Adolescent Growth in Sherman Oaks, CA

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5541 Colbath Ave
Sherman Oaks CA 91401

Adolescent Growth Philosophy

At Adolescent Growth, we believe that effectively treating teens requires special insight and a comprehensive understanding of their needs. To that end, our multidisciplinary team works with you and your child to create a personalized plan for success.

Areas of Specialization

  • Family Program
    Research shows that the odds of successful, sustained recovery from addiction are far higher when family members and loved ones are involved in treatment. Drug and alcohol addiction often have genetic roots, whether related to substance abuse, mental illness or both. Family dynamics also play a role and, often, family members are the first to realize a loved one has developed an addiction. Also, it’s important for family members to understand and embrace the lifestyle changes that are required to sustain recovery.

  • Eating Disorder Treatment
    Many mental health professionals view eating disorders (including anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder, along with other dysfunctional eating patterns) as a food addiction – in that food is used in ways other than as fuel or a source of pleasure. Some, but not all, addiction treatment programs include eating disorder treatment as part of the service menu. Also, an eating disorder may be a dual-diagnosis or a co-occurring disorder with drug or alcohol addiction.

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Adolescent Growth, located in Sherman Oaks, Calif., offers comprehensive residential and outpatient treatment to adolescents ages 12-17 years old seeking treatment for mental health, eating disorders, and co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders. It is one of the 279 (21.3 percent) of treatment facilities that provide services for adolescents. Detox is not available.


The treatment process begins with a phone call to the admissions department at the facility. A pre-assessment will be completed to ensure the client is a good fit for the program. Once the client is deemed to be a good fit, the parent will complete consent forms that must be signed prior to admission. Most clients remain in residential treatment for an average of 60 to 90 days, making it one of California’s 440 (33.6 percent) of long-term treatment facilities.

The facility’s treatment program follows evidence-based treatment approaches such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), which is only used in 660 (50.3 percent) of treatment facilities in the state. Throughout residential treatment, clients receive talk therapy, family therapy, psychiatric care, proper nutrition, academic instruction, physical fitness, group therapy and more. Clients receive individual therapy sessions up to four times per week and group programming on a daily basis.

This facility offers unique treatments and therapies, including yoga and meditation, and they also attend weekly church services. Families are considered to be an integral part of the treatment program and are included in weekly and bi-weekly family therapy groups, parenting support groups, multi family groups and parent restoration weekend workshops on Saturdays.

The facility’s partial hospitalization program (PHP) offers a structured and intensive treatment option where clients participate in treatment activities eight hours per day, five days per week and return home in the evenings and for the weekend. PHP follows similar treatment methods to the residential program and is often a good step-down option following a client’s completion of residential treatment. PHP is available for clients with any of the disorders that the facility treats.

Intensive outpatient treatment (IOP) is also a structured but short term program for clients who are able to function at home and in the community but require treatment more intense than weekly therapy. Clients in this program participate in programming for three hours per day, three days per week. They receive individual, group, and family therapy.


The treatment team includes a psychiatrist, a program manager, and an assistant program manager in addition to other treatment staff whose credentials are not listed on the facility’s website. The staff to client ratio is kept at a minimum of 3:1 at all times. It is one of the 182 (13.9 percent) facilities that are certified by the Joint Commission.


The Sherman Oaks facility is located in an upscale neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley. Residents will share bedrooms. There is a full kitchen and cozy communal living room. Daily off-site opportunities include gym visits, and adolescents can earn off-site visits with family.


At the time of writing, has not received any reviews from alumni, loved ones, or staff regarding the Adolescent Growth Sherman Oaks facility.

On Google, there is an overall average rating of 3.5 out of five stars based on six total reviews.[1] Opinions of the facility were mixed from the reviewers with three respondents giving five stars, one giving four stars, and the other two respondents giving just one star. An anonymous former client who attended treatment at the facility in 2012 did not have a positive experience. They gave the facility one star and wrote, “If you value your child's well being and recovery, PLEASE do not send them here.”

On Yelp, the center has an average rating of 2.7 out of five stars based on seven reviews to date.[2] Some reviewers noted concerns regarding the facility's payment, credit, and family visitation policies.

On Adolescent Growth's Facebook page, which it can manage, there is an overall rating of 3.9 out of five stars based on 12 reviews.[3] However, the reviews cover the program as a whole, not just Sherman Oaks. Feedback was mixed about the staff, with C.D. writing: “They could adequately support their staff and not be cheap when it comes to hiring people that allow them to serve the clients they have accepted.”


On Glassdoor, Adolescent Growth as a whole earned an average rating of 3.6 out of five stars from 71 reviews to date.[4] On Indeed, Adolescent Growth received a rating of 3.3 out of five stars from 18 reviews at the time of this writing.[5] Overall, the staff indicated that they enjoyed working with their “Very Professional” co-workers.


Adolescent Growth is a preferred provider with most insurance companies. Clients are encouraged to contact the facility directly for insurance verification and additional information regarding financing.

[1] GoogleReviews

Published on June 2019

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