Treatment Center Setting
- Residential Neighborhood
Ventura Recovery Center Philosophy
Our passion at VRC is to give active adults the tools to regain life from the grips of addiction. Changing our client’s views about substance abuse requires a different approach to achieve long-term recovery. Through comprehensive 30, 60 and 90 day addiction treatment programs uniquely tailored to each client’s needs, the cycle of addiction can be broken. We are ending addiction one person at a time, one day at a time.
Areas of Specialization
Some facilities have an addiction treatment protocol that all patients or clients are expected to follow, while others customize or individualize treatment based on a person’s unique needs and circumstances. Factors that may affect treatment decisions include age, lifestyle, medical conditions, type of drug, religious beliefs, etc.
Drugs and alcohol have widespread effects throughout your body, including but not limited to the addiction and/or physical/psychological dependence that develops with substance abuse over time. Many organ systems are affected by addiction and will react to withdrawal. The term “medical detoxification” means that there is a trained and licensed medical professional onsite to monitor your vital signs and protect your physical and emotional health as your body goes through withdrawal.
Trauma & Associative Awareness Therapy (AAT)
Associative Awareness Therapy (AAT) uses the brain’s innate ability to adapt to change in a healing way, essentially “retraining” the brain to respond differently to familiar memories of trauma or pain.
Animal therapy (also called animal-assisted therapy and pet therapy) supports recovery and emotional wellbeing by helping people develop relationships with animals. Animal therapy can be a one-time or ongoing experience.
Thank you VRC for helping me live and enjoy life again.
All I can say is Thank You to a staff at Ventura Recovery Center, you are bringing my child back to me one day at a time. God Bless.
I feel so grateful to say I am now able to help myself and our family heal because of the staff that they have at VRC. Thank you, you are truly saving lives!
I have never been to a place that welcomed you with open arms. I moved the whole way across the US to change my life and it has!
Ventura Recovery Center is instrumental in saving my life. I needed assistance very quickly and VRC was able to accept me the same day I called. I was terrified but the staff continually worked to make me feel comfortable. I am so very grateful for this experience and an opportunity to change my life.
I'm really grateful for all the support you guys have shown me, even when I didn’t deserve it…thanks a lot my friends..
Meet the Staff
Carl is in active recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction. He completed a residential treatment program in 1989 and is dedicated to helping clients and their families access the same kind of freedom and happiness he has experienced in recovery. He is passionate about recovery and driven to see his clients succeed. Carl is the Director of Intake and Community Outreach at Ventura Recovery Center,and is involved in all phases of recovery. What makes him unique is his ability to keep his focus on results for his clients without being overly pushy or dominant. He credits his ability to temper his ambition while staying focused on results to 40 years of progressive leadership and management experience. When you call,you can expect a compassionate ear,a knowledgeable voice and someone who cares deeply about his clients.
Dr. Rod Amiri
Consulting Clinical Psychiatrist
Dr. Rod Amiri immigrated to the United States at the age of thirteen, with the help of his family. After completing high school and college at the top of his class, he attended medical school at St. George’s University. He proceeded to complete his residency in psychiatry at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles where he served as Chief Resident. During residency, Dr. Amiri mastered intensive psychotherapy skills and won several awards, scholarships, and fellowships offered by various organizations such as the California Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM) and the American Psychiatric Association (APA). Furthermore, he has gained experience in teaching and was professor of anatomy and physiology at the American University of Complementary Medicine in Los Angeles from 2002-2004. Dr. Amiri has presented nationally on the psychiatric effects of HIV/AIDS at the 2004 & 2005 APA annual meetings,and was invited to be on the faculty of the Sexual Medicine course at the 2005 APA meeting. He has coauthored the chapter on Sexual Dysfunction due to general medical conditions for the Guidebook for Sexual Medicine. Additionally, Dr. Amiri has been awarded the Patients’ Choice recognition every year since 2008. This is an honor given to less than five percent of the nation’s 720,000 active physicians.
Bob is also in active recovery from alcoholism & drug addiction. He completed a state mandated treatment program in 1988. His personal passion lies in seeing his clients eyes come alive after their spirit opens up to the possibility of a different way of life. Bob’s experience at a prominent Southern California Treatment Center deepened his innate ability to remain calm in the midst of highly emotional situations. He excels at creating a safe emotional space for clients experiencing any degree of agitation in the early phases of their recovery. Bob is the Executive Director at Ventura Recovery Center. In addition to overseeing the day to day operations of the treatment center,he stays in close contact with the clinical team to ensure that each client is receiving the best care possible.
Robyn has a thriving private practice treating individuals,couples,and families. Robyn works as Clinical Director to help clients find a healthy balance between body, mind, spirit, and emotions that allow for success in relationships and work, self-empowerment, and to live a life full of hope, meaning, recovery, and purpose.
