Success Story

“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

We Can Help You

Researchers speak of two types of addictions: substance addictions (e.g. alcoholism, drug abuse and smoking) and process addictions, such as those related to gambling, spending, shopping, eating and sexual activity. We understand that many of our clients have co-existing alcohol or drug problems along with a process addiction. Any addiction by definition causes problems in one’s life, so we address each addiction during the course of treatment.

Here are some of the process addictions for which we work with recognized specialists to develop personalized treatment plans:

  • Gambling
  • Compulsive overeating
  • Spending
  • Hoarding
  • Internet and video gaming
  • Workaholism
  • Sexual acting out
  • Shopping
  • Exercising
  • And other high risk behavior that induce negative consequences

How we treat process addiction

At Alta Mira, we treat process addictions in much the same way we do drug and alcohol dependence. In our experience, the core issues that typically drive substance abuse are similar to those driving process addictions.

Because process addictions are diseases with serious physical and psychological effects, we treat their biological, psychological, social, interpersonal and spiritual components. Our approach combines traditional clinical and integrated holistic techniques. These include:

  • A medical, psychological and nutritional assessment to help develop a healing plan for your body and mind
  • A minimum of two individual sessions with a primary therapist in addition to sessions with our Director of Integrative Healing, our addiction psychiatrist, our addiction internist and our recovery counselors
  • Daily group therapy in order to process your experience at Alta Mira
  • A variety of on and off campus group activities
  • A number of experiential therapies (e.g., equine therapy, pet therapy, adventure therapy, Native American healing ceremonies)
  • Regular physical exercise, yoga, massage, and acupuncture to help your body heal, grow and relax
  • Self-directed individual growth experiences through literature and instructional CDs and DVDs
  • Journaling is also encouraged to record and track your experiences, thoughts, feelings and actions
  • Access to a variety of 12-step and recovery support group meetings several times each week
  • Attendance at educational seminars on a variety of subjects (e.g. nutrition, sleep hygiene, relapse prevention, etc.) related to recovery, growth, healing and transformation
  • Family of origin work helps clients to gain insight into interpersonal dynamics and relationship issues

Alta Mira’s process addiction program is designed to increase awareness of your disease, improve your mood and mental clarity, and help you develop effective recovery tools. With this foundation, you will be able assume personal responsibility, provide better self care and discover your own “truth.” Ultimately, you will develop a basis for connection to the world around you, identify your own spiritual connections and find your own path to recovery. You will discover a new way of living.

Find the right program for you

  • Primary Care

    Start your recovery with an individualized course of clinical and therapeutic treatment (30-90 days) that addresses your specific needs and integrates your existing support system. Learn more

  • Chronic Relapse

    Stop the relapse cycle and pick up the recovery process where you left it. Our program takes a clinical focus on the underlying issues that stand in the way of recovery. Learn more

  • Extended Care

    Practice your transition back to everyday life in a safe, nurturing residential environment. This program is an excellent choice for clients who have completed primary care here or at another facility, and who seek additional support. Learn more

Process addiction resources

Here are some helpful links to learn more about process addictions:




Video gaming

Compulsive spending