Our Clinical Approach

The Landing’s drug & alcohol addiction treatment for men is rooted in a science-based, research-supported clinical model to ensure a healthier, more satisfying life.

About Our Approach

The Landing has created the most effective treatment model for the clients in our care. We have built our treatment processes upon evidence-based practices for addiction sufferers, meaning that our treatment activities have been scientifically shown to be effective by research studies in the fields of psychology, alcoholism and addiction.

Below is a description of 7 key components that are integrated into The Landing treatment program for every client.

12-Step Principles for Addiction

The 12-Step program of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous is very helpful as a social support system for those in recovery. The 12-Step model is based on working through a series of steps with a sponsor (and then helping other newcomers once the 12 Steps are completed and recovery is progressing). We integrate 12-Step meetings into treatment daily, attending 12 Step meetings at nearby locations. This helps our clients familiarize themselves with the programs and the fellowship so they can plan their meeting attendance in the area to which they are going after completing treatment.  The 12-Step program is very beneficial for its widespread availability and uniformity.

Stages of Change in Addiction Recovery

It is normal for clients to go through a progression of personality shifts when they are in treatment for their addiction.  An addiction often hides a person’s true self. Recovery unveils the true self little by little each day. Our treatment team uses the Stages of Change model to “meet the client where they currently are.” If a client has reservations, they are still not yet acknowledging that there is a problem.  This stage requires an entirely different clinical intervention than if the client is in the “reservation” (acknowledging the problem, but not yet ready or sure of wanting to make a change). Clients will respond to different instructions, questions, and assignments depending on which stage of change they are in. 


Medications are an important element of treatment for many with addictions. There have recently been great advancements made in medications that help with the detoxing process. We have a staff psychiatrists and several nurses who are trained to recognize the need for such medications. Our licensed nursing staff oversees all components of medication management.

Research has shown that the likelihood of a long-term positive outcome goes up when medications are integrated into treatment. Since our philosophy is based upon giving the client the best possible chance at achieving long-term sobriety, we make it a priority to use the latest proven pharmacological tools to enhance treatment.

Motivational Interviewing

Addictions are often accompanied by denial. Motivational interviewing is a therapeutic technique that helps an individual acknowledge the problem behavior and guides them through ambivalence to the point of desiring to make a change. Motivational interviewing does not confront the client and tell them what to do, but rather asks questions that will lead the client to come to conclusions that a change is needed in order to go on living. Our clinicians use motivational interviewing to establish rapport and create a cooperative therapeutic setting for all of the clients in the house.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive behavioral therapy is a proven effective approach to building awareness in our clients. The therapy teaches how a person’s own thoughts have an effect on the way they feel. We find that many of our clients perceive events in their lives through a filter, which causes negative emotions which result in addiction. Through the probing questions of CBT, clients will learn to see things in a more positive light – and not internalize the things that they would have previously. Our staff is also fond of CBT because it is designed to get results quickly and instill a lasting change in the way clients perceive life’s events.

Contingency Management

Contingency management is a method of motivating change in behavior through positive and negative consequences. Contingency management is illustrated by our progressive stages of treatment in our program.  Within the program, the client progresses by maintaining sobriety and achieving therapeutic progress.  Then clients may “step down” from The Landing into a Sober Living apartment if they are demonstrating readiness for less structure.

Family Systems

We have found that the greatest progress is made when the entire family system is addressed during the treatment process. Addictions occur as a result of both genetic and environmental factors. By no fault of the family, the client’s family figures prominently in both of these areas. The disease of addiction is gradually progressive and often an entire family system can unknowingly protect the addictive behavior. Every program in our treatment model has a family program component, where the family is welcomed into the treatment process.

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The Landing was the only comprehensive treatment center that was able to help me achieve lasting sobriety. I am grateful to the staff for helping to save my life!

– Anonymous Client
Marks of Quality Care
Our accreditations show our focus on quality care.
  • American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)
  • California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP)
  • Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)