Treatment Center Setting
- Beach Community
BLVD Treatment Centers Philosophy
The BLVD philosophy emphasizes mindfulness, meditation, trauma work, giving back, creative self expression, community, and the importance of laying solid groundwork for a soulful and sustainable recovery. The approach to addiction is tri-fold, offering treatment that focuses on the mind, body and spirit. Through comprehensive outpatient services for alcohol and drug addiction, BLVD helps clients change their negative self perceptions and beliefs. Treatment is based on AA’s 12-Steps of recovery, and is administered in conjunction with group and individual therapy sessions.
Areas of Specialization
Drugs and alcohol have widespread effects throughout your body, including but not limited to the addiction and/or physical/psychological dependence that develops with substance abuse over time. Many organ systems are affected by addiction and will react to withdrawal. The term “medical detoxification” means that there is a trained and licensed medical professional onsite to monitor your vital signs and protect your physical and emotional health as your body goes through withdrawal.
Facilities that offer “holistic therapy” see and treat patients in the context of their entire lives and health status. They treat the “whole person,” not just the addiction.
Client & Family Support Groups
Group therapy is a vital component of addiction recovery treatment, considered as important and effective (sometimes even more so) than individual therapy. Benefits include reducing isolation and loneliness and providing the opportunity to learn from others in recovery. In the addiction setting, group therapy is run by trained professionals who guide participants toward a shared goal of recovery.
Animal therapy (also called animal-assisted therapy and pet therapy) supports recovery and emotional wellbeing by helping people develop relationships with animals. Animal therapy can be a one-time or ongoing experience.
Meet the Staff
Dr. Lauren Costine, PhD
Chief Clinical Officer
Among her extensive list of accomplishments, Lauren Costine is a clinical psychologist, author, educator, advocate, activist, and one of BLVD’s founding members. Her work focuses on addiction and codependency issues, co-occurring disorders, depth psychology, psychodynamic and family systems modalities, and LGBTQ-affirmative psychotherapy. Previous to her work at BLVD, Lauren acted as the Family Counselor at a local substance abuse recovery center for over five years. Lauren is also currently an Adjunct Faculty member in the Masters of Psychology program at Antioch University.
Alexia Rigos, LMFT
Volunteering and then interning at various schools, Alexia’s work would take her into addiction counseling. For the next three years she worked at a treatment center specializing in treating clients with addiction, HIV, and co-occurring disorders. She also volunteered regularly at a Hollywood non-profit organization where she and her brother would serve food to inner city underprivileged youth while providing them a safe place to gather and socialize. Now, as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Alexia believes that it was the love and support of her own family that drove her passion to want to help others in need.
Discovering a passion for psychology as an undergrad, he would pursue a Masters of Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy at Antioch University with a specialization in LGBTQ-affirmative psychology. Prior to his experience at BLVD, Damien worked for Elements Behavioral Health in a boutique program called SAID (Substance Abuse and Intimacy Disorders). In his role as Clinical Case Manager he provided psycho-education on addiction, relapse prevention, and relationships. Damien also completed a clinical traineeship at Being Alive in West Hollywood.
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ABOUT BLVD TREATMENT CENTERS
With facilities in Los Angeles, Hollywood, San Diego, and Portland, BLVD Treatment Centers provide intensive outpatient (IOP) and residential treatment options, as well as sober living for adult men and women. Located near the beach in a stylish , the Los Angeles, Calif., location offers an array of specialized therapy tracks, including trauma-focused treatment and help with co-occurring mental health disorders. Medically monitored detox services are offered on-site.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
BLVD offers four different therapeutic tracks — traditional 12-step, non-12-step, LGBTQ-affirmative, and a special track for those over 35 years old. The non 12-step track includes Buddhist and SMART Recovery options. All four tracks have a 2:1 client to staff ratio and are integrated with a behavioral modification approach to addressing trauma and cultivating mindfulness. Treatment includes art therapy, nutrition groups, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and separate groups for men and women.
BLVD offers an Aftercare Alumni Program once the core outpatient program is completed, as well as continued sober living and regular meetings with a therapist if desired.The facility also offers an outpatient program three evenings a week for working professionals. Among the subjects addressed in therapy are regulating emotions, family dynamics, healthy relationships, addiction education, and relapse prevention.
BLVD is headed by a licensed clinical psychologist and includes master’s level therapists and a case manager. A psychiatrist sees clients on a consulting basis.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The facility is hip and designed to feel more like a hotel than a treatment facility. When entering treatment, residents have the choice of private or semi-private rooms.
Amenities include freshly prepared smoothies, chef-prepared gourmet meals, and outdoor lounging areas with fireplaces. There are opportunities to participate in yoga, equine therapy, drum circles, and acupuncture.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Three alumni reviews polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing indicate that BLVD is a stylish and effective facility for holistic addiction treatment. Accomodations, treatment effectiveness, and counseling options received five out of five star ratings from all three alumni. “Perfect place for people in their 20's or 30's that want to be in a very hip environment,” J.W. wrote. J.W. also praised the center’s “very compassionate therapists” and abundance of holistic therapies.
Another alumni reviewer, N.M., commented on the aesthetic of the facility and the compassionate staff. “The facility is designed and furnished really well. I never felt like I wanted to leave early, or like I didn't want to be there,” N.M. wrote, and added, “The staff really took their time with me. I had a rough time this last time out, and they loved me back to feeling good about self.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The one review to Rehabs.com at the time of this writing from the loved one of an alum was overwhelmingly positive. This loved one gave every metric in the survey five out of five stars, including staff experience, holistic offerings, and counseling options. “They were very kind and invovling with the care and treatment. Would definitely recommend to those in need,” the anonymous loved one wrote.
WHAT STAFF SAY
Staffers also gave BLVD positive feedback, noting the facility’s central location and variety of treatment offerings. The two staffers surveyed by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing gave high ratings for treatment effectiveness, accomodations, and counseling options. “Most often treatment centers offer either a 12 Step or non-12 Step approach, rarely do they offer both as does BLVD. BLVD Centers are also located in the metropolitan area with access to all of the benefits a city has to offer,” Daniel wrote.
BLVD accepts private insurance and offers financial assistance to clients who qualify.
Updated December 2016
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