Little House Inc. is a non-profit residential treatment facility in Bellflower, California providing treatment for women struggling with alcohol and drug dependency. The facility was founded in 1952 by a group of women wishing to offer safe, supportive and affordable recovery for others.
Accommodations and Food
This 28-beds facility can fill up fast so prospective clients usually have to get on the waiting list before they can be admitted. The residential units consist of the main house and two cottages. Each room is shared with another clients and comes equipped with two twin beds and a shared bathroom. There is a patio space, rec room and family room for common use where clients can work on writing assignments, read and socialize.
Meals are prepared by residents who have demonstrated an ability to uphold the responsibility and cooking duties are rotated every two weeks. Menus are typically set by a house manager and are described as eclectic and nutritious. A typical dinner includes vegetarian options but other dietary restrictions can be accommodated as well.
Treatment and Staff
Upon admission, clients are given a thorough intake assessment by an LADC. Together, they set goals and create a an individualized treatment plan. Individual therapy happens about once a week along with group therapy; addressing topics of relapse prevention, anger management, co-dependency, stress management, developing positive coping strategies, self-esteem, life skill building and 12-step concepts.
The 12-steps play a big role in treatment at Little House; working with a sponsor and attending daily meetings, both on and off-site, are required. Support for those with a Dual Diagnosis is available, however there is no psychiatrist on staff and Little House is not equipped to offer medical treatment. Clients’ with a dual diagnosis are requited to be stabilized for at least 30 days prior to admission. All psychiatric treatment, medication management and mental illness education must be acquired off-site, however, Little House counselors are available to help with emotional and behavioral issues.
In addition to LADCs, Little House employs rehab technicians and individual case managers. There are eight staff members at Little House with a one-to-seven counselor-to-client ratio.
Though fitness is not built into the program, clients get a decent amount of exercise walking to and from meetings every day. There is exercise equipment available in the rec room for those who want to work out during their free time.
In addiction to treatment, Little House offers educational groups that address occupational preparedness, domestic violence, family addiction and parenting skills.
Little House advocates for residents to get reunited with their families and will provide advocacy in the courts. After graduation, the facility also helps place clients in supportive sober livings and other housing, if needed. It will also assist in applying for General Relief or Disability through the state. Clients who cannot afford to pay for treatment will be allowed to attend at little or no cost.
For women seeking a gender-specific residential program with strong 12-step recovery, Little House offers a safe and supportive environment. While the program itself may not be fancy, it will get all clients very familiar with the local recovery fellowships where they can build networks and get in the habit of going to meetings, working steps and putting their program first—a important element of staying sober. However, those who are not sure they really have a drinking or drug problem may want to shy away from Little House as the women here are committed to their recovery and require that they get a firm commitment to sobriety from each client as well.
Little House Inc.
9718 Harvard St
Bellflower, CA 90706
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