In the recovery community, Promises is a big name—and even bigger since merging with recovery conglomerate Elements Behavioral Health. They were one of the first organizations to use holistic treatment approaches to addiction, but more importantly, they’re the originators of the Malibu Model, now standard recovery approach that breaks away from group-based treatment and shifts the focus to the specific problems of each individual. Of course, the only catch with Promises West LA is that it isn’t in Malibu but suburban Mar Vista, unlike its outwardly more impressive sister facility.
Accommodations and Food
The facility is spread over a handful of buildings—a series of cottages for residents to stay in across the street from a historic townhouse that serves as a sober living for those who graduate from their program. Though the historic sober living home has a bit of a plain exterior, its interior and cottages have an upscale bed-and-breakfast feel. Meals are gourmet and chef-prepared.
Treatment and Staff
Promises West LA benefits from its reputation and copious financial backing. Cutting-edge treatment options such as neurofeedback (EEG) and DBT are included, as well as many of the other luxury options available at their Malibu facility. Many alumni rave about the warmth and kindness of the staff as well as the way the 12-steps are a “gentle” focus.
The family aspect of Promises West LA is probably its greatest strength. They offer individual, group, and family therapy sessions and each client is assigned a clinician for family therapy who leads a weekly family members-only group. Additionally, there are family groups led by a licensed psychologist as well as multi-family groups, and finally an optional four-day intensive family program.
Promises in West LA has a solid Young Adult Program, which caters to addicts between the ages of 18 and 30. What this means is a four-month program in four different stages (stabilization, accountability, life skills and integration). The program is designed to create independent adults out people who may have had their development arrested as a result of drug and alcohol abuse. Their philosophy is deeply rooted in the 12 steps and includes support for dual diagnosis while also focusing on family treatment and counseling.
Want the Malibu model at a (slightly) lower price tag? Promises West LA offers thorough treatment and a solid family program. It may not be at the beach, but there are some things that are (way) more important.
Promises West LA Location
2045 S Barrington Ave
Los Angeles, CA, 90066
Promises West LA Cost
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