Founded in the 1980s by Jeanne McAlister, The McAlister Institute provides outpatient and residential treatment throughout California’s San Diego and Napa counties. The McAlister Institute Residential Program is located in the town of Napa and provides detox and residential treatment. YMcAlister Institute began operating the facility, which is located on the grounds of the Napa State Hospital, in 2011.
Accommodations and Food
Residents are housed in a treatment facility on the grounds of the Napa State Hospital. Men and women live in separate areas of the building. Women usually have one roommate. Men have up to three roommates, though they can transfer to rooms with fewer roommates as they progress in treatment.
The facility has common areas with TV and a weight room, and residents can walk the grounds and use the facility’s basketball courts for recreation. The facility has a chef in charge of meal preparation, and residents are assigned kitchen duties as part of their life skills training and chore rotations.
Residents cannot bring cell phones into treatment, but unit phones are available for supervised calls home.
Treatment and Staff
Treatment plans are 30, 60 or 90 days. Residents in need of detox stay in the detox unit for two to seven days before entering residential treatment. After admission, residents are given a treatment plan that includes group and individual therapy, life skills training, and psychoeducation classes.
Treatment is divided into 30-day phases. In Phase One, residents write an autobiography and reflect on their treatment plan in order to graduate. If they stay on for Phase Two, they’re asked to mentor an incoming resident. In Phase Three, they work with their primary counselor to create a vocational training and job search strategy.
Residents begin treatment each morning with chores and meditation and a morning walk and journaling time. At 10am they begin treatment groups. Groups use CBT and Motivational Interviewing (MI) and use Thinking for Change, Seeking Safety and Criminal Thinking curricula. Gender-specific groups are offered for Seeking Safety and anger management.
The treatment team includes CADC addiction counselors and Master’s-level therapists. There is a dedicated group for those with co-occurring disorders, and clients with significant mental health diagnoses are transported to an off-site psychiatrist for weekly visits. The treatment team also believes in the 12-step framework, and the the facility transports clients to daily 12-step meetings in the community.
Treatment is available in Spanish, and McAlister Institute helps clients take advantage of Napa Country Library services to get their GED and pursue other educational goals while in treatment. The treatment team works closely with each client on discharge planning and helps them locate appropriate outpatient programs for the next phase of their treatment.
McAlister Institute’s Residential Program provides a short-and-medium term inpatient program and detox services to residents of northern California’s Napa County. With highly-structured days that include chores and life skills training alongside treatment groups that address trauma and criminal thinking, residents are likely to leave having learned healthy daily routines and insight on how the events of their past have impacted their addiction.
McAlister Institute: Residential Program Location
2100 Napa Vallejo Hwy, Bldg 253M1-M2
Napa, CA 94558
McAlister Institute: Residential Program Cost
$1,800 (30 days, self-pay, but most clients qualify for subsidized and no-cost treatment.) Reach McAlister Institute: Residential Program by phone at (707) 257-1460 or by email at [email protected]. Find McAlister Institute on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube
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