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.
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.
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.
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.
239 W 9th St
Upland, CA 91786
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