Impact Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center Philosophy
The Impact Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center has been treating individuals plagued with substance abuse issues since 1969. The non-profit facility welcomes self-pay clients as well as a non-violent drug offenders in partnership with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. Treatment methods are 12-Step based and supported by proven clinical practices that are continually being updated and refined. The majority of counselors on Impact’s staff are in recovery themselves, and are able to provide clients with the encouragement, support and guidance unique to fellow alcoholics and addicts.
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.
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.
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ABOUT IMPACT DRUG AND ALCOHOL TREATMENT CENTER
Located in Pasadena, Calif., Impact Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center is a residential facility for adult men and women struggling with substance abuse. The rehab admits voluntary clients, but also has two in-custody programs in partnership with the Los Angeles Sheriff's department.
Through these programs, individuals convicted of drug-related offenses are sent to the rehab instead of prison. Only non-medical detox is offered, which typically lasts three to five days. As such, the rehab is among 15 percent of substance abuse treatment facilities in the state that offer residential, non- hospital detox.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Treatment programs typically are 30, 60, or 90 days depending on the needs of the client. An aftercare program is offered once clients complete residential treatment. There also is a long-term residential option that lasts four to six months, as well as an intensive outpatient program (IOP). In California, Impact Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center is among 39.4 percent of substance abuse treatment facilities that offer an IOP.
Patients progress through three steps of treatment by reaching certain goals and benchmarks. Treatment consists of evidence based methodologies including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing, individual counseling, group therapy, recovery-related reading and writing assignments, and 12-step meetings both on-site and in the community.
Specialized groups are offered for anger management, chronic relapse, gender-specific issues, parenting, food and weight issues, and grief and loss. The facility also is actively involved in the surrounding recovery community and encourages clients to participate in it as well.
Impact Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center is accredited by The Joint Commission, which places it among 13.9 percent of substance abuse treatment facilities in the state with this nationally recognized credential. It employs clinicians, therapists, and program managers with specific training in co-occurring disorders, addictionology, cognitive behavior therapy, and social work. All clinical caseworkers are certified or registered with the California Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (CAADAC).
According to the facility’s website, the majority of staff are alumni of the program who have undergone an intensive nine-month internship before becoming employees.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The 130-bed facility sits on a two-and-a-half acre campus with residential bungalows, landscaped common areas, a garden, a café, and a store. There also is a workout room, a library, a woodshop, and an automotive garage. To date, the three individuals polled on the matter by Rehabs.com gave the facility two four-star ratings and a perfect five-star rating for its cleanliness.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Reviews from alumni of Impact Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center submitted to Rehabs.com to date largely are positive. Alumni indicated that, although the program may be tough, it was effective.
Former clients awarded mainly perfect five stars and four out of five stars for a number of evaluated metrics, including facility cleanliness and upkeep, staff experience and training, as well as the level of staff support and client safety. As strengths of the facility, several reviewers praised the staff and comprehensive program, which both changed and saved their life, such as K.M., who wrote: “Impact has given me the tools to regain my life. If you are looking for a place that will do what is best for you and now what you think you need, then this is the place.”
One recent five-star reviewer wrote: “This was a beautiful place to get cleaN and the people were just as beatuiful to work with.” Another anonymous alum commended the facility for its “very reasonable pricing with a work to pay program.” And E.W. shared: “Everything I need to know requiring treatment of substance abuse was covered here.”
On secondary sites, the rehab received positive coverage to date: 4.3 out of five stars based on 22 reviews on Google; 4.4 stars based on 11 reviews on Yelp; 4.8 stars based on 134 reviews on Facebook, which the organization can manage.   
Many reviewers praised the food as well as the staff and highly structured program, which produced life-changing and life-saving results, as expressed by Eric: “I entered IMPACT through Drug Court. I consider it the best rehab in Southern California” and added: “I’m very grateful for my Public Defender and the Judge for letting me participate in my own recovery by attending IMPACT.” Conversely, isolated reviews characterized the rehab as unprofessional, uncaring, too strict, and overcrowded.
WHAT STAFF SAY
The one former staffer who had been a client at the facility, B.J.L., submitted highly positive feedback about the facility to Rehabs.com. They awarded five stars to most metrics in the survey, such as fair pricing, honesty, leadership quality, mental health staff, overall quality, patients’ interest, privacy, and treatment of co-occurring disorders. B.J.L. considered the staff in the program as a strength, suggested that the facility would benefit from more staff, and characterized the rehab as “The best treatment facility there is.”
According to its website, the facility offers "affordable rates, a sliding scale for those who qualify and Drug Medi-Cal funding for outpatient services is available."
Published on December 2018
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