The Clearing

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The Clearing is a holistic residential treatment center and 12-steps alternative that uses Spiritual Psychology to identify and heal issues at their core. The Clearing's participants join in a group for an immersive 28-day program in an extraordinary recovery center located on beautiful San Juan Island, Washington.

The Clearing Focus:


The goal of treatment for alcoholism is abstinence. Those with poor social support, poor motivation, or psychiatric disorders tend to relapse within a few years of treatment. For these people, success is measured by longer periods of abstinence, reduced use of alcohol, better health, and improved social functioning. Recovery and Maintenance are usually based on 12 step programs and AA meetings.

Mental Health and Substance Abuse

A combined mental health and substance abuse treatment center 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/Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment

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.

What does The Clearing offer?

Residential (inpatient) Treatment

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.

Treatment Types:

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.

Therapies Offered:

Holistic Therapy

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

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.

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.

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.

Experiential Therapy

Experiential therapy is a form of therapy in which clients are encouraged to surface and work through subconscious issues by engaging in real-time experiences. Experiential therapy departs from traditional “talk therapy” by involving the body, and having clients engage in activities, movements, and physical and emotional expression. This can involve role-play or using props (which can include other people). Experiential therapy can help people process trauma, memories, and emotion quickly, deeply, and in a lasting fashion, leading to substantial and impactful healing.

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.

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.

Nutrition Therapy

Nutrition therapy, aka medical nutrition therapy (MNT), is a way of treating physical, emotional, and medical conditions through diet. Good food, plain and simple. They are committed to providing delicious, home style, healthy and pleasing menus, using locally-sourced and organic ingredients when possible. The patient will enjoy three meals plus two healthy snacks per day.

Animal Therapy

Since The Clearing sits on working farmland, a lot of the work that their clients do involves animals. This method benefits both their clients and animals in a number of ways. First, studies show that animals are very therapeutic. It also teaches their clients that others can rely on them. The animals benefit from this deal as well. They’re used to people and crave human interaction. With so many animals, it’s hard to give all of them the attention that they deserve.

The Clearing Highlights:

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.
Dual diagnosis non 12-Steps program 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 the need for substances to cope. The patient will be amazed with how simple, powerful, intellectually engaging and transformative the process is.
Wildlife Centric
All Participants will be provided with their own private room and bath in their historic restored farmhouse. They’ve limited their size to 8 bedrooms on purpose so the client get the attention and care he/she needs. They’re not like those other huge residential treatment centers that sometimes cater to dozens or more than an hundred people at a time in some cases. They provide compassionate, personalized care.


  • Men and Women Allowed
  • Facility for Adults and Young Adults


  • Monthly Fee: $35,000.00
  • Private Health Insurance plans accepted
  • Treatment financing available
  • Cash payments accepted

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