The Discovery House Philosophy
The Discovery House provides exceptionally compassionate care while treating the whole individual – mind, body and spirit. The Discovery house was awarded a Joint Commission accreditation – the highest accreditation a treatment home can attain – for its commitment to a high treatment standard and personalized care. The Discovery House is dedicated to saving and restoring lives and provides a continuum of care that includes sub acute detoxification, residential treatment as well as outpatient treatment. Counselors are committed to addressing the underlying causes of addiction and create treatment plans that identify individual needs, choices and concerns. The Discovery House’s client to counselor ratio of 3:1 allows its counselors to deliver the highest level of care while maintaining the dignity and respect that every individual deserves. The Discovery House offers traditional therapies, as well as an array of expressive arts and experiential activities such as music therapy, yoga, psychodrama and mindfulness groups that help individuals address and work through their core issues.
Areas of Specialization
At Discovery House, health and nutrition are emphasized as cornerstones in a safe and lasting recovery. In-house nutritionists work with clients to develop healthy eating habits and learn positive ways to cope with stress.
Clients receive world-class residential substance abuse treatment in a homelike setting designed for maximum comfort. Clients receive individualized attention and care as facilitated by the exceptionally high 3-to-1 counselor to client ratio.
Meet the Staff
David Dequa, MA, CSC, RAS-MCA
David brings years of experience working with individuals and families struggling with complex psychological and behavioral healthcare difficulties with an emphasis on addiction. In addition to providing family programming, Mr. DeQua provides training for all staff at The Discovery House to ensure services are delivered in a professional manner for each client and, he trains other treatment professionals to deepen their understanding and skills. He demonstrates an ongoing passion for the field of Addiction having taught and lectures about family disorders and treatment in Southern California.
Co- Founder & Executive Director
Tom Whiting has been involved in the addiction recovery field for over 25 years. From working on his own recovery to owning a sober living home and being the chair of the San Fernando Valley Sober Living Coalition; Tom has been relentless in his pursuit to improve the lives of those struggling from the disease of drug and alcohol addiction. Due to his successful career in home construction and his keen insight into the shortcomings of other treatment programs, Tom has been able to build The Discovery House from the ground up to meet all the needs of addiction treatment. As Executive Director, he works tirelessly to ensure that The Discovery House maintains the highest level of care at a price people can afford.
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ABOUT THE DISCOVERY HOUSE
Located in a quiet commercial neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley, northwest of Los Angeles, the Discovery House provides residential and outpatient treatment to adults struggling with substance use disorder. The facility also provides medical detox, which is available in just 15 percent of non-hospital treatment facilities in California.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Residential treatment typically lasts 30 days and combines 12-step principles with evidenced-based modalities such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT), the latter of which is offered by 38.3 percent of California treatment facilities.
Clients attend individual and group therapy, as well as family counseling and multi-family education groups. There are also programs for clients with co-occurring disorders, a specialty available in 54.9 percent of treatment facilities in California. Dual diagnosis programming may include psychiatric assessment and ongoing medication management.
The program is rounded-out by a range of holistic offerings such as yoga, music therapy, psychodrama, mindfulness, and neurofeedback. The center also offers personalized outpatient care, at intensities ranging from weekly to daily care. Each client leaves with a tailored aftercare plan, plus access to monthly alumni meetings.
The center’s clinicians are primarily certified addiction counselors, one of them education to master’s level. To date, the 10 individuals polled about the facility's staff gave the metric high ratings.
Staff Experience and Training: 4.3/5
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Clients live in modern residences with shared bedrooms, patios, and lounges. The 10 individuals polled about the facility's cleanliness and leisure activities to date gave both survey metrics above-average ratings.
Exercise and Leisure activities: 3.6/5
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The majority of former clients surveyed by Rehabs.com to date (seven out of 10) gave Discovery House positive feedback. They reported that staff were helpful and compassionate, and that treatment was effective and adequately individualized. "Great experience. They have one counselor for every 3 clients. A lot of one on one counseling," Diana wrote in a representative review. However, the five alumni polled by Rehabs.com on specific metrics indicated that programming may have been limited in its scope.
Counseling Options: 3.6/5
Family Participation: 3/5
Holistic Offerings: 2.5/5
Discovery House also received positive feedback on Google, where it earned an average rating of 4.6 out of five stars based on 27 reviews. The majority of former clients who left comments praised the rehab for its personalized treatment approach. "I have been to a number of different treatment centers this was the first place that met all my needs plus had staff that truly cared," Amanda wrote in a representative review.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The majority of loved ones polled by Rehabs.com to date (five out of seven) also gave the Discover House positive feedback. In a representative review, an anonymous loved one wrote: "It really helped my brother and he has been doing great since he got out. Staff support and one-on-one time were strengths of the facility." In addition, the five loved ones polled on the matter gave more positive feedback concerning the facility's programming.
Counseling Options: 4.2/5
Family Participation: 4/5
Holistic Offerings: 3.6/5
WHAT STAFF SAY
At the time of this writing, the two staff membered surveyed by Rehabs.com gave the Discover House negative feedback. Both complained about poor management practices, as well as a lack of flexibility when it came to treatment approach. "Management is dysfunctional...clients are only directed to the 12 Step-based, disease-model perspective of treatment," John wrote in a representative review.
According to its website, the Discovery House accepts most PPO insurances, including Aetna, Cigna, Humana, and United, with the usual caveat that insurance companies will often not pay for the full cost of treatment. To date, the 10 individuals polled on the matter generally approved of the facility's cost.
Published on June 2019
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