AToN Center Reviews

reviews-9055The following testimonials have been provided by former clients and are representative of the experiences had here at AToN’s private treatment center and San Diego rehab. These reviews are in their original form and haven’t been altered in any way. The clients that we have the pleasure of providing services to are AToN Centers’ most prized possessions and we value the feedback that each one of them provides.
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I checked into your program [at the beginning of] 2013, and have been sober every day since. I was struggling with a long-standing addiction to benzodiazapines and marijuana, an eating disorder, self-harm, and depression, a destructive relationship, and within that last year of using I had also been using meth and had become agoraphobic. Man, have things changed since then. When I think about that part of my life, I feel like it was just a movie I saw, or some strange person that I used to know, it doesn’t feel like it was me. My stay and work at Aton was the bridge between that old, destructive person and the person I am today. I’ll be forever grateful for the care I received and the tools I learned at your facility.

So after rehab I did the 90-in-90 at AA and worked the program and went to meetings for a year (we didn’t have SMART in [my area] when I was newly sober, which I would have preferred, but I learned a lot and made a lot of friends in AA), I went to therapy regularly and got all of my health problems sorted out, I quit smoking cigarettes and don’t need to take any psychotropic meds anymore, I got my first job at a movie theatre and worked there for 8 months and then worked as a server in a restaurant for over a year, I finished all of my transfer credits at my local community college so I can go on to get my BA in psychology, and I learned to have happy and healthy relationships with friends and family. I’m still working on boundaries and learning how to say no when I need to. I’ve really had to keep evaluating my relationships and occasionally I need to distance myself from people who want more from me than I can give. I’m a work in progress, but considering where I was three years ago I’m doing really, really well.

So I appreciate all of you at AToN for giving me all of the right skills and resources to become a productive and healthy person. I hope you all are well and that you’re helping lots of other addicts find their way.


ATon was a life changing experience. This was the 3rd rehab I’ve been to & I’ve been able to stay sober for over a year now. Everything about my life has improved & I can honestly say I wouldn’t change a thing right now. Drugs & alcohol, low self esteem & derpression consumed my life & now after the amazing doctors & staff at ATon I have a whole new outlook on life, priorities, & what truly matters I’m the long run. I learned why I turned to drugs & alcohol for the problems in my life & what I can do now to keep them out of my life. I will be forever grateful for ATon.


The setting is impeccable and the staff is second to none. One of the most beautiful treatment centers Ive seen and experienced.


This is a hard review to write- I mean it is one thing to recommend a restaurant that was good, but how do you fully put into words a place that took you in and saved your life?

I tried all of the 12-step options to try to stop drinking, I tried everything I could on my own, but it didn’t work. AToN worked. I am now sober, and I am using the tools that I learned and practiced at AToN to stay that way. The difference at AToN is that it is not about just giving something up. It is about recognizing why you picked it up in the first place and then (I think most importantly) how to fill those needs in a healthy way, a way that makes you happy and peaceful instead of shameful and guilty.

They don’t isolate you, taking away contact with the outside world. You can call, text, email, and if that triggers you in some way they help you deal with it. If you want to do the 12-step thing then there is support for that, if you don’t then you can focus on the CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) tools. For me the “tools” were the key. I found that other methods just focused on NOT doing something, instead of focusing on how and why. AToN covers all of it. And they offer holistic services too, things like a massage therapist who’s services at first I thought just a nice perk, but came to realize that he was a profound part of my recovery.

The environment is beautiful; it is a home. There is really nothing clinical about the experience, Jim and Patricia have created an inviting, super-comfortable, luxurious place to do this hard work in. Because it is hard, but it is so worth it. The cook is amazing, the back yard is still one of my favorite places, and the pups were a different kind of therapy that I needed as well. And the people are incredible. I always felt respected and taken care of, protected and safe to do the work that needed to be done.

The doctors and counselors were amazing: a year later and I know that I can call anytime and hash out a problem or just ask for support. They pushed me, they helped me deal with things that I had no desire to talk about. The helped me to let go of my shame. And that helped me let go of my addiction.

1/12/13 - C. M.

What can I say about a program that has changed my life, and gave me a life that I didn’t even know was possible. I came to AToN in August 2011. I was a broken shell of a person, I had no hope and had suicidal thoughts daily. I felt comforted and cared for and in a safe environment the moment I walked through the doors. For the first time in a really long time i felt things where going to be okay. I was able to open up to the clinicians like I had never before. It was truly first class all the way. A beautiful home, healthy meals, massage, acupuncture, and a staff that goes above and beyond to help you with anything that will make your stay as less stressful and as therapeutic as possible. The owners have a passion for helping people with addictions. And the Director and the other clinical staff go above and beyond. dealing with insurance company’s and other outside issues you may have during your stay with AToN. The clinical staff is well qualified and I have never met anybody better. Coming to San Diego from Oregon for treatment was the best decision I ever made. Truly a gift from God. I just celebrated 15 months clean and sober, and for this girl that is nothing short of a miracle. Thank you AToN!

1/1/13 - S. B.

A lot of rehabs claim to have the full package then fail to deliver. AToN actually delivers. Incredible staff, incredible services, incredible program. Holistic therapies daily, individual sessions daily, and they work with you to create a strong program of recovery for after you discharge. I’m 90 days sober this week and could not have done it without AToN.

12/28/12 - Y.M.

Tremendous. Flexible for the recalcitrant yet firm for those seeking solid methods to assist in continued recovery. TrAditional group and individual therapy as well as holistic massage, hypnotherapy and acupuncture. Not a magic pill but real help for the motivated.

7/1//12 - L.S.