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The Camp Recovery Center

3192 Glen Canyon Road, Scotts Valley, California, 95066
Located in the tranquility of the Santa Cruz redwoods, The Camp Recovery Center provides highly structured treatment for adults and adolescents who are struggling with an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol. The motto here is “recovery means life.” The goal for this holistic, multi-modality treatment program is to help clients regain an appreciation for the pleasures of a healthy lifestyle, free from the restraints of chemical dependency.

Facility Highlights

  • Holistic Drug Rehabilitation
  • Family Programs
  • Aftercare


  • Detoxification Programs

    At The Camp, during the admissions process, there will be a thorough screening to analyze how acute the chemical dependency is. Often, the first step on the road to recovery may be to begin a drug or alcohol detoxification process. The primary goal of detoxification is physical stabilization and comfort under the supervision of our staff.

Facility Settings

  • Wilderness

Meet the Staff

  • Michael Johnson, PhD.
    Michael Johnson, PhD. Executive Director
    Dr. Johnson joins The Camp with over 30 years of healthcare experience, including his most recent position as Executive Director of a residential treatment facility in Hawaii, where he was responsible for executive, fiscal and clinical management. Simultaneously, he served as an adjunct professor in the Sociology and Psychology Department at Hawaii Pacific University. In addition to his experience, Dr. Johnson also spent two years in community health outreach work to prevent AIDS. He has led state-licensed community mental health agencies, residential and outpatient treatment facilities, methadone programs and psychiatric/chemical dependency treatment hospitals. He has co-authored a training manual for the U.S. Department of Justice on inhalant abuse and has provided drug and alcohol prevention and treatment training on an international level. He received his Ph.D. in Health Services Administration from Walden University.
  • Leslie L., LAADC, CADC-II
    Leslie L., LAADC, CADC-II Intensive Outpatient Coordinator
    Leslie joined The Camp in 2005 after earning her certification in counseling at Bethany College (CPAC). She began her career as a Clinical Tech, where she was quickly promoted to Case Manager. From there, she moved up the ranks to Assistant Program Coordinator, which was followed shortly after by her promotion to Adult Program Coordinator. At this present time, Leslie serves as The Camp’s Intensive Outpatient Coordinator.

Financial Details

  • Financing Available

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The Camp Recovery Center sits on 25 northern California acres, with cabins set amid a redwood forest. The rehab facility offers detox and holistic residential treatment to adults and adolescents struggling with chemical dependency. The main residential facility, open since 1984, is located in Scotts Valley, though the treatment provider offers an intensive outpatient program (IOP) in the Santa Cruz area.


Admission to The Camp Recovery Center is based on a primary substance use disorder diagnosis. Residents can also receive dual diagnosis treatment for depression, anxiety, or PTSD. Following a pre-assessment phone call, which covers medical and psychological histories, staff will arrange for clients’ travel. A typical stay is 30 days, according to the facility’s website.

Programming involves group and individual counseling utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), educational sessions, and optional 12-step meetings. Residents also participate in yoga twice a week. Additional therapeutic options include a ropes course, art therapy, meditation, gardening, biofeedback, acupuncture, and amino acid therapy. In California, the center is among the 8.2 percent of facilities to utilize acupuncture.

Teenage residential clients have access to accredited schooling, and a three-day family program is offered. The Camp Recovery Center is among the 21.3 percent of facilities to offer programming for adolescents.

The Camp’s 12-week outpatient programs are group-based, focusing on relapse prevention, stress management, boundaries, and communication. Individual therapy is provided biweekly.


According to The Camp Recovery Center’s website, treatment team members include licensed and certified alcohol and drug counselors, nurses, and master’s-level family therapists. The director is certified in addiction recovery nursing, and various other staff have been trained in the Matrix Model, Seeking Safety, and motivational interviewing.


The Camp Recovery Center is licensed for 53 residents. The campus features walking trails, a swimming pool, a climbing wall, a zipline, volleyball and tennis courts, and available personal training. Rustic-style bedrooms are shared, and residents are responsible for assigned chores. Smoking is allowed, but clients are encouraged to participate in a smoking cessation program.


Former client feedback for The Camp Recovery Center at the time of this writing was predominantly favorable. Of the 11 alumni reviews received by Rehabs.com, about 70 percent were positive, 30 percent were moderate or mixed, and one was strongly critical.

Satisfied clients reported effective treatment, supportive staff, and a beautiful campus. Alumni granted on average at least three out of five stars for each of about 10 factors (five to seven polled per metric measured).

Staff Experience and Training: 4.3/5
Facility Cleanliness and Upkeep: 4.3/5

However, the alumni polled on the matter gave lower ratings for the facility’s programming range. "The staff was good. However, their maintenance was not good and they need more activities," one alum wrote.

Holistic Offerings: 3.3/5
Counseling Options: 3.2/5

Secondary review site trends echoed these opinions. On Google, a mix of 27 alumni and loved ones rated The Camp 3.7 out of five stars on average, tending to praise the staff over accommodations. “I found it to be just the right mix of comfort and structure,” alum B.M. wrote in a representative review. One reported frustration with communication about costs.[1]

The over 70 reviews on Yelp were split about two-to-one between positive and critical. One repeated concern expressed was inadequate supervision in group sessions and leisure activities, although several cited recreational activities as a highlight.[2]


All eight loved ones polled by Rehabs.com indicated that they would recommend The Camp Recovery Center to others. They agreed that accommodations were clean, although two noted problems with upkeep. Ratings for most aspects of the facility were similar to or higher than alumni’s. "Helpful naturul relaxng setting ...Brother went here, and has applied what he learned to his evryday life and is still clean," one loved one wrote.

Two reported poor follow-up or accountability support for clients. Relatives shared similar concerns on Google, as well as criticism for financial arrangements. However, family members tended to approve of the amount of family participation, though gave lower ratings concerning the facility's cost.

Staff Experience and Training: 4/5
Family Participation: 4/5
Affordability: 3/5


According to secondary sources, former and current employees of The Camp reported enjoying working with clients and seeing them progress. Seven Indeed reviewers rated The Camp 3.6 out of five stars on average.[3]


According to its website, The Camp Recovery Center is a preferred provider for many private insurance plans. Treatment is also covered by employee assistance programs and union trust funds, and the facility works with American Healthcare Lending to arrange financing for self-pay.

[1] GoogleReviews
[2] https://www.yelp.com/biz/the-camp-recovery-center-scotts-valley
[3] https://www.indeed.com/cmp/The-Camp-Recovery-Center/reviews

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