Aurora Behavioral Health Care is a hospital-style treatment facility for those struggling with substance abuse and behavioral health issues. Located in San Diego, California, Aurora Behavioral HealthCare—which opened in 2000—has expanded its reach to Illinois, Nevada, Arizona and Texas. The San Diego facility provides inpatient and outpatient treatment for children, adolescents and adults.
Accommodations and Food
ABHC residential program is an 80-bed private, full-service behavioral health facility situated in the Carmel Mountain Ranch in North County. While there are breathtaking views of Southern California’s mountains range, the accommodations at ABHC are basic and utilitarian. Medium-sized bedrooms are shared with same-gender, same-age range residents. Private electronics—such as cell phones and computers—are not allowed during the duration of treatment but the facility does have a media room where clients are can watch TV and play board games during their free time.
Days at ABHC begin with breakfast at 7:30 am, served cafeteria-style—as are all three meals of the day. Word has it that despite the institution-like atmosphere at ABHC, the food is actually shockingly delicious. Those with special dietary needs or vegetarian preferences will be given more options. Caffeine, cigarettes and snacks are all permitted.
Treatment and Staff
The first step when arriving at ABHC is for clients to get an individualized treatment assessment, which includes testing, psychological and psychiatric evaluations. From there, individual and group therapy are the building blocks of an evidence-based treatment plan. CBT is used when needed.
For chemical dependency patients, groups meet three hours a day, three days a week, for an eight-week period and clients are required to attend 12-step meetings. Detox, usually lasting three to seven days, is medically supervised at no extra cost. Clients who have been diagnosed by the facility as dual diagnosis are invited to attend a special group once a week and given special support surrounding these issues.
The staff at ABHC is comprised of individual treatment teams led by a physician. Teams include a psychiatrist, psychologist, marriage and family therapist, chemical dependency counselor, internist, dietitian and an occupational therapist.
While the living quarters at ABHC might leave something to be desired, they have a gym and pool on-site that clients are allowed to use once a week (depending on good behavior).
There is a family program with family groups offered twice a week for inpatient clients. Family group is offered once a week with the outpatient program. After outpatient, there is an aftercare program where clients are invited to meet weekly for an hour-and-a-half group with peers and family. Aftercare is free and can continue on as long as the client feels it is useful.
Although ABHC isn’t cheap, they do offer a comprehensive program of treatment for substance abuse, with added support for dual diagnosis. What makes ABHC different than other pricier Southern California rehabs is the simplicity of their residential facility. The lack of popular amenities at ABHC—like yoga and acupuncture—helps gear their focus entirely on the medical side of treatment. While this may not sound like the resort-like escape many assume rehabs is today, it is a to-the-point approach to addiction recovery that may be the perfect fit for someone who has tried other programs or is looking for a more straightforward and focused environment.
Aurora Behavioral HealthCare
11878 Avenue of Industry
San Diego, CA 92128
Aurora Behavioral HealthCare Cost: $30,000 (30 days). Reach Aurora Behavioral HealthCare at (858) 487-3200. Find Aurora Behavioral HealthCare on Facebook
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