Kristina Wandzilak Interventionist Reviews, Cost, Complaints

Kristina Wandzilak, Interventionist

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Kristina WandzilakThe Basics

Interventionist Kristina Wandzilak (CAS, BRI-I) is the founder of Full Circle Addiction and Recovery Services which has been helping clients in the northern California Bay Area recover from alcohol and chemical addictions since 1995. Full Circle offers a combination of intervention services and aftercare. Wandzilak and her staff believe that the key to successful recovery is found not only in treatment of the client, but also in educating family members and adjusting the living environment once the client is released from treatment to support lasting sobriety. Full Circle involves family and friends in the recovery process to create a supportive environment that extends into every aspect of a client’s daily life. Wandzilak’s staff at Full Circle is comprised of certified addiction professionals and certified counselors who are qualified to provide dual diagnosis care.

The Background

Wandzilak has been working in the field of interventions and addiction recovery since 1995 and is credited with helping thousands of individuals address and recover from alcohol and substance abuse addictions. Wandzilak herself has been in recovery since 1993 and brings her personal history and understanding of this disease to her work. She is often a fixture on Good Morning America, offering insight and expertise as their regular addiction specialist. Additionally, all staff members at Full Circle—from the Recovery Counselor to the Office Manager—are dedicated to recovery and are openly sober themselves.

The Approach

Wandzilak’s approach to interventions is family-focused both before and after the intervention. The first contact with the family or a loved one is usually via phone, at which time Full Circle staff begins an assessment and the planning process that involves learning details about the client’s history. At this time it is also determined which family members or friends should participate in the intervention.

Wandzilak’s process is a non-confrontational intervention. The participants are coached beforehand and elements of the family system and the lifestyle and habits of the client are identified as key environmental aspects requiring change that support the client’s sobriety following treatment. Full Circle mostly employs the Arise Model of intervention, but will use the Johnson Model if determined to be ideal for the specific client’s needs. Following the intervention Full Circle provides immediate access to an inpatient treatment facility and continues to closely monitor clients throughout their recovery.

Post-Intervention & Summary

Aftercare is crucial at Full Circle and a variety of post-intervention programs are available. Case management services typically last from three to six months and involve not just the client but also the family to further support the early days of recovery and the client’s adjustment to “regular life.”

Full Circle also offers sober living for those clients who require a more structured living environment immediately post-treatment. While living in this facility, clients are able to work, attend school, volunteer and spend time with their families in their own homes. Private and semi-private rooms are available and transportation to aftercare services is provided. Full Circle is committed to providing a comprehensive recovery program that helps the family reunite with the client following treatment and aids in rebuilding relationships in a supportive and loving environment.

Kristina Wandzilak
c/o Full Circle Addiction and Recovery Services
Bay Area Office
PO Box 2813
San Anselmo, CA 94979

Reach Kristina Wandzilak by phone at (415) 202-6255 or by email at [email protected]. Find Full Circle Addiction and Recovery Services on her website, Facebook and Twitter

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  1. I feel like she has helped many people. In my opinion there is no one way to help people get sober, there different approaches. Just because her approach is different than what you would do doesn’t mean it is wrong. She’s not trying to be the way you are saying she’s just telling her story to let addicts know she can relate to their situation which is a big help most of the time. What are you a recovering addict from? Or did you learn what you know from books? Being able to relate and understand what an addict is going through on the same level is a good thing that’s why she is the way she is. I really like her show. If she only helped one person it would still be worth it. That’s the way I look at it.

  2. I saw Ms. Wandzilak on Intervention by chance one evening, because I never watch the program. As a master’s level therapist, with more than 20 years treating AOD, her lacking skill and sensationaliziation of others pain is downright unethical. I was then stunned to see the above proclamation “Wandzilak’s process is a non-confrontational intervention process”. I couldn’t disagree more. There is also mention of her therapeutic approach as being family-focused. This is not rooted in an empirical basis nor is she guided by any identifiable evidence based approach. This is a classically lazy, “expert,, listen to me because I know it all” approach and it is not helpful in treatment. This gives a bad name to those of us in the field who are trained to do the work and prevents many from seeking the help they need. Please seek legitimate training Ms. Wandzilak’s.

    • I agree wholeheartedly with your comment. I have thankfully not needed this recovery center and have only seen her on the TV shows, but the episodes I saw basically consisted of her re-iterating “I’m a professional…” again and again. I feel like she perhaps has an issue there that she is/has/was/should be dealing with (me thinks the lady doth protest too much). Normally, it seems that confident people that know what they are doing don’t have to overcompensate like that. Anyway, let’s hope the counselors there are a little more confident in their ability. There are only about 9000 other choices of centers in FL anyway haha.

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