Clients affectionately call the Gooden Center “the BG,” after the Bishop Gooden Home, the primary facility where residential treatment takes place. As the name suggests, this all-men’s rehab has Christian roots—it was founded by an Episcopal Bishop, Robert Gooden, in 1962. For 21 years it was run by the Rev. Bud Williams, who retired in 2013. Although new CEO Thomas J. McNulty, Pharm. D is not a clergyman and the Gooden Center welcomes men of all faiths, its treatment philosophy remains fundamentally spiritual.
Accommodations and Food
The Bishop Gooden Home is in fact an actual home in Pasadena that was recently refurbished. While the renovations have spruced up the aesthetics, residents are responsible for almost all of the cleaning. Rooms are shared, and meals take place in a large dining area gathered around several round tables.
Treatment and Staff
Patients are assessed upon admission to determine the level of detox care they need. When necessary, 24-hour medical supervision is available, while others undergo ambulatory detox. Although the Gooden Center does take clients with dual diagnoses, it will not admit anyone whose condition is so severe that it interferes with treatment.
There is no in-house psychiatrist; rather, the staff coordinates off-site psychiatric consultations. Medication monitoring is available at the house, and there is a weekly group for those suffering from Axis I issues.
Each day in residence begins with breakfast, meditation, exercise, and chores. After lunch, clients spend 90 minutes each in process group and addiction education groups. Twelve-step meetings take place in the evenings, along with time for journal writing. Individual counseling is also incorporated.
There’s a great emphasis here on family treatment. The staff is keenly aware that families often need counseling too after the damage alcoholism has caused, so that the men don’t return back home into a toxic environment. After residential care, clients can step down to either an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) or day treatment. Outpatients have the option to move into one of several sober living houses near the BG, with a total of 41 beds between them.
The Gooden Center has cultivated a loyal following of alumni that even has its own cycling club. On a man’s sober anniversary, he gets his name and sobriety date printed on a mug that’s displayed at the BG in a glass cabinet.
The Gooden Center might not be an ideal fit for those seeking highly individualized, holistic treatment with lots of new-age therapies. But the pricing is low and flexible, and family-oriented Christian men might feel right at home.
The Gooden Center
191 N El Molino Ave
Pasadena, CA 91101
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