The New Way Foundation of Burbank, California, was started in 1967 by a group of recovering alcoholics from a local AA clubhouse who wanted to help those suffering from addiction. The male-only residential treatment facility takes clients through the 12 steps, offering a program that also features spirituality, abstinence, community and therapy and typically serves those struggling with homelessness and financial hardship.
Accommodations and Food
While the New Way Foundation is currently split into separate facilities for living accommodations and for classes and therapy, they are undergoing a remodeling to house everything under one roof. The modest, 34-bed accommodations are set up in dorm fashion, with two, three or four people to a room, each of which comes with its own bathroom and minimal furniture. A common room featuring a big screen television can be watched during free time.
The facility does not offer any recreational amenities but residents can go to a park twice a week. Outdoor smoke breaks are allowed throughout the day.
As far as food, clients have three meals per day prepared for them. Meals are served cafeteria style and eaten as a group in the dining hall.
Treatment and Staff
The treatment at the New Way Foundation revolves around group therapy, education and 12-step work. While there is no medically monitored detox available, clients are able to detox cold turkey if they choose. Through group therapy, clients can connect with their peers and feel a sense of belonging as they work through their issues. Group topics include processing, anger management, employment, relapse prevention and trauma.
Residents also attend a variety of educational classes on such subjects as the disease concept of addiction and the 12-step process. In order to delve deeper into their issues, clients have individual therapy once a week with their case manager. Classes such as remedial reading, basic math for balancing a checkbook, problem solving techniques and conflict resolution are offered to help clients acquire life skills.
Both on-site and off-site 12-step meetings are available to clients. While sponsorship is not required, those who wish to be sponsored are welcome to do so.
The cost of treatment varies depending on the room choice. A two-person bedroom costs $2,500 per month, a three-person bedroom costs $2,000 while a four-person bedroom costs $1,000.
Through its Victory Foundation affiliate, the facility also offers options following residential treatment for both men and women. The outpatient program meets several times a week for counseling sessions, group therapy and 12-step meetings while their sober living program provides structured, substance-free living for those who have gotten a job or are going to school. Sober living is $500 per month.
The staff at the New Way Foundation is a mix of certified chemical dependency counselors, house managers and case managers.
For men in need of help with their substance abuse issues, this program offers treatment at a very low cost.
New Way Foundation
844 N Hollywood Way
Burbank, CA 91505
New Way Foundation Cost: $1,000-2,500 (30 days). Reach New Way Foundation by phone at (818) 845-2702.
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