Combining Holistic and Medical Care at San Diego Luxury Rehabs

by Kayla Gill on August 27, 2021

In San Diego, luxury rehabs provide personalized care to each individual client. These facilities offer a combined approach, striking a careful balance between holistic treatment and medical care. In most programs, you’ll work closely with your team of providers to decide which modalities are right for you. For example, many clients choose to go through medical detox before starting a more holistic inpatient treatment program. 

Rehab is just the beginning, and some clients want to continue with a structured lifestyle after finishing inpatient treatment. In addition to rehab programs, San Diego is home to sober living facilities. Living in a safe, sober community helps many clients transition gently into the wider world.

It’s important to remember that recovery is a long and extremely personal process. And when you start your rehab journey in San Diego, you’re signing up for beautiful weather, seaside views, and a gentle way of life.

San Diego: City by the Sea

San Diego1 is the second-largest city in California. Home to many universities, it’s a destination for students and tourists from around the world. San Diego residents speak over 100 languages. In 2015, it was named one of National Geographic’s “World Smart Cities,” the only North American city to receive such an honor. 

The city is known for its temperate climate and beautiful beaches. Thanks to the beautiful weather, rehab centers in San Diego are able to offer year-round outdoor activities, such as gardening and fitness programs. Some sober living facilities are located just minutes from the coast. If you choose a program that asks residents to stay on-site, you can still expect to have access to outside space, be it a patio or a heated pool. 

San Diego is very accessible by plane, which is especially important for people just starting rehab. Lindbergh Field, the city’s international airport, is less than 10 minutes from downtown. Most rehab centers provide their clients with transportation to and from the airport, so make sure to talk to your admissions team while you’re making travel plans.

AToN Center in San Diego, California provides evidence-based, personalized treatment in a luxurious, home-like setting.


Rehab for People From all Walks of Life

The ethos shared by San Diego rehabs is informed by the rich, vibrant culture of the surrounding area. These facilities serve an eclectic community, offering special programs for specific populations. For example, AToN Center has an executive rehab program, tailored to meet the needs of high achievers. The program’s rational approach to treating executives struggling with addiction2 “is based on scientifically validated methods and emphasizes taking responsibility for one’s actions, without requiring an allegiance to a ‘higher power.’”

For people who prefer a more spiritual experience, residential treatment at AKUA Mind Body includes yoga, tai chi, and similar modalities. Their Indigenous Culture Program3 is specifically designed to meet the needs of native communities. This form of treatment utilizes “traditional healings along with modern therapies,” and combines “cultural competency, an individualized treatment, knowledge, and awareness of generational trauma addresses emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual healing. The spiritual practices and cultural teachings have been passed down throughout the generations and guided by a Native American cultural advisor.”

Personalized Plans of Care

San Diego rehabs tend to offer a personalized combination of medical and holistic treatment modalities. By moving away from the one-size-fits-all approach, these programs offer each client the specific kind of care that works for them. This highly individualized, evidence-based approach is hailed by researchers as “the future of substance abuse treatment4.” 

In order to achieve this high level of care, most San Diego rehab centers begin by conducting a thorough assessment of each client, and creating a unique treatment plan to meet their needs. For example, “AToN Center’s high Clinician to Resident ratio (1:2) allows for daily individualized treatment for those seeking respite from problematic drug and alcohol misuse5. AToN Center recognizes that a single modality doesn’t successfully meet the needs of every individual that is seeking recovery, therefore we offer a multitude of best practice addiction treatment methods in order to capture the needs of each client, including those with co-occurring mental health diagnoses.”

Another facility, BrightQuest San Diego, carefully assesses clients “to determine the most appropriate level of care and adjust the services and support needed as they progress through treatment. Our clinical programs6 provide a full spectrum of treatment choices for individuals and families looking to bring healthy change to their lives.”

These personalized treatment plans are most successful when clients can choose from a wide variety of healing modalities. To that end, San Diego rehabs tend to offer a combination of both medical and holistic care.

BrightQuest in San Diego offers a holistic and therapeutic community treatment approach for psychiatric disorders.


Medical Treatment

Medical detox helps clients physically recover from substance misuse. These programs are usually short, compared to inpatient rehab programs. Clients spend several days in a medical setting, closely monitored by doctors, while they detox and begin to heal. You’ll probably also have access to carefully structured discussion groups, such as 12-Step and/or SMART recovery groups.

Medically supervised detox is intended to keep clients safe and comfortable during a difficult time. Most of these programs expect patients to progress directly from detox to residential treatment. In San Diego, it’s possible to go through both processes at the same facility. Restore Detox Centers in Poway offers detox in a private home on a 4-acre estate. Saddleback Recovery addiction treatment center provides detox services and residential care at its homelike property in Escondido. And Betty Ford Center San Diego offers medically supervised detox to clients who require it before entering their residential treatment program.

Holistic Treatment

Most facilities in San Diego offer holistic healing through such modalities as yoga, acupuncture, meditation, tai chi, and more. AKUA Mind and Body, for instance, provides clients with access to “a full-service treatment program7 that offers a wide range of ‘east meets west’ treatment.”

These types of healing invite you to incorporate physical and spiritual health into your emotional recovery process. By learning new skills and having positive, healthy experiences, clients can gather personal evidence that it’s possible to live a fun and meaningful life, even (and especially) when they’re substance-free. 

Paracelsus Recovery AKUA Mind Body in San Diego offers round-the-clock intensive care just minutes from the beach.


Taking Therapy Outdoors

Thanks to the beautiful San Diego weather, many clients take up outdoor activities during treatment. At Shoreline Sober Living, for example, residents are encouraged to explore “national parks and scenic destinations that will inspire your recovery from addiction8. Bike, camp, hike and get into mother nature. Marvel at nearby scenic wonders like Los Padres National Forest, Coronado Beach, The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch and endless more.”

These experiences empower clients to create happy memories. By spending time outside, you can reconnect with yourself and the natural world. More athletic hobbies, like biking and hiking, also promote physical health. The act of choosing from this wide array of activities teaches you more about your own needs, and lets you practice making healthy decisions for yourself.

Starting Your Recovery Journey in Sunny San Diego 

Luxury rehabs in San Diego empower you to choose the modalities that suit you best. Recovery can be a lifelong process, and it’s always a highly personal journey. This is an excellent place for people who want to take an active role in choosing what healing means to them. 

Explore the luxury rehabs San Diego has to offer.


Reviewed by Rajnandini Rathod

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