Located in Ft. Lauderdale, Cove Center for Recovery offers 30- to 90-day inpatient treatment for substance abuse addiction. Intensive Outpatient Patient (IOP) treatment is available to clients as a part of aftercare recovery. The facility was founded in 2002 and is co-owned by substance abuse professionals Karen Corcoran-Walsh and Christopher Walsh. Cove Center for Recovery has a companion facility, Inspirations for Youth and Families, for clients aged 13 to 18.
Accommodations and Food
Clients at Cove Center for Recovery live in apartment buildings five minutes away from the main treatment facility. Each apartment has two bedrooms with up to four residents per apartment. Client bedrooms are decorated modestly; most common rooms in the apartments include basic amenities like TVs and couches, while some include musical instruments and recording equipment. Residents take part in group chores such as cleaning common rooms and cooking together in a full kitchen.
All meals are included in treatment costs. Clients prepare home-cooked meals based on preferences determined by the group. On special occasions, such as holiday weekends, they barbecue outside.The apartments have microwave ovens and refrigerators for clients to store their own person meals and snacks. There are also full-service laundry rooms available to clients.
Treatment and Staff
Cove Center for Recovery uses a graduated three-level system based on the 12 steps. The first level, A New Hope, requires basic participation in clinical, therapeutic and recreational activities. Level two is called Walk the Walk and involves continued participation in level one treatment, with the added privileges of beach trips, movie days and 10-minute weekly phone time after counseling sessions. Clients must be at least 30 days sober in order to graduate to level three, Eligibility for Discharge, during which they work with counselors and therapists while enjoying increased freedoms like trips to concerts, beach days and two weekly 10-minute phone calls, supervised by a therapist. After residential rehab is complete, clients have the option of stepping down to IOP treatment at the Cove Center for Recovery. IOP clients typically attend three sessions per week for a total of nine to 12 hours each week.
Treatment at Cove Center for Recovery includes many different varieties of therapy for all clients, including DBT, relapse prevention, art therapy and music therapy. Clients with a dual diagnosis have the added options of individual therapy, recreational therapy, experiential therapy, cognitive therapy and expressive therapy to address their issues. Detox is available to incoming residents at an additional cost of $500.
A typical day begins with a 7:30 am wake-up call and continues with intensive individual therapy and group counseling sessions (in addition to communally-prepared meals and leisure activities) until lights out at 10 pm or 10:30 pm. Cove Center for Recovery supports a non-punitive PPC (Positive Peer Culture) approach, which requires residents to maintain positive attitudes toward each other outside of group therapy, specifically in the residences.
The ratio of clients to staff at the Cove is four-to-one and there are techs on hand at the apartments to address client needs. The staff include Master’s-level social workers, a medical doctor, licensed therapists and registered nurses.
The Cove Center for Recovery offers intervention services. It keeps its current and prospective residents up-to-date with its blog and its website features live chat with staff members. In-house therapists consult with family members about relapse prevention and aftercare.
Owners Karen Corcoran-Walsh and Christopher Walsh have made headlines recently. She was arrested on suspicion of child abuse in 2013, while he was arrested on suspicion of battery last year. No charges were filed in either case. A Cove Center for Recovery customer service representative says “the owners aren’t responsible for rehabilitating the patients.”
Cove Center for Recovery has gotten some positive publicity for its treatment programs, most notably on Dr. Phil. Its sunny, beach-adjacent location and small size lend themselves to both individual treatment and communal focus.
Cove Center for Recovery
24 SW 10th St A-D
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315
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