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Who We Are

The positive psychology model of PERMA+ is at the heart of Visit Health Recovery’s addiction treatment philosophy. Research has shown that this approach significantly improves physical health, vitality, job satisfaction, life satisfaction, and commitment within organizations.

Our Mission

Our mission is to empower individuals on their journey to sobriety by offering personalized, evidence-based treatment options. Whether you choose our in-person programs or Telehealth services, you can trust that you'll receive compassionate care and support every step of the way. Take the first step towards a brighter future with Visit Health Recovery today. 

An Integrated Recovery Model for Individualized Treatment

Our model is designed to help clients effectively recover from drug and alcohol addiction while respecting and validating each individual's unique needs, values, and experiences. The program uses evidence-based interventions employed by licensed professionals to provide a thorough assessment of each case and create an individual treatment plan to support clients in their personal paths to rehab and recovery. We adhere to the positive psychology model of PERMA+ to treatment, which research has shown significantly improves physical health, vitality, job satisfaction, life satisfaction, and commitment within organizations (Kern, Waters, Alder, & White, 2014). Our holistic, state-of-the-art curriculum focuses on nutrition, exercise, yoga, meditation, art therapy, and acupuncture. Visit Health Recovery programs will collaborate and assist with aftercare. This may include coordination with community supports such as 12 Step Programs, peer recovery, mental health therapy, and other supportive networks to facilitate sustained recovery. Aftercare plans may also include therapy with family and or significant others. Aftercare planning will be provided per individual clients needs and request.

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Our Programs

 

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High Intensity Outpatient Program (PHP)

The High Intensity Outpatient Program is a structured recovery program that involves a minimum of 20 hours per week of group and individual sessions. This program is designed for clients who benefit from a more intensive treatment approach and runs over a 30-day period, with sessions held 5 days a week.

Our program provides a curriculum that focuses on positive psychology, health, wellness, and evidence-based therapies to help clients develop healthier coping skills and strategies to manage addiction and enhance their quality of life. We address the body, mind, and spirit to assist clients in reintegrating into daily life, followed by ongoing support through our intensive outpatient program.

(In-person Sessions are strongly encouraged)

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

The Intensive Outpatient Program at our facility offers a positive and holistic approach to recovery with a flexible schedule of 9-19 hours of group and individual sessions over 8 weeks. Group sessions, lasting 3 hours each, are available in the morning and evening sessions. Our curriculum focuses on health, wellness, positive psychology, and evidence-based treatment modalities to support clients through their recovery journey. We maintain small group sizes to provide individualized care and address body, mind, and spirit to help clients reintegrate into daily life, followed by ongoing support in our outpatient program.

(Virtual options are available for clients who cannot attend in-person sessions)

Outpatient Program

The Outpatient Program is tailored for individuals in recovery or transitioning from higher levels of care. It includes group and individual sessions totaling up to 9 hours per week based on individual needs. Clients can personalize their treatment by choosing group sessions with a positive and holistic approach that aligns with their treatment goals, while also having weekly one-on-one sessions to address real-life situations.

We address the body, mind, and spirit to assist clients in reintegrating into daily life, followed by ongoing support through our Long-Term Remission Monitoring program.

(Virtual options are available for clients who cannot attend in-person sessions)

Long-Term Remission Monitoring

Our Long-Term Remission Monitoring program is geared towards clients who have achieved sobriety and desire ongoing support to enhance the sustainability of their recovery. Clients engage in individual meetings with a primary counselor every 1-3 months to assess progress, manage stressors, and mitigate any potential high-risk situations or relapses.

(Virtual options are available for clients who cannot attend in-person sessions)

Sober Living Home

For individuals who require a structured living environment conducive to recovery, our sober living homes offer a supportive community and safe space to heal. With full-time live-in managers, established rules, and a focus on accountability, our sober living homes provide the foundation for long-term sobriety.

Telehealth Recovery Services

In addition to our in-person programs, we offer Telehealth services for individuals who prefer remote access to addiction recovery support. Through secure video conferencing and virtual therapy sessions, clients can receive professional guidance and counseling from the comfort of their own homes.

Meet the Team

The Visit Health Recovery Los Gatos team comprises mental health professionals offering a range of knowledge and expertise. Each member is united in their dedication to our holistic approach to healing and recovery.

