Located on an acre of property six miles from the Atlantic Ocean, Counseling and Recovery Center has been extending its hand to women struggling with substance abuse in Southeastern Florida since 1999. Funded by the state, this facility provides residential treatment and outpatient substance abuse treatment services founded in the 12 steps for clients who couldn’t afford it otherwise.
The residential program in Fort Pierce can accommodate as many as 15 women, ages 18 and older. Situated on a property large enough to build a baseball diamond, the Counseling and Recovery Center program is spread out over four houses. Three of the houses are for residents and the fourth one holds the group meeting rooms and staff offices.
Bedrooms in the residential houses are modestly furnished—most of the furniture is donated—but the mattresses are new. Each woman sleeps in a twin bed with her own nightstand and half of a closet. Two to three women share a room and bathroom and the chores to keep those spaces clean. There are common areas in each of the residences, but the only television is in the main house in one of the meeting rooms, beside the dining hall.
Everyone gets her chance in the kitchen, helping to prepare and serve meals. Residents are given weekly chores and they rotate duties, ranging from double scrubbing restrooms to cooking and washing dishes. Housekeeping duties are part of recovery here, taking responsibility, being a worker among workers.
Smoking is permitted in designated areas during break times. No cell phones are allowed. Clients may use the office phone three days a week for phone calls. Each woman can make one call per week lasting no more than 10 minutes.
Residential treatment at the Counseling and Recovery Center lasts from three to six months, depending on the individual. Clients wake up every day during this time at 6 am for breakfast at 7. Group therapy start at 8:30 and goes on throughout the day until 4 pm; substance abuse education, relapse prevention and individual therapy are all a part of the daily regimen. Family group takes place once a week. Licensed substance abuse counselors facilitate all group and individual therapy sessions. For those women with co-occurring disorders, additional individual therapy sessions take place on Thursdays with a resident psychologist. At 4 pm, the women start their assigned evening chores and dinner is at 5:30. After dinner, residents are taken to outside AA and NA meetings four nights a week. Weekends are a little more lax—visitors are welcome on Saturday afternoons once a woman has been in residence for at least a week and her treatment team has approved the visit.
Counseling and Recovery Center also offers outpatient services. The Outpatient Program meets on Thursday mornings for 90 minutes to discuss relapse prevention and coping skills. If this is not enough, the Intensive Outpatient Prorgram (IOP) meets from 9 am to 1 pm Monday through Friday for a minimum of six months. Two counselors facilitate group meetings in both of these programs, offering individual therapy on Monday and Wednesday afternoons. In addition to the women’s programming, a coed substance abuse education group meets one night a week for 18 weeks.
Counseling and Recovery Center is a completely state funded program, helping women recover from addiction without the financial burden of most treatment facilities. Focusing on the 12 steps and personal responsibility, Counseling and Recovery Center is a supportive environment for women who are ready to make a change for the better.
Counseling and Recovery Center
4753 Orange Ave
Fort Pierce, FL 34947
Counseling and Recovery Center Cost: Free. Reach Counseling and Recovery Center by phone at (772) 467-3057 or by email at [email protected]
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