CareForward Health Philosophy
To provide the opportunity to experience a full life beyond drugs and alcohol. A life that includes recognizing the beauty that exists around us and within us. To provide a safe, private and therapeutic place for clients to begin, or further their recovery. To assure that individuals are treated with dignity and respect through a supportive environment while building a foundation through the 12-Steps, psycho-educational groups, life skill education, group and individual therapy, as well as promoting health and education for the Mind, Body and Spirit. To educate the individual to the benefits of long-term continuing support post-discharge to enhance and support their continued recovery.
Areas of Specialization
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.
Dual Diagnosis/Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment
These two terms describe a person who is not only addicted to drugs or alcohol, but also has a mental or emotional illness, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc. Facilities that treat patients with dual-diagnosis or co-occurring disorders provide psychiatric treatment in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation services.
Meet the Staff
Ericka is a master’s level marriage and family therapist (MFT) and is completing a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute.
She is currently writing her dissertation: An Exploration of Women in Long-Term Recovery from Alcoholism: A Phenomenological Study.
Her clinical focus addresses co-occurring addictions and their associated symptoms; depression, anxiety, hopelessness and isolation. Through a tradition steeped in Depth Psychology, she utilizes individual and group therapy with a working knowledge of the 12-Steps of Recovery.
She believes that the goal of psychotherapy is to reveal the client’s biological and environmental causes for current symptoms and to develop new coping skills for living. In her view, psychotherapy has the potential to assist clients in changing their attitudes toward life, which directly effects how they respond to the world around them. She invites you to discover the beauty found within.
Lewis has years of experience supervising substance abuse counselors and serving clients of addictions and co-occurring disorders. Lewis is a student of the Biblical scriptures and is a professional book author. He has managed both profit & non-profit organizations, been a minister and enjoys the hobbies of sports and international travel.
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ABOUT CAREFORWARD HEALTH
Located in the famously upscale community of Beverly Hills, Calif., CareForward Health is a luxury treatment center that provides outpatient treatment at various intensities for adults struggling with substance abuse and dual diagnosis. Sober living accommodations are available through a partner organization. Detox is not offered on-site, but staff can arrange for clients to access appropriate treatment at a nearby facility.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Offerings include standard outpatient (OP), intensive outpatient (IOP), and partial hospitalization (PHP).
CareForward can offer a service akin to a 30-day (or longer) residential program through its PHP in combination with a stay at a partnering sober-living facility. PHP is the most structured and time-intensive treatment option, involving treatment sessions all day long. The program lasts a minimum of 30 days, and involves 12-step participation along with one-on-one counseling, group therapy, family therapy, and enrichment opportunities, like trips to local museums and other sites of interest in Los Angeles. Staff use evidence-based modalities such as dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), as well as experiential activities including art therapy and improv groups. Specialized process groups cover topics like self-care, grief and loss, relapse prevention, and codependency, and there are also dedicated groups for members of the LGBT community.
For those clients who don't need the intensity of a full PHP, the IOP (which also lasts a minimum of 30 days) meets most often on weekdays, though evening and weekend sessions are also available. The IOP uses similar modalities to the PHP, though there's also an option to explore the relationship between addiction, faith, and long-term recovery.
The facility also notes that it provides long-term aftercare, but does not specify what these provisions consist of.
The team consists of licensed therapists and chemical dependency counselors. The seven individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date on the staff's level of training and experience gave it an average rating of 4.71 out of five stars.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Through partnerships with sober living homes, clients have the option to stay in upscale living facilities, which are monitored by an on-site supervisory staff. The facilities can accommodate up to 70 clients in total, in shared bedrooms. Residents are provided with daily catered lunches and dinners. Some homes are equipped with swimming pools and scenic views, and clients have access to fitness facilities and transportation. The seven individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date on the organization's accommodations gave them an average rating of 4.57 stars, and the six individuals polled on the facilities' cleanliness gave it an average rating of 4.83 stars.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
All three of the alumni polled by Rehabs.com to date would strongly recommend treatment at CareForward Health. Two of the reviewers praised the facility's staff, stressing the pains taken to address each client's needs: "Staff that truly cares," Hillary wrote in a representative review. In addition, isolated praise was awarded to CareForward's "family atmosphere" and "beautiful facility," and the reviewers praised the program's efficacy. In a particularly effusive comment, alum B.T.O. wrote: "These facilities have been instrumental in giving me a second chance at life." All three reviewers gave the facility four- and five-star ratings in most of the evaluated treatment metrics, including its counseling options, ability to treat co-occurring disorders, and treatment effectiveness.
Secondary sites yielded mostly positive feedback at the time of this writing: a 4.3-star average rating based on 11 reviews on both Google and Facebook, where the facility can manage its own page.  The positive reviewers echoed many of the comments made by Rehabs.com reviewers, praising the center's staff and even crediting the program with saving their lives. "I am alive and free to accomplish my dreams. None of that would have been possible without the love and support of the staff at CareForward and 5Res," C.B. wrote in a representative review on Facebook. However, one reviewer, R.B., wrote in a Google review of alleged improprieties with insurance companies and inadequate food and heating at the sober-living facilities.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The single loved one polled by Rehabs.com to date would strongly recommend treatment at CareForward Health. "Staff is dedicated to its clients and their well being," S.R. wrote, though they also added that they felt the facility was understaffed. They gave CareForward three stars for its holistic offerings and four stars for its family participation, counseling options, and ability to treat co-occurring disorders.
"Incompetent staff and directors do NOT know what they are doing. They dont seem to have a clue about what addiction is and the phases and symptoms of recovery process," mother J.D. wrote in a one-star review on Facebook, alleging that the facility was more interested in making money than in helping her daughter.
WHAT STAFF SAY
All three staff members polled by Rehabs.com to date gave very positive feedback. The reviewers repeatedly praised their fellow staff members, in particular lauding the center's clinical team. "Amazing clinical direction. Careforward Health is an incredible strengths based program ran by a group of people who truly care about every single client," Crystal wrote in a representative review. Despite giving praise overall, one staff member echoed loved one S.R. by writing that the facility was understaffed. The three reviewers gave the facility five-star ratings for its treatment effectiveness and ability to treat co-occurring disorders. For its holistic offerings, they gave the center a two-star, a three-star, and a five-star rating.
A month of treatment at CareForward Health typically costs $20,000. The facility accepts a range of private insurance plans as well as private pay, and has a relationship with a medical loans company for the benefit of those individuals who must take out a loan to pay for treatment. All six of the individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date on the center's affordability gave it five stars.
Published on December 2017
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