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Joint Commission Rules and Safety Standards

As a Joint Commission Accredited facility, our rules are designed to ensure the highest safety standards and quality of care for our clients.  Our carefully chosen rules are meant to ensure that each client has his / her best chance of succeeding and flourishing in this therapeutic environment.

  • Attendance at all scheduled groups, outside AA meetings, and 7am house meetings are mandatory.  For every 2 groups / meetings missed, an additional day will be added to your course of treatment.  This is to ensure that each client receives as complete a therapeutic treatment component as possible.  Spencer Recovery Center has designed a curriculum with 16 therapeutic and response-driven sessions during each month of treatment. This is coupled with multiple private therapy sessions and process-group activities each week.
  • Any use or possession of mind / mood altering chemicals or paraphernalia is strictly prohibited and is grounds for immediate discharge.
  • All off-site group activities will be supervised by a Spencer Recovery Center staff member or volunteer. Therapeutic passes must be approved by a clinical staff member or the attending physician.
  • Upon request of staff, all clients shall submit to drug testing at any time.  All clientele are randomly screened twice per week to ensure the safety and sobriety of the entire community.
  • Violence or violent threats are prohibited and are grounds for immediate discharge.
  • Possession of any weapon or replica of a weapon is prohibited.
  • Clients who intentionally damage or destroy property belonging to the facility or another resident will be financially responsible for all damage or destruction.
  • Clients will conduct themselves in an appropriate manner by being respectful and considerate of staff and other clients in this facility.
  • Dress code: shoes and shirts are to be worn in all common areas of the facility.  No short shorts or swimwear permitted in the common areas.  Seductive, sheer or clinging clothing is considered inappropriate.  Clothing that depicts alcohol, drug, sexual or gang related material is not allowed.  Sunglasses and / or hats are not to be worn indoors.
  • Client rooms and bathrooms shall be kept neat and clean at all times.  Beds shall be made upon rising in the morning. Making your bed is more of a therapeutic component than you think!  This is part of the Minnesota Model and is a tool to help clients nurture a sense of personal environment.
  • Smoking is only allowed in the outdoor common areas. Smoking inside the building is prohibited.
  • No yelling, shouting, or slamming of doors or windows is allowed.
  • Any staff member, after knocking and identifying themselves, has the right to enter a client’s room at any time.
  • The use of personal motor vehicles is not permitted during the primary phase of the program (first 28 days).  Clients who bring their motor vehicle to the facility must park it and surrender the keys to the front office.
  • Gambling or playing any game of chance for money or some other stake is prohibited.
  • No pornographic material, publication, or devices designed for sexual arousal (magazines, videos, accessories, etc.) are permitted on the premises.  Any and all such material will be confiscated and disposed of immediately.
  • The facility allows portable stereophonic devices as long as they do not interfere with the client’s treatment.
  • Cell phones are allowed after two weeks of treatment as long as client is current in all treatment goals. Cell phones can only be used in client’s room or the outside common area.  This rule, while difficult for some clients, is designed to assist clients in devoting their emotional attention to the therapy and treatment services at the facility.  Cell phones during the first two weeks can be distracting.  Landline phones and calling cards are available so that calls can be made during the first two weeks.  It is important to limit this practice, if possible.
  • Any DVD brought into treatment by the client that deals with inappropriate material such as drug use or sexual conduct will be confiscated by the staff and returned to the client at the time of discharge.
  • Clients shall not store or consume food or drinks in their rooms.  Only non-spill water bottles are allowed.
  • Resident council meets each week to elect officers and handle grievances for that week, and attendance is mandatory.
  • Clients will be assigned a house chore each week to be completed on a daily basis.
  • All clients are responsible for cleaning up after themselves in all areas of the facility.  This includes meal times.
  • Curfew is 10:00pm and lights are to be out at 11:00pm.  All residents need to be respectful of those choosing to retire.
  • All medications must be prescribed by a doctor and must be kept in the resident aid’s office.  All medications are to be turned over during the intake process.
  • Medication administration times are posted in the med room as well as in the client binder.
  • You may have visitors only during the designated visiting hours:
  • Thursdays 6:30pm – 9:30pm
  • Saturdays 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sundays 11:00am – 4:30pm
  • Visitors are to remain in the dining room and outside common area.  No guests are allowed in the client’s room or other unsupervised areas.
  • When using the pay phone, please be considerate of other residents by limiting your calls to a reasonable length of time.
  • Knowledge of another client’s failure to comply with house rules may place you in an enabling position.  Secrets and gossip threaten your recovery and are destructive to the support and trust of all clients.  It is healthy to confront your peer in the appropriate setting, such as in a group or in a meeting with staff and / or peers.
  • Stealing is not appropriate behavior and will not be condoned.
  • Energy drinks are not permitted at any point in time during treatment.  They will be confiscated.
  • All items left by residents will be considered abandoned donations to the facility after 7 days of discharge.
  • All concerns and questions should be taken to a staff member.  Any complaints are to be taken to the Program Administrator.
  • Any counselor or RA II or III may place clients on restriction for violation of any of these house rules.  Clients on restriction may not leave the main house for a stated period of time, usually 24 hours.
  • All products containing alcohol will be destroyed. Use of aerosol spray will be under the supervision of the staff.
  • Clients who leave the facility by jumping the fence will be considered AWOL and will forfeit all treatment funds.  If a client wants to leave treatment, please use the front door.  For a client to re-admit they must agree to restart their 28 day treatment program.

