Treatment Center Setting
Destinations for Teens Philosophy
Destinations focuses on Family Systems Therapy at the core of our care. Family Systems Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that helps individuals resolve their problems in the context of the whole family. Each family member works together with the others to better understand their group dynamic and how their individual actions affect each other and the family unit as a whole. One of the most important premises of Family Systems Therapy is that what happens to one member of a family happens to everyone in the family.
Areas of Specialization
Client & Family Support Groups
Group therapy is a vital component of addiction recovery treatment, considered as important and effective (sometimes even more so) than individual therapy. Benefits include reducing isolation and loneliness and providing the opportunity to learn from others in recovery. In the addiction setting, group therapy is run by trained professionals who guide participants toward a shared goal of recovery.
Research shows that the odds of successful, sustained recovery from addiction are far higher when family members and loved ones are involved in treatment. Drug and alcohol addiction often have genetic roots, whether related to substance abuse, mental illness or both. Family dynamics also play a role and, often, family members are the first to realize a loved one has developed an addiction. Also, it’s important for family members to understand and embrace the lifestyle changes that are required to sustain recovery.
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.
Some facilities have an addiction treatment protocol that all patients or clients are expected to follow, while others customize or individualize treatment based on a person’s unique needs and circumstances. Factors that may affect treatment decisions include age, lifestyle, medical conditions, type of drug, religious beliefs, etc.
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.
A form of animal therapy, equine therapy involves visiting, working with and sometimes riding horses as a way to create a metaphoric relationship that leads to life-altering insights.
Creative Arts Therapy
Writing, making art or engaging in theater can be deeply therapeutic for people working to recover from addiction. Many facilities offer one or several forms of creative arts therapy as a way to help patients learn to express their feelings in productive ways.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
The focus of cognitive behavioral therapy (also called CBT) is helping people to understand the thoughts and emotions that underlie their addiction with the goal of learning new, healthier and more productive ways to understand and express themselves.
Trauma & Associative Awareness Therapy (AAT)
Associative Awareness Therapy (AAT) uses the brain’s innate ability to adapt to change in a healing way, essentially “retraining” the brain to respond differently to familiar memories of trauma or pain.
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.
Patients who undergo intensive outpatient treatment continue to live at home and sometimes go to school or work while participating in a highly structured treatment protocol that is focused on ending substance abuse. Programs vary in terms of how much treatment patients receive, how often and for how long. Some facilities design individualized intensive outpatient treatment programs.
Outpatient treatment describes all addiction treatment that is not residential. Patients live at home while undergoing rehab.
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.
She accomplished the unthinkable and to this day she wishes to continue to lead a sober life and has no desire to ever return to her previous life style. She has matured into such an incredible responsible young lady that you would hardly know her from then and now. All of this wouldn’t be possible if your team hadn’t intervened at the right time. So thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you did for my daughter.
It has been a journey but M is clean and sober. When she left Destinations, it wasn’t easy. She has made this transition on her own and we are quite proud of her. She has realized that her family is her support system and has been there through the thick and thin of it and always will be there for her. She has come to see the light. Destinations provided what she needed to start this recovery Journey.
Meet the Staff
Dr. Baback Bob Gabbay, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Gabbay is a child and adolescent psychiatrist specializing in substance abuse disorders, eating disorders, as well as adolescent mood, anxiety, and psychotic disorders. Dr. Gabbay attended medical school training at UCLA and completed both general adult psychiatry residency and fellowship training in child and adolescent psychiatry at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. He has had extensive training within the realm of emergency psychiatry room, inpatient, residential, and outpatient treatment settings. His clinical experience encompasses providing medication management and therapy services to a diverse range of clients, with specialized intensive clinical training with dual diagnosis clients (patients with substance abuse disorders and co-occurring mental health disorders). Dr. Gabbay’s philosophy towards medication management follows a holistic, interdisciplinary approach. Clinical information is gathered from multiple sources (client, family, school, therapist, nursing, and outside referral sources) in order to make an informed decision regarding a definitive diagnosis and appropriate medication recommendations. Dr. Gabbay evaluates all clients whether they are prescribed medication or not.
