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Located in the San Francisco Bay Area, The Sequoia Center in Redwood City, California, offers residential and outpatient treatment programs for adult men and women. Its approach combines 12-step-based principles with CBT. It also supports an individualized approach to treatment. Each person is assessed and treated individually in order to gain the health and life skills needed to stay sober.

Accommodations and Food

The Sequoia Center lodgings are basic but very comfortable. The facility separates housing by gender, keeping female patients on one side of the building and males on the other. There are four clients per room, each with a shared bathroom.

The common areas boast a mixture of overstuffed couches and armchairs with sturdy wood tables. Indoor picnic tables where clients play board and card games furnish the well-lit common areas. All food is prepared by an in-house chef who provides healthy, home-cooked meals. Special dietary specifications are accommodated.

Treatment and Staff

The Sequoia Center’s residential program is highly structured. Clients live in closely monitored housing with supervision by residential counselors 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Upon admission, each client is assigned a case manager who follows his or her progress during their stay. Clients needing medical detox are referred to local hospitals.

Residents spend their days attending educational lectures, group therapyfamily group and Big Book study groups. The Sequoia Center’s clients are encouraged to maintain their relationship with their therapist if they had one before coming in for treatment. In fact, the staff are happy to communicate regularly with outside therapists and work collaboratively. Those who do not have a therapist are assigned one, as individual therapy is a required component of the program.

In hopes of not just treating the client but also helping their family to heal, The Sequoia Center offers visiting hours every Sunday from 12:30 pm to 5:30 pm. All visitors must be pre-approved by the case manager and they also get to see loved ones at weekly family groups.

Day treatment at The Sequoia Center can be offered as a step down from residential treatment or as an initial stand-alone treatment program. This level of care is offered six days a week, Monday through Saturday. The program allows a client to live at home or in a sober living house.

The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is offered four evenings per week. Most clients attend two to three evenings per week, three hours per night. Groups offered include Process Group, Assignment Group, Relapse Prevention Group, Grief and Loss Group, Relapse Analysis Group and other groups as needed. Clients meet individually with a case manager weekly to determine treatment goals and to monitor progress. Clients are also required to attend outside 12-step meetings.

The staff includes case managers, licensed family therapists, counselors, residential supervisors and an executive team of a clinical director, assessment director and executive director.


The Sequoia Center strongly believes in a holistic approach to treatment. With this in mind, they offer a variety of specialized groups, including art therapy, mindfulness skills training, stress reduction, a young adult group and yoga.

In Summary

The Sequoia Center takes a mid-range, family-centered approach to recovery that does not come with fancy trappings. They have a solid track record of helping people find themselves and their own individual way to heal. Clients are able to rebuild their lives with the help of the staff and hand in hand with their families.

The Sequoia Center Location

370 Convention Way
Redwood City, CA 94063

The Sequoia Center Cost

$16,000 (30 days). Reach The Sequoia Center by phone at (855) 4SEQUOIA or by email. Find The Sequoia Center on Facebook and Twitter

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