Victory Place is the residential substance abuse treatment branch of The Salvation Army’s Los Angeles-based veteran’s initiative called The Haven. Originally founded in 1994, The Haven is based at the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Healthcare Center (VAHC) as a housing program for veterans; catering to needs like homelessness, unemployment, healthcare and substance abuse.
Accommodations and Food
The Victory Place residential facility is located on the campus of the VAHC and offers accommodations for up to 95 clients. The program is co-ed, with men and women split into separate areas of the facility. Residents have lockers for personal belongings, sleep in a large dorm-style room and share communal bathrooms and laundry facilities in each wing. The campus also has several gym facilities with a basketball courts, cardio equipment and a pool.
Three meals a day are prepared on-site and served in the cafeteria. A chef prepares the food from a set menu, but there is a salad bar available and dietary restrictions can be accommodated.
Treatment and Staff
Victory Place does not offer detox and residents must be clean of all drugs and alcohol before entering the program. Upon admission, each client is assigned a caseworker who oversees their treatment plan. Dual diagnosis support is available for those dealing with depression, anxiety, PTSD and other co-occurring disorders mental health issues.
The program requires a minimum of a six-month stay. For the first 45 days, residents have a media/tech blackout period where they are not allowed to communicate with the outside world. After which, they are granted limited access to their cell phones and can begin to communicate with family members. The program is broken into phases and clients are granted more privileges as they progress through treatment and comply with the rules.
Treatment consists of group and individual therapy and education. Counselors use CBT, DBT and Motivational Interviewing (MI). Residents are required to attend a minimum of four outside AA/NA meetings during the week and church services on Sundays. The goal of the program is to help clients become self-sufficient so there is a focus on job training and building life skills.
Victory Place does not have aftercare program but caseworkers help clients achieve six months of sobriety, full-time employment and have adequate income to support a housing option of their choice prior to discharge. If necessary, referrals are offered to outside outpatient programs.
Salvation Army Victory Place is a great fit for veterans in need of more than just a basic homeless shelter and seeking affordable treatment. The initial blackout period provides clients with a safe space to focus