By The Fix staff 08/09/17

Sagebrush prides itself on thorough holistic programming, which aims to treat clients at the mind, body and spirit level in order to address root causes of addiction.

Location : 7921 Jones Branch Dr #101 McLean, VA 22102
Phone : (888) 406-7444
Price : $45,000 (30 days, inpatient) $750 (per week, outpatient)
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Introduction and Basic Services

Sagebrush is located in northern Virginia, conveniently accessible from Maryland and Washington, DC via public transportation. The organization was established in 2008 and has quickly become an important player in the world of holistic, luxury recovery. It offers outpatient care as well as residential treatment (including a separate facility just for men)—the former of which is based in McLean and the latter located in Great Falls and Vienna. The outpatient facility, which treats everyone from teens through adults, offers a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) and an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP).

Though there is some support for dual diagnoses, these are largely limited to depression and anxiety; other cases are referred to different facilities.

Facility and Meals

Set in a large mansion-like home with eight beds, all residents have their own private bathrooms and warmly lit private rooms, which have queen-sized beds and roomy closets. The facility is large, with an expansive backyard that includes a gazebo, pond and garden. The grounds also have walking trails to promote outdoor exercise, as well as a large swimming pool.

The men’s facility also has eight beds. There are private rooms with shared bathrooms, with the exception of one shared bedroom with an adjoining bathroom available.

While computer and phone access are available during designated times, clients may not bring their own computers or cell phones. Smoking and vaping are allowed outdoors but clients must bring their own unopened supply.

Sagebrush has an in-house chef who prepares a variety of different meals daily, such as buffalo chicken salad, sandwiches and pasta, largely using organic ingredients. Coffee is available before noon. The facility’s executive chef can accommodate a range of nutritional preferences including vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free.

Treatment Protocol and Team

Sagebrush prides itself on thorough holistic programming, which aims to treat clients at the mind, body and spirit level in order to address root causes of addiction. Though there is a medical doctor available, Sagebrush believes in minimal-to-no medication treatment, focusing instead on individual and evidence-based therapies, including CBT, DBT, Motivational Interviewing (MI) and EMDR. Therapists treat four clients at a time, ensuring personalized attention for every resident.

Most detox procedures at Sagebrush involve herbal preparations, teas, saunas, massage therapy and acupuncture, though clients may be referred to an external medical detox if needed.

Treatment at the men’s facility focuses on trauma, family dynamics, and intimacy and relational and communicational issues. It’s an individualized program of one-on-one psychotherapy alongside building a sense of community. Also targeted is the establishment of positive life goals.

SMART Recovery, Celebrate Recovery and 12-step recovery programs are all available, with clients taken to a mandatory six off- and on-site 12-step meetings a week in addition to any non-12-step programs in which residents choose to participate. Doctors are on-call, and the 34 staff members consisting of LMFTs, Master’s-level therapists, LPCs and MSWs all ensure a high staff-to-client ratio.

Days begin at 7 am, with breakfast between 9 and 10 am, followed by a community meeting, group sessions and lunch. After lunch is an additional two-hour group session, which is followed by time spent at the gym, dinner, an external meeting through 9 pm, free time and lights out at 11 pm.

It is suggested that those who complete inpatient step down to the outpatient program. Outpatient programs include individual and group therapy at least once but no more than three times a week depending on the client’s needs. Sessions address a host of topics including codependency, relapse prevention and trauma.

Aftercare includes developing a personalized plan of action as well as potential securing recovery coaching.

The minimum stay at Sagebrush is 30 days, and visitors are permitted on Sundays.

All clients receive nuclear family therapy as well as therapy for extended family or couples. A residential “Concerned Others Group” is held every Sunday from noon until 1 pm, in which families are educated about addiction and recovery as well as given information about the client’s treatment so as to best establish a support system.

A multi-family therapy group utilizing psychoeducation and including friends of the client is held on Sundays between 1 and 3 pm. This program focuses on the teaching of communication skills and ways to relate to the resident and includes lectures, videos and personal exercises in addition to discussion groups.

Bonus Amenities

Hypnotherapy, art therapy and acupuncture are available. Also offered are yoga, massage, spiritual counseling and Reiki healing. Smoking cessation treatment is also available for those with nicotine addictions.

There is an alumni AA meeting as well as a monthly service project in which alumni and staff can participate.


As a treatment facility that focuses on holistic programming, Sagebrush is ideal for those with no or low-level co-occurring disorders who are looking to minimize their substance intake. Because of the extensive family treatment, Sagebrush is also a good choice for those looking to educate the whole family on recovery and how to best help the client maintain it.


7921 Jones Branch Dr #101
McLean, VA 22102

(888) 406-7444

[email protected]

Sagebrush Cost: $45,000 (30 days, inpatient); $750 (per week, outpatient). Find Sagebrush on Facebook and Twitter

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