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Alta Mira believes that recovery begins with empathy, dignity and compassion. Breaking the cycle of substance abuse, Alta Mira clients are empowered to create brighter futures for themselves and their families.



Joint Commission:

The Joint Commission, formerly known as JCAHO, is a nonprofit organization that accredits rehab organizations and programs. Founded in 1951, the Joint Commision's mission is to improve the quality of patient care and demonstrating the quality of patient care.

Joint Commission Accreditation: Yes

LegitScript Certified:

LegitScript has reviewed Alta Mira Recovery Programs as part of their certification program, and has determined that it meets the LegitScript standards for legality, safety and transparency.

LegitScript verified in November 2019


The National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP) is a professional association that represents organizations in the field of addiction services. Founded in 1978, NAATP's mission is to advance addiction services and ensure that high-quality addiction treatment is available and accessible.

NAATP Member: Yes
Member ID: 1765

State License:

State Licenses are permits issued by government agencies that allow rehab organizations to conduct business legally within a certain geographical area. Typically, the kind of program a rehab facility offers, along with its physical location, determines which licenses are required to operate legally.

State License: California




The goal of treatment for alcoholism is abstinence. Those with poor social support, poor motivation, or psychiatric disorders tend to relapse within a few years of treatment. For these people, success is measured by longer periods of abstinence, reduced use of alcohol, better health, and improved social functioning. Recovery and Maintenance are usually based on 12 step programs and AA meetings.

Dual Diagnosis:

Many of those suffering from addiction also suffer from mental or emotional illnesses like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, or anxiety disorders. Rehab and other substance abuse facilities treating those with a dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorder administer psychiatric treatment to address the person's mental health issue in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation.

Mental Health and Substance Abuse:

A combined mental health and substance abuse rehab has the staff and resources available to handle individuals with both mental health and substance abuse issues. It can be challenging to determine where a specific symptom stems from (a mental health issue or an issue related to substance abuse), so mental health and substance abuse professionals are helpful in detangling symptoms and keeping treatment on track.

Opioid Addiction:

Opioid rehabs specialize in supporting those recovering from opioid addiction. They treat those suffering from addiction to illegal opioids like heroin, as well as prescription drugs like oxycodone. These centers typically combine both physical as well as mental and emotional support to help stop addiction. Physical support often includes medical detox and subsequent medical support (including medication), and mental support includes in-depth therapy to address the underlying causes of addiction.

Insurance and financials:

  • Monthly: $70,000
  • Private insurance
  • Self-pay options


  • Adult program
  • Program for men
  • Program for women
  • Young adult program

Levels of care:


Medically Assisted Detox:

Drug and alcohol addiction often takes a heavy toll on one's body. Over time, a physical dependence can develop, meaning the body physiologically needs the substance to function. Detox is the process of removing drugs and/or alcohol from the body, a process that can be lethal if mismanaged. Medical detox is done by licensed medical professionals who monitor vital signs and keep you safe, healthy, and as comfortable as possible as you go through detox and withdrawal.

24-Hour Clinical Care:

At certain points in the recovery process, it's important to have support available 24/7. 24-hour clinical care offers a safe environment in which to recover from drug or alcohol addiction in peace, knowing medical detox and other treatment will happen with professionals on hand.

Intensive Outpatient:

Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) are for those who want or need a very structured treatment program but who also wish to live at home and continue with certain responsibilities (such as work or school). IOP substance abuse treatment programs vary in duration and intensity, and certain outpatient rehab centers will offer individualized treatment programs.


Residential treatment programs are those that offer housing and meals in addition to substance abuse treatment. Rehab facilities that offer residential treatment allow patients to focus solely on recovery, in an environment totally separate from their lives. Some rehab centers specialize in short-term residential treatment (a few days to a week or two), while others solely provide treatment on a long-term basis (several weeks to months). Some offer both, and tailor treatment to the patient's individual requirements.


12-step programs are addiction recovery models based on Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). A number of substance abuse programs (including some drug and alcohol rehab centers) use the 12 steps as a basis for treatment. Beginning steps involve admitting powerlessness over the addiction and creating a spiritual basis for recovery. Middle steps including making direct amends to those who've been hurt by the addiction, and the final step is to assist others in addiction recovery in the same way. 12-Step offshoots including Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Cocaine Anonymous (CA), Dual Recovery Anonymous (DRA), Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous (SLAA) and Gamblers Anonymous (GA).

Aftercare Support:

Completing a drug or alcohol rehab program shouldn't spell the end of substance abuse treatment. Aftercare involves making a sustainable plan for recovery, including ongoing support. This can include sober living arrangements like halfway houses, career counseling, and setting a patient up with community programs like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA).


