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The Discovery House


The Basics

The Discovery House was literally built from the ground up—in addition to 25 years in the recovery field, founder Tom Whiting has a career in home construction. But The Discovery House should not be confused with Discovery House, an outpatient-only rehab with locations nationwide.

Accommodations and Food

The residences sport a fresh and modern aesthetic, with leather couches, tile floors throughout the house and full-length mirrored closets in the bedrooms. The eat-in kitchen is gorgeous, but the facility also boasts a lovely outdoor patio and garden. Rooms are shared and while meals come courtesy of a private chef.

In terms of rules, laptops, cell phones and MP3 players are all off-limits. Clients get very little time alone, and the staff not only monitors their phone and Internet use but also their activity throughout the house, including their bedrooms. While such intense supervision isn’t unusual in the rehab world, it’s slightly less common at higher-end treatment centers.

Treatment and Staff

After sub-acute detox, which is provided on-site with 24-hour nursing supervision, treatment focuses on uncovering the underlying issues that drive patients’ addictions. Each client’s treatment plan can be modified according to their history, any additional psychological diagnoses and how they respond to particular therapies. All clients attend four group sessions per day, which may include stress and anger management, self-care, family issues and communication. They also meet two to three times a week for individual sessions with CADCs.

Additional offerings include music therapy, yoga, mindfulness therapy, psychodrama, neurofeedback and a family program that involves multi-family education groups each Saturday as well as private family counseling sessions. Since The Discovery House subscribes to the disease model of addiction and the 12 steps, residents also attend regular AA or NA meetings.


Each weekend the staff organizes outings like beach trips to teach addicts how to socialize sober.

A continuing care outpatient program called Discovery Transitions is open to those who have completed primary care at The Discovery House or elsewhere. Clients in the Discovery Transitions program receive a sober coach as well as one individual therapy session and nine hours of support groups each week. The staff also helps residents get connected with 12-step groups in their area to help them pursue ongoing recovery.

In Summary

The Discovery House works with many insurance providers.  The Discovery House will appeal to those looking for a rehab that places an high importance on comprehensive treatment and sustainable recovery while still accommodating the need for creature comforts.

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The Discovery House Cost: Call for cost; varies per each individualized program. Reach The Discovery House by phone at (888) 962-8208. Find The Discovery House on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Google+

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