Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center Philosophy
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ABOUT SALVATION ARMY ADULT REHABILITATION CENTER - ANAHEIM
The Anaheim, Orange County, Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) is one of five such long-term, Christian faith-based, residential drug and alcohol rehab facilities in Southern California. With locations across the United States, including this Phoenix facility, Salvation Army ARCs have supported individuals struggling with substance abuse and other addictions and their related physical, social, and spiritual factors since 1881. The goal of treatment is to help men and women to reunite with their families and contribute in their communities.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
This social model, 12-step recovery program involves a six-month stay that incorporates work therapy, group and individual counseling, life skills development, relapse prevention planning, and spiritual counseling.
Admission screenings are available on a walk-in basis five mornings a week, and require a drug test and approval for prescribed medication. ARC serves both men and women between the ages of 21 and 62. After completing the program, alumni are encouraged to continue attending meetings and activities at the ARC.
There is currently no information provided by the facility regarding its treatment staff. The two alumni polled by Rehabs.com provided low ratings for the level of staff training and experience.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The facility provides meals, jobs, and a clean, structured living environment. A regional Salvation Army website indicates that there is space for 175 men and women at the Anaheim ARC. Facebook photos show open group meeting spaces, a bright patio area, and plans for a basketball court.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The two former residents polled by Rehabs.com both represented the regimented treatment at Anaheim’s ARC as effective. One identified the “very strict” rules as a facility strength and the other wrote: “To have self discipline was good.” On the other hand, each also noted drawbacks with the approach, such as a concern about “punishments” and restrictions on talking to individuals of the opposite sex.
The two Rehabs.com survey respondents provided mixed ratings for metrics measuring meals and exercise and leisure opportunities at the facility, and generally low ratings for family involvement and the range of counseling options.
Feedback for the facility elsewhere online was mostly positive. There were 15 ratings on Google to date that averaged four out of five stars, at least five were former clients. Others were friends or family members or customers of the program’s resale store. The only negative review was written by an alum who reported on the distraction of residents who were not committed to rehabilitation.
Similar to positive feedback from Rehabs.com alumni about the program’s structure and rules, Carolyn wrote in a Google review ten years after graduating that “it was the hardest, strictest yet life changing program I’ve ever been a part of.”
There were also 72 reviews averaging 4.7 out of five stars on the facility's official Facebook page, which it has the ability to manage. In a representative review, Evan wrote: "It is not supposed to be easy. It's one of the hardest programs to complete. In this program I found God, the love for life, and I discovered how much I truly love myself here."
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Feedback from two loved ones polled by Rehabs.com was more mediocre. One parent whose child was discharged before completing the program described the food as “outdated” and the facility as poorly run. The other loved one wrote that the program “was perfect” for their sibling, but stressed the importance of a personality match with the Salvation Army’s approach.
Treatment and residential services at all Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Centers are free, being financed through the organization’s thrift stores.
Published on January 2018
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