Outpatient Programs (OP) are for those seeking mental rehab or drug rehab, but who also stay at home every night. The main difference between outpatient treatment (OP) and intensive outpatient treatment (IOP) lies in the amount of hours the patient spends at the facility. Most of the time an outpatient program is designed for someone who has completed an inpatient stay and is looking to continue their growth in recovery. Outpatient is not meant to be the starting point, it is commonly referred to as aftercare.

Clinical services:


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a therapy modality that focuses on the relationship between one's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. It is used to establish and allow for healthy responses to thoughts and feelings (instead of unhealthy responses, like using drugs or alcohol). CBT has been proven effective for recovering addicts of all kinds, and is used to strengthen a patient's own self-awareness and ability to self-regulate. CBT allows individuals to monitor their own emotional state, become more adept at communicating with others, and manage stress without needing to engage in substance abuse.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy:

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a modified form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), a treatment designed to help people understand and ultimately affect the relationship between their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. DBT is often used for individuals who struggle with self-harm behaviors, such as self-mutilation (cutting) and suicidal thoughts, urges, or attempts. It has been proven clinically effective for those who struggle with out-of-control emotions and mental health illnesses like Borderline Personality Disorder.

Experiential Therapy:

Experiential therapy is a form of therapy in which clients are encouraged to surface and work through subconscious issues by engaging in real-time experiences. Experiential therapy departs from traditional talk therapy by involving the body, and having clients engage in activities, movements, and physical and emotional expression. This can involve role-play or using props (which can include other people). Experiential therapy can help people process trauma, memories, and emotion quickly, deeply, and in a lasting fashion, leading to substantial and impactful healing.

Family Therapy:

Research clearly demonstrates that recovery is far more successful and sustainable when loved ones like family members participate in rehab and substance abuse treatment. Genetic factors may be at play when it comes to drug and alcohol addiction, as well as mental health issues. Family dynamics often play a critical role in addiction triggers, and if properly educated, family members can be a strong source of support when it comes to rehabilitation.

Group Therapy:

Group therapy is any therapeutic work that happens in a group (not one-on-one). There are a number of different group therapy modalities, including support groups, experiential therapy, psycho-education, and more. Group therapy involves treatment as well as processing interaction between group members.

Individual Therapy:

In individual therapy, a patient meets one-on-one with a trained psychologist or counselor. Therapy is a pivotal part of effective substance abuse treatment, as it often covers root causes of addiction, including challenges faced by the patient in their social, family, and work/school life.

Life Skills:

Life skills trainings involve all the skills a person must have in order to function successfully in the world. These include time management, career guidance, money management, and effective communication. Truly successful addiction recovery is based on the ability to not only live substance-free, but to thrive. Life skills teaches the practical necessities of functioning in society, which sets clients up for success in life, and therefore sobriety.

Motivational Interviewing:

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a clinical approach to helping people with substance abuse issues and other conditions shift behavior in positive ways. It is more goal-oriented than traditional psychotherapy, as MI counselors directly attempt to get clients to consider making behavioral change (rather than wait for them to come to conclusions themselves). Its primary purpose is to resolve ambivalence and help clients become able to make healthy choices freely.

Nutrition Therapy:

Nutrition therapy, aka medical nutrition therapy (MNT), is a way of treating physical, emotional, and medical conditions through diet. Specific dietary plans are designed by professional nutritionists or registered dietitians, and patients follow them in order to positively affect their physical and mental health.

Sound Therapy:

Sound therapy (aka sound healing or vibrational medicine) uses sonic vibrations to stimulate healing at the cellular level. Vibrations, either from the human voice or resonant objects like tuning forks, gongs, or Tibetan bowls, affect cellular resonance in the body, which can help heal the impact of anxiety, depression, trauma, and more.

Trauma Therapy:

Trauma therapy addresses traumatic incidents from a client's past that are likely affecting their present-day experience. Trauma is often one of the primary triggers and potential causes of addiction, and can stem from child sexual abuse, domestic violence, having a parent with a mental illness, losing one or both parents at a young age, teenage or adult sexual assault, or any number of other factors. The purpose of trauma therapy is to allow a patient to process trauma and move through and past it, with the help of trained and compassionate mental health professionals.

Setting and amenities:

  • Luxury accomodations
  • Lakeside
  • Private rooms
  • Meditation room
  • Massage room
  • Art activities
  • Hiking trails


Alta Mira Recovery Programs125 Bulkley AvenueSausalitoCA, 275-7200
Last Updated: 04/15/2023

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What are Samhsa's elements of recovery? ›

A person's recovery is built on his or her strengths, talents, coping abilities, resources, and inherent values. It is holistic, addresses the whole person and their community, and is supported by peers, friends, and family members. The process of recovery is highly personal and occurs via many pathways.

