Next Step Village Welcome Guide

On behalf of everyone at Next Step Village, congratulations on taking another step toward a healthier you. This guide will introduce you to our sober living facilities and help answer your most pressing questions before your arrival. Here you’ll get an idea of what to bring with you and what daily life will look like. We are excited to welcome you and are honored to be a part of your healing process — we’ll be with you every step of the way.

Important Notice Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)

We are closely monitoring all developments associated with Coronavirus (COVID-19) and are taking proactive steps to ensure the health and safety of all patients, employees and the communities we serve. Your cooperation during this time is greatly appreciated.

Please note the following updates:

Face Mask Policy:
Following the latest CDC recommendations for controlling the spread of COVID-19, all patients and employees will be required to wear a face mask while at the facility.

Screening Policy:
ARS facilities are following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, and we have strong infection control policies, procedures and systems in place. As recommended by the CDC, our clinicians are screening all patients and employees for fever, respiratory symptoms and for travel to/from China and other affected locations within a month prior to symptom onset.

A pre-admission acceptance is a preliminary determination that indicates you are appropriate for admission to our facility. Based on your presentation upon arrival or during your stay, it may be determined that a different facility may be more appropriate.

Quarantine Policy:
Admitting patients will be tested for COVID-19 at the facility, prior to admission. Patients will be admitted only if their test is negative. Upon admissions, patients will be required to Quarantine for 48 hours and will be retested for COVID-19 prior to ending their quarantine. In most cases, Quarantine involves being housed in a private room with access to all of the appropriate services and personnel for their level of care. Staff will be available to you throughout the quarantine time. Meals, snacks and medications will be delivered to your room In some cases, Quarantine will take place in a shared room with one or more additional patients who have admitted to the facility on or around the same date, who have also tested negative for COVID-19 prior to admission. Our Quarantine Policy is designed to help aid in the prevention of spread of COVID-19 that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms.

Visitation Policy:
For the safety of all patients, family members, visitors and staff, ARS has temporarily suspended visitation at our facilities. Staff will provide alternatives for maintaining contact with loved ones during this time as we know how important the support of friends and family is to your recovery.

Offsite Travel & Activities Policy:
For the safety of all patients, Advanced Recovery Systems is actively restricting offsite travel and activities until further notice.

Questions or Concerns?
If you have questions or further concerns about any of our policy updates, please check back frequently, or you can reach out directly by calling 855-387-3291.

Next Steps

Now that you’ve decided to begin treatment at Next Step Village, it’s time to prepare for your stay. Knowing what to bring, what to leave behind and how to reach our Florida sober living homes sets the stage for your lifelong recovery.

What to Bring

This guide ensures you have everything you need while you’re with us, so you can focus on what’s really important — healing. Keep in mind that storage for belongings is limited to an armoire, three dresser drawers, and a nightstand. We recommend that new residents pack the following items:

  • Insurance and pharmacy card
  • Driver’s license/state ID
  • Cash
  • If you smoke: cigarettes/tobacco products
  • Two weeks worth of season-appropriate clothing
  • Sweater or jacket for indoors
  • Comfortable sleepwear
  • One-piece swimsuits for ladies, knee-length board shorts for men
  • Toothbrush, unopened toothpaste, and alcohol-free mouthwash
  • Unopened shampoo and conditioner
  • Unopened sunscreen
  • Unopened face wash and moisturizer
  • Unopened lotion
  • Unopened lip balm
  • Unopened feminine products
  • All personal toiletries and food (not provided)
  • Positive reading material
  • Pictures of family and friends
  • Music device
  • Electronics and chargers (WiFi is provided)
  • Insulin (if dependent)
  • Prescribed non-narcotic medications
  • Shaving razors
  • A hat, if desired

*Please note: Electrical items (e.g. hairdryer, curling iron, electric shavers) are allowed, but will be checked for safety.

What Not to Bring

Outpatient and aftercare serve as an opportunity to distance yourself from the people, places and ways of thinking that contribute to your drug or alcohol use. Because of this, we prohibit patients from bringing certain items to Next Step Village to help them focus on recovery. Items not permitted at our facility include:

  • Drugs or alcohol
  • Drug or alcohol paraphernalia (including hookah pipes)
  • Illegal substances or mood-altering drugs (including over-the-counter products that may alter mood such as kratom)
  • Weapons (including toys like paintball guns, bb guns etc. are NOT permitted)
  • Narcotic medications (including medicinal/licensed marijuana)
  • Clothing depicting drugs, drug paraphernalia, explicit language and/or images
  • Expensive or excessive jewelry
  • Products or substances containing alcohol in the first three ingredients (E.g. mouthwash, hand sanitizer, nail polish remover, kombucha, etc.)
  • Opened toiletry products (including lotion and shampoos)
  • Opened packs of cigarettes
  • Opened vitamin bottles

Travel Details

During the admissions process, all necessary travel accommodations are booked and confirmed by you or your loved ones. You are free to come to the facility via car, or you can arrange travel here via airplane, train or bus. Wherever you’re coming from, our staff will provide transportation from all local train stations, bus stations and airports. If you’re traveling by plane, you’ll be picked up from the airport and transported to Next Step Village. Transportation is provided to outpatient (individual and group session), doctors appointments, and designated 12- step meetings.

