ABOUT AZURE ACRES RECOVERY CENTER
Azure Acres, located in Sebastapol, Calif., offers one of the state's 324 (24.7 percent) residential treatment programs, treating adult men and women struggling with substance use disorders. The facility is also amongst the 620 (54.9 percent) facilities to offer programming to individuals struggling with a dual diagnoses track. The facility offers intensive outpatient treatment at facilities in Santa Rosa and Sacramento. The facility is also one of the just 197 (15 percent) facilities in the state with detoxification service on-site.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
The facility’s treatment program follows the 12-step model and also incorporates crisis intervention, psychoeducation, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), client-centered therapy, somatic therapy, and bibliotherapy. Treatment at Azure Acres is designed to be holistic, encompassing approaches that address mind, body, and spirit. The facility teaches concepts such as surrender, honesty, humility, and acceptance throughout the program.
Clients should contact the facility by phone to schedule a comprehensive screening assessment. To be admitted, clients must be free from serious mental illness and may not be a danger to themselves or others. Prospective clients must also be independently mobile since facility grounds have some steep terrain. The average length of treatment at Azure Acres is 30 days.
Throughout treatment, clients attend Alcoholic and Narcotics Anonymous meetings five times per week and participate in 12-step readings and Big Book study. Upon admission, each client is assigned a “buddy” who will welcome them and provide support throughout treatment.
Clients at Azure Acres also benefit from daily educational lectures, men’s and women’s groups, and small group sessions. Families are included in the treatment program through a family program that takes place every other weekend. Clients at Azure Acres are required to complete basic household chores at the residence and must also maintain their living spaces. This facility also offers a unique moving meditation treatment called Qigong.
Aftercare is available for all clients who successfully complete the program, and involves a customized continuing care plan for each resident, help transitioning to outpatient programs, and support from a strong alumni network.
The treatment team at Azure Acres includes a psychologists, a registered recovery worker, and a registered addiction specialist. The seven Rehabs.com survey respondents to date polled on the matter provided extremely high ratings for center staff.
Staff Experience and Training: 4.3/5
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The Azure Acres residence is a historic lodge on 30 acres of redwood forest land that was built in 1906. Photos on the facility’s website indicated shared rooms and rustic cabins. The facility is equipped with a swimming pool, shared outdoor areas, and walking trails to increase the client’s comfort while in treatment.
Meals are served family-style, and the facility’s chefs can accommodate special dietary needs. Clients are able to engage in activities such as frisbee golf, basketball, softball, football, and horseshoes throughout treatment. To date, the six individuals polled by Rehabs.com polled on the matter appreciated the facility's upkeep.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The eleven alumni polled by Rehabs.com at time of writing gave generally positive reviews. Indeed, several reviewers praised the staff, with some alumni adding: “amazing,” and “love what they do.” However, the four former clients polled on counseling options offered mixed opinions. However, the four alumni offered exemplary ratings for the amount of family participation and the staff.
Family Participation: 5/5
Staff Experience and Training: 4/5
Counseling Options: 2.8/5
In continuing with positive trends, alumni repeatedly commented that the facility was clean, the campus was beautiful, and they appreciated that many staff members were in recovery themselves. One reviewer added additional commentary, remarking, “It was magical for me there. I felt the love and genuine compassion. It was life altering there for me. For me because of the beautiful grounds it is on I felt so connected very grounded.”
When surveyed about weaknesses of Azure Acres, one reviewer felt that the location and building could be improved. Another cited that they did not like the food, and two reviewers reported that the facility should offer better fitness opportunities. In general, however, the four surveyed alumni agreed they would recommend this treatment center.
Would Recommend: 3.8/5
To date, 15 individuals shared similar commentary on Google, where the center earned an average rating of 3.7 out of five stars. While some satisfied reviewers felt that the quality of care and the programming saved their lives, others felt that the facility was mostly focused on money and that they did not receive the attention they needed.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The four friends and family members polled by Rehabs.com to date gave generally positive reviews. While one of the four reviewers gave a generally negative review, the other three of the anonymous loved ones gave the facility positive ratings for exercise options and cleanliness. “My son said this was a great program," one loved one wrote,"I wish the program did more about him wanting to leave early because he could have done very well if he stayed longer. Since then he has relapsed.”
When asked about weaknesses of Azure Acres, one loved one commented that there was no aftercare, family therapy was rushed, and the outpatient program was disorganized.
There is currently no information provided by the facility regarding the cost of treatment, since costs can vary based on treatment program and length of stay. However, the facility accepts insurance including Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Beacon Health Options, Cigna, and Value Options. Azure Acres is able to offer financing options as well. Seven Rehabs.com survey respondents to date provided above-average feedback for the facility's cost.
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