Dr. Paul’s at the Bay

Dr. Paul’s at the Bay


Dr. Paul’s at the Bay is one of the five rehab centers operated by Spencer Recovery Centers, Inc., which has locations in California and Florida. Located near St. Petersburg, Fla., Dr. Paul’s at the Bay in St. Pete Beach provides several outpatient alcohol and drug treatment programs, as well as a residential program. There are tracks for business executives, individuals desiring faith-based treatment, and those seeking recovery from issues with prescription drugs. The facility offers detoxification services, including Suboxone for opiate withdrawal, and care for those with co-occurring mental health issues.


Treatment at Dr. Paul’s varies based on the specific program, but most involve a blend of 12-step groups, trauma-based therapies, and holistic offerings. The standard outpatient track includes three months of treatment, which involves two 12-step meetings a day, process groups, educational groups, individual counseling, exercise, and guided beach walks. Clients can also receive Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy for an additional fee to help process trauma.

Participants in the residential program are encouraged to stay for a minimum of 28 days. The program includes individual and group counseling, relapse prevention education, nutrition, fitness, and activities designed to boost self-esteem. Those who participate in the Christian, faith-based treatment track receive Bible lessons, spiritual counseling, and attend church services. The Custom Care program for executives, which is more expensive, includes holistic therapies such as hypnotherapy, reflexology, yoga, as well as small group sessions. Clients in this program also receive a year of post-treatment counseling.

According to the facility’s website, this facility also offers specialized care for those with trauma therapy, learning disabilities, senior citizens, and young adults. The facility also has an Extended Care program that includes group therapy to help clients transition to life after treatment, with the goal of continuing 12-step treatment.


Dr. Paul’s by the Bay has a treatment team of physicians, licensed therapists, psychiatrists, and an EMDR specialist.


Dr. Paul’s accommodations and related offering. It notes the accommodations are “comfortable and create a soothing place to focus on growth and rehabilitation.” Clients in the Custom Care program receive private rooms and therapeutic amenities, such as spa services, massage therapy, personal training, and nutrition counseling.


To date, Best-rehabs.com received only one review from a facility alum. The alum, W.A. was critical of the facility, and claimed that the “facility is organized to churn people for maximum monetary gain,”and that the facility “provided almost nothing promised.” The alum offer low, one-star ratings for meals and nutrition, holistic offerings, staff support, and individual counseling options. While W.A. was more positive regarding the facility’s family participation and connectivity policies, rating the metrics either four or three out of five stars, their review was ultimately negative.

While no secondary site reviews exist for Dr. Paul’s at the Bay specifically, there are several reviews left for Spencer Recovery Center, the facility’s parent network. On Google, the facility has a 4.2 out of five star rating based upon nine reviews.[1] Review were mostly positive, but some were negative. “We were given nice accommodations and treated with respect,” one reviewer wrote. Another reviewer wrote, “I came down from Ohio and the staff and other clients were super welcoming and made me feel very comfortable and not so alone.”

The only Google reviewer to reference Dr. Paul’s at the Bay by name was overwhelmingly positive, awarding the facility a perfect five-star rating. “This company gives great advice, opens the door for you, makes you feel like ur loved and cared about,” the reviewer wrote.


The cost for the three-month outpatient program is $21,700 for the first month and $10,700 for the second and third month each. Information regarding the fees for the other programs are not offered by the facility at the time of this writing.

According to the facility’s website, most private health insurance is accepted, including both in-network out out-of-network coverage. In addition, special financing options are available for those who qualify.

[1] https://goo.gl/cou74w

Reviews about Dr. Paul’s at the Bay

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  • Many items of the program that were advertised and I was personally told about over the telephone simply did not exist. On arrival they will deny having said items or discussing them even though you could show them the items on the website. It is a bait and switch with almost no communication between staff and clients. Nearly all people depart when it is sprung on them that their insurance was up with no after care or plan put in place. I myself was only given 24 hr notice. When you arrive being told you are cleared through insurance for a 3 month program that included community integration with assistance finding housing housing and employment and then told it doesn't exist and have to leave after only 1 1/2 months something is wrong.