About Mountain Sky Recovery
Learn More About Our Philosophy, Team and Mission to Help
Dedicated to Your Health and Wellness
Mountain Sky Recovery, LLC provides substance abuse treatment and behavioral health services to adults with chemical dependency and related problems. Mountain Sky Recovery, LLC strives to provide the highest quality services by maintaining an array of quality measures that provide information on:
- The delivery and outcomes of services,
- The efficiency and effectiveness of our program methods, and
- The satisfaction of the individuals using our services.
Our Philosophy: We engage, heal, teach, train, house, clothe, and feed people with alcohol and other drug problems. We provide the challenge, the focus, and the compassion necessary for people to change their lives
Program Goals and Objectives
Mountain Sky Recovery, LLC is a drug and alcohol treatment center designed to serve adult clients (18 and over) of all ages. Mountain Sky Recovery, LLC Substance Abuse Program Objectives emphasize dealing with urges, triggers, relationships, and emotions in recovery, as well as reducing maladaptive behaviors.
All guests entering the program will have the opportunity to undergo:
- Medical History and Substance Abuse History
- Psychiatric Evaluation
- Clinical Assessment
- Collaborative Treatment Planning
- Drug screens conducted at random on clinical appropriateness, upon entry, and monthly at a minimum
- Therapeutic modality: Group and
- Individual sessions
- Social Activities: Recreational outings, gym/pool, outside twelve-step meetings; SMART meetings;
- Refuge/Dharma meetings, etc.
- Spirituality and Mindfulness opportunities to formulate or continue to grow each guest’s own spiritual nature or mindfulness practice.
Additionally, patients will have a set of tools to help them with anger, depression, anxiety, emotions, social interactions, and other aspects that help them in their daily life.
Our Caring Staff
At Mountain Sky Recovery, our health specialists are certified and licensed experts in a multitude of diverse and respective specialties. Our entire team is dedicated to the health and wellness of each and every one of our clients. Mountain Sky Recovery prides itself on its innovations in addiction treatment, as well as maintaining a position at the forefront of the health and wellness industry located in beautiful Southern California.
CEO/Co-Founder CADC-CS, ICCS, CCDS, SAP
Michael believes in an integrative approach that deals with the underlying emotional issues that are simultaneously present in substance use disorders, and co-occurring mental health disorders. Michael’s approach is a holistic, strengths-based orientation, that empowers clients to develop their inherent talents, skills, and resources.
Michel draws upon his own experience in recovery to help inspire his clients and he is a firm believer that anyone and everyone can recover, and he works tirelessly to ensure that all clients and their families are given the love and support, and coping tools they will need to achieve the changes they seek in their lives.
- Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor-Clinical Supervisor #CS0920517
- Internationally Certified Clinical Supervisor
- Certified Co-Occurring Disorder Specialist
- D.O.T. Qualified Substance Abuse Professional
- Certified Cognitive Behavioral Life Coach
- Relapse Prevention Specialist
- Denial Management Specialist
Travis has been treating individuals with addictions since 2010 in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. With a proven track record in mental health and substance abuse treatment, he believes in working in partnership with clients and their families to help them utilize their strengths to sort out their challenges and achieve their goals. He understands how to motivate people to be their best selves, and believes in a client-centered recovery process, utilizing numerous clinical modalities, and cutting-edge techniques.
- Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor-Level II
- Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor
- Relapse Prevention Specialist
- Denial Management Specialist
Dr. Michael Valdez
Medical Director and Facility Physician at Mountain Sky Recovery, Dr. Valdez has been with the Mountain Sky Recovery team since its opening, and very well-liked by his patients. Dr. Valdez has well over 20 years of experience as an addiction specialist, and works with our clients throughout their treatment, from admission to graduation. He recognizes the need for focusing on the whole person, from physical conditions, and mental health needs, as well as primary care needs and medical referrals . Dr. Valdez believes that through his medical advice and care he is helping people get back to their life goals.
Mario A. Herrera
Clinical Director, Primary Therapist , MS, LMFT
Life has a way of coming down hard on all of us when we least expect it. How we cope makes a huge impact on how we get through our struggles. Whether it is a personal struggle, marital struggle, or simply needing guidance in life, therapy can help bridge the gap, increase insight, and gain understanding.
