"Root Recovery is the real deal. Here's my story: I'd been researching alternative detox and the aftercare process several months ago as I prepped for my alternative detox treatment in Mexico. I wasn't in an active addiction, but a family member who was struggling with addiction was considering coming with me, and my research showed me that a solid aftercare program of 4-6 weeks was super important for someone who had recently been immersed in a world of addiction. It was simply too dangerous and risky to work with an alternative detox and then go straight back into the old environment. Thankfully, I found Root Recovery through a recommendation from Rob Oka Bussinger and as soon as I spoke with Lindsey, I was intrigued and excited about the program she's developed. I was super impressed with her years of experience as a psychotherapist and trauma / addiction expert as well as her decision to create a place for aftercare. The techniques she's using, as well as the overall program run by her and her Ray, have been like a dream - so much of what I feel is important in a treatment program as opposed to mainstream rehab programs which have been disappointing for so many of my friends and family.
After many discussions over a period of months about my family member's potential visit, things suddenly changed, and that family member backed out. Then within a couple months, it turned out that my own son asked to get treatment for addiction. I knew from my research, that this meant a solid aftercare program, and Lindsey was there to talk me through this sudden development.
Root Recovery has been exactly what my son needed in his transition from narcotics to life after his alternative detox. The first thing Lindsey did was take him to circling where he could begin to integrate into a healthier community, experience safety in a group setting, and find acceptance and connection with people who aren't using. I couldn't imagine him going there, but he went, and he loved it! I actually cried when I got a text from Lindsey that he was happily participating in this type of activity. Amazing. After that, things just continued to go uphill. He participated in Smart Recovery meetings, 1:1 trauma informed recovery coaching, daily workouts, kayaking, breath work, yoga, and ecstatic dance during his 6-week stay. He seemed to be enjoying himself and enjoying his time with Lindsey and Ray. There were challenges as well, a sudden need for my son to undergo surgery and some unexpected family events, but Lindsey and Ray supported him through these moments on the fly with grace and compassion.
It's been interesting and exciting to see my son involved in all these positive activities - getting an idea of what life can be like after drugs. In my eyes, building this kind of foundation is crucial to instill new habits and routines, as well as getting a glimpse of what's possible in life while moving away from the limited existence of using and homelessness. These new experiences make a huge difference, as they can be absorbed into the new physiology that's happening after his detox. So cool.
I've seen the smirk and joy on my son's face and the light in his eyes for the first time in years as he opened up and embraced unfamiliar activities. Lindsey guided us in family sessions over Zoom video, to help us rebuild our communication patterns and create a new relationship as mother and son. Ray has been a mentor and friend to my son, and I can tell they've been having a lot of fun while going deep with this important work. I've received the gift of watching my son transform and learn effective tools to help him continue his growth after treatment.
Lindsey and Ray create a super nice balance of joyful experiences mixed in with deep and vulnerable learning moments, social opportunities and time for introspection. I'm feeling so blessed that my son has had this opportunity and give so much credit to his program at Root Recovery for opening up his perspective on life. I'm excited to see how he moves forward with his new tools and I'm also excited to see how the program grows and develops over time. I will be including interviews with Lindsey and Ray in the documentation of my research with alternative detox, addiction, and aftercare that I continue to work on. I definitely recommend Root Recovery as a solid aftercare program!"
~ SL, Washington