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Counseling School

Earn your counseling certificate while in treatment.

  • 1-Year Program with Treatment
  • Internship and Schooling for Certification
  • Includes Housing and Food

Located in St. Pete Beach, Florida, the Counseling Certification School is intended for adults who are seeking to turn their passion for becoming sober into a career focused on helping others. Upon completion of the program, participants will be prepared to take the state examination for an entry level drug and alcohol counselor.

The Requirements

All participants will undergo the required classroom and internship hours to qualify to take the state examination, while residing at Dr. Paul’s at the Bay’s sober living program. While completing the necessary classroom and internship hours, participants must be actively involved in a Twelve Step program, submit to random drug testing and follow all of the rules set forth by Dr. Paul’s at the Bay Sober Living Program.

Emotional Disorders

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At Spencer Recovery Centers, we treat people, not problems. Our ‘whole-person’ approach gives us an appreciation of who you are as an individual and what it feels like to be in your shoes. We work with you and your family to understand everything about your life and how recovery from drug and alcohol addiction can be achieved.

Depression, anxiety, and deeper, more troubling thought disturbances frequently appear alongside drug and alcohol problems. Symptoms of despair, intense fear, auditory hallucinations, and intrusive thoughts of suicide further complicate the early recovery process. Our caring, knowledgeable staff has the experience, training and compassion to help you or your loved one find a way out of the downward spiral of emotional pain and frustration. We can help you chart a new path with hope and optimism.

Our individualized approach to your specific emotional needs makes use of evidence-based psychological and addiction treatment intervention methods. With your help, we carefully design a program for you based on a comprehensive assessment that takes into account your medical, psychological, family, educational, and work history. We review your strengths and assets and identify areas of growth most essential to your long-term sobriety.

Learning Disabilities

At Spencer Recovery, we recognize that learning disabilities are neurological disorders that affect the brain’s ability to receive, process, store, and respond to information. We also recognize that growing up with an educational handicap can have an enormous effect on your sense of self, robbing you of the power to hope, learn, and succeed. Our specialized recovery program will you rebuild your self-esteem by providing specific educational strategies to help you overcome learning obstacles that you may have struggled with your whole life. 

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 If you have a learning disability, you may have suffered from intense feelings of shame and felt compelled to seek relief through drug / alcohol abuse.  At Spencer Recovery, we help you confront and correct inaccurate beliefs and self-labels that hold you back from experiencing real recovery and healing.  Through the caring, emotional support of our counselors and specialized educational interventions, we will help you to develop a new self-concept and equip you with the tools you need to rebuild your life. 

Don’t give in to despair.  Give us a chance to help you forge a new path, one in which you have the skills and support you need to face life with true freedom and joy, free from drugs and alcohol.   You can help you reach your full potential. 

Residential Treatment

At Spencer Recovery we take a uniquely individualized approach to recovery. Upon admission, counselors meet with each patient to assess addiction history and address all underlying issues therein. Collaborating with the doctors on staff, the counselor will develop an individual medical and therapeutic program for the patient’s recovery.  A minimum of 28 days is what is recommended when entering a residential treatment program, but Spencer Recovery Centers can accommodate any length of stay.  By residing at the facility twenty-four hours a day, patients are removed from all unhealthy abuse triggers and immersed in an environment conducive to recovery. The location and accommodations at Spencer Recovery are comfortable and create a soothing place to focus on growth and rehabilitation.

The Program includes:

  • Group Counseling
  • Private Counseling
  • Education
  • Goal Orientation
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Nutrition and Fitness
  • Building Self-Esteem and Self-Confidence

Treatment Goals

By the end of the residential treatment program, the patient will have established both short and long-term goals for a sober life, and have improved their mental and emotional stability.  With help from the clinical staff, clients will set up an after-care plan, engage in 12-Step work, and establish a sober support system. Additionally, they will have renewed hope and faith that they can enjoy life fully in sobriety, as they are safely guided back into everyday life.

Low Cost Rehab Program

Addiction often wreaks havoc on one’s finances as well as one’s health. At Spencer Recovery we believe that cost should not be a barrier to treatment. In 2008, we opened our center which offers affordable care in a beautiful location with qualified and experienced staff.

Excellent Care

Participants in our program will receive the same quality medical and therapeutic care provided at our other centers. During the 28-day program, an individualized program will be designed for the client to include:

  • Regular group therapy sessions
  • Private sessions with our counselors
  • Medical evaluation
  • Extended Care/Sober living/Internship

Do I qualify?