Refusal to comply with these house rules is grounds for disciplinary action or immediate discharge from the program.

All Insurance Accepted

Spencer Recovery Center accepts all health insurance carriers and can utilize out-of-network benefits coverage.  We are a Network Provider for Aetna, Magellan, Value Options, Humana, Life Synch, Beech Street, Health One Alliance, and Cigna. Our friendly and knowledgeable Admissions staff will help to explain and clarify insurance procedures for you. In addition, Spencer Recovery is able to provide direct billing services to minimize your out-of-pocket expense. 

Financing & Scholarships

Spencer Recovery Center understands that the economy has made it difficult for some to seek treatment.  For qualified clientele, we offer financing options that cover the full cost of tuition for treatment at the facility. For those not able to qualify for a loan due to credit trouble or poor credit history, special payment arrangements can be made. You may also apply for a treatment scholarship from Spencer Recovery to begin your journey towards recovery.

Testimonials From Past Clients

In Spencer Recovery’s 21 years of service, many clients have come back to share their gratitude for Spencer Recovery Center. If you click on the box to the left, you will be redirected to a page with multiple videos from previous clientele. Treatment works. If you or a loved one is suffering with an addiction, no matter how difficult your case is, Spencer will help you on the road to recovery. Listen to what others have to say about Spencer Recovery…

“I have seen a tremendous change in our daughter. She loves life again and is so positive about life and herself. I am amazed at her growth in the program at Spencer Recovery Centers and I am excited for her future…I will forever be grateful to the staff at Spencer Recovery for their compassion and knowledge they have shared with my family.”  – John H.

“Words cannot express how impressed I am with Spencer Recovery Centers. It is abundantly clear that the staff truly cares about the patients’ recovery.” – Sarah P.

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“We just left our son after spending the Christmas Holidays with him at Spencer Recovery in Laguna Beach. He has been sober for the past sixty days and already the person we once knew is reemerging. His joy of life is returning.” – Robert P.

“The group meetings opened my eyes to a new way to live. In those early days at Spencer Recovery, I felt the staff’s passion for life. I am so grateful to Spencer Recovery; each day of my four and a half year journey offers opportunities to learn grow and transcend.” – Jessica M.

“By helping our son find the tools, the courage and the strength to live alcohol free, Spencer Recovery has given him a second chance.” – Megan S.

