Treatment Modalities

West Coast Recovery Centers offers a highly individualized treatment experience for its clientele, which begins with the development of a personalized plan to meet each individual’s recovery and treatment goals. By acknowledging the unmet personal needs which underline and inform a substance abuse disorder, our approach allows for a high rate of success. The relapse rate of WCRC clientele is significantly below the national average, thanks to a blended approach of traditional and Buddhism-inspired therapies: we provide an expansive list of options, enabling clients to proceed with what works best for them.

Our comprehensive approach includes evidence based treatments, holistic treatments, alternative treatments, and 12-step and non-12-step approaches to recovery. Our goal at West Coast Recovery Centers is to provide a memorable and successful treatment experience. If you have any questions, concerns, or need clarification, we will be more than happy to assist you. Addiction treatment is a complicated, multifaceted process, which must be tailored to the unique needs of each client if it is to be successful. At West Coast Recovery Centers, we recognize and understand the ways in which those needs manifest, which is why we take the time with each client to find the recovery process that will be most effective. Contact us at  855-927-2687 for more information.

WCRC Addiction Recovery Services

WestCRC offers substance abuse and co-occurring mental health treatment for adult men and women in gender responsive transitional living programs. Clients reside in our sober living facilities, then engaged with an intensive outpatient treatment program.  WestCRC provides varied treatment modalities to meet the clients recovery needs. Below is a brief overview of the therapeutic and holistic services we offer.

