Cedar Point Recovery Reviews, Cost, Complaints

Cedar Point Recovery


[block]0[/block]The Basics

Cedar Point Recovery in Sacramento is a relatively new facility just over a year old and a branch of the larger company Advanced Health and Education headquartered in New Jersey. All Advanced Health’s facilities treat adult men and women recovering from drug and alcohol abuse with Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP), Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) and basic outpatient—in descending order by intensity.

Accommodations and Food

Through an agreement with the Marriott hotel chain, clients at the New Jersey and Sacramento AHE facilities sleep in local hotels. Cedar Point accommodates up to 28 men and women at a time, although typically occupancy is 25 clients. There are eight housed per building, each gender-specific with small apartments. All clients share double-occupancy rooms with twin beds unless the facility is not completely full, in which case some may get their own rooms.

The apartments have kitchens with supplies where clients can cook if they so choose. Because residents stay at a hotel, breakfast and dinner are often prepared for clients. Each client receives a $75 per week allowance to put towards groceries for the apartment. The benefit of staying at a Marriott is that although the building is mainly staffed and supervised by the Cedar Point staff, Marriott maintenance staff still clean the rooms and take care of laundry.

After an initial 10 day blackout period, clients can use their phones. Phones are not allowed during treatment hours at any point.

Treatment and Staff

Clients at Cedar Point typically receive treatment for 30 to 90 days. Whether in PHP, IOP or outpatient, each is assigned a counselor for individual therapy. Therapists also help clients create prevention strategies to avoid relapse following treatment.

Therapists also facilitate family and group therapy. There are no set times for family visitation and therapy, as everything is arranged through each client’s therapist. For the majority of each day clients are in group sessions, which begin at 9 am and wrap up mid-afternoon. Groups offer peer support and while most are co-ed, some are gender-specific to allow men and women time to discuss gender-specific issues. Cedar Point is supportive of 12-step principles and encourages clients to continue work the program upon leaving treatment. Apart from group and individual therapy, clients are given the option to participate in alternative therapies including massage, yoga and acupuncture at no extra cost.

All staff at Cedar Point are credentialed in psychology or addiction studies and are predominantly female. The Executive Director of Cedar Point is a CADC and is a Master’s-level clinical psychologist with a specialty in addiction. The Clinical Director is an MFT and the Program Coordinator is also a CADC. There are also certified case managers and the primary therapist on-site has a Master’s degree and experience working with military, women and young families.


Cedar Point recommends on-going monitoring services and sober living for each clients’ continued care following treatment and helps facilitate these arrangements. The facility does not accept Medicaid or Medicare but works with most insurance companies.

In Summary

Cedar Point Recovery is not a long-term program, but their thorough treatment program does well to set clients up for long-term recovery. Potential PHP clients who like the idea of receiving treatment in one place while residing in a home-like environment may prefer this facility over a more traditional inpatient program.

Cedar Point Recovery
8950 Cal Center Dr #160
Sacramento, CA 95826

Cedar Point Recovery Cost: $16,500 (30 days). Reach Cedar Point Recovery by phone at (866)-441-3700. Find Cedar Point Recovery on Facebook

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  1. I have had the privilege of working for Cedar Point Recovery for a number of years now. Rarely do you get the opportunity to work alongside a group of colleagues that are as dedicated, hard-working and compassionate as the staff at CPR. The most rewarding aspect of working in the field of addiction treatment is being able to facilitate change and instill hope in individuals in the grips of their addiction. It is truly an honor to participate in the lives of our clients and an inspiration to behold the extraordinary changes that unfold every day.


    they booked me a flight, told me to meet them at the airport. no one was there to meet me. they don’t give the address of the houses or detox and I just so happened to arrive before a 4 day weekend when the main campus would be closed. 4 days later someone finally answered the phone took me in for detox. then they kicked me out for having to load and deep a voice and “freighting” other clients. what a joke. total waste of money and just one more failed attempt to get help.

    I hear things have improved since my time there and I honestly believe that they do care, after the replacement of some bad administration, and advanced health and education in New Jersey started running the show more closely I have heard from other alumni that things are much improved. lets hope.

  3. Run, don’t walk, away from this place as fast as you can. Total scam. They ask for thousands up front and then billed my insurance over $50,000 for just 30 days of treatment. Then sent me another bill for over $6,000 nine months after my son had left….no acknowledgement of the $10,000 already paid. Ready to hire an attorney. Not great services either. They would not even let me see the actual house he was living in…unlike every other treatment center we have used. Poor communication and they did little more then babysit him for one month. He has now finished treatment in Utah and it’s been a completely different experience. Shop around. There are much better recovery centers out there. This one just wants your money and to take advantage of Obamacare…billing thousands and thousands to insurance for treatment not even given. Shameful. I usually don’t have time to write these reviews, but want to spare someone else the pain of this place.