“After visiting Spencer Recovery last month, I am confident we found the right place for our son. Within one month, the counseling staff was able to uncover his greatest pain. He was able to share the psychological scar with us while his family counselor sat by his side. In our son’s words “Today, I look out the window and see a future with wonderful opportunity. I never saw that before.” No program, facility nor therapist in the past has ever helped our son achieve this level of self worth.” – Mike N.

“When I arrived at Spencer Recovery Center, Laguna Beach California, I was a mentally, physically and spiritually broken man from 25 years of excessive alcohol use. – Keith T
I was met by a wonderful, caring and professional staff who guided me thru my detox and was there for me every step of the way. With an excellent teaching and counseling staff, I was given one-on-one counseling and group therapy. After each session, I was beginning to see what I was being taught, Spencer gave me a foundation and the tools to build on this foundation, in order to maintain sobriety. Today, I am a happy & sober man. I want to thank Spencer Recovery for saving my life, as I was truly on my way to death. “- Ken T.

“We would like to praise the great work your staff did on behalf of Stephen D. I especially want to thank the great care that Brandon showed Stephen during his stay there. I feel he was very professional, caring and nurturing person. He handled my husband’s seizure episode with great care and professionally. He is a great dedicated employee that really cares for the people in rehab programs.  I also want to thank the great counselors, Victor and David, that helped him through his issues, that he needed to address for so long. You have done a great job for Stephen on his road to a sober lifestyle. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!” – Sandra P

Our Program & Services

Clients have experienced the most success with our 3-month treatment program, followed by an extended care internship. Given that personal lives and obligations do not always allow clients to schedule a 3-month stay, Spencer Recovery Center can design a customized treatment program based on the amount of time available.

A helpful overview of the most effective program we offer:

Month 1

Two 12-Step Meetings per day
Meals daily
Snacks daily
Two process groups per day
One educational group per day
Exercise program 5 days per week
Guided daily beach walks 5 days per week
Guided store access if needed 5 days per week
Individual counseling sessions
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TOTAL            $21,700 for 28 days

(With health insurance out-of-pocket expense are more than likely to be a small fraction of this amount.)

Months 2 & 3

Two 12-Step Meetings per day
Meals daily
Snacks daily
One process group per day
Exercise program 5 days per week
Community integration program
Volunteer program/Job skills
Assistance integrating with outside 12-Step Support systems (going to meetings, connecting with a sponsor)
Individual counseling sessions
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TOTAL            $10,700 for 28 days

Additional Costs:

Detoxification – If you require medically assisted detoxification, the fee is an additional $3,700. Opiate detoxification is normally treated with Suboxone.

Psych Track – Upon entering the facility, you will receive an evaluation to determine whether underlying psychological issues are affecting your alcohol / drug problem. If it is determined that this is the case, you will be recommended for the Psych Track. The Psych Track includes evaluations and a package of additional individual therapy session with a licensed therapist or a psychiatrist. The cost for this track is $2,700.

Grace Track for Christians – This is an OPTIONAL service for clientele who wish to incorporate their faith into their treatment program. This program includes multiple, weekly Bible studies and private counseling with a certified Christian Alcohol and Drug Counselor. The cost for this track is $1,700.

Trauma Therapy – Spencer Recovery Center utilizes EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy. This therapy combines substance abuse counseling with treatment for past trauma and related symptoms, which can contribute to self-medicating behaviors. Scott Beardsley (one of our therapists and an EMDR specialist) employs the latest EMDR techniques in an effective and life-changing manner. The cost for this track is $2,700.

One-Year Boarding Program with Addictions Counselor Certification – Many successful Spencer clients entertain the idea of helping people in the future as a career. Spencer Recovery Center has a satellite program that allows clients to gain career skills and certification while residing in a structured sober environment and gaining the experience needed to qualify to become a certified addictions counselor. The One-Year Boarding Program with Addictions Counselor Certification includes room, board, food, the internship hours and educational credits needed, as well as assistance with completing an application portfolio to prepare for the Addictions Counselor Certificate. This program is an additional $3,000 extra per month. Clients are eligible to enter this program after completing one month of Extended Care.