La Fuente Hollywood Treatment Center Philosophy
La Fuente recognizes the need to treat the whole individual when it comes to substance abuse, and to involve peers and family so that each client learns how to build a solid network of support. The facility believes that the compulsion to abuse drugs and alcohol can be arrested, but only with professional treatment and a long-term recovery plan. La Fuente offers individuals the opportunity to create such a plan, involving personalized care designed according to the unique needs and recovery goals of each and every client.
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.
Meet the Staff
Executive Director and Founder
Manny has been immersed in the Los Angeles recovery community for most of his adult life. What initially began as a personal road to wellness became a calling to help others battling addiction to reclaim their own lives. Manny earned a BFA from the Juilliard School in New York City and toured the world extensively with Paul Taylor Dance Company, Ballet Hispanico of New York, Ballet Atlantique – Régine Chopinot and Nicholas Rodriguez’s DanceCompass. He lived and worked in Paris and Barcelona for several years, speaks French and is fluent in Spanish.
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ABOUT LA FUENTE HOLLYWOOD TREATMENT CENTER
La Fuente Hollywood Treatment Center offers a full continuum of care for adults struggling with addiction. Located in the heart of Hollywood, Calif., in a residential area, the facility specializes in providing LGBT-focused care, and offers a variety of treatment options, including residential, outpatient, and sober living programs. Medical detoxification services are offered on-site and specialized treatment is provided for those with co-occurring disorders.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Treatment at La Fuente is individualized and combines evidence-based practices, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), with 12-step principles. Clients undergo a comprehensive physical and psychological evaluation prior to admittance to determine the appropriate level of care.
The LGBT-focused program focuses on recovery from a variety of substances, including methamphetamine, cocaine, party drugs (GHB, ecstasy, ketamine), alcohol, and prescription medications, as well as issues that commonly affect this population, such as discrimination, homophobia, and sexual identity.
The residential program is divided into three stages and typically spans 30 to 60 days. It begins with detox, if needed, combined with a highly-structured schedule of daily treatment activities, including education on the disease of addiction, counseling, therapy, peer support, and 12-step participation.
The second phase shifts to developing and solidifying the skills to reintegrate into society. The final stage is spent in the sober living community, where clients maintain a relationship with sponsors and abide by daily check-ins, standard curfews, and drug testing, and perform routine household duties.
Spiritual awareness and physical exercise are components of the program, and clients regularly participate in activities such as meditation and yoga. Fitness consultants and dietary experts create specialized exercise regimens and daily menus. A two-day family program is offered for loved ones, providing education on addiction and a dinner gathering with clients and other families.
Outpatient treatment includes a partial hospitalization program (PHP) and intensive outpatient program (IOP). PHP typically involves up to six hours per day, while the IOP entails three hours per day.
La Fuente, within the state of California, is among 25.9 percent of substance abuse treatment centers accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). The treatment team includes a board-certified medical doctor and addiction psychiatrist, licensed clinical social worker, masters-level therapist, group facilitator, and spiritual advisors. The executive director is fluent in Spanish and French.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES“
The 14-bed facility houses clients in a villa-style property, where they stay in shared bedrooms.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The one alum polled by Rehabs.com to date provided unfavorable feedback. The former client offered neutral ratings at best for the major categories of the survey: one out of five stars for treatment effectiveness, two stars for accommodations and amenities, and three stars for meals and nutrition. The alum shared a harrowing story about their stay at the facility, from lack of attention and an injury to an uncomfortable detox experience and billing concerns. “They are there to get you in and then push you out to flip your bed,” the alum wrote.
In stark contrasts, secondary review sites revealed highly positive alumni opinions to date: perfect five stars based on eight reviews on Google; 4.9 out of five stars based on 27 reviews on Facebook, which the organization can manage; and a perfect five- star rating on Yelp.   
Reviewers (alumni, staff, others) praised the clinical team, “attention to detail,” and “grounded recovery structure” that helped clients achieve their goals, expressed in a representative review by Robert on Yelp: "Thank you for the love. And my life.” On Google, alum Russell compared the facility favorably to other programs in the area, writing: "I greatly preferred the pro-LGBTQ ambience of La Fuente."
WHAT STAFF SAY
The one staff member polled by Rehabs.com to date submitted mixed feedback. C.K. awarded the facility five stars for supporting patients' best interests and staff experience and training, as well as four out of five stars for honesty in marketing. Although C.K. felt that the strengths of the facility were its “clean and specialized programs for each client,” they claimed the rules and protocols were “not adjusted to meet up to date standards which hurts patients and staff.”
Of note, C.K.’s opinions do not align with staff members referenced in the Google reviews above, all six of whom awarded perfect five stars to the facility. "La Fuente Hollywood Treatment Center is an amazing program and I am proud to be a part of it," one employee wrote.
The facility does not disclose fees online at this time of this writing. Private insurance is accepted, including Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross, Cigna, and United Healthcare, and financial assistance is offered.
Published on August 2018
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