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pasadena californiaThe Basics

A CARF-accredited facility with over 20 years of experience, Insight Treatment Program offers outpatient care for adolescents and their families. The facility has two locations in the greater Los Angeles area—one in Pasadena and the other in Sherman Oaks. ITP boasts a variety of adolescent-specific services including an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), support groups specifically tailored for parents and an eating disorder program.

Treatment and Staff

Both of ITP’s locations offer an IOP for adolescents between the ages of 13 and 18 which meets four times a week. The program is fairly comprehensive, with clients typically attending group therapy sessions Monday through Thursday from 4 to 7 pm. These sessions cover a variety of substance abuse related issues including drug and alcohol education, Trauma Informed Care, life skills, meditation, a gender-specific group and relapse prevention. These sessions are led by LADCs who also provide individual therapy sessions once a week. Each client’s program is expected to continue beyond their Monday through Thursday schedule as well, with required attendance of two community-based 12-step meetings over each weekend. Treatment modalities consist primarily of CBT and DBT.  Clients work with an individual case manager and ITP staff also includes licensed therapists and a staff psychologist

Given that many of their clients attend school while in treatment, ITP also provides after-school tutoring and SAT prep scheduled around nightly therapy groups.

There is no official dual diagnosis program at ITP so clients who require medical assistance or medication management must be referred to an accommodating facility. Similarly, there are no detox services offered at the facility.

The ITP is long term, lasting between 14 and 16 months. Typically, clients continually step down their care as their program progresses, tapering down to one or two group sessions a week focusing on relapse prevention, regular family sessions and meetings with their case manager.


Family participation is a big part of the ITP program. To that end there is a family program in place, which includes a weekly group session from 5 to 9 pm on Wednesday nights. There are also specific groups just for parents, including education sessions and family counseling.

ITP also offers the Insight Academy program, which is an alternative day school for adolescents. Insight Academy is a strictly drug and alcohol free environment, and includes additional support from tutors and counselors to ensure that clients succeed in their studies. Students can begin a re-entry process into standard schooling when deemed appropriate by staff. Similarly, there’s also a Summer Program available to provide structured activities for kids with depression, substance abuse issues or other environmental problems. The program includes a bevy of options including art classes, yoga, fitness activities, horseback riding, day trips and cooking classes, among others.

Early intervention services are available to adolescents who are deemed at-risk, whether this means a change in their peer group, a drop in grades or a related issue. The program includes psycho-education and life skills groups as well as individual and family therapy.

In addition to substance abuse care, ITP also offers a comprehensive program to treat eating disorders in adolescents. The program is individualized to address mood disorders and can work in concert with the substance abuse program. Clients attend process groups focused on disordered eating and body image issues. Therapies used include psycho-dynamic processing, CBT and art therapy. The program also includes individual sessions, family therapy and meetings with an individual nutrition consultant. ITP also offers additional biofeedback services at its Sherman Oaks location.

In Summary

Given its long term nature, strong family inclusion and flexible weekly schedule, ITP has a comprehensive outpatient program. Clients can expect a week filled with group, individual and family therapy sessions that work around their personal schedules and include modern therapeutic methods, educational support and case management. Clients can also take advantage of a range of extra services offered at both of ITP’s locations, including parenting sessions and outpatient services for eating disorders. In all, Insight Treatment Program is a solid choice for adults and adolescents seeking a flexible and affordable approach to recovery.

Insight Treatment Program
769 N. Orange Grove Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91103

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