Clinical Approach

The 4 Elements of

Our Approach

  • Assessment


    Each client is assessed ahead of admission to determine if Recover Integrity is a good fit. Clients are assessed again upon intake, with our psychiatrist at the time of their evaluation and at other points during treatment as advised by their clinical team.

  • Individual & Family

    Individual & Family Work

    Clients are engaged in individual twice weekly therapeutic work, more if the need presents, less as deemed appropriate. Additionally, attentive family work, coaching and even therapy are available as indicated during assessment or throughout treatment.

  • Treatment Planning

    Treatment Planning

    Treatment planning begins within the first few days of a client's arrival. Plans are updated and reviewed on a weekly basis and can include specialists, adjunctive and breakthrough therapies.

  • Wisdom

    Wisdom Work

    Developing, understanding and integrating the wisdom to manage the relationship of the soul to the ego self and higher self, and how to manage the relationship among all three areas of the inner life.

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The Developmental Integrity Profile

Our clinical approach is unique from other programs in that we utilize a general theory of addiction “The Developmental Integrity Theory”. We have an understanding that addiction should be treated on five levels: physiological, psychological, moral, social and spiritual.  Additionally, we offer individualized treatment plans based upon the client’s specific needs.

Road to Recovery

DIP is an empirically validated addiction diagnostic and prescriptive tool for clinicians, treatment and recovery programs. The DIP can identify each client’s specific and unique underlying issues AND prescribe specific, tailored treatment that will be most effective for each individual’s unique set of issues. Moreover, DIP can be used to measure and map individual client’s responses to treatment and their progress on the road to recovery.

Harvard’s Developmental Model

Recover Integrity is the home of DIP, the revolutionary diagnostic tool for individuals struggling with mental health and/or substance abuse disorders. Harvard trained Drs. Charles & Ronnie Blakeney brought Harvard’s developmental model to the assessment of integrity gaps and recovery potential for people in addiction treatment. The Drs. Blakeney have been among the foremost leaders in the field for over 30 years.

Psychological and Spiritual Work

We believe that people engage in addictive behaviors because they are stuck and/or in pain. The path to relieving one’s pain is rooted in integrating stuck and split aspects of the self which lead to the creation of new behavioral responses. Without engaging in this deeper process, recovery has little value and can not be sustained. At the basic level, this work is psychological and values driven. At the deepest level, this is spiritual work, and it is existential in nature.

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12 Step

The 12 Steps

A 12 step recovery program is an integral part of our treatment model. With the recognition that the 12 steps must be chosen, integrated and understood, we encourage our clients to engage in this meaningful process.  Our emphasis on working through the steps, comes from the knowledge that in order to sustain recovery, one must develop a Recovering Identity. This occurs most effectively in a group setting with like-minded people, who are also pursuing recovery.


The 12 steps provide a great framework in which to tap into one’s transformative potential and promotes recovery as a way of life. It is important to recognize that sobriety only begins in treatment, it doesn’t end there.


The 12 step recovery programs offer long term support within a huge global network which benefits from the wisdom of having worked with more recovering people than all other systems combined.


We also offer a variety of alternative structured support systems including: Smart Recovery, and Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society for clients who have legitimate resistance to engaging in a 12 step recovery program.

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Wisdom Work

We are only as fulfilled as our perspective allows us to be. People who are stuck in a cycle of addiction, often see the world as a dark place, themselves and/or others as uncaring, and life as meaningless.  Developing a spiritual practice, questioning long-held beliefs, and discovering new ways of being, are crucial to finding lasting recovery and happiness.  This is the work of the spirit – internal transformation, which is the elemental core not just for recovery, but for living a good life. Meditation, spiritual practice, learning, philosophy and living a moral life, make up the cornerstone of Recover Integrity’s spiritual counseling and group program.


One key part of recovery is developing the wisdom to manage the inner life and interpersonal relationships. And thus, gaining insight into the structures of interpersonal interactions, and how to develop and maintain a strong, resilient inner core, among other things.

Ego Self

The basis of this work is the ability to escape the grip of the “ego self,” the place of reactivity, and lower order emotions, feelings, images, thoughts, drives, impulses, desires, intuitions, and sensations.

Higher Self

When we escape the grip of the ego self (the area where addictive behavior can be dominant), we can access the “Higher Self,” a place of the observer mind, objective mind, rationality, reason, truth, justice, love and beauty, all the way to Holiness and the experience of the Divine.