Overview of program

The treatment program at Refuge Recovery Centers provides a framework grounded in practical Buddhist ethics and established psychology that incorporates mind, body, spirituality, and family. By addressing the underlying causes around addiction, our therapists can better equip clients with the tools that empower them and promote long-term recovery.

Buddhist-Informed Psychology

Refuge Recovery Centers uses the philosophy of the Buddhist path to help clients focus on their direct experience of the present moment, including the pleasant and unpleasant thoughts, feelings, sensations, perceptions and emotions that arise. In this way, the practice of mindfulness can be used as a roadmap for the individual to explore the inner workings of their own minds.  This process of identifying thoughts, feelings, and emotions that arise in reaction to situations is accepted as a key component to relapse prevention techniques.

Trauma-Focused Care

We are a trauma-focused care facility that utilizes scientifically supported  treatments to address underlying trauma. All of the therapists at Refuge Recovery Centers are trained EMDR specialists, and use a wide variety of evidence based treatment modalities to assist clients with the reprocessing of traumatic memories, as well as dealing with the emotions that may surface when encountering present-day stress.

The World Health Organization, US Department of Defense and the American Psychiatric Association recognize Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) as a front-line treatment for trauma and distress caused by traumatic memories.

Attachment-Based Approach

At Refuge Recovery Centers, we view addiction as an attachment disturbance. It is our understanding that all people need stable relationships with others to maintain balance and regulate emotions. If there is a lack of support and stability in relationships,  people will inevitably turn to other methods of emotional regulation and self-soothing behaviors such as substances. Ultimately, the investigation for clients is to discover how are they organized around the relationships in their lives, and understand what steps to take in order to achieve the emotional regulation they desire.

Levels of Care

Partial Hospitalization Program

Our Partial Hospitalization (PHP) program is designed for those who need structure, a close community, and day-long programming. Clients enrolled in this level of care gain access to programming 5 days a week, 6 hours a day. In addition to custom treatment planning provided by our team of highly trained case-managers, clients receive meditation instruction, individual psychotherapy, group therapy, and experiential therapy.

Intensive Outpatient Program

The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) at Refuge Recovery Centers is structured to suit the scheduling needs of those with full-time jobs, classes, or other daytime commitments. IOP clients have more flexible access to programming for up to 5 days a week, 3 hours a day.  Similar to PHP clients, clients enrolled in this level of care receive custom treatment planning provided by our case-managers, meditation instruction, individual psychotherapy,  group therapy and experiential therapy.

Outpatient Program

The Outpatient Program is created for  individuals who are ready to move on with their journey but continue to meet with their therapist once a week. OP clients have completed the Refuge Recovery Centers Day Treatment (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient (IOP) programs or the equivalent, and are looking for a level of care that will assist them in remaining grounded and stable in their recovery.


By surrounding yourself in a positive environment with like-minded individuals working toward the common goal of a sober lifestyle, success is significantly more assured. Transitional living communities offer the invaluable asset of “one addict helping another,” allowing the recovery process to come full circle. Success rates for sobriety nearly triple when a minimum 6-month transitional living stay is incorporated as part of a recovery treatment.