The Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center, an hour from downtown Los Angeles in Redlands, is a full service psychiatric hospital offering a chemical dependency program for adults with variable treatment options. The only inpatient part of the process is medical detox; after detox, some clients choose to follow up with an intensive outpatient (IOP) program, others a more casual, half day outpatient schedule. Loma Linda’s Addiction Services follows the 12-step model of recovery—this is a Seventh Day Adventist organization, but don’t be spooked by the religious flush of the place: the religious component of treatment is very much optional to embrace.
Accommodations and Food
Clients who begin treatment with detox spend five to seven days in the detox unit at the medical center, sleeping in hospital beds, eating hospital food. Once clients are free from detox, if they have nowhere close by to stay, Loma Linda arranges for a nearby Sober Living in order to complete the rest of the program. These sober living homes, operated by graduates of the program, will provide transportation for clients to and from treatment during their stay. Outpatient begins for all clients at 6:30 am and there’s no need to worry about food; all clients eat breakfast, lunch and dinner together in the cafeteria.
Treatment and Staff
The Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center offers a medically supervised detox—clients have attention 24/7 and assistance when necessary. After detox, clients are prescribed 15 days’ attendance in the outpatient program. Clients will work with their treatment team at the hospital to determine what level of attendance at outpatient will be appropriate for their recoveries. Some may attend seven days a week for the entire day, others for half days Monday through Friday.
The objective here is “to make man whole.” To that end, they have created a multidisciplinary Addiction Services team. Clients receive clinical and medical attention from therapists, counselors and psychiatrists, spiritual guidance from pastoral counselors and physical health advice from dietitians, an acupuncturist and massage therapists. In addition, the staff is equipped to address the needs of clients with co-occurring disorders and/or chronic pain issues. There is also a separate track for eating disorders.
How many groups a client attends depends on the intensity of his or her program. There are no gender-specific groups or caps on group size for chemical dependency clients at Loma Linda. Clients are encouraged to invite their families into the recovery process through family therapy.
The Addiction Services program at Loma Linda University’s Behavioral Medicine Center may fit best for a local resident who requires full-on detox to get sober but who cannot leave work, school or family for longer-term residential treatment. Clients should be prepared for a bigger, co-ed group diverse in age. The environment is unmistakably clinical—“homey” pretense is not a part of the culture here. That said, fellowship blossoms inevitably among clients spending morning, noon and night together.
Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center
1710 Barton Rd
Redlands, CA 92373
Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center Cost: $13,000-$15,000 (21 days). Reach Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center by phone at (909) 558-9224 or by email at [email protected].
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