Even if you do not have insurance or are concerned that you are unable to afford rehab, please do not hesitate to call and speak with one of our friendly staff members about your treatment needs. We will find a rehab program that works for you so that you can get your life back on track.

Extended Care

The transition back to everyday life is crucial to the recovery process. The Extended Care Program is designed to assist clients with a smooth transition from residential care to a less structured environment. The program focuses on community integration skills, work skills, relapse prevention, and ongoing, healthy sober living.

Without a clear plan for remaining sober after treatment, relapse can be a very real danger. By continuing to attend groups once outside of the treatment program and staying in contact with the staff at Spencer Recovery, clients can maintain recovery with the sustained support needed to successfully prevent relapse.

Services Provided

  • Weekly private counseling sessions
  • Continued group therapy
  • Sober living accountability groups
  • Relapse prevention workshops
  • Community integration
  • Job training and internship

Spencer Recovery’s Extended Care provides clients with the important skills and life-management strategies need to successfully transition from rehab to a long, happy, sober life.


Faith-Based Rehab Program

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Many of us struggle to find a deeper connection with God as we seek a recovery that is truly lasting and abundant.  Spencer Recovery’s Grace Track provides clients with a Christian-based, Bible-centered faith-based program.  Intensive counseling in both group and individual settings emphasize God’s promise to heal the hurting and emptiness in our hearts. 

Grace Track Materials

Grace Track uses the Life Recovery Bible as the central text of its program, and relates the 12-Steps of recovery to the Gospel. The Life Recovery Bible allows clients to reflect upon the experiences of other addicts who have found recovery through an intimate relationship with God, in conjunction with the grace, humility, honesty, and reconciliation exemplified by the 12-Steps.

The tenderness of a loving God is revealed through this recovery process.

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Grace Track Activities

The Grace Track includes the following additional programs:

  • Group sessions guided by a Christian counselor, sessions focus on the lessons from the Life Recovery Bible Study Workbook
  • Participation in “The Effect” (a ministry under the direction of Pastor Frank Billman and ministry leader, Bob Beauchamp)
  • Private, intensive one-on-one weekly counseling sessions, twice / week 
  • Chaperoned transport to Sunday service at a local community church

Prescription Drug Abuse

Prescription drug addiction is rapidly becoming one of the most common forms of addiction. It is often difficult to tell when a person’s use of medication has crossed the line from normal medical use to abuse. If you feel that you or a loved one has crossed that line, we urge you to call and set up an appointment to assess the situation with the help of a professional who can help to determine what treatment, if any, is necessary. Prescription drug addiction can be just as devastating to life, work, and family as the abuse of alcohol or “street” drugs.

Our Prescription Drug Program treats addiction to:

  • Vicodin
  • OxyContin
  • Percocet
  • Darvocet
  • Ritalin
  • Amphetamines
  • Xanax*

The Program

Spencer Recovery’s Prescription Drug Program is a 28-day intensive residential rehab, though shorter or longer programs are available as dictated by client need. The program includes medical detoxification under careful supervision by trained physicians, regular individual and group therapy sessions, as well as fitness and nutritional therapy. Comfortable rooms, amenities, and a peaceful, beautiful setting help ease the intense process of recovery. Extended care and relapse prevention is also available after the residential program is completed.

* and many others

Executive Rehab Program – Custom Care

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The Custom Care Program was designed to meet the needs of executives and business professionals seeking treatment care. Small-private group settings, spa services, alternative treatment methods, and a relaxed environment, contribute to an ideal atmosphere for healing and recovery. Private rooms and personalized attention allow for the highest quality of care and comfort.

Custom Care combines chemical dependency treatment with additional therapeutic amenities. The following services are offered:

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  • Detoxification
  • Massage Therapy
  • Personal Training
  • Nutrition Counseling
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Reflexology
  • Yoga
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Small Group Setting 
  • Individual Counseling Sessions
  • Choice of semi-private, private, or luxury accommodations

The Program

The program includes detoxification under the careful supervision of our medical staff, regular group and individual therapy sessions, as well as fitness and nutritional therapy. Comfortable rooms, amenities, and a peaceful setting help to ease the intensity of the recovery process. Extended care, relapse prevention, and access to a full-year of post-treatment counseling is also included in this program.

Meet Our Staff

The exceptional team at Spencer Recovery Center is comprised of a professional staff dedicated to the recovery and rehabilitation of those in need.  It is our mission to provide compassionate care through methods supported by years of client engagement and professional experience.  We are committed to finding a solution for you.