Located in Victorville, California, St. John of God Health Care Services provides a hospitable, respectful and healing environment for men and women seeking recovery from drugs and alcohol. With a successful history of social model recovery services, St. John of God offers extensive and thorough treatment and aftercare for low to no cost.
Since 1985, St. John of God has provided inpatient treatment for addicts and their families. Though the facility started with only 12 beds, it has since expanded into a large community of buildings and programs, with support and housing for teenagers, adults and women with children.
Accommodations and Food
Before beginning a 90-day residential program, adults are required to first undergo a seven-day detox. Because St. John follows a social model, it is not medically supervised or assisted, nor are there any medical staff available otherwise.
Once sober, residents are admitted into the 90-day program from a waiting list, which can sometimes mean waiting as long as six weeks. Clients are housed in two-person rooms, with four in each dorm and a shared bathroom. Housing is divided by gender, with teenagers and women with children housed separately. Meals are provided three times a day, with an emphasis on communal dining.
Treatment and Staff
Residents at St. John have a very full schedule consisting of daily meetings, individual therapy and communal activities, as well as plenty of on-site 12-step meetings. Though there are no outside activities, meals or travel allowed (except for doctor’s appointments), off-site 12-step meetings are also available.
During the first 90 days, having clients refocus on family and rebuild the necessary life skills for full-time employment or schooling are primary concerns. To that end, St. John works closely with San Bernardino County and CalWORKS Outreach Program to assist formerly homeless and addicted individuals with children to become self-reliant again. This partnership (paired with their aftercare program) is a successful and reputable path for those seeking to better their lives and the futures of their children.
After the 90-day program, transitional living is available for 14 men and nine women with children, where residents can stay for up to a year while enrolled in school or while working full time. In addition to housing, St. John also offers many free classes through their Hospitality Center for GED prep or anger management. For parents seeking recovery through St. John of God, there is also free daycare provided for children up to five years old while their parents are in daily meetings or attending classes.
St. John also operates Samaritan’s Helping Hands and the Second Time Around thrift store in Victorville. Samaritan’s Helping Hands is an emergency network that assists members of the community in need of food, medicine, clothing and other essentials. The Second Time Around thrift store is operated on a volunteer basis, with all sales used to keep treatment prices low.
St. John of God offers thorough 12-step based treatment for little to no cost to those who might not have other resources available. The program offers extensive options for aftercare, transitional living and free daycare, as well as resources to help residents find employment and further their educations. Overall, St. John of God is a reliable choice for those looking to improve their own life, as well as the lives of their families.
St. John of God Heath Care Services
13333 Palmdale Rd
Victorville, CA 92392
St. John of God Health Care Services Cost: Sliding scale (30 days); $105 (7-day detox). No insurance accepted. Reach St John of God Health Care Services by phone at (760) 241-4917. Find St John of God Health Care Services on Facebook
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