Providing a better life for you.

Our Promise of Excellence

Better Life Recovery & Wellness strives to provide the highest quality addiction recovery and mental health services to those struggling with the disease of addiction or mental health issues and those affected through positive, supportive and caring programs within a safe environment. We demonstrate this through:

Leadership We excel with individual and business integrity with the spirit that nothing is impossible.
Safety We endorse and practice safety first for the clients we serve, our colleagues, and ourselves.
LearningWe are a caring treatment facility helping one another grow.
InnovationWe challenge ourselves to look for new and better ways to deliver our expertise through creative thinking.
ResponsibilityWe serve as a catalyst for positive change at BLR and beyond.
Respect We embrace each other’s differences so that we may enrich the well-being of everyone. We consistently strive to identify and work with an individual’s needs, resulting in the improvement of their addiction and mental health in order to enhance their overall well-being.

Our Vision

Better Life Recovery & Wellness is a premier provider of quality addiction recovery and mental health services focused on improving the total well-being of individuals and families through investment in our employees, patients and communities. Click below to learn more about our team.

Better Life Recovery's Mission is to help provide a better life for others

Founder’s Statement

While a simple act should not define a life, it can change the trajectory for the lives of others.

On the eve of my 50th birthday, while traveling on a flight from NY to CA, what should have been a joyous occasion turned into a life changing reality for me and my family. Upon landing, I received multiple missed calls, I knew it could not be good news. In a matter of hours, I had lost my youngest brother and my family dynamic took a drastic turn. My brother, like many, struggled with challenges every day, dealing with the trials of life which included depression, anxiety and addiction. Despite his outgoing personality and a big people connection, he spent many days masking depression and numbing pain behind smiles and substance, finally succumbing to the loss of his life. Despite having a good relationship with my brother, for years I felt I failed him. I was demonized by so many negative thoughts. As the oldest brother, I convinced myself I should have done more, been more. I blamed myself for not being there and wrestled with past mistakes. I had to dig deep and acknowledge my brother was hurting for some time and “I” ultimately could not save him from himself. Devastated, it was hard to accept, but I had to acknowledge the need for self-healing and self-forgiveness to move forward.

The years following my brother’s death has brought great insight to the mental and emotional conditions entangled in depression and addiction. I recognized that despite any genetic propensity, circumstance or situation, when it comes to these challenges, the strength of faith, the need of a support network and sustained resources are key to the choices one makes and the wellness maintained. Acknowledging the need for help, and not being OK, is NOT weakness, its the first step to getting better.

YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

In memory of my brother Duane “Polo” Adams and others, Better Life Recovery & Wellness (BLR) was founded as an outreach for those seeking help and struggling to sustain wellness. Our methods include, but are not limited to individual, group and family counseling, with custom tailored programs and progression tracking. As cliche as it is, we believe no man/woman is an island, and with that commitment we will strive to promote and support our clients with the tools they need to achieve recovery, wellness and ultimately their Better Life.

Dexter Adams, Founder & CEO

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Better Life Recovery & Wellness, a premier treatment facility located in Caldwell, NJ, exists to bring expert care to those struggling with substance addiction and those affected by it.

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Kobie Blair Morgan, Esq., MBA, MA, LPC
Program Director

Over the past 18 years, Kobie has served as a successful program director, clinical therapist, management supervisor, and executive consultant in the behavioral healthcare industry in New Jersey.

Purpose-driven and passionate about helping people and organizations maximize their potential, Kobie has provided effective leadership in the areas of executive management and program development for several non-profit and for-profit mental health organizations that specialize in substance-abuse counseling, IOP/OP services, crisis management, residential treatment, comprehensive social services, women’s behavioral health, youth counseling, and group counseling services.

Besides his clinical training and diverse experience as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Kobie enjoys using his law degree and his MBA to lead organizational management and program development functions within the mental health sector. A ‘motivational coach’ at heart, Kobie also enjoys using holistic approaches for staff development and supervision; and cherishes the opportunity to clinically serve persons from all backgrounds and socio-economic levels.

His ultimate goal for the Better Life Recovery & Wellness Center is for it become an industry leader in the behavioral healthcare sector and widely respected for its compassion, competence, and commitment to serving person with substance-abuse issues and mental health challenges.

Kobie is happily married to his wife Melissa, a successful bilingual high school teacher, youth enrichment program leader, and women’s mentor in New Jersey.

 

Sharon Cartwright, LPC, LCADC, CCS, NCC
Director of Substance Abuse Counseling

Sharon is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Clinical Drug and Alcohol Counselor, Certified Clinical Supervisor and National Certified Counselor with over ten years’ experience in a variety of treatment environments including detoxification, residential, halfway house and intensive outpatient treatment. Sharon earned her Master’s Degree in Counseling at Kean University where she is currently an adjunct professor in their Counselor Education Department.

Sharon employs a person-centered counseling approach utilizing evidenced-based practices including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Enhancement Therapy and Mindfulness Based Interventions rooted in cultural competency in order to ensure the best possible care.

Sharon brings outstanding experience, clinical acumen, and an authentic enthusiasm and passion for supervision, holistic social services, and substance abuse counseling to BLR.

Kristen Lima, B.A., CADC intern
Admissions/Care Management Coordinator

Kristen Lima is our Admissions / Client Care Coordinator and joins BLR with almost a
decade of experience serving in various capacities from Client Care Coordinator to Program
Director in substance use treatment and behavioral health.

Driven by a core belief that every person entering recovery should be treated with the
utmost dignity, Kristen is passionate about providing exceptional, individualized care and
holistic substance use treatment to each person from the moment they walk through the
door until the moment they complete treatment. She utilizes a client-centered, trauma
informed approach while working with each individual from the beginning to the end of the
treatment process.

Kristen is a graduate of Montclair State University with a B.A. in Psychology, holds
certifications in Crisis Intervention Training and Nurtured Heart Training, is currently a
CADC intern, and is in the process of obtaining her Master's Degree in Counseling at
Liberty University.

TRUETOX™ Laboratories (Urinalysis Laboratory Partner)

Better Life Recovery & Wellness has partnered with TRUETOX™, a leading clinical laboratory, to provide all urine drug screens and analysis for our clients. TRUETOX™ Labs provides the highest quality of service to clinicians and clients by providing continuous education and latest laboratory techniques keeping offices updated on various medication monitoring programs. TRUETOX™ will always provide the clinicians and clients with competent and reliable clinical laboratory results. “We hold ourselves to the highest standards of compliance and ethics possible.”

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