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In the words of our founder, Josh Scott, Guardian Recovery’s story begins with a personal struggle. “I found my way into treatment at 22 years old… I was hospitalized in a locked psychiatric unit,” Josh recalls. This challenging experience was pivotal, as it led to an encounter with a social worker who would guide him toward a life-changing treatment program. “I was resistant to treatment… but this social worker convinced my family that I needed help,” Josh shares. This marked the beginning of a journey not just towards his own recovery, but towards a broader mission of helping others.

After his experience at the treatment center, Josh felt a strong urge to contribute meaningfully in the field of addiction recovery. “From the very beginning of doing work in this space, I knew there was something sacred about providing care to a family and an individual struggling with addiction,” he states. This calling led him to start Guardian Recovery with a core philosophy: to offer the kind of care he would seek for himself or a family member.

The Evolution of Guardian Recovery

Guardian Recovery began with intervention work, with Josh personally traveling around the country to assist families. He reflects, “For a family to engage my services, they had to have the financial wherewithal. I was able to help those families build treatment plans.” This experience not only honed his expertise in identifying quality treatment but also seeded the vision for Guardian Recovery’s treatment programs, which continuously increase access to those in need — those who might not have the financial means to cover the total cost of treatment out-of-pocket. 

The first brick-and-mortar facility, Guardian Life Skills, opened in 2013 in a quaint 1200-square-foot house in historic downtown Delray Beach, Florida. “The bedrooms were converted into therapy offices, and the fireplace in the living room hosted 12-step meetings,” Josh describes the humble beginnings. This was followed by the launch of Guardian Intensive Outpatient in 2014, marking a significant step in offering comprehensive care.

Guardian Recovery’s network grew with the opening of Boca Detox Center in 2016 and Immersion Recovery Center in 2017. “We have held fast to the commitment of providing services with the core belief that the client comes first and that the quality of care needs to be at the core of every decision,” Josh emphasizes.

Reflecting on the evolution of Guardian, Josh notes, “Guardian has reached a coming of age… Our ability to provide care to a wider community and the evolution of Guardian itself can be reflected in our brand to represent our growth accurately.” Guardian Recovery remains dedicated to its founding principles. “As long as we do that, all the other pieces have fallen into place… We are above and beyond anything else, just committed to being the program that a family needs,” Josh concludes.

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Where We Are Today 

Guardian Recovery has evolved remarkably over the years, expanding its reach across various states to offer comprehensive addiction treatment services. 

Our current treatment centers include:

CuraWest – Denver, Colorado

CuraWest specializes in medical detoxification in a tranquil environment, offering personalized care and a blend of traditional and holistic therapies. Their approach integrates individual, group, and family therapy, emphasizing the development of coping skills and relapse prevention strategies.

CuraSouth – Tampa Bay, Florida

At CuraSouth, the focus is on safe, comfortable detoxification with a homestyle setting. The center combines medical expertise with a nurturing environment, offering clients a supportive path through the initial stages of recovery.

Guardian IOP – Florida (Delray Beach) and New Jersey (Hoboken and New Brunswick)

This intensive outpatient program provides a balanced approach to recovery, focusing on the practical aspects of sober living. The center emphasizes skills development, community involvement, and ongoing support to facilitate long-term sobriety.

Specializing in helping clients navigate life’s challenges, this program offers a comprehensive approach that includes evidence-based therapies and peer support.

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Immersion Recovery Center – Delray Beach, Florida

Providing a full spectrum of care for addiction recovery, Immersion Recovery Center offers a nurturing environment where clients receive individualized treatment plans, including behavioral therapies, holistic approaches, and aftercare planning.

Pine Tree Recovery Center – Portland, Maine

This center is dedicated to providing compassionate and effective treatment, featuring detox services, individualized therapy, and a commitment to helping clients build a strong foundation for recovery.

The Plymouth House – Plymouth, New Hampshire

Known for its unique recovery approach, The Plymouth House offers a variety of therapies and activities designed to promote healing and long-term sobriety, focusing on physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.

Bishop Health – Florida (Delray Beach) and Maine (Portland)

Bishop Health provides outpatient mental health treatment in Portland, Maine, and Delray Beach, Florida. The facilities offer innovative and effective mental health services tailored to individual needs. Treatment options include psychiatry services, individual therapy, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) therapy, and ketamine treatment programs. These services are designed to address various psychiatric concerns and co-occurring disorders, delivered by a team of experienced and licensed professionals in a supportive environment. 

Princeton Detox & Recovery Center – New Jersey

The clinical program at Princeton Detox & Recovery Center is centered around a compassionate, individualized, and comprehensive approach to detoxification and recovery from substance use disorders. Their team of caring medical and clinical professionals is dedicated to providing a safe and pain-free detoxification experience for every client, tailoring treatment plans to meet individual needs and including options for therapy, group support, and case management services.

Guardian’s Adolescent Centers – Florida and New Jersey

These centers provide specialized care for young individuals, focusing on age-appropriate therapies, educational support, and family involvement to address the unique challenges faced by adolescents in recovery.

Virtual Treatment Options

Additionally, Guardian Recovery offers a variety of virtual programming to address substance use disorders (SUD) and mental health issues, providing accessible and flexible treatment options across several states.

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Our Facilities & Teams Transform Lives

Changing lives by providing comprehensive support and rehabilitation, empowering individuals to overcome addiction and regain control of their health and well-being.

For adults struggling with SUD, intensive outpatient (IOP) and outpatient (OP) programs are available in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New Jersey, Colorado, and Florida. These programs offer comprehensive therapy and support tailored to each individual’s schedule and needs, ensuring continuous care and support for recovery.

In New Jersey and Maine, we offer specialized virtual IOP programs for adolescents facing SUD. These programs focus on the unique challenges young individuals face, incorporating family involvement and educational support.

Maine also hosts an Adult Primary Mental Health IOP, addressing a range of mental health issues with a focus on individualized care and therapeutic interventions. This program aims to provide adults with the tools and support necessary for managing mental health effectively.

Each virtual program reflects Guardian Recovery’s commitment to offering flexible, high-quality treatment options to a diverse clientele, making recovery accessible regardless of location.

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Reviewed professionally for accuracy by:

Ryan Soave


Ryan Soave brings deep experience as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, certified trauma therapist, program developer, and research consultant for Huberman Lab at Stanford University Department of Neurobiology. Post-graduation from Wake Forest University, Ryan quickly discovered his acumen for the business world. After almost a decade of successful entrepreneurship and world traveling, he encountered a wave of personal and spiritual challenges; he felt a calling for something more. Ryan returned to school and completed his Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling. When he started working with those suffering from addiction and PTSD, he found his passion. He has never looked back.

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Cayla Clark

Cayla Clark

Cayla Clark grew up in Santa Barbara, CA and graduated from UCLA with a degree in playwriting. Since then she has been writing on addiction recovery and psychology full-time, and has found a home as part of the Guardian Recovery team.

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