Authentic Recovery Center in Los Angeles, CA

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(3.9 of 5)
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10780 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 260
Los Angeles CA 90025

Authentic Recovery Center Philosophy

The Facility offers a gateway to sobriety filled with new insights and living skills. We provide treatment in a caring, supportive environment, which preserves dignity and respect for the individual. Our treatment philosophy incorporates a variety of clinical components thoughtfully combined to create a personalized and effective treatment program designed to meet the continuing needs during the first years of recovery.

We provide a continuum of care including social model detox, residential treatment, continuing care and outpatient programs. The recovery program is based upon a structured, 12-step oriented, psychodynamic plan. Our primary focus is to assist clients and their families to return to a healthy, positive state of being. Our staff of professionals is committed to excellence while providing a warm, understanding environment in which these goals can be realized. We believe recovery is a way of life.

Areas of Specialization

  • Individual Therapy
    This term describes one-on-one therapy, in which a patient and trained counselor, social worker, psychologist or psychiatrist meets privately with a patient to discuss challenges related to lifestyle, work, family and romantic relationships that may have contributed to the development of an addiction.

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
    The focus of cognitive behavioral therapy (also called CBT) is helping people to understand the thoughts and emotions that underlie their addiction with the goal of learning new, healthier and more productive ways to understand and express themselves.

Facility Highlights

Dual Diganosis Focus Over Multiple Levels of Care

Individualized Treatment Plans and Individual Therapy

Weekly Yoga class

Meet the Staff

Gregory Holden

MA/MFTi, CADC-I Chief Executive Officer

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Joelene Knight

CATC, Director of Clinical Programming

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Review by Contributors


Located six miles from the beach in west Los Angeles, Authentic Recovery Center (ARC) offers a full spectrum of care for adults seeking treatment for substance abuse and co-occurring. Programming includes medical detox, residential treatment, intensive outpatient (IOP) care, family programming, and aftercare. ARC not only treats dual diagnosis , but also bases its treatment philosophy on the idea that most addictions are rooted in underlying psychological issues.


Treatment at Authentic Recovery Center (ARC) begins with a phone interview, which includes a psychological assessment and psychiatric evaluation, and those who require medical attention begin with medically-monitored detox. Clients who then opt for residential treatment typically remain on-site for at least 30 days.

Treatment includes a mix of individual counseling, experiential therapy, group therapy, and family therapy. Treatment methods combine 12-step principles with the disease model of addiction and relapse prevention. Clients learn how to identify and cope with triggers using Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), anger management, and other specific therapies.

ARC’s outpatient treatment is used as a transition option for clients as they prepare to reintegrate into society. Clients experience a constantly changing series of methods based on their individual needs. Additionally, clients may remain in the outpatient program for as long as they feel necessary.

Aftercare planning is available and involves housing assistance, referrals to community support groups, legal assistance, relationship counseling, and vocational aid. The facility also offers free alumni services for life which include regular meetings and activates, crisis lines, and access to online recovery chat rooms.


Authentic Recovery Center’s treatment staff consists of physicians, psychologists, psychiatrists, experiential therapists, certified substance abuse counselors, and other licensed professionals. Experiential therapists including a yoga instructor and nutritionist are also on staff.


Authentic Recovery Center accommodates up to 12 people at a time. The facility itself is homelike, with well-appointed common areas and a state-of-the-art kitchen. Both private and semi-private rooms are available, and some bathrooms feature whirlpool tubs. Outdoor sitting areas are also available for relaxation and recreation.


At the time of this writing, has received feedback from five former clients of ARC. The feedback was mixed. For treatment effectiveness, the facility earned one one-, three-, and three five-out-of-five star reviews.

While many of the alumni praised the staff members, there is some disagreement about the use of the 12 steps. Some alumni enjoyed the 12 step approach, such as an anonymous alum who wrote: “good immersement with twelve step program. However, alum J.K. wrote: “This place is awful it looks nice but they just put you through 12 step meetings.”

Praise elsewhere online is mostly positive to date. On Google, Authentic Recovery Center received two five-out-of-five star reviews. [1] On Yelp, reviews were majorly split: five reviewers gave five out of five stars, while five other reviewers gave just one out of five stars. [2] On Authenticity Recovery Center’s Facebook page, which the center can manage, 32 Facebook reviewers all awarded the facility five out of five stars. [3]

Alumni on these secondary sources praised the staff, treatment models, and professional environment. Alum Alexys wrote on Yelp: “The continued love and support I'm still receiving from ARC lets me know that I always have a support system to help guide me through tough times,” and Tony wrote on Facebook: “I've made friends that'll last a lifetime, and more importantly got help to better myself through this program… I was able to really get myself to love ME again.”


At the time of this writing, three loved ones submitted reviews of ARC to The feedback was positive.

Loved ones gave five out of five stars for accommodations, meals and nutrition, and facility cleanliness. Affordability was given a three, four, and five out of five star review respectively.

The loved ones didn’t agree about the treatment effectiveness of the program. Two gave five stars while one gave only two stars for this category.


Treatment at ARC is typically priced at $28,500 per month. The center’s programs are covered by in-network providers Anthem Blue Cross, Aetna, and Cigna. ARC works with most other major insurance providers as well and offers an online insurance verification form. It does not accept Medicare/Medicaid or Medi-Cal.


Published on December 2017

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This place rules. The staff makes you feel comfortable and safe and makes sure your needs are being met.

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Residential program is fantastic. Therapists aware well trained. Other staff are kind. Residents are kept busy and the groups are meaningful. The IOP program is not recommended. The attention is given to the residential clients and the IOP clients are not given the at time, therapy, and attention that is needed.

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ARC is the most complete recovery center around. Amazing staff, completely able to adapt to any circumstances. ARC opened the door for my recovery in a safe and very secure manner. Thank you, ARC!!

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This facility is highly individualized. My loved one spent around 6months total and had a therapist (at times, 2), a psychiatrist and case manager involved in all facets of therapy, and integration back into normal life. cost, but I do not think you can provide the intensive services they do w/o a high cost. I would gladly recommend to anyone who can afford it. ARC was very involved with the family. they held the patient accountable but not focusing on a punishing/hard environment. They would gently guide my loved one to right actions.

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This place is awful it looks nice but they just put you through 12 step meetings.

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I went here based on your reviews and you have it WRONG!

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Great staff top to bottom, good immersement with twelve step program, great facilities, great counseling and groups. Highly expensive without significant insurance coverage. If you have the resources to afford it or insurance can help you pay for ARC, there are few better treatment programs in the LA area

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Activities were a strength of the facility but some staff members were a downfall. Great.

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