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Kevin Blankenship, MD

Medical Director

The son of a coal miner, Kevin grew up in a small town in southern West Virginia. After graduating from high school, Kevin joined the U.S. Army to serve his country. Upon completing his military service, Dr. Blankenship earned both a degree in pharmacy and medicine and went on to complete his emergency medicine residency at West Virginia University. He became board certified in emergency medicine and worked in numerous medical settings throughout West Virginia. In 2001, he cofounded MedExpress Urgent Care, which ultimately became the country’s largest urgent care company. In 2014, a family member’s substance use disorder brought Kevin face-to-face with the significant issue of the growing substance use epidemic and the lack of recovery options throughout our country. Inspired by this experience, Dr. Blankenship has dedicated himself professionally to being part of the solution through directly serving the recovery community. This dedication is what has become Jacob' Ladder at Brookside Farm. Jacob’s Ladder is a long-term residential treatment program for men centered around a working farm in Aurora, West Virginia. Jacob’s Ladder was featured in the Netflix documentary “Recovery Boys”. Dr. Blankenship’s mission has been to help fight the stigma of addiction, to treat and care for those suffering from addiction and to educate the public about this fatal disease that is killing our families.

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Carmen Rivera

CADCII - Substance Abuse Specialist 

Carmen Rivera holds a CADCII Substance Abuse credential, which she acquired over 26 years ago from San Jose City College. Her professional focus lies in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) within group and individual settings, with a particular emphasis on serving the Bilingual Latino Community. Carmen is well-versed in therapeutic modalities like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). In her current position at Visit Health Recovery, Carmen's responsibilities include implementing various group therapy approaches, modalities, and innovative techniques to support individuals in their recovery journey. She is attentive to the individualized nature of treatment while maintaining an overarching goal of establishing a secure and supportive environment for clients to address life stressors, such as trauma, childhood experiences, and substance use challenges. Outside her professional sphere, Carmen enjoys spending time with her family. Activities like going to the movies, walking her dogs, and attending family events are among her preferred leisure pursuits. Carmen also finds immense joy in the company of her grandchildren.

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Carrie Neal

Virtual Counselor

Carrie is a new member of the Visit Health Recovery Team, whose commitment to helping others is fueled by her profound sense of compassion. With a Masters in Addiction Counseling and extensive leadership and clinical experience, Carrie has dedicated herself to guiding individuals through the journey of recovery from addiction. Carrie's approach to treatment is rooted in empathy for others and backed by clinical expertise. She seamlessly integrates various modalities, including Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Conscious Recovery, and other holistic approaches, to provide comprehensive care that addresses the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects of healing. Drawing from her own personal recovery journey, Carrie understands the complexities individuals face and is committed to tailoring treatment plans to meet their unique needs. She believes in empowering individuals to cultivate mindfulness, resilience, and self-awareness, enabling them to overcome obstacles and embrace lasting change. In addition to her clinical work, Carrie finds joy in simple pleasures, such as vintage shopping with her daughter, cheering on her son at sports events, and embarking on hikes with her cherished Goldendoodle, Theo.

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George Baez

Director of Operations

George is a passionate and experienced healthcare professional with over 35 years of diverse experience in business operations, substance use navigation, and end-of-life consulting. He is a certified death doula and has worked in various healthcare settings, including hospitals, startups, and clinics, where he has demonstrated his skills in data analysis, project management, compliance, training, and customer service. He has also contributed to the improvement of healthcare equality and accessibility for marginalized populations, such as LGBTQ+ and substance use disorder patients. In his personal time, he provides end-of-life consulting services to individuals and their families dealing with the challenges of end-of-life care. He is passionate about helping people live and die with dignity, grace, and compassion.

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Katie Conway

Counselor

Katie is a compassionate Substance Abuse Counselor at Visit Health Recovery, serving as a guiding light in the journey of sobriety. As a woman in recovery herself, Katie holds a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) certification, infusing her work with a deep understanding and empathy. Specializing in Client-Centered Therapy, she tailors her approach to meet the unique needs of each individual she supports. Katie is a driving force in Process Groups, guiding clients through their journey of self-discovery and healing. Her expertise extends to Relapse Prevention, Conscious Recovery, and Health and Wellness, empowering others to reclaim control over their lives. Through individual counseling, she provides personalized care, recognizing the importance of addressing the specific challenges each person faces. Katie's journey is a testament to the transformative power of recovery, and she brings this strength and optimism to her role as a counselor. Outside the counseling room, Katie cherishes simple joys – an avid reader inspired by literature, finding tranquility in beach walks, reflection and mindfulness through her travels, and maintaining an overall well-being through regular gym visits.

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Jason Sanders

Program Director

CADC II | ICADC #A063210923

Jason brings almost 15 years of leadership experience to the Program Director role, and has used this experience to inform his methods of addiction recovery treatment since 2014. Jason plays a vital role in the implementation of Visit Health’s policies and procedures to best align with today’s demands for evidence-based treatment practices. He brings his extensive experience in addiction treatment to the role, and uses a compassionate and motivating counseling style to aide those struggling with addiction and substance abuse. Jason joined the team because he believes strongly that Visit Health Recovery has created an environment where an individual can truly discover their purpose, passion, and principles. Combining his education and life experiences, Jason’s goal is to show others that they can become the best version of themselves and thrive in today's stressful world.

