House of Metamorphosis Reviews, Cost, Complaints

House of Metamorphosis


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House of Metamorphosis was founded in San Diego in 1976 by the late Doris Ringgold, who served as executive director until 1995. Its original mission was to encourage residents to work on their addictive behavior. Although it still believes that self-change is possible for those suffering from substance abuse, the emphasis today is on using behavior modification therapy to treat substance abuse addiction and co-occurring disorders. Situated in Grant Hill, a neighborhood that boasts beautiful views of San Diego Bay, the rehab offers residential treatment and aftercare.

Accommodations and Food

Although Grant Hill is known for an array of eye-catching and historic homes, House of Metamorphosis’ main structure has a drab pink exterior and looks like an industrial building. The men’s program has a 64-bed capacity and clients live on the first floor of the main house. Four satellite buildings, each with a six-bed capacity, accommodate the women.

Besides living quarters, the main house’s first floor includes a food services area, a dining room and a conference room. The second floor consists of a small conference room, training room and staff offices. Outside the main house, there is a lawn and a patio area.

Residents eat three meals a day, doled out cafeteria-style. Snacks are served at 10 pm. In addition, the facility has vending machines for soda and nibbles.

Treatment and Staff

Face-to-face screening is required prior to admission. Detox services are not available, but the rehab provides referrals to hospitals in the vicinity. Residential treatment lasts about six months and aftercare is three months. Clothing and personal items are monitored and all visible piercings must be removed. Cell phones and other electronics are forbidden.

Treatment follows the therapeutic community model and is broken down into four segments, starting with a six-to-eight week orientation phase that includes a 30-day blackout period and minimal family visits. During this period, women are not allowed to wear makeup or jewelry.  The intermediate phase two lasts three to four months. By this time, residents have “earned” privileges, including limited pay phone use and eight-hour off-site passes. “Gray area,” or phase three, lasts from two to three and a half months, during which residents seek employment and/or pursue educational goals. On-site GED classes are provided. Finally, in phase four, residents move to one of the rehab’s nine aftercare facilities, each of which has six beds. Community re-entry training is provided.

Weekly treatment includes group therapy, individual therapy and attendance at on-site AA/NA meetings. On a typical day, a resident gets up at 6 am and participate in housecleaning chores after breakfast. This is followed by a morning meeting and a rules and regulations seminar. After lunch, residents attend an educational seminar on substance abuse. In the evening, the rehab offers group therapy or a 12-step meeting. At 10 pm, there’s a light bite to eat in the dining room and more cleaning follows. Lights out is shortly before midnight.

Executive Director Beverly Monroe leads a large staff that includes CSACs, mental health professionals, volunteer house managers, a chef, case managers, an office manager and a finance director.


House of Metamorphosis offers walk-in services and a 24-hour hotline. On Fridays and Saturdays, residents provide car wash services to the community.

Parenting classes and family support programs are provided and visiting interns teach residents recreational therapies such as art therapy.

In Summary

For those seeking a strong connection to a Higher Power, House of Metamorphosis might not be a good fit. In addition, this is probably geared more toward those who need a strict and lengthy program that allows only minimal freedom. However, the price is right, and there are those who can benefit from such a structured environment. Keep in mind that because of the low cost, there is a 30-day waiting period to be admitted into the program.

House of Metamorphosis Location

2970 Market St
San Diego, CA 92102

House of Metamorphosis Cost

Sliding scale. Reach House of Metamorphosis by phone at (619) 236-9492. Find House of Metamorphosis on Facebook

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  1. Was there for 40 days i thought the staff treated me o.k. just gotta watch out fir the residents i thought they were all cool with me had court got arrested at court did some time had my family get my belongings only to find out they stole most of my shit and got out of jail with only the clothes on my back aside from that it was a good experience

  2. Horrible place. Racism, contraband, staff infection and bad attitudes lurk in this miserable excuse for a recovery center. The staff stole $33 from me, I got heatstroke from a mandatory car wash (while I was detoxing from alcohol), the staff was even reluctant to let me lay down afterwards! The staff don’t give a shit about you unless you’re dark-skinned, so sad to see that people can be treated like this. After a few days of this bullshit I got denied a cigarette because I wasn’t able to adequately assist with the car wash due to stomach issues, so I left but needed my $33 back and my meds I left behind. So I turned around to retrieve my money and meds and those fucks wouldn’t give me $ back! So I cut my arm up cuz now I’m in San Diego, broke, homeless, detoxing… Then one of the primate staff members had the audacity to ask if I still wanted to stay. Ignoring this female primate, I turned politely to the police officer who had me cuffed for my own protection and asked if I could go to the mental hospital. I did. And I must say I was treated with the utmost respect and understanding by San Diego PD and the San Diego mental health staff, in stark contrast to the primative zoo I was at before. It’s so sad that people are running this place still, it should be shut down. I am a recovering alcoholic and I have high-functioning autism. Jail and mental hospitals are better than this crock of shite 😉

    • monica Hartman on

      well, i am at HOM and at first, yes, its a little rough going. But that’s only because I am a addict with self centererd tendencies and I was not used to the structure. The staff has your best interests at heart for the most part. Ive been here a few months and have followed the rules and structure, and now, I can say my recovery is going strong and my life is turning around finally. I’ve been to several treatment programs and this one is the one that has finally received some results for my life.

      So, you probably didnt want it bad enough.

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