The Herren Wellness Difference

Wellness is a key component in recovery. As we kick-off Wellness Week with Herren 2021, we wanted to take a deeper look into the daily focus on wellness at Herren Wellness and the individual plans created for each guest to draw on their strengths and explore all aspects of a guest’s health and wellness.

Herren Wellness is different than other treatment centers… namely because we are a wellness facility.  We believe each person coming through our doors is unique and each wellness plan is tailored as such.

A recent guest Kelly graduated from our program and is sharing her experience on today’s blog:

Per the Sandra Bullock movie when she went to rehab, I had only planned for 28 days.  I remember my friend Elise saying to me in the car that she thought I could really benefit from 60-90 days inpatient and I thought she was crazy.  I could not possibly need that much care.  Plus, I had only packed for a week, so I was already making a compromise.  It was evident, both mentally and physically, that I wasn’t making good decisions where my life was concerned, especially with my drinking.  

If I could trust my life with my friend Elise, then I could visually see myself over to the care of Herren Wellness. From the moment I walked through the doors, I kept an open mind about anything anyone had to say.  I learned quickly that the wellness associates were also in recovery. There were 3 life coaches and I was assigned to Emily.  Poor Emily.  She jumped right in and never hesitated to unlock my authentic self.  All 3 life coaches worked well together to help me even though I was only individually assigned to one. 

The staff was so aware of the guests.  The chef asked me on the first night if I had a special diet that he should be aware of.  The housekeeper knew that I preferred to wash my own sheets.  The wellness associates reminded me to take my medication on the days that I forgot.  The attention to detail did not go unnoticed.  I am so grateful for that, especially during my early recovery.

 I was already displaced from home, but they made me feel more at home than I could’ve ever imagined.  Based on my own subjective experience with recovery, it is routine to say good-bye to all of your outside sources, especially if you’re in detox.  No electronics, no use of the phone etc.  Herren was very accomodating to my individual needs on a case by case basis.  The family interaction was usually with one of the life coaches or a staff member.  There was a scheduled phone time throughout the day.  They knew how important it was to maintain a relationship with my family, friends and medical professionals.  I am still in early recovery and each day that passes I am reminded how fortunate I was that I was a guest at Herren Wellness.

If it were up to me, I would’ve gone home from Herren.  I remember asking Emily if she thought that I was ready.  Without a second thought, she said, “No”.  This was my first time in recovery, let alone at a wellness center.  I am still learning the differences of half-way houses, sober houses, transitional living etc.  However, I was still willing to follow the advice of a professional who was familiar with the process.  She believed that I would benefit greatly from sober living.  I didn’t argue with the suggestion, afterall, my life was still in someone else’s hands.  We started doing the research and found an amazing women’s sober living facility on Cape Cod.  

I spent 10 weeks at Herren Wellness, when I only intended on 28 days.  My experience at Herren Wellness was very unique because they were so tuned into my needs and my wellness plan was built upon that.  It felt like they met me where I was at and I think that’s really important.  I am still sober in my sober living community and I am thankful for my experience at Herren Wellness.

Kelly’s story highlights the uniqueness of each guest’s journey at Herren Wellness.  Kelly’s friend Elise dropped her off and she expected to stay a month.  As she leaned into her individualized program she began healing and working closely with her life coach (a certified clinician) and extended her stay, and is now on the next leg of her wellness journey in sober living.

Treating a person at Herren Wellness also includes caring for their family and each guest’s circumstances are different.  This is also where we take very individualized approaches on treating our guest and the family.

Each guest’s wellness plan is outlined during their stay at Herren Wellness and reviewed every four weeks, making the changes needed to live a life in recovery. When a guest leaves, they have a thorough post treatment plan which includes being a part of our Alumni program.

As our founder Chris Herren recently said in an interview celebrating our third anniversary of opening:

“What makes Herren Wellness different is the passion and how much we love recovery and what recovery has done for us and our families.  To see the impact it has had on my children and my wife and wanting someone else to get that gift, that’s what makes it so special.  It’s unique that we can tailor people’s recovery programs and have the unbelievable benefit of working with people here long term, so we not only get to know them as a guest but get to know their families.”   -Chris Herren 

At Herren Wellness, we love our jobs, and the opportunity to get to know our guests and their families.  This is directly reflected in our individualized wellness plans.  Each person is unique at Herren Wellness and contributes to our community in their own way with wellness at the core of all we do; mind, body and spirit.

If you or anyone you love is struggling with substance use or emotional health at any stage, please reach out to us.  We would love to welcome you or a loved one as a guest at Herren Wellness.

About Herren Wellness

When you come here, you are immediately connected with a thriving community of people at all stages of their recovery journey. We introduce healthy habits and routines centered around emotional, physical, and spiritual wellness that provide a solid foundation for rediscovering your interests, experiencing joy in sobriety, and building structure and routine.

We provide several alumni support communities, including a weekly recovery support group, monthly alumni meeting, and online alumni community you can access anytime. Your connection to Herren Wellness doesn’t end when your stay ends; we are there for you throughout your recovery journey.

If you, or a loved one, are looking for help, please call us at (844) 443-7736, email us at, or fill out a contact form. You are not alone.