A Typical Day

A typical day at The Camp is highly structured and packed with recovery-related activities and programming.


A typical day begins at 7 a.m. and is filled with individual and group counseling, 12-Step meetings, videos and lectures. There are also blocks of time each day set aside for physical activity, meals, phone calls and free time. Curfew is at 10 p.m.


On weekends, patients have the opportunity to watch movies and socialize. During personal time, many patients choose to meditate, exercise, play sports outdoors and relax.

Patients also participate in counseling and other recovery-related activities.

Therapy Groups

  • Community Group
    Patients have an opportunity to share a positive thought for the day, address issues with their peers, or give and receive support.
  • CBT – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
    Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of treatment that focuses on examining the relationships between thoughts, feelings and behaviors. By exploring patterns of thinking that lead to self-destructive actions and the beliefs that direct these thoughts, people with addictions can modify their patterns of thinking to improve coping. CBT has proven to be one of the most effective therapies for treating substance abuse.
  • Gender Group
    Research shows that men and women experience addiction differently and have distinct reasons for turning to drugs and alcohol in the first place. Given these differences, men and women often feel more comfortable sharing personal information in gender-specific groups. These groups address communication skills, setting boundaries and healthy relationships, as well as specific men’s and women’s issues.
  • Process Group
    Small groups of six to 10 patients meet with their case manager to discuss their emotions, triggers, challenges and successes as they work through their recovery program. In this intimate setting, patients receive personalized attention and feedback from others who are struggling with similar issues.
  • Big Group
    This group session is led by our clinical team and covers a wide variety of topics, such as the 12 Steps, changing attitudes, beliefs and behaviors using cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), anger management and others.
  • Age Group
    Our adult patients are separated into two groups: those ages 18 to 25, and those ages 25 and over. In these groups, patients are able to address age-specific problems, such as peer pressure and readiness for recovery for the younger group, and relationship and career issues for the older group.
  • Detox Group
    Detox can be a challenging process. This group is designed to offer support and encouragement for individuals going through the process of withdrawal. We want our patients to realize that any anxiousness or discomfort they feel is normal, and that this stage is a temporary part of much longer and much more rewarding recovery process. One of the goals of this group is to ensure that patients stay in drug rehab and make a smooth transition into the next phase of treatment.
  • Didactic Group
    Patients attend educational lectures about addiction and a variety of recovery-related topics.
  • Relapse Prevention
    This group is designed to help patients avoid relapse by learning to recognize their “triggers” for use and cope with the feelings associated with them. Our approach is based on the work of Terence Gorski, one of the nation’s leading authorities on relapse prevention. With an action plan in place, our clients have the best possible chance of maintaining their sobriety.


  • Sober Stage
    Patients work together to perform sober skits, play instruments and put on acts about recovery.
  • Sobering Cinema
    This is an opportunity for patients to watch different movies about various recovery-related topics. After viewing each film, patients participate in a process group to discuss their thoughts and feelings.


  • ABC – Attitude, Behavior, Commitment
    Speakers from The Camp’s alumni group talk with current patients about their recovery experience, with an emphasis on how their attitudes, behaviors and level of commitment can enhance or impede the process.
  • H&I – Hospitalizations and Institutions
    Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and similar groups coordinate meetings each week and invite speakers from the community to share their stories of recovery, hope and inspiration.
  • Looking Glass
    An opportunity for patients to share their life story and drug history with other residents in a supportive environment, this group helps patients come to terms with their past and move toward a better future.
Experiential Therapies

The Camp Recovery Center offers a variety of outdoor-focused experiential therapies.

Refreshing Location

Nestled on 25 acres in the redwoods of the Santa Cruz Mountains, The Camp’s grounds provide a serene location for clients to recalibrate and refresh as they focus on recovery.

Dedication to Success

For nearly 30 years, The Camp has provided cutting-edge rehabilitation. Our clinical team creates individualized treatment plans to give our clients the tools they need for a successful recovery.

The admissions team was awesome. They were patient with me and helped me get situated when I entered treatment, despite being so nervous. I think it shows that they really care and that this isn't just a rehab facility, it's a real treatment center and people come here to get better.

– Kathy C.
Marks of Quality Care
  • American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)
  • Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)
  • Department of Health Care Services

Licensed by the State Department of Health Care Services