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Antelope Valley Rehabilitation Center


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Founded in the 1930s, Antelope Valley Rehabilitation Center is a long-term treatment facility operated by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Commonly known as Acton Rehab, it provides residential substance abuse services for both men and women located in the quiet Mojave Desert community of Acton.

Accommodations and Food

Antelope Valley Rehabilitation Center is located on 133 acres that are home to cacti, trees and wildflowers, as well as coyotes, blue jays, rabbits and squirrels. Cabins once used to house TB patients in the 1940s currently provide the living quarters for 137 men and 48 women in recovery. All treatment services, housing, recreational activities, dining and meetings are separated by gender.

One of the cabins can accommodate up to 24 residents. Cabins are cozy and freshly painted Navajo white or other pastel colors, with a small living room area furnished with couches and books. Lockers are provided for personal belongings. The exteriors are decorated with rock or flower gardens, created by residents. Bathrooms and showers are in separate buildings and equipped with modern sinks, toilets and shower stalls.

Meals are provided in dining rooms furnished with round tables and chairs. A large kitchen is separated from the dining area by a glass window. Residents are served three hot meals a day, cafeteria-style. Breakfast may include scrambled eggs, hot or cold cereal, juice and coffee (only in the mornings). Lunch includes Mexican cuisine, pizza or sandwiches, while the dinner menu may feature BBQ ribs, stuffed bell peppers, pot roast or turkey and mashed potatoes. Vegetarians and vegans will find themselves out of luck here, but they can stock up on leafy greens from the salad bar, which is available during lunch and dinner.

Two TVs are located on the premises, one of them inside one of the women’s cabins and the other outside, in a makeshift cinema area. TV watching is permitted during free time. There is a library, supplied with donated books and round tables for reading, as well as designated smoking areas, furnished with chairs, ashtrays and a large canopy tent. There’s also a laundromat on the premises.

Treatment and Staff

Antelope Valley Rehabilitation Center combines the Matrix Model with evidence-based treatment and the 12-step approach to treat substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. Treatment lasts between 90 and 120 days.

Residents must have three days of continuous sobriety to be admitted. While detox services are not provided, local referrals can be made. Residents undergo a complete evaluation prior to admittance. Those who score over 10 on a self-evaluation called a drink/use scale are referred for Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT). There is an on-staff physician to provide monitoring.

Weekly treatment includes individual therapy, group therapy, educational classes and mandatory attendance at daily on-site 12-step meetings. AA and NA panels are also brought to the rehab by local volunteers. Free Big Books are distributed to residents and they often connect with potential sponsors after panels. Therapy is CBT-based. Group topics include relapse prevention, mindfulness, and Motivational Interviewing (MI). Educational classes cover topics such as the disease concept of addiction, brain restoration and  trauma recovery.

Antelope Valley Rehabilitation Center offers ‘tele-psychiatry’ services for residents who require medication for co-occurring disorders. After coordinating with their counselor, residents “meet” inside a small private room with UCLA psychiatrists or other outside mental health providers via a TV screen. A “white noise” device outside the room ensures a resident’s privacy.

After 30 days, loved ones may visit on weekends. Residents who are mothers are the exceptions to this rule. They may be granted permission to see their children sooner, on a case-by-case basis. Cell phones and personal computers are forbidden, but payphone privileges are granted.

There are 75 employees on staff, including drivers, chefs and clerical support. The 20 mental health professionals include a clinical psychologist, CADCs, recreation therapists, Bachelor’s-level counselors and a physician. The mental health staff-to-client ratio is ten-to-one.


Recreational activities include exercise, hiking, yoga for women, gardening, an outside gym area complete with weights for men, and art therapy.

Antelope Valley Rehabilitation Center offers “Co-occurring Drug Court-180 project” for criminal justice clients. The program includes 90 days of inpatient treatment and moral reconation therapy is integrated into treatment.

The M.O.M. (Moms on a Mission) program provides a six-month residential stay for young mothers, ages 18 to 25. Substance abuse treatment and dual diagnosis support is provided.

Residents are referred to High Desert Treatment Center in Lancaster for aftercare, which includes outpatient group therapy.

