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
Liz Gomez, MSW
Liz received her undergraduate degree in social work from Syracuse University in New York, and her master’s degree in social work from California State University, Long Beach. She has been actively involved in the leadership of numerous philanthropic, civic and community organizations and has been working in human services for over 30 years. Previously, she was the executive director of a treatment center and prior to that a non-profit organization, for combined experience of over 20 years. She served 12 years on the board of The California Wellness Foundation whose mission is to improve the health of Californians.
Prior to working in treatment, Liz worked as a consultant for youth programs across the country, providing training and technical assistance utilizing her expertise on trauma informed approaches to working with vulnerable populations. In addition, Liz provided training on organizational development and the operation of behavioral health care companies; emergency shelters, transitional living and independent living programs. Liz is passionate about serving the community and vulnerable populations. Liz shared, “I am really excited about the opportunity to work at Restore Health and Wellness, LLC. Providing quality care in a professional, healthy environment for those that seek our services and for our staff who serve them is top priority.”
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.
Aimee Noel, LCSW
Aimee Noel has been working in the human service profession since 1996. After earning her Bachelor’s degree in Developmental Psychology at California State University, Chico, Aimee jumped in to working as a direct care staff. She then went on to earn her Master’s degree in Social Work at Smith College and has worked her way up the ranks. Licensed since 2006, Aimee has experience working in residential treatment, working with adults with co-occurring disorders, conducting therapy with individuals and families, and has strong ties in the recovery community. Aimee has been a Clinical Director and specialized in addiction treatment since 2011.
Aimee is passionate about recovery because of her own journey and considers it an honor to meet people at one of the hardest times in their lives and see the amazing transformation that can occur with the right formula of willingness, treatment and support. “I consider this work life and death and I will do whatever I can to give clients a fighting chance to break the cycle of addiction and live their personal best life.
Vinsent Franke is a Los Angeles local who discovered the passion of his life by bringing healing to people who have been through traumatic and stressful life events. Vinsent believes there is no single approach to recovery. Helping people create healthy perceptions of themselves to strengthen their relationships is an art. Utilizing past experiences as a martial artist and teacher, along with his education as a substance abuse counselor/coach/interventionist and pastor, assists Vinsent in helping his clients learn healthy forms of self-rediscovery.
Self-rediscovery is where the true adventure is, according to Vinsent. As a long-standing member within the recovery community, his work in the field began over 12 years ago. Utilizing his own experience with recovery, Vinsent shares his experience successfully with those in need and is very comfortable working with all people looking for a new path. Finding ways to create new mental, emotional, physical and spiritual experiences with people is what recovery is truly about.
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ABOUT RESTORE HEALTH & WELLNESS
Surrounded by the palm trees and mountains of greater Los Angeles, Restore Health & Wellness is a luxury treatment center that offers one of California's just 440 (33.6 percent) long-term residential programs. The facility also offers a partial hospitalization program (PHP), as well as a “step-down” intensive outpatient program (IOP) for adults struggling with chemical dependency.
A programming track for individuals struggling with co-occurring mental health disorders is also available, placing the facility among the 720 (54.9 percent) treatment centers in the state with this offering. In addition, Restore is one of the state's 197 (15 percent) non-hospital treatment centers where medical detox services are provided on-site.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
The treatment process at Restore Health & Wellness begins with an initial psychiatric and behavioral assessment. 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.
During residential treatment, which may last between 45 and 90 days, 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.
Restore’s programming consists of a structured schedule of evidence-based psychotherapy, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), moral reconation therapy (MRT), and motivational interviewing. Clients also attend peer support groups, such as 12-Step or SMART Recovery.
During residential treatment, clients also have access to a range of on-site holistic treatments, including art, exercise, and nutritional therapies, acupuncture, chiropractic sessions, therapeutic massages, and guided yoga. In addition, clients 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 may 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 employs an on-site chef and fitness trainer. The facility maintains its JCAHO certification, and all staff members are accredited accordingly. The seven Rehabs.com survey respondents polled on the matter to date shared favorable reviews about the staff.
Staff Experience and Training: 4.7/5
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 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. To date, the seven Rehabs.com survey respondents awarded high ratings for the center's accommodations.
Facility Cleanliness and Upkeep: 4.3/5
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 metrics praised the amount of counseling options and reported a high likeliness to recommend the facility to others. Alumni also appreciated the amount of exercise and leisure activities.
Likelihood to Recommend: 4.8/5
Counseling Options: 4.6/5
Exercise and Leisure Activities: 4/5
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. Alumni Donny appreciated the focus on clinical offerings, writing: “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. Alum A.P. added, “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.” In addition, most alumni polled on the matter gave more moderate ratings for the amount of family participation and holistic offerings.
Holistic Offerings: 3.6/5
Family Participation: 3.4/5
On Google, the facility earned an average of 4.7 out of five stars from 40 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.” Former client L.B. echoed, "The staff truly care about their clients," and D.P. concluded, " I would recommend restore to any one that is dealing with addiction, the owners and the staff there are amazing."
On its official Facebook page, which the facility can manage, Restore Health & Wellness Center received 4.8 out of five stars from 33 reviews at the time of this writing. 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 D.L. 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 polled by Rehabs.com to date 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,” the staff member 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. Seven Rehabs.com survey respondents to date provided positive feedback regarding the facility's costs.
Published on March 2019
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