Elevate Addiction Services Philosophy
Elevate is a modern and empowering approach to addiction treatment. We don't believe addiction is an incurable disease but can be overcome and put in the past through hard work and dealing with issues.
Our program is Non-12 Step (we use SMART Recovery) and we provide skills and tools to our clients so that they can more effectively manage their own lives and experience happiness without the need for drugs or alcohol.
See website for entire philosophy.
We were also featured on Modern Living with Kathy Ireland, see the full video by following the link below:
Elevate Addiction Services – Holistic Treatment Program on Modern Living with Kathy Ireland
Areas of Specialization
Residential treatment programs provide housing (food and meals) in addition to treatment for substance abuse. Some facilities offer only short-term residential treatment, some offer only long-term treatment and others offer both, ranging from a few days to many months, based on patient needs.
Though not all rehab facilities offer “medical detoxification,” all people with an addiction to drugs or alcohol will experience intense physical and emotional changes and discomfort as their bodies react to withdrawal of the addictive substance. Many people use the term “detox” to refer to the period of time (ranging from a few days to a week) when the body is reacting to an addict’s decision to stop using.
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ABOUT ELEVATE ADDICTION SERVICES
Located on 28 acres of mountainside land in sunny Santa Cruz County, Elevate Addiction Services is a residential drug and alcohol treatment facility for adult men and women. The rehab offers a holistic alternative to traditional 12-step treatment, and most clients stay for an average of 90 days (though length of stay is flexible and may vary from client to client). Detox services are offered on-site.
Note, Elevate Addiction Services' previous ownership was Scientology-affiliated; however, the center has undergone completely new management and absolutely no ties to the faith remain.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Elevate’s treatment philosophy does not view addiction as a disease, but rather as a manifestation of deeper emotional, physical, and/or spiritual issues. The rehab states: “It is not part of our core beliefs to substitute drugs or alcohol addiction with other drugs or medications which alter cognitive or emotional functions.” After detox, clients must be willing to wean off any medication that the facility does not deem medically necessary, including anti-depressants.
The four-phase program offers individual counseling, daily educational groups, family therapy, and regular SMART Recoverymeetings. Clients also participate in yoga and hiking activities, as well as individually tailored fitness routines once they are physically ready.
Consultations with a nutritionist are also provided, and essential oils are used to help clients deal with stress and/or common aches and pains. Regular recreational outings include off-campus trips to the beach and forest.
A free aftercare program offers counseling and support to clients once they graduate.
According to Elevate’s website, many of the facility’s staff members are in recovery themselves. All counselors are licensed and certified.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Offering scenic views of Monterey Bay and Big Sur, the tranquil, 150-bed ranch-style campus has forested walking trails, landscaped gardens, a sauna, a gym, and an outdoor swimming pool.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Of the seven alumni surveyed by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing, five gave the facility positive reviews, while two gave the facility negative feedback.
The two unhappy former clients both claimed that Elevate’s marketing was misleading, particularly in promising treatment for co-occurring disorders and not delivering, as well as not disclosing its ties to Scientology; however, Elevate Addiction Services has undergone new management that holds no ties to the church of Scientology.
“I believe that I was misled by this program,” wrote T. “The program recently changed it's' name from Narconon to Elevate. They are also not equipped to deal with dual diagnosis.” E.L. offered his opinion that although all Scientology-affiliated management had been replaced during a transfer of ownership, he perceived the center's shortcomings to be a result of the faith's remnant effects: “Elevate uses...constant intrusive surveillance...to achieve their goals with clients...there are clearly leftover influences from Narcanon/Scientology, though they will deny it.”
But the other five former clients surveyed by Rehabs.com praised the program, describing staff as “extremely caring and compassionate” and treatment as “a really cool holistic program with a lot of helpful life skills and emphasis on fitness and nutrition.” Deanna also wrote about the facility’s serene environment and helpful activities in a representative review, telling Rehabs.com: “The environment is so welcoming and the amenities are such fun. They have art classes, music, exercise so you can really take advantage of things that appeal to you and keep you busy so you don't just sit and get inside your head all the time.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The five loved ones polled by Rehabs.com gave Elevate mostly positive reviews, except for K.H. who reported that their sister had a terrible experience at the rehab, backing up the two alumni complaints about its lack of treatment for co-occurring disorders, despite assuring K.H. they would be addressed.
But the other four reviews reported that their family and friends had positive experiences. “I can't recommend Elevate Addiction Services enough. My son has graduated from this facility and I could not be more pleased with the program,” wrote V.F. in a representative review. Dan added: “[The] facility is beautiful - on about 30 acres with an ocean view and there is a lot of space to move around…”
WHAT STAFF SAY
The two staff members who were surveyed by Rehabs.com both gave the facility glowing reviews and five out of five stars for treatment effectiveness. “I've worked with various addiction treatments for over 20 years now and this program encompasses the best of everything I've ever come across,” wrote W.T., while Dan told Rehabs.com: “Elevate is a modern and new approach to addiction treatment. It is a non-12-Step approach utilizing holistic and empowering therapies designed not only to stay sober, but to live the life one was meant to live.”
Fees start at $37,000 for 90 days. The facility also accepts numerous private insurance plans, including Humana, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Cigna.
Updated December 2016
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