In an effort to evolve and better meet the needs of local adults with substance use disorders (SUDs), NRVCS recently added a day treatment program to its continuum of care.

“Recovery Dojo” is a new skills-based substance use day treatment program that is designed to serve individuals who may not need the controlled environment of a 24-hour/residential program, but may need more structure than what is provided through NRVCS’ intensive outpatient program, commonly known as “Stepping Stones.” The day support program is currently operating out of the lower level of the New Life Recovery Center.

Joe Klein, an outpatient clinician with NRVCS, is credited with creating the Recovery Dojo (RD) program as part of an effort to offer a more client-focused, practical, systemic and clinically sound approach to treating SUDs. He says the program can serve up to ten individuals, providing them with intensive group therapy and recovery skills training for six hours per day (12 noon – 6 p.m.), every Monday through Friday.

“The length of time in the program is determined by each individual’s need and their progress toward recovery goals,” explains Klein, who says the average length of participation in the program is five weeks.

“This program treats the whole person with therapeutic interventions and skills training that target the causes and solutions to addictive habits at the levels of the body, brain, mind, heart and soul,” Klein adds. “Participants learn that ‘recovery is an inside job’ and they are shown how to begin engaging in daily habits of self-care that nourish their cells and balance their brain chemistry.”

Klein went on to say that Recovery Dojo challenges participants to practice new daily habits of things like eating, exercising, resting, working, thinking and creating and how to relate to others. Two core components of the program are training in evidence-based mindfulness skills and health coaching in exercise and nutrition choices that aid in recovery from addiction. Klein notes that each participant will be mentored to develop and execute a personalized plan of health and nutrition goals as an integral part of their overall Individualized Service Plan (ISP).

“Participants in the Recovery Dojo will be active and engaged in activities that effectively challenge and change their habitual ways of being,” Klein adds. “This begins the process of changing their brain pathways, healing their bodies, restoring relationships and repairing their lives.”

To make referrals to the Recovery Dojo program, contact Joe Klein at or call 831-4000.