CARES Treatment Center in Celebration, FL

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(4.3 of 5)
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1420 Celebration Blvd
Celebration FL 34747

CARES Treatment Center Philosophy

Believe who God is – At some point in time every person will have a need to seek a greater love beyond themselves, the ones they care for, and the ones they are cared by. God is that father to all of his creation and has reconciled his relationship with fallen mankind by forgetting all their wrongs committed. He is committed to the relationship and promises to never leave you or forsake you. You don’t have to fear being judged and you can’t disappoint him. He has peaceful thoughts toward you—nothing else. Believe who you are – If you’re a Peterson and on occasion, you wear a mustache and a sombrero, it doesn’t make you a Gomez. You’re still a Peterson regardless of the costume you decide to wear. You are a child of God. You are more than a conqueror. You can do all things and nothing will be impossible for you to accomplish. That is your identity regardless of how you behave—nothing can change that. Believe you are loved – There has to be someone, somewhere in the universe who can truly accept and love you just the way you are. That person is God and he is love and he wants to live in each and every person. Wherever there is true love, God is indiscriminately present regardless of anyone’s religious views or lack thereof. You can’t love God, yourself or anyone if you don’t understand that he loved you first. It is far more important to know that God loves you.

Areas of Specialization

  • Client & Family Support Groups
    Group therapy is a vital component of addiction recovery treatment, considered as important and effective (sometimes even more so) than individual therapy. Benefits include reducing isolation and loneliness and providing the opportunity to learn from others in recovery. In the addiction setting, group therapy is run by trained professionals who guide participants toward a shared goal of recovery.

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
    EMDR is a highly specific, research-validated form of therapy that can help people overcome traumatic stress, anxiety and depression. With EMDR, a trained practitioner uses bilateral stimulation, eye movement and touch to stimulate parts of the brain as a patient recounts certain experiences and memories as a way to more thoroughly process uncomfortable, painful feelings.

Facility Highlights

Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT)

Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

Art Therapy 360 Guide

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Located in the community of Celebrations, Fla., 20 miles south of Orlando, CARES Treatment Center is a Christian-based treatment organization that offers residential (30, 60 or 90 days) and outpatient-based services for adolescents struggling with chemical dependency. The facility also treats adolescents struggling with co-occurring mental health disorders and provides on-site detoxification services.


Upon admission, clients undergo an initial substance abuse assessment and biopsychosocial evaluation to help clinicians form an individualized plan of care. Through residential treatment, clients continue to receive weekly assessments to monitor progress and modify treatment accordingly. CARES Treatment Center combines Christian principles with evidence-based treatment methods to address issues contributing to addictive behavior while promoting a sober lifestyle. According to the facility's website, the residential program’s daily routine is rooted in four principles: orderliness, inspiration, productivity, and enjoyment.

Treatment modalities include dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), which is used by 56 percent of Florida treatment facilities, to modify irrational thinking patterns. Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EDMR) is used to address issues of trauma. Residents participate in a structured schedule of counseling sessions, which includes daily inspirational group sessions, twice-weekly family therapy, and weekly one-on-one sessions. A range of holistic treatment methods, such as art therapy, is also incorporated into treatment.

Along with counseling sessions, residents receive on-site classroom instruction six days per week through the facility’s accredited school. G.E.D. preparation, high school proficiency testing, and college courses are available. The center is one of the 260 (38.9 percent) of Florida treatment facilities to provide vocational training. In addition to core programming, residents engage in daily social and recreational activities and regularly attend youth fellowship worship services.

Once a resident completes treatment, the facility offers an intensive outpatient program via tele-therapy. Outpatient sessions allow alumni to communicate with clinicians through state-of-the-art teleconferencing technology, which offers ongoing support and counseling during early recovery.


CARES Treatment Center employs a clinical director, licensed clinicians, educational staff, social workers, and life coaches. The center is also one of the 241 (36.1 percent) of treatment facilities in Florida that are CARF-accredited.


