Singing Trees Recovery Center

2061 US-101, Garberville, California, 95542



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About the Facility


Singing Trees Recovery combines the best of both medical and social model approaches to substance abuse treatment. The residential rehab reinforces 12-Step concepts and principals while engaging clients in intensive therapeutic activities designed to uncover underlying issues. When treatment is complete, the hope is that graduates will leave the facility armed with the tools necessary to maintain of lifetime of sobriety, as well as the ability to enjoy and embrace all that life has to offer.



The term “12 Step Program” describes a way to recover from addiction that is based on the model developed by Alcoholics Anonymous. Many drug and alcohol treatment centers base their treatment on 12 steps – the first three of which are situational, the next four addressing the practical issues created by the addiction, followed by two steps focused on making amends for hurting others. Steps 10 and 11 involve a deeper examination of the previous steps and the final step is focused on helping others avoid and recover from addiction.

Individual Therapy

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.

Facility Highlights
  • Educational Groups
  • Twelve Step Concepts
  • Relapse Prevention
Meet the Staff
Pattie Watson

Pattie Watson


Co-founder of Singing Trees Recovery Center. Prior experience includes Community Activist, sixteen years in Southern Humboldt Recovery Center and a 52-year resident of Humboldt County.

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John Laudenschlager

John Laudenschlager

Program Counselor

10 years in recovery community. Employed six years with Singing Trees Recovery Center. Two years of Addiction Studies, through College of the Redwoods.

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Established in 1991, Singing Trees Recovery Center is located in the midst of the Redwood forest in northern California just south of Garberville. The organization serves adults struggling with substance abuse through several residential treatment programs and on-site detoxification. According to its website, the facility “respects the resident’s right to make his/her own choices and to recover at a pace that is comfortable for them.”

Within the state, Singing Trees Recovery Center is among 15 percent of substance abuse treatment facilities that offer residential, non-hospital detoxification, 24.7 percent that provide short-term, residential care, and among 33.6 percent that provide long-term (30+ days) residential care.


Singing Trees Recovery Center offers a range of residential treatment options. These include seven-day detox, as well as residential programs ranging from 14 days to 90 days. Clients may choose to extend the length of their treatment at any time with proper staff notice and approval.

The 30-, 60-, and 90-day treatment programs consist of three phases. During initial phases, clients focus on identifying core issues and developing strategies to address them, as well as working on the first three steps in the 12-step model, participating in educational sessions, and interacting with their counselor on designing a targeted treatment plan with measurable goals.

The 60-day consolidation phase brings together the learnings and concepts conveyed for a deeper dive into understanding and facilitating recovery. Participants develop coping and relapse prevention skills, continue to move through the 12-step model, address achievement of the goals of their treatment plan through a final review, and continue to attend group meetings and sessions.

The 90-day, re-integration phase emphasizes helping clients transition back into the community. Areas of focus include vocational and educational goals planning, applying for part-time work, attending off-site 12-step meetings, finding and interacting with a sponsor, and sharpening relapse prevention strategies and skills. Individual, group, and family counseling remain parts of the regularly scheduled activities during all phases.

Family participation is encouraged throughout treatment. Counseling services for families are available as needed. Clients are encouraged to rebuild family relationships whenever possible. Aftercare is available free of charge for one year to graduates, as are two recovery retreats.


At Singing Trees Recovery Center, the staff includes directors, counselors, case managers, a nutrition educator, night supervisor, and a chef.


Singing Trees Recovery Center offers, as described on its website, a “beautiful and serene recovery environment.” The rehab’s lush forest backdrop provides a rustic setting for the cabin-style houses, where clients reside in shared bedrooms. The main lodge features expansive outdoor seating areas, wood furnishings, and an exercise room with workout equipment and a ping-pong table. Recreational opportunities include swimming in the Eel River, as well as walking and hiking on the grounds and forest.


At the time of this writing, the sole former client who reviewed Singing Trees Recovery Center for submitted favorable feedback. The anonymous alum awarded five stars for consistency, holistic offerings, overall group, staff experience and training, as well as four stars for conflict resolution, extracurricular activities, individual counseling, respect, and safety. “This has changed my life and that of hundreds of others,” the alum wrote, reporting long-term recovery.

On secondary sites, Singing Trees Recovery Center received positive coverage to date: 4.8 out of five stars based on four reviews on Google; and three stars based on four reviews on Yelp. [1] [2] Among positive reviewers, two alumni credited the facility with saving their life, such as Helen on Yelp, who wrote: “Singing Trees saved my life, I learned how to rebuild my life and rebuild the relationships that matter. It is pricey but its an investment in a better future.”


The four loved ones who reviewed Singing Trees Recovery Center for submitted split opinions: two favorable, two unfavorable. Positive reviewers awarded perfect five stars for facility cleanliness and upkeep, family involvement, pricing, and staff support. One reviewer wrote: “Singing Trees is the best facility in the country for addicts. It’s been a godsend for many of my loved ones.”

On the other hand, loved one I.A.N. rated facility cleanliness and upkeep positively but not the other survey metrics and summarized the experience for as: “Good physical position, not good results.“


At the time of this writing, Singing Trees Recovery Center accepts insurance, including plans from Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross of California, APS Healthcare Systems, MHN, and TARP, and is part of the Cigna Behavioral Provider Network.

[1] GoogleReviews


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  • Mb
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    They saved my husband! Completely compassionate staff. Gentle yet stern. I am just so pleased. My husband recalls his time there fondly and is now nearly two years sober! I just can't say enough good things about this place. As someone who has worked in rehab facilities, this is what a place for recovery looks like. Thank you, Swinging Trees
  • Ian
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    Good physical position, not good results.
  • anonymous
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    They genuinely care about you - its not a factory farm for treatment. Singing Trees is the best facility in the country for addicts. It's been a godsend for many of my loved ones.