Changing Echoes is a dual diagnosis drug and alcohol rehab founded in 1989 in Angels Camp, California, a small town directly east and quite a ways inland from San Francisco. With a emphasis on affordability, it got its start by running a social model chemical dependency program with a treatment philosophy that originated in California but hasn’t had as wide a spread elsewhere in the country.
What this basically means is treatment that focuses less on psychological and medical dimensions of addiction and more on the environmental and sociological sides. Though there’s a lot of overlap with AA‘s approach, there’s more stress on peer-oriented help and experiential learning as a part of inpatient treatment.
Accommodations and Food
Located on 20 acres in the foothills of the Sierra mountains, Changing Echoes offers a home-like environment for up to 32 residents at a time, including both men and women. The building is pretty plain both inside and out, and sleeping arrangements aren’t the most comfortable—expect up to seven beds in a room, sometimes bunk beds. A nice bonus is that the center has an outdoor swimming pool.
The kitchen looks just as average as any residential kitchen, though (for some) a plus is that “home style cooking” takes on a whole new meaning here. Food options are pretty basic. Still, Changing Echoes stresses exercise and proper nutrition as part of its treatment plan, so meals are a balance of meats and veggies, comfort and health.
Treatment and Staff
The facility has inpatient stays in 30-, 60- and 90-day varieties as well as an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) track. It offers a social detox which is medically monitored though not assisted (though they do referrals for those looking for the latter). The program is 12-step based and involves both AA and NA support groups, individual and group counseling as well as family involvement.
Changing Echoes’ multi-disciplinary staff are all state-certified and includes addictionologists, drug counselors, nurses and stress therapists (though no doctors). All programs are designed with the clients, and overall participation is the “focused priority.”
Some holistic treatment options, including meditation and yoga, are included as well. Changing Echoes has a few recreation options including horseshoes, basketball and hiking trails. Though there’s a TV in the house, don’t expect a lot of time spent on electronics.
Aside from that, aftercare alumni follow-up lasts as long as two years after treatment, and an alumni picnic is held annually every October to let everyone keep in touch with one another.
Overall, Changing Echoes is a unique residential program that hosts a reasonable amount of extras alongside its core treatment modalities. Those seeking affordable, 12-step friendly approach to getting sober might do well here.
7632 Pool Station Rd
Angels Camp, CA 95222
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