About Asana Recovery
Who We Are and Why We Care So Much
Asana Recovery has been lucky to be founded and run by two highly committed and experienced founders. Mark and Adam Shandrow both bring valuable experience and a strong commitment to helping their clients succeed. As CEO and COO, Mark and Adam provide leadership that guides the staff in achieving the facility’s goal of providing an exceptional healing environment for every client.
Mark Shandrow – As CEO and Co-Founder of Asana Recovery, Mark is committed to providing an exceptional and highly effective recovery experience for each and every client. Mark has over 20 years of experience in business development and operations, which helps him deliver an innovative and comfortable recovery program that is also cost-effective. Mark has created Asana to provide an approach to addiction treatment that incorporates both traditional and alternative therapeutic methods and provides a truly individualized program of treatment for each client, thereby increasing the chances for real recovery.
Mark has significant experience in the addiction recovery field. Prior to founding Asana Recovery, Mark was instrumental in developing another addiction treatment provider into one of the fastest growing organizations in Southern California. The knowledge and experience he acquired during that tenure, along with his education and prior business experience, have equipped Mark with the tools necessary to successfully navigate the waters of today’s complex healthcare system and addiction treatment environment. This level of experience and knowledge also lend foresight and stability to the organization so it will always be able to carry out its mission in recovery, even in challenging times.
Mark earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the Whittemore School of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire. He was drawn to become actively involved in various non-profit organizations and public causes early in his career, including the founding of Bikestation, which seeks to improve the quality of life in urban communities through the development and operation of bike-transit centers. His ability to think outside the box and his interest in promoting the greater good make his role as CEO at Asana Recovery a natural fit.
Adam Shandrow – As the COO and Co-Founder of Asana Recovery, Adam brings over 10 years of experience in workforce development. This career led him to the field of addiction treatment and recovery when Adam realized that his ability to match individuals with the right organization could be of benefit to individuals in an addiction treatment setting. Adam also has extensive experience in facilities and property management, and he was able to call on this knowledge and experience to develop and expand the services of other residential treatment facilities in Southern California before lending his talents here at Asana Recovery. As Chief Operating Officer, Adam is responsible for overseeing the establishment and expansion of our residential treatment programs, staff management, and daily operations. In this role, Adam is always striving to ensure that our services are provided at a level above and beyond the industry norm—so that everyone who comes to Asana for treatment will be provided the tools to achieve real, lasting recovery.
Adam has a long record of community service that includes working as an adviser to and public speaker for numerous non-profit agencies, community-based organizations, and both state and federal agencies, including the United States Department of Labor. He served two terms as Chair of the California State Rehabilitation Council, which works in partnership with the California Department of Rehabilitation to ensure that all Californians with disabilities are represented, informed, and empowered, and receive appropriate individualized services toward the goal of obtaining meaningful employment opportunities. These experiences have instilled in Adam a strong desire to help people regain their lives and find their path back to fulfillment as a productive member of society. Adam’s skill lies in his ability to assist Asana Recovery’s clients to find and fuel their passion through meaningful work.
Before starting his career, Adam earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the College of Liberal Arts at California State University, Long Beach.
Mark and Adam have dedicated their careers to serving others and their roles at Asana Recovery allow them to maximize all of their talents and experience into helping each client through their recovery journey. Mark and Adam created Asana Recovery to serve clients using 5 core values: gratitude, mindfulness, teamwork, stewardship, and creativity. Below you will see how these core values, in combination with Asana Recovery’s mission and vision, create a unique recovery experience that you won’t find anywhere else.
“The heart and soul of the company is creativity and innovation”
– BOB IGER
The Asana Way
The Asana Way is the core principle by which we at Asana work and live. It forms the “blueprint” for how we treat our clients, work with our industry professionals, and engage our staff. It consists of our mission, our vision, and our values. Each of the statements below encompasses much more than the words that make it up; each one tells you what you will see when you enter our facility and interact with our staff.
Our mission is “to provide a healing environment where our clients acknowledge and understand their addiction, embrace a lifestyle of productivity, and find the fulfillment that comes in serving others.” This mission packs a lot of promise into one sentence. First, we promise that the environment will be conducive to healing. Second, we promise that our clients will not hide from their addiction; they will face it head on and understand it. Only through understanding addiction can you ensure that you don’t repeat the past. Third, we promise that you will work to find your life’s purpose while in our facility. We will help you explore your educational, career and volunteering goals so that you can continue to follow your dreams once you re-enter your daily life. Fourth, we promise that you will serve others, both inside and outside the facility, so that you can learn the joyous fulfillment that comes from helping others. This mission forms a comprehensive plan designed to set you on a path toward long-term sobriety.
