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Our unique therapeutic approach combines the practice of holistic wellness with groundbreaking clinical research, and provides individuals with the tools for achieving both short-term and long-term recovery.

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Our Programs

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Treatment

Our drug rehab program provides individualized, clinically-luxurious care for those seeking recovery from substance use disorders.

Co-Occurring Disorders

We specialize in treating secondary disorders such as trauma, depression, bi-polar disorder, anxiety, and co-dependency.


We include a 12-step component into our seven dimensions of treatment and replace addictive mindsets with healthy, effective rituals based in group processing.

Sleep Hygiene Program

Our clinicians identify the cause of sleep disorders and introduce effective new habits to facilitate natural fatigue and healthy sleep.

Recreational Experiences

We expose clients to unique indoor and outdoor activities, such as yoga, kayaking, and hiking in order to build self-esteem and achieve personal growth throughout treatment.


The aim of our mindfulness program is not relaxation or happiness, but freedom from the tendency to get drawn into automatic reactions, thoughts, feelings, and events.


We believe in helping our clients adopt a nutrition plan that is balanced in both quantity and content, and consists of moderate portions of natural foods.

Art Therapy

We work with clients to help them recognize and clarify feelings, traumatic moments, and barriers to recovery by promoting emotional expression and fostering creativity.

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About Dr. Andrea Barthwell

Dr Andrea Barthwell MD

Andrea Grubb Barthwell, M.D., F.A.S.A.M., is the founder and CEO of Two Dreams. Dr. Barthwell is an internationally renowned physician that has been a pioneer in the field of addiction medicine within the American Addiction Society of Medicine (ASAM) and a contributor to the field of alcoholism and addiction treatment. She is a past president of ASAM, was awarded Fellow status, and is certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM). Dr. Barthwell has been widely regarded by her peers as one of the “Best Doctors in America” in addiction medicine. President George W. Bush nominated and the United States Senate confirmed her to serve as Deputy Director for Demand Reduction in the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) from January 2002- July 2004.

Dr. Barthwell’s career has been as diverse and successful as the patients for whom she advocates. Her career has been comprised of a unique balance of research and practice, and reflects her steadfast commitment to merging scientific inquiry with the human side of addiction: Dr. Barthwell has combined involvement in governmental policy with community-based work in health-care organizations, as well as serving on a number of editorial boards of scientific journals and widely publishing her own research.

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November's Dream Journal - 11/11/2015


Two Dreams is a wellness program led by Andrea G. Barthwell, MD, FASAM that provides individualized care for those who dream of recovering a healthy lifestyle.

Note from Dr. B.

The ongoing opioid overdose crisis has prompted the CDC to take action in the form of developing new guidelines for qualified prescribers. First and foremost, the CDC stresses that opioid therapy should be utilized only if all other treatment options have been exhausted. Opioids can vastly improve functionality and quality of life, but the benefits must be weighed against the risks of tolerance, addiction, overdose, etc. If opioids are absolutely necessary, the prescribing physician and patient should work together to formulate a safe plan of approach and establish realistic treatment goals before starting therapy. These goals should be re-assessed throughout the course of treatment to ensure that the patient is still experiencing significant improvement. The CDC recommends that patients start off their therapy by taking low doses of short-acting opioids. The use of high dosage and/or extended-release (long acting) opioids is risky and warned against unless the alternatives are ineffective. Additional precautions should be taken when increasing dosage to 50mg or more per day in morphine equivalents, and increasing dosage by 90 mg or more per day is strongly discouraged. Patients with acute pain should be given a minimal amount of pills initially, as studies have shown that a three-day supply is usually sufficient for non-traumatic instances. This policy would lower the likelihood of abuse and protect short-term users from addiction. One of the most important factors of safe opioid use is continuing patient-physician communication. Providers should schedule a follow-up appointment within one to four weeks of starting a patient on long-term opioid therapy and/or increasing the prescribed dose. Additional appointments should be scheduled at least once every three months, and the risks and benefits of continued opioid use should be considered on a regular basis. Risk management strategies should continually be revisited and naloxone should be made available to patients in order to decrease the chance of opioid-related harm. Physicians should keep track of patient medication records and addictive tendencies to determine risk of overdose. High-risk patients should be instructed to take additional precautions and avoid drug combinations that could prove lethal. For example, patients taking benzodiazepines should avoid taking opioids concurrently whenever possible. Physicians should also monitor patient drug use through regular urine drug screens. If evidence arises that a patient is suffering from opioid use disorder, the provider should arrange for enrollment in an evidence-based treatment plan. These typically involve opioid-agonist therapy along with behavioral and talk therapy. Patients with chronic pain have responded to these guidelines with disdain, arguing that the CDC is imposing restrictions unreasonably. The FDA is typically responsible for ensuring safe drug prescription, but the CDC is stepping in to regulate the spread of opioids anyway, claiming that these guidelines were reviewed by experts and will significantly reduce overdose deaths. Activists in the pain community argue that these rules are hardly going to affect death rates and will only make life harder for legitimately suffering chronic pain patients. The guidelines will likely be published in January 2016 and the CDC is not taking questions about them at this time. While the CDC’s plan may be well intentioned, it is an insufficient and misguided attempt to affect change without improving patient care. A majority of opioid users become abusers because of inadequate treatment, not because of loose controls; for example, many turn to the streets for drugs when they are not being prescribed the correct medicines or dosages to manage their pain. The CDC guidelines are focused on regulations and restrictions instead of quality of care, a decision that is only going to exacerbate the opioid overdose problem. Pain treatment is a holistic process, and an ideal recovery scenario includes physical therapy, occupational therapy, therapeutic recreation, psychological services, pain education, relaxation training, vocational rehabilitation, and finally medical management. Instead of limiting the options that are available to patients, the CDC should be raising awareness about the various treatment possibilities that exist. Perhaps the country will see a decrease in opioid abuse once patients have access to the care they desperately need. Source Cited: http://www.painnewsnetwork.org/stories/2015/9/16/cdc-opioids- not-preferred-treatment-for-chronic-pain/p> Read more ...

Reverence and Respect- October 2015 Dream Journal XXXIII


Two Dreams is a wellness program led by Andrea G. Barthwell, MD, FASAM that provides individualized care for those who dream of recovering a healthy lifestyle.

Note from Dr. B.

The Walk on Washington was a great success! The Two Dreams staff gathered in Washington DC on October 4th in a collective effort to support policies that will improve addiction recovery and end the stigma against those with the disease. Major media networks covered the event, so our voices were heard all across the nation. Fall is a time of transformation, and we look forward to affecting more change as we move towards the end of the year.

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