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
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.
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 VAN NESS RECOVERY HOUSE IN LOS ANGELES, CA
Located in Los Angeles, Calif., Van Ness Recovery House provides day treatment, residential treatment, sober living, and education to men and women struggling with addiction. The center doesn’t turn people away for their inability to pay or their HIV status. Detox is available.
The center’s website states Van Ness Recovery House’s mission “is to meet the critical and expanding needs of the Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual, and Transgender community for alcohol and drug addiction recovery.”
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
According to Van Ness Recovery House’s website, the center’s residential program runs between four to six months. While patients are in the program, the center’s staff provides them with the tools to address the problems that may have led to their addiction.
Van Ness Recovery House’s staff can help with internalized homophobia, childhood sexual abuse, repeated incarcerations, acceptance of HIV, and both diagnosed and undiagnosed mental health disorders.
The center’s program has multiple phases. The final phase includes becoming employed, moving to a sober home, working with a sponsor, and a support group.
When someone gets on the center’s waiting list for the residential program, it usually takes one to three weeks to get into the program. When a patient is on the waiting list, they are asked to stay sober and to attend 12-Step meetings daily.
The first step of treatment is an assessment, which is used to create an individualized treatment plan. Most plans include group sessions, assessments, 12-Step meetings, and therapy.
Van Ness Recovery House has a variety of house meetings every week such as CMA Panel, Alumni Meetings, OA Meetings, and AA meetings.
The center’s website states the treatment team includes therapists and psychiatrists.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
According to Van Ness Recovery House’s website, smoking is not permitted at the facility.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The two alumni who were surveyed by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing provided mostly positive reviews. An alum gave the center mostly four and five out of five stars across the board including when asked if they would recommend Van Ness Recovery.
However, the alum only gave the center one star for holistic offerings. They wrote: “The staff at this facility are the most loving and caring people I've ever me in my life...This place will always be my home it's we're I learned about honesty, integrity and how to be a friend.”
The other alum gave the center four stars across the board including for treatment effectiveness. Rob wrote to Rehabs.com: “This place is not a joke, not a meal, not a roof, not your moms house...If you want Recovery and are serious about getting clean and sober this is it. I learned a lot and have tools for sobriety if I so choose to use them.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The loved one who was polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing left a very negative review for Van Ness Recovery House. They rated the center poorly in every category.
They wrote: “A big part of me does feel like it's all for the money...They destroy families. This isn't right and I'm furious.”
According to the center’s website, treatment is available to anyone regardless on their ability to pay.
Published February 2017
Published on March 2017
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