best decision to come to Recovery First, the staff, program and community were very important in my recovery.

Robin

awesome techs, cleanliness, roach problems were issues. individual and group therapy

Marie

Dedication to groups, as well as daily outing schedules. Medication is a mess 75% of the time. No nurse overnight and on weekends. Limited accessibility to Drs. Limited care for clients, constant p...

Trish

staff is always available and have a positive attitude. most of the staff have 1st hand experience with addiction and knew what i was going through and i felt so were more than understanding seemed li...

Camille

Staff dedication was good but should have more knowledge and medication issues. More nurses

C M

Keeping us busy throughout the program. A lot of 12 step readings, some very strong speakers that talked about where they were and how they recovered This place really needs an update. The place is v...

Vita

had many activities to occupy time, cleaness needs to be improved. cost of treatment

Sarah

Staff can relate, structure was good. Meds were an issue for me. I learned a lot about aa and NA and how to cope with my feelings and got a ton of support from various staff members when I thought I c...

Nicolas

Generally everything was great

Travis

Honesty, and they draw a fine line between rules but still keeping it enjoyable and the techs are awesome as well as the therepist and counselors. Too much junk food and they need one more fridge. It ...

Heather

Good staff but nasty houses and bugs. Good job

Meryl

Strengths: group room sizes, cleanliness, accessibility. Weaknesses: Female PHP house has insect issues. Detox center has terrible meals. I am uncomfortable with the payment process for the facility....

Dominic

The facility strengths are some of the techs. Overall the program is pretty good, days can be long here but it benefits me. There are a lot of weaknesses in this program. I have never seen such unpro...

John

i believe this facility believes in the steps and everyone is very nice, the only weakness i can identify are the techs are not on the same page, schedule, or routine. i've enjoyed the quietness

Darrell

able to connect with the patient on a one on one level, great facility techs and staff would reccomened for anyone

Justin

caring staff but the med line needs to be improved. when to other treatment centers and this one is the best one so far. I got alot out of it,

Loretta

therapist, and the group meetings, speaker meeting, and the outings; were all strengths. not having a nurse on property 24/7, and sometimes the staff are not on the same page was a weakness. if i woul...

Thomas

Therapy has been very helpful. The techs have been great. The PHP staff at the house are great. Provide plenty of refreshments/snacks but need a little bit more variety. The PHP house is lacking and c...

Jeannine

Well structured day of groups and leisure activity. I enjoyed my experience here.

Ryan

Case load groups were good. Not enough one on one therapy. I have turned around completely. I feel way better

Dylan

Therapy was a strength. Activities was a weakness. The recognition of characteristics in myself. Is really beneficial for my recovery.

Molly

Strong community, nice staff but free time was a problem. Very good treatment center, wonderful techs, therapists, and staff and very accomadationing to ones needs. Only complaint is that we do not go...

Pamela

The staff is awesome. I had such a wonderful experience they mad me feel so at ease and comfortable I am glad I got to come here and get clean. I am looking forward to staying clean and keeping in tou...

Charles

They are helpful and kind.

Stacey

Strong and safe program/environment. Serious gaps between communication of facility policies with technicians. Clear, very clear, bias towards women as far as equality with men. Overall good and safe ...

Chris

Staff are very friendly and most have been through this and know how your feeling. HUGE break in communication, nobody is on the same page here. The php house should be condemned and is a section 8 h...

Justin

Good program

Zach

This is the best place ever I have no complaints about anything it was a great experience

Christophe

Good people and helpful staff. Medication should be in timely manner. Great place but I hope I don't have to come back

Patrick

Strengths: Staff, Therapists, Community Discharge and admissions. Freedom Telephone use was a weakness. My experience at recovery first was life changing. I got the tools and skills I needed before...

Ron

After care, needs to be age specific I.e. 35 +, etc. A more liberal phone policy and availability to rooms during the day is poor. Technical staff is great!

Michael

Great staff, great groups, very good at breaking down the process of recovery. Could use more staff at times. The best thing is that they realize you don't treat people with addiction, you care for pe...

Mark

Clean, staff are nice, good food, overall awesome rehab. Needs more councilers that know what addiction is like and have been through it, way too many groups. I wouldn't want to go to another rehab if...

T D

Teaches coping skills amazingly well but some of the techs could be better trained. Residential setting lacked a cohesiveness. Between therapy and meetings, I am able to truthfully say I have been hel...

Caitlin

Everyone including the techs meet everyone's needs. Sometimes not everyone is on the same page. This experience was a blessing, it saved my life.

Lucas

Techs made the experience extremely enjoyable

Morgan

Cleanliness, good staff, great clinical care. I found out who I am

Charles

Exercise, sanitary environment but also disorganization. Lack of or poor training of technicians. Misleading advertising. I felt like I was sometimes treated like a child, I am 56 years old This faci...

Alexandra

Well run groups, good community, aftercare is well enforced. Communication was a downfall. This facility has helped me explore core issues and helped me realize my full potential.

Elizabeth

Staff members are very kind, caring and understanding, but it is unorganized at times. Great place.

Ryan

The techs that work there were great. They talk to you about things more than the therapist does. Too much down time. It worked for me. Just have to fight through it. Some people are here for the wro...

Patrick

Treatment plans are good, staff care about your recovery, most are well trained. The men's living house discusting, has black mold, roaches and Is unsafe. The tecks are not trained in mediation to res...

