Practical Recovery - Reunion San Diego

California (CA) > Rehab Centers in La Jolla, CA
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8950 Villa La Jolla Dr.
La Jolla, California 92037

Financial & Insurance Details

  • Insurance
  • Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • Financing

Treatment Center Settings

  • Residential Neighborhood

Facility Highlights

Holistic Treatment

Continuing Care

Non-12-step detox program

Treatment Center Philosophy

Reunion is Practical Recovery’s co-ed treatment program for alcohol and drug addiction. The facility offers a full continuum of care, including residential rehab, sober living and outpatient services, and provides clients with an alternative to the traditional 12-Step model of care. Treatment utilizes a broad range of psychotherapeutic and holistic modalities designed to restore the physical, social and emotional well-being of each client. A high staff-to-client ratio and individualized treatment plans allow individuals to confront the underlying issues responsible for their addiction and change negative thinking and problematic behavior patterns.

Facility Center Details

  • Residential Treatment
  • Detox Services
  • Behavioral Disorder Treatment
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Outpatient Services
  • Intensive Outpatient Services
  • Sober Living Home
  • Day School
  • Private Rooms
  • Pet Friendly
  • Exceptionally LGBT Friendly
  • Men Only
  • Women Only


  • CARF
  • ADP

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Meet The Staff

Ashley Adams, MA, MFTI
Assistant Clinical Director

Ms. Adams has been working in addiction treatment and recovery for 4 years and started at Practical Recovery before they opened Reunion in 2011. She holds a master’s degree from Alliant International University in Marriage and Family Therapy. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from San Diego State University in Sociology and Psychology. For Ashley, the most profound aspect of addiction treatment is focusing on the dynamics of family and couple relationships. During her first traineeship she worked with individuals who experienced severe trauma, including sexual assault and domestic violence. This was a powerful training period for Ashley, where she learned a great deal about resiliency. In addition to her work in substance abuse treatment and trauma, she also has a strong interest in eating disorders, including awareness and prevention. She interned at an eating disorders program in San Diego for two years and was a facilitator for ANAD (Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders). She has also done clinical work and cultural competency trainings abroad and loves to travel any chance she gets. Ashley has completed all 3,000 pre-licensing hours and is currently awaiting approval to take the MFT licensing exam.

Rich Hycner, PhD
Consulting Psychologist

User Reviews

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I attended Reunion, and though it was the best possible program. It's not 12 step based, and that's what I was looking for. Expert psychologists and evidence-based treatment. Unfortunately, Reunion is closed, but Practical Recovery offers intensive outpatient treatment, with various hotel options. The staff is non-judgmental, supportive, and truly caring; and they believe you are powerful, not powerless. No higher power is required. I really can't imagine a better place.
Very Good
My son was a patient at Practical Recovery for three weeks. He did not want to do a 12-Step program, which eliminated about 90 percent of the programs out there. After extensive research, I took a chance with Practical Recovery based on reviews, the staff bios, a phone interview and their overall approach to treating addiction. My son has not had a relapse since being there. The therapists there help clients address the root causes of addiction, be it mental health issues, addictions within the family, physical pain, and predisposition to addiction. This has been life changing for my son. This program was the right program for him. If you are reading this trying to find a place of recovery for a loved one, consider Practical Recovery as a good option. If you have the luxury of time, read the book “Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America's Greatest Tragedy” by David Sheff. He goes into detail about all the types of recovery options. I listened to the audiobook version after sending my son to Practical Recovery. It reconfirmed my choice, for my son.
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If twelve step programs aren't for you, this might be the answer. I recommend it without reservation. While its not the most luxurious of all rehabs, Reunion is very comfortable and tasteful. I'd rather spend the money on treatment! I found the staff uniformly caring. The clinical staff is superb. They treat you like an adult and design the treatment plan for you specifically. Generally you attend group therapy first thing, and then you have 2 individual psychotherapy sessions, each day. The point is to build you up, not to drag you down. You are encouraged to trust your judgement and to take responsibility for the choices you make, in a sympathetic and caring way. You can read what you want, talk to people on your phone (of course this is not encouraged in sessions), and you have lots of time to practice mindfulness. On my first visit here I began to note levels of anxiety I'd never noticed before; and that was partly due to the time I was able to spend alone. If you want to be marched from meeting to meeting in a rigid schedule, this is not the place for you. The treatment is based in part on Smart Recovery, which treats addictive behavior primarily as a bad habit, not as a moral failing. For example, relapses are not encouraged, but if you do relapse you encouraged to learn from the experience in a shame-free environment. But the staff goes far deeper than Smart Meetings (I'm an enthusiastic Smart volunteer) to find out why you were using. I liked the other residents a lot; they were uniformly bright and accomplished. I relapsed two years after treatment and returned. This time the staff concentrated on helping me find meaning in my life, in particular, by picking a new career. The staff organizes outings for shopping, and movies and the like. San Diego has the best weather in the country (my other option was winter in Minnesota); that made the stay particularly pleasant. The program is expensive but I'd have to say it was worth every penny. Before I went to Reunion, my therapist told me I would not enjoy the experience which I think reflects the orientation of many programs to regiment you, which even great therapists are inured to. I did some difficult psychological work, sure, but I really enjoyed my stays at Reunion.
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I was overwhelmed with the skills and thoroughness of the staff and the accommodations. It was my 15th treatment center. With what I learned there, I know why the other 14 didn't work.
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