Recovery House of Central Florida in Sanford, FL

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401 Pecan Street
Sanford FL 32771

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Located in a quiet, residential area 25 miles north of Orlando, Recovery House of Central Florida provides long-term residential treatment to adult men struggling with substance use disorder. The center has a particular focus on helping homeless men, veterans, and others who cannot afford to pay for treatment elsewhere. Recovery House is among the 42.2 percent of Florida-based rehabs that operate as private nonprofits.


There's a nine-month minimum commitment, positioning the facility among the 20.8 percent of rehabs in Florida that offer residential treatment lasting longer than 30 days. The program is peer-driven, faith-based, and follows 12-step principles. Clients participate in one-on-one counseling, group therapy, and addiction education groups, as well as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings.

The program focuses heavily on education, job skills, and vocational training, positioning it among the 38.9 percent of Florida-based facilities that offer employment counseling or training for clients. In the first 120 days, residents help out around the facility. After 120 days in the program, clients must secure and maintain an outside job — which must be approved by the center's staff. Jobs that might endanger the individual's sobriety, such as bartending, are forbidden.

The resident's income is deposited in a trust account, which they may access on Fridays. Staff monitor residents' spending and support them in budgeting and on the path toward financial responsibility. Recovery House also considers family involvement crucial to recovery, and offers counseling and education for loved ones.


There is currently no information provided by the facility regarding its treatment staff. The single alum surveyed by at the time of this writing gave Recovery House three out of five stars for the level of staff support provided and the level of training found in counselors.


According to the facility's website, clients are not permitted to have visitors for the first two weeks of treatment, and may not receive phone calls for the first 30 days. Cell phones are permitted after four months in the program, and vehicles are allowed after six months in treatment. The single former client polled by to date gave Recovery House four stars for its cleanliness and three stars for its exercise and leisure offerings.


J.D., the sole alum surveyed by at the time of this writing, gave Recovery House a mixed review. They awarded the facility low ratings of one or two out of five stars for its holistic offerings, its connectivity policy, and the overall quality of its individual counseling. The overall quality of the center's group counseling received a so-so three stars. Even so, J.D. indicated that he would recommend the program. "No charge initially, then worked and paid fees," he wrote.

Recovery House has mixed feedback on secondary sites at the time of this writing, with a 2.5 out of five-star average rating based on six reviews on Google and a 4.3-star average rating based on 22 opinions on Facebook, where the facility can manage its own page.[1] [2]

The reviews contain recurring complaints about the facility's policy of having men work to pay their way during treatment. "Its a business and its ran like one. i forgot about recovery when i was there because of how much they worked me into the ground," Bill wrote in one such comment on Facebook.

However, numerous reviewers thanked the facility for changing their lives and making a positive addition to the community. "The Recovery House changed my life... I'm very grateful for everything the place has done for me... The Recovery House is in the miracle making business," Corey wrote in a representative review on Facebook.


According to the facility's website, treatment services are provided to clients regardless of their ability to pay. Clients may begin to contribute to costs once they have found steady work outside of the facility. The single alum polled by to date indicated that they felt treatment was worth its cost.

[1] GoogleReviews

Published on July 2019

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