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Jeff Geiger

Virtual Counselor

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With a deep-rooted personal understanding of addiction and drawing from my own journey in recovery I am able to bring a unique perspective to my work in the addiction field. I have over 17 years of experience as a Licensed addiction counselor and have worked in a variety of addiction treatment programs, including residential rehabilitation centers and outpatient clinics. I have worked as a counselor, Program Director and Clinical Supervisor and provided individual counseling sessions, group therapy and family therapy on an ongoing basis. My own lived experiences and extensive expertise in addiction treatment has given me a better understanding of the various treatment approaches to addiction recovery counseling. I have supported countless individuals in their recovery journey, and as someone who has walked the path of recovery myself, I am able to offer empathy, understanding, and a sense of hope to those struggling with substance abuse. I am committed to continuing my own growth and learning in order to better support others on their journey to wellness. I strive to inspire and support others in their journey towards a healthier, happier, and more fulfilling life.

Our Intensive Outpatient Center and Sober Living Home provide patients the necessary tools to get their lives back.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions
about our Intensive Outpatient Services

  1. What is intensive outpatient treatment (IOP)?
    Intensive outpatient treatment is a structured, non-residential program that offers a comprehensive level of care for individuals dealing with substance use disorders. It involves a combination of therapy, counseling, and support while allowing participants to continue with their daily lives.

     

  2. Who is a good candidate for intensive outpatient treatment?
    IOP is suitable for individuals who require a higher level of support than traditional outpatient services but do not need 24-hour supervision. It's an excellent option for those with moderate addiction issues or as a step-down from residential treatment.
     

  3. What services are offered in an intensive outpatient program?
    Our IOP in Los Gatos, CA includes group and individual therapy, counseling, psychoeducation, relapse prevention, and support group participation. Our programs are designed to address the unique needs of each participant. For more information on our treatments and services, click here.

     

  4. How long does intensive outpatient treatment typically last?
    The duration of IOP varies as we cater to the needs of our individual client’s needs, but is typically eight weeks.

     

  5. What types of addiction are treated in intensive outpatient programs?
    Our IOP’s are designed to address a range of substance use disorders, including alcohol, drugs, prescription medications, and behavioral addictions.

     

  6. What is the admission process like for intensive outpatient treatment?
    To start the admission process, individuals can contact us here, or call our Los Gatos team at (650) 331-0134. We'll conduct an assessment to determine the appropriate level of care and guide you through the necessary paperwork.

     

  7. Are family members involved in the intensive outpatient treatment process?
    Yes, family involvement is encouraged. We offer family therapy sessions and educational resources to help loved ones understand addiction, provide support, and contribute to the recovery process.
     

  8. What makes your intensive outpatient program different?
    Our IOP stands out for its flexible scheduling, evidence-based therapies, experienced and caring staff, and a supportive community. We prioritize individualized care and work with participants to develop personalized treatment plans.

     

  9. How is confidentiality maintained in intensive outpatient treatment?
    We prioritize confidentiality and adhere to strict privacy policies. Information shared during treatment is kept confidential within legal and ethical boundaries.
     

  10. What happens after completing intensive outpatient treatment?
    After completing the program, we provide aftercare planning, ongoing support, and resources to help individuals maintain their recovery. This may include continued outpatient therapy, support groups, and relapse prevention strategies.
     

  11. Do you accept insurance, and what are the payment options for intensive outpatient treatment?
    We accept various insurance plans, and our admissions team can assist in verifying coverage. Additionally, we offer flexible payment options and financial assistance for those without insurance coverage. Please note, we do not accept Medi-cal patients in California currently.

     

  12. What credentials and qualifications do staff members have in the intensive outpatient clinic?
    Our staff includes licensed and credentialed professionals with expertise in addiction treatment, counseling, therapy, and medical care. We take a multidisciplinary approach to address the diverse needs of our participants.

     

  13. Can I continue working while in intensive outpatient treatment?
    Yes, one of the benefits of IOP is that it allows participants to maintain their daily commitments, including work or school, while receiving intensive treatment during specified hours.

     

  14. Is there drug testing in the intensive outpatient program?
    Yes, we may conduct periodic drug testing as part of our commitment to ensuring a safe and supportive treatment environment. This helps monitor progress and maintain accountability.

     

  15. What support is available for dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorders in intensive outpatient treatment?
    Our program is not equipped to address co-occurring disorders at this time.

     

  16. How do you handle relapse prevention in intensive outpatient treatment?
    Our program includes relapse prevention strategies, coping skills training, and ongoing support to empower individuals in maintaining sobriety. Participants also learn to identify triggers and develop a personalized plan for relapse prevention.

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