Denise is a dedicated licensed mental health provider with nearly 30 years of mental health, co-occurring and substance use disorders experience. Prior to joining American Addiction Centers, Denise served most recently and for the past nine years as the Executive Director of Behavioral Health Services for Aventura Hospital and Medical Center. Denise is a proud graduate of Nova Southeastern University where she earned her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling and holds a license in the state of Florida.
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- Insurance is Accepted
- Financing is Available
- Medicare is not Accepted
- Medicaid is not Accepted
Recovery First Hollywood, owned and operated by American Addiction Centers (AAC), is one of two Recovery First locations. 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
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.
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
Recovery First helped me become the person I am today. Strong, healthy, and happy.Rodney
I am so grateful we found Recovery First. Our son is finally on the right track. Words cannot express our gratitude!Marcy
Denise O'Connell - CEO
Mayra Matos - Clinical Director
Mayra Matos, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker with over 25 years of experience in the field of mental health. She worked with federal and state government agencies including the Department of Veterans Affairs and the State of Florida about 23 years prior to joining Recovery First. Matos also served as clinical director for a national substance abuse treatment organization involved in the development of clinical programming working with high profile clients and families, and in 2002, she founded the South Florida Center for Family Counseling, a private practice providing individual, family, marital, sexual, and substance abuse related counseling. Matos developed and managed two state-awarded contacts for special services for all youth aging out the foster care as well as family conferencing services for all dependency judicial cases for two entire South Florida Counties. She has served as the field advisor and instructor for Barry University for over 20 years and has presented nationally on topics such as family engagement and empowerment, crisis intervention strategies, and locally on mental and public health issues such as depression, domestic violence, and child abuse, especially within minority groups and the Spanish Speaking community.
How Our Help Line Works
For those seeking addiction treatment for themselves or a loved one, the Recovery.org help line is a private and convenient solution. Caring advisors are standing by 24/7 to discuss your treatment options.
Calls to any general helpline (non-facility specific 1-8XX numbers) for your visit will be answered by American Addiction Centers (AAC) or a paid sponsor.