Our vision is “to operate inspiring facilities that support recovery, where we can enjoy fulfilling careers and be of service to others.” This vision promises that our staff are committed to getting you sober, and we find daily fulfilment in helping you build a new future. At Asana Recovery, we are honored that you have chosen us to help you and we take that responsibility very seriously.
Our core values are gratitude, mindfulness, teamwork, stewardship, and creativity. As an organization that believes in living what we teach, our core values are deeply aligned with our own personal beliefs. When you come to Asana Recovery for your addiction treatment and recovery, you can expect to see our core values in action. Every day in every way, we strive to be an example of how these values can impact your daily life for the better.
What Makes Us Different – Our Core Values
As an organization, we are comprised of individuals who actively seek happiness and fulfillment in our lives. We believe that true happiness is rooted in gratitude for what we have and the opportunities we are afforded, including the ability to truly help people on a daily basis. It is our goal to help our clients find fulfillment and contentment in their own lives.
The human brain is wired to both ask questions and find answers to any questions posed to it. If you actively practice gratitude on days when you feel good and can focus on the positive, your brain will be armed with positive reinforcement on those days when you are struggling. People who practice gratitude are better equipped to deal with challenges, and we all know that overcoming addiction is all about overcoming challenges. Gratitude also helps you feel more optimistic, can give you more energy and help you think more clearly. These are all qualities that are extremely useful when overcoming addiction.
What does this mean for our clients? It means that we at Asana Recovery will work with each client on a daily basis to identify the things they are grateful for. Inward reflection, individual and group counseling, and journaling are all useful tools in the client’s quest to focus attention on the positive things in their lives.
We encourage our clients to live a life of balance and, more importantly, mindfulness. Once you’ve learned to focus on gratitude, it becomes easier to practice mindfulness. In mindfulness, you develop a practice of maintaining a nonjudgmental state of complete awareness of your thoughts, emotions, and experiences on a moment-to-moment basis, being fully present, and engaged in the now. Mindfulness is an intentional slowing down of your life. It quiets the noise in your mind, which is often the goal of drug use. Mindfulness allows you to find that place of quiet and calm without the use of outside substances.
Because this practice requires you to be alone with your thoughts and clear out the outside noise and distractions, it requires you to come from a place of gratitude rather than self-destruction. Studies have shown that mindfulness can actually rewire your brain and better cope with emotions and anxiety. Since addiction is often the brain’s response to blocking out difficult emotions, mindfulness can take the place of addiction over time.
Taking time to understand and analyze your emotions and your emotional reactions to events in your life is a major step in being able to move forward in life without relying on drugs or alcohol. Mindfulness is key to achieving a life balance that is crucial in successful long-term recovery.
When you arrive at Asana Recovery, you are instantly part of a team. You have struggled with addiction on your own. Now you will work with a group of trained counselors, medical professionals and peers to create a life free from addiction. You will work together with your counselor in individual treatment to create a plan that works best for you. You will work with your peers in group counseling as you all help each other with the guidance and support of trained counselors.
By taking an active role in your own recovery, you become empowered to ask questions you might not have felt comfortable asking in a more passive recovery environment. You also feel more comfortable making suggestions and plans for your future in recovery. You are an active member of your recovery team and no one knows your needs better than you do. Empowering clients to participate in their treatment plan ensures that the plan is right for the individual and that the plan can change as the client’s needs change.
Most importantly, the staff at Asana Recovery are a committed part of your recovery team. Your recovery is our goal. All members of our staff involved in your treatment program will work closely with each other and with you to help ensure that we can guide you towards a better life away from addiction.
Stewardship is defined as “the job of supervising or taking care of something.” Our clients come to us in what is arguably their most vulnerable and defenseless state. They trust us to take care of them as the work through detox, residential and outpatient treatment. We are honored with their level of trust in our staff and our facility and will work tirelessly to be worthy of that trust.
We also know that you are investing in us both emotionally and financially to help you regain your life. As an organization we care about the responsible management of resources within the organization, community, and natural environment. We want your stay to be comfortable and relaxing and will work to ensure that we marry value with luxury. We also commit to sustainable environmental practices that will benefit both our community and our planet.