Chelsey

The techs and all employees are very understanding and helpful and understand what we are dealing with and are very supportive. I had a great experience. This facility was very helpful to me I would r...

Ken

Great staff. This is a great facility. If you are ready to change and be drug free there is not a better place to come to.

Kyle

Excellent staff, Accomadating within reason. Size and Grounds should be improved.Wonderful Staff

Davis

Alumni Coordination, residential operations director, clinical program director Physicians. Dr. Hicks is not open to treatment for an individual--she only provides "cookie cutter" generic solutions.--...

Jaime

Lots of meetings. Encourage people to get better.try hard to accommodate. Meds not delivered on time. Losses personal belongings. The food situation can be frustrating in detox. No t.v in bedrooms at ...

Ignacio

Great staff. Really experienced and committed to recovery. Admissions was difficult with call calls routed out of State. It is a great place. I enjoyed my time and learned a lot about addiction.

Tyler

Strengths: Supervision and the treatment plan and effectiveness.Weaknesses: Getting Meds in a timely manner.

Clinton

Knowledgeable. It was nice.

Salvatore

Strengths: Caring, mindful, and structured. Weaknesses: Lack understanding clients needs. Great staff and faculty.

Amy

The groups were extremely helpful. Organization was a downfall. The facility helped my identify and learn coping skills with my emotional issues.

Elizabeth

Strengths: Caring and professional , they really care about our recovery. Weaknesses: Some techs. This place and the people I met here saved my life. This was the best decision. I'm very thankful for ...

Aaron

Strengths: 12 steps, assimilate real life, techs, therapy. Recovery first has changed my life forever.

Jody

This place changed my attitude and life - period !🎸🎹🎼🎧 This is a great facility and the staff have ALL been extremely helpful in my recovery 🙂

Nigel

Recovery First was my fourth residential treatment program and it\'s the only one I completed successfully. It\'s been two and a half years and I\'m sober, something I can\'t say I ever thought was po...

NK

If I save one person their money by writing this review it\'ll be worth it. This place is absolutely trash. The most unprofessional experience of my life. All they care about is money. This place is t...

Nancy

This place is a joke. The staff are a joke. Its all about the money. Staff do not know how to handle anyone with addition. Please do more research before using them. Dont make the mistake we did. They...

AS

Kind staff. No judgement. The initial screening, from the insurance part was complicated. Good Outpatient. Good for teenagers.

JY

Stay far away from Recovery First of Florida. It\'s a scam. Nothing wrong with being an ex-addict, but someone with no training or skills does not belong running a rehabilitation center.

Isiah

Strengths: Structure, outings, and the techs at the facility were great and enjoyed the one on one meetings with therapist were truly helpful. The facility was greatly effective on keeping more sober ...

Jon

Great place

Jamie

An overall great facility.

Anonymous

Good counseling options and 12-step program, but needs improvement in some areas.

Sue

Great detox.

Anonymous

They have a good 12-step and faith based treatment. However, they would benefit from better holistic options and family participation.

Courtland

In 2010 our son who was 24 years old, was a client at Recovery First. (he was placed in an apartment complex without any supervision) and then dismissed. Recovery First took our entire upfront paymen...

Garrett

The place is a joke. I called my insurance company and told them that I felt this treatment center was a scam.

DR

It's all about the money, prestige and power over peoples' lives for this rehab site. Staff walks on eggshells, worked to death, often demeaned and/or intimidated, and over worked. ... Don't go here...

JGP

Management is dedicated to serving the clients needs.

JA

Good tools


Areas of Focus
Detoxification

Though not all rehab facilities offer “medical detoxification,” all people with an addiction to drugs or alcohol will experience intense physical and emotional changes and discomfort as their bodies react to withdrawal of the addictive substance. Many people use the term “detox” to refer to the period of time (ranging from a few days to a week) when the body is reacting to an addict’s decision to stop using.

Aftercare Support

Addiction recovery does not end with discharge after completing a rehab program. Facilities that offer aftercare planning and/or support work with patients to ensure sustainable recovery by helping to plan and make arrangements for transitional or sober living, help with housing, vocational counseling, etc.

Intensive Outpatient (IOP)

Patients who undergo intensive outpatient treatment continue to live at home and sometimes go to school or work while participating in a highly structured treatment protocol that is focused on ending substance abuse. Programs vary in terms of how much treatment patients receive, how often and for how long. Some facilities design individualized intensive outpatient treatment programs.

Residential Treatment

Residential treatment programs provide housing (food and meals) in addition to treatment for substance abuse. Some facilities offer only short-term residential treatment, some offer only long-term treatment and others offer both, ranging from a few days to many months, based on patient needs.

Alumni Testimonials
  • I am so grateful we found Recovery First. Our son is finally on the right track. Words cannot express our gratitude!
    Marcy
  • Recovery First helped me become the person I am today. Strong, healthy, and happy.
    Rodney
  • I just want to thank you and your staff for giving me a chance at a better life. I am picking up my 9 month chip today, and I can't believe the difference in my life. Without Recovery First this would not have been possible.
    Wendy
Key Staff Members
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    Michael Cartwright - Chairman & Co-Founder, American Addiction Centers

    Currently, the Chairman of the Board of American Addiction Centers, a national behavioral healthcare company with treatment centers located in Southern California, Nevada, Texas, Tennessee and Florida, Michael offers treatment and recovery options for drug, alcohol, mental health, and binge eating disorders. The 5 Essential Elements play a key role in American Addiction Centers’ clinical programs and are integral to the AAC culture.