Located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Broward Addiction Recovery Center provides free substance abuse treatment to Broward County residents over the age 18. The goal of BARC is to teach clients self-reliance, arming them with the tools necessary to live productive lives after rehab. This organization offers detox, residential and outpatient treatment at four locations—helping clients every step of the recovery process.
Accommodations and Food
Residential and detox services are offered at BARC’s Stephen R. Booher Facility in Coral Springs, Florida. The 92-bed facility offers dorm-style accommodations about five miles northwest of Fort Lauderdale. Men and women occupy different sections of the building and the Perinatal Addiction Program (PAP) is housed in its own wing of the facility. Bedrooms are shared between two clients, featuring twin beds, wooden dressers and a desk. The facility also has a large dining hall, several therapy rooms, a lecture hall, offices and several common areas with TVs. Smoking is permitted during break time.
Three meals a day are provided for clients. The food is served cafeteria-style, with options such as salads, sandwiches, spaghetti and burgers. Special dietary requests can usually be accommodated. Caffeine is permitted.
Treatment and Staff
Clients begin treatment with an assessment. If necessary, a medically-monitored detox is available at the BARC central location, which houses a 34-bed detox unit. This facility provides a safe, medically supervised environment for clients who would otherwise be at risk of life-threatening complications from opiate or alcohol withdrawal. The unit is staffed by licensed medical and clinical professionals and operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The detox process usually lasts between three to seven days, and takes place under the care of doctors and nurses. Once stabilization has been achieved, the client can continue on with the residential program.
The 30-day residential program includes individual, group and family therapy. Individual and family counseling happen once a week, while group therapy happens for several hours each day. Group topics include relapse prevention, trauma, life skills, anger management and coping with feelings. Specialty groups exist for the criminal justice population, opiate users and young adults. Educational lectures are given on the physical effects of addiction, as well as on healthy relationship skills. The 12 steps also play a role in this program—clients are required to attend two AA/NA meetings each week.
The PAP is for pregnant women and women with children ages 7 and under. This program follows a similar structure to the traditional residential program, although treatment length is usually 60 days.
The outpatient program is available at three locations—South Regional Family Success Center in Hollywood, Florida, the Edgar P. Mills Multi-Purpose Center in Fort Lauderdale and the Stephen R. Booher Facility in Coral Springs. This program provides long-term, abstinence-based therapy to help with both substance abuse and co-occurring issues. The services include individual and group therapy, as well as education. A flexible schedule of day and evening therapy sessions is offered, allowing clients to work or attend school. Treatment goals are maintaining abstinence, improved life management skills and interpersonal relationships, and involvement in community support groups. The length of time and intensity of this program depends on the individual’s needs.
BARC clients who are living with HIV or AIDS are provided with information and resources about special support programs available to Broward County residents. BARC also cooperates with the Homeless Initiative Partnership (HIP), which is dedicated to helping the homeless of Broward County find affordable housing. The two county agencies work together to ensure residents of BARC find a safe place to live after leaving treatment.
Broward Addiction Recovery Center offers free, supportive treatment that aims to get clients back on their feet. Through a therapeutic and educational approach, this organization arms its clients with the tools they need to thrive in the outside world. While the residential program may only be 30 days, it provides a solid foundation of sobriety and health.
Broward Addiction Recovery Center
1011 Middle St
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
Edgar P. Mills Multi-Purpose Center
900 NW 31st Ave, Ste 2000
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
South Regional Family Success Center
4733 SW 18th St
Hollywood, Fl 33023
Stephen R. Booher Facility
3275 NW 99th Way
Coral Springs, FL 33065
Broward Addiction Recovery Center Cost: Free. Reach Broward Addiction Recovery Center by phone at (505) 217-1717.
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