One of the best ways to evaluate a treatment center is to speak with past clients of that center.  As such, we are happy to provide references upon request.  We also ask clients before discharging if they would like to share anything about their experience with individuals and families considering Alta Mira.  We have provided below a number of testimonials that should give you a sense of the quality of treatment at Alta Mira and our deep commitment to helping our clients change their lives and achieve long term sobriety.

What do our clients say about us?

“My Alta Mira experience helped equip me with the tools and knowledge of myself to have strength for my journey in sobriety and in life.”
– Kevin T., August 12, 2014

“[The Outpatient Program is] a great program for continued education about recovery & the many challenges involved with recovery.”
– Gabriela C., August 8, 2014

“Beautiful place and a smiling face to help me to recover.”
– Archer S., August 4, 2014

“Alta Mira has greatly improved my life. I am leaving here with hope and strength. Thank you!”
– Luanne M., August 2, 2014

“Prior to coming into treatment, I had run out of options, realized my life had become unmanageable, and already begun to embrace the 12 Step program because I was out of other options. I had been having some trouble maintaining more than a couple weeks sobriety at a time. Even as AA started to click, I was still uneasy about how long it would last and if I could maintain sobriety when I got truly tested. At that point I felt like I was out of chances – the bottoms were getting lower and my family situation was deteriorating rapidly. There wasn’t room for more relapsing, and I got to a point where I felt I needed to come into treatment to have the best chance of building a more solid foundation for continued sobriety. At Alta Mira I certainly found the tools I was seeking, but the entire experience was way more than that, and far more than I had expected. Yes – the accommodations are great and the food is wonderful, but quality of the care and the curriculum are completely life-changing if you are willing to take the time to work the program they offer and work hard to push yourself. Just staying sober is only the beginning… understanding the underlying psychological issues that lead to addition, building the tools to work with those findings, creating a sense of spirituality so that you can get outside yourself and ego-centric behaviors, and more. This is all part of the program here and they execute it beautifully. I’m not getting paid to write this – in fact I spent more than a couple bucks to stay here. However I can say without question that this was the best money I’ve ever spent on myself, and my family by extension. If you are considering Alta Mira as an option but aren’t quite sure, please do it! It is a tremendous program and I would not have changed a thing about my experience there.”
– Benjamin Z., July 11, 2014

“An excellent holistic approach and solution to addiction. Much different than my previous rehab experience where the solution was more of a blanket solution. Alta Mira provides a very individualistic, comprehensive solution to each residents’ issues, and has the resources to back it up. I highly recommend Alta Mira.”
– Grant H., June 24, 2014

“Alta Mira was an exceptional experience for me given my dual diagnosis. Over my 3 plus month stay, I was able to gain the insights and the tools to move forward and embrace a healthy life abundant with choice. Thank you, Alta Mira.”
– Susanna D., June 24, 2014

“Alta Mira has everything somebody needs to get sober if they want sobriety. They helped me reclaim myself physically, cognitively, emotionally, and spiritually. Thank you.”
– Mitchell H., June 20, 2014

“When I think about my experience at Alta Mira I am overwhelmed with inspiration. Alta Mira gave me the chances I needed to succeed, and therefore inspired me to want success. They gave me hope that I can have a life filled with love and happiness. I know there are struggles ahead because life is not easy, but I now have the tools to keep moving forward despite my hardships. As an artist, I found the creativity I had lost, and that is greatly because of the inspiration I have found at Alta Mira. I had lost all sense of identity, and slowly over the course of the last 3 months I have found myself. They had hope for me when I was hopeless. They had love for me when I could not love myself, and through that support I found hope and self love. I found the inspiration to live at Alta Mira.”
– Scott F., May 17, 2014

“I came to Alta Mira broken, and desperate to put myself and my life back together. Leaving here I feel more confident about myself, with a new found sense of joy and happiness in everyday life.”
– Preston D., May 1, 2014

“Finally addressing the underlying issues to my alcoholism at Alta Mira saved my life.”
– Jacob D., February 9, 2014

“Yesterday’s gone, tomorrow is blind. Alta Mira provides you with the tools to remain in today.”
– Jackson C., February 7, 2014

