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ABOUT FOUR CIRCLES RECOVERY CENTER
Located in the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains, only 15 minutes outside of Asheville, N.C., Four Circles Recovery Center is a wilderness-based program for young adults, ages 18 to 28, who are struggling with addiction and/or co-occurring mental health issues. Grounded in 12-step principles, Four Circles incorporates clinical and holistic elements into its gender-specific treatment programs.
Although length of stay ultimately depends on the particular needs and background of each individual, Four Circles requires a minimum 42-day commitment, and offers treatment plans that can extend past three months. Detox services are not available on-site.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
In line with the core belief that men and women respond differently to drugs and alcohol, programming at Four Circles is gender-specific. Accordingly, men’s and women’s living quarters, therapeutic services, and wilderness activities are all separate.
Treatment consists of a blend of evidence-based modalities and holistic therapies that collectively aim to meet each individual’s physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs (hence, the four circles). In addition to receiving individual, group, and family therapy, clients attend courses and partake in treatments such as 12-step meetings, nutritional classes, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), art therapy, yoga, journaling, reading, and life skills training.
Four Circles encourages loves ones to participate in weekly family therapy sessions by phone, and attend monthly two-day family workshops, both designed to engage and educate family members.
The facility also offers a 21-day relapse prevention track for individuals who have relapsed after completing treatment at any rehab center within the past year.
Four Circles’ treatment team consists of licensed professionals, social workers, and therapists who come from diverse backgrounds in the substance abuse treatment field. The facility’s website makes mention of its contracted psychiatrist and nurse practitioner, both of whom are can be made available within 24 hours when necessary.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Central to Four Circles’ programming are its wilderness expeditions, which are designed to help individuals build confidence, foster self-reliance, and obtain real world skills in a challenging natural environment. Camping and cooking out, in combination with adventure activities such as canoeing, rock climbing, fly fishing, and whitewater rafting make up the trip curriculum.
Outings usually last anywhere from a week to 10 days, and are followed by three to four days of service projects, meetings, and various therapeutic activities on campus, before heading back out to the wilderness again.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Three alumni polled by Rehabs.com to date gave Four Circles mixed reviews, with one alum rating the facility five out of five stars, the other two stars, and the third only one-star in treatment effectiveness, meals and nutrition, and accommodations and amenities. All alumni wrote that food and nutrition were subpar. Two alumni wrote favorably about the staff but rated the facility’s counseling options and affordability as mediocre with two- and three-star ratings. The one-star reviewer wrote: “This place costing $1,800 a day (without insurance) is complete robbery.”
On Google, Four Circles received more favorable reviews, with an average 4.4- out of five-star recommendation from 26 reviewers to date. Reviews were mostly polarized between one and five stars. Supporters mainly described the program’s adventure therapy as hardy and a good way to escape societal distractions while critics wrote the program was too religious and dangerous for people seeking recovery from addiction.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Two loved ones wrote polarized reviews of Four Circles to date. Loved one Tammy rated the facility five out of five stars for its holistic treatment options and counseling services, and wrote glowingly about the facility’s staff and communications between the facility and family. But loved one D.E. criticized Four Circle’s poor program and lack of amenities, calling the facility a “prolonged detox center.”
Specific information regarding Four Circles’ treatment costs are not available, but the facility’s website does state that they will work with insurances to provide the highest possible reimbursement. Healthgrove reports the center accepts Medicare, state insurance, and Access to Recovery Vouchers.
Updated February 2017
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