Treatment Center Setting
- Residential Neighborhood
- Beach Community
Sober Techniques Philosophy
Sober techniques offers upscale amenities to ensure that all of our clients can recover in comfort. we create individualized addiction treatment programs for each client. Every treatment plan is designed from a dual diagnosis approach. This allows our clinical team to address and treat both the physical and psychological side effects of long term addiction.
Through detox and intensive therapy both facets of the disease are targeted, which allows our team to set clients up for sustained sobriety and a brighter future.
Areas of Specialization
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.
Client & Family Support Groups
Group therapy is a vital component of addiction recovery treatment, considered as important and effective (sometimes even more so) than individual therapy. Benefits include reducing isolation and loneliness and providing the opportunity to learn from others in recovery. In the addiction setting, group therapy is run by trained professionals who guide participants toward a shared goal of recovery.
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 SOBER TECHNIQUES
Sober Techniques is a luxury rehab center located in the Southern Californian beach town of San Clemente, midway between Los Angeles and San Diego. It offers a full spectrum of care for adult men and women struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders: clinical (though not medical) detox, residential treatment, and outpatient treatment at a couple of intensities. Vivitrol treatment is available.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Before entry, clients may receive free testing for alcohol and substance abuse and free consultations with a certified clinician. Within one to two days of entry, clients receive assessments to help customize their treatment plans.
Treatment is based on the 12-Steps, and the center’s descriptive materials also highlight relapse prevention work, family involvement, mutual peer support, personalized treatment planning, and finding the underlying causes of the client’s addiction. Besides 12-step meetings, treatment modalities include individual, group, and family counseling; case management; exercise; and weekend excursions. The facility’s website implies that residential treatment lasts 90 days and notes that aftercare and post-treatment planning are available but does not provide further details.
Outpatient care is offered at two intensities: an intensive outpatient program (IOP) and a general outpatient program. Both use the 12-step model, group and individual counseling, mentoring, and a workbook designed to encourage self-reflection and growth. In the IOP, each client is assigned a therapist and a case manager, and is assessed through psychiatric evaluation within a week of enrollment to see what requires the most attention. This information is used to put together a customized program. The IOP lasts anywhere between one and six months, and includes 15 hours of therapy per week.
Both outpatient tracks focus on life skills, educational and professional development, and relapse prevention. Loved ones can receive updates on clients’ progress from their case managers. The facility will also keep in touch with law enforcement and other agencies on clients’ behalf, if necessary.
Staff consists of certified, licensed clinicians, therapists, case managers, and recovery workers, all who have many years of experience in the industry. Many staff members are also in recovery, having stayed sober for many years.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Treatment is offered from three suburban family homes, which are staffed 24/7 and include meals cooked by an on-site chef, according to the facility’s website. Photographs online display swimming pools, full kitchens, gardens, patios, balconies, a pool table, flat-screen TVs, and shared bedrooms. A gym is also available on site. Transportation and meals are provided for clients of the IOP.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Five alumni polled by Rehabs.com to date all rated Sober Techniques very positively, rating the facility four and five out of five stars for treatment effectiveness, meals and nutrition, and accommodations and amenities. Each alum praised the staff as compassionate and professional. Alum C.E.P. wrote: “The home I stayed in was awesome and so were the people. Got a little bored with the food but it was okay.”
On Google, 24 reviewers to date rated Sober Techniques an average 4.5 out of five stars, with three negative reviews, one mixed review, and 20 positive reviews. While the few negative reviewers complained of disorganization and poor accommodations and nutrition, reviewers overwhelmingly praised the dedicated staff, professional program, and homey location near the beach. Alum Anthony wrote: “I personally felt that being near the beach was very therapeutic for me in my recovery but what I really liked most about this place is the staff.”
According to its website, Sober Techniques accepts most insurance policies. Monthly prices for treatment vary but are generally around $25,000.
Updated May 2017
Published on June 2017
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