Young People in Recovery Receives $1 Million Dollar Pledge from Life of Purpose

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Life of Purpose pledges a $1,000,000 unrestricted gift to Young People in Recovery.

Young People in Recovery (YPR) — a national grassroots advocacy organization focused on creating recovery-ready communities throughout the nation for young people in or seeking recovery — today announced that Life of Purpose, a South Florida behavioral health conglomerate, has pledged a $1,000,000 unrestricted gift to YPR.

“This unprecedented $1,000,000 gift is about more than just money, it is a call to action for recovery philanthropy to be taken to the next level,” said Justin Luke Riley, YPR President and CEO. “We will use this to leverage our efforts across the youth recovery advocacy movement. Most importantly, this gift represents hope and validates that young people in recovery are extraordinary and worthy of our investment of time and money.”

Life of Purpose is the only residential substance use disorder treatment center located on a college campus in the United States. The program is dedicated to providing the educational resources and clinical services necessary to promote success and empower young adults. They do this through multi-modality clinical care, and a proprietary academically focused case management and aftercare program.

“Given the scale of the current public health crisis surrounding substance use disorder, I believe that it is long past time we, as an industry and as a society, get behind and support the recovery advocacy movement,” said Andrew Burki, CEO of Life of Purpose. “If we want young people to succeed in their recovery, we need to create safe spaces and communities for them to grow and thrive in long after they have completed substance use disorder treatment. The work Young People in Recovery is doing to build supportive environments, within communities, for emerging adults and adolescents in recovery from substance use disorders is without equal. We do not need to figure out the 'how.' We simply need to scale their efforts up on a macro level.”

In addition to this extremely generous pledge, YPR will also establish a new partnership with Life of Purpose. YPR will implement the YPR E.P.I.C program at every Life of Purpose facility around the country, including facilities in Florida, as well as Texas and Arizona in the near future. Standing for Evidence Based, Peer Delivered, Individually Focused, and Community Based, E.P.I.C. empowers and educates individuals receiving care earlier in the intervention and stabilization process, allowing them to find their voice, invest in their own recovery and become a collaborator in the decision-making process, while still in drug treatment.

“Young People in Recovery’s extraordinary, multifaceted approach to systemically improving support services in communities is unprecedented within this space,” said Andrew Burki, CEO of Life of Purpose. “Their focus on the practical issues facing young people in recovery: education, housing and employment, and their willingness to build coalitions with all of the stakeholders within a given community that are working together to make a difference, was the primary reason why we felt it imperative to make this gift. Effectively treating substance use disorder expands well past the walls of a treatment center. It takes a community working together to get the job done, and we believe that this gift helps further that objective.”

About Young People in Recovery (

Young People in Recovery is a national grassroots advocacy organization focused on improving access to treatment, educational resources, employment opportunities, and secure, quality housing on the local, state, and national levels. By creating a national network of young people in recovery, YPR empowers young people to get involved in their communities by providing them with the tools and support to take charge of their futures.

About Life of Purpose (

Life of Purpose provides academically focused substance abuse treatment in Boca Raton, Florida with plans to open additional locations in 2015 and 2016.

The Boca facility sits in the Research and Development Park on the Florida Atlantic University campus in close proximity to Lynn University and Palm Beach State College. Clients can study at any of these three institutions or, in some cases, attend the college of their choice remotely. Life of Purpose is currently the only residential addiction treatment facility on a college campus in the United States.

Life of Purpose offers a 60-day primary treatment program with community housing, a 90-day intensive outpatient program, an academically focused aftercare program and luxury transitional housing less than 1,000 feet from FAU's campus. All of the programs place a strong emphasis on clinical and academic case management. It is a perfect fit for a person who has experienced a disruption in their education due to their substance use. Life of Purpose works with individuals who are enrolled or willing to enroll in school who are age 17 and older.

Life of Purpose believes people in early recovery deserve to build a foundation for their future by participating in higher education. Identifying as a student, even taking just one class, can dramatically shift the self-perception of a person in early recovery.

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