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
Drug and Alcohol Detoxification
Clients receive onsite withdrawal assistance services for a safe and effective detoxification. Licensed professionals provide medical supervision 24 hours a day to ensure clients receive a comfortable and secure stay.
Individuals who have completed a residential treatment program are encouraged to take advantage of outpatient treatment offerings for lasting recovery. Services provided include individual and group therapy, 12-Step services, life skills education, relapse prevention planning, aftercare, and more.
Meet the Staff
Olivia Bernal, CADC-II
Olivia has been working in the chemical dependency counseling field for almost a decade. “I pursued this career to help those individuals suffering from a seemingly hopeless affliction to a new way life. I continue to have passion for this field as I can see men and women grasp their own journey in recovery and begin to reunite with their families”
Co- Founder & Program Administrator
McKay Whiting oversees the Admissions and Intake Department, processing all admission calls and providing necessary information pertaining to services, program and treatment. McKay brings years of experience both personal and professional working in addiction and recovery. She has tremendous passion and enthusiasm for facilitating clients and their families in making the life-altering changes necessary to begin the process of recovery. Often times the first point of contact at The Discovery House, McKay is highly skilled at immediate crisis intervention and always brings compassion and understanding to individuals and family members.
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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
Of the six alumni reviews submitted to Rehabs.com to date, four were positive and two negative. The five alumni polled on the facility’s offerings in a variety of treatment metrics gave The Discovery House average ratings of 3.6 stars, 3.4 stars, and three out of five stars respectively for its counseling options, exercise and leisure offerings, and family participation.
In their comments, the reviewers repeatedly 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.
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.”
In isolated criticisms, one reviewer described the center as boring, John (quoted above) described management as dysfunctional, and Todd wrote: “Everything about the facility right from intake was dishonest and predatory on me and my family.”
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.
Updated February 2017
Published on March 2017
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