For a mid-range rehab, Rainbow’s End Recovery Center is fairly distinctive. It was founded in 2011 by Stanford graduate Nancy Del Colletti six miles outside Challis, Idaho, and specialize in fly-fishing meditation on the nearby Salmon River as a path to sobriety.
Accommodations and Food
Rainbow’s End can admit a maximum of 15 clients on a grassy property of roughly 10-15 acres. The facility consists of three buildings: one for the office and women’s housing, one for men’s housing and one for activities, classes and meetings.
There are no private rooms available so everyone gets a roommate, but the décor is comfortable and quaint with blankets and paintings on the walls. The vintage lamp shades and lights will remind some clients of home. Beds range from twin to queen-sized, and each set of roommates share a bathroom.
The facility also has a media room with a TV for morning and evening news (and free time after 8 pm). Cell phones are allowed after the first week of treatment. Computers and Internet are also allowed after the first week of treatment.
Food is mostly wholesome, homemade meals that lean more towards health than comfort. They’re simple meals made from either food from the grocery store in town or organic meats and vegetables from the local farms, depending on the season. Rainbow’s End also accommodates residents’ diets within reason, with sugar and caffeine allowed as well.
Treatment and Staff
Rainbow’s End favors a holistic treatment approach with dual diagnosis support, though it doesn’t offer on-site detox. The program is 12-step oriented, and also features seminars and book work on how to build a bridge from rehab to the real world. The counselors at Rainbow’s End also practice CBT and DBT, with EMDR available for residents with trauma or PTSD as well for no extra fee.
While plenty of rehabs offer hikes and nature views as a part of the therapy, Rainbow’s End is unique in offering piscatorial therapy, otherwise known as fishing (with the end goal of learning to fly-fish). Clients begin by fishing for Rainbow trout in a pond before moving on to actual fly-fishing, which requires patience and precise timing, and serves as a form of meditation.
While treatment seems mostly standardized, Rainbow’s End does cater the programming to each resident following an initial phone interview and a session with a staff member. Its current staff is made up of five counselors, all of who are highly credentialed CADC and QP. All of the staff has a minimum of two years of sobriety as well as a minimum of two years experience in drug and alcohol counseling. There is also a psychiatrist on staff that clients meet with once a week, as well as an MD who specializes in addiction medicine. Rainbow’s End also offers recreational therapies as well, ranging from arts and crafts to photography to making “recovery collages.”
A typical day begins with breakfast at 8 am and physical activity such as hiking or exercise until 10:30. After that comes group therapy until lunch at noon and off-site AA meetings or errands between 1 and 2:30 pm. On Thursdays, that time is replaced with one-on-one counseling. Afternoon group therapy goes from 2:30-4:30 pm followed by rotating activities like crafts or fishing until 5:30. Dinner is served at 6 pm before step work, journaling and quiet time at 8. Finally, 10 pm is lights out.
There is also offer a family program where loved ones can participate in therapy alongside the client and counselors.
Exercise is built into the program in the form of local gym memberships for residents, where yoga and Pilates classes are available (in addition to the standard gym equipment). For an additional fee, massages can be arranged. Other extra options include trips to the local bowling alley and hikes at a nearby hot spring.
Rainbow’s End has a lot going for it, though its relatively small staff and high-to-mid-range price could be potential concerns. The limited capacity ensures ample individual attention, and the peaceful setting seems likely to help many addicts return to center.
Rainbow’s End Recovery Center
25341 Highway 93
Challis, ID 83226
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