The Clearing

2687 West Valley Road

The Clearing is a residential treatment center and non-12-step alternative that uses Spiritual Psychology to identify and heal issues at their core. The Clearing's participants join a small group for an immersive 28-day program in an extraordinary recovery center secluded on San Juan Island, in the Puget Sound of Washington State. The facility is on a beautiful and serene 43-acre estate.


At The Clearing, they believe in focusing on the underlying issues that cause addiction and other limiting behavior. They provide dual diagnosis treatment and a non-12 step approach.

The Clearing is a dual diagnosis residential treatment center specializing in alcohol abuse, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, and other conditions. Recovery takes on a whole new meaning here. The guest will depart from the program with authentic empowerment, clarity, freedom from the bonds of addiction and other debilitating challenges with mastery of the tools and strategies to achieve the life they want.

They offer a dual diagnosis and non-12-Steps programs specializing in alcohol & substance abuse and other conditions. Focusing on the underlying core issues that cause addiction and other limiting behaviors. With core issues healed, the guest will eliminate anxiety, depression, hopelessness, low self-esteem, and the need for substances to cope. The patient will be amazed with how simple, powerful, intellectually engaging and transformative the process is.


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I think that the treatment looks better on the brochure than it feels in real life. I hated this.
The experience at the Clearing was the most traumatic I have ever encountered. Advertising as a dual-diagnosis facility is shameful. No one on the premises has any formal mental health training, nor does anyone possess credentials from an accredited institution. The owners and staff are ill-equipped to deal with anyone who asks thoughtful, intelligent questions. I do NOT recommend this program to anyone who has a real addition or mental health issue. If you are looking for a place to solely work on your spiritual development, this program may be a good fit. On the positive side, the location is beautiful, and the food is good.
You leave with tools, friends/allies and a new outlook. I’m actually sober now, it’s really amazing.
This program at Clearing has changed my life, they gave me an opportunity to engage in many different therapeutic modalities including amount others song, equine, adventure, group and individual sessions with experts in each field who care.
My experience was horrible. I would not recommend this program to someone struggling with mental health issues. The manner in which participants are treated is much less than empowering. Individual sessions with “a therapist” are normally curriculum-centered sessions with a former participant who is licensed to practice under the coowner psychiatrist. Not a therapist The hierarchical structure is not participants-focused healing. Ask questions before enrolling- specific questions regarding your individual counseling hours promised, and who those sessions are with. If encouraged to stop medication before attending as many of us were-ask more questions-
I am writing this review based on my visiting and attending a family training in support of a friend who attended. My friend had no substance abuse issues and was there to deal with chronic depression and anxiety. In meeting the therapists there and being introduced to their methodology I found that the therapeutic approach was limited and did not waiver according to who their client was. If a client did not respond well to the therapy approach presented, that client was accused of not having the mental health issue that they were there for. My friend was called a liar and an actor who really did not experience depression and anxiety. This was a damaging experience for my friend. If you connect with the program that's great. But if they can't help you they were aggressive in attacking the individual for not being well. The therapists are only versed in the therapy approach they present and have no deep knowledge and training in alternative approaches. I strongly would not recommend.



The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Established in 1992 by congress, SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on American's communities.

SAMHSA Listed: Yes

State License:

State Licenses are permits issued by government agencies that allow rehab organizations to conduct business legally within a certain geographical area. Typically, the kind of program a rehab facility offers, along with its physical location, determines which licenses are required to operate legally.

State License: Washington
License Number: 160600


Adult Programs

Elderly Programs

Young Adult Programs

Smoking Permitted

Beds Available : 10

Treatment Duration : 28 days

Programs for Women

Programs for Men


Private Insurance

Self-pay Options

Payment Assistance

Monthly Fee : $45,000.00

Financing Available

Level of Care:


Their sessions run for 28 days. Groups begin and complete the course together, thereby eliminating interruptions caused by participants coming and going throughout the month. This also allows them to create a cohesive and supportive group. The Program builds progressively, one day upon another; continuity is an important part of the process. Mondays through Saturdays are spent in active sessions and alternative therapies. Sundays are a free day – visitors are welcome on Sunday afternoon. Their program includes workshops, individual therapy, group therapy, homework, projects, reflective time, reading and meditation. All these activities help identify, explore and heal the core mental and emotional issues underlying challenging behaviors.