We encourage innovative and creative thinking at Asana Recovery. Traditional therapies have their place in any recovery program, but we recognize that the traditional and usual approach might not always provide the best solution at the moment. Alternative therapies such as art and music therapy can provide an outlet for clients to express feelings and emotions when it is difficult to put them into words. Creative exploration also allows our clients to re-discover parts of themselves that were lost to addiction.
Creativity can also provide an opportunity to try out new therapies and explore new avenues to healing. At Asana Recovery we encourage our clients to explore alternative creative therapies, even if they aren’t successful. Testing, along with failure, bring some of the greatest opportunities for personal growth. With the support of our trained counselors and their peers, our clients can learn from both their successes and their failures, just as they will when they re-enter their daily lives outside of treatment.
Why You Will Love It Here
Recovering from addiction is about more than just the process of detox and therapy. It encompasses your whole environment. One of the most important parts of the recovery process is removing the client from their day to day life so that any addiction triggers will be minimized. The facility at Asana Recovery provides an optimal location for clients to begin their recovery journey. The facility is located in beautiful Costa Mesa, California, which is known for its temperate climate, sunny skies, and close proximity to the ocean. The luxurious rehabilitation center allows clients to put the worries of day to day living on hold while focusing on their recovery. The high level of focus on the comfort of our clients also gives them the ability to relax in ways that they may not have been able to in the own homes. Without worries about day to day tasks and chores, relaxation becomes about self-care, which is vital to recovery.
Our Costa Mesa rehabilitation center provides each client with a furnished room and three meals per day. The center also employs a nutritionist who is charged with preparing a healthy meal plan and providing healthy snacks for all of our clients. In addition to lodging and meals, clients also have access to various amenities, such as high speed internet access, and both broadcast and cable television. Netflix and other subscription-based channels are also available.
During their stay at our Costa Mesa rehabilitation facility, clients will also have the opportunity to participate in supervised low-intensity exercise as well as fresh-air mindfulness sessions. The facility also provides onsite BBQs for much needed socializing with fellow clients.
Every aspect of the facility at Asana Recovery has been designed to maximize the client’s ability to focus on their recovery. Surroundings matter. At Asana Recovery we recognize that the client’s ability to truly relax and focus solely on their recovery makes a huge difference in their long term success.
The staff at Asana Recovery are one of the reasons why we stand out from other recovery facilities. Beyond the nutritionist who plans healthy meals and snacks for our clients, the facility also provides fitness staff to help our clients rebuild their bodies physically. The physiological side of recovery is handled by our trained medical staff who guide clients through a supervised and controlled medical detox process and handle any medical needs outside of detox as well.
To assist with the mental side of recovery, Asana Recovery provides several levels of personnel to assist with our client’s recovery. The therapists will assist clients in determining the factors that led them to drug or alcohol abuse and well as helping them to learn coping mechanisms to ensure that they can move forward long term without chemical assistance. Our trained counselors are there to assist our client’s in navigating the issues and potential pitfalls of life in recovery. Many of these counselors are individuals who have walked in the shoes of addiction and understand first-hand the struggles and fears of our clients in recovery. Our counselors are there to walk with each client through this journey and provide support in any way that it is needed, from concrete coping mechanisms to a shoulder to lean on during a rough day. One of our support specialist says, “I love to do what I can to support and encourage people in recovery. As a recovering addict, myself, it’s rewarding for me to be able to serve my fellow man in this way.” This attitude of service and gratitude is something all of our counselors share and that shows in their commitment to each client that passes through our doors.
At Asana Recovery we take a holistic approach to our client’s recovery journey that covers the physical, medical, psychological and social factors of daily life both during and after recovery. Each of these factors is a vital piece in the recovery process.
The five core values of Asana Recovery, gratitude, mindfulness, teamwork, stewardship and creativity also set us apart from other facilities. These values are traits that our staff practice daily and they allow us to make a real difference in the world. The “Asana Way” focuses on providing personalized and comprehensive treatment plans for both men and women in recovery. It embodies our forward-thinking approach to the treatment of addiction, pairing traditional and alternative methods, and serving all clients with compassion, while providing appropriate structure and practicing essential values in work and in play.
It is this holistic approach in combination with Asana Recovery’s core values that makes our facility an award winning recovery center. We are proud of the work we do and our ability to change the lives of our clients for the better. If you or someone you know needs help battling drug or alcohol abuse, the team at Asana Recovery encourages you to call and talk with our trained counselors. There is life on the other side of addiction and our staff want to help you find it.