Addicts in recovery themselves, the founders of Grandview Foundation knew how difficult it was for men to find affordable chemical dependency treatment in Southern California, even in 1969. Today, Grandview’s mission is to provide affordable residential recovery services to men, and outpatient services to men and women, so that they may become contributing members of society, living full and productive lives.
Accommodations and Food
The Grandview Foundation owns two large landmark homes in the historically designated residential neighborhood of Garfield Heights in Pasadena, California. A Spanish colonial and a craftsman house sleep 39 men, each in a twin bed. Dressers, linens, towels, and all that stuff are provided. Everything is shared, from bathrooms to common spaces. The living room has distraction in the way of a desktop computer, TV and bookcases full of books. Comfortable leather chairs form a ring in one of the common areas for group meetings in a space just off the formal dining room. Clients eat communally either here, or outside under an awning long lunch tables. Clients eat three squares a day here, family style. Everyone helps clean up.
Treatment and Staff
Though 30 days is the standard, a client’s stay in residential treatment at Grandview is determined individually, as is the rate of his progression through phases. For all clients in Phase One, during the first two weeks, no phone calls or visits are unsupervised, and there are no off-grounds passes. During Phase Two, one eight-hour weekend pass is available per week with staff approval, and they can leave between 8:30 am and 6 pm. In Phase Three, clients are allowed to seek employment, work or attend school. Until the happy days of Phase Three, however, residents participate fully in groups. Some groups are recovery related, like relapse prevention, anger management, peer group, 12-step study, alcohol and drug education. Some cater to physical and mental health, like spirituality, meditation and health education. Art therapy, life skills education, and career clinic and outing/recreation groups supplement these more traditional subjects.
Grandview also draws on three evidence-based practices for the therapy they provide. For clients with co-occurring disorders like anxiety, depression, and bi-polar, they use the Hazelden program; for those with post traumatic stress and trauma, Seeking Safety; and Prime Solutions, for the general recovery population. Grandview’s Marriage and Family Counselor is licensed in EMDR therapy, an effective treatment for post-traumatic stress.
Grandview likes to keep a close eye on its clients. The client-to-counselor ratio is eight-to-one. All counselors are CADCs or social workers. Residents are counseled individually, and therapy groups, led by counselors, are typically limited to 10 participants. Individuals with the most serious addictions will see Grandview’s medical doctor, who specializes in addiction medicine. Grandview describes its basis as a Social Model Program, meaning that they believe every individual plays a part in creating an ideal social environment. Clients are encouraged to look for role models and support beyond treatment and seek out sponsors and 12-step fellowship in the outside AA meetings they attend.
On weekday mornings, clients wake up for breakfast at 7 am. Chores at 8. The rest of the day is spent leapfrogging between group and meals: morning group until noon, lunch at noon, afternoon group, dinner from 4:30- to 6 pm, then peer group. Clients attend a 12-step meeting between 8 and 10 pm, and lights out is at 11.
On Saturday mornings, clients wake up a little later, there are no chores, and group is only an hour and a half. Starting at noon, they can have family or friends visit until 5 pm. The rest of the day is free. On Sundays, there is no morning schedule and family can also visit between 12 and 5 pm.
Grandview works hard and plays hard. Clients keep their noses to the grindstone during the week, and enjoy relaxing weekends with plenty of down time and visits from family and friends.
Grandview Foundation wants its clients to acclimatize back to the “real world” on a gradual basis, and they are never fully encased in a treatment bubble so the transition is less jarring. Men accustomed to running their own lives and homes will be temporarily lifted from their normal responsibilities, but might be gratified to know that within a relatively short time at Grandview they will be expected to become fully functioning adults again.
225 Grandview St
Pasadena, CA 91104
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