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 Element||The Clearing||Typical 12-Step Residential Program|
|Private room and bath||√|
|Begin and end as a group||√|
|Program builds progressively||√|
|Alternative therapies inclusive||√|
|San Juan Island||√|
|Fresh, seasonal locally-sourced food||√|
|After care program||√||Some|
|Cell phone privileges||√||Shared landline|
|Thorough screening process||√||Some|
|Loving, caring staff||√||Some|
|12 step program||√|
Private Room and Bath
Each Participant will have their own private room and bath.
Participants enter and leave as member of a group. This unique approach avoids the disruptions caused by people entering and departing the group throughout the month. Other programs intake and discharge clients daily, creating a distracting and disjointed experience.
Program Builds Progressively
A group that begins and ends together allows for a structured, solid, progressive program of learning. Everyone moves forward at the same pace, one day building upon another.
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.
Alternative Therapies Included
A number of alternative therapies are available to all Participants at no extra cost, including but not limited to massage, acupuncture, nutritional counseling, exercise, hiking, yoga, and animal and art therapies.
The Clearing publishes its Program charges – no surprises or hidden costs. Our pricing is about half the cost of many comparable residential treatment centers. See our rehab price comparison – how much is residential rehab really going to cost? for more information.
Acupuncture, one of the main forms of treatment in traditional Chinese medicine, adjusts and alters the body’s energy flow into healthier patterns, and is used to treat a wide variety of illnesses and health conditions. Participants are encouraged to participate in acupuncture once a week at no additional cost.
San Juan Island
The Clearing is located in a peaceful atmosphere on 64 acres on San Juan Island, part of a group of nearly 200 islands collectively known as the San Juan Islands, about 75 miles north of Seattle, WA in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
Fresh, Seasonal, Home Style Food
Good food, plain and simple. We are committed to providing delicious, home style, healthy and pleasing menus, using locally-sourced and organic ingredients when possible. You’ll enjoy three meals plus two healthy snacks per day. We want you to always look forward to mealtime!
Located on a 64-acre working farm with a variety of animals, our holistic residential treatment enter is part of one of the most picturesque locations in North America.
Participants will come out of the program as changed individuals. Family and friends are invited to attend a Family Workshop during the final three days of the Program in order to facilitate reintegration and understanding of the Participant’s growth.
Upon arrival at The Clearing, you will meet with a nutritionist who will provide a personal nutritional assessment. Throughout the Program, you will meet for personal sessions, group presentations and cooking classes. Our intention is to leave no stone unturned in support of your optimal healing.
Massage therapy is the therapeutic manipulation of tissues of the body to reduce muscle tension & remove impurities. The Clearing provides a staff massage therapist and encourages participants to take advantage of massage weekly. The cost is included in the Program.
After Care Program
Graduates will be armed with a full set of counseling skills and other techniques that will help them address future challenges. In addition, support continues after completion of the Program, including access to our staff, other graduates, online support and continuing education workshops. Graduates are contacted regularly as part of our after care protocol.
We understand you have email relationships you desire to maintain over the course of the Program. Due to HIPAA regulations, we are unable to allow personal computers onsite; however, you are welcome to check out an Internet-enabled laptop to maintain contact with friends and family. Work is discouraged; this time is for your personal healing.
Cell Phone Privileges
Like laptops, we understand cell phones are a critical tool of everyday life. While we are unable to accommodate your personal phone because of HIPAA regulations prohibiting cameras onsite (to ensure privacy), you will be able to check out a phone during appropriate hours to maintain contact with friends and loved ones.
Insurance plans and coverage vary widely, and many insurance plans cover residential treatment. Some of The Clearing’s Program fees may be covered by your insurance. At this time, we will be an “out-of-network” provider under your insurance plan. We look to you for full payment upfront and then you get reimbursed by your insurance company, based on your plan coverage. For planning purposes and budgeting, we are currently developing a standard estimated “bill” with all the insurance codes on it so that you can work with your insurance provider to see roughly what they will reimburse. We will help in any way we can.
Thorough Screening Process
Applicants are carefully screened for their ability to authentically participate in our Program. Our application helps us better understand the applicant and their needs.
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.
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.