While Southern California has many rehab options, not all of them are located in the Santa Monica Mountains. Created by Dr. Ronald D. Sager, Balance Treatment Center follows a non-12-step based model of treating addiction, focusing instead focus on holistic healing. Through therapy, educational tools, a wide variety of physical fitness activities and community living, clients find recovery outside the world of AA.
Accommodations and Food
Recovery at Balance Treatment Center is done in style. Clients live in a beautiful home in Calabasas that can house six and has expansive views of the Santa Monica Mountains. The home is open and airy and designed with an attractive visual sense with wood, floor-to-ceiling windows and contemporary art.
The accommodations are comparable to a boutique hotel, once again keeping things sleek and modern. The semi-private bedrooms are fairly big, featuring twin-sized beds, lush linens, a sitting area with leather chairs and plenty of closet space. Still, these rooms are shared between three clients at a time. The private rooms are smaller, featuring a queen-sized bed, colorful throw pillows, wooden dresser and a private balcony, but cost considerably more ($15,000 a month). The bathrooms contain over-sized tubs, rainfall shower heads and soft towels.
When it comes to entertainment, the home features a family room with magazines, movies and a large flat screen TV. A covered patio offers ping pong and board games. To keep residents physically active, professional trainers come on-site four times a week, leading yoga classes, Zumba and martial arts but, unlike many other luxury facilities, clients must visit an off-site gym for any other kind of workout. For those who enjoy being outside, beach walks and hikes happen on a regular basis.
The Tuscan kitchen is where all of the food is prepared by a professional chef. Three meals a day are served family-style. Coffee, healthy snacks and cold beverages are available at all times during the day. Meals can be eaten on the outside patio, where smoking is also allowed.
Treatment and Staff
In addition to treating substance abuse, Balance Treatment Center provides mental health support. Issues such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, schizophrenia and PTSD can all be addressed during treatment. The rehab uses evidence-based practices such as CBT, DBT and motivational interviewing as part of treatment. Upon admission, all clients receive a full psychological and medical evaluation, determining the specific needs of their recovery. Treatment time is typically a brisk 30 days, although clients can extend it if they wish.
A major benefit of this program is daily individual therapy with a Master’s-level therapist. Residents also participate in group therapy, which focuses on topics such as relapse prevention, nutrition, stress, processing, grief and nutrition. EMDR is also used on an individual basis for special trauma needs.
While this program is non-12-step, it does offer SMART Recovery, an alternative recovery support group that occurs once a week and focuses on eliminating behaviors around addiction. There is no mention of the 12 steps anywhere and group members do not have to identify as addicts before they share.
Family members are able to visit with their loved ones on the weekends, in addition to participating in multi-family therapy sessions.
The staff at Balance Treatment Center consists of therapists, psychiatrists, psychologists, medical doctors, a dietitian, a music therapist, executive chefs and a nursing director.
Typically, the pricier the rehab, the more “extras” they have to offer; Balance Treatment Center is no exception. Still, while massages are included in the price, acupuncture sessions are an out-of-pocket cost. In addition, all neurofeedback therapies and psychological testing cost extra.
Balance Treatment Center believes in holistic, alternative methods of recovery. Clients have the chance to participate in pet therapy, playing with shelter dogs and taking them for walks. There is also music and art therapy.
Balance Treatment Center has a lot to offer in terms of amenities and therapy. It is worth noting, those who want at least an introduction to the 12-step model will not find it through this program. Otherwise, this is a very promising option for beginning the road to recovery.
Balance Treatment Center
4505 Las Virgenes Rd, Ste 202
Calabasas, CA 91302
Balance Treatment Center Cost: $47,000 (30 days). Reach Balance Treatment Center by phone at (855) 414-8100. Find Balance Treatment Center on Facebook
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