Specialized Treatment for Teens and Families
Family First Adolescent Services is an industry leader in treating teenagers. We opened our doors in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida in 2014 and have been providing best-in-class mental health, behavioral health and substance use treatment solutions ever since.
Founders James McManus and Ben Cecil identified a critical gap in the support available to teens struggling with complex, common, and problematic issues affecting that age group. Nowhere in our state was any treatment center providing intensive and compassionate care to teens and their families that specifically addressed the unique issues faced by an adolescent demographic.
— Our Philosophy —
We believe that teens can find long-term and sustainable healing from mental health, behavioral health, substance use or problematic gaming issues. We achieve this by providing treatment that is teen-specific, trauma-informed, that addresses the entire family, that plans for the long-term, and that is facilitated by best-in-class clinicians.
Family First Adolescent Services believes in treating clients with innovative therapeutic approaches, we address a range of teen-specific issues, including mental health issues, anxiety, depression, early childhood trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance use, and problematic gaming.
Everything we do at Family First Adolescent Services is underpinned by the belief that teens can find long-term and sustainable healing from mental or behavioral health issues, substance use issues and problematic gaming.
Healing the Whole Family
Our focus isn’t limited to teens—the entire family is our client. We believe that a young person’s best chance for long-term healing happens when his entire family undergoes a shift toward deeper connection with themselves and others.
Long-Term Continuing Care
When a client and his family come to us, we approach the whole family with tailored treatment modalities specific to their needs. We look far beyond their time with us, and help families create a roadmap towards sustainable healing with ongoing continuing care support for up to a year or more after a teen completes residential treatment.
The Entire Family is Our Client
We believe in treating each family with compassion, curiosity, and presence. Drawing from different psychological perspectives such as family systems theory, attachment theory, somatic psychology, and interpersonal neurobiology, our team works with clients on the mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual levels to ensure a strong foundation for the journey ahead.
We believe that an individual’s best chance for long-term recovery happens when the entire family undergoes a shift toward deeper connection with themselves and others. We believe in treating each family with compassion, curiosity and presence. Drawing from different psychological perspectives such as family systems theory, attachment theory, somatic psychology, and interpersonal neurobiology, our team works with clients on the mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual levels to ensure a strong foundation for the journey ahead.
The Family First Facilities
Located in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, the Family First Adolescent Services facilities are as beautiful as they are unique. We offer the ideal setting for young men to heal and reclaim their promise and potential.
What Our Clients Say
It has been an honor and a privilege to help families find sanity, stability, clarity, and calm by helping them create healthier new habits to support long-term healing. Some families have chosen to share their experience with us so that we can share it with families who are just beginning their journey.
Have you experienced the Family First Adolescent Services difference?
“The entire staff genuinely cares about your child and your entire family. Their knowledge on healing & addictions come from personal experience as well as education. I was extremely comfortable with leaving my son at residence & in their care. I would recommend Family First with no hesitation. It helped our entire family function in a healthy way that I didn’t think was possible again.”
“After a month of IOP with my 14-year-old daughter, I highly recommend Family First. In particular, I think their entire approach to treating the entire family makes it more effective than other similar treatments.”
“Family First has taken an approach to treating our entire family. We have gotten to the core of our family dynamics and responses. The family therapy has helped my husband and I become better parents and has created open communication between us and our kids. I highly recommend this program to other families.”
“Family First is a very supportive program. I wish I would have knew about your program last summer. I’m so grateful for your program – and opening our eyes in how to communicate and support our child. Thank you for everything you do and provide.”
“The staff support and knowledge exceeded our expectations. As parents, we have gained invaluable tools to help our family communicate, respond to, and cope with life’s challenges. This is not just a facility, it is a temporary home where adolescents get a second chance at life.”
“The most impactful 3 days of my life in Family Program. The self-awakening, self-examination, and sense of shared community, sorrow, and hope. Never has sadness felt so good.”
“Our whole family experienced healing this weekend. We arrived fractured and left connected in a deeper way than I could have imagined. My husband and I experienced personal breakthroughs and breakthroughs in our relationship with our son. Words are so inadequate to express my gratitude. I will never forget the divine experience that this weekend was.”
“Family First is an amazing, amazing program. I cannot recommend the staff and program highly enough. I feel as though we finally have hope to bring our boy back.”