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Joe Koelzer

Joe Koelzer
Joe Koelzer is a co-founder of The Clearing. He has years of counseling experience and a master’s degree in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica. After observing how depression and substance abuse impacted his wife’s life, Joe realized how broken our current system is for addiction and related mental health treatment. He witnessed firsthand how an evidence-based approach coupled with Spiritual Psychology saved Betsy and enabled her to gain control of her life. In co-founding The Clearing, Joe realizes his dream of creating and sharing this innovative approach with others in a structured clinical setting.
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Waiting for Permission to Alter Your Life in 2018? No More.

Here's what I know from helping hundreds of people struggling with addiction ... 

Your recovery looks much different when you gain confidence.

When you feel confident, you don't hesitate to make the decisions that are right for you. You don't go back and forth on your word, exhausting yourself with pros and cons. You don't shy away from your depression, anxiety, and trauma.

Instead, you do the work of healing your underlying core issues. You show up, speak up, and stand up. You live from your heart, with a deep sense of worth and belonging. 

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The Connection between Alcoholism and Anger

Did you know alcoholism and anger go together? For those suffering from alcoholism or addiction, do you want to let go of your self-defeating patterns and change your life for the better? If so, here’s something you might not have considered: connecting with your own buried anger.

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Preventing Relapse with a Holistic Drug Rehab Model

What is a holistic drug rehab approach and why is it important?

Many people believe that once they complete an addiction treatment program, their substance or drug abuse issue is done for good. But addiction recovery is a process, not an event. 

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Understanding Anger and Addiction (video)

How do anger and addiction go together? We get this question all the time at The Clearing. They are related, and when you add stress and anxiety you get a toxic cocktail that causes many to numb out with substances and other diversions. Read more to understand how these all fit together and what you can do about it to stop the cycle.

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The Clearing Receives Washington Treatment Center Licensing

Newly launched innovative residential treatment center approved for addiction, substance abuse, and mental health treatment.

Our official announcement! A deep, heartfelt, loving thanks to everybody who made this possible - dozens of folks who taught and inspired us, helped get our beautiful restored residence and facility up to standard, created and built our website, and pitched in on all the things a startup needs to get done. You've sacrificed as well and given us your trust and love. Thank you for all you've given. I also want to personally thank my wonderful, talented, committed and loving co-founder Betsy. You've shown faith in Spirit when things were challenging. Together, I believe, we've created something really, really special to help people transform their lives.

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Healing Underlying Core Issues: Key to Lasting Recovery

Many people who suffer from substance abuse, eating disorders, depression, anxiety or a combination of these often find themselves at a crossroads. When we’ve gone through a challenging experience, it’s difficult to think clearly. It’s natural to feel overwhelmed and out of sorts.

Children and young adults are too young to cope due to their limited life experience and not having the proper brain maturity to handle the situation.

As we age, these unaddressed issues may increase in intensity as the underlying core issues get pushed into the subconscious mind where they cycle repeatedly.

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Seattle Addiction Treatment and Medical Detox Options

Choosing a medical detox facility may be the first step you need to take on your road to recovery.

Medical detox itself comes in a variety of different forms and your medical detox program will be tailored to your own specific, individual situation and relates to the substances you’ve been using.

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How Much is Residential Rehab Really Going to Cost?

The question of rehab prices may not be the only consideration, but it is always among the most important ones in the residential rehab decision. In our previous post "How Much Does Residential Treatment Cost?" we talked in general about rehab prices, discussing what you should expect from a residential treatment center with rehab prices ranging from $20,000 to $65,000 per month.

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How Much Does Inpatient Addiction Treatment Cost? | The Clearing


Some inpatient residential treatment centers offer hotel-like amenities and can cost up to $100k/mo. 

Inpatient residential treatment programs are dedicated centers or facilities where people go and "check in" for a specific period of time for addiction treatment. These differ from outpatient addiction treatment programs, which are programs and facilities that people visit on an outpatient basis while they continue to live at home and work at their job.

People needing drug rehab or alcohol rehab often benefit from being able to remove themselves from their normal world and routine for focused, restorative healing at a dedicated inpatient residential treatment program.

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The Limits of Mental Illness Medications


Use of mental illness medications has been rising.

Americans with mental illnesses are now more medicated than ever.

At least 20% of adults are now taking at least one psychiatric drug such as antidepressants, antipsychotics and anti-anxiety medications, according to a WSJ article and analysis of pharmacy-claims data.

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