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Spencer Recovery Center, Inc. has been operating its flagship Laguna Beach residential treatment center for 25 years. Since then, it has opened an outpatient facility in St. Petersburg, Florida and has other branches that cater to older adults and those seeking a Bible-oriented recovery program. Last year, it opened a residential facility in St. Augustine, a scenic city on the east coast of Florida famed for its 17th century Spanish fort. Spencer Recovery Center St. Augustine specializes in treating addicts with co-occurring disorders.

Accommodations and Food

The St. Augustine facility is co-ed and treats 15 to 20 residents at a time. Men and women are housed in separate sections of the facility, and all share quarters with at least one other roommate.

The accommodations are upscale and feature Tempurpedic mattresses. There are two recreational areas in the facility where residents can play games and watch cable TV. The facility also has an exercise room with free weights and elliptical machines, and residents are taken to the nearby beach for daily walks. A kitchen staff prepares healthy meals and snacks and can accommodate allergies and dietary preferences.

Treatment and Staff

Days begin with house meetings and room checks. Then residents have a full day of group and individual therapy. Most treatment groups are gender-specific. The program follows the social model of recovery and the treatment team—which includes physicians, nurses, CADC and psychologists—helps clients develop leadership skills and self-esteem using CBT and Motivational Interviewing (MI). Clients processing trauma may also be treated with EMDR. The treatment team is also highly experienced in treating co-occurring disorders and is able to prescribe medicine and offer therapy for mental health diagnoses.

The social model program encourages residents to make their voices heard in treatment. Clients who wish to take a leadership position can be trained to lead peer support meetings. All clients are also encouraged to fill positions in the “House Council,” which meets daily to discuss issues in the residence.

In the evenings, clients have chore assignments and are transported to community AA/NA meetings three to five times a week. Other evenings, Spencer Recovery invites former addicts to the facility to share their stories of recovery.


The staff at Spencer Recovery, Inc. St. Augustine take residents on off-site excursions, such as a tour of the nearby fort or dinner out at a local restaurant. For aftercare, many choose to continue treatment in Spencer Recovery’s outpatient program in St. Petersburg, Florida.

In Summary

Spencer Recovery, Inc. has been providing treatment to addicts for over 25 years. The newest addition to its network, the St. Augustine residential facility provides comprehensive dual diagnosis support. Clients seeking help for their addiction and mental health conditions can do so in comfortable accommodations in a pleasant beach-side location.

Spencer Recovery Center, Inc. Location

189 San Marco Ave
St. Augustine, FL 32084

Spencer Recovery Center, Inc. Residential Cost

Accepts Insurance. Self-pay $27,000 (28 days). Reach Spencer Recovery, Inc. by phone at (800) 334-0394.

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