Recovery Immersion


Welcome! Your journey towards wellness starts here with us.

At Wilson Smith Recovery Services we assure you’re in safe hands. We encourage each of our guests to come in with a hopeful state of mind because, be rest assured we will take care of you in every way possible.

Our 21-day program is designed not just to relieve you of your addictions and surplus stress but also to ensure holistic healing and wellness, an important element in Recovery.

A Day With Us

A typical day here starts with a 6:30 am Yoga session; those who quite enjoy their coziness may sleep in. No pressure there!
We encourage a good jog/run outdoors to kick-start the morning and get those endorphins flowing. A hearty breakfast is soon to follow. Nothing beats a wholesome nutritious meal to fuel the day’s activities.
Sessions are held between 10 am to 1 pm and 4 pm to 7 pm with strategically placed breaks in between in order to ensure maximum absorption of recovery theory material. During this time many may chose to re-visit their passions of reading, catching up on a Netflix favorite or perhaps even indulge in a rejuvenating nap.
Evenings are free for venturing into the outdoors again for some light exercise; a visit to the local market place, and intermingling with recovering addicts and alcoholics is also encouraged.
At day’s end guests have an open discussion of theoretical work amongst each other in the presence of our counselor. This is followed by a heart-warming dinner to enliven spirits before turning in for the night.
At Wilson Smith we strongly believe that ‘Anyone Can Recover’. As we hold your hand through your soul-nurturing yet transformative journey, we urge each guest to develop an attitude of gratitude toward his or her healing process.
Your successful Recovery is our number one priority.

Our Therapeutic System

Our 21-day Residential Program offers the ‘Closed Group’ Model.
In order to truly appreciate the extraordinary value of the “Closed Group Therapeutic System”, one needs to understand the dynamics of the traditional “revolving door admission” approach. The revolving door system is the most accepted and practiced form of residential treatment program modality. The “revolving door” system allows guests to enter into treatment at any time. The guests in traditional revolving door settings need to adapt to different guests entering and leaving, often on a daily basis, thus constantly changing the group dynamic. In a revolving door setting guest bonding, group cohesion and program flow and design are sacrificed for ease of admission.
At Wilson Smith the “Closed Group” residential setting nurtures the development of the Therapeutic-Alliance. This very important bond between guests and peers is also greatly enhanced, as we accept no more than 12 guests per session. This small group design strengthens the bond between guests and counselors.
What makes the “Closed Group” model so effective? The “Closed Group” program allows a small group of guests to start and finish their residential stay at the same time. The “Closed Group” model allows the therapeutic team at Wilson Smith to design a sequenced flow of content and schedules. The “Closed Group” setting allows us to maximize program effectiveness by harmonizing therapeutic components such as didactic presentations and lectures, individual counseling, group therapy, experiential workshops and process groups. Studies have shown Therapeutic-Alliance to be the most important component in any treatment program. This alliance encompasses both the bond between guest and counselor, as well as the bond between the guest and peers. This alliance is the single most important component, contributing to long lasting and successful treatment.
Beyond the benefits to the program design and effectiveness, the greatest benefits are to be found in the group dynamic itself. At Wilson Smith the “Closed Group” model allows for greater bonding between guests. This deeper level of bond and familiarity add immensely to the quality of treatment as emotional safety and understanding are not impaired and disturbed by new members injecting their “newcomer’s needs” into the group dynamic. Intensive interactional group therapy exerts its chief therapeutic power through interpersonal learning. The “Closed Group” model allows for greater group cohesion to be developed. The resulting emotional safety allows guests to develop a deeper level of trust with their peers therefore facilitating breakthroughs in self-discovery and self-awareness.
Wilson Smith has chosen to place an emphasis on providing the most individualized care within a group setting. Each guest receives the care and attention needed to make their recovery process as effective as possible. We understand the true value of “Therapeutic-Alliance”. At Wilson Smith the quality of guest/counselor interactions allow for each guest to be heard, understood, feel validated and empowered as they undertake the process of change and healing. Trust in the process, in others and in self, which are crucial to peer-bonding, to shifts in self-perceptions and to a sense of spiritual connection, are enhanced by the emotional security derived from being a part of a consistent group of people over a 21 day period. Furthermore, an uninterrupted extended stay in a safe place, away from the “old environment” associated with the old self-defeating behavioral patterns, allows for the body and the psyche to acquire new habits more easily. Interacting with the same peers sanely, receiving and giving help, proves to the guest the trustworthiness of a recovery support group as well as the guest’s own trustworthiness. As the entire group cohesively moves through the program together bonded in trust, the learning process is enhanced. At Wilson Smith small, “Closed Groups” and carefully crafted coursework systematically maximize every opportunity for guests’ successful long-term recovery, personal growth and transformation.
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