West Coast Recovery Centers provides comprehensive, gender responsive treatment for substance use disorders in an intimate, very personalized environment. The program is therapeutically driven with an emphasis on holistic health and healing created to facilitate and fasten change for long-term recovery. Our size enables us to tailor our program to emphasize and meet our resident’s specific needs, offering the best therapeutic milieu for each individual.
At West Coast Recovery Centers we understand that recovery is not a one size fits all proposition. In fact, we honor how important your journey is in finding a path that works for you. Our intention is to provide a multitude of therapeutic modalities, coupled with 12-step and non 12-step support. We respect our resident’s capacity to create a personalized discharge plan from this framework. Our function is to help each resident translate these tools into their own lives allowing a successful transition beyond WCRC.
The 5 Facets of WCRC’s Program to Strengthen Core Values and Institute Long-Term Change
- Life Skills
Embrace life and the opportunity to recover amidst the sand, the sunsets, and the sea of the West Coast, an amazing new beachfront home at the waters edge.
A centered mind is one key ingredient in a life of longterm recovery. At WCRC, this work is explored through a joint effort of a diverse, multi-disciplinary clinical team and a willing and active client. Through a comprehensive assessment process and a transparent, collaborative effort with our residents, comes a highly individualized treatment plan.
The clinical milieu includes: Neuro Optimal Neuro-Feedback, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Hypnotherapy, Somatic Experiencing, Equine Therapy, Ropes Course, Mindfulness, Psycho-
Education, Psycho-Drama, Process Group, Transition Planning, Yoga, Nutrition as science and life skills, Cooking, Codependency and Family Systems, Sweat Lodge, Sound Bath and Sound Healing work, Acupuncture, mindfulness and guided mediation, educational and occupational consultancy, and Fun.
The essential components for physical health are a specific balance of nutrition, exercise, and rest. WCRC believes that the elimination of chemicals is just the beginning of the recovery process. The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) states, substance use disorder “…has become one of the most severe health and social problems facing the United States.” Science has shown that a comprehensive approach to treating this disorder is most effective when including a physical wellness and nutrition component. Balancing wellness, and nutrition in recovery helps create a new patterns and a mind-set of feeling good naturally. People suffering from substance use disorder almost always experience some level of malnutrition, therefore a proper diet is vital to recovery.
On a weekly basis, residents are guided through the process of budgeting and planning healthy and nutritious meals for breakfast and lunch. Dinner is prepared each night by 2 residents. These dinners are inspired by work done with our nutritionist and the chef in groups centered on strengthening living skills and emphasizing the importance of nutrition in recovery.
Our schedule focuses on physical activity at least once daily, and more on weekends. Yoga, surfing, rock climbing, and working with a personal trainer, are a just a few of the types of exercise each resident is encouraged to participate in. Exercise produces the “chemical messengers” in the brain and body that elevate mood, control metabolism and helps to alleviate anxiety and depression.
Allowing the body time to rejuvenate is essential. Sleep and relaxation techniques create a sense of peaceful calm, aiding in cellular repair and rejuvenation. Creating a wellness plan and being consistent with diet, exercise, and rest, will better equip our residents to meet life’s new and exciting challenges.
Spirituality is deeply personal and comes in many forms. At WCRC we try to keep it as simple as can be. Spirituality means the one true self or the guiding voice inside. It is simply that I know myself, that I have internal integrity and that I can set healthy intentions in my life.
Our residents come to us living in dissonances, which more often than not, leads to duplicitous lives that are at odds with each other. This inner voice has been dulled and may no longer be audible, or at the very least is ignored a good portion of the time. A positive shift in one’s spirit is empowering and can be instrumental in the process of recovery.
At WCRC, we place an emphasis on our residents finding their own center, a place where their recovery will flourish. We encourage the exploration of different types of spiritual practices and techniques. We collaborate with a variety of organizations to enable each resident to discover a path, if any, that resonates with them. If a resident is already on a spiritual path, we encourage them to seek continued growth in their practice.
One of the most important components of insuring long-term success in recovery is systemic family change.
Building family consensus is one aspect of our family coaching and accountability curriculum. A clinician will initiate a weekly call with each family to help identify and plan their own journey for health in recovery. A second, optional call will include both current and alumnus families who want to find support amongst their peers. This call will allow our alumnus families to guide our newer families through the pitfalls and triumphs that they have experienced on their new path. We find that as peer support is imperative to the success of our residents, equally so, it is for their families.
Learning how to love, forgive and let go is paramount in moving together into family recovery. WCRC will hold on-site family workshops. Here, our families will continue to learn and practice new ways of supporting each other through experiential therapy and communication exercises. This time will help solidify new patterns that will support long-term recovery and inspire change!
The World Health Organization and UNICEF define core life skills as: problem solving, critical thinking, effective communication, decision making, creative thinking, interpersonal relationship skills, self awareness building skills, empathy, coping with stress and coping with emotions.
While a majority of people learn the skills needed to live a fulfilling life, people suffering from substance use disorder become stunted and often spend their time dedicated to less productive endeavors. This leaves our residents without the proper tools to be successful in life once they find recovery. In many respects, our residents are incredibly smart, very talented people who have been resourceful in supporting a lifestyle that has been counter productive up to this point. It is important to build on these talents while learning new skills that will be indispensable to moving forward in a life of recovery. Life Skills enhance personal development and responsibility, promoting integrity and accomplishment.