Axis Residential Treatment Philosophy
Axis Residential is a full-service alcohol and drug treatment center with three locations in California. The Axis East facility in Indian Wells is the longest running (and most luxurious) option for residential treatment. The rehab focuses on helping each client re-envision life’s possibilities and truly embrace the value of sobriety. By introducing daily activities and techniques that, with time, will become life-saving routines, Axis provides its clients with the framework necessary to build a solid foundation for long-lasting recovery.
Areas of Specialization
Clients are invited to take advantage of luxurious residential amenities for the utmost comfort and relaxation while receiving care. Offerings include spa-like amenities, holistic therapies, gourmet cuisine, chauffeur services, fitness facilities, and exquisite living quarters.
Axis Residential Treatment utilizes evidence-based therapies to produce lasting results and lifelong sobriety. Therapeutic offerings focus on behavioral modification, client-staff collaboration, and positive motivation. Services provided include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), motivational interviewing, and relapse prevention planning.
Meet the Staff
Chief Executive Officer
Brad Keith began his career over twelve years ago, working as a counseling technician for several Los Angeles area residential treatment centers. He believes in providing empathic individual counseling to residents of diverse multicultural populations to achieve corrective emotional experiences. Throughout his career, Mr. Keith has also been facilitating group therapy for residents to improve coping skills and interpersonal relations. He has worked with dual-diagnosed, chemically dependent clients to promote personal responsibility and authenticity. Mr. Keith’s professional philosophy was developed through counseling groups of 60+ patients and family members, with an emphasis on breaking down the family dynamic as a way to better understand chemical dependency and alcohol abuse. In 2004, Mr. Keith’s passion led him to open Axis House, a men’s sober living in West Los Angeles. Today, he is CEO and founder of Axis Treatment Centers.
Sam Dekin, MA Psychology
Sam Dekin has many years of experience educating clients about addiction and other pathological behavior with focus on cognitive processes, meaning, and emotional triggers and responses. Mr. Dekin provides guidance and support to enhance communication skills, goal setting, conflict resolution, and other tools for ongoing recovery, accountability and empowerment. As Chief Operating Officer of Axis Treatment Centers, Mr. Dekin focuses the Axis team on reducing recidivism and cultivating self-esteem and family healing by utilizing well-rounded and flexible therapeutic approaches. Mr. Dekin integrates staff and techniques from Psychodynamic, Existential, CBT, and Family Systems orientations to build rapport and intervene on destructive behavior. Mr. Dekin is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Axis Treatment facilities including design and alteration of treatment plans, family therapy, and crisis intervention.
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ABOUT AXIS RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT
Axis Recovery provides highly individualized, upscale residential treatment for adults dealing with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. Axis Recovery operates three centers in Southern California: Axis East in Indian Wells, Axis West in Culver City, and Axis Pacific View Recovery Center in Santa Monica. The Axis East facility is considered to be the “most luxurious option” in the Axis Recovery network. Medically-monitored detox is also available on site.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Axis bases its care on behavior modification, positive motivation, and collaboration between the client and his or her treatment team. Treatment combines** evidence-based modalities,12-step principles, and holistic activities**. The length of treatment varies, but most clients stay for at least 90 days. However, the facility offers 30, 60, 90, and 120 day treatment plans based on each client’s needs.
The treatment process begins with an initial phone interview to prequalify clients for the treatment programs. Clients work with admissions specialists to identify their needs and to ensure that clients will have access to the appropriate resources to facilitate their recovery. Clients schedule a time for an admissions meeting at the facility where they are assessed by a team of medical and psychological personnel. This assessment is used to create an individualized treatment plan with specializations for each client’s unique condition and needs. Counselors help design treatment program with specialized tracts that focus on each client’s most pressing concerns to address problem behaviors.
During individual and group therapy, family counseling, and a variety of workshops, clients and staff utilize cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and motivational interviewing (MI). Medical care and medication management are provided when needed.
