Little House Recovery Home in Bellflower, CA

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(4.1 of 5)
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9718 Harvard Street
Bellflower CA 90706

Little House Recovery Home Philosophy

Little House Recovery offers multi-phase, long-term residential substance abuse treatment for women. The Los Angeles-based facility provides educational groups, group therapy and individual counseling, as well as workshops on relapse prevention, anger management, co-dependency, domestic violence, family addiction and occupational preparation. Dedicated to helping each client achieve their true potential, Little House provides women with a nurturing environment for personal growth and recovery.

Areas of Specialization

  • Aftercare Support
    Addiction recovery does not end with discharge after completing a rehab program. Facilities that offer aftercare planning and/or support work with patients to ensure sustainable recovery by helping to plan and make arrangements for transitional or sober living, help with housing, vocational counseling, etc.

  • 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.

Facility Highlights

Anger Management

Relapse Prevention

Co-Dependency Training

Meet the Staff

Samantha Salmeron

Program Director

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Samantha is a state certified addiction specialist and is currently completing her Associates in Sociology at Cerritos College. After working in the Social Service field for 9 years she felt called to find a way to serve her direct community here in Bellflower and accepted a position with Our Place Housing Solutions. Samantha is passionate about serving and supporting her neighbors in need. She is the wife of Bay and the mother of Iris and Elijah.

Andrea Calandrino

Senior Case Manager

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Andrea was born and raised in San Pedro, CA. and resides there currently with her husband, Mike Calandrino and 7 children; Angelina, Jazmyn, Andre, Alex, Mikey, Natasha and lil Angelina. She began working in the substance abuse field in 2007 as a Youth Ministry Leader and has had many varied experiences since then. She passed her state Boards of Alcohol and Drug Counseling, and is working toward her LAADAC licensure. Her foundation is faith based and she focuses on assisting clients to love themselves again by gaining self worth. So many are stuck in shame and an unforgiving stigma of themselves, this gives her an outlet to teach the unconditional love of God. 360 Guide

Review by Contributors


Founded by a group of women in 1952, Little House Recovery Home is a substance abuse treatment facility in Bellflower, Calif., a suburb of Los Angeles. The center has one of the state's 485 (33.9 percent) long-term residential programs, and it is one of the 736 (51.5 percent) that exclusively serves adult women. Also provided are referrals to additional services, like medical care, affordable housing, and job placement assistance,


Per the organization’s webpage, the center works with women who have been court-ordered to receive treatment as well as those seeking treatment on a voluntarily basis. During their stay, typically lasting six months or longer, women receive individual and group counseling and attend educational workshops that cover topics related to anger management, relapse prevention, co-dependency, domestic violence, and job preparedness.

Family programming, which focuses on reunification, addresses bereavement and education on parenting and family dynamics. Free medical services are also available to residents. Upon discharge, case managers assist alumni in located safe, sober housing.


Little House Recovery Home's staff includes certified drug and alcohol counselors, case managers, and program technicians. In California, 98.3 percent of all substance abuse treatment facilities have continuing education requirements for staff. To date, the six individuals polled by on the matter praised the staff's aptitude.

Staff Experience and Training: 4.5/5


The homelike facility, which can accommodate up to 28 residents at a time, is surrounded by trees, manicured grounds, and outdoor sitting areas. Few other details regarding the center’s living arrangements and related offerings are available. The five individuals polled by regarding the facility's cleanliness approved of its upkeep.

Facility Cleanliness and Upkeep: 4.2/5


By and large, the four alumni polled by shared mostly positive reviews of their treatment experiences. One anonymous reviewer described the home as a “great place to get help,” and former client D.N. felt that her established time in sobriety “speaks highly about (the) quality of their services.”

In her review, first-time rehab program participant Brenda highlighted the center’s supportive environment and its effective staff. Offering five-star ratings for the respect shown to clients and the facility's ability to resolve conflict, Brenda wrote: “I liked the love the women showed one another it was a home filled with respect...”

Yet alum Cynthia provided only three stars for treatment she received and shared some criticisms of the facility. She characterized the communication between staff members as “very poor” and felt that religious functions were “pushed” on residents. “They say they are a spiritual program but really it is more christian based,” she observed.

Nevertheless, all seven Google reviewers gave the center a perfect five-star rating as of this writing.[1] S.R. claimed that she built her “foundation” to recovery at Little House, and K.S. added, "It worked for me!" Ratings were similarly high on the facility's Facebook page, which staff can monitor, with 65 users generating an average rating of 4.9 out of five stars to date.[2] Many alumni expressed gratitude for the quality of care from staff and the effectiveness of treatment programming. "They taught me with their love, structure and example," K.R. wrote in a representative comment.

On CiteHealth, feedback was more on the mediocre side, as five reviewers gave the facility an average rating of 3.6 stars out of five.[3] Many reviewers continued the trend of referring to the center as "life-saving," but a few logged complaints about the management team and facility director.


The single loved one polled by shared a mixed review. The anonymous survey respondent expressed that “affordable Post-rehab connections with patients could be stronger because they still need continued help,” though this loved one still gave five out of five stars for treatment affordability.

Giving three-star ratings for most categories, such as exercise activities, counseling options, and admissions & discharge procedures, this individual also added that their loved one “seemed to be happy and treatment seemed to work." A higher rating of four stars went to the level of family participation, and a perfect five stars were awarded to holistic offerings.


The sole staff member polled by to date shared a mostly positive experience with this facility, giving five-star ratings for the treatment of the clients, the facility's programming, the treatment of the staff, and the pricing policies for both clients and staff.


According to the organization’s webpage, staff is available to help clients apply for financial aid to help cover the cost of treatment, although many women receive care “at little to no cost.” Two individuals polled by felt the program was worth the cost, while three other individuals offered high four- or five-star ratings for the facility's affordability.

[1] GoogleReviews



Published on June 2018

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Affordable Post-rehab connections with patients could be stronger because they still need continued help. My friend seemed to be happy and treatment seemed to work because she said she was clean for 3 years. I would check what it offers post rehab.

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Strengths: Cost, takes women no matter what the income is. Location is great to get into strong AA meetings they are putting up new building now to upgrade the place. Religious functions are pushed, use to make it mandatory, not all are now. Very poor communication between staff. No dinner on Friday night unless they go to religious meeting where dinner is provided No consistency between shifs. Clients un able to call sponsor daily one staff member is very controlling. They say they are a spiritual program but really it is more christian based.

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Can I say next month I will have 19 years. I believe thst speaks highly about quality of their services.

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When I entered little house it was my first time in any type of program. i liked the love the women showed one another it was a home filled with respect although at times there was people with confrontations our counselors were excellent , always made time to talk to us if there was a problem and made whatever possible to help us.

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Great place to get help.

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Great place.

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