“Thank you for everything. I will be eternally grateful to the staff at Alta Mira for showing me and guiding me along the path to freedom, happiness, and a bright future without alcohol.”
– John F., February 5, 2014

“Alta Mira provided the help and compassion I needed for my journey out of depression and alcohol dependency.”
– Sarah F., December 15, 2013

“Alta Mira saved my husband’s and my life, and our marriage.”
– Cadence W., December 7, 2013

“Alta Mira is a safe place to recover and build strength in yourself. I love the staff, they are amazing, and I really appreciate all their help and support. I am so greatful to have spent such an amazing month here! I have nothing but love for this place!”
– Katarina A., November 18, 2013

“When I came to Alta Mira, I was broken, people described me as fragile and silent. At the end of treatment I have found my self-confidence and my voice, in a way I never could have imagined for myself. I truly believe this place is magical, I could never have done this alone.”
– Charlotte W., October 29, 2013

“Alta Mira gave me new hope and life!”
– Collin S., October 28, 2013

“Alta Mira does the body, mind and spirit good!”
– Albert L., September 8, 2013

“I hit bottom and Alta Mira gave me the tools to stop digging. After years of misery I can honestly say I see the light.”
– Amber H., August 28, 2013

“Alta Mira gave me my life back. I have the chance to live the life of my wildest dreams!”
– David K., July 5, 2013

“I feel Alta Mira provided the comprehensive approach that I could not have gotten anywhere else and has provided me with the missing pieces of my recovery. I am now empowered to become the man of integrity in action I could not become on my own!”
– Jonathan D., June 8, 2013

“Alta Mira saved my life. After years of destruction to my mind and body, I was able to eliminate all chemicals and shed the guilt and shame. I am leaving her with a new found passion for life and will forever be indebted.”
– Adam W., April 24, 2013

“The level of expertise at Alta Mira is impeccable in every single area of the situation. Every single staff member was a part of my journey to recovery.”
– Brooke B., April 24, 2013

“I am eternally grateful to Alta Mira for the kindness they have shown me. I recommend this facility highly.”
– Kimberly S., April 23, 2013

“Alta Mira helped me deal with a very difficult and painful time in my life. It is a place that helped me tap into that place in me that said “I can” instead of “I can’t.”"
– Christianna S., April 23, 2013

“I feel that I am beginning a new life, which I could not have done without the Alta Mira staff. I am very proud of myself doing the work that I did. Even though English is my second language, they helped me to understand.”
– Miliana D., April 22, 2013

“Alta Mira is a place of safety and enlightenment.”
– Abe S., April 21, 2013

“The program at Alta Mira was customized to my specific needs and nurtured me from the inside out. I was treated with respect and dignity but also with compassion and genuine care during this difficult time in my life. I am forever grateful to getting back my life and sobriety.”
– James H., April 14, 2013

“The staff and residents make the Alta Mira experience what it is. The relationships you develop in such a short time are both beneficial and inspirational. They really foster a tight-knit community that makes healing that much easier.”
– Kurt G., April 6, 2013

“I used to chuckle when I heard someone joke about ‘Alta Miracles’. Little did I know I was already living my own. The staff of Alta Mira have saved my life. I will forever hold them, and the men and women I shared my recovery with, in my heart.”
– Jeremy F., March 29, 2013

“This could be the best 35 days of your life.”
– Alice P., March 25, 2013

“Alta Mira brought together and clarified my concept of addiction and how to conquer it.”
– Larry G., February 13, 2013

“Getting clean was the most important thing I have done thus far in my life and I truly appreciate all the help I received here. The quality of the staff here was fantastic!”
– Candace G., January 11, 2013

“Serenity and sobriety are waiting for you at Alta Mira.”
– Nanette H., January 2, 2013

“I loved Alta Mira. It was a lovely experience and I received excellent care. I would recommend this facility to my loved ones or anyone who needs help. Thank you Alta Mira.  You will always be thought of fondly in my heart.”
– Sally B., October 21, 2012

“I am so grateful for my time at Alta Mira.  I re-discovered my strength. I developed the tools to maintain my sobriety no matter what life throws at me, and I have a new support system in place, which I hope will last a lifetime.  It is a warm, spiritual, and challenging environment, as well as beautiful.  I recommend it to any addict out there suffering.”
– Steven A., September 16, 2012

