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The Principles Academy for Adolescent Wellness

Principles Recovery Center is proud to present the Adolescent Wellness Academy, a program which was expertly crafted by our clinical staff to meet the needs of today’s teens. Our central location in Davie, Fl allows us to easily transport your child from school to treatment. Here, your teen will get the help they need to address issues deriving from substance abuse, mental illness, and accompanying destructive behaviors while not interrupting their academic career. Our 5 step treatment process (more on our treatment services page) allows for us to properly identify symptoms and behavioral issues, diagnose your teen, and treat the core problems. Our mission is intervening early enough that we can effectively prevent a bump in the road from becoming a deadly detour while giving your teen the tools necessary to move on to a successful and healthy life.

The tragedy at Stoneman Douglas highlighted the need to focus on mental health in our communities in South Florida.   Unfortunately, our school systems do not have the funding to support that need.  Counselor Ratios in our schools dropped 4% last year, bringing the average student to therapist ratio in Florida to 485-1.  These daunting numbers have made it IMPOSSIBLE for school counselors to effectively provide the care necessary to improve the mental health of our children. This must change.

Our mission is to provide world-class clinical support to the local private and public school systems in South Florida including Davie, Weston, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Cooper City, Pembroke Pines, Hollywood, Miramar, Hallandale, Aventura, Plantation and more! With over 30 years of experience in Adolescent Psychological Health, we take pride in providing a local resource to our community for those struggling with mental illness and substance abuse.  Principles’ Adolescent Wellness Academy focuses on core issues that lead to instability in teens lives, while also incorporating the family to ensure a thorough and individualized therapeutic experience.

Our Goal – Early intervention for teens struggling in our communities so that developing issues can be addressed before they turn into lifetime struggles. 

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Our After-School Treatment Program

Our goal is to help you intervene before your adolescent or teen’s behavior becomes worse or even life-threatening. We offer one of the lowest client-to-staff ratios, 6:1, because we believe in the power of early intervention and therapy. We understand that for many adult substance abusers, it began during their teenage years. As members of the South Florida community, we believe it is our duty to do what we can to lower overdose rates, violence in schools, and behaviors that lead to dangerous situations. Our After-School Recovery Program offers a unique opportunity for your child to learn about mental health, substance abuse and we teach them tools needed to avoid acting out on risky behaviors and thrive in life.


Treatment Services

Our Unique Program

Teens: Addiction & Mental Health

Why Choose The Principles Academy for Adolescent Wellness?

  • The treatment team at Principles Recovery Center has crafted a program specifically for teens & adolescents who are struggling with substance abuse issues and/or mental illness.
  • Each client can expect a truly individualized treatment plan based on your teen’s needs.
  • Our After School Recovery Program is outpatient care designed so that teens and adolescents struggling can get the help they need without loosing out on the academic year.
  • Our staff has over 30 years of experience, both professionally and personally, in helping others overcome addiction and mental illness.

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    “How Can I Tell If My Teen Needs Help?”

    This is one of the most common questions we hear from parents and loved ones.  As a parent, we advise you to trust your instincts.  When it comes to substance abuse, there are typically active signs and behaviors, as well as physical evidence, that a person is abusing drugs.  Does your teen suffer from an underlying mental health disorder?  When teens are abusing drugs, many times their use coincides with an underlying mental illness. Our Clinical Team understands this relationship and offers Psychological Testing to our teens who are displaying symptoms indicative of co-occurring mental health disorders so that the root of the problem, is addressed.  Want to learn more about teen & adolescent substance abuse? Check out our guide or take our quiz which can help you identify whether your teen is abusing drugs or not.  Don’t wait until it’s too late, your teens future depends on it.

    Your Teen’s Future is Everything. Get Them Help Today.

    How Can I Afford Treatment for My Teen?

    One of the biggest misconceptions about mental health and substance abuse treatment is that you have to have thousands of dollars to be able to go to get help for a drug problem, but that is not the case. If your child is covered, most health insurance plans may cover the entire cost of treatment. We are an in-network provider with almost most major insurance providers and do our best to ensure that your teen is getting the help they need. We also provide a sliding-scale fee schedule to enable all those who need treatment to have access. These are some of the providers we work with, but don’t worry if you don’t see your plan. Visit the insurance verification page and fill out the form to find out if insurance will cover your teen or adolescent’s treatment stay.

    Stories of Hope.

    • The staff is wonderful: Frank is very efficient and knowledgeable, Annie is very informative and personable, and most importantly, the therapists are fantastic. My daughter started the program because of mental disorders, and was almost immediately referred to a higher level of care (inpatient). Once she was discharged from residential, she was accepted back in the program immediately. The therapists worked with her in a very individualized way, and made her feel understood and at ease, and as a result she became comfortable also in group therapy.

    • The team at the Adolescent Wellness Academy is amazing! I am forever thankful for the support provided by all the staff during a time of crisis for my family. From the time of the intake, Frank and Annie were very supportive. Through the program, all the therapists have been very helpful. I appreciate the individualized support my daughter has received. One of my favorite parts of the programs is how they integrate parents into the process. Every week there is an optional but highly encouraged parent meeting, where we get support and discuss how to address issues from a caregiver perspective. These groups led by Mike are empowering to parents.

    • My 16 year old son is almost done with his Therapy. From three times a week, to twice a week now. And hopefully he'll graduate soon. What a difference 10 wks of therapy did to my son. He had anxiety and depression when he first came in to Adolescent Wellness Academy. But the treatments that was specifically designed for him worked. He was treated with respect and compassion. And they earned my son's trust. I highly recommend this Wellness Academy. There is hope and healing. My son is able to process his grief and sadness better.

      Liberty S.
    • I was referred here for my 14 year old daughter who was in crisis. I spoke with Annie. After telling Her my story, she urged I find her inpatient care. She then gave me several referrals to inpatient centers around me that were amazing! She connected me to a network I would have never found on my own. She followed up with me to check up on my daughter and me. It wasn’t a phone call that ended in “I can’t help you”. It was the opposite. It was “anything I can do at anytime, just give me a call”. I did. She opened doors for my daughter I would not have found. The care, compassion and attention given surpassed my every expectation. I am forever grateful! When my daughter is ready for outpatient care, I know where I will be taking her! Thank you Annie! You saved my little girl!

    • Adolescent Wellness Academy is an excellent, caring, and supportive center for anyone searching for help with their adolescent in need of assistance with mental health issues and substance abuse disorders. In the intensive outpatient program, my daughter learned invaluable life tools to cope with a very difficult time in her life with depression and anxiety. I am so appreciative of all of the kindness and care they showed my daughter. Thank you to Anny, Mike, Rebecca, And Kristen her therapist. You saved us and helped us grow as a family. The group and individual therapy is amazing and so helpful in dealing with so many obstacles. I am grateful and hopeful that my daughter is better equipped to deal with many challenges and heartache life can bring. There aren’t many places in South Florida just for young adults and teens and after much researching this place was a wonderful safe haven. I highly recommend Adolescent Wellness Academy to any parent suffering with their child. I will never forget what they did for us.

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