Clearview, like so many rehabs dotted around LA, is the brainchild of a former Promises West LA staff member. While The Hills and Authentic Recovery Center were launched, respectively, by former Promises West LA staff members Howard Samuels and Cassidy Cousins, Clearview is Michael Roy’s foray into the treatment industry.
The truth of the matter is that often the rehabs best at treating addiction are those run by people who are themselves in recovery. Clearview—which was launched in 2000—has a number of sober addicts on staff and are know for being dual diagnosis facility that excels at treating those suffering from mental health issues in addition to addiction.
Accommodations and Food
The women’s psych treatment house and two co-ed dual diagnosis treatment centers each have room for no more than six residents at a time. They also have two other treatment facilities in Westwood—one for day treatment of bipolar disorder and the other for outpatient (which covers everything residential treatment does); outpatient takes between 12 and 15 clients at a time.
Living arrangements are comfortable—craftsman-style homes with “Zen flair” decor. This means modern, spacious and spare interiors with several communal living areas and full kitchens in each house. The houses are mostly similar: all bedrooms have two beds apiece, though the women’s residential psych center has queen beds and the dual diagnosis houses only have twins. Clearview also employs gourmet chefs to create custom meal plans with the help of dietitians (their salmon receives high marks).
Treatment and Staff
Roy’s 20 years of administrative, clinical and management experience in treatment—he also worked at Beit T’Shuvah—have helped him build an impressive staff that receives high marks from alumni for their warmth and compassion. Clearview also boasts a large number of DBT therapists (most of which have PsyDs or PhDs), personal therapists of all stripes, life coaches and yoga and Ayurvedic specialists. They also work with a number of independently affiliated medical professionals, mostly psychiatrists.
Treatment begins with a psych evaluation, nutrition assessments, psych testing and a bio-psycho-social. Then it alternates between traditional and experiential therapies, including DBT, EMDR and somatic experiencing. Their holistic treatment options include yoga, meditation and acupuncture, though they also have more traditional offerings like 12-step meetings or one-on-one and group therapies with psychologists and therapists.
The focus here is mostly on treatment, though clients also have access to an off-site gym five days a week, as well as off-site chiropractic care for an additional fee, should they need it. Clearview also has a family program—an intensive week with individual sessions and a family support group, offered every six weeks; clients who choose a shorter program sometimes come back for it. There are also vocational services such as career placement assistance and resume writing classes, as well as educational services to help place residents in higher education programs.
Last but not least, Clearview offers a can’t-beat policy: clients can receive an additional 30 days free of charge if they relapse (though the fine print is that it’s limited to those who complete 90 days at Clearview inpatient and another 90 days through their outpatient program).
Clearview has a solid reputation and Roy’s is also strong; in the treatment world, that means quite a lot. Dual diagnosis clients will be well served here and considering the array of holistic offerings, the price is solid.
1334 Westwood Blvd #3A
Los Angeles, CA 90024
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