Sacred Space Retreats Philosophy
At Sacred Space Retreats, individuals struggling with addiction are invited to participate in a residential substance abuse treatment program that emphasizes holistic therapies as a means of treating addiction. Situated in a rural, mountainous region of Middletown, Calif., Sacred Space Retreats incorporates the natural environment into individuals' recovery process, encouraging patients to reassess diet and lifestyle choices as a means of overcoming addiction. Rather than prescribing traditional withdrawal medications such as Buprenorphine, Sacred Space provides patients with non-narcotic natural supplementation to offset withdrawal symptoms. Viewing the individual as a holistic whole, Sacred Space Retreats encourages patients to investigate the source of their addiction, using therapies such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) to assist patients in understanding and confronting the sources of their addictions.
Areas of Specialization
Are you suffering from withdrawal symptoms from Paxil, Prozac, Wellbutrin, Klonapin, Xanax, Oxycotin, Alcohol, cigarettes, Methamphetamines and similar types of anti-depressants, anti-anxiety, opiates and tranquilizers,or other coping substances? Withdrawing off of these medications can be much easier when you have mind, body, spirit support. Contact us today for help in overcoming Acute Pharmaceutical Toxicity and withdrawal from these medications.
Martial arts can be an important tool in the rebuilding of your success. This involves exercises where we demonstrate some movements and you have to repeat and replicate the movement. By practicing the same moves over and over you cause for your body to eventually submit to what your mind is telling it to do. This makes you become more in alignment mind and body. And in this way you get stronger from the inside out. To become ONE.
Meet the Staff
Anusha Amen-Ra, B.A.,N.C.,C.M.T.
CEO/President, Program Director, Nutrition Consultant
Anusha Amen-Rais a Nutrition Consultant specializing in internal cleansing and detoxification. His certification from Bauman College includes Diet Counseling, Nutrition Education and Clinical Nutrition. Mr. Amen-Ra has personal clients worldwide and his organizational clients include 24-Hour Fitness, the AIDS Project of the East Bay, Walden House Adolescent Residential Facility and Breast Cancer Awareness Planning Committee of Bayview-Hunters Point. Prior to opening his nutrition consultancy, Anusha worked in Biomedical Diagnostic sales for Curtin Matheson Scientific, managed the Good Earth a vitamin/ health food store , and was a U.S. military officer. He holds two B.A. degrees from the University of South Florida and his travels include the Philippines, Europe, Egypt and India. Anusha has been in private practice for 18 years and is the CEO / President of Sacred Space Healing and Retreat Centers International, Inc. .I have developed many programs to support the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health of people. "There is a Holistic Alternative for every aliment. Giving people an option other then traditional approaches is imperative at this time."
Dr. Lawrence V. Tucker
I'm a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology; and a Diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine practicing in pharmacological management of psychiatric disorders (ADD, mood disorders, anxiety, brain SPECT imaging and addictionology). I've researched traumatic brain injuries and Sports Psychiatry and I'm a distinguished member of the International Society of Sports Psychiatry. I attended the UCLA School of Medicine and stayed at UCLA for my internship and residency in Psychiatry and Neurology. I also served in the US Marine Corps, Infantry and was in 3 combat actions: Grenada, Panama, and Desert Storm.
I've worked in the juvenile and adult justice system in LA, in California's Regional Center and with children in foster care and group homes who struggle with addiction and/or mental illness. I also served as the Medical Director of Windstone Behavioral Health and Suboxone Clinic.
My paradigm of treatment is, "Treat a person, not a diagnosis!" I use a holistic model and incorporate exercise, diet, therapy, supplements and psychopharmacological therapies. I co-authored the book "Failure to Launch" and have served as an expert witness on numerous court cases requiring a forensic psychiatrist.
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ABOUT SACRED SPACE RETREATS
Sacred Space Retreats is located in the rolling hills of Cloverdale, Calif., about an hour and a half north of San Francisco. The lodge-style, luxury facility offers a full continuum of treatment for individuals struggling with substance use and co-occurring disorders, including a residential and intensive outpatient program (IOP). Detox services are available onsite, which only 14% of residential facilities in California provide.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Treatment at Sacred Space is a holistic process, addressing emotional and spiritual recovery along with the physical aspect of addiction. In the initial detox stage, clients can choose between working with a medical doctor or holistic detox specialist. Some treatment plans incorporate prescription medications, while others focus on removing prescribed substances, such as antidepressants, from the client’s system.
Clients pursuing residential treatment plans typically stay from one to three months. Each course of treatment draws from an array of evidence-based and experiential practices, which include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), trauma-focused eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, motivational interviewing, solution-focused brief therapy, relapse prevention counseling, educational groups, and several services that address fitness and nutrition.
Following the initial detoxification phase, clients begin a “physical renewal” phase. During this period, clients may practice yoga or martial arts, begin taking natural supplements, participate in a liver or kidney cleanse, spend time in a sauna, and receive massages or acupuncture therapy. Clients also participate in 12-Step or alternative self-help fellowships.
According to the facility's website, the intensive outpatient program is available to individuals who live locally and do not require the intensity of residential care to sustain recovery.
Sacred Space's treatment team is led by the program’s director who holds a certification in clinical nutrition. He works with a psychiatrist who is board-certified in addiction medicine and contributing author to the book, Failure to Launch, which focused on dependent adult children.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Sacred Space Retreats accommodates a maximum of four clients at any one time. Residents stay in private, comfortably furnished bedrooms with flat screen TVs, private restrooms, WiFi, and direct access to outdoor seating areas. Photographs on the center’s official Facebook page feature a swimming pool, nearby walking trails, forested areas, and natural sauna hot springs. The facility’s official Facebook page notes that the original facilities were lost in a 2015 area wildfire, and services at the current location launched in September 2016.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The one alum, Linda, polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing gave a negative review and indicated that they would not recommend Sacred Space Retreats. While she awarded the facility four out of five stars for its general accommodations and meals, she gave just two stars for its holistic offerings and one star for the quality of counseling provided. The former client described the facility as having an “unhealthy environment,” but added: "However, finished my goals and I'm now off all medications."
An extended Yelp review, self-referenced by the same individual, offered further details and represented the staff as unprofessional and argumentative. However, of the three total Yelp reviews, this was the only negative one.
Two positive Yelp reviews, both of whom gave the facility four out of five stars, highlighted the setting, the varied treatment practices, the quality of food, and the supportiveness of staff. One alum wrote that she had tried other rehab centers but needed “to receive both encouragement and insight, physical and mental nourishment and (most important to me) to simply be...”
The other reviewer commended the program’s vegan meals and highlighted a variety of activities, including “readings from spiritual oriented books,” outings to San Francisco, and “Kung Fu.” They described the program as “An excellent alternative to more traditional centers. Plus the best green drinks in town.”
While no information regarding costs is provided on the facility’s website, the center states that it does accept some insurance coverage and provides staff assistance in verifying benefits.
Published on April 2018
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