Holistic Treatment:

Rather than focusing solely on addiction, holistic treatment facilities treat patients in terms of their whole being. Holistic treatment is about more than just addiction and sobriety – it addresses the person’s life in its entirety, including career, physical, familial, and spiritual aspects.

Non 12-Step:

One reason for their high success rate is their non-12-step rehab approach. Most rehab centers use a traditional 12-step program. These programs take a textbook approach to treating addiction. At The Clearing, they know that everyone is different, and the same process doesn’t work for everyone. Their 12 steps alternative program offers more flexibility than traditional substance abuse programs. Another benefit of non-12-step programs is that their therapists work extensively to discover the underlying cause of an addiction. To truly help the patient with addiction, they dig deep to find out what caused the problem in the first place. Some of the benefits of their non-12-step program include: efective counseling strategies loving and caring staff.

Individualized Treatment:

Certain drug and alcohol rehab centers have standard treatment regimes they expect all patients to follow. Others offer individualized treatment, meaning they tailor treatment to a person’s specific background and needs. For example, a rehab facility may adjust a treatment program to take into account the type of drug or addiction from which the person suffers, their age, medical condition(s), religious beliefs, or lifestyle. At The Clearing, they create a unique program for each of their clients to meet their individual needs.

Aftercare Support:

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 their staff, other graduates, online support and continuing education workshops. Graduates are contacted regularly as part of their after care protocol.

Treatment Focus:

Mental Health and Substance Abuse:

A combined mental health and substance abuse rehab has the staff and resources available to handle individuals with both mental health and substance abuse issues. It can be challenging to determine where a specific symptom stems from (a mental health issue or an issue related to substance abuse), so mental health and substance abuse professionals are helpful in detangling symptoms and keeping treatment on track.

Dual Diagnosis:

Many times Participants have co-occurring disorders, for example substance addiction coupled with depression and/or anxiety. This is known as dual diagnosis, and treatment for both conditions simultaneously leads to more complete healing. The Clearing’s staff is trained to address and treat dual diagnosis Participants. Their unique Spiritual Psychology residential treatment is holistic in nature and perfectly suited for these conditions. They teach Spiritual Psychology Basic Skills and counseling strategies which can provide healing for multiple disorders and conditions concurrently.

Therapy Programs:

Individual Therapy:

In individual therapy, a patient meets one-on-one with a trained psychologist or counselor. Therapy is a pivotal part of effective substance abuse treatment, as it often covers root causes of addiction, including challenges faced by the patient in their social, family, and work/school life.

Eating Disorder Treatment:

Eating disorders include anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, and dysfunctional eating patterns. Many psychologists and other mental health professionals consider eating disorders to be food addictions, meaning food is being used in an addictive way (similar to drug or alcohol addiction). Certain substance abuse treatment programs will have treatment for eating disorders as one of the services offered. An eating disorder may also present as a co-occuring disorder or dual diagnosis alongside drug and alcohol addiction.

Group Therapy:

Group therapy is any therapeutic work that happens in a group (not one-on-one). There are a number of different group therapy modalities, including support groups, experiential therapy, psycho-education, and more. Group therapy involves treatment as well as processing interaction between group members. The Clearing offers three group sessions per week.

Life Skills:

Life skills trainings involve all the skills a person must have in order to function successfully in the world. These include time management, career guidance, money management, and effective communication. Truly successful addiction recovery is based on the ability to not only live substance-free, but to thrive. Life skills teaches the practical necessities of functioning in society, which sets clients up for success in life, and therefore sobriety.

Trauma Therapy:

Trauma therapy addresses traumatic incidents from a client's past that are likely affecting their present-day experience. Trauma is often one of the primary triggers and potential causes of addiction, and can stem from child sexual abuse, domestic violence, having a parent with a mental illness, losing one or both parents at a young age, teenage or adult sexual assault, or any number of other factors. The purpose of trauma therapy is to allow a patient to process trauma and move through and past it, with the help of trained and compassionate mental health professionals.

Rational Behavior Therapy:

Rational Behavior Therapy (RBT) is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy meant to be short-term and comprehensive. It was intended to help clients become more self-sufficent and move forward without the need for expensive, ongoing therapy. It includes an emotional self-help method called “rational self-counseling,” the purpose of which is to give clients all the skills needed to handle future emotional issues by themselves, or with significantly less professional help.


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The Clearing
Last Updated: 05/21/2019

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