Life of Purpose Treatment Opens in Tennessee

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Life of Purpose offers individuals seeking long-term recovery from substance use disorder treatment, support, and housing near Middle Tennessee State University.

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It is an honor to bring the Life of Purpose Treatment Model back to my hometown.

Life of Purpose Treatment announces the opening of its third location near a university campus in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The program’s facility is in close proximity to Middle Tennessee State University and right outside of Nashville.

Young adults who are seeking recovery from substance use disorder, but do not want their treatment to keep them from pursuing academic degrees, now have a therapeutic care resource in Tennessee. The Middle Tennessee location serves clients seeking intensive outpatient treatment and academically focused aftercare. Offered as a stand-alone program or as a step down from a primary treatment, the Life of Purpose Treatment model provides services specifically designed to assist emerging adults who have a desire to focus on their education.

“We are extremely excited to announce the opening of our Murfreesboro, Tennessee location to create access to our academically focused substance use disorder treatment model from MTSU up to the universities in Nashville,” stated Andrew Burki, Founder and CEO of Life of Purpose Treatment. “Of all the projects and facilities we have completed or are actively involved in currently, this one is in many ways the most special for the entire Life of Purpose group. The reason this particular facility is so personal to us is because of its Executive Director, Benjamin Jones, MS. Ben isn’t just an extremely qualified and passionate individual in long-term recovery with an advanced degree—he’s an alumnus of Life of Purpose. After successfully completing the Life of Purpose program, Ben graduated from college, was recruited by Life of Purpose, enrolled in graduate school, completed his advanced degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, was repeatedly promoted as a result of his outstanding work ethic and dedication to every single individual who received treatment from Life of Purpose after him, and went on to lead our Tennessee project. Ben is not just a huge proponent of the academically focused model, he is the living embodiment of its efficacy. His own recovery and level of education dwarf my own at a comparable age and period of sustained abstinence as a result of his hard work and consistency over a period of years. I’m not just proud of Ben and grateful to be able to entrust the care of other young people like us to his stewardship—I respect him as a friend, colleague, and peer. If there is a greater testament to what we are capable of with the combined resources of sustained recovery and access to higher education than Ben Jones I have yet to see it.”

Along with clinical programs, the Life of Purpose Tennessee location will provide transitional housing for male students in recovery. Known as Life in Progress, the residence provides a safe and supervised environment, academically focused case managers, and easy access to Middle Tennessee State University.

The Life of Purpose Tennessee leadership team includes Benjamin Jones, MS, who serves as Executive Director, and Christopher Hastings, MA, LSPE, an MTSU professor and alumnus, as Clinical Director. Andrew Burki, MSW, and Andrew Maggiore will continue to serve as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, respectively.

"It is an honor to bring the Life of Purpose Treatment Model back to my hometown,” said Benjamin Jones, Executive Director of Life of Purpose Middle Tennessee. “I am excited to join the executive leadership team at Life of Purpose. Andrew Burki, our CEO, has created a treatment model that has proven to place young adults suffering from substance use disorders in the best-case scenario for success. This success stems from our clients pursuing a higher level of education, whether that be a GED, college degree, or some type of trade school. The Life of Purpose Treatment Model played a pivotal role in my recovery, as I was one of the first clients at Life of Purpose. The combination of pursuing a higher level of education, therapy, and accountability saved my life. I firmly believe that this treatment model is the number one option for a young adult seeking recovery and furthering their lives simultaneously. I am grateful to my family, Andrew Burki, and the Life of Purpose team for this opportunity."

As the first residential treatment center on a college campus in the United States, Life of Purpose’s treatment model was developed based on research indicating higher success rates in emerging adults whose recovery and academic support are integrated. In 2013, Andrew Burki, opened Life of Purpose Treatment on the Florida Atlantic University campus.

The Florida location offers inpatient, intensive outpatient treatment, academically focused aftercare, and transitional housing. Life in Progress, Life of Purpose’s recovery dorms, is available to individuals in recovery and conveniently located near Lynn University, Palm Beach State College, and Florida Atlantic University. Located at the University of North Texas, our Denton Texas location offers intensive outpatient treatment, academically focused aftercare, and student recovery housing.

Life of Purpose is an academically focused substance use disorder treatment facility located on college campuses across the United States. Its mission is to foster success in recovery and purpose in life through truly specialized academically focused substance use disorder treatment.

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