What is Samhsa's definition of recovery? ›

In consultation with many stakeholders, SAMHSA has developed a working definition and set of principles for recovery. Recovery is defined as: “A process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.

What are Samhsa's four pillars for lasting recovery? ›

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, or SAMHSA, these four pillars are health, home, purpose and community.

What are the four types of recovery? ›

Health: Overcoming or managing disease and living in a physically and emotionally healthy way. Home: a stable and safe place to live. Purpose: meaningful daily activities, such as a job, school, volunteerism and family. Community: relationships and social networks that provide support, friendship, love and hope.

What are the three types of recovery? ›

White defines three types of recovery capital:
  • Personal recovery capital. This includes an individual's physical and human capital. ...
  • Family/social recovery capital. ...
  • Community recovery capital. ...
  • Cultural capital.
Oct 8, 2019

What are the 3 principles of recovery? ›

Holistic: Recovery focuses on people's entire lives, including mind, body, spirit and community. Nonlinear: Recovery isn't a step-by-step process but one based on continual growth, occasional setbacks and learning from experience. Strengths-based: Recovery builds on people's strengths.

What are the two types of recovery? ›

There are two types of recovery: active and passive. Both recovery methods are important, and people may use one or the other at different points to suit their circumstances. In this article, we discuss the benefits of active recovery and how it differs from passive recovery.

What are the four tasks of recovery? ›

The four tasks of recovery. Four recovery tasks can be identified: developing a positive identity, framing the mental illness, self-managing the mental illness, and developing socially valued roles.

What are the 5 general rules for recovery? ›

Teaching clients these simple rules helps them understand that recovery is not complicated or beyond their control. It is based on a few simple rules that are easy to remember: 1) change your life; 2) be completely honest; 3) ask for help; 4) practice self-care; and 5) don't bend the rules.

What are the 3 steps for addiction recovery? ›

The five stages of addiction recovery are precontemplation, contemplation, preparation, action and maintenance.

What are the 5 tools of recovery? ›

7 Recovery Tools That Can Benefit Everyone Right Now
  • 1) Take it one day at a time, or even one hour at a time. ...
  • 2) Keep calm, and set boundaries that allow you to recharge. ...
  • 3) Find support with your tribe. ...
  • 4) Practice gratitude. ...
  • 5) Learn to be more comfortable with being uncomfortable. ...
  • 6) Create a healthy routine.

What are the top 5 recovery techniques? ›

Some of the most popular recovery techniques for athletes include hydrotherapy, active recovery, stretching, compression garments, massage, sleep and nutrition.

What is the best recovery method? ›

  • Sleep more. Sleep gives your muscles time to recover from exercise. ...
  • Massage. Many athletes incorporate massage in their training to reduce muscle soreness. ...
  • Compression garments. Wearing compression garments has become common among athletes over the past several decades. ...
  • Contrast water therapy. ...
  • Cryotherapy.

What are the 7 steps to recovery? ›

Over the years, I have reflected on my sobriety and recovery. I would like to share with you the 7 steps I had to go through throughout my journey. The 7 steps are: 1) awareness, 2) surrender, 3) readiness, 4) receptivity, 5) acceptance, 6) perspective, and 7) action.

What are the R's of recovery? ›

The four main goals of recovery nutrition are to: Restore, Replace, Repair, and Rest.

What is the most common form of recovery? ›

Immediate or short-term recovery – This is the most common form of recovery and occurs within hours after an exercise session or event.

What are the 12 steps of recovery in order? ›

What Are the 12 Steps to Recovery?
  • Step 1: Admit your life has become unmanageable. ...
  • Step 2: Accept that you need God to become sober. ...
  • Step 3: Decide to turn over your life to God. ...
  • Step 4: Honestly take stock of your life. ...
  • Step 5: Admit your wrongs to yourself, God, and others.
Jul 3, 2020

What are the most important factors in recovery from a drug addiction? ›

It is important for individuals in recovery to eat well, exercise, meditate, have proper sleep-hygiene, and engage in other such self-care behaviors that support their mental wellness and addiction recovery.

What factors are most important in recovery? ›

An important factor in the recovery process is the presence and involvement of people who believe in the person's ability to recover; who offer hope, support, and encouragement; and who also suggest strategies and resources for change.

Which type of recovery will make you recover faster? ›

Getting proper rest is easily one of the most effective ways to recover from any form or degree of physical exertion. Sleep allows your body to repair its muscle tissue. Hormones, such as human growth hormone and testosterone, increase during sleep, which helps you perform even better the next day.

What are some recovery workouts? ›

Examples of active recovery exercises include:
  • Swimming.
  • Tai chi or yoga. Practicing tai chi or yoga can be beneficial for active recovery. ...
  • Walking or jogging. Walking is one of the best forms of active recovery. ...
  • Cycling. ...
  • Myofascial release with a foam roller.
Dec 18, 2019

What techniques are commonly used during recovery? ›

Some of the most popular recovery techniques for athletes include:
  • hydrotherapy,
  • active recovery,
  • stretching,
  • compression garments,
  • massage,
  • sleep and.
  • nutrition.