  4. Cedar Point Recovery (CPR) is a drug and alcohol treatment center operating in Sacramento, CA (their man offices are in the Rosemont area). Cedar Point’s management is well-intentioned and fairly proactive in improving their company for the betterment of their clients. Many of them (at the facility operation level) are former addicts themselves. During my 90 day stay, the rooming facilities were VERY nice. The company rents/leases large homes in the Sac area for clients. The homes are upscale, clean, and appropriately staffed. The clients are kept comfortable in their down time with food prepared by hired chefs and recreational activities. During the week (Mon-Sat) clients are transported to the main center, where they receive a variety of lecture, discussion, group work and one-on-one therapy. There is also yoga and art therapy one day per week.
    CPR advertises themselves as a rounded treatment center, focusing on the biopsychosocial approach of addiction education as well as the 12-step model. There is a big controversy among treatment centers regarding basing their model on 12-step or not. Some will embrace and openly claim to use a 12-step approach, while others emphasize that that they do NOT use 12-step. CPR does not advertise claiming to be either one, and they do not really teach either one. This is where I found their fault to lie. In their “biopsychosocial” approach, they do not embrace any particular method. The education topics include expected topics like relapse prevention, triggers, emotions, and health. None of these subjects are explored very deeply, and when I brought this up, I was told that was for our one on one time with our therapist.
    After being there for 90 days, it became obvious that want to implement AA and NA into their curriculum, but because they do not advertise as being a 12-step program, they only touch on it briefly the classes. Despite this, they still require that clients attend an NA/AA meeting every single day. Myself and many of my peers were put off by this. We were interested in AA and wanted to learn more, but we could not dig any deeper because the curriculum does not include anything regarding the steps. It is more of a “how 12-step works” type of lecture. We were encouraged to get a sponsor, but it was meaningless as we were on a communication blackout without cell phones and the ability to meet with anyone outside the facility (an essential part of AA involvement). Much of the staff is in recovery, and they will each put in their own two cents on what they believe works. Most of them are 12-step graduates, and encourage you to join AA as soon as you leave. If AA, a free program, was the answer all along, why the hell were we in this very expensive rehab? It only left me frustrated and confused with the whole process.
    In response to that, CPR would probably claim that they offer the therapeutic element of recovery that 12-step doesn’t. I would agree with this, but (and I can only speak from my own experience), the therapy I was promised on intake was a bit of a joke. Once or twice a week, I would meet with my counselor, and we would explore different topics. It was about as helpful and informative as the classes. It just didn’t feel individualized. My issues were hardly touched on at all. The “therapists” are actually not qualified therapists, only drug and alcohol counselors ( the most basic certification for the industry). Don’t get me wrong, they are great people and certainly empathetic, but if you have a deep-seated mental or emotional problem they cannot help you. Mental health issues are a HUGE factor in drug addiction, and the lack of care for that was definitely disappointing. There is a psychiatrist on site, but they are only there for medication. Don’t expect to have any kind of personalized cognitive therapy or a “plan” for helping you in your stay in treatment.
    So, in 90 days time I witnessed several people “make it” in their recovery and many fail. That can be said for ANY treatment center in the US. Addiction is incredibly difficult to overcome, and a couple of months indoors isn’t a magic cure by any means. The relapse rate is astounding. Unfortunately, only one of my good friends I made in treatment at CPR (out of maybe 15 people) has stayed sober to this day. Those are the folks I stayed in touch with, and I can’t speak for the rest of my peers.
    CPR employs some lovely people, and most of them are not at fault for how they implement their curriculum, that comes from much higher up. I can say that I gained a number of insights from my time there, as well as lifelong friendships. For those of you considering treatment at this facility, I can only suggest that you do more research into what type of recovery approach might work best for YOU, and go to a somewhere that specializes in that method. Try testing the waters by going to a few AA meetings, or seeing an addiction specialist, or an outpatient program.

  5. My son recently completed treatment at Cedar Point Recovery and I would be happy to share my (our) experience with anyone considering sending a loved one there.

    • I would love to hear your thoughts on the experience you had there. Unfortunately, my husband has been through quite a few rehabs.

    • My wife finally has come to the conclusion that more alcohol is not the solution to her problems. She is facing serious health issues if she continues her life style as status quo so I am happy she is motivated to get help. We have Kaiser insurance which does not cover inpatient care they only offer outpatient. So this investment is all on us and we are hopeful she gets the tools necessary to live a life of sobriety. We visited one of Cedar’s houses and had several conversations with them they seem to be genuine. Did your you and your son feel the treatment was valuable and did they try to charge you for other services once your son was enrolled to their program.

    • Hi Lori, I found your online post about Cedar Point Recovery and would love to hear about your experience, which I hope is positive. I’ve never responded to this type of post so not sure how this works. Thank you.

    • I’m currently on my way to the Sacramento treatment location and would love any feed back you can give me.

      • Honestly, most staff at CPR have good intentions but there is just honestly 0% substance in their “education”. You can differentiate the staff members that actually care about our recovery and the ones that are just collecting a paycheck. Most days you end up watching YouTube videos about the least important topics. (Meditation, emotion regulation, communication skills, verbal/nonverbal communication) subjects that had no application or even correlation to real life addiction and drug use. I started to develop a negative attitude toward the classes they offered because they didn’t even come close to teaching the skills needed to stay clean. Every day felt like the same monotonous, repeating routine that quite frankly bored me more than my 9th grade civics class. They advertise an “individualized treatment plan” according to your needs, yet give every client the same exact treatment packet and tell them to work through that packet during their stay and that it’s a requirement to complete the packet upon graduation. There is almost no one on one time with therapists, counselors.etc Thinking of all their fake, make-believe policies, mission statements, mottos, and goals puts a bad taste in my mouth. They only see us as insurance payments that keep their fridges stocked. Any addict that graduates Cedar Point, will not have any practical tools to avoid relapse in the real world. It really upsets me that our insurance companies pay a hefty price for us to deal with this disease and get something useful out of our stay when in reality I left feeling almost more confused than when I came in.. I can honestly say I learned way more from the nightly narcotics anonymous meetings that don’t cost a cent! However on a last note I will say the ever so often massages are kinda nice and a useful break from those useless classes..

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