Treatment Center Setting
Restore Health & Wellness Philosophy
Restore Health and Wellness is a Substance Abuse treatment center for adults 18 and over. We provide treatment for alcohol and drug addiction at the inpatient level of care as well as a step-down to an Intensive Outpatient program for clients who complete phase one. Our focus is dual-diagnosis, and our treatment modalities focus on the underlying issues of the addict or alcoholic- we seek to treat the cause of the clients' abuse rather than the clients use in general. Our 45–90-day program is a combination of evidence-based psychotherapy, interactive education, and a structured living facility with 24-hour clinical staff. We believe it starts with the best clinical team. On staff, we have Licensed Therapists, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and two Board-Certified Psychiatrists. Restore is a small census luxury accommodations facility that believes in maximizing one-on-one therapy for clients as well as tailoring individual treatment plans for each client- as we believe the disease of addiction is a commonality, but the needs of each client are unique. We encourage aftercare- all clients are encouraged to participate in a substance abuse fellowship during their stay with us, and are expected to continue that participation upon completion of our program.
Areas of Specialization
Though not all rehab facilities offer “medical detoxification,” all people with an addiction to drugs or alcohol will experience intense physical and emotional changes and discomfort as their bodies react to withdrawal of the addictive substance. Many people use the term “detox” to refer to the period of time (ranging from a few days to a week) when the body is reacting to an addict’s decision to stop using.
Process Abuse Treatment
Not all addictions involve mood-altering chemicals. The term “process addiction” describes the unhealthy use of behaviors (including eating, gambling, sexual activity, shopping, internet use, etc.) that has spiraled out of control and into the realm of addiction.
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.
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.
Cory, You were a pleasure to deal with at such a trying time. Thank you for all of your help in guiding me through the steps of what needed to be done to get my son the care that he needed. I hope your employer realizes what an asset you are to him or her. I was also very pleased with the fact that during my sons stay at Restore he was able to open his mind and look at life differently. Hopefully this stays with him forever. I will always be grateful to all of you for your help.
When I arrived at Restore Health and Wellness on August 3rd , 2015, I was scared. I had just turned 24 years old and instead of celebrating my birthday with my family and friends the only thing going through my head was “Here we go.. another treatment center.” As a client at Restore, I was taught how to live my life without having to use drugs and alcohol. Today, I am able to look at the new people coming into Restore as mirrors, seeing myself in them. Not only did Restore Health and Wellness teach me how to see the good in other people, it showed me how to finally look in the mirror at myself, smile, and see the good in myself for the first time in a very long time.
Restore provided a very safe environment for me to begin my recovery. The residence that I lived in was beautiful and like no house I had ever stepped foot in before. They assisted in giving me a jump start to working a twelve step program and transported us to great meetings seven days a week. Every weekend we were able to go off grounds with staff and engage in fun activities, helping show that recovery can be fun. The camaraderie was like no other place I've ever been to and the clinical staff provided me with all of my therapeutic needs. Maxine, my therapist didn't tell me what I wanted to hear but what I needed to hear. Vinse, one of Restores directors, has an open door policy and any struggle, obstacle or problem I was facing, he was able to relate to on a personal level and really walk me through my 'issues.' I am forever grateful for what Restore has done for me. I have to be honest, I’ve been in and out of facilities for years but this was my last shot at treatment before my fiancee gave birth to my first child, my daughter, and I cannot express how grateful I am for the opportunity that I was awarded at Restore.
Meet the Staff
Melissa Burke Simon
Melissa Burke Simon is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from San Diego State University. Melissa specializes in the dual diagnosis and has extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of co-occurring disorders. She has focused for more than 10 years on learning and practicing the most effective methods in helping individuals improve the quality of their life by teaching them healthy cognitive and behavioral strategies.
Dr. Akashdeep Gill
Dr. Akashdeep Gill is a board certified psychiatrist practicing in the Los Angeles area specializing in both addiction and general psychiatry. He has had the opportunity to train and practice in multiple clinical settings across the Los Angeles area including UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Olive View County Hospital and the Veteran Affairs medical centers. Personally, he has worked with and feels comfortable with patients from a variety of backgrounds and history.
Maxine Hughes graduated from Azusa Pacific University with her Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy and is currently registered with the Board of Behavioral Services. Maxine has several years experience working in the field of addiction and recovery with dual diagnosis clients in residential rehab and outpatient settings. In this capacity, Maxine facilitated groups, individual, and family psychotherapy while utilizing evidence-based practices Aggression Replacement Training, Seeking Safety, and Strengthening Families. Maxine has also worked with to facilitate a integrated therapeutic approach that has helped individuals overcome substance abuse, process childhood traumas and learn healthy coping tools needed for long term sobriety.
Director of Admissions
As the Director of Admissions for Restore Health & Wellness Center Donny manages a team of admissions counselors who each speak from their own personal experiences in overcoming their substance abuse and dependency issues in an effort to help all of Restore’s clients as well as their families as comfortable and well informed as possible during the admissions process. Donny believes addiction is a family disease, and that treatment is most effective when all involved are on the same page working towards a common goal in helping the addict access the treatment they deserve.