“Alta Mira can give you a strong chance at long term sobriety and can truly help start turning your life around, at least that is what it did for me.”
– Scott D., August 30, 2012

“This program gave me an amazing number of tools and information so that I can create my own path and put together a strong plan for my sobriety.”
– Dierdre P., August 5, 2012

“The standout for me was the whole-package approach to treatment offered by Alta Mira.  I am left with a strong sense of what I must do for my mind, body, and spirit in recovery. Each of the different teams are experts in their own field of recovery.  I feel ready to rejoin the stream of life with new tools and enthusiasm for recovery.”
– Stefan S., July 29, 2012

“It was a wonderful experience that I will take home with me and talk about for a long time. Alta Mira gave me the foundation to start out my new life.”
– Mary K., July 10, 2012

“Alta Mira is a world class program offering a one of a kind dual diagnosis treatment program which takes a holistic approach to treating the individual.  The treatment program is rich in content and the high caliber staff is willing to customize individual needs.”
– Charles M., June 21, 2012

“My time at Alta Mira gave me a new lease on life at a time when my hope for the future was all but non-existent.  I left Alta Mira with a renewed enthusiasm for life and a commitment to sober living and recovery that I didn’t know was possible.  The entire team at Alta Mira is caring, highly knowledgeable, and compassionate.  I thank Alta Mira for my new beginning.”
– Tom J., June 14, 2012

“I cannot express the gratitude I feel towards the people at Alta Mira.  It will be an experience I will keep close to my heart throughout my life. I feel like I have been reborn.”
– Ivy M., May 10, 2012

“The environment at Alta Mira has a sense of caring that I feel is unparalleled.”
– Carrie W., May 12, 2012

“I am forever grateful to Alta Mira for the tools and education I have received here. No words can describe the internal and external changes I have been able to make in this program.  I’ve grown more here in 35 days than I have in the last 15 years of my life.  It has forever changed my life for the better and although there is no instant cure for addiction, it has given me a new beginning.  As skeptical as I was, I now have a new outlook and lease on life.  Never before have I been so present in the moment.”
– Robert D., April 23, 2012

“I am forever grateful for what this program has given me, a chance to be human again, enjoy life sober and experience the success that comes with it.  Thank you.”
– Kerry M., March 10, 2012

“Thank you for helping me understand the reasons why I began self medicating in the first place. And, also, for educating me on the tools to heal myself.”
– Tony J., February 15, 2012

“Thank you Alta Mira for giving me my drive, self love, and passion back into my life.  It’s more than tools you gave me, you have given me a new way.  You have given me my life and power back.”
– Ragen R., January 20, 2012

“I have never been able to understand my needs and true self.  At Alta Mira, I was able to find my inner child, my true self, tools to excel in sobriety and a new beginning.  All of these are critical to my success in recovery.”
– Fred D., October 23, 2011

“Alta Mira has been a life changing experience for me. I now have the tools and understanding to create a wonderful life for myself”
– Kate M., September 18, 2011

“I thank Alta Mira’s staff for helping me save my life.  I was heading for a path of destruction.  Alta Mira picked me up when I was at my low and taught me the tools I need to be successful in life! I can’t describe my feelings for everyone involved here.”
– Alex M., August 30, 2011

“Coming to Alta Mira was the best decision I have ever made. I walked in feeling handicapped and incapable of managing my life.  I am walking out a new man, armed with the tools to begin my life in recovery!”
– Mike M., August 1, 2011

“Alta Mira made me feel like I was special and comfortable, like home”
– Barbara V.,  February 9, 2011

“Alta Mira is a place of healing. I can imagine no better, more tranquil setting to embark on self discovery, or to cope with the difficulties of a life out of control. The staff are perfectly assembled and a cohesive unit. Everyone is top notch and the attention by Alta Mira for the individual is uncanny. The program works in the way each community member can benefit from it. You don’t feel like a cog in a wheel. More like a member of the family. My life has been enriched by my experiences here in a way I will never, ever forget.”
– Matthew K., January 29, 2011

“I was carried into Alta Mira, barely able to walk or see straight. A month and a half later I walked out on my own two legs and seeing clearer than I have in years.
– Sean A., January 22, 2010

