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Practical Recovery

8950 Villa La Jolla Dr., La Jolla, California, 92037
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Located in an upscale San Diego neighborhood, the Carmel Summit Retreat is Practical Living’s sober living home for men and women. The facility follows the same self-empowering, non 12-step approach of Practical Recovery’s inpatient programs, giving clients a range of treatment modalities to chose from while transitioning back into everyday life. Luxurious living spaces and full-scale amenities allow for recovery, professional work, solitude, and reflection.

Facility Highlights

  • Holistic Treatment
  • Continuing Care
  • Non-12-step detox program


  • Individual Therapy

    This term describes one-on-one therapy, in which a patient and trained counselor, social worker, psychologist or psychiatrist meets privately with a patient to discuss challenges related to lifestyle, work, family and romantic relationships that may have contributed to the development of an addiction.
  • Dual Diagnosis/ Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment

    These two terms describe a person who is not only addicted to drugs or alcohol, but also has a mental or emotional illness, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc. Facilities that treat patients with dual-diagnosis or co-occurring disorders provide psychiatric treatment in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation services.

Facility Settings

  • Private/Secluded

Meet the Staff

  • Margie Holmstrom
    Margie Holmstrom Administration Director
    Ms. Holmstrom has over 20 years’ combined experience in administration, with a focus on corporate compliance, process improvement and human resources. She was previously the VP of Administration/Corporate Secretary for a large reprographic network association and more recently, for a newly forming commercial airline in Carlsbad. Margie is looking forward to working with management at PRI to streamline the operation of its multiple facilities and put together strategic plans for its future growth.
  • Maureen Jacquot
    Maureen Jacquot Resident Assistant
    Ms. Jacquot is a former New York City Police Officer who is excited about a new line of work. As a Police Officer, she found herself interested more in why people were committing the crimes at hand, versus the normal processing of an arrest; this is what triggered her interest into this rewarding career change. She is currently enrolled in her final two classes that complete the required coursework for an M.S. in Mental Health Counseling, and she will begin her clinical hours to complete the program this fall. Upon graduation, she is planning to pursue LPCC licensure. Outside of work and school, Maureen spends most of her time keeping active outdoors, attending music venues, and traveling.

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Located near the beach in La Jolla, California, Practical Recovery’s Carmel Summit Retreat is an outpatient treatment facility designed to assist men and women who are struggling with substance abuse. The facility aims to be a safe, sober environment that provides greater flexibility and independence than residential programs. Practical Recovery also offers treatment for a variety of co-occurring mental health disorders.


Practical Recovery uses an evidence-based approach to recovery that includes a broad range of psychotherapeutic, holistic methods, and medications as indicated. The facility presents itself as an alternative to 12-step treatment, placing it among the 22.7 percent of facilities in California that do not include 12-step facilitation in their programming. However, this approach is available, if desired.

The center offers a range of outpatient treatments at varying intensities, including an individualized intensive outpatient program (IIOP), which utilizes a number of modalities and approaches, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing, relapse prevention workshops, psychodynamic therapy, contingency management, and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR).

During IIOP, clients may participate in group, individual, and family counseling, as well as holistic approaches, such as meditation, yoga, hypnotherapy, and acupuncture. According to its website, clients typically have 3 to 15 individual sessions per week with different therapists during IIOP, depending on their treatment plan. The facility also offers a traditional, group-based IOP and one-on-one counseling sessions.


The facility has a house manager on-site and 24-hour on-call staff, including a sober living counselor and several support staff. Practical Recovery partners with medical, psychiatric, psychological, and holistic providers to afford clients the necessary level of care. It aims to provide one PhD-level staffer for every two to four residents. Practical Recovery is part of the 13.9 percent of California facilities accredited by the Joint Commission.


Alumni reviews of Practical Recovery are limited, though largely positive. The one alum who submitted a review to Rehabs.com to date offered overwhelmingly positive feedback, including five-star ratings for treatment effectiveness, staff support, holistic treatment offerings, and the respect she was shown from staff. "This was truly life changing experience," wrote Jessica. "Practical Recovery is different than any substance abuse treatment facility I have been to."

On Practical Recovery's Facebook page, which the facility may edit, it has an average rating of 4.7 out of five stars across 43 reviews to date.[1] Praise centered around Practical Recovery's use of alternatives to 12-Step. Many clients claimed that the programming at Practical Recovery worked for them, while years of 12-Step did not. On Google, the facility received a 4.4 out of five stars across seven reviews, with some complaints focused mostly on the costliness of treatment.[2]


The evaluation and planning session costs $200. According to the facility's website, sessions after this typically cost $200 each. Practical Recovery accepts some insurance policies and has partnered with Prosper Healthcare Lending to offer financing options.

[1] https://www.facebook.com/pg/practicalrecovery/reviews/?ref=page_internal

[2] https://goo.gl/R5ErZj

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