Located in the heart of Venice, an eclectic beach community in Los Angeles, California, Evo Health and Wellness, is an outpatient addiction treatment facility that provides customized, holistic treatment that is comprised of three major components: therapy, somatics and engagement. Evo’s treatment philosophy is that of treating the client and not the addiction, and offers alternative views to traditional rehab approaches. Treatment is available to clients with co-occurring disorders and chemical dependency, along with a number of other addictions like food, shopping, sex, plastic surgery and more.
Treatment and Staff
Treatment at Evo is offered in the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) format that takes place six days a week during evening and weekend hours. Treatment consists of group and individual sessions that address coping mechanisms, past traumas and somatic experiencing based on Evo’s core ideas. There are also options available for medication management that are traditional and alternative, which can be the use of herbs and bodywork.
Evo believes that not every addict has the best success remaining sober going totally cold turkey, and in some cases introduces the idea of moderation in place of abstinence. This idea comes into play during the individual therapy sessions, which not only address past chemical usage, but also delves into other goals or assist with regaining stability in another way, like reentering school, improving a work situation, or connecting with a support community that’s not necessarily 12-step. While Evo encourages their clients to find what treatment options work best for them, their programming does not include AA or NA philosophies. In addition to the therapeutic methods used at Evo, programming also include mindfulness, meditation and yoga.
The staff of Evo is fairly small, with about a dozen therapists who are CADCs and LPCs.
Family and loved ones have group counseling options. These groups, along with the main clientele based groups, are kept small in number in order to assure individual attention.
One of the more prevalent themes to treatment at Evo is the emphasis on living a life of purpose, which replaces the need for drugs and alcohol. The staff works with their clients to rediscover what is missing in their life and aids them in finding new ways to meet their goals. For those seeking an outpatient program that offers an alternative to traditional abstinence-based recovery, Evo may be the secret ingredient to leading a successful, happy and healthy life.
Evo Health and Wellness
340 Sunset Ave
Venice, CA 90291
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