CLARE Foundation Philosophy
CLARE Foundation is committed to saving lives through recovery. The California-based alcohol and drug rehab facility offers a full continuum of care with 11 residential, outpatient, and prevention programs in Santa Monica, Venice, Culver City, and West Los Angeles. Gender-specific care, a compassionate and caring staff, comprehensive treatment plans, and 12-step grounded programs give clients all of the practical tools they’ll need to rebuild their lives, regain their self-esteem, and achieve self-sufficiency and long-term sobriety.
Areas of Specialization
The term “12 Step Program” describes a way to recover from addiction that is based on the model developed by Alcoholics Anonymous. Many drug and alcohol treatment centers base their treatment on 12 steps – the first three of which are situational, the next four addressing the practical issues created by the addiction, followed by two steps focused on making amends for hurting others. Steps 10 and 11 involve a deeper examination of the previous steps and the final step is focused on helping others avoid and recover from addiction.
Outpatient treatment describes all addiction treatment that is not residential. Patients live at home while undergoing rehab.
Meet the Staff
Lisa Steele, PhD
Lisa Steele, Ph.D. has dedicated the last 30 years of her life to working in the substance abuse and mental health treatment field. She has led organizations of all sizes serving those with co-occurring substance misuse and mental health disorders, and clients with domestic violence and forensic issues, with the focus on access to care for the most under served and challenged. She operates with the understanding that the whole person must be treated, including the mind, body and spirit. Dr. Steele worked with the Los Angeles Department of Mental Health for many years, working to bridge the gap between mental health and substance abuse treatment services, so that people with addictions could obtain treatment through all avenues. She served as a consultant to the National Institute of Mental Health, and created the first “Minor Consent” Substance Abuse Treatment Program in California. For more than 10 years she has served on the California Statewide Co-Occurring Conference Planning Committee. She earned her Masters Degree in Marriage, Family, Child Therapy and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with two certifications in substance use disorder treatment and co-occurring disorders treatment. Dr. Steele places great value on the culture of recovery, and is fully committed to ensure that both clients and staff feel valued, and can live and work in a healthy environment. She is very excited to join the CLARE team.
Diana Cho, PsyD
Director of Clinical Services
Dr. Cho comes from an extensive background in addiction treatment services and treating mood disorders. Prior to joining Conscious Recovery by CLARE, Dr. Cho served as Program Director for Sovereign Health, a co-occurring disorders treatment center, as well working at inpatient settings including a state hospital. Dr. Cho is recognized by her colleagues in the industry as a very thorough, dedicated clinician whose oversight of staff offers a supportive, open-door environment and whose client track record includes a clear and successful treatment plan for every person walking in looking for help. With her vast experience in addiction, Dr. Cho brings with her a unique cultural perspective to the Conscious Recovery program, understanding that a client's culture -ethnic, religion, socio-status or otherwise- plays an integral role to their success, especially as clients assimilate into their everyday lives.
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ABOUT CLARE FOUNDATION
Located in sunny Santa Monica, Calif., CARF-accredited CLARE Foundation offers detox, gender-specific residential treatment, outpatient services, and sober-living homes for men and women ages 18 and over who are struggling with substance abuse and/or co-occurring disorders.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
CLARE staff help clients form individualized treatment plans utilizing more than 10 evidence-based practices, in addition to the 12-Steps. Clients in the residential program participate in daily group therapy and weekly case management meetings and individual therapy, in addition to as-needed psychiatric services for those with co-occurring disorders. They also follow a personal development curriculum that includes career readiness training and employment assistance. Residential treatment typically lasts between 30 and 90 days.
Outpatient offerings include a partial hospitalization program (PHP) and an intensive outpatient program (IOP). The PHP meets five days a week for up to six hours a day while the IOP meets for three hours a day, up to five days a week. Both programs include group counseling, individual therapy, family meetings, and random drug screening.
Four sober-living homes offer safe, gender-specific living environments for men, women, and women with children. Residents participate in community support meetings, alumni activities, and random drug testing.
Treatment at CLARE is led by two doctoral-level psychologists and the facility's website mentions psychiatrists, addictionologists, nurses, and behavioral health therapists.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Promotional videos posted on CLARE Foundation’s website show dorm-style sleeping arrangements, group meeting spaces, and a cafeteria-style dining room. The women’s facility is a two-story building arranged around a courtyard and the men’s center was opened in 2014. Residential facilities house 80 beds total.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Of 12 alumni reviews submitted to Rehabs.com, seven were positive and five were negative. Six alumni polled on specific metrics gave five out of five stars for overall quality of individual and group counseling, as well as staff support, and indicated they left with the proper tools to live a sober life. M.M. wrote: “CLARE provided me with all the tools and support necessary to have a life after treatment.” While the reviewers left mostly four- and five-star ratings, several indicated counselors were not as available as they would have liked.
Although positive reviewers raved about the life-changing facility, the four negative reviews centered around rude staff and not enough one-on-one time with counselors. “It took me a month of begging to get my very first one on one with a certified drug and alcohol counselor,” Alyssa wrote, while another alum, C.J., agreed: “I did not get one on one with my councelor or therepist Until almost 2 weeks of my stay. Very understaffed.” An alum named S.F. was also not impressed with staff, writing, “the lower level you go in terms of personnel, the ruder they become.” And C.J. had similar commentary: “I was Treated with disrespect or not noticed at all.” Several alumni also felt marketing materials and advertised program offerings were not accurate.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The single review from a friend of an alum at the time of this writing was negative. The reviewer named Farmer gave one-star ratings for treatment effectiveness, meals, and accommodations. “Clare don't care .... it's all about the money,” the loved one wrote.
WHAT STAFF SAY
Michael, a former employee as well as a former client, indicated in his review to Rehabs.com that CLARE “happily” transitioned to a new executive director. He left overall neutral feedback on the rehab, indicating the facility could provide a positive experience for clients, but noted several staff members could use improvements. “CLARE's shortfall continues to translate to the excesses of the two staff members who have advanced their personal agendas via deceit and intimidation,” he wrote.
According to its website, CLARE Foundation accepts most insurance plans, including Aetna, Cigna, BlueCross BlueShield, and United Healthcare. Payment plans are available for those without insurance.
Rehabs.com alumni reviews indicate that many clients pay for treatment with General Relief, a Los Angeles County-funded program of the Department of Public Social Services.
Updated March 2017
Published on April 2017
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