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The Alta Mira Difference

Alta Mira means high vista or higher view. It captures where we set our sights as a team and the results our clients achieve—a new outlook on their lives and the ability to extend their successes far into the future.

7 Reasons Why It Works

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1. Brain Healthy Curriculum
2. Superior Clinical Care
3. Trusted and Certified
4. Credentialed Staff
5. Success Stories
6. Individual Psychological Testing
7. Lifetime Aftercare


1-Brain-Healthy-CurriculumBrain Healthy Curriculum

Alta Mira offers four core areas of treatment including: biological, psychological, social and spiritual approaches.
4 Areas

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2A Higher Level of Clinical Care

Four Areas Of Higher Standard
Our goal at Alta Mira is to provide the highest level clinical and medical care within a residential dual diagnosis treatment setting. Here are four areas where we set a higher standard:

Unparalleled access to individual care

Our clients’ problems aren’t 9–5 and neither is our program. We provide counseling seven days a week with masters level or credentialed counselors, and every client is assigned a licensed masters or doctoral level primary therapist. All clients receive a two to three private, in-depth therapy sessions every week, because in our experience, one-on-one sessions are critical in identifying the core issues driving an addiction and in influencing successful outcomes.

Customized treatment planning

Customized treatment planning. Every client at Alta Mira undergoes an extensive assessment and evaluation period where our multidisciplinary team of clinicians and medical staff work together to determine core recovery issues and arrive at an accurate diagnosis for any co-occurring psychological or psychiatric disorders. Once the core issues have been identified, we develop a customized treatment plan with clinical and medical milestones to be achieved throughout the course of treatment.

Treatment plans for co-occurring disorders

In our view, if there is an underlying psychiatric or psychological disorder with a client, it is important to treat the mental health diagnosis alongside the addiction. At Alta Mira, clients with dual diagnosis receive comprehensive treatment for both problems simultaneously.

Proprietary Clinical Model

We have developed a unique clinical model that is codified in our workbook, The Alta Mira Way, which moves clients through various stages of recovery including stabilization, awareness, integration, preparation, aftercare support and relapse prevention.

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3Trusted and Certified

trusted and certified

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4Highly Credentialed Professional Team

With 6 full-time and 4 part time doctorate level clinical staff members, Alta Mira offers a rare level of professional experience, skill, care and containment for a 30 bed facility. All of our primary therapists are masters or PhD level. The credentials and licensure that Alta Mira brings to its treatment programs are wide-ranging. In addition to the significant clinical credentials, Alta Mira offers 24 hour detox specialists for our clients, a rarity for residential treatment. Our Medical team of independent physician affiliates is anchored by our Chair of Addiction Medicine, Dr. David Smith, who has over 45 years of experience in addiction medicine and is a Past President of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM).

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5Success Stories

Alumni Success Stories

“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

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6Extensive psychological testing for every client

We believe most addictions stem from some underlying psychological issue. In order to provide the best treatment, therefore, it is important to have a strong understanding of each client’s psychology. We achieve this through an extensive battery of cognitive and neuropsychological tests including: Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS-IV), Rorschach Inkblot Test, Thematic Apperception Test (TAT), Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI), Beck Depression and Anxiety Inventories, Strong Interest Inventory, and Post Traumatic Stress Diagnostic Scale (PDS) to name a few. When indicated, we may also conduct a SPECT brain scan in order to identify inactive areas of the brain and determine if there has been prior trauma to the brain.

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7A Lifetime Relationship with Alta Mira

We make a commitment to support our clients in their lives beyond treatment. From the moment clients arrive, we work together to prepare them for the a life of meaningful recovery that awaits them. Alumni have access to our 12-week Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), weekly two hour Alumni process groups facilitated by one of our primary therapists, and weekly alumni support groups. In addition, family members have ongoing access to our renowned Family Program, held approximately every four weeks.

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