“If you want to begin living, and end the process of dying, Alta Mira Recovery can show you the path to a life full of endless possibilities.”
– Dan T., January 10, 2011

“My time at Alta Mira was life changing. The quality of therapy at Alta Mira is world class and helped me uncover issues that I had been unable to address my entire life. I am so grateful for the individual care and help provided.”
– Mike M., January 4, 2011

“When I came to Alta Mira I wasn’t sure what they could offer me. What they gave me was myself.  My life has been truly changed.”
– Ilene T., December 10, 2010

“Alta Mira provides an amazing environment to learn about yourself and approach sober living from all aspects of your life – mind, body and spirit. The comprehensive therapy has enabled me to understand myself better and specifically pinpoint the issues surrounding my previous attempts at recovery. I left Alta Mira with a greater sense of purpose and, finally, a feeling of satisfaction (dare I say, “happiness”) regarding my present and future sober life.”
– Nate W., December 2, 2010

“This was my 8th time in treatment. The help I received was far and above anything I’d received in the past. Top to bottom, the best of the best. If you are looking for help – you don’t have to look further.”
– Ned M., November 30, 2010

“I came to Alta Mira confused, angry and frustrated. I thought I was going to just do my time and leave. I had no expectations. What I found was a deeper connection to who I am and what I want to be and a community  of people who loved and cared for me like a second family. I found knowledge of a better life, and tools to help me achieve it.”
– Carey, November 15, 2010

“We have accessed innumerable resources on behalf of Molly and our family since Molly was three years old.  On several occasions, we were counseled it was possible Molly’s brain developed differently during pregnancy.  Periodically, this seemed daunting but we never lost hope nor our sense of commitment that she had every opportunity to live a happy life. Never have we come across a group of individuals who have given so much of themselves to help Molly.  The entire Alta Mira team has shown a level of genuine concern and commitment to Molly’s and our well being that has left us awestruck.  That we were led to you and were welcomed when we arrived is a gift unlike any we have received. Thank you!”
– Claudia, November 11, 2010

“I tried other treatment programs, and always relapsed. Before arriving at Alta Mira, I felt hopeless, like a complete failure, and out of options. But the caring, talented staff here, the personalized program, and the beautiful setting helped me uncover a new understanding of myself and my disease.  I found hope, a new path, new friends, and a home away from home. I’m eternally grateful to Alta Mira for the incredible recovery here. I can only hope to repay the kindness by staying sober and helping other alcoholics and addicts. I will be singing Alta Mira’s praises whenever and wherever needed.”
– Kristina, October 15, 2010

“I so appreciated the care and concern of the counselors. I believe, having been in other treatment centers, that Alta Mira is setting the Gold Standard.”
– Susan, September 12, 2010

“Alta Mira saved my life. Their program will give you the tools you need to maintain sobriety while actually allowing you to see how the tools will be used in the real world.  Their program is truly unique.”
– Lane, September, 11 2010

“Alta Mira is a tremendous asset to the bay area recovery community.  It’s a place of healing and caring, a place to get a new start, a place to build an ongoing recovery plan and support network.  What a resource for people trying to stop the destructive patterns in their lives, to begin recovery or to jump start their existing program.”
– John, August 15, 2010

“This was by far the best program I ever encountered. And I was ready for it.  You pretty much have the Dream Team.”
– Kay, July 8, 2010

“Alta Mira is a Godsend. The quality of the staff and the facility is top notch.  And the personalized treatment programs distinguish Alta Mira from other facilities.”
– Adam, July 1, 2010

“From the initial contact and throughout the entire program there was a high level of expertise and professionalism that emphasized the gravity of addiction.  While the staff was understanding, they did not stand for one client minimizing the magnitude of their disease. They sent me back into the world with a state of awareness, and a bag of tricks to fight off the inevitable urges that might come my way. I wish I had been exposed to all of the things I learned at Alta Mira many years ago. I had no idea what I was up against. I can’t thank the staff enough for teaching me how to do it the Alta Mira Way, not my way.”
– Ron, July 7, 2010

“I thought my life was over, but you showed me that it had not even started yet.”
– Scott, June 24, 2010