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Areas of Specialization
Residential Treatment, Medical Detoxification
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Located on a tree-lined street in central Pasadena, Casa (or “Casa de las Amigas”) offers residential and outpatient treatment and sober-living facilities for women aged 18+ who are struggling with substance abuse and dual diagnosis.
Medical detox is not available on-site: new clients must not have consumed any alcohol or drugs for 24 hours prior to arriving at the facility.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Casa uses the 12-Steps and aims to help its clients achieve total abstinence. It takes a three-pronged approach, focusing on the mental, physical, and spiritual aspects of recovery.
The residential program typically lasts 30 to 90 days. Each resident is assigned an individual counselor, and alongside working closely with that counselor throughout their treatment, they participate in on- and off-site 12-step meetings, and often work with a sponsor during their stay. Should any resident display evidence of a co-occurring disorder, they are matched with an individual therapist. The facility also provides education on topics such as domestic violence, parenting, anger management, and relapse prevention. Families are required to participate in counseling and education sessions while their loved one is in residential treatment, and are encouraged to attend Al-Anon meetings, too.
A day treatment program (or partial hospitalization program/PHP) involves more than 26 hours a week of workshops and groups, and typically lasts 90 days. Once they’ve completed day treatment, many clients progress to general outpatient treatment, which consists of an individualized roster of individual therapy and small support groups. The center’s aftercare program includes one monthly individual session, weekly groups, and urine testing, as well as a 12-Step attendance requirement.
Staff includes an MD and marriage and family therapists, alongside external providers such as yoga therapists and acupuncturists. The four individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date on the staff’s level of training and experience gave it an average rating of 4.5 out of five stars.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
There are beds for 32 women at a time, plus sober-living facilities, which are available to graduates for up to one year after they’ve completed treatment. At the residential facility, clients may participate in activities including yoga, walking, meditation, and volleyball. All four of the individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date gave the center five stars for its cleanliness.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Of the eight reviews submitted to Rehabs.com to date, six were positive and two negative. The three alumni polled on the facility’s offerings in a variety of treatment metrics gave it four and five-star ratings for its treatment effectiveness, exercise/leisure offerings, holistic treatment options, and family programming.
Alumni repeatedly praised the center’s staff: “Experienced staff, EXCELLENT classes/groups,” Danielle wrote. Otherwise, there was little overlap in clients’ praise. “Well maintained, very good structure,” Kristina wrote. Fellow alum Leslie spoke highly of the alumni program.
Of the two negative reviewers, one complained about unsanitary conditions and bad food, while the other, E.I., wrote: “Casa is not a safe place. On an executive level the turnover is high...The staff plays favorites…” E.I. also complained of a lack of medical attention and referred to a now discontinued detox program.
At the time of this writing, secondary review sites yielded mostly positive coverage, with average ratings of 4.3 out of five stars based on 72 reviews on Facebook (where the facility can manage its own page), 4.1 out of five stars based on 12 reviews on Google, and 4.25 out of five stars based on 12 reviews on Yelp** Reviewers repeatedly described their experience at Casa as magical, life-changing, and even life-saving: “Hands down the only reason why I am alive today. They never gave up on me. Staff loved me until I can learn to love myself,” S.L.S. wrote in a review on Facebook. The few negative reviews tended to cite a lack of attention, particularly for those who had relapsed or otherwise struggled.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The single loved one polled by Rehabs.com to date would strongly recommend treatment at this facility. “It is for women therefore women get a very specialized help,” the anonymous reviewer wrote, giving the center five stars for its treatment effectiveness, four stars for its family program and counseling options, and three stars for its holistic offerings and treatment for co-occurring disorders.
According to its website, Casa accepts all major insurance carriers. Two reviewers polled by Rehabs.com indicated that the center had helped them to access treatment even though they lacked funds or insurance, and the four individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date on the center’s affordability gave it a four-star average rating.
Published on November 2017
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