Promises Los Angeles Philosophy
Promises West Los Angeles is committed to providing hope to individuals struggling with substance abuse issues. The residential drug and alcohol rehab offers a caring and compassionate environment for recovery, as well as a superior staff-to-client ratio and an intimate, home-like setting. Clients learn how to confront addictive behaviors, developing healthy coping skills and prepare for a sober lifestyle filled with challenge and opportunity.
Areas of Specialization
Rock to Recover Music Therapy
Clients are invited to participate in an innovative music therapy program designed to engage creativity, explore untapped talents, and develop positive coping strategies. Directed by a professional musician, each session includes musical experimentation and guided instruction as desired. Clients select the musical instruments of their choosing and work together to establish a beat, compose lyrics, and perform their original creative works!
Young Adult Program
Promises Malibu’s Young Adult Program offers individuals ages 18 through 30 a comprehensive continuum of innovative therapeutic services including music therapy, intensive family therapy, animal therapy, acupuncture, yoga, neurofeedback, and more. Clients are invited to work with wolves in a highly impactful day-long experience during which time clients exercise communication, compassion, and care with some of some of nature’s most majestic creatures.
Meet the Staff
Terry Howard has been in the culinary arts for over 20 years and has his degree in culinary arts from Newbury College in Boston. Terry has been in recovery for over eight years. He really enjoys working with people. Prior to Promises, Terry worked in the Health field for over five years. Terry is committed to doing what he does best and that is to ensure that our clients receive the very best nutrition.
“I have been with Promises for almost four years and it has been a great experience. I really enjoy working in this field. It has given me the opportunity to get to know the clients and to see the incredible changes in them. Sharing in Promises’ dedication to our clients is fantastic. The love is unconditional, and to see how someone who was so hopeless comes alive is a MIRACLE. I find that this is not just a job, but a fulfilling adventure.”
Betsy Spier, MFT
Executive Director, Promises West Los Angeles
Betsy Spier is a licensed marriage and family therapist with more than 20 years of experience in the mental health and substance abuse treatment fields. She is a graduate of Antioch University, Los Angeles. In addition to working as a clinician and administrator, Betsy teaches Group Counseling Techniques and Co-Occurring Disorders for Professionals at UCLA in the Drug and Alcohol Studies Department.
In her private practice, Betsy specializes in working with people with mood disorders, addiction and co-occurring disorders, and couples. Betsy was involved in opening one of the first “dual diagnosis” programs in South Central LA in the mid 1990s. The program came out of the need for specialized treatment for women who were chemically dependent and had co-occurring mental illnesses. It still provides superior services for the community.
For the past 20 years, Betsy has been working in the community and referring clients to Promises, and is very excited to now be part of the Promises team.
Rehabs.com Editorial Review
ABOUT PROMISES WEST LOS ANGELES
Promises West Los Angeles is a substance abuse treatment center located in suburban Mar Vista. The facility — which is halfway between Beverly Hills and the Pacific Ocean — offers residential and outpatient treatment for young adults 18 to 30 years old. Detox services are available.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
According to Promises West Los Angeles’ website, the center pledges to offer highly individualized treatment and an intimate staff-to-client ratio. Residents typically stay for 30 days, though treatment plans vary and can last up to four months. The program is deeply rooted in the 12-Steps, as well as holistic approaches to understanding and healing from addiction.
In addition to psychiatric care, one-on-one counseling, and group therapy, the program addresses issues such as grief, loss, and trauma through experiential processes. Equine therapy, wolf therapy, and art and music therapy are offered. This includes a weekly “Rock to Recovery” group, in which professional musicians in recovery help young clients express themselves through song.
Other treatment options include neurofeedback and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). Residents are also given the chance to incorporate real-world experiences into treatment via trips and activities outside of the facility, including attendance at local AA meetings.
There is an intensive, four-day family program, in addition to two weekly family groups. Each client is also assigned a family therapist, who works with their loved ones on an individual basis.
Along with physicians and a team of nurses overseeing detox, the Promises team boasts clinical psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, licensed family therapists, and licensed addiction counselors, according to the center’s website.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The center’s website notes the facility houses up to 18 clients at a time. Residents begin their stay in cottages dotted around the property before moving into one of two sober-living facilities on the same block. Three gourmet, chef-prepared meals are served each day.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The nine alumni who were polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing left mostly positive reviews. On average, they gave the center 4.33 out of five stars when asked if they would recommend Promises West Los Angeles.
Alumni rated the center high in a number of categories. They rated the center’s family participation the highest with 4.6 stars, and the staff’s experience and training received 4.4 stars.
An anonymous alum described staff as amazing. “I have been to a number of facilities and have received the greatest amount of knowledge and tools needed to work a serious program at Promises. They have shown me what it means to be a part of a sober community,” they wrote.
The alumni rated the center’s visitor policy the worst with 3.7 stars.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
To date, the 23 loved ones surveyed by Rehabs.com also provided positive feedback, and awarded the facility high marks for family involvement. On average, they gave Promises West Los Angeles 4.4 out of five stars when asked if they would recommend the center.
Like alumni, loved ones rated the center’s family participation, and staff’s experience and training the highest with 4.3 stars each.
One anonymous reviewer wrote that the program was “very set on involving everyone,” and another noted that the program was “really good at making patient understand that they are responsible for themselves but that they're not worthless and that they have the support necessary to become better and hold themselves accountable.”
Loved ones rated the center’s visitor policy and affordability the worst with 3.9 stars.
According to the facility’s website, a number of private insurance plans are accepted.
Updated March 2017
Published on April 2017
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