Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 12/17/2020

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at The Camp Recovery Center to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at The Camp Recovery Center.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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The Healing Power of Nature

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” – Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

When it comes to doing the hard work of recovery, sometimes where you choose to receive addiction treatment is as important as how and when. Because addiction is a disease that affects the core of everything we are – mind, body and spirit – treatment should take place in an environment that is conducive to healing in all of these areas.

People have found solace in nature since the beginning of time, and people suffering from addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders are no exception. In a 2007 UK study, a majority of people with mental health disorders reported that taking a “green walk” decreased their depression (71%), reduced their tension (50%) and increased their self-esteem (90%).

A New Beginning

A New Beginning

There is no better setting to get a fresh start on life than in nature. In nature, we see an ongoing series of endings and new beginnings; each day begins with a sunrise and ends with a sunset, the seasons change predictably and every year spring brings the birth of new life. Understanding the full circle of life provides perspective and a sense of stability at a time when addiction has made life decidedly unstable.

Nature also has the ability to regenerate itself after damage caused by fire, floods, lightning and other natural disasters. This ability can inspire those struggling with addiction to persevere in spite of challenges and to redefine themselves even if they’ve struggled with relapse or other hardships in the past. The message from nature is one of hope, survival and rebirth.

Surrendering Control

Surrendering Control

The 12-Step philosophy suggests that people are powerless over their addiction. Only by surrendering to the idea that they don’t have control over their drug or alcohol use can people claim the power to change their lives. Surrender comes with a strong sense of relief, as people finally realize they don’t have to fight this battle alone. This change of mindset opens people to new behaviors and helps them find a willingness to listen to guidance and accept support.

The forces of nature help people in recovery to develop a healthy ability to surrender control. Although we cannot dictate the weather or control the elements, there are other things we can control, such as our own behaviors and reactions. The next step is realizing that you can cope with whatever comes your way, which builds confidence and the strength to stay clean and sober.

Connecting to a Higher Power

Connecting to a Higher Power

Research shows that direct contact with nature not only improves mental health but also aids in spiritual development – an integral part of the 12 Steps. The 12-Step philosophy asks people in recovery to turn their lives over to a power greater than themselves.

In nature, people can’t help but see a higher power at work. Being surrounded by nature helps people feel connected to the world around them and provides a sense of meaning and purpose in an otherwise chaotic life.



If you spend a few minutes observing nature, you can’t help but notice how everything is interconnected and has an order that works seamlessly without any outside intervention. Realizing that people are an essential component of this larger structure can supply a sense of purpose and belonging. At the same time, we realize that we are just one small part of a much bigger universe, which provides a sense of humility – another critical component of the 12-Step philosophy.

Healthy Lifestyle

Healthy Lifestyle

Spending time outdoors increases the chances that people in recovery will engage in active pursuits. Research suggests that people who make time for outdoor recreation experience less stress, depression and anxiety. They also feel a greater sense of belonging in the world, improved self-confidence and an enhanced sense of well-being.

Problem-Solving and Goal-Setting

Problem-Solving and Goal-Setting

Natural spaces stimulate creativity and problem-solving ability. In the quiet solitude of nature, recovering addicts and alcoholics have an opportunity to get acquainted with their thoughts and feelings and reflect on their decisions and goals for the future. In this sense, nature provides a refuge that people can retreat to in order to clear their minds and gain new insights.

The Power of Nature

Experience the Restorative Power of Nature in Drug Rehab

A stay in drug rehab is a time to decompress and reconnect with what matters to you. This is a process that is facilitated by a natural setting, outdoor activities and a healthy daily routine.

The Camp Recovery Center is an ideal place to focus on recovery. A comprehensive drug rehab program located on 25 acres in the beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains in Scotts Valley, California, The Camp was designed as a haven where patients can take a time-out from their lives. With a stunning natural backdrop and a team of caring professionals, The Camp is a place where drug rehab isn’t something to dread or be afraid of, but instead is an opportunity to get away from it all and focus on healing.

Under a bright blue sky, surrounded by redwood trees, patients at The Camp go swimming, explore the nearby hiking trails, and play games on the ropes course and basketball and tennis courts. They live in cabins and walk the center’s grounds for meals and therapy groups. During personal time, patients have the chance to meditate outdoors and gain a new perspective on life like only nature can provide.

The combination of an active lifestyle, beautiful natural surroundings and comprehensive addiction treatment affirm that a life without drugs or alcohol is well worth living. Patients at The Camp are reminded every day that even in the midst of darkness, the sun will shine again.

I had been in rehab before, but I never experienced treatment like how The Camp does treatment. Their programs are amazing and so many people changed their lives while I was in treatment there. It felt so good to be a part of a community of recovery. I'd recommend the Camp to everyone.

– Vivian M.
Marks of Quality Care
  • American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)
  • Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)
  • The Jason Foundation

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