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 is a comfortable, relatively upscale facility offering detox, residential treatment, and outpatient services for adult men and women struggling with addiction and co-occurring disorders.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
The most intensive level of care offered at this facility is subacute detox, followed by inpatient rehab, followed by residential rehab.
The minimum stay for residential treatment is 30 days. The core elements of treatment are the 12-Steps, a nutrition program, and a family program that consists of family therapy, multi-family education groups, support groups for families, and small consultations between clients and individual family members. Aside from family therapy, treatment is offered in individual and group settings, and includes evidence-based methodologies such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). The center can accommodate co-occurring mental health disorders including secondary eating issues, depression, anxiety, grief/loss, trauma, and personality disorders. The program is rounded out by holistic offerings such as yoga, music therapy, mindfulness,psychodrama, 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. The 10 individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date on the staff’s level of training and experience gave it an average rating of 4.3 out of five stars.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Clients live in modern residences with shared bedrooms, patios, and lounges. An on-site chef cooks and serves meals in the sleek eat-in kitchens. The 10 individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date on the center’s cleanliness gave it an average rating of four out of five stars.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The five alumni polled on the facility’s offerings in a variety of treatment metrics gave The Discovery House ratings of 3.6 stars for its counseling options, 2.4 stars for exercise and leisure offerings, and three stars for family participation.
In their comments, the reviewers praised the staff, and characterized the center’s care as “exceptionally compassionate,” in the words of one anonymous reviewer. Isolated praise was awarded to the center’s group therapy and personalized treatment. “TDH doesn't make their clients fit into their programs, rather they actually mold their program to each client they have,” Elena wrote.
However, more than one reviewer expressed frustration with the lack of alternatives to 12-step programming: “Clients are only directed to the 12 Step-based, disease-model perspective of treatment. No other perspective is allowed for,” John wrote in a representative review. The facility responded to this criticism to say: “We utilize the 12-step program as a supplement to our trauma-informed approach, as it has proven successful for millions of addicts.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Of the five reviews submitted to Rehabs.com to date, four were positive and one mixed. The five reviewers gave the center average ratings of 4.2 stars, four stars, and 3.6 stars respectively for its counseling options, family participation, and holistic offerings.
The reviewers’ praise tended to be quite general. “Great people, great place,” one anonymous reviewer wrote, and another added: “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.”
The single loved one to offer any criticism alongside their praise, Andrea, cited dirty conditions, a lack of exercise and other extracurricular activities, and “not very nice counselors.”
WHAT STAFF SAY
The single staffer polled by Rehabs.com to date, H.H., gave negative feedback, criticizing the center’s director. “I heard multiple times from clients complaining about him and his behavior,” H.H. wrote, adding that the director’s behavior had led to high staff turnover; however, H.H. also wrote: “They give you the right tools to be better staff or counselor.”
According to its website, The Discovery House accepts most PPO insurances, including but not limited to Aetna, Cigna, Humana, and United, with the usual caveat that insurance companies will often not pay for the full cost of treatment. Private pay is also accepted. The 10 individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date on the center’s affordability gave it 3.9 out of five stars.
Published on November 2017
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