Four Circles Recovery Center
Four Circles Recovery Center is located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, just 15 minutes from Asheville, NC. The dramatic and beautiful wilderness of the Carolinas sets the scene for the recovery of men and women from drug addiction and alcoholism. This rehab program is run by the Aspen Education Group, the nation’s leading provider of therapeutic and educational programs for youth and young adults, a division of CRC Healthcare.
Four Circles Recovery Center is a wilderness-based, licensed drug and alcohol rehab program for young adults ages 18-28 that combines a traditional counseling setting with extensive outdoor experiences. Four Circles employs the most effective, cutting-edge clinical modalities with an underlying traditional 12-step philosophy to create the foundation for sustained recovery. Participants are encouraged to use powerful therapeutic tools to explore their issues. Four Circles' management team is comprised of experienced, licensed clinicians with extensive professional and personal experience in substance abuse treatment and recovery.
Four Circles' hybrid model utilizes wilderness therapy and, at the same time, teaches essential daily living skills to help their client’s transition to their next phase of treatment.
The center offers gender-specific treatment for young men and women, with separate programs designed to meet the specific needs of each gender. The men’s program focuses on issues specific to men, with an emphasis on adventure and experiential learning. The women’s program is tailored to address the issues facing young women in recovery in the comfort and safety of a nurturing, supportive environment.
With a holistic approach to treatment, Four Circles helps participants achieve sustained recovery by focusing on the mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional spheres in your life (the four circles).
The Four Circles
We address mental health issues using research-based clinical interventions that have proven effective with young adults recovering from substance abuse. We offer individual therapy, group therapy, educational groups on the disease of addiction, psycho-educational skill-building, family therapy, mindfulness/mediation training, 12-step meetings, journaling, art therapy, essential daily living skills, and reading.
As part of our holistic approach to substance abuse treatment, we make physical activity a highlight of the recovery process. As a wilderness-based program, we offer wilderness expeditions up to two weeks at a time. While hiking and camping, we will teach you how to live in the wilderness in comfort and safety. We use modern field gear including tents, backpacks, seasonally rated sleeping bags, and other gear that will keep you comfortable. Our approach to physical health and wellness includes hiking, camping, recreational sports, martial arts instruction, gardening, nutritional education, yoga, high and low ropes courses, and primitive wilderness skills. As part of our wilderness component, we follow and teach Leave No Trace (LNT) ethics.
Spiritual growth plays an integral role in our program. Although we do not endorse any particular religion, we encourage each client to develop and enhance their own belief system. The wilderness is a wonderful environment to develop a spiritual center, as nature’s beauty is both awe-inspiring and humbling at the same time. Our spiritual component includes 12-step work, mediation/mindfulness, martial arts, wilderness expeditions, journaling, sweat lodge, vision quest, and rites of passage.
Emotional balance and growth is an important factor in recovery. This includes working with co-occurring mental health issues in addition to chemical dependency issues. Our program is rich in metaphor, and we have a comprehensive recovery workbook designed to help clients gain insight into the recovery process. Based on individualized treatment plans, we offer individual and group therapy both at base and in the wilderness, as well as gender-specific treatment, journaling, family therapy, and extensive discharge planning.
By blending the best of wilderness education and traditional therapeutic treatment, Four Circles allows you to develop the strong foundation needed for sustained recovery.
How can being in the wilderness assist with recovery from substance abuse/chemical dependency? There are many gifts that come from the adventure of being in a wilderness program, not the least of which is that it IS an adventure. The more traditional recovery treatment programs allow you to have an adventure on an internal level, exploring parts of yourself you may not have been in touch with before. The wilderness program allows you to go on a transformational journey of self-discovery, a pilgrimage that is both internal and external. As you explore the wild and fascinating natural world in which you find yourself, you also explore the wild and fascinating world that lies within you. There is a kind of parallel process of discovery, each supporting and amplifying the other.
Here are some of the key program components that will assist you in creating this foundation for long-term success:
- Underlying 12 step philosophy integrated throughout the program allows you to develop the practices that will help you when you transition onward in your life
- Four Circles addresses substance abuse and co-occuring mental health issues
- Helps you address the underlying emotional issues that led to your substance use disorders
- Our educational focus will allow you to understand substance disorders including the disease of addiction
- Family therapy will help you and your family understand the impact addiction has on the family, the risks of enabling, and how the family can be part of your successful recovery
- Daily AA/NA meetings
- Detailed discharge and aftercare planning working closely with your referral source. This includes helping you develop a support system, introduction to 12-step fellowships, assistance locating and researching continuing care programs or support groups once you have graduated
- Career/vocational/psychological testing available
- Wilderness based/highly experiential active recovery program means that you will actively work on your recovery
- Psycho-educational work allows you to improve communication skills and develop personal empowerment
- Individualized person centered treatment planning, with a focus on your goals and objectives
- Gender-specific treatment focus: men and women have different issues that are addressed in specific groups on those issues
- Individual therapy
- Group therapy
- Daily Living Skills
- Transfer of learning to the home environment
- Program is based on rapport, connection, courtesy, and respect. Research has consistently indicated that the most important component for a positive therapeutic outcome is rapport, not the specific counseling theory.
- Actively addresses co-occuring mental health issues (e.g., depression, anxiety)
- Art therapy
- Martial arts
- Sweat lodge and rights of passage ceremonies
- Supports spiritual growth
- Gets individuals out of their comfort zone in a safe yet exciting way
- Proper and adequate nutrition planned by a nutritionist
Page last updated May 18, 2011