Van Ness Recovery House Philosophy
The Van Ness Recovery House opened a 20-bed facility on Beachwood Drive in 1973 and became aware of serving its first HIV-infected resident in 1984. The program has since served 1,632 HIV-infected residents. In the past five years, 61% of transgendered clients entering the program have been HIV-infected, 80% of all residents have been HIV-infected and over 86% of the residents have been homeless, having had little or no reportable income of the previous year. Over 2500 men and women have been given a new start in life thanks to a community that cares.
Areas of Specialization
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.
The term “12 Step Program” describes a way to recover from addiction that is based on the model developed by Alcoholics Anonymous. Many drug and alcohol treatment centers base their treatment on 12 steps – the first three of which are situational, the next four addressing the practical issues created by the addiction, followed by two steps focused on making amends for hurting others. Steps 10 and 11 involve a deeper examination of the previous steps and the final step is focused on helping others avoid and recover from addiction.
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ABOUT VAN NESS RECOVERY HOUSE
Located in Los Angeles, Calif., Van Ness Recovery House provides residential treatment to adult men and women struggling with substance use disorder. Catering to the LGBT community, it's among the 27.1 percent of treatment facilities in California to offer programming tailored for LGBT individuals.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Clients receive an assessment upon admission, which is used to create an individualized treatment plan. The program lasts between four to six months and offers an average of 88 hours of treatment per week. In 2017, only 33.6 percent of treatment facilities in California offered residential treatment that lasted longer than 30 days.
In addition to attending group therapy, 12-step meetings, and one-on-one therapy, clients also have the opportunity to find jobs and move to a sober home toward the end of their stay. Van Ness is also among the 61 percent of facilities in California to provide HIV or AIDS education, counseling, and support.
The facility hosts a variety of house meetings every week such as CMA Panel, alumni meetings, OA Meetings, and AA meetings.
Staff include HIV/STD counselors, sponsors, therapists and psychiatrists trained to help clients deal with issues such as internalized homophobia, childhood sexual abuse, repeated incarcerations, acceptance of HIV, and both diagnosed and undiagnosed mental health disorders.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Residents live in a large house with a backyard and an outdoor pool. Activities include walks, art therapy, movie viewings, Big Book groups, and meditation. Clients also begin paying bills after finding employment. Smoking is not permitted at the facility.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The majority of former clients surveyed by Rehabs.com to date (three out of four) have Van Ness Recovery positive feedback. They described the staff as caring and the rehab as an effective, no-nonsense environment for people who are serious about getting sober. "No frills, serious recovery house," an anonymous alum wrote in a representative review. "Foundation in AA and sobriety were strengths."
Alum E.B. awarding the facility high four-star ratings for the staff's level of experience and training, ability to treat co-occurring, and the likeliness they'd recommend the facility to others. "The staff at this facility are the most loving and caring people I've ever me in my life, they love you till you can learn to love yourselve," E.B. wrote. B.C., the one negative reviewer, noted that the program's tough love approach did not work for him.
Van Ness Recovery also fared well on secondary sites, where it earned an average rating of 3.9 out of five stars based on 14 Google reviews and a 4.4 out of five star rating based on the opinions of 70 people on Facebook, which the facility may manage. Across both sites, the majority of alumni who left comments reported that the treatment was effective, and praised the facility for its strict and highly structured approach. "Tough love but you will never forget what u learn... and its a lot if u learn and absorb," John wrote in a representative review on Google.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Rocco, the sole loved one polled by Rehabs.com to date, gave Van Ness negative feedback, giving the facility just one out of five stars for its treatment effectiveness. They also claimed that the facility's connectivity policy and family involvement were terrible. "Didn't allow me to be a part of anything and made him believe I'm the enemy," Rocco wrote.
According to Van Ness's website, the center doesn’t turn clients away for either their inability to pay or HIV status.
Published on July 2019
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