Founded by Chris and Karen Walsh in 2007, Inspirations for Youth and Families is a nationally recognized and licensed residential treatment center for teens between the ages of 13 and 18 (and their families) who are struggling with drug or alcohol use, abuse or addiction. The goal at Inspirations is to provide the tools for addiction prevention, treatment and aftercare just minutes from the beach in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Accommodations and Food
Teens of the same gender live together in supervised apartments located near the treatment center in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Bedrooms and bathrooms are shared between two clients, and apartments come equipped with kitchens and living room areas. Teens at Inspirations are responsible for their own cooking, cleaning, shopping and laundry.
Transportation to and from the treatment facility is provided daily. With as many as 50 kids in attendance at once, programming remains segregated by gender throughout the length of their stay. All activities, therapies, meals and down times are gender specific.
TV watching is allowed in the media room following treatment, but cell phones and computers are not allowed.
Treatment and Staff
Programming is based on the client’s individual needs and medical history. If it is determined that detox is necessary, arrangements can be made at the local hospital for this to occur. Individualized treatment plans are formulated by the highly credentialed staff on a case-by-case basis and dual diagnosis support is provided.
Inspirations’ 30 to 90-day treatment is 12-step in orientation and CBT and DBT therapy-based. Clients receive two to four individual sessions a week and take part in group therapy every day. Each therapist manages four or five clients. Classrooms and groups are double this size, though attendance varies based on individual programming.
Days are scheduled around life skills programming, recreational, art and music therapy, experiential and expressive therapy and psycho educational groups. Clients participate in anti-bullying seminars and domestic violence and addiction classes, often led by high-profile speakers. All students participate in Florida Virtual School during the week and in the afternoons are often taken off campus for recreational activities.
Though they are not required to get sponsors while in treatment, clients are encouraged to attend AA meetings both on and off-site and most days end with a meeting followed by free time and lights out.
The monthly family program lasts a weekend. It includes workshops for the teens and their parents to learn about addiction both together and separately with the counselors. The program includes lunch at the Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port Hotel.
Baseball, yoga, paintball, horseback riding, beach outings, deep-sea fishing, the use of a neighborhood teen recreation center with a heated swimming pool, football and soccer fields and both indoor and outdoor basketball courts are all extras offered at Inspirations. In addition, there are trips to professional sporting events, museums, live theater and the local center for the performing arts.
Inspirations for Youth and Families aims to empower teenagers through accountability, responsibility and real world interaction to seek sober, productive and fully experienced lives.
Inspirations for Youth and Families Location
1000 SW 10th St
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316
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