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.
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
According to Ventura Recovery Center's website, 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.
Ventura Recovery Center's website notes 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 21 people surveyed by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing gave an average of 4.67 out of five stars for the staff's level of training and experience.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
According to Ventura Recovery Center'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. The 21 individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date provided an average of 4.9 out of five stars for accommodations and amenities.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
To date, the nine alumni polled by Rehabs.com provided mostly positive opinions of Ventura Recovery Center, and gave an average of 4.67 out of five stars when asked if they would recommend the center. On average, alumni rated the center's cleanliness and visitor policy the highest with 4.78 stars. However, almost all metric received an above four star average including the staff's level of training and experience, holistic offerings, and family participation. Alumni rated counseling options with worst with 3.78 stars.
Many alumni praised the staff, and noted they were a strength of the treatment center. "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," an anonymous alum wrote in a representative review.
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.
Secondary sites yielded positive feedback as well. Of the 12 people who left Google Reviews to date, 10 individuals gave five out of five stars, and two gave one star reviews. Most reviewers thanked the facility and praised the staff on Google. 
On Yelp, the nine individuals who left feedback for Ventura Recovery Center at the time of this writing provided an average of four out of five stars.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The 11 loved ones surveyed by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing also gave positive feedback for Ventura Recovery Center, and gave an average of 4.91 out of five stars when asked if they would recommend the center.
Loved ones rated every category high with average ratings above four stars including counseling options, holistic offerings, and family participation. The friends and family members strongly agreed that they were able to participate in treatment through facility programming.
The loved ones also felt that the staff and support received was a big strength of the facility, just as the alumni felt. "I thank the caring staff and director for this," a loved one wrote in a representative review. "Without VRC, I don't know where my son would be in this world."
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 there weren't enough physical activities.
WHAT STAFF SAY
The one staffer polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing provided positive opinions about Ventura Recovery Center. They gave five out of five stars for almost every metric including when asked if they would recommend the center, counseling options, and its treatment for co-occurring disorders. "Strong 12 step focus and a staff that truly cares," they wrote.
However, the one former employee who left a review for the center on Glassdoor at the time of this writing provided negative feedback, and just one out of five stars overall. "Upper management is a joke, too much micromanaging," they wrote. 
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.
Published on February 2018
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