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FootPrints Behavioral Health Center Winnetka


FootPrints Behavioral Health Center Winnetka Review

Located in the west central San Fernando Valley about 25 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles, FootPrints Behavioral Health Center in Winnetka is a treatment facility that specializes in the care of clients struggling with alcohol and substance use disorders as well as those in need of dual diagnosis support. Situated in the neighborhood of Winnetka, it’s one of several locations in Los Angeles and Orange County within the Kool Living network. Joint Commission Accredited, FootPrints was co-founded by Nicholas Russi, an LADC who has treated substance use disorder throughout the US and Central America. The organization believes in treating “the whole person,” including the mind, body and spirit, and offers a full continuum of care including detox, residential and Intensive Outpatient Programming (IOP) in the San Clemente location. FootPrints specializes in providing customized treatment plans to meet the unique needs of each client.

Accommodations and Food

FootPrints believes that a warm and comfortable environment is a key component for a successful recovery. Clients live a cozy, welcoming home with plenty of amenities. Accommodations are gender-specific with each residence equipped for six clients, offering a communal atmosphere without sacrificing privacy. While private rooms are available for an extra fee, typically clients sleep two to a room in bedrooms equipped with a spacious floor plan, two full sized beds, nice furnishings and plenty of natural lighting.

The homes have plenty of common areas with wrap-around couches and flat screen TVs. Residents are encouraged to enjoy the recreational amenities including an outdoor patio area, kidney pool and ping pong table. Unlike many residential facilities, FootPrints does not want to isolate residents from the world. Instead the facility allows clients limited Internet access to keep up with personal and business interests.

FootPrints employs a chef that prepares a healthy and nutritious menu. Meals are balanced and delicious, with dietary preferences and restrictions as well as allergies accommodated.

Treatment and Staff

Clients entering treatment at FootPrints undergo a comprehensive assessment that helps the staff develop the most effective individualized treatment plan to meet their specific needs. If deemed necessary, clients go into the detox process that can last up to 10 days. FootPrints offers a comfortable environment for detox clients, and a medical detox that provides around-the-clock supervision. Upon completion of detox, most clients transition into the residential program.

The length of residential treatment varies depending on the specific needs of the client, with individuals typically staying between 30 days and three months. Residential treatment plans are customized to the individual and utilize a range of therapies including evidence-based therapy like CBT and DBT, and holistic methods and wellness activities. Residents engage in individual and group therapy. The holistic offerings include art and music therapy, movement, yoga and mindfulness meditation. In addition, FootPrints employs an innovated version of the 12-step method, scaled down to the most necessary and effective parts. In addition, the facility offers psychoeducation coursework including stress management and coping skills.

The FootPrints team at Winnetka is comprised of physicians, therapists, addiction specialists, counselors, clinical and program directors, educators and case managers. One of the advantages of such a small client population is the intimate environment and ample personal attention. For clients in need of dual diagnosis support, medication management is available.


FootPrints encourages recreation and focuses on ways to have fun in sobriety. To this end, clients enjoy outings to the beach as well as hiking.

In Summary

FootPrints Behavioral Health Center in Winnetka is a detox and residential facility that specializes in the care of substance use disorders for men and women. With a small population and gender-specific accommodations, the facility boasts a cozy and serene environment and an intimate staff-to-client ratio. While 12-step is a part of treatment, staff employs individualized treatment plans that integrate traditional individual and group therapy with holistic methods and wellness activities. For clients seeking a comprehensive program in an intimate, upscale facility with an experienced staff, Footprints is a great option.

FootPrints Behavioral Health Center Winnetka Location

20944 Sherman Way
Canoga Park, CA 91303

FootPrints Behavioral Health Center Winnetka Cost

$22,500 (30 days); insurance accepted. Reach FootPrints Behavioral Health Center Winnetka by phone at  (800) 921-8893 or by email. Find FootPrints Behavioral Health Center on Facebook

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