Cedar House Life Change Center Philosophy
Cedar House Life Change Center is a California-based substance abuse rehabilitation facility specializing in the treatment of adults, pregnant women, and mothers with children who are struggling with addiction. Services include 7-day detoxification, adult residential treatment, adult outpatient treatment, DUI program treatment, treatment for pregnant or parenting women, and the women with children program. Aftercare is provided to assist clients with relapse prevention, stress management, family and personal issues, and employment.
Areas of Specialization
Residential treatment programs provide housing (food and meals) in addition to treatment for substance abuse. Some facilities offer only short-term residential treatment, some offer only long-term treatment and others offer both, ranging from a few days to many months, based on patient needs.
Outpatient treatment describes all addiction treatment that is not residential. Patients live at home while undergoing rehab.
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ABOUT CEDAR HOUSE LIFE CHANGE CENTER
Established in 1973, Cedar House Life Change Center serves men, women, and families through a continuum of treatment services for substance abuse and co-occurring mental health disorders. The center, which is located in Bloomington, Calif., offers detoxification services, residential treatment, outpatient treatment, aftercare programming, sober living support. The center is also one of 389 (29.7 percent) of California treatment facilities to provide specialized residential treatment for pregnant and parenting women and one of 117 (8.9 percent) of facilities to provide programming for individuals with DUI offenses.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Prior to admission, each client works with a Cedar House admissions specialist to determine the most appropriate level of care and develop a personalized treatment plan. Those who require detox typically begin their stay with withdrawal management, which is medically monitored and lasts up to one week.
Once stabilized, clients may transition to residential treatment, which utilizes the 12-Steps and Hazelden’s Balance Curriculum. Individual therapy is offered on an as-needed basis, and clients participate in groups that address topics including relapse prevention, anger management, parenting, trauma, and other physical and mental health concerns. A specialized residential track for pregnant and parenting mothers also offers children’s programming and family-oriented recreation and social activities.
Outpatient treatment is offered as a step-down or standalone treatment option. Programming is based on the Matrix Model, which is used by 49.1 percent of California treatment facilities. Counseling is conducted in a group setting. Sessions are held three times a week, with hours in the morning, afternoon, and evening.
Clients who complete outpatient or residential treatment are eligible to attend the center’s bi-monthly aftercare groups. These hour-long sessions allow program graduates to discuss their recovery in a safe, supportive environment. Additionally, those with at least 30 days of sobriety may apply for Cedar House’s long-term sober living program.
The Cedar House staff includes a licensed marriage and family therapist, a certified alcohol and drug abuse counselor, and other qualified healthcare professionals.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
According to Cedar House’s website, the facility can accommodate a total of 142 individuals. The center includes two gender-exclusive gyms that operate during the day and evening. Smoking and vaping are allowed in designated areas. After a five-day blackout period, residents may receive visitors on Sunday during specified hours.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The six alumni polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing provided mostly positive reviews for Cedar House. With the exception of one alum who felt that her 30-day stay was too short, former clients praised the center’s staff and programming. “They gave me the tools I needed to be sober,” one anonymous alum wrote in a representative review. Additionally, two alumni specifically highlighted the strength of the center’s dual-diagnosis program, and one alum credited the Cedar House staff for her five years of sobriety.
Exercise/leisure activities: 3.25/5
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The six loved ones surveyed by Rehabs.com provided mixed reviews of Cedar House. Those who were disappointed with the care their loved ones received reported a variety of fairly specific problems. Elizabeth, who gave the center’s treatment effectiveness two out of five stars, took issue with the 12-step paradigm in general, while C.T. experienced communication problems following their son’s admission to the E.R.
Despite some negative commentary, Cedar House received above-average ratings in most evaluated categories. “Good program and staff,” K.B. wrote in their review. “They work really hard with addit and family,” Karen wrote, adding that more beds would alleviate a long waiting list and allow the facility to save more lives.
Staff experience/training: 3.75/5
Would recommend: 4.75/5
The lowest ratings were given to the center’s holistic offerings and its connectivity. In his review, James indicated that clients’ phone and internet access was too “restricted.”
Holistic offerings: 1.5/5
Exercise/leisure activities: 2.75/5
WHAT STAFF SAY
Sharron, the sole staff member surveyed by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing, indicated that she would recommend the facility. She specifically praised the “compassionate” and understanding staff, describing Cedar House as “an awesome place to be both working and getting help.” While she credited Cedar House for offering more services than many other rehabs, she noted that the center was missing a transitional living program for women with children.
Cedar House’s website indicates that some insurance is accepted, and financial assistance is available for qualifying individuals. Discounted prices for financial aid recipients include $200 a day for detox, $300 a day for residential treatment, and $310 a day for residential treatment for pregnant and parenting women. Outpatient treatment is based on a sliding fee scale.
Published on February 2018
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