Mario has passionately studied Dr. Bessel Van Der Kolk, author of The Body Keeps the Score, and is expertly trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). Mario takes a client-centered approach and has guided his clients to make great breakthroughs in their recovery, their relationships, and their careers.
Lead Behavioral Health Technician, RADT
Kelsea struggled with addiction for 10 years and found the motivation and strength within herself to attain sobriety after suffering a tragic loss. After losing her brother to an overdose, Kelsea fought hard for her sobriety at Midas as a client. Now that she has achieved sobriety, she dedicates her time to helping others who are struggling.
Every day Kelsea lives her life with the purpose of helping others to see that recovery is possible in memory of her brother. She is always available to listen, empathize, and genuinely care. Often times in addiction treatment, someone can be shown all of the tools and support for sobriety, but if they are not ready or willing to accept and utilize those tools, it does them no good. It can be difficult to comprehend why someone whose life is being destroyed by addiction continues to use. Having done so herself, Kelsea understands. She is great at giving clients perspective, she puts herself in their shoes and feels their struggle.
Kelsea is willing to do whatever it takes to save families from losing loved ones and addicts from losing their lives.
Behavioral Health Technician, RADT
Olivia grew up in a family where drinking and using was just what you did. It didn’t matter the time of day, or if you were at work, you just did it. Eventually Olivia fell into a horrible addiction herself. She started using drugs and alcohol at age 13, which began a downward spiral that destroyed her life. But with her tremendous strength and fortitude, she was able to get sober at the age of 18 and is a prime example that there are no boundaries when it comes to addiction. It destroys the young, and old alike.
Olivia shares about her recovery with others and states, “I was able to find a world where people like me were able to recreate a better life for themselves, so now at Mountain Sky Recovery, I’m able to put my passion for helping to work. I’m able to help clients see that there is a better way of life, and you can live a beautiful life without drugs and alcohol.
Mo the Almost Therapy Dog
100% Cuteness Guaranteed
Mo completed all of his prerequisite courses to be a fully certified therapy dog but never did complete his certification exam. And although Mo might be a college dropout, we all love him just the same, because he is fully licensed in lovability!
Mo does not live on-site, but he loves to visit when requested!
“Mike was my counselor for about 6 months. I came to him broken, sick, and deep in the horrors of addiction. I had completely lost all hope. Mike was the first person to show me kindness and compassion in a long time.
I’ve never felt comfortable opening up to people before, but Mike was able to challenge my beliefs and give me the courage to overcome my fears and break down the walls I had built up over many years of addiction. He took the time to listen to me and allow me to express the issues I was dealing with.
His direct but non-judgmental manner made hard topics easier to address head-on, which I really needed and appreciated. I now have 4 years sober and a life that I never thought was possible and I truly believe I would not be here without the care, patience, and dedication I received from Mike.”
“Since early childhood, the truth was hidden from me. The truth about my family, the truth about the world, the truth about love, and the truth about myself. I’m not sure he knows this, but Mike is the first person who ever told me the truth.
When I wanted to leave, he gave me reasons to stay. When I started to doubt my abilities, he gave me reasons why I shouldn’t. Most importantly, when I started to judge and focus on others, he gave me a mirror. Those are a small fraction of all the examples of some of the truths he told me.
Every year when I take a chip, I break down and cry not only because I am proud to still be clean, but because I’m thankful I let Mike tell me the truth.
I will be grateful for him until the day I leave this Earth, and I imagine I’ll do it clean because Mike gave me the ability to imagine it”
Mike has an amazing ability to relate to his clients and use his own experiences to guide you through whatever obstacle life throws your way. I’ve never felt more supported from any previous counselors or therapists and I highly recommend giving Mike a chance to help you get your life back.
I really never thought I could be sober, or live a fulfilling life and it was Mike that believed in me and walked me through the challenges until I could stand on my own two feet. 4 and a half years later, and he still checks on me periodically and makes me feel supported.
I can’t say enough about how amazing my experience was working with Mike, he truly cares for his clients and has the biggest heart and passion for helping people.”
Why Choose Mountain Sky Recovery?
Our compassionate staff works closely with clients to develop personalized treatment plans that address their unique needs and goals.
We utilize evidence-based treatments and therapies to ensure the highest level of success for our clients.
We incorporate wellness practices and alternative therapies to promote healing in all aspects of our client's lives.
Our nurturing environment fosters a sense of belonging and support, empowering clients to build lasting connections and recovery networks.