Physical and recreational therapies are also made available as a part of the treatment process, and specific activities are recommended as a part of a tailored treatment plan. These activities include art therapy, yoga, and physical fitness activities. In a holistic approach, the facility also offers nutrition counseling as well as other therapy options including hypnotherapy and acupuncture.
Aftercare services including sober living support and continued care planning are provided during the treatment process. Clients are encouraged to establish support networks including attending meetings in their local communities. The facility can help clients develop their support network by establishing contact with group leaders and help clients find appropriate options for continued car.
Axis Recovery’s treatment teams include physician-led medical assistance teams consisting of at least one qualified physician and certified nursing staff members. The counseling team consists of licensed and certified psychologists, marriage therapists, family therapists, and alcohol and drug counselors. Many of the recovery technicians also have battled addiction, and have extensive experience in assisting clients with addressing their addiction concerns.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Axis East is the most luxurious and longest running of the facilities. Residents live in a spacious, modern house with a limited number of beds, a large backyard, and outdoor pool. Most bedrooms are shared, but a few private suites are available. Additionally, residents benefit from a full-time chef, who ensures everyone can enjoy nutritious, freshly cooked meals.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
At the time of this writing, 13 alumni provided feedback for Axis Recovery. The reviews were mostly positive. Ten of the alumni gave the facility five out of five stars for its treatment effectiveness, while two gave four stars and one gave a single star.
Many alumni polled by Rehabs.com described their experiences as “life saving.” Alum J.M.D. wrote: “Axis showed me that I could still have fun in sobriety, and gave me the tools I needed to live a successful life.” Alum Janice agreed: “I am sober today because of them. The facility was great, the counselors were great, the food was ... great. I didn't want to leave, when my time was up, actually.”
Alumni also appreciated the staff, including alum Victoria, who praised the facility for its “love, caring, safe, understanding staff.” Alum Joseph also praised the staff and wanted Rehabs.com to know: "The chef was talented and creative for all food types and allergies and the treatment program was professional and clinical with real tools to use when I got home."
In contrast to the 12 highly favorable reviews, alum Dan offered a one-star rating for treatment effectiveness, meals and nutrition, and accommodations, and wrote: “I felt like this was the worst place on earth.”
On Google, the facility earned nine maximum five-star reviews.  Alumni praised the staff, the treatment effectiveness, and the tools clients learned. In a representative review, alum Jeff wrote: “I've now been sober for a year and a half and Axis gave me the foundation I needed. The staff treated me like family and had an honest desire to see me succeed. I still keep in touch with many of the staff, from Brock who answered my first phone call to the director of operations. They have become a huge part of my sobriety.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
To date, Rehabs.com has received feedback from three loved ones about Axis Recovery. Two of the reviews were negative and one review was positive.
The two loved ones gave four out of five star ratings or higher for accommodations, holistic options, and connectivity policies. D.L., the spouse of a former client, wrote that her insurance did not cover treatment even though the facility told her it would.
However, loved one T.M. gave one out of five stars for treatment effectiveness and indicated that they were “extremely disappointed!” The loved one felt duped because the loved one was led to believe that the detox facility was “an upscale, luxurious homelike setting with a beautiful pool and garden where he could recover and feel happy.” After seven days, their son was “transferred to the residential treatment home which was run down, and looked nothing like this facility at all. It is co-ed and the games were all missing parts. The basketball was flat and there was not even a pump to fill it back up.”
WHAT STAFF SAY
At the time of this writing, one staff member provided feedback to Rehabs.com about Axis Recovery. The feedback was average. The anonymous staff member gave treatment effectiveness two out of five stars and indicated that the “atmosphere between staff is aggressive.”
Axis Recovery accepts a wide range of private insurance plans including Humana, Aetna, Anthem, and Blue Cross Blue Shield. Self-pay is also accepted. It is unclear if public insurance plans like Medicaid or financial assistance are available.
Published on October 2017
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