  • AccuDidge: This unique combination of acupuncture and sound healing is offered by Specialist, Barbara Seymour, LAc, MS.  Barbara utilizes the evidenced based National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) Five Point Protocol while playing the healing sound of an Aboriginal didgeridoo.  Research strongly suggests the Five Point Protocol reduces cravings and anxiety and increases sleep.
  • Bridging the Gap: In this gender responsive group, clients investigate how their faulty belief systems shape their perception of reality.  Through experiential and interactive processes, clients’ faulty belief systems are challenged.  Clients are provided choice points in which to hold on to maladaptive beliefs or adopt belief systems that support intentional living.
  • Case Management and Referral Services:  Sometimes clients entering treatment need support acquiring their basic needs.  WestCRC offers referrals to resources helping clients in need of food, housing, medical, and transportation. WestCRC also provides referral services to other community outreach organizations as needed.
  • Cooperative Communication: This is a gender-responsive group designed to meet the individual needs of both men and women.  Clients receive education in effective communication styles.  They will distinguish the difference between disempowering and empowering methods of communication. This process begins with the clients examining hidden beliefs that motivate their current communication style.  The clients become aware of their self-image and thought process (self-talk), and how this relates to their ability to communicate in a cooperative manner.   
  • Creative Expression:  WestCRC values the therapeutic benefits of creative expression.  Research shows that utilizing creativity as a therapeutic intervention yields decreased symptoms of anxiety and depression and increased enjoyment and satisfaction according to client and clinician reports (Caddy, Crawford & Page; 2012).  WestCRC clients participate in Rock to Recovery.  With the help of an expert musician, the clients collaboratively create music by writing lyrics and developing rhythm and beat using professional equipment.  The songs are recorded and are published on Soundcloud.  Additionally, clients participate in Expression through Creative Arts groups weekly.   The specific art projects are designed to allow clients to become more vulnerable and engage with their emotional bodies in ways that don’t require explicit verbal processing. Clients also learn to practice mindfulness and stress reduction, identify inner inspiration and confidence, and challenge old patterns of negative self-talk through the subjective process of art.  In addition, through the reflection and feedback received from peers, clients are receiving validation while building interpersonal skills.
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy: (DBT) is a mindfulness based treatment and among the third wave of behavioral psychological treatments.  DBT has been extensively researched and is recognized as an effective treatment for a sequelae of disorders associated with difficulties in emotional regulation issues such as Borderline personality disorder, substance abuse, post-traumatic stress, eating disorders, self-injury and suicidal behaviors.  DBT Skills groups are one component of the full DBT, focused on enhancing clients’ capabilities through behavioral skills training.  DBT theorizes that all behavior is explainable. DBT skills train individuals to make more effective choices in line with their goals.
  • Empowerment:  In this gender responsive group, clients learn how to break through barriers, release limiting beliefs, and learn to live from a place of joy.  This group cultivates compassion, kindness, validation, and encouragement.  Using experiential techniques and humor, clients are moved towards motivation, empowerment, and transformation. This group is facilitated by Renee Kohn, a national transformational speaker.
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing: (EMDR) is an integrative psychotherapeutic approach, which has been researched extensively and proven effective for treating psychological trauma.  Studies show that EMDR increases blood flowing to the prefrontal and limbic cortices of the brain, which allows the brain to process traumatic memory.  This allows traumatic memory to be recalled without emotional and physiological triggers.
  • Family Counseling: West Coast Recovery Centers values family as an integral piece of the recovery process. Since the family is often times the client’s primary support system and can be impacted by the disorder, their involvement can be critical in the treatment process. Families are given the opportunity to learn about substance abuse and how it affects not only the user, but also the family system.  WestCRC offers weekly family and couples therapy.
  • Gender Responsive Programming: In developing the men’s and women’s programming for our transitional living and OP programs, WestCRC considers the gender specific issues of socialization, psychological development, exposure to trauma, and life experiences.  WestCRC uses five core practices in developing gender responsive programming: relational approach, strengths-based approach, trauma-informed, culturally competent, and holistic approach (Core, 2005). 
  • Group Therapy: Clients participate in topic groups and process groups while at WestCRC.  Topic groups allow clients to consider new thoughts and ideas and become educated on a particular topic.  Process groups are an opportunity for clients to discuss thoughts, feelings, and experiences with their peers and a group facilitator in a safe and structured environment.  Group therapy is a great opportunity to give and receive feedback while learning to communicate thoughts and feelings in an effective manner.
  • Individual Therapy: Clients receive a minimum of two individual therapy sessions per week during their sober living experience, and up to two individual therapy sessions weekly during our intensive outpatient program (IOP). These ongoing sessions will be devoted to exploring methods of dealing effectively with the barriers listed in the treatment plan. The therapists will utilize an array of therapeutic modalities to overcome problematic thoughts, feelings and behaviors.
  • Individual Transition and Recovery Planning: WestCRC utilizes William White’s Recovery Capital Model.  Upon admission, clients begin cultivating internal and external resources to facilitate their transition to the least restrictive level of care and eventually to independent living.   Developing a healthy social network is one of the four pillars of Recovery Capital emphasized while in treatment.  Clients will be introduced to 12-Step, SMART, Refuge Recovery, and community meditations as part of their treatment while at WestCRC, as well as utilize these experiences in developing their individualized transition plans.
  • Mindfulness and Meditation: The holistic practice of mindfulness and meditation aims to enhance self-discovery by slowing down thoughts and being “present in the moment”. These methods of self-discovery can assist in becoming more in tune with your mind and body while enhancing an increased sense of control over your thoughts, feelings and behaviors (NAMI, 2012). While in treatment, clients will participate in Guided Meditation, Walking Meditation, Mindful Self-Compassion, Sound Healing, Guided Imagery, Deep Breathing Exercises, Yoga, and Creative Arts Expression.
  • NeurOptimal Neurofeedback:  Clients will receive a minimum of two NeurOptimal neurofeedback sessions per week at our men’s and women’s transitional living facilities. NeurOptimal interacts with the central nervous system and takes advantage of the brains natural ability to reprogram (neural plasticity) itself. This noninvasive therapy increases the mind and body’s ability to “bounce back” from traumatic events that may cause hyper-arousal, depression, lethargy, disassociation, inability to sleep, nervousness, anxiety, repetitive or self-critical thinking, etc. NeurOptimal creates “flexibility” in the brain, which allows you to be more adaptable to internal and external stimuli. After a few NeurOptimal neurofeedback sessions, users report feeling more focused, calm and centered, less bothered by doubts and insecurities and are more apt to experience confidence and satisfaction (
  • Self-Compassion Training: Having self-compassion is comprised of understanding common humanity and practicing mindfulness and self-kindness, whereas lack of self-compassion indicates feelings of isolation, self-judgement, and over-identification with thoughts and emotions.  Research shows that individuals that develop self-compassion skills are more likely to tolerate distress and employ emotional regulation as internal coping strategies (Vettese, Dyer, Li, and Wekerle; 2011).  WestCRC utilizes a gender responsive approach to self-compassion training.
  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: (SP) is a trauma focused therapy and is the first comprehensive model to integrate neurobiology, attachment theory, and non-touch body psychotherapy.  This phase oriented treatment focuses initially on stabilization and symptom reduction, prior to processing the traumatic memory and the integration of new competencies.  Its effectiveness lies in interventions for identifying and working with disruptive somatic patterns, disturbed cognitive and emotional processing, and the fragmented sense of self experienced by so many traumatized individuals.  SP focusses on reestablishing a somatic sense of self as the foundation for being in the world.  WestCRC utilizes a gender responsive approach to SP.
  • Substance Abuse Psychoeducation:  Clients receive substance abuse psychoeducation covering topics, such as relapse prevention, triggers, coping with stress, the addiction cycle, stages of change, managing cravings, family dynamics and family roles, psychopharmacology, relationships in recovery, building recovery capital, and coping with high risk situations.
  • Vocational Counseling and Training:  Clients meet weekly for Life Skills group where they develop individualized vocational and educational goals.  Through individual and group therapy, clients receive training and support in resume writing, job search strategies, interviewing techniques, applying for financial aid and registering for classes.
  • Yoga: Clients participate in gender responsive yoga therapy weekly.  Studies have shown that yoga increases the levels of the neurotransmitter GABA, which is low in individuals that suffer from stress, anxiety, depression and substance abuse. Yoga takes advantage of the brain’s neuroplasticity, which is often the same characteristic that makes change so difficult. Depression, anxiety, stress, and other negative emotions activate the body’s nervous system in addition to emotional regions of the brain. The body eventually settles into these patterns, and even if the mind has insight, the body will continue to activate these physiological patterns unless this insight is embodied—literally. While traditional therapies work only with the mind, yoga works with the mind and body simultaneously, allowing for the embodiment of insights (Ricchuito, D. Yoga as an adjunct therapy for substance use Vol.12 No.5 P.8).

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