CARES Treatment Center is comprised of two gender-specific, resort-like facilities, which feature well-furnished communal areas, fully-equipped kitchens, computer labs, and on-site pools, the center’s website notes. Residents have the option to reside in private bedrooms and are responsible for the cleanliness and upkeep of the household. The facility also provides residents with a gym membership and regularly organizes recreational outings to the amusement parks of nearby Orlando. The facility accommodates up to 13 clients and boasts a client-to-staff ratio of 1:1, according to information provided to


The three alumni polled by to date gave mixed feedback concerning treatment at CARES. Two individuals gave the center five out of five stars for the level of accommodations and amenities and meals and nutrition.

Both individuals who wrote positive opinions highlighted the lessons learned during treatment. “I spent several months there and the people were very friendly and helpful. I learned a lot about myself , and how to communicate with my family,” alum O wrote. “The Heart Transformation treatment has helped me learn how to handle my condition and face each new day with hopes that I can make it,” C.E. added.

However, the one unsatisfied alum cited a lack of groups and activities and complained that they were discharged from treatment prematurally. J.W. wrote: “The owner went behind my back after the CARF inspection and told my therapist to discharge me from PHP care to a sober living client therefore taking away from me the type of care I need at a higher level.”


The two loved polled at the time of this writing provided negative reviews. C.A.H. gave the center one out of five stars for treatment effectiveness. “This place is a..joke!... DO NOT SEND YOUR LOVED ONE TO THIS PLACE,” C.A.H. wrote. Loved one K.I. agreed, writing: "They are manipulative and toxic people. I would never recommend sending a loved one to these people.

On Google, four individuals gave CARES an average rating of three out of five stars[1]. D.M., whose son attended treatment, gave CARES a positive review on Google. “He learned coping and communication skills that he uses (but don't tell him that),” D.M. wrote. “I learned how to deal with each situation better and how I can either contribute to the chaos or control it.”


According to information provided to from CARES Treatment Center, residential treatment costs start at $505 per day, $15,000 per month, and $36,000 for the 90-day program. CARES Treatment Center accepts private insurance and financial assistance may be available to qualified applicants.


Published on February 2019

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I spent several months there and the people were very friendly and helpful. I learned a lot about myself , and how to communicate with my family. We did a lot fun things and many outings. And I even learned how to dance.


i dont know how they aren't shut down. They are manipulative and toxic people. I would never recommend sending a loved one to these people.


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I have been diagnosed with schizophrenia for two years now. The condition has forced me to leave my work and I became a burden to my family. It went from auditory hallucinations to complete paranoia. I was too scared to get out of home, too afraid that my worst fears are confirmed. I covered my face, I shut the windows and closed the doors. I cared too much what other people think, but that's where I was wrong. This have been such a great blessing to me. The Heart Transformation treatment has helped me learn how to handle my condition and face each new day with hopes that I can make it. Now, I am back remotely working from home and helping my family. Yes, there are bad times and even worst times that still come but CARES Treatment has given me a new perspective on life and has shown me that God's grace is sufficient. I am just grateful.


I went to CARES treatment in Davenport FL to get dual diagnosis help for myself. It was suppose to be a long term treatment program, PHP care. Upon arrival I met the owner who in our first conversation said it’s OK to relapse and that he won’t kick me out. I paid him 800 in cash for 1 month of what ended up being room and board. At this time he also said the power to be decided I should be paying 1200 a month. More problems include: 1. I was the only client in there house. 2. The staff they had were all interns from college. 3. I sat around everyday watching therapy like videos. 4. Continually the owner kept saying it’s ok to relapse 5. There were no groups or activities like a PHP treatment program is suppose to provide. Last but not least the owner went behind my back after the CARF inspection and told my therapist to discharge me from PHP care to a sober living client therefore taking away from me the type of care I need at a higher level. The therapist in question didn’t agree with the lowering my level of care.


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This place is a..joke! Very wonderful family saught to send their child here for counseling and the staff member who obviously needs to be on medication himself is the most obnoxious, rude , egotistical maniac I have ever know. I listened to the rude manner in which he spoke to the wife of one of the pillars in our community...DO NOT SEND YOUR LOVED ONE TO THIS PLACE!

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