2016 Year In Review

It’s hard to believe, but 2017 is right around the corner. And before we begin the next amazing journey of Valley Recovery Center, we want to reflect a little bit on the past 12 months.


2016 offered some major milestones for our business. We introduced some groundbreaking new therapies, had some fantastic hires, hosted exciting events, celebrated our one year anniversary and MOST IMPORTANTLY, helped our patients get sober. That, of course, is the ultimate goal of Valley Recovery Center. We are incredibly proud of the progress everyone who has passed through our doors has made. Whether it was an issue with alcoholism, a drug addiction, a gambling problem or what have you. We thrive by giving these people their lives back and creating positive experiences that steer them away from using.


Now, for a look back at our memorable 2016 moments…


Innovative Treatment Methods


In 2016, we began introducing some innovative (and very successful) new therapies for our patients. Wolf Therapy, for example, gives our residents the opportunity to bond with sensitive animals, soothing the feeling of loss. Archery proved to be another positive 2016 practice, creating a rewarding sense of focus and discipline. We also put a stronger emphasis on our Music Therapy program, utilizing the talents of the amazing Marlee Simon. Her sessions have not only gotten our patients into a positive state of mind, they’ve turned them into accomplished songwriters and lyricists!


New Members Of The Team


This year, we also added some amazing news members to the Valley Recovery Center family. Nutritionists  David Wiss MS RDN and Kristie Moore MS RDN have done wonders for our patients’ diets and detox treatments They brought years of the experience to the role and completely re-imagined the menus and eating regimens of people in our programs.


We also brought the extremely talented Pamela M. Hayes to our team, as one of our ongoing therapists. With a diverse and educated background, she’s been able to contribute to our art program and address issues like anxiety, depression, and grief.


All of the 2016 new hires have received tremendous feedback and we look forward to expanding the “family” even more in the months to come!


Exciting 2016 Events

Another big pleasure this year was being able to attend (and throw) some fantastic events that celebrate sobriety. Throughout the past 12 months, we have also traveled across the U.S. to seminars, lectures and conferences discussing the state of our industry. Fantastic insights were picked up that we have been working into each VRC regimen.



Here are a few of the “heroes” we had the pleasure of bonding with. Advocates like Bob Forrest, Robert Teitelbaum, Jeff Schlund, Michelle Friedman and Dr. Thor Reyes (who is now proudly part of the team).



And let’s not forget about the Innovations In Recovery conference we proudly participated in, our charity basketball game celebrating sobriety and our One Year Anniversary celebration, which brought together industry partners from across the state!


Of course, none of this would have been possible without the people who have supported us this year. We are so honored to have built a strong network of recovery advocates and look forward to making even more industry strides in the months to come.


Thanks again to everyone and Happy New Year from Valley Recovery Center!




Spotlight On ‘Nutrition In Recovery’

In case you haven’t noticed, we’ve been making some very exciting announcements this season. From groundbreaking Wolf Therapies, to the hiring of MFT Pamela Hayes, we are thrilled to be constantly enhancing the Valley Recovery Center experience. This week we are proud to take things to an even bigger level, via our new partnership with Nutrition In Recovery.


Nutrition In Recovery (NIR) will now be our primary points of contact for all food, diet and wellness programs. They specialize in nutritional management of addictions, meal planning, personal training, malnutrition intervention and a host of other health-related services.


As we all know, alcohol and drugs can do major damage to the body. And once a patient removes those chemicals from the system, repercussions can manifest through overeating, hypertension and even anorexia or bulimia. NIR’s David Wiss MS RDN and Kristie Moore MS RDN have experience handling all of those issues and will be approachable, knowledgable points-of-contact for any patient who has questions or needs.


For those interested in NIR’s techniques, we highly recommend visiting their official web page. There is tons of great data on how a good diet can impact a patient’s recovery success. Not only is it essential for getting the physical body back on track, it can create a strong mental balance as well.


If you would like to know more about David and Kristie’s amazing success stories and their new role at VRC, shoot us an email at valleyrecoverycenter@gmail.com!


Using Chores As A Recovery Tool

If you look at a schedule at Valley Recovery Center, you’ll notice three ongoing things throughout the day. 7:00am Chores, 8:00am Chores and 7:00pm Chores. Why is keeping that consistency so important? Because household discipline is essential (in our opinion, at least) for beating a devastating addiction.


Household chores help our patients on multiple levels. For one thing, they add structure to a life that, for the most part, is coming from chaos. They also are a positive distraction, allowing guests to focus on tasks like doing dishes, sweeping floors and so on. And believe it or not, chores can be very rewarding too, especially after a job well done.


A morning routine can consist of tasks such as making the bed, cleaning the bathroom and helping to prepare breakfast. In the evening, there is time set aside for Personal Chores, which are assigned and completed on an individual basis.


The discipline angle is very important too. Keeping to a strict chore schedule allows our patients to meet commitments and create habits that lead to success. It’s not necessarily important that the lawn is raked, it’s important that you dedicated yourself to doing the task and completed it.


Remember those famous scenes in The Karate Kid? Daniel San spent many hours painting the fence and waxing the car. These so-called “mundane” tasks actually taught him to be a better warrior, which mirrors our sentiment completely.


Pamela M. Hayes Joins Valley Recovery Center

PAMELA M. HAYES, MFT, ATR-BC is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) in the state of California and a Registered and Board Certified Art Therapist with the American Art Therapy Association (AATA). Her specialties include: alcohol and drug addictions, relationship and parenting, depression and anxiety, grief, gender identity and sexuality.  She is also a court certified Sexual Abuse Evaluator and trained in Hypnotherapy, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) and Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT).


Ms. Hayes has a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design in New York, NY and Otis/Parsons in Los Angeles, CA and a Graduate Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and Art Therapy from The Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, CA.


Ms. Hayes is a noted speaker and educator, lecturing throughout the United States. She has taught art therapy courses at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), graduate psychology classes at The Chicago School for Professional Psychology, and she currently teaches graduate classes in Art Therapy at Philips Graduate University in Los Angeles, CA. She has written several books and produced several DVDs on Art Therapy.  She stars in the video podcast, “3 Minute Art Therapy”, and was recently featured on “The Science of Happiness/ SoulPancake” as the expert Art Therapist.


Ms. Hayes is also a painter, a 2nd Dan Black Belt and the mother of two daughters (now in college) that she home schooled for the first 10 years of their lives.  Combining parenting, fine arts, teaching and Martial Arts has furthered her understanding of discipline, focus, creativity and family dynamics.