The biggest advance in addiction treatment is the smallest treatment center.
Adaptive Center is a 21st century treatment center founded on the values of mindfulness and simplicity. Your loved one will receive an intimate and personalized treatment experience. We will create individualized treatment plans to overcome the obstacles that prevent them from reaching their fullest potential. You and your loved ones will receive a client-centered experience and an exceptional level of care, available to only 12 clients at a time.
The “adaptive” in our name is literal. We are constantly unfolding, evolving, and always changing to reflect the newest scientific research and findings to offer you and your loved one treatment that is scientifically validated.
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What to expect.
You and your loved one have begun the process of healing.
The entire treatment center was designed to provide you and your loved one with specialized treatment offered to a very small population: 12 people at a time. That will make a huge difference for you. Many of our clients have been to multiple treatment centers, and report that they benefit more from the small size of the group. The intimacy makes them comfortable, and better able to communicate. In addition we have a staff of 12. This means your loved one is enjoying a nearly 1:1 client/staff ratio.
A Realistic Environment
Your loved one will live soberly in a realistic environment. They will live in an environment where everything is located within one square block in the middle of a city, not on a campus, an isolated institution, nor in a big facility. Your loved one will reside in supervised apartments: They will walk a few blocks to therapy and to the gym daily. They will shop for and cook their own healthy meals, all just a few miles from downtown Miami. From day one, they will learn the relevant skills for living soberly and to their fullest human potential in the middle of an actual life environment.
From the first day your loved one arrives at Adaptive Center, he/she will get oriented so they can clearly understand their treatment objectives. He/she will be assisted in completing initial paperwork, learning the treatment schedule, and transitioning into the treatment environment.
If your loved one lives in our residence,, they will be accommodated in one of our apartments, which resemble normal living quarters, not hospital rooms.
Family members and other loved ones are welcome to visit at any time. The only requirements is that they need to be well planned, and discussed with your loved one’s Case Manager and Therapists.
You will be able to visit with your loved ones outside of the direct clinical therapeutic treatment times. Direct clinical therapeutic treatment times are 6 hours per day—5 days per week.
In most cases you will be able to stay overnight with your visiting loved one, if it is planned, approved, and both of you want to.
Your loved one will be able to keep their cell phone, computer, iPad, or any other personal electronic devise; however, they can only be used before or after scheduled treatment activities or during breaks. Your loved one will also have access to any money that they bring to the center. They will be instructed on how to budget any money that they bring or receive while in treatment.
Our treatment system promotes skills to live healthy, clean, and sober in a real-life environment. In your real life no one handles your money. Your loved one will be instructed on how to budget any money that he/she brings or receives while in treatment.
- Your loved ones are responsible for the care and the handling of their money, just like they are at home.
- If you or your loved ones need to set up a special system to receive money, their Case Manager will help you do so.
Each week, your loved one is provided with a grocery gift card in the amount of $75. This card can only be used at Publix, the grocery store located directly across the street from our treatment center.
Your loved one will be expected to plan his/her grocery trips in advance and appropriately budget his/her weekly food allowance; he/she will be responsible for paying any amount that exceeds the $75 we provide.
What to bring to treatment
We are a reality based program and want your loved one to experience their way of life as they learn to live clean, sober, and healthy.
- Your loved one should bring the same clothes and items that they use in their regular life.
- Remember that Florida is a warm climate, punctuated with occasional cool days during the winter, so your loved ones should bring light clothes and a light sweater or jacket.
- Your loved ones should bring clothes for exercise—they will be going to a gym.
- They should bring clothes for activities like going to parks and the beach.
- They may bring their phone, computer, iPad, and other personal electronics. They will be allowed to use them during free time, and during the time that they are exercising in the gym.
- They should not bring any products that contain alcohol.
Although Adaptive Center is designed to offer treatment in a real-world setting, we do require that our clients strictly adhere to the structure we provide. Your loved one will be expected to attend all scheduled treatment activities, arriving punctually and remaining throughout the scheduled time. During non-scheduled times, your loved one will have the opportunity to leave the center independently to complete other activities, such as going to the bookstore, the bank, or the barbershop. To do so, they will be required to complete an itinerary that includes a detailed explanation of the activity and the window of time during which they will be out. Itineraries must be submitted in advance, and approval is at the discretion of the Adaptive Center administrative staff.
Send a Letter or Care Package
If you would like to send a letter or care package to your loved one while they are at Adaptive Center, please send it to the following address:
2520 Coral Way 2-506 Miami, FL 33145
Note: All correspondence addressed to clients of Adaptive Center will be opened and searched by our staff before being delivered to clients. This is done for their safety and protection.
If you would like to send money to your loved one while he/she is a client at Adaptive Center, you may send it through Western Union. There is a Western Union stationed inside Winn-Dixie, the grocery store located across the street from our center; your loved one can pick up the money from that location. You can arrange this transfer by contacting Winn-Dixie Store #251 (3275 SW 22nd Street Miami, FL 33145) and asking to speak with a Western Union representative.
What to expect.
You and your loved one have begun the process of healing.
Your loved one will be required to submit to random urinalysis screenings several times throughout the week. We perform these routine screenings onsite and then send the specimens to a lab for processing. We conduct these screenings as a way to keep clients accountable and deter them from using substances while in treatment.
Psychiatry and Medication Management
Your loved one will meet with our medical director, Dr. Adalgisa De Los Angeles, one time per week. During the initial meeting, Dr. De Los Angeles will provide a psychiatric evaluation, monitor existing medications, and/or prescribe new medications according to your loved one’s needs. At every subsequent meeting, she will follow up with your loved one to check his/her medication compliance and make adjustments as needed. Prescribed medications will be monitored by our residential staff as directed.
In line with our cutting-edge approach to treatment, we offer pharmacogenetic testing, a form of advanced technology that is designed to enhance and personalize client care. This simple saliva test, which is performed onsite, detects genetic variations in enzymes associated with the metabolism of psychiatric medications. It provides valuable information about which medications and dosages will be most effective for your loved one.
Within the first few days of your loved one’s arrival, you will be contacted by our Primary Therapist, Denise Fournier. She will be available to answer your questions, request your insights, and update you on your loved one’s progress. Please note that this contact will be contingent upon your loved one’s completion of a Release of Information form. Clients over the age of 18 have the right to authorize or deny the release of confidential information pertaining to their treatment to designated individuals of their choosing. Denise will remain in contact with you throughout your loved one’s time at Adaptive Center. She will give you regular updates about his/her progress and include you in the treatment process, according to your loved one’s particular treatment plan and clinical goals.
Upon arriving at Adaptive Center, your loved one is assigned a primary therapist. This therapist collaborates with them to design a Treatment Plan, meets with the client on a weekly basis, and maintains an ongoing supportive relationship aimed at helping them achieve his/her treatment goals.
At Adaptive Center, group therapy is one of the cornerstones of our treatment program. Every morning and afternoon, our clinical team engages the clients in discussions centered on various topics related to their recovery, the unconscious blocks that have kept them from reaching their potential, and the way forward to success in their lives. Through the group process, clients are encouraged to express themselves and learn from one another’s experiences.
Research shows that addressing addiction within the context of the family leads to higher rates of successful recovery. If you wish, you will be incorporated into our treatment process by our family therapist in a variety of ways.
Your loved one will work directly with Raquel Valls, our Case Manager, to plan for what will take place following his/her discharge from Adaptive Center.
There is well-documented evidence for the effectiveness of physical exercise at reducing stress and anxiety, improving general health, regulating mood, improving sleep, reducing drug cravings, and generating an overall sense of wellbeing. Your loved one will engage in physical fitness in a state-of-the-art gym located across the street from the treatment facility.
Expressing oneself through writing can be a powerful therapeutic experience. For this reason, we engage your loved one in the practice of keeping a journal and dedicating time each day to write about specific topics that deal with their personal challenges, and their solution.
