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At Royal Life Centers, we have incorporated Dr. Phil’s Path to Recovery, an evidence-based virtual reality (VR) program developed by Dr. Phil McGraw himself and his son, Jay McGraw, into our holistic therapy program. Residential inpatient guests view a DVD in a group setting, while guests in our nine-week outpatient program participate in the VR component individually.
There are two components to Dr. Phil’s Path to Recovery program. To begin with, a virtual “sit-down” with Dr. Phil and secondly, an in-depth workbook that guests complete. Each exercise (29 in total) consists of these two parts. Guests will discuss their workbook responses with their individual therapist.

How It Works

This program is not meant to be implemented on its own; rather, to complement existing inpatient and addiction rehabilitation programs. By bridging the structured setting of inpatient rehab and outpatient treatment, the program is meant to help people confront their issues, in order to identify the roots of these problems and create lasting solutions.
Introduced in early 2017, Dr. Phil’s Path to Recovery combines innovative technology with Dr. Phil’s decades of experience to change the addiction treatment landscape. RLC stays on top of the latest trends in rehabilitation and addiction therapy. In fact, we are one of just a few facilities in the country using this new method for treating substance abuse.

Dr. Phil’s Approach

As a result of over 45 years’ psychology and mental health experience, Dr. Phil understands the approaches and tools needed to effect change in the lives of those with substance use disorder. His VR tool puts individuals in commonly triggering scenarios, like a bar, as he talks them through handling high-risk situations. Knowing how to do just this— appropriately handle high-risk situations— is critical in recovery, especially early recovery.
Our therapy programming at Royal Life Centers highlights the building of skills such as this and helps guests to develop self-awareness and stronger reasoning/judgment. Dr. Phil’s Path to Recovery program is just one more resource we’ve made available to our guests to provide them with the most comprehensive, effective treatment and lay the needed foundation for success in long-term recovery.
Royal Life Centers is a network of full-service drug and alcohol detox and treatment facilities. We specialize in treating dependence on cocaine, methamphetamine, benzodiazepines, opioids, alcohol, and more. Our admissions staff is available at (877)-RECOVERY at all hours, seven days a week, to speak with you about our medical detox, residential inpatient, and nine-week outpatient programs.

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