Treatment services tailored to the individuals needs

By providing patient-centered care and focusing on the individual needs for treatment, services, and therapeutic interventions we have the ability to best serve every individual. At SLO Recovery Center we recognize that drug addiction and alcoholism is a complex disease that requires a comprehensive and unique approach for every person. We offer an integrated care approach focusing on substance use disorders, mental health conditions and/or co-occurring behavioral health conditions.

  • Individualized interventions
  • Biopsychosocial assessments
  • Psychiatric evaluations for mental health
  • Individual sessions every week with a primary counselor
  • Individual sessions for mental health
  • Medication management and 3rd party management of pharmacotherapy
  • Drug and alcohol screenings and labs
  • Group counseling and therapy
  • Untangling dysfunctional family systems/family therapy
  • LGBTQ affirmative counseling
  • Facilitation to outside community support meetings
  • Trauma Informed Care


SLO Recovery Center treats the whole person from the point of crisis to the beginning of a productive, useful way of living. Each level of care at SLO Recovery Center starts with an assessment of each patient and their circumstances. That assessment allows placement into Detoxification, Partial Hospitalization Programming (PHP), Intensive Outpatient Programming (IOP) or Outpatient services. SLO Recovery Center believes the true success of each patient is based upon the skills taught throughout the entire treatment process. The levels of care offered at SLO Recovery Center start with evidenced-based intensive therapies of PHP and end with the ongoing support of our Aftercare program. Treating the whole person is our primary goal.



SLO Recovery Center provides a structured program of outpatient services as an alternative to inpatient care. PHP treatment is provided during the day and doesn’t require an overnight stay. At SLO Recovery Center, PHP is a stabilizing structured day track that includes Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Relapse Prevention, DUI services, and 12 step recovery support. We also utilize yoga, Rock to Recovery, Healing Arts, acupuncture and community-based activities to treat the whole person. PHP at SLO Recovery Center can vary from 5 to 30 days depending on the severity of a patient's symptoms.



SLO Recovery Center allows patients to participate in their daily affairs, such as work or school, and then participate in treatment at times which can bring balance to their recovery process. At SLO Recovery, IOP is a flexible day or evening track that consists of 9-15 hours a week and includes Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Relapse Prevention and DUI services. IOP is often the next step down from Partial Hospitalization Programming (PHP).

IOP at SLO Recovery Center teaches and practices skills that can allow relief from cravings and eventual relapse back to substance abuse. During this period, patients develop a variety of self-imposed interventions and continue to stabilize their daily life. Most IOP services at SLO Recovery Center will range 30-45 days.



SLO Recovery Center can be appropriate in many situations as an initial level of care for patients with less severe disorders, or for those who are stepping down from more intensive services. Outpatient services can also be for those who are stable and need ongoing monitoring, support and disease management. Outpatient at SLO Recovery is a flexible day or evening track that helps patients integrate into the community while promoting self-efficacy.

Patients in Outpatient will learn to self-check and use their new skills in the community, as well as self-monitor their symptoms. Outpatient at SLO Recovery Center often lasts approximately 30-45 days.



Ambulatory detox is an outpatient medical treatment program for those suffering from an addiction of any kind. An ambulatory Detox is a cost-effective option for many people since these patients are able to spend the night in the comfort of their own homes while receiving high-quality treatment during the day. At SLO Recovery Center Ambulatory Detox is a structured yet flexible day track that supports a person through a brief period of acute detox. Ambulatory Detox is overseen by a doctor and supported by staff throughout the day.

The goal of Ambulatory Detox is to stabilize, reduce anxiety, and other symptoms of acute detox and help the patient integrate into the daily life of treatment services. Ambulatory Detox at SLO Recovery Center will usually last 2-5 days.


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy in which patients learn to address their thought patterns. It enables people to change false or limiting beliefs to positively affect behavior, and forms an optimal part of a robust treatment plan.
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Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a model of cognitive-behavioral therapy that emphasizes the development of healthier coping skills and emotional responses. At SLO, we offer DBT as part of our robust, evidence-based treatment curriculum.
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Exposure Therapy

Exposure Therapy is a treatment modality that was developed to help people confront their fears, and can be especially useful in the treatment of PTSD and trauma.
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Motivational Interviewing (MI)

Also known as MI, Motivational Interviewing is a therapeutic technique that focuses on empowering patients to actively engage in their own recovery. This modality can be useful in addressing substance abuse as it gives clear motivation towards necessary behavior changes even when patients are struggling with internal resistance and cravings.
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Assertive Community Treatment

ACT is an evidence-based form of community-centric mental health care that aims to help people become independent and integrate into the community as they recover.
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Functional Family Therapy

We are happy to offer this family-based prevention and intervention program for young people who are struggling with addiction or substance abuse issues.
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Our services offer support to our patients on their way to recovery with a flexible schedule. With both day and evening programming, our step down levels of care can be individualized to meet each patient’s needs. At SLO, we understand that a balanced life is important to long-term recovery, and we strive to prepare our patients to succeed after their time with us.

Some of the features of our individualized clinical programming include:

Family Therapy

SLO Recovery Center recognizes that the chances of treatment success increase immensely if family and significant others become educated about the predictable changes which are likely to occur while a patient is in treatment and as recovery proceeds.

People with substance use disorders often find themselves isolated from their families or in an ongoing conflict with those they. Family, including extended family and significant others, may experience feelings of confusion, abandonment, fear, anger, embarrassment, or guilt. SLO Recovery Center provides a safe place for families to heal, utilizing education and a comfortable environment to address conflicts and concerns so the family can recover together.

SLO Recovery Center utilizes The Family Matrix Intensive Outpatient Treatment program. This program provides a structured approach for treating adults who abuse or are dependent on illicit drugs.

The Matrix IOP program at SLO Recovery Center provides a structured treatment experience for patients. Patients and family members receive information, assistance in structuring a substance-free lifestyle, and support to achieve and maintain abstinence from drugs and alcohol. Our family program specifically addresses the issues relevant to patients who are dependent on illicit drugs, and their families.


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