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The Clearing Receives Washington Treatment Center Licensing

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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.

-- Joe Koelzer, Co-founder and CEO

Seattle, WA (PRWEB) May 13, 2014

The Clearing SPC, an innovative Washington treatment center specializing in a wide variety of addictive and limiting behaviors, today announced that it has received fully approved licensure from the State of Washington Department of Health and the State of Washington Department of Social and Health Services. The Clearing and its facility on San Juan Island, WA joins the ranks of Washington treatment centers as a licensed mental health and chemical dependency care facility.

“This is a tremendous milestone for us – the culmination of years of work and effort to bring this vision to life,” said Joe Koelzer, co-founder and CEO, The Clearing. “We started with a blank piece of paper and focused on creating an addiction treatment program that would provide the best opportunity for participants to heal the underlying core issues that were limiting their lives. We truly believe there is not another program like this in the country.”

joe-koelzer-betsy-koelzer-dr-scott-alpert-founders-sigsFor those suffering from substance addiction, alcoholism, depression, or other mental health disorders, it’s critically important to address the underlying core issues. Traditional 12 Steps-based residential treatment programs have often had limited success. The Clearing is a 12-steps alternative program that combines a myriad of conventional, spiritual and holistic therapeutic approaches to identify, address, and heal issues at their core.

The Clearing focuses on post-medical detox healing and transformation. The program is one of empowerment and personal responsibility – no shame, no guilt. Unique in the addiction treatment industry, participants enter and leave as a group, receiving 120 hours of uniquely personal individual and group counseling. Underlying core issues are identified and addressed to facilitate lasting healing.



Established in 2012, The Clearing SPC (Social Purpose Corporation) is a state-licensed residential treatment center specializing in a wide variety of addictive and limiting behaviors, including alcoholism, substance abuse, emotional stability, mood and eating disorders, and traumatic life events. The Clearing provides a structured, multidimensional inpatient treatment program incorporating both conventional and Spiritual Psychology, which enables participants to identify, address and heal issues at their core. Unique in the industry, participants join in a group for an immersive 28-day program in an extraordinary recovery center located on a 43-acre estate on beautiful San Juan Island, WA, about 75 miles and a ferry ride away from Seattle.

About The Clearing

The Clearing is a residential treatment center located on beautiful San Juan Island, Washington. We created The Clearing in response to the pervasiveness of treatment centers that focus more on luxury than modern, evidence-based therapy.

Our approach is based on healing the underlying core issues that cause addiction. If you'd like to learn more, contact us, or download our free eBook:

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Joe Koelzer

This post was written by 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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