Expectations After Arrival

Within the first 24 hours after your arrival, you can expect:

  • Mandatory Searches
  • Screening Process
  • Medical Exam

To ensure the safety and sobriety of both new and current residents, each resident must consent to a search of both their person and belongings before arriving at Next Step Village. During this search, staff members will collect any items not permitted during treatment and store them in a safe and secure place to be returned when your stay is complete. Though there are searches after the initial intake process, it is the resident’s responsibility to ensure there is no contraband brought onto the property. Random searches of personal belongings can be conducted at any time during residency at Next Step Village.

Cell Phone Use

To give you full autonomy over your recovery, cell phones are allowed at the Next Step Village. Use is not limited except for during the following: morning meditation, house meetings, clinical sessions, medical sessions, outpatient groups or 12 step meetings.

Our Communities

Located across the greater Orlando and Central Florida area, our sober living communities are designed with your needs in mind. We offer co-ed and gender-specific options, so you can recover in comfort. Our recreation options and helpful amenities make Next Step Village an ideal place to continue your recovery.


Our amenities are part of what makes Next Step Village so unique. A sample of the amenities and activities that are offered include*:

  • Sand volleyball court
  • Basketball court
  • Clubhouse
  • On-site laundry
  • Cable/internet/television
  • Coffee bar
  • Computer lab
  • Fire pit
  • Ping pong table
  • Pool table
  • Access to a full kitchen
  • Job placement resources
  • Off-site recreational activities including bowling, sporting events, community art festivals, spring and beach visits, and more
  • Education and community service assistance

* Activities may change from time to time or from season to season. Your access to these amenities will vary depending on situational medical recommendations.

Next step village firepit outside with benches surrounding it


No food and snacks are provided to residents at Next Step Village. Food must either be purchased off-site or prepared in an on-site kitchen.

Sleeping Arrangements

Next Step Village will provide you with a comfortable place to rest during your outpatient and aftercare treatment. Currently, we offer accommodations at co-ed apartments as well as male-only and female-only sober homes based on availability and individual preference. All rooms have at least two beds, with at least one television in every bedroom. Bathrooms are shared per room.

A Day in the Life

Your days at Next Step Village will be spent learning how to live free from drug and alcohol use outside of a rehab facility. You’ll find new hobbies, make lasting connections and rediscover your own personal interests without relying on substances.

Living in a sober home or apartment during the aftercare and outpatient process gives you the accountability you need to continue recovery. While daily life in a sober living facility varies from person to person, the experience gives you an opportunity to transition to life in recovery while forming new habits and passions.

Types of Therapy

Residents attend off-site therapy sessions throughout the course of their stay, which may include:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy (EMDR)
  • 12-Step, SMART Recovery and Back to Basics

Family Visits and Therapy

On-site visits are not allowed/minors are not allowed.

Off-Site Visits

Group off-site opportunities are offered occasionally through Next Step Village. With a computer lab and on-site recreational opportunities, Next Step Village offers you a variety of ways to relax and unwind at home.

Smoke Breaks

Next Step Village residents may smoke in designated areas outside of clinical or therapy hours.

Collegiate Opportunities

Residents of Next Step Village are now eligible for state tuition waivers that can be used to attend any public Florida university, state college or technical school free of charge.

Florida residents can attend college tuition-free for as long as they reside at Next Step Village. They can also apply for financial aid, including student loans and Pell Grants. Individuals who are not Florida residents can still qualify for state tuition waivers and can apply for financial aid, but have to pay the difference between the cost of in-state tuition and out-of-state tuition.

Residents at Next Step Village who become students also receive free rides through LYNX, the public transportation system in Orange, Seminole and Osceola County.

Our Staff

Timothy Huckaby

Timothy Huckaby

Medical Director


Dr. Timothy Huckaby, Medical Director for Orlando Recovery Center, is a clinical expert, and a triple board-certified physician in Pain Medicine, Addiction Medicine and Anesthesiology. A graduate of the Louisiana State University School of Medicine, Dr. Huckaby completed his residency in...

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Michael Griggs

Michael Griggs

Executive Director

Michael R. Griggs is the Executive Director at Next Step Village. Mr. Griggs assists the program manager and is responsible for overseeing daily operations at Next Step Village Maitland and support of Next Step Village Eustis. He is a graduate of The Recovery Village...

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Kevin Reese

Kevin Reese

Eastern Outreach Director

After pursuing a life-long goal of a career in real estate (including being awarded Two Times Sales Representative), Kevin Reese saw his life spiraling out of control at the hands of addiction. Despite his successful 15-year career, he found truth and peace after reaching out for help. Now...

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Shawna Peaden

Shawna Peaden

Associate Director of Operations for Aftercare / Sr. House Manager


Shawna Peaden dedicates herself to empowering others to thrive in a life of sobriety. As the Associate Director of Operations at Next Step Village, she leads with professionalism and compassion, helping residents find their true self and bringing addiction awareness to the...

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Insurance and Your Obligation During Your Treament

Disclaimer: It is your responsibility to check with your insurance provider prior to admitting at Next Step Village to understand your individual benefits plan.

*Please note that your insurance plan may not be a “participating provider” with Next Step Village. You are responsible for all non-covered and out-of-pocket costs related to your treatment stay.

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