Phoenix House Los Angeles is the San Fernando Valley area branch of the acclaimed national substance abuse treatment organization Phoenix House. The Lake View Terrace campus offers both traditional outpatient treatment and an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for teens who have completed residential treatment or whose addictions can be managed while living at home. It also has an inpatient program that is one of Phoenix House’s academies—a residential treatment for teens between the ages of 13 and 18 who attend school in the on-site accredited classrooms.
PHLA has been treating young people with chemical dependency and mental illness since 1994. Emphasizing a holistic approach to treatment, PHLA works with families to heal the causes of their child’s addiction while bolstering their confidence through academic engagement, exploring creative outlets and growing social and life skills.
Treatment and Staff
After an assessment, young people are given individualized treatment plans that determine whether they qualify for basic the outpatient plan or the IOP. The facility treats approximately 110 teens total in residential and outpatient treatment. The basic outpatient requires a commitment of fewer than nine hours per week of treatment, while the IOP is nine hours or more per week for a 10 week period, typically meeting three afternoons a week.
For both tracks, sessions typically take three hours, with sometimes more than one therapy group or skills class fit into that block. Group therapy is psychoeducational and uses CBT to discuss a range of topics including anger management, life skills and how to make smart choices after treatment. After completing the IOP, some clients may step-down and attend one afternoon a week.
The treatment at PHLA is evidence-based with dual diagnosis support available. A medical doctor and psychiatrist are on site throughout the week, and case management helps clients stay on track. Most therapy groups are led by MFT interns and are supervised by a MFT with an addiction treatment background. The facility is staffed 24/7 with nurses trained in crisis management. Additionally, drug testing is performed to ensure each client’s commitment to their sobriety.
A family program brings young people together with their parents and loved ones to heal relationships and to educate about the disease of addiction.
Clients with a firm foundation in recovery are asked to participate in PHLA’s outreach program which provides outreach and education to area schools and community centers regarding the dangers and signs of addiction.
For more than two decades, PHLA has demonstrated a commitment to helping young people recover from chemical dependency and co-occurring disorders. One standout feature of this program is that it teaches the entire family new skills in order to support their loved one in recovery. The Phoenix House has been treating teens long enough to know the challenges a young person will face in recovery. To overcome those obstacles, PHLA motivates residents by teaching them how to embrace life through creativity and academics. Overall, this is an excellent, affordable outpatient option for teens struggling with addiction.
Phoenix House Los Angeles
11600 Eldridge Avenue
Lake View Terrace, CA 91342
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