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ABOUT VENTURA RECOVERY CENTER
Ventura Recovery Center Is located in a residential neighborhood of the Greater Los Angeles area. The facility offers medical detox, residential and outpatient treatment along with sober-living facilities for individuals struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Treatment is offered in programs lasting 30, 60, or 90 days. The program is split into three phases: detox, residential care, and an intensive outpatient program (IOP). Long-term treatment options are also available for anywhere from six months to a year in length.
The program is built around individual, group, and family therapy plus confidence-boosting social activities. Specifically, Ventura Recovery Center uses evidence-based therapeutic modalities including eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), brief strategic family therapy (BST), psychodynamic group therapy, stress management, and parenting support.
While completing the final stage of treatment, IOP, clients can stay in one of the organization’s sober-living facilities, complete with a live-in residential manager. The IOP phase also includes employment assistance, to help clients begin to lead healthy, productive lives.
The facility employs a medical doctor and a psychiatrist on a consulting basis, as well as a master’s level therapist, a certified addictions counselor, and other clinical staff. The facility also notes that detox is staffed by nurses 24 hours a day.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
According to the facility’s website, the residential center offers private and semi-private rooms, and an on-site chef. Holistic and fitness options include gym access, yoga, boxing, hiking, equine therapy, and trips to the beach.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
At the time of this writing, there have been nine alumni polled by Rehabs.com. The alumni all gave generally positive reviews of the facility. On average, the alumni group gave the facility 4.8 out of five stars for the cleanliness of the facility, 4.5 stars for the facility’s leisure, exercise, and extracurricular options, and 4.2 stars for the quality holistic offerings at the facility. The alumni all agreed that family and loved ones were able to participate in treatment through facility programming and that the treatment plan was affordable and/or payment plans, scholarships, or financial assistance were made available at this facility. The group gave the lowest average rating of 3.8 stars for the variety of counseling options to choose from depending on the client’s preference at the facility.
Several of the alumni felt that a strength of the facility was the staff and the support they received during the treatment. One anonymous alum wrote, “The staff is supportive, the case managers help with making resumes and getting jobs and getting signed up for school. The therapists are a great addition to the 12 step program.” Another alum, D.R. wrote, “Staff feels like family… admissions goes above and beyond for clients. The therapists are great!” There were not many weaknesses listed about the facility from the alumni but, some wrote that the facility is very large and there is often staff turnover. They also indicated that since the facility closely follows the 12-step approach, there is not a large variety of other treatment options to choose from. One alum felt that the facility could improve on the quality of meals served. Overall, the alumni all agreed when asked if the they would recommend this facility to a friend or loved one who was considering rehab.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
At the time of this writing, there have been 11 friends/family members polled by Rehabs.com. The loved ones all gave the facility very positive ratings. On average, the group gave the facility 4.9 out of five stars for the cleanliness of the facility, 4.5 stars for the facility’s leisure, exercise, and extracurricular options, and 4.2 stars for the quality holistic offerings at the facility. The friends and family members strongly agreed that family and loved ones were able to participate in treatment through facility programming and that the treatment plan was affordable and/or payment plans, scholarships, or financial assistance were made available at this facility. The respondents gave 4.6 stars for the variety of counseling options to choose from depending on the client’s preference at the facility and 4.7 stars for the experience and training of the facility’s staff members.
The loved ones also felt that the staff and support received was a big strength of the facility, just as the alumni felt. One loved one, T.J.K. wrote, “Ventura and its attentive staff have gone above and beyond to create a caring and successful environment for addiction recovery. They work one on one with patients and their families to establish a wholistic approach for recovery…” Most loved ones did not indicate any weaknesses of the facility but one indicated that there does tend to be frequent staff turnover and another wrote, “Not enough physical activity choices. Not all counselors were approachable (a couple of them were playing favorites and one was continually flirting with an addict).” Overall, the respondents all strongly agreed that they would recommend this facility to another friend or loved one who was considering rehab.
WHAT STAFF SAY
At the time of this writing there has been one staff member polled by Rehabs.com. The staff member, M.J.B gave the facility very positive marks including five out of five stars for treatment effectiveness, accommodations & amenities, and meals & nutrition. He strongly agreed that the facility was clean and well maintained; that the facility was adequately equipped and staffed to treat co-occurring mental health problems in addition to substance use disorders; and that the admissions and discharge procedures were swift, organized, and clearly explained.
M.J.B disagreed when asked if the facility strictly offered a faith-based program. He felt that a strength of the facility was, “Strong 12 step focus and a staff that truly cares.” This staff member did not identify any weaknesses of the facility and added additional commentary writing, “Ventura Recovery Center focuses on what really helps a struggling alcoholic. Through finding a sponsor, doing the steps and meeting with therapists multiple times during the week the clients reach sobriety through real experience.” He strongly agreed that he would recommend this facility to a friend or loved one who was considering rehab.
According to its website, Ventura accepts most PPO insurances and is a preferred provider for all major insurance companies. Private payment is also accepted, and payment plans are available.
Updated April 2017
Published on June 2017
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