Treatment Center Setting
The Clearing Philosophy
The Clearing is a non-12 step, dual diagnosis residential treatment center specializing in substance abuse along with issues associated with depression, self esteem, trauma and loss. Recovery takes on a whole new meaning here. We don’t subscribe to the traditional recovery dogma of powerlessness and dependence. Instead, you’ll depart our program with authentic empowerment, clarity, and mastery of the tools and strategies to achieve the life you want. We are an evidence based psychological healing approach. We focus on healing the underlying core issues that cause addiction and other limiting behaviors. With core issues healed, you‘ll eliminate anxiety, depression, hopelessness, low self-esteem, and the the need for substances to cope. You’ll be amazed with how simple, powerful, intellectually engaging and transformative this work is for you.
Areas of Specialization
This term describes one-on-one therapy, in which a patient and trained counselor, social worker, psychologist or psychiatrist meets privately with a patient to discuss challenges related to lifestyle, work, family and romantic relationships that may have contributed to the development of an addiction.
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.
Facilities that offer “holistic therapy” see and treat patients in the context of their entire lives and health status. They treat the “whole person,” not just the addiction.
Evidence-based addiction treatment is tough, if not nearly impossible to find in the US. That is, until The Clearing opened.. I encourage you to check them out.
Meet the Staff
Dr. Scott Alpert
Co-Founder, Clinical Director
Dr. Scott Alpert has worked in the mental health field since 1994. For the past ten years Dr. Alpert has worked at a Mental Health Urgent Care center in the Los Angeles area helping people in extreme crisis. During his career, Dr. Scott has seen over 8000 patients. Scott has perfected the unique combination of spiritual and clinical psychology in an extraordinarily effective and endearing way. Scott is an avid open sea kayaker, musician and author. He enjoys hiking, reading and backgammon. Scott is also a certified massage therapist.
Joe Koelzer has spent his career in business consulting having worked with over 200 emerging growth businesses in the past twenty years. In the creation of this extraordinary program, Joe realizes his long-held dream of teaching the Principals of Spiritual Psychology to others. In founding The Clearing, Joe holds no principle more highly than bringing this program forward for the Highest Good of All Concerned. Every aspect of this business is founded and implemented with this desire foremost in his consciousness.
Co-Founder, VP of Operations
Betsy Koelzer brings to The Clearing the only practical, real-life experience as an addict and alcoholic. In fact, everything her co-founder and husband Joe knows about dealing with a dysfunctional personality, he learned from her. Irreverent yet spiritual, Betsy blends this into a unique pattern of counseling that is gentle, authentic, refreshing and healing usually works if there is plenty of coffee. Having actually been to treatment twice, and loathing both internments with an undiminished intensity, Betsy is uncommonly motivated to bring this program forward to fellow survivors.
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ABOUT THE CLEARING
Located in Friday Harbor on the San Juan Islands of Washington State, The Clearing is a dual diagnosis residential rehab center for adult men and women. The facility, which only admits 10 clients at a time, offers treatment for substance abuse, eating disorders, and co-occurring mental health issues.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Treatment plans last a continuous 28 days, with all group members starting and finishing the program at the same time. Detox services are not available on-site, but The Clearing will refer clients to one of the nearby medical detox facilities if needed.
The Clearing prides itself on its unique and highly personalized residential program. Rather than having resident intake and discharge throughout the month, the facility accepts clients in one cohesive group. Participants go through treatment at the same pace in an effort to avoid disruption and disconnection within the inpatient community. The facility is so confident in its approach that it offers a “Treatment Guarantee” — if a former client experiences a reemergence of the issues for which they were treated, that client may return and repeat the program free of cost (space permitting).
The Clearing’s treatment methods are not based on the 12-Steps. Instead, the facility offers a Spiritual Psychology program, which teaches 21 principles of healing and recovery created by two professors from the University of Santa Monica. This is combined with evidence-based practices and rational emotive therapy. Clients receive individual counseling and group therapy, and also participate regularly in psychological workshop sessions.
The staff leading the facility include a Ph.D. level clinical director with over 20 years of experience in the mental health field, a VP of operations with first-hand experience as an addict, a CEO with academic credentials in both business development and spiritual psychology, a director of complementary therapies, and various administrative personnel.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The Clearing is situated on a 64-acre working farm and housed in a former bed and breakfast. Residents live in cozy private bedrooms with desk areas and attached bathrooms. Plenty of opportunities for physical fitness and activities are offered, including walking the many trails that surround the facility. Meals are prepared by a chef and include locally sourced ingredients whenever possible.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
An alum of The Clearing, John, shared a positive experience in a Rehabs.com survey. “This facility is located in a uniquely beautiful and peaceful place. That and the 'spiritual psychology' based treatment program is deeply effective and sustaining.”
The facility also received many five-star reviews on Facebook, including one post from Doug. “The Clearing is an unbelievable place with a great program! The staff is unmatched, the facility is comfortable and inviting and the atmosphere around the farm is peaceful and serene,” he wrote. “[The staff] showed me love, compassion, respect and gave me the tools I need to start my life anew.” Philip added: “What they teach should be learned by everyone! I am always recommending this program to people I care about!”
The Clearing’s entire 28-day program costs $35,000. The fee covers counseling, meals, and any other program expenses. The center accepts most forms of insurance.
Updated February 2016
Published on June 2016
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