AToN is an acronym for “aid to navigation,” which sums up the overall focus of AToN Center. Nestled in the rural hills of North County, between Oceanside and downtown San Diego, AToN Center is a short and long term residential “getaway to recovery” that isn’t a Malibu rehab but could probably pass for one.
Accommodations and Food
The lush, hilltop 10-acre estate is peppered with vegetation and gardens, offering views of both the Pacific Ocean and the surrounding mountains. The facility comes equipped with all the necessities to recover from addiction in style: a glassed-in gym, tennis court, beach volleyball court, saltwater and fresh water pools and spa, cabanas, fountains, a barbecue, a fire pit, a multi-jet outdoor shower and a sauna with a 360-degree view.
With the capacity for only 30 clients, AToN does its best to cater to the exclusive needs of its residents. Bedrooms are shared but clients have the option to pay for private suites. All rooms come equipped with bathrooms and showers, personal robes and slippers, queen size beds with 600 thread count Egyptian cotton sheets and “spa quality” towels. Clients have in-room access to WiFi and use of cell phones and laptops but they have to make their beds every day and complete assignments given by therapists and doctors. The facility also has an on-site chef who serves healthy meals that are tweaked accordingly to vegetarians, diabetics, and clients with food allergies. They also offer daily juicing.
Treatment and Staff
AToN serves up a solid substance abuse recovery program that’s served many of its alumni well. Each client is given a comprehensive psychological assessment to determine the best treatment plan. On-site detox is available—if necessary—along with recovery study work, intensive CBT, exposure therapies, daily groups, individual therapy, family therapy and off-site community support meetings. AToN also treats co-occurring disorders. The foundation of treatment at AToN is CBT but 12-step and SMART Recovery are also facilitated as forms of additional support.
There are six full-time psychologists on staff and the resident MD is triple-board certified ABPN, ABAM and ABFM.
AToN offers a slew of therapeutic and holistic treatment accoutrements like energy healing, breathing and stress reduction, yoga and meditation, EMDR, massage therapy, acupuncture, hypnotherapy, personal training and Watsu—a gentle form of body therapy performed in warm water which combines elements of massage, joint mobilization, shiatsu and muscle stretching. Hiking, shopping and field trips to local attractions—think the zoo, beach and museums—are also part of the AToN program. Off-site dinners at local restaurants, with transportation provided by the facility, happen every Sunday and are known as “Exposure Sessions.”
AToN Center is a distinctly luxurious rehab in an area that doesn’t have other high end treatment centers so if the 760, 858 or 619 area code beckons, it’s a solid alternative to the Malibu route. AToN accepts private insurance and takes a very well-rounded approach to recovery.
3250 Country Rose Circle
Encinitas, CA 92024
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