12-Steps Alternative

The Clearing is an alternative to 12-Steps programs. Our Program is one of empowerment and personal responsibility – absolutely free of shame and guilt. We teach participants mainstream psychological strategies and counseling techniques blended with the Spiritual Psychology to address underlying issues at their core.

How We’re Different vs. Typical 12-Step Programs

Program ElementThe ClearingTypical 12-Step Residential Program
Spiritual Psychology  
Private room and bath  
Begin and end as a group  
Program builds progressively  
Self-counseling strategies  
San Juan Island  
Fresh, seasonal locally-sourced food  
Working farm  
Family Care  
After care program Some
Email privileges Some
Cell phone privileges Shared landline
Insurance coverage
Alternative financing Some
Thorough screening process Some
Individual therapy
Dual diagnosis Some
Loving, caring staff Some
12 step program  

Spiritual Psychology

The Clearing is the first residential rehab treatment program founded on the Principles of Spiritual Psychology

Self-Counseling Strategies

Our program teaches Participants self-counseling strategies and Basic Skills which can be used to regain and retain control of their lives. These skills are fundamental to future success; participants continue to apply these healing methods and techniques for the remainder of their lives.

Active, Not Passive

Participants actively engage, take responsibility, and are part of their own healing. The successful Participant is willing to authentically participate to the best of their ability.

Individual Therapy

In addition to daily workshops, Participants also receive individual and small group therapy sessions.  Each Participant will receive over 120 hours of psychological workshops, group and individual therapy sessions over the course of the Program.

Dual Diagnosis

Some Participants may have co-occurring disorders, known as dual diagnosis. For example, substance addiction is often coupled with depression or other condition.  Our Program treats both conditions concurrently.

Free eBook

Want to learn more about how our approach differs from traditional 12-Steps based treatment? Download our Free eBook, Another Look at the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.

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