Santa Barbara Rescue Mission - Bethel House Philosophy
The Santa Barbara Rescue Mission’s Bethel House is a faith-based treatment facility designed exclusively for women. The residential rehab offers a 12-month program that’s based on the 12-Step model of recovery and emphasizes the importance of cultivating a meaningful relationship with God. In a safe and nurturing environment, women are given the opportunity to share their painful experiences, develop healthy, meaningful relationships and learn the coping skills necessary for a successful and fulfilling life in sobriety.
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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.
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ABOUT SANTA BARBARA RESCUE MISSION — BETHEL HOUSE
Founded in 1965, Santa Barbara Rescue Mission is a Christian organization that operates four residential facilities for individuals struggling with addiction and homelessness in the Southern Californian city of Santa Barbara. Bethel House offers long-term residential treatment for women struggling with substance abuse. The house is one of the state's 736 (51.5 percent) treatment facilities offering female-specific programming.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
According to the center's website, “the program’s core tenet is that recovery occurs in relationships with God, others, and self.” Women stay in treatment for 12 months, and the program is built around the Christian faith and the 12-Steps.
Many residents have been struggling with addiction and sometimes homelessness for decades. During the residential program, clients may regularly attend 12-step meetings, perform step-work, and obtain a sponsor. The program also provides family support, education about addiction, relapse prevention training, career development services, and job placement opportunities.
The Santa Barbara Rescue Mission also offers sober living facilities for successful graduates of the residential treatment program. In California, Bethel House is among the 46.1 percent of facilities to provide employment counseling or training for clients.
There is currently no information provided by the facility regarding its treatment staff; however the sole alum polled on the matter by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing gave five out of five stars for the level of staff support.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The facility's website notes the Bethel House accommodates 24 women and fills two large buildings, which are joined by a garden patio. Of the two alumni surveyed by Rehabs.com on the matter, one gave five out of five stars for accommodations and amenities, while the other gave two stars for this metric.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Of the four alumni who were surveyed by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing, one provided positive feedback, two provided negative feedback, and one left a neutral review.
One former client gave five out of five stars for the effectiveness of lead counselors, the facility's ability to resolve conflict, and also indicated she would recommend the treatment center. "The program was 12 months of education and change in my life. I was provided with everything necessary to become a productive member of society," she wrote. She also noted she was now employed at the treatment center.
Karyn gave a lower rating of three stars for treatment effectiveness. "I was just 'ready' so anything was good for me...this was a facility that had the majority of patients as court ordered. It was very 'faith based' rather than 12 step," she wrote.
In the two negative reviews submitted to Rehabs.com to date, former residents described a cliquey, gossipy, unwelcoming atmosphere. “When I lived there It was not in any way God's House. There was nothing there that made me feel at peace and safe,” J.H. wrote. M.B. also complained about the staff. “The staff was, to put it mildly, totally unprofessional,” she wrote.
The facility received nearly unanimous praise on secondary sites to date. Thirteen reviewers generated a 4.2 out of five-star average rating on Google, where the programming, staff, and meals were all praised. "The staff there is more than qualified to help those who want to break away from everything that is holding them back from who they should be," P.H. representatively wrote.
The 52 people who left reviews on Santa Barbara Rescue Mission's Facebook page, which it has the ability to manage, provided a 4.4 out of five star average. However, the page is for the entire mission, not just the Bethel House. Reviewers tended to also praise the organization's staff and expressed gratitude for the services offered.
WHAT STAFF SAY
The single staffer polled by Rehabs.com to date gave positive feedback. “Very good staff who put client needs as a priority,” she wrote. She gave five out of five stars in all the evaluated treatment metrics, includes its honesty and willingness to put patients' interests firsts and the overall quality of its care.
According to the center's website, the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission receives most of its support from donations and grants. A very small proportion of its revenue comes from program fees — though residents are asked to pay for part or all their treatment, if they’re able.
In May of 2018, Santa Barbara Rescue Mission raised $100,000 through a fundraising luncheon to build a new 32-bed facility in Santa Barbara. Overall, Santa Barbara Rescue Mission has recently set a $10 million goal to expand and remodel its original campus.
Published on December 2018
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