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RECO Intensive: Empowering Recovery through Expertise and Empathy.

David-Niknafs-Founder-RECO Intensive
David Niknafs NCIP, CNDAI, Founder, RECO Intensive

“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile,” Albert Einstein had said. And most of us try to live by this thought. We all support and service others however we can be it feeding birds and animals in your neighborhood or helping the poorer finding shelter and food during this time of the COVID-19 crisis.

For many of us, the inspiration for doing good deeds is pure compassion or empathy that came out of sufferings and similar experiences. David Niknafs, the Founder of RECO Intensive, found his inspiration from his experiences and being sober to help others dealing with substance abuse.

Moreover, David being diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at an early age, exposed him to frequent hospital visits, regular treatments, and research. Combining his experiences of suffering from substance abuse and his passion for working in the healthcare sector David founded RECO Intensive in 2013.

Over the years, RECO Intensive has empowered individuals and their families to fight and treat substance abuse. The treatments and programs founded on compassion and empathy focusing on employing the best services and resources to the individuals have helped earn RECO Intensive several accreditations and recognitions in Florida.

Read the following interview to know how RECO Intensive, through its services, is empowering a change in the life of individuals and the community they serve.

Please brief our audience about RECO Intensive, its values, and the key aspects of its stronghold within the rehabilitation space.

RECO is substance abuse and co-occurring treatment facility in downtown Delray Beach, Florida, holding the title of most accreditations and affiliations in the South-Eastern United States. RECO provides five levels of partial-hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and outpatient-only services and programs.

The facility’s reputation and core values are built on honesty, integrity, and empowerment, and it’s reflected not only with the treatment provided to the clients and their families but in the communities we serve.

Tell us more about the services that make RECO Intensive stand out from the competition?

RECO employs cutting-edge medical, clinical, and behavioral interventions specific to an individual’s bio, psych, and social needs. Whether it’s equine therapy, neurofeedback, brain-mapping, CBT, EMDR, or other therapeutic modalities, an individualized treatment program is developed and implemented throughout treatment. RECO is a movement, a brand, a culture creating trends to empower an individual’s recovery.

What is your opinion on the impact of the current pandemic on the global healthcare sector, and what were the challenges you came across during the initial phase of the pandemic?

Whether or not someone had substance abuse issues or mental health disorders before the pandemic, we feel nobody has been immune to the mental and emotional impact ‘social distancing’ and isolation has created. Everyone was fearful, confused, isolated, and unsure what tomorrow would look like. It’s been chaos in every sense of the word.

As a healthcare provider, health and safety is our primary focus. We were prepared, as our CEO Dave is an expert in Infection Control, and immediately implemented prophylactic and preventative measures to ensure client and staff safety. We had an abundance of PPE and even donated to the local hospitals, police departments, and fire departments to aid in frontline protection.

As for our clients, we limited their interactions, regimented their schedules, kept them on-site only, and maintained providing all services in socially distant settings. Every hour, temperatures were taken, disinfectants were being utilized q15, masks and gloves were worn at all times, and our medical staff was doing rounds every qh.

Our team came together, facing their personal fears while caring for others. The staff, from top to bottom, were nothing short of heroic.

In your opinion, what could be the future of the rehabilitation services post the pandemic?

The pandemic has taught us a lot. We implemented our telehealth services for a multitude of services, and we’ve continued to offer outpatient services weekly at no charge to our clients. We are able to reach a lot of people who needed support, community, and guidance as a result of isolation, lockdowns, and the inability to receive any in-person care.

As we continue to evolve as the needs change, we believe biotechnology and virtual treatment will expand. We still believe that in-person care is essential for the first ninety+ days of treatment, virtual care is a great option thereafter. And in using biotechnology, patients are able to track their physiological changes with a tangible result.

As an established leader, what would be your advice to the budding entrepreneurs and enthusiasts aspiring to venture into the rehabilitation services sector?

This is not an easy industry. However, if you do it for the right reasons, success will find you. The most beautiful thing in this world is changing someone’s life in the most positive way, and then watching all the lives touched by that one person.

How do you envision scaling your company’s operations in 2021?

We will continue to pivot and adjust to the times and problems at hand. Whatever obstacles we face, we have the team to overcome them.

Phone Apps –  We currently have 1 available in the Apple and Android App Store, called Second Story –  Alumni Hub. We are working on 2 others. The next app will be a productivity app (think Uber meets Imessage meets ADP). Our app will track all employees with a van emblem when driving company vehicles, showing exact locations in real time. It will have HIPAA compliant chats/groups/departments for communications which can be connected with APIs to our electronic medical records for shift and progress notes, Employees can clock in/out, request time off, etc. which will be sent to appropriate managers, and authorized/sent to payroll. This app will be licensed out to other facilities, and has the potential to be tweaked for other industries.

About the leader

David Niknafs founded RECO Institute in 2012, and subsequently RECO Intensive and RECO Trust in 2013. “Dave” entered the professional healthcare space in 2010. With his father being a physician, Dave was always drawn to the healthcare industry. In addition, he suffers from Cystic Fibrosis, a terminal genetic disorder with a low survival rate. From an early age, he was exposed to hospitals, healthcare, and research monthly.

In adolescence, Dave became addicted to opiates at the start of the Opioid Epidemic. After eight years of dependence on virtually every substance, he was able to get sober in 2008, while still fighting for his life from Cystic Fibrosis. Dave began to work in behavioral health in 2010 while continuing his education and maintaining his personal sobriety.

Upon getting certified as a family interventionist, Dave founded RECO, a legacy for him to leave behind whenever that time comes. As the success rates for RECO’s treatment continued to increase, RECO grew and continually evolving with the generational landscapes and is now involved in research and development. This is Dave’s legacy.

Redefining Benchmarks

The most accredited facility in the Southeast, RECO Intensive holds over 30 accreditations, affiliations, and certifications, compared to the average facility. It was also the first facility in Florida to be accredited ‘Level IV’ housing by FARR/DCF. Additionally, RECO is the only facility in Delray Beach that the City Commission Board deems reputable.

Below is the list of accreditaions:

  • Joint Commission Accredited
  • Florida DCF (PHP/IOP/OP)
  • American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)
  • National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP)
  • Behavioral Health Certificate of Excellence
  • SAMHSA Authorized Provider
  • Florida Certification Board
  • Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA)
  • Association of Addiction Professionals (NAADAC)
  • National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA)
  • National Council for Behavioral Health
  • Florida Behavioral Health Association
  • National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence
  • Alliance for Addiction Solutions
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • National Association of Drug Court Professional
  • National Association of Behavioral Healthcare (NABH)
  • National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI)
  • HIPAA Seal of Compliance
  • National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)
  • Commission On Rehabilitation Counselor
  • LegitScript Certified
  • Fair Care Promise Approval
  • MAP Health Manager
  • Treatment Professionals in Alumni Services (TPAS)
  • Path International Equine Therapy Provider
  • Delray Beach Drug Task Force
  • Palm Beach County Substance Awareness Coalition
  • South County Recovery Residence Association
  • National Alliance for Recovery Residences
  • Florida Association of Recovery Residences
  • Psychology Today Verified
  • Better Business Bureau
  • Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce (Chairman’s Club)



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