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.
House of Metamorphosis offers walk-in services and a 24-hour hotline. On Fridays and Saturdays, residents provide car wash services to the community.
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
2970 Market St
San Diego, CA 92102
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