His House Reviews, Cost, Complaints

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His HouseThe Basics

Upon hearing the name His House, one might wonder whether this 61-bed SoCal rehab is a Christian organization or an all-male one. The answer is both—sort of. While His House certainly qualifies as a Christian rehab, its religious programming is classified as an optional treatment track. And while the original Upland location still houses men only, His House now also serves women at a separate facility in neighboring Colton at a facility called New Creation. Glenn Swanson founded His House as a men’s sober living facility in 1994 and eventually expanded its scope to include outpatient care in 2001 and residential treatment in 2008.

Accommodations

After detox, which confusingly occurs in a separate, co-ed unit of New Creation, the men stay in a historic Victorian home surrounded by a small green yard and framed by a backdrop of the iconic Mount Baldy. The highlight of the house is its well-lit, comfy living room. By contrast, the bedrooms are Spartan, with low twin-beds reminiscent of a college dorm. Half an hour east on the 10 freeway, the women’s facility at New Creation boasts a beautiful kitchen as well as a shaded gazebo. While luxury isn’t the goal, both residences do succeed in providing some homelike comforts.

Treatment and Staff

Although His House specializes in treating younger adults and offers a special program track geared toward those between the ages of 18 and 25, all ages are welcome. Other specialized treatment tracks include co-occurring disorders, chronic pain management, specialized family counseling, and of course the noted Christian program. Residents are strongly encouraged to stay for the full 90-day, three-phase treatment course. In the first 30 days, minimal contact with the outside world is permitted. In month two, residents earn the privilege of social passes and visitation, while the third month is spent preparing to re-enter reality. But for those who don’t have 90 days to spare, a condensed 30-day version of the program is available as well. Afterwards, clients are urged to continue their relationship with His House by moving into their nearby sober living community.

His House comes at a lower price than many rehabs do, and also offers financing and insurance options. But prospective clients should note that His House charges an additional fee for services that are included in most rehabs’ rates. Yes, it’s reasonable and even common to charge extra for perks like massages, acupuncture, or even a personal trainer. On the other hand, therapists, psychiatrists and medical doctors are pretty crucial to the rehab experience, especially at places like His House that claim to treat dual diagnosis clientele. The fact that these services cost extra creates the impression that they are “extras” and may even prevent some clients from seeking them out. Even though all the addiction counselors at His House are CADAAC-certified, that’s no substitute for the Master’s-level therapists included in the cost of other treatment centers, at least for people looking to treat clinical depression or other co-occurring disorders on top of their addictions.

Extras

Though there are few holistic treatment extras to be found at His House, residents do attend gym workouts five days a week. Fridays nights are for group bonding activities like bowling, and every few weeks the staff will organize a trip somewhere, such as the beach (an hour away) or even to tapings of TV programs.

In Summary

Despite a three-to-one client-staff ratio and a grab bag of customizable treatment tracks, it’s hard to take His House too seriously in the clinical department. Everything at His House is based around the 12 steps, which are all well and good but also available for free. In short, while His House may serve as a refuge for lost Christian souls and be helpful for getting started in sober living and AA, it’s not the best investment when it comes to primary care.

His House
239 W 9th St
Upland, CA 91786

His House Cost: $12,500 (30 days). Reach His House by phone at (877) 345-4138 or by email at [email protected]. Find His House on Facebook and Twitter

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  1. Do not chose His House for rehabilitation, they do not care about you at all. All they care about is the money. I spent 30 days in a house built in 1920. Everything in the house was old (toilets, shower, beds, etc.). It cost me over $40,000, and they charge exorbitant fees for everything without telling you (drug tests, trips to psychologists, etc.). They made me sign a “promissory note” for $3,500 or they wouldn’t provide me a “return to work” letter (which was required by my work). And when asked, they wouldn’t even explain what the promissory note was for! It was flat-out extortion. Their facilities are run-down, and more importantly, they are not certified by the State of California so you will not be able to make a successful disability claim to get disability benefits while in rehab (I tried and was denied). I actually called the state disability board which explained to me they had many claims from His House, and they were going to deny them all because their certification is from a third-party and not the State of California. They are also not a Christian facility. All they do is keep you busy with in-house meetings, external AA (or NA) meetings and homework. They don’t do much related to rehabilitation. If you care about a loved one and want to get them help, do not send them to His House. A person actually died from a heroin overdose the day after I left the house I was in. Does that sound like an organization that knows what they are doing? Stay away from this company. Their main office is on Pittsburg street in Rancho Cucamonga, CA

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