Lifeskills Fort Lauderdale:
Detox and Subacute Residential

Lifeskills Fort Lauderdale: Residential Program

Our mental health treatment center in South Florida is dually licensed to treat primary mental health and substance use disorders.

Program Overview

The Lifeskills Fort Lauderdale campus offers exceptional care for individuals dealing with mental health, substance use, and co-occurring disorders. We provide state-of-the-art residential services to individuals who face complex co-occurring challenges and specific health-related medical complications.

Our services are tailored to those who are resistant to medication, exhibit risk-taking behavior, and those who have undergone multiple treatment episodes. Lifeskills provides 24/7 nursing support in a structured and supportive therapeutic environment for the best possible care.

What & How We Treat

We believe that each person can change with the proper support. Our programming is built on a foundation of evidence-based best practices, integrated care, life skills training, and family support, with  Clinical Pathways led by doctoral-level or licensed clinicians who create tailored and flexible treatment plans that empower each person to sustain long-term recovery.

In addition, clients participate in life skills groups designed to help facilitate a seamless shift towards independent living. These groups encompass activities such as resume building, interviewing, cooking, menu planning, budgeting, and more.

Clinical Groups at Lifeskills Fort Lauderdale

As a part of our clinical pathways, we offer several evidence-based groups, including but not limited to:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Group is an empirically supported psychotherapy group that rests on the fundamental premise that pain, grief, disappointment, illness, and anxiety are inevitable features of human life. This group helps clients productively adapt to these challenges by teaching them to develop a greater psychological flexibility rather than engaging in counterproductive attempts to eliminate or suppress undesirable experiences.
Chemical Dependency DBT Group is a psychoeducational and curriculum-based group teaching the four modules of DBT along with the 12-step principles. This group utilizes specific sobriety principles to frame the skills of DBT. Since the challenges faced in sobriety can be unique, this group translates DBT practices into the world of sobriety.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Skills Group is a clinical and psychoeducational group that addresses short-term behavioral changes by helping clients challenge their cognitive distortions, increase their problem-solving skills, and reveal the relationships between their beliefs, thoughts, feelings, and the behaviors that follow.
Cognitive Remediation Group is an experiential and psychoeducational group utilizing cognitive remediation programming for increasing neuro-flexibility. Cognitive remediation helps clients improve their neurocognitive abilities like attention, working memory, cognitive flexibility, planning, and executive center functioning which leads to improved psychosocial functioning.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills Group is a psychoeducational and curriculum-based group teaching the four modules of DBT: Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness. This evidence-based practice is the hallmark intervention for treating personality disorders, suicidal ideation and self-harm, and interpersonal conflicts. More recent evidence supports that DBT can also treat mood disorders and substance use. DBT philosophy is rooted in the acceptance-change principles and balancing/synthesizing those dialectics.
Exposure and Response Prevention (ExRP) Skills Group is a clinical and psychoeducational group that takes the form of CBT to treat OCD symptoms. ExRP exposes clients to thoughts, images, objects, and situations that trigger obsessive thoughts and guides them through the event, helping them to avoid their usual compulsions and make different choices.
Meditation Skills Group is an experiential and clinical group specifically for teaching evidence-based skills for decreasing anxiety and maladaptive anxious patterns of behavior. This group focuses on teaching various stress reduction techniques and process thoughts and behaviors related to being “present” in their day-to-day functioning. These skills help clients gain self-awareness and insight regarding their disposition, challenges, and strengths.
Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO-DBT) Skills Group is a psychoeducational and curriculum-based group teaching principles of RO-DBT for coping strategies while addressing severe affect issues. RO-DBT is most known for linking the communicative functions of emotional expression to the formation of close social bonds via skills targeting social-signaling, openness, and flexible responding. RO-BT is supported by 30+ years of clinical research to treat chronic depression, OCD, treatment-resistant anxiety, and autism spectrum disorder.
Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) Skills Group is a clinical and psychoeducational group that teaches clients the skills to decrease faulty thinking that leads to maladaptive and self-defeating behavior and emotional disturbances.
We also offer a robust Family Program that includes family therapy sessions, a virtual weekly family support/psycho-educational group, and a regular scheduled intensive Family Weekend Program. Post-treatment, family members can join a virtual Alumni Family Support Group for ongoing support.

A Full Continuum of Care

At Lifeskills, we offer several levels of anxiety treatment based on where clients are in their recovery. Our levels of care for treating anxiety include detoxification services, residential treatment, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient programs, as well as transitional living. Clients move through their anxiety treatment program as they progress toward anxiety disorder recovery. Our treatment programs for treating anxiety include:
  • Residential Program (RTC): Providing structure and safety with round-the-clock supervision and care, residential treatment includes a high staff-to-client ratio, 24-hour staffing, and a wide variety of individualized evidence-based therapies, education, and support. 
  • Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP): Designed as a solid bridge for those stepping down from residential care or as a program to prevent hospitalizations, PHP offers clients increased independence to practice learned skills in real-life situations while maintaining structured therapy.  
  • Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP): Our IOP was designed to help individuals who are experiencing an increase in distressing symptoms and behaviors or are not progressing with traditional outpatient services. The additional support and treatment foster meaningful improvement and create a solid foundation. 

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What Our Clients, Their Families, and Clinical Partners Are Saying

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"The program was very helpful. The staff is all very nice, from clinical to cleaning and cooking staff. I was able to work on myself and was pushed by my therapists. Dr. Bober was helpful in picking out the proper medication to help me feel better. I spent over 2 months here and I feel like I'm in a much better place than when I started. The level of care is very high here, if you need extra support with cooking and cleaning, as meals are prepared and laundry is done for you, and room is cleaned daily. I look forward to the step down to the Delray location where I can take charge of my life more."
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"LifeSkills in south FL is really great for an adult like me and it taught me a lot about life and the real world they have a great team . They are really supported and they care about our safety and our future."
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"Amazing experience for 3 months. Helped me with duel diagnosis. I feel like a new person. Staff is great and very helpful and kind."
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"In eight years of different esteemed treatment facilities and doctors, no one has come close to understanding the complex nature of our family member’s situation, and worked WITH her — and within the “system” — to make bold strides in her recovery. In general, it feels like Lifeskills truly respects its clients, and the complicated nature of what they are going through. With so many treatment places that promise a lot, and deliver little, we are so indebted to Lifeskills for showing up."
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