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Listen to What Our Alumni Have to Say

Choosing an addiction treatment center is one of the most important decisions you or your loved one will ever make. This choice holds the power to transform your future, and it can be an emotional one.

We recommend that potential clients and their families speak directly to our former clients when gathering information about Alta Mira. By calling our admissions line, we can connect individuals directly to former clients who have volunteered to answer questions and give honest feedback. Additionally, we’ve asked clients and their families if they would like to share any written thoughts with other individuals and families regarding Alta Mira. Here are their responses.

  • “The safest and warmest environment”

    If you are ready to start living the life that you were always meant to live, Alta Mira can give you the safest and warmest environment coupled with a world-class professional team.

    Michael B.
    January 2, 2015
  • “I have found my self-confidence and my voice”

    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
  • “Individualistic, comprehensive solution”

    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 resident’s issues, and has the resources to back it up. I highly recommend Alta Mira.

    Grant H.
    June 24, 2014
  • “I found the inspiration to live at Alta Mira”

    When I think about my experience at Alta Mira I am overwhelmed with inspiration. They gave me hope that I can have a life filled with love and happiness. 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. 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
  • “The tools to move forward and embrace a healthy life”

    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
  • “Shed the guilt and shame”

    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 newfound passion for life and will forever be indebted.

    Adam W.
    April 24, 2013
  • “Newfound sense of joy and happiness”

    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 newfound sense of joy and happiness in everyday life.

    Preston D.
    May 1, 2014
  • “Eternally grateful”

    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
  • “Help and compassion”

    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 grateful to have spent such an amazing month here! I have nothing but love for this place!

    Katarina A.
    November 18, 2013
  • “I am now empowered”

    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!

    Jonathon D.
    June 8, 2013
  • “Everything somebody needs to get sober”

    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.
  • “Quality of the care and the curriculum are completely life-changing”

    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 addiction, building the tools to work with those findings, creating a sense of spirituality so that you can get outside yourself and egocentric 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
  • “Respect and dignity”

    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
  • “Makes healing that much easier”

    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 16, 2013
  • “Beginning a new life”

    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 Miracles”

    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
  • “Rediscovered my strength”

    I am so grateful for my time at Alta Mira. I rediscovered 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
  • “A place of healing”

    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
  • “Mind, body and spirit”

    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
  • “One-of-a-kind dual diagnosis treatment”

    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
  • “Renewed enthusiasm for life”

    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 can”

    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 have been reborn”

    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
  • “A new beginning”

    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
  • “Life changing”

    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
  • “Alta Mira picked me up”

    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
  • “A new man”

    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
  • “Forever grateful”

    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
  • “The tools to heal myself”

    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
  • “Excellent care”

    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
  • “Given me my life and power back”

    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
  • “Success in recovery”

    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
  • “Seeing clearer”

    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
  • “A life full of endless possibilities”

    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
  • “World class”

    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
  • “A greater sense of purpose”

    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
  • “The best of the best”

    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
  • “Community of people who loved and cared for me”

    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.

    November 15, 2010
  • “Genuine concern and commitment”

    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 or 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!

    November 11, 2010
  • “I found hope”

    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.

    October 15, 2010
  • “Gold Standard”

    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.

    September 12, 2010
  • “Truly unique”

    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.

    September 11, 2010
  • “A place of healing and caring”

    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.

    August 15, 2010
  • “I can’t thank the staff enough”

    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.

    July 7, 2010

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