Empire Recovery Center in Redding, CA

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(4.1 of 5)
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1237 California Street
Redding CA 96001

Empire Recovery Center Philosophy

Empire Recovery Center is a non-profit addiction treatment facility for chemically-dependent individuals seeking residential, outpatient, or detoxification services. With an emphasis on the Twelve Steps, individuals are provided highly structured, evidence-based treatments for optimal results. Services provided include intervention, assessment, detoxification, individual and group counseling, vocational assistance, family support, and more.

Areas of Specialization

  • Residential Treatment
    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.

  • Family Program
    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.

Facility Highlights

Vocational Training

Sober Recreation

Gender Specific Groups

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Review by Rehabs.com Contributors


Founded in 1971 and located in Redding, a mid-sized city in northern California, Empire Recovery Center (ERC) offers residential and outpatient treatment to adults struggling with substance use disorder. The treatment center's detox program is social-only, meaning that clients are monitored but not prescribed medications.

ERC is a private non-profit facility, which make up about 55 percent of all treatment facilities in California. It also operates a separate outpatient clinic nine miles north in Shasta Lake.


According to the facility's website, programs last 30, 60, or 90 days. The programs are oriented around peer support and a community-based treatment model. The treatment center utilizes the 12-Steps.

Programming includes individual and group counseling, gender-specific groups, and life skills training sessions. The center aims to prepare its clients for life after treatment through vocational readiness training and opportunities to participate in fun, sober recreation.

For families, there are informational sessions and support groups. The center also uses moral reconation therapy (MRT) — a treatment that aims to reduce recidivism and criminal behavior — when appropriate.

Outpatient treatment, often offered as step-down care, consists of individual and group therapy.

ERC also offers a program for Veterans called Recovery Rangers, which emphasizes nutrition, strong mental health, and increased individual responsibility. ERC is one of 332 substance use treatment facilities in California (about 23 percent of all facilities in the state) to offer a specialized track for veterans.


According to ERC’s website, the organization is staffed by certified addiction specialists (CASs), many of whom are in recovery themselves.


There is currently no information provided by the facility regarding its living arrangements and related offerings. However, the five individuals surveyed by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing about the facility's cleanliness gave it mediocre ratings.

Facility cleanliness and upkeep: 3.2/5 stars


The two alumni surveyed by Rehabs.cm to date provided the rehab with mixed feedback. Debbie gave ERC five out of five stars for its staff support, its staff's level of training and experience, its exercise and leisure facilities, its cleanliness, and the overall quality of its counseling. While she noted that the facility itself is "no-frills," she credited the rehab with getting her sober. "The Empire forced us to examine ourselves and be responsible for ourselves and our actions," she wrote.

The other alum, who participated anonymously, told Rehabs.com that while it was "a good treatment center, they would not recommend the program to friends or family. They also awarded the facility just two out of five stars for its exercise and leisure activities, its holistic offerings, and its treatment of co-occurring disorders.

ERC faired well on secondary sites, where it earned average ratings of 4.7 out of five stars based on 19 Facebook reviews[1] (which the facility has the ability to edit) and 3.8 out of five stars based on nine Google reviews[2]. The majority of alumni who left comments described ERC as an effective treatment program with caring staff and a solid 12-step foundation. "Gives you the tools you need to save your own life! Staff that truely cares& willing to take the time it takes!!" Tracy told Facebook in a representative review.


Of the four loved one polled by Rehabs.com to date, three gave mixed reviews and one gave a positive review. E.T., the positive reviewer, simply wrote: "Gives you the tools you need to save your own life! Staff that truely cares& willing to take the time it takes!!" The other three anonymous respondents all gave the facility five out of five stars for its treatment effectiveness, but offered complaints that included run-down facilities, rude staff, and overcrowding.


According to its website, ERC takes private insurance, which is accepted by 53 percent of all facilities in the state.

[1] https://www.facebook.com/pg/Empire-Recovery-Center-113552888731009/reviews/?ref=page_internal
[2] GoogleReviews

Published on November 2018

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You were a wonderful resource for my son. Thank you

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enough beds for all the patients and 3 meals per day not clean enough,bad neighborhood,not enough peer counslers

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It was a good treatment center.

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Strengths:12 step program,caring staff,good location. Weaknesses: old bldg,kitchen staff rude,open to all including prisioners. staff not well trained in depensing medication in a timely fashion. Residents with ankle braclets bring down the program because they are there only to get out of jail not to recover

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it has a good location,they teach the 12 step program well but too many people housed at the same time. counslers were inept at dealing with people problems with each other within the program.

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The Empire forced us to examine ourselves and be responsible for ourselves and our actions. Drugs are not used in treatment and neither coffe or sugar allowed. We were to get up every morning, go to breakfast, exercise as a group, complete our assigned chores THEN start our day of meetings and classes. All meals were mandatory and you ate all that was put on your plate. After dinner, there were other meetings that we had to attend. For the first 30 days there was NO outside contact except as a group. We were self governing with oversight from staff. The director felt that we needed to learn how to live, eat, make decisions, establish routines. Though many of the people I went through the program with relapsed, most found their way back to recovery - many attribute the foundation provided by the Empire. I celebrated 19 years clean this last week and thank the Empire everyday for providing me the tools I needed. Though I am no longer in the area, people that I know that are still speak highly of it p.s. This is absolutely a NO FRILLS facility - just what this self-important dope fiend needed to start the process of humbling herself


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