Our Programs: Levels of Care

At Recovery First, we provide a complete continuum of care. Regardless of what program you start in, you’ll be getting many of the same therapies, treatments, and group sessions throughout your treatment. This makes the transitions between levels far easier and helps you focus more on your individual recovery.

Everyone’s path is not the same. Our clinicians will perform a thorough physical exam, medical history, and other tests to determine your current level of health – both physical and mental – to determine the right first step for you. This information will help us know exactly where you belong in our program.

Keep reading to see the different levels of care available at Recovery First.

AAC Care continuum

Medical Detox

Medical detox is where you can withdraw safely from drugs and/or alcohol. In many cases, it is incredibly uncomfortable and/or unsafe to do this alone. In detox, you’ll have 24/7 care to ensure you don’t have to suffer needlessly and that your symptoms are addressed as they arise.

Nurses will perform rounds every 15 minutes to make sure you’re comfortable and to distribute medications as necessary. You can also rest assured that you’ll be safe during withdrawal, as we use EarlySense beds to monitor your vital signs. This technology can sense if you’re restless at night or if there’s a change in your respiration rate or blood pressure and send an alert to the nurses’ station.

Typically, detox lasts for 5 to 10 days and includes 3 prepared meals each day.

Intensive Rehabilitation

For those whose medical needs dictate intensive supervision after detox, we offer intensive rehabilitation. You’ll receive treatment for your substance use disorder while also receiving the 24/7 medical care and supervision you need from our qualified and caring medical staff.

Residential Treatment

Our live-in/residential treatment facility is a 28-bed complex where you’ll live with 3 to 5 other people at a time in a sober setting. Each apartment has 2 or 3 bedrooms, and each bedroom will house 2 people. By the time you move into residential treatment, you should be feeling much better physically, no longer influenced by drugs or alcohol or suffering from withdrawal symptoms.

You will spend the majority of your day in structured therapeutic sessions such as process group therapy, yoga or meditation, 12-step meetings, or various wellness classes. Most people spend an average of 15 to 30 days in residential treatment, though we recommend longer stays, as they tend to result in better outcomes.

Partial Hospitalization Program

The most intensive form of treatment is our partial hospitalization program, also sometimes known as day treatment. It allows you to live at home during treatment, but requires a lot of your time be spent in treatment. PHP takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for 5-7 days each week, depending on how much treatment you require. The 5- to 6-hour clinical program involves a number of group and individual therapy sessions, mindfulness training, spirituality groups, relapse prevention strategies, and much more to help you cope with your struggles.

Intensive Outpatient Program

Our intensive outpatient program is held 3 evenings a week—Monday, Wednesday, and Friday—from 6 to 9 p.m. In our IOP, you’ll discuss the process of addiction with many of the same individuals who were with you in other levels of treatment. The program helps you continue to explore and process what you learned in residential treatment and applying your newfound skills to life in the outside world, as you’ll no longer be living onsite at Recovery First.

Veterans/First Responders Program

Veterans and first responders experience traumatic events that may lead to addiction as substances are used to cope with grief, loss, trauma, and stress. Our program, which offers 10 beds, caters to the unique needs of these populations.

You’ll find a range of therapies and treatments specifically for vets in our inpatient rehab program, including a pain management group, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and dialectical behavioral therapy, among many others.

The first responders program teaches patients how to process the challenges of their jobs—including constant exposure to trauma, life-threatening situations, and the physical strains of their jobs—in a group setting led by a trained therapist.


Healthcare Professionals Treatment Program

Healthcare professionals who are struggling with addiction face a unique set of challenges in recovery. In this program, doctors, pharmacists, dentists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, and others working in a healthcare role can receive treatment for substance use and co-occurring disorders. We offer genetics-based testing (upon request), both IPN and PRN designated programs, and re-entry planning for the transition back to doing what you love.

Aftercare Planning

When it comes time to discharge you from our programs, we take care to ensure you have a plan in place. Your case manager will work closely with you to find support in your community and facilitate your reintroduction to social, professional, and family life.

If you live in the Hollywood area, we’ll invite you to join our Saturday morning aftercare sessions from 9 to 11 a.m. These free group meetings let you talk about how you’re faring in the real world and any challenges you might be facing.

You’re also welcome to join our free aftercare group every Saturday from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at our Hollywood facility. These meetings are a little more lighthearted and include dinner with your peers.