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Practical Recovery - Reunion San Diego

8950 Villa La Jolla Dr., La Jolla, California, 92037
Reunion is Practical Recovery’s co-ed treatment program for alcohol and drug addiction. The facility offers a full continuum of care, including residential rehab, sober living and outpatient services, and provides clients with an alternative to the traditional 12-Step model of care. Treatment utilizes a broad range of psychotherapeutic and holistic modalities designed to restore the physical, social and emotional well-being of each client. A high staff-to-client ratio and individualized treatment plans allow individuals to confront the underlying issues responsible for their addiction and change negative thinking and problematic behavior patterns.

Facility Highlights

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


  • 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.
  • Medical Detoxification

    Drugs and alcohol have widespread effects throughout your body, including but not limited to the addiction and/or physical/psychological dependence that develops with substance abuse over time. Many organ systems are affected by addiction and will react to withdrawal. The term “medical detoxification” means that there is a trained and licensed medical professional onsite to monitor your vital signs and protect your physical and emotional health as your body goes through withdrawal.

Facility Settings

  • Private/Secluded

Meet the Staff

  • Ashley Adams, MA, MFTI
    Ashley Adams, MA, MFTI Assistant Clinical Director
    Ms. Adams has been working in addiction treatment and recovery for 4 years and started at Practical Recovery before they opened Reunion in 2011. She holds a master’s degree from Alliant International University in Marriage and Family Therapy. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from San Diego State University in Sociology and Psychology. For Ashley, the most profound aspect of addiction treatment is focusing on the dynamics of family and couple relationships. During her first traineeship she worked with individuals who experienced severe trauma, including sexual assault and domestic violence. This was a powerful training period for Ashley, where she learned a great deal about resiliency. In addition to her work in substance abuse treatment and trauma, she also has a strong interest in eating disorders, including awareness and prevention. She interned at an eating disorders program in San Diego for two years and was a facilitator for ANAD (Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders). She has also done clinical work and cultural competency trainings abroad and loves to travel any chance she gets. Ashley has completed all 3,000 pre-licensing hours and is currently awaiting approval to take the MFT licensing exam.
  • Rich Hycner, PhD
    Rich Hycner, PhD Consulting Psychologist

Financial Details

  • Financing Available

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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.


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.


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.[1]

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."[2]


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.

[1] https://www.yelp.com/biz/practical-recovery-la-jolla-4
[2] GoogleReviews

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