If the name Las Encinas sounds familiar, that may be because Dr. Drew Pinsky of Loveline and Celebrity Rehab used to work there. Owned by Aurora Behavioral Health, the hospital came under fire in 2008 when three residents died in the span of five months and staff members were accused of falsifying documents to hide the lapses in supervision that otherwise may have prevented tragedy. After that, Las Encinas pledged to make changes and there are many since then who have reported that Las Encinas saved their lives.
Situated on 29 acres and surrounded by lawns and gardens, the facilities boast a Californian charm and treats a variety of behavioral health conditions. The Briar Program is the hospital’s longer term residential addiction treatment facility. There are 22 beds between the Briar, Acacia and Las Flores buildings, which are all dedicated to substance abuse.
Treatment and Staff
After a medically supervised detox, which can last up to a week, clients are given psychiatric and psychological evaluations in order to create treatment plans with the staff. Staff includes an addictionologist, a licensed therapist, a nurse, a clinical social worker (CSW), a recreational therapist and a certified drug counselor.
Residents follow a daily schedule that includes various skills, education and process groups, both individual and group therapy, CBT, mindfulness practice, art and music therapy, horticulture therapy and even a peer-led recovery book club. Life skills and a family program are also provided. An AA workshop is offered every day from 7 to 9 pm. No phones or laptops are permitted.
Exercise before breakfast can take the form of yoga, Tai Chi, volleyball, basketball, tennis or swimming.
For college students, Las Encinas offers the Restore To Wellness program, a specialized rapid stabilization treatment track.
Las Encinas accepts many insurance plans and Medicaid and Medicare are also accepted. While the allegations against this facility are likely to give any prospective client pause, it’s important to keep in mind that mental hospitals are going to be more prone to tragedy than, say, a private six-bed rehab center and also that Las Encinas has also been under the scrutiny that celebrity brings.
Las Encinas Hospital
2900 E Del Mar Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91107
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