Today's article is written by guest contributor, Roxie McLachlan, a doctorate of psychology student at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA. Roxie is passionate about mental health and working with the older adult population. Upon completion of her school program, she plans to work as a psychologist in private practice.
This post is the third in a series of articles about drug and alcohol addiction and recovery. Part One was intended to help people decide if they have a problem and need help and Part Two featured inspirational stories of those who have found recovery. This article is meant for the individual who has decided it's time to find help, but doesn't know where to start. Please enjoy Part Three of this Four-Part Addiction and Recovery Series...
Joining a treatment program is an essential step in recovering from addiction. Not only do these programs continue providing skills for coping with addiction, but they also provide a chance for one to gain a support group with other individuals in recovery.
There are four main routes for treatment:
1 | Inpatient/Residential Treatment Programs: These programs usually range from 30-90 days and require patients to live in the facility during this time. Many programs begin with detoxing then continue to provide recovery treatment for the remainder of the program.
2 | Outpatient Treatment Programs: Unlike residential programs, outpatient programs do not require a patient to live in the facility. Though these programs differ from location to location, they usually consist of daily check-ins and group counseling 3-7 days a week.
3 | Support Groups: Support groups are generally free programs in which group members meet on a weekly basis to discuss recovery. Continue reading for more information on support groups.
4 | Private Practice Therapy: If you've decided you want to change your drinking/using habits, but you do not feel that your situation warrants an inpatient or outpatient treatment program, you may be a good candidate for private practice therapy. Click here to contact Natalie to see if private practice is a good fit for your needs.
Addiction Treatment Facilities
We are lucky to be in the Los Angeles area where there are a variety of different treatment facilities. The following is a list of both inpatient and outpatient treatment programs in Pasadena and the Greater Los Angeles Area. Most of these programs include holistic approaches to recovery and exercise mindfulness and/or meditation techniques.
- Refuge Recovery: Outpatient programs, detoxification, partial hospitalization, and transitional living. Located in Hollywood. Unique for its strong emphasis on mindfulness.
- BLVD Centers: Both residential and outpatient treatment programs. Locations in Hollywood and West LA. Unique inclusion of dharma, yoga, and meditation in their recovery groups.
- Gooden Center: Both residential and outpatient in Pasadena. Aimed at men recovering from addiction. Affordable treatment options.
- Klean: Both residential and outpatient in Hollywood.
- Casa Treatment Center: Both residential and outpatient in Pasadena.
- Impact House: Both residential and outpatient in Pasadena, also an outpatient facility in Downtown LA.
- Cri Help: Both residential and outpatient. 3 locations in Los Angeles and North Hollywood.
- Pax House: Residential only in Pasadena.
- Twin Town Treatment Centers: Outpatient only. Locations in North Hollywood, Torrance, and West Hollywood.
Most of these groups are free of charge and give one a chance to interact and grow with other individuals in recovery.
- Narcotics Anonymous: There is an abundance of meetings in the LA area. Search here for the meeting nearest you.
- Alcoholic Anonymous: This site has a list of meetings in the LA area.
- For those who feel uncomfortable with the spiritual content of NA and AA, there is Secular Organizations for Sobriety.
- SMART Recovery: Stands for “Self-Management and Recovery Training”. As the name infers, it programs support through empowering self-directed change.
- The Heart of Recovery Meditation Group -- a meditation group for addiction treatment -- which is held on Wednesdays at the Shambhala Center in Eagle Rock.
- While most recovery programs are based on abstinence, Moderation Management is based on moderating drinking. They have a Los Angeles and an Eagle Rock location.
This list should get you started on your path toward recovery. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please leave them in the comments below. Have you participated in a recovery program that worked well for you? Please let us know in the comments. Stay tuned for the next in this Four-Part Addiction & Recovery Series. The last post of the series next week will feature enjoyable social activities individuals in recovery can enjoy that don't involve drinking.