ABOUT PRACTICAL RECOVERY
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.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
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.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
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. 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.
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.
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