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ABOUT RESTORE HEALTH & WELLNESS
Surrounded by palm trees and mountains in sunny Los Angeles, Restore Health & Wellness is a luxury treatment center that offers a long-term (45 to 90 days) residential program, a partial hospitalization program (PHP), and a “step down” intensive outpatient program (IOP) for adults struggling with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health disorders. Medical detox services and sober living are also available.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
The treatment process at Restore Health & Wellness begins with an initial psychiatric assessment. Restore’s programming consists of a structured schedule of evidence-based psychotherapy, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), moral reconation therapy (MRT), motivational programs, holistic treatment methods, and interactive education.
Clients participate in group counseling, one-on-one therapy sessions, and family therapy. If applicable, pharmacological interventions may be made available, including opiate replacement, Antabuse, and benzodiazepines.
Clients begin treatment in the detox program if needed. Otherwise, clients move to the residential program, which combines therapy with sober living training. Clients’ schedules are heavily structured by their counselors to ensure that they receive the best service possible and to limit distractions.
Clients also attend peer support groups, such as 12-Step or SMART Recovery. During residential treatment, clients have access to a range of on-site holistic treatments, including art, exercise, and nutritional therapies, acupuncture, chiropractic sessions, therapeutic massages, and guided yoga. Clients also participate in bi-weekly volunteer work and regular recreational outings, such as hiking excursions, trips to the beach, and bowling.
Clients transitioning out of treatment move to the intensive outpatient program which meets several times per week. Clients continue their group involvement while working with counselors to establish sober living habits in a new environment.
Restore boasts a staff-to-client ratio of 6:1 and the treatment team is comprised of two board-certified psychiatrists, licensed therapists, a licensed family and marriage therapist, and a case manager. The facility also has an on-site chef and a fitness trainer. The facility maintains its JCAHO certification and all staff members are accredited accordingly.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Restore Health & Wellness’s luxurious facility consists of two mansions located on two acres of land in an upscale residential neighborhood. Clients share spacious bedrooms with up to four double beds, though double-occupancy and private rooms are also available. The facility’s expansive grounds feature an on-site pool, as well as tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts. The facility also features an indoor and outdoor kitchen, large dining hall, outside lounging areas, and covered patios. The facility is supervised by a 24-hour clinical staff.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The six alumni to provide feedback to Rehabs.com at the time of this writing shared generally positive experiences. The five alumni polled by Rehabs.com on the following metrics gave five out of five stars for the facility’s treatment effectiveness and rated counseling options and the staff's level of training and experience an average of 4.6 out of five stars.
In commentary, several alumni praised the program’s strong treatment offerings. “There are not many, if any, facilities where you will receive as much one-on-one care as you will with Restore,” D.D. wrote. Donny appreciated the focus on clinical offerings: “Restore is first and foremost a strong clinical care facility, focusing on therapeutic strategies above all else.”
The facility’s staff also received positive feedback from alumni, who described staff as caring and qualified. “Amazing people who work there who truly care. Compassion for the client,” T.F. wrote. An alum named A.P. wrote, “the combination of the very talented therapy staff and the understanding from the staff that are in recovery made for an amazing treatment experience.”
Although the majority of alumni were satisfied with their experience, alum Dennis gave only one out of five stars for treatment effectiveness, accommodations, and meals. He wrote that what was advertised was not accurate and described the accommodations as “old run down mansions.”
On Google, the facility earned an average of 4.3 out of five stars from 18 reviewers to date.  Alumni complimented the “amazing” staff and the high quality facility. In a representative review, alum Bekki wrote: “Amazing facility. Fantastic staff. Incredible recovery...They teach you new skills to keep addiction at bay and help you to regain control of your life. Worth it.”
On its official Facebook page, which the facility can manage, Restore Health & Wellness Center received 4.6 out of five stars from 27 reviews at the time of this writing.  Twenty-four of the reviews were five out of five stars, while three were only one star. Alumni praised the staff and the effectiveness of the treatment program. Many claimed that it was the “best decision” they ever made. In a representative review, alum Danni wrote: “My experience was amazing the staff where always there when I needed them and they always understood where I was coming from I spent 45 days there and it was the best decision I've ever made for myself.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
At the time of this writing, the two reviews from loved ones were polarized.
One family member, William, gave five out of five stars for treatment effectiveness, accommodations, and the staff's level of training and experience, as well as four stars for family participation. “Residence is wonderful Very qualified clinicians,” William wrote, adding, “My brother was in treatment at Restore and is still doing great.”
However, another loved one, Lynn, had the opposite experience. “They took my son into detox, and he had an awful experience,” she wrote.
WHAT STAFF SAY
The single staff reviewer to date, C.J.D., gave five out of five star ratings for treatment effectiveness, counseling options, and ability to treat co-occurring disorders. “Extremely accommodating staff that are able to thoroughly help explain and guide loved ones through the process of getting the help they need,” C.J.D. wrote.
According to its website, Restore Health & Wellness accepts most major insurance providers, including Cigna, Humana, BlueCross BlueShield, and United Healthcare, among others. Self-pay through checks and major credit cards is also available.
Published on November 2017
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