Our structured week includes:

At The Way Back we help our clients learn to understand the consequences of addictive behavior and develop alternative coping methods. While in residential, you will learn to make positive choices, cope with urges while building a new lifestyle and develop relapse prevention skills. 

Our residential team employs a philosophy of holistic drug treatment and healing, with attention to each client’s mind, body, and spirit. Our staff members have extensive experience and are well versed in 12 Step, SMART Recovery, and Non-12 Step treatment principles.

7 Foundations of Recovery

Residential Treatment

Often, individuals who suffer from substance use disorder​ ​have​, for many ​years, ​ ​participated in​ ​self-defeating behavior. ​Breaking​ ​that cycle​ ​and​ ​promoting​ ​change​ ​doesn’t​ ​happen​ ​overnight, so​ ​The Way Back ​​offers a comprehensive assessment and reassessment process, to accurately monitor your treatment, and your length of stay.

A​ ​typical​ ​day at The Way Back​ ​consists​ ​of​ ​spiritual wellness walks and meditation, education and clinical groups​, free time for job search, employment or volunteer work, and personal time. ​​​Each participant is assigned a substance use disorder counselor who will act as a case manager in addition to assisting in all facets of the treatment process. 

In addition, clients will have an individual counseling session weekly to assess progress on treatment plan goals. Treatment plans are created collaboratively with client and counselor to make sure that every treatment plan is client-centered. Treatment plans are created by day 10 of residency and updated every 30-days. 

Clients​ ​must​ ​adhere​ ​to​ ​established​ ​rules​ ​and​ ​regulations​ ​and​ ​participate​ ​in​ ​daily​ ​upkeep​ ​of the​ ​home. ​This​ ​fosters​ ​a​ ​therapeutic​ ​environment​ ​that​ ​promotes​ ​personal​ ​respect, responsibility, ​​and ​ ​ultimately, ​long-term​ ​recovery. Each​ ​client​ ​is​ ​responsible​ ​for​ ​his own​ ​progress​ ​in​ ​treatment, and this ​progress is ​at their​ ​own​ ​pace, ​which​ ​is​ ​why​ ​The Way Back​ ​provides​ ​flexibility​ ​in​ ​the​ ​duration​ ​of a clients stay​ ​and​ ​their​ ​daily schedule.

Our Program

The Way Back includes a variety of sessions and groups. Clients can participate in education groups, process/clinical groups, individual counseling, relapse prevention, treatment planning and psychotherapy. During treatment at The Way Back, clients may also take part in some of the therapeutic and creative elements available in our program, which include activities such as; yoga, mindfulness meditation, and exercise (contingent upon the individual’s initial level of care). While participating in our curriculum and taking time for recreation, men can work on their personal recovery and focus on restructuring their lives.

The Way Back utilizes Motivational Interviewing methods and philosophies and recognizes Stages of Change in the recovery process. We emphasize concurrent treatment for substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders. At The Way Back, we help men restore their lives by embracing a way of life-based upon the 12-Step principles of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA) SMART Recovery, and spiritual wellness. At The Way Back you are free to choose your spiritual path.

Program Objectives

The Way Back encourages men to be more self-aware, dignified and self-respecting, thereby gaining greater self-esteem. We encourage personal growth through personal responsibility. Clients learn valuable social skills enabling them to maintain recovery and successfully integrate as productive members of their community.

How Our Program Works

The Way Back​ ​adheres​ ​to​ ​an​ ​abstinent-​based​ ​method​ ​of​ ​rehabilitation​ ​from​ ​substance use, ​however, if a client lapses while in treatment he will be reassessed using the ASAM criteria, and if appropriate will be able to continue their treatment. Individuals who lapse will be assigned to our relapse policy and procedure; or if appropriate, may be referred to a higher level of care. 

The​ ​Way Back​ ​is​ ​a​ ​501(c)(3) ​​nonprofit​ ​corporation​ ​licensed​ ​and​ ​certified​ ​by​ ​the​ ​State Department​ ​of​ ​Alcohol​ ​and​ ​Drug​ ​Programs. ​​The Way Back Inc. is under contract with San Diego County Behavioral Health Services and is funded by the County of San Diego and Medi-Cal. The Way Back Inc. and the county of San Diego are participants in the Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System (DMC ODS).