Four Circles Recovery Center Celebrates Three Years as a Leader in the Field of Addiction Treatment

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After just three years of treating young men and women with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders, Four Circles has built an outstanding reputation for clinical excellence.

The adventure trips open our clients' eyes to the world of possibilities that exist when they are able to stay clean and sober

This month marks the three-year anniversary of Four Circles Recovery Center, a state-of-the-art addiction treatment program for young adults ages 18 to 28 in the mountains of North Carolina.

Jack Kline, MS, LPC, LCAS, NCC, the Executive Director at Four Circles, attributes much of the program's success to its team of highly trained, fully licensed clinical professionals.

"Our therapists have an ideal blend of academic credentials, recovery skills and life experience to treat young adults struggling with addiction and dual diagnosis issues," he says. "By focusing specifically on the young adult population, we have achieved a level of specialization that has resulted in high retention rates and a proven record of success."

Because of its rigorous clinical standards and cutting-edge therapeutic services, Four Circles is one of the few wilderness therapy programs that have earned the prestigious CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) accreditation, one of the highest honors an addiction treatment program can receive.

In the past year, Four Circles has expanded its therapeutic services even further to include a full adventure curriculum, complete with rock climbing, fly fishing and canoeing, in order to help clients re-discover the joy of living drug-free. These unique experiences boost young people's self-esteem, teach problem-solving and healthy risk-taking, and bring out emotions and behavior patterns quickly so therapists can assist clients in processing their emotions and channeling them in more constructive ways.

"The adventure trips open our clients' eyes to the world of possibilities that exist when they are able to stay clean and sober," says Heather Schnoebelen, MA, LPC, the Clinical Director at Four Circles. "From a therapeutic standpoint, these experiences elicit important information about how clients view themselves in relation to the world and their peers, and how they work through feelings of fear and anxiety, that wouldn't be available in a more conventional talk therapy setting."

Four Circles is committed to providing innovative substance abuse treatment that really works. With an on-campus ropes challenge course, separate programs for men and women, community service projects, and healthy living activities like yoga, clients at Four Circles receive holistic addiction treatment that prioritizes their mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional health.

In order to prove the effectiveness of wilderness therapy for treating substance abuse and co-occurring disorders like depression and anxiety, Four Circles is involved in an ongoing study in conjunction with the University of Arkansas as well as other research initiatives.

As new research explores the most effective ways to treat addiction and co-occurring issues, the programming at Four Circles continues to evolve. Because the latest research shows that therapy in combination with the 12-Step program produces the strongest outcomes for sustained recovery, Four Circles' wilderness rehab program is rooted in the 12-Step philosophy.

Four Circles' unique hybrid model, which combines wilderness expeditions with traditional substance abuse treatment at base camp, gives clients the opportunity to attend 12-Step meetings in the community, put into practice the new skills they've developed in the wilderness, and cultivate independent living skills such as meal planning and time management.

"Young people can take the 12 Steps with them wherever they go after Four Circles," states Kline. "As part of our comprehensive discharge planning, we make sure our clients know where their local meetings are held and are comfortable attending community-based recovery meetings."

Because family is a critical part of the recovery process, Four Circles takes a strong family systems approach to addiction treatment. Each family speaks with their loved one's primary therapist at least once a week, receives a family workbook and suggested reading list, and attends a two-day family workshop focused on education, self-care and hands-on experiences on the ropes course.

All of these components have come together in the past three years to produce a wilderness rehab program that changes lives.

"What we've done in three short years has produced excellent outcomes for our clients," says Kline. "We are extremely pleased with the success our clients and their families have achieved and are excited to continue doing the life-saving work we do."

Four Circles Recovery Center is an innovative addictions, substance abuse, and co-occurring mental health disorders treatment program for young adults ages 18 to 28 that combines a traditional counseling setting with a series of wilderness expeditions. Four Circles employs the most effective, cutting-edge clinical modalities with an underlying traditional 12-Step philosophy to create the foundation for sustained recovery. For more information about Four Circles Recovery Center, please visit or call (877) 893-2221.

Four Circles is a proud member of CRC Health Group, which offers the most comprehensive network of specialized behavioral healthcare services in the nation. With the largest array of personalized treatment options, individuals, families, and professionals can choose the most appropriate setting for their behavioral, addiction, weight management, and therapeutic education needs. CRC Health Group is deeply committed to making its services widely and easily available to those in need, while maintaining a passion for delivering the most advanced treatment available. For more information about CRC Health Group, visit or call (877) 637-6237.

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