ABOUT PRACTICAL RECOVERY - REUNION SAN DIEGO
Located in a quiet La Jolla office setting, Reunion San Diego is an intensive outpatient program (IOP) that provides individualized, holistic therapy to men and women struggling with substance abuse. The program is operated by Practical Recovery along with a sober living facility in the nearby Carmel Valley community.
Treatment is offered as an alternative to 12-step programming and was founded and is owned by a co-founder of SMART Recovery. Clients are encouraged to complete the detox process before beginning rehab with Reunion. The facility is among the 39.4 percent of facilities in the state to offer IOP treatment.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Admission begins with a series of phone calls to ensure the program is a good fit for each client. The facility's programming emphasizes intensive one-on-one psychotherapy, as well as integrated therapies that address physical and spiritual recovery. The average length of this intensive treatment is between 10 days and three weeks.
Each treatment program is tailored for the individual client, but a typical plan includes as many as three to four daily individual counseling sessions, three days a week. Clients collaborate with staff to choose which therapists may be most effective at meeting their unique needs.
Foundational treatment modalities include cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing, and the focus is on empowering participants for long-term recovery. Throughout the process, involvement in a local SMART Recovery support group is encouraged, and three aftercare group meetings per week are offered free of charge for clients who have completed a treatment program.
In addition to substance abuse, treatment plans may also address a range of co-occurring mental and behavioral health concerns, including trauma, grief, gambling, sex, and gaming addictions. Family members are also offered opportunities to join counseling sessions and to receive more direct support and education through a Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) program.
According to the facility’s website, the center employs about half a dozen doctoral-level therapists along with a hypnotherapist and licensed addiction counselors. Treatment teams also include consulting psychiatrists and holistic wellness specialists, such as an energy healer, meditation coach, and massage therapist. The facility has been awarded The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Behavioral Health Care Accreditation. Only 13.9 percent of facilities in California are accredited by The Joint Commission.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Prior to 2016, Reunion San Diego was Practical Recovery’s residential program. The residential facility is no longer in operation, and Reunion now provides just intensive outpatient treatment. As such, reviews specific to this program are limited, but feedback referencing the parent organization and related facilities offer mostly positive opinions.
Rehabs.com has received one review from an alum of the former residential program at the time of this writing and it is highly favorable. "I was overwhelmed with the skills and thoroughness of the staff and the accommodations" wrote M.M and gave the staff's level of support and experience five out of five stars.
Reviews on third party sites were also largely positive. Of 18 Yelp reviews submitted by former clients, 13 were positive with an average rating of four out of five stars. The most commonly cited strength of the program was the variety of treatment modalities offered. Negative reviews tended to mention staffing issues at the residential or sober living facility.
On Google, seven individuals gave the facility an average rating of 4.4 out of five stars. "Change happens here and miracles do happen and bring families back together" wrote C.J. "Very knowledgable staff."
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Reviews written by loved ones shared universally positive opinions. In the sole Rehabs.com survey response from an alum’s parent, Rob wrote that his son “did not want to do a 12-Step program,” and Practical Recovery offered an alternative. Rob felt treatment was effective and “life changing,” focusing on helping his son “address the root causes of addiction.”
Likewise, all three additional loved ones’ reviews on Yelp emphasized the program’s success in helping their family member understand both their addiction and their self-worth.
According to the facility’s website, a week of individualized intensive outpatient treatment costs from $3,000 to $4,000. Insurance coverage is generally out-of-network through a PPO plan. An online form is available to pre-check benefits, and Practical Recovery also partners with Prosper Healthcare Lending to help finance treatment.
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