In Summary

Antelope Valley Rehabilitation Center is a serious treatment facility in a summer camp-like setting. The drawback is that only L.A. County residents are allowed into the state-funded program. With a caring, qualified staff and quaint little cabins, residents are allowed time to heal in peace. It is a recovery oasis in the desert.

Antelope Valley Rehabilitation Center Location

30500 Arrastre Canyon Rd
Acton, CA 93510

Antelope Valley Rehabilitation Center Cost

Sliding scale (90 days). Reach Antelope Valley Rehabilitation Center  by phone at (661) 223-8700. 

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  1. Michael Espinosa on

    my name is michael espinosa and i became a client om december 26, 2018. Yesterday after a dental pass which they provided transportation to and from, I was asked to give a urine analysis which is fine, you have a 2 hour window period to give them a urine sample which they monitor once again which is fine but within the 2 hour window period i needed to defecate and at this point a person/counselor by the name of Robin Basil Wesley would not allow me to defecate in private. This is not the policy or rules and regulations !!!!! This is against the law!!!!!!! At no time did I refuse to give a urine sample yet I was escorted to gather my property and kicked out of the facility as well as escorted off of the property. It is a distance from society yet they did not provide me with a phone call to call a family member to come and pick me up. Not only did I have 10 days left to complete the program I am currently on probation which I discharge Feb. 28, 2019. Now, not only is my sobriety put in jeporady, but also my freedom because now I am not in compliance with L.A County Probation policies. I am opening a lawsuit against L.A County!!!!! please feel free to comment or reply.

  2. Barbra Lambert on

    Arrived at the rehabilitation center to drop our son off. We had our two daughters with us some creepy old man was in the bushes watering or something. He was staring at our 12 and 14 year old daughters this freaked my husband out. So we left who is this guy and how many others has he freaked out ? Beware of a dirty old man in the bushes stalking young girls and smoking a pipe.

  3. Life is beachy on

    Great rehab. The counselors are very supportive and uplifting. The food is delicious and they feed you a lot of food with chips and sometimes ice cream. Great location, out in nature with a track to walk on. It feels like you are at camp.

  4. My son is a patient and I have tried to reach her (Maria) for a week. Not even given the courtesy of a return call. I am hopeful however that the program will give my son the best option at recovery and that is really what is most important.

  5. Isabel Santos on

    My son is schedule to start this program but after I finished reading what the clients said about this place it doesn’t look good at all!
    I will recommend to please don’t go there it looks they are ineffective

  6. Linda Kreusler on

    June 2, 2016 went to the Acton facility and tried to leave a package for my Grandson for his Birthday, we got there at 11:30 am and the security officer said he could not take it,, that we had to come back when the counselor was scheduled to work at 2 pm. We came back and were told when said counselor arrived they would alert him. We waited another 45minutes and no councilor appeared, they finally paged him and got nothing and no one. Then they paged my grandson and of course he didn’t come. They said oh well we tried and my husband said they didn’t try hard enough and I agree, there should have been someone or another councilor for the men available, now it will be at least 3 days to get it mailed, not very well run for a long standing facility…

  7. John Rasmussen on

    After three months in Acton’s in-patient alcohol rehabilitation center my brother lasted all of ten minutes before he was drunk. He’s been out for 14 days. Drunk 11 days and had withdrawals 3 days. Paramedics had to come once.

    Totally ineffective. They made things worse, if anything.

    • They said Medica would cover the cost of stay and they also said my cal-fresh would accumulate once I got out after 90days, and that was a lie, they took my cal-fresh, program was kinda shady, food was good, and I was still charged 98$ for my stay….and only a certificate and letter no specific class description or nothing! Great Location, Good Food, Ok Classes,but very little professionalism

  8. Michael Carreon on

    1st of all, you stated that our clients must have 3 days continuous sobriety before entering treatment. Wrong. Clients are allowed to enter the AVRCS even if they have smoked Methamphetamine, Cocaine, and Marijuana on the way to the gate. We potentially placed a new patient’s health at risk by attempting to admit them into treatment, despite the knowledge that they drank a fifth of Alcohol the day before, and admitted to such.
    You stated that the AVRCS have 20 mental health workers. Wrong. We have 4, and one of them attempted to talk a client still reeking of Alcohol to stay, although the client insisted on leaving. This went on for 2 hours before he finally gave up and allowed her to leave.. She risked having a significant withdrawal while still on campus.

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