About Us

Our Mission at Your Second Chance Recovery

Our Mission at YSC Recovery is to help men overcome addiction and alcoholism by showing them how to take action in their lives using a 12-step philosophy and hands-on approach.  YSC teaches and shows life skills to build confidence in order to achieve long-term sobriety.

The vision of YSC Recovery is to provide a place and atmosphere where men can clear out the wreckage of their past; so that they can uncover an awareness of true self, igniting their imagination and discovering purpose in life.

YSC Recovery was founded by Dana McMahon and Daniel Celmer.  Both were recovering addicts and working in the treatment industry, disgusted with the extremely high cost of treatment and the knowledge that insurance companies control the length of stay in recovery programs, often to the detriment of the addict.  Both Dana and Dan belong to 12-step fellowship and are active members in their groups and through their experience getting and maintaining sobriety by studying the 12-steps, they know that 12-step programs work!

Dana and Dan were once hopeless; in and out of a combined 30 treatment facilities and multiple jails and prisons, deemed by many, as hopeless to ever recover.  For this reason, they know that they must not only teach, but most importantly, show men how to properly work a 12-step program.  Clients must be taught and shown how to build healthy relationships, self-confidence and self-esteem through service and a family-like community. Most addicts have never developed those things or any life skills in order to live life successfully after treatment.

The life skill sessions offered at YSC Recovery are offered depending upon individual need.  For example, clients learn how to build a proper resume, how to balance a checkbook, how to cook a nutritious meal.  They soon discover that the skill sets that all addicts develop to survive, can be utilized in a positive, productive manner toward a successful, sober life.

There are many 12-step-based, long-term programs all over the country.  YSC uses many of the same philosophies and tools taught in other programs.  However, the staff at YSC ‘walks the talk’.  They show clients how to live a sober life successfully, by example, as well as instruction.

YSC is not a treatment center.  A client is assessed through an interview process to ascertain if a higher level of care may be needed.  If a client needs a psychiatrist or therapist, YSC has relationships with some of the best addiction specialists and mental health professionals in the area.  All clients are evaluated by a psychiatrist to ensure that they get the help they need.

Along with our family-oriented, experienced staff and our beautiful, homelike property, YSC is a great place to learn and practice the art of substance-abuse recovery.  With consistency, accountability and responsibility (none of which is practiced in the chaos of addiction), YSC believes that ANYONE can successfully recover from this, too often, fatal disease.

Our Staff

Clinical Director

Clinical Director

Kate Smith, MSW, LCSW,LICSW
Director of Sober Living/Recovery Advocate

Director of Sober Living/Recovery Advocate

Charlie Willis
Founder

Founder

Dana McMahon

Therapists

Therapists

  • I’m writing this review not necessarily about Your Second Chance Recovery, but more about its owner and the source of its success, Dana Mcmahon. I was Dana‘s lawyer when he was at rock bottom, heroin-addicted and in jail. Using the steps that helped him gain his own sobriety and control over his life, he bought the headquarters of the rehabilitation program that actually expelled him, and is now the best in the business at helping others get their own lives back. If you don’t believe me, check out his Facebook reviews. Call Your Second Chance Recovery if you or a loved one need help. You’ll be glad you did.

    - Lloyd Goldburgh
  • As a mom of their child being in recovery and searching for a way to obtain and maintain sobriety, I believe Your Second Chance Recovery will give him that fighting chance with it being a 12-Step based program and knowing he is being mentored by Dana McMahon who has lived it from both sides and now can give back in helping others. So thankful you are in our paths:)

    - Elaine Connors
  • Having been a client at YSC during the Covid pandemic I was unsure what to expect during this crazy time. My experience was nothing like my mind told me it would be like. If anything I feel like the staff here worked longer hours and gave freely of their time to sit and talk with us after their shifts ended. You can feel the love here and all of the staff members are in recovery themselves so it was easy to open up. They let us into their personal lives where its evident right away that the advice and suggestions they give us is stuff they do on a daily basis to stay sober themselves. I’ve heard people talk a good game including myself but rarely do their feet match their mouths. The owner Dana picked me up off the streets of Pompano where I was homeless panhandleing and gave me a second chance at life. The name of this facility isn’t just some sound good marketing ploy they really give people another chance at life. Not many South Florida treatment center owners will ever even talk to their clients. This guy tracked me down and took me detox because my Mom called him in a panic. His partner Dan took me out to breakfast this morning. Its the little things like that which show me they care and that they will be a part of my recovery journey long after leaving YSC. Very grateful for this place.

    - Sean Connors
  • YSC has been the best decision I have ever made, Dana and his team are the best. The 12 step program that he introduces helped me get my life back n learn how to live a life of sobriety. I will always be grateful, and I highly recommend you take that first step and get your life back with their help.

    - Charlie W
  • As a parent, my prayers have come true. This has truly been a second chance for my son, and ultimately my entire family. If you believe in Angels, as I do, continue to pray for the success of this loving, heartfelt recovery home and the personal care of Dana McMahon.

    - Colleen G
  • As someone who has struggled with addiction for years, I have lived in many halfway houses. YSC is the best one I have ever lived in. Not only is the house very nice, clean, and well structured but the owner (Dana McMahon) is great and really cares. He goes above and beyond to help the guys who live there and is very active in the recovery community.

    - Chris B