What is the most common mental disorder? ›

Of those, the three most common diagnoses are anxiety disorders, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). These three conditions make up around 30 percent of all diagnoses of mental illness in America. While they share many of the same qualities, they're also significantly different from one another.

What is the 10th step in recovery? ›

These daily practices are the subject of Step 10 of the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous: "Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it." Here the word "inventory" means taking stock of our emotional disturbances, especially those that can return us to drinking or other drug use.

What is the disarm method? ›

The DISARM method allows individuals experiencing cravings to carefully and rationally answer a few key questions. The results will help the person to understand that the urge truly can be overcome, and that as success is experienced, the urges will be less strong and will occur less frequently.

What is step 7 and 12 step recovery? ›

Step Seven of AA's Alcoholics Anonymous Twelve Step program of recovery is about getting rid of character defects and replacing them by practicing humility & spiritual principles. Working on the seventh step requires constant thoughtfulness and commitment to being honest, courageous and humble.

What does the 12 steps of recovery mean? ›

The 12 Steps outline a path to spiritual progress through a series of actions designed to elicit what The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous refers to as a “psychic change” – a complete mental, emotional, and spiritual shift in perception. We believe the 12 Steps can be a critical element of a long-term recovery program.

What is the rule of 3 addiction? ›

The rule of 3 is that the hardest times in beating an addition is on day 3, during week 3 and during month 3. For me this is when i want them, crave them and MUST MUST have them.

What are the three pillars of addiction? ›

A major tenet of a successful drug addiction treatment program is to overcome the stigma of substance use disorder with empathy, knowledge, and understanding. These align well with the three pillars: Therapy, Support, and Education.

Can you do the 12 steps alone? ›

It is highly encouraged that you do not attempt to take these steps alone, but rather with a trusted guide called a sponsor who can walk you through them and be your support. Or, you can come work them at a Guardian Recovery Network treatment program.

What are the three P's in smart recovery? ›

(You can throw in the 3 Ps as well… Practice, Patience, and Persistence.) The results achieved are in direct proportion to the work and effort put in.

What are the 8 domains of recovery? ›

1) Physical and mental health; 2) Family, social supports, and leisure activities; 3) Safe housing and healthy environments; 4) Peer-based support; 5) Employment and resolution of legal issues; 6) Vocational skills and educational development; 7) Community integration and cultural support; and 8) (Re)discovering ...

What do the four R's of recovery refer to? ›

Based on the available evidence, we have identified a mnemonic entitled the 4R's which stands for Rehydrate, Refuel, Repair, and Rest.

What are the 5 critical elements of recovery? ›

These five elements act as the foundation from which recovery is built. Foundations of faith, motivation, health, self, and action are used to reinforce positive mental processes by incorporating basic fundamental truths and evidence-based tools necessary for personal transformation.

What are the 5 core elements of the recovery model? ›

Elements of recovery
  • Connectedness and supportive relationships. ...
  • Hope. ...
  • Identity. ...
  • Formation of healthy coping strategies and meaningful internal schema. ...
  • Empowerment and building a secure base.

What are the 8 dimensions of recovery SAMHSA? ›

SAMHSA's Wellness Initiative supports embracing the Eight Dimensions of Wellness—emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, occupational, physical, social, and spiritual—to achieve longevity and improved quality of life.

What are the 5 key concepts of recovery? ›

WRAP is a structured system for monitoring wellbeing and is underpinned by five key recovery concepts: hope, personal responsibility, education, self advocacy and support.

What is the so called first rule of recovery? ›

The most important rule of recovery is that a person does not achieve recovery by just not using. Recovery involves creating a new life in which it is easier to not use.

What is the most important factor in recovery? ›

An important factor in the recovery process is the presence and involvement of people who believe in the person's ability to recover; who offer hope, support, and encouragement; and who also suggest strategies and resources for change.

What is wrap recovery? ›

WRAP® is a wellness and recovery approach that helps people to: 1) decrease and prevent intrusive or troubling feelings and behaviors; 2) increase personal empowerment; 3) improve quality of life; and 4) achieve their own life goals and dreams.

What is the 8th step in recovery? ›

Step 8: “Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.” The pathway toward renewal and personal growth in recovery is a gradual one. The 12 Step program of Alcoholics Anonymous provides the framework to slowly but surely attain this new mindset.

What is the 5 step plan in recovery? ›

What Are the Five Stages of Change? The five stages of addiction recovery are precontemplation, contemplation, preparation, action and maintenance.


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