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The Grove Counseling Center Review

The Grove Counseling Center is a nonprofit organization, located in the central Florida city of Sanford, that offers substance abuse treatment, as well as behavioral health services. The Grove was founded in 1974 as The Grove Schooland was renamed in 1980. It now provides outpatient and Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) for adults and adolescents and also runs an adolescents-only residential program. The Grove program is 12-step based and provides CBT and dual diagnosis support, but no on-site detox services.

 Accommodations and Food

The Grove Academy, the Grove branch that offers adolescents residential treatment, is located on a 15-acre campus in Winter Springs, Florida. The campus is coed but male and female clients are separated into dorms on opposite sides of the building. A maximum of 25 clients of each gender may reside at the Academy at one time, each of them sharing their room with one other person. There are plenty of opportunities for recreation on the property, including lounges with TV and a ropes course.

Clients are allowed to bring their own snacks, but they must be stored in the pantry. Three meals a day are provided for them. There is a commercial kitchen and attached dining hall, where meals are served. Since clients are allowed to bring their own food and receive care packages, only serious food allergies are accommodated.

Treatment and Staff

The Grove Academy services are reserved for adolescents between the ages of 13 and 17. Treatment includes individual and group CBT in groups of about five to six, life skills courses and NA and AA meetings, as well as some personal time for reflection and relaxation. An Academy stay usually lasts between three and six months. Clients continue their school studies for four hours a day using the Florida Virtual School, an individualized, computer-based learning program. They also receive physical and health education. Another option for adolescents is the Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP). Clients get dropped off each morning, participate in the same activities as those in residential treatment and go home each evening.

The three-month adolescent IOP involves attending 11 hours of therapy per week—three group sessions of three hours each, as well as one individual and one family session. The adult IOP is similar—clients take part in three three-hour sessions three times per week, but they may add individual sessions at their own discretion. Group sessions focus on substance abuse and life skills education. Random urinalysis screenings are conducted throughout the program. To best accommodate clients, The Grove offers its IOP in the evening, so regular work and study commitments are not disrupted. IOP groups average about 14 clients at a time.

Finally, the basic outpatient track provides clients with group and individual counseling at the frequency of their own choosing.

A psychiatrist is on staff on Wednesdays and three licensed mental health counselors work with clients every day of the week. Clients with co-occurring disorders are seen by the same counselor for both their mental health and substance abuse issues.


The Grove family program offers small-group discussion with other families and mediated counseling between clients and their family.

Tobacco 411 is a four-hour program that educates youth about the short and long-term consequences of tobacco use.

Finally, The Grove’s adolescent drug court program provides an alternative to the normal judicial process in adolescent delinquency cases. Adolescents may take the program in four phases of 30 to 90 days, during which they attend one group session and one individual session weekly, participate in family therapy monthly and undergo random urinalysis testing each week.

In Summary

The Grove Counseling Center has a long tradition of offering substance abuse treatment services. The IOP is a solid program, while the basic outpatient offers the bare minimum. But it’s the residential services, which are offered only to adolescents, that really stand out. While The Grove could not be called a budget rehab by any means, its standard out-of- pocket costs can be adjusted to a sliding scale. If clients qualify for government state funding, they may have to pay $only 3 per session.

The Grove Counseling Center Locations

401 Pecan Ave
Sanford, FL 32771

The Grove Academy
580 Old Sanford/Oviedo Rd
Winter Springs, FL 32708

The Grove Counseling Center Cost

$7,500 (30 days, residential) $4,500 (30 days, IOP); $1,800 (30 days, outpatient). Reach The Grove Counseling Center by phone at (407) 327-1765 or by email at [email protected]. Find The Grove Counseling Center on Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+

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