Cynthia A. Della Ripa, LMFT
Cynthia Della Ripa is a Licensed, Marriage and Family therapist and the Clinical Liaison at Destinations For Teens. Cynthia focuses on connecting with clinicians, doctors, psychiatrists and other healing professionals in the community to build awareness, provide information and ensure adolescents are getting the help they need in an appropriate environment. In addition, Cynthia oversees Destinations P.E.P. Talks (Prepare. Educate. Prevent) which offers education to local elementary, middle and high schools on topics of mental health, addiction and overall well-being. Cynthia is passionate about prevention through mindfulness, awareness and education.
Andrew Lavender, LMFT, M.A.C.
Andrew Levander, LMFT, M.A.C., is a CA. Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and holds many national certifications including: Master Addictions Counselor, Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor, Certified Bereavement Counselor, Certified Cognitive Behavioral therapist, Certified Internet Addiction and Web Psychology Specialist and is a Workplace Mediation Specialist. Mr. Levander has developed three treatment programs specifically serving adolescents and adults who struggle with self-injury and other self-injurious process and chemically addictive behaviors. He has over twenty-two years of experience in adolescent, adult and family psychotherapy and fifteen years of program development, social service management and is currently the VP of Clinical Operations at Destinations For Teens where he continues his commitment to being of service to under-represented and misunderstood diverse populations of youth and families.
Dr. Kristen M. Roye, PSY.D.
Kristen Roye, PsyD, received her doctorate of clinical psychology from California Lutheran University. During her time at Cal Lutheran she specialized in intimate partner violence and found a passion for attachment theory. She continues to use attachment theory in treating clients, doing research, and in training staff at Destinations. Dr. Roye currently works as the Director of Treatment Services at Destinations for Teens where her main role is to ensure compassionate care for clients and families by implementing evidence-based trainings to the staff and community. She also strives to bring community awareness to the stigma associated with mental illness and educate the community on suicide. In addition to Destinations, Dr. Roye also works as an adjunct professor at Cal Lutheran and teaches in both the PsyD and Bachelors Degree for Professionals Programs.
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ABOUT DESTINATIONS FOR TEENS
Destinations for Teens is a network of stabilization programs for adolescents. Its Mid-Wilshire facility, located in Los Angeles, Calif., offers a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) and an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). It treats both addictions and co-occurring mental health disorders.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
One of 257 PHP facilities and 562 IOP facilities in the state of California, Destinations offers a number of stabilization programs for teens with substance abuse and co-occurring mental health disorders. The center uses psychosocial and substance abuse assessments to determine the best course of treatment for patients.
Destinations offers parent education, discharge, aftercare, and alumni programming. The facility also places strong emphasis on art therapy and educational programming.
The staff at Destinations consists of doctors, psychiatrists, counselors, and nurses.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The facility offers cozy treatment rooms, and a recreational room equipped with video games and board games, and streaming movies. It also has a large art room also gives teens the opportunity to express themselves creatively, and their paintings and artwork are displayed throughout the facility.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
To date, no alums have submitted reviews to Rehabs.com.
On Facebook, 41 reviewers gave the greater Destinations network 4.9 stars. They shared how Destinations, changed their lives for the better.
"Going through treatment at Destinations was intense," one alum wrote, adding, "I’m eternally greatfull to the staff members, therapists, nurses, and directors that saved my life."
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
To date, no loved ones have submitted reviews to Rehabs.com.
On Facebook, a number of loved ones left comments regarding the staff and programming.
One wrote, "The program is comprehensive and addresses every aspect of an individual's health; nutrition, physical activity, body-mind connection, and of course various evidence-based therapeutic interventions. The team is warm, welcoming and responsive."
In addition to Anthem Blue Cross, Kaiser, and Tricare,, Destinations has partnered with Prosper Healthcare Lending, an organization that understands the timely needs of its clients.
Published on July 2018
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