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Recovery Unplugged® - Drug & Alcohol Rehab

915 Middle River Drive Suite 114, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 33304
At Recovery Unplugged, clients are encouraged to utilize creativity as a means of grappling with their addictions. Through the practices of lyric writing, musical performance, and musical recording, individuals are exposed to novel tools for promoting lifelong sobriety and maintaining lasting recovery. Through both residential treatment and outpatient services, clients are also provided with traditional recovery resources such as 12-Step groups and cognitive behavioral therapy. Holistic offerings include yoga, nature walks, swimming and gym sessions.

Facility Highlights

  • Aftercare Plans and Post-Treatment Assistance
  • Continued Aftercare and Outreach
  • Accepts most major insurance companies


  • Process Abuse Treatment

    Not all addictions involve mood-altering chemicals. The term “process addiction” describes the unhealthy use of behaviors (including eating, gambling, sexual activity, shopping, internet use, etc.) that has spiraled out of control and into the realm of addiction.
  • Holistic Therapies

    Holistic therapeutic offerings are incorporated into each client’s daily routine for mental, physical, and spiritual wellness. Individuals are invited to participate in morning meditation, beach yoga, recreational activities, therapeutic relaxation, and more.

Facility Settings

  • Beach Community

Meet the Staff

  • Paul Pellinger
    Paul PellingerChief Strategy Officer
    Paul is a legend in addiction treatment with a career that spans over 20 years. He has worked as a counselor, manager, court appointed liaison, and consultant. Over the years Paul has helped open some of the most successful treatment facilities in South Florida, along with providing career changing opportunities to those whom share the same passion of helping those in need. As Chief Strategy Officer, Paul brings his years of wisdom and insight directly to Recovery Unplugged staff and clients.
  • David R. Kramer M.D.
    David R. Kramer M.D.Psychiatrist
    Dr. Kramer is a General psychiatrist Board-Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. David completed his undergraduate studies at Cornell University. He received his Medical degree with honors at the University of South Florida and completed his Psychiatry training at the University of Pennsylvania. He has been in private practice in South Florida since 1997. He has broad experience in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, addiction, post-traumatic stress, and behavioral disorders. In addition, he has extensive experience in psychopharmacology and brief, cognitively-based psychotherapy, and the assessment and treatment of substance abuse disorders. He has served as Medical Director of several residential treatment programs and has been a member of the medical staff at several local psychiatric in-patient facilities. Dr. Kramer is dedicated to the practice of thoughtful, client-informed psychiatric medication treatment

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Recovery Unplugged offers men and women struggling with drug and alcohol addiction the opportunity to pursue recovery by participating in music-based and traditional therapy. The flagship facility in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., provides multiple levels of outpatient therapy along with nearby supportive housing. It is among 44 percent of substance abuse treatment facilities throughout the state that offer intensive outpatient treatment; it is one of the 181 (25.3 percent) of Florida treatment centers that offer partial hospitalization.

Medically-supervised detox services and residential treatment are available at the organization's Austin, Texas, location.


Treatment at Recovery Unplugged is founded on the idea that “music chemically alters our body and makes us feel great.” Each client works through a personalized plan of treatment, which includes education about music. Throughout the rehabilitative process, clients write, study, produce, and perform music, even though some may never have played an instrument before beginning the program and others come with extensive experience.

Evidence-based treatment modalities are integrated into the program, which incorporates individual and group counseling sessions, as well as fitness therapies such as yoga and nature walks. Both cognitive behavioral therapy and 12-step concepts are applied. Clients who are experiencing co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders address these interrelated challenges.

Three levels of outpatient treatment are offered: standard outpatient program (OP), where clients attend sessions on-site multiple times a week; intensive outpatient program (IOP), which meets more frequently; and partial hospitalization program (PHP), which enables clients to attend day and evening sessions throughout the week while living in off-site housing shared with others in the Recovery Unplugged community.

Aftercare includes counseling and help preparing for work and sober living beyond rehab. Family involvement in the recovery process is encouraged and arranged individually.


The program’s director of creative recovery is a successful musician with more than 25 years in recovery. Clinical staff members include doctors, registered nurses, primary therapist, and several master’s level therapists.

The center is one of the 192 (26.8 percent) of Florida treatment centers that are accredited by The Joint Commission.


The center has a capacity for 32 clients. Located about one mile from the Atlantic Ocean, the setting is described as safe, serene, and comfortable in a resort-style environment. Some clients choose to stay at local sober-living facilities, where they have access to a swimming pool, modern kitchens, semi-private bedrooms, on-site security, and transportation to and from the treatment center.


Alumni submitted largely positive feedback about Recovery Unplugged to Rehabs.com to date: 20 positive reviews, two mixed, and two negative.

The four who responded to the Rehabs.com survey would recommend the program to others and offered more detailed impressions on selected metrics:

Cleanliness: 4.5/5
Level of Staff Training and Experience: 4.3/5
Exercise and Leisure: 3.3/5
Connectivity: 3/5
Holistic Offerings: 2.8/5

Several reviewers reported they had attended other programs, but acquired the tools they needed to change their life at Recovery Unplugged. They noted how the musical component of the program set it apart from others. They praised the dedicated staff and the center’s client-centric approach, which one former client expressed as a: “Dynamic program that cares about the clients.”

The two negative reviews cited not enough holistic offerings and rundown accommodations for men. Other isolated criticism concerned lack of organization, adequate staffing, and one-on-one therapy.

On secondary sites, reviewers offered highly positive feedback to date: 4.9 out of five stars based on 118 reviews on Google; 4.7 stars based on 336 reviews on Facebook, which the organization can from seven reviews that are not currently recommended on Yelp. [1] [2] [3] [4] Comments that accompanied the perfect and near-perfect ratings addressed the “amazing” staff that goes far and beyond, caring atmosphere, and powerful use of music to help achieve recovery. In a representative review, Matt on Google wrote: “The music and artistic element just adds to the already phenomenal experience you’ll gain at Recovery Unplugged.”


Five loved ones submitted largely favorable feedback about the center to date with four positive reviews and one negative. Similar to alumni, these reviewers cited longstanding struggles their loved ones had with addiction, which Recovery Unplugged help resolve. They commended the program and the unique musical approach to “mak[ing] recovery fun” as strengths.

In contrast, K.M.K., the negative reviewer, cited problems with the facility’s handling of finances and insurance.


Three staff members submitted exemplary feedback about the center to Rehabs.com to date. They rated the major categories of the Rehabs.com survey – treatment effectiveness, accommodations and amenities, and meals and nutrition – perfect five out of five stars. One staff member who graduated from the program several years ago wrote: “The staff takes pride in the work they do and tries to utilize music in a variety of ways which allow clients to truly open up, get honest, and begin their recovery with passion.”


Recovery Unplugged accepts most major insurance policies including Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Cigna.

[1] GoogleReviews

[2] https://www.facebook.com/pg/RecoveryUnplugged/reviews/?ref=page_internal

[3] https://www.yelp.com/biz/recovery-unplugged-fort-lauderdale-fort-lauderdale-2


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