Life Skills Education
Emerging from active addiction your loved ones need assistance with acquiring, or recuperating life skills such as budgeting, food shopping and nutrition, cleaning, laundry, and social skills. Our clinical team and residential counselors work with them to address their unique needs and assist them with developing essential life skills.
Success in Treatment
Treatment works best when the person receiving it:
- comes to understand themselves
- sees the errors in their thinking and behaviors
- takes responsibility for their actions
- engages in a process of change
In our vast experience—when these goals become aligned with the goals of the person’s loved ones—treatment becomes successful for both the person treated and for all the people in their life.
Who we are.
CEO, Founder, Clinical Director
Learn more about Juan
Juan E. Lesende established Adaptive Center. The Adaptive Center’s approach is to focus on the intersection of psychology and cutting-edge spiritual practices. Juan has a master’s degree in psychology. When registering for the last course of his doctoral program, he was told that he had reached the limit of his financial aid, and could not complete the program. Adaptive Center is a living manifestation of the doctoral dissertation that he never had a chance to present. He has been in the field for 20 years, and worked in many treatment centers in South Florida.
Learn more about Eva
Eva Ugarte was born and raised in Spain. She moved to Germany in 2007, and then to Miami in 2012, a city she loves. Juan and Eva are partners who share both a passion for psychology and business, as well as a 7-year-old son. She says she’s “living the dream.”
Eva has been working in the mental health field since 2000. Her background is in trauma work and domestic violence. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of Florida, a Certified Addictions Professional, a Certified Traumatologist, and Certified Sex Therapist. She formerly worked as a therapist until she transferred over to handle administrative duties in 2009. She held several positions in executive management at different organizations, both nonprofit and for profit.
Learn more about Denise
Denise Fournier, a South Florida native, has had a lifelong fascination with the human condition. As a college freshman, she enrolled in an introductory psychology course that convinced her to pursue a career in the social and behavioral sciences. She earned a B.A. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, an M.S. in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University.
Throughout her many years of schooling and work as a clinician, Denise has remained endlessly curious about human cognition, behavior, and relationships. She has worked in various settings throughout South Florida, including community mental health centers, university clinics, and private practice.
Case Manager and Program Coordinator
Learn more about Raquel
Raquel Valls is a South Florida native. She has earned a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Central Florida and a Masters in Social Work from Florida International University.
Raquel’s passion lies in helping others in the community setting. She came to Adaptive with many years of case management and aftercare planning experience. Raquel has worked with victims of domestic violence, patients with HIV/AIDS, and participants with severe and persistent mental illness.
Learn more about Justin
Justin is a psychology student making his way into the field. He studied at Florida State University before transferring to Florida International University in order to work at Adaptive Center and learn from the clinical staff.
Adalgisa R. De Los Angeles
Learn more about Adalgisa
Dr. Adalgisa De Los Angeles is a medical doctor licensed in the state of Florida. She has practiced psychiatry in various facilities throughout South Florida and has completed an Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship program at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School/Jackson Memorial Hospital. In addition to her work as a psychiatrist, Dr. De Los Angeles has also conducted valuable research in the field of addiction treatment.
Family Support Resources.
If your loved one refuses to accept treatment for a drug or alcohol addiction, you as a family member have a more difficult job ahead of you. On the one hand, you want to be firm with the addict and stop enabling them, but you also need to know how far to push the person before they shut down in denial.
Many families find that hosting an intervention can help get their loved one to accept treatment, but there are dangers with taking this step too far. In most cases, a professional who understands the risks involved can guide loved ones as they plan an intervention. Visit the following pages for more information about hosting a productive intervention, and the dangers to watch out for when considering an intervention.
A 24 / 7 Meeting
Families Anonymous “E-Meeting” takes place through email messages that are sent to all group members.
FA’s Meeting Without Walls
Sunday Evenings 9:00 PM EST
Families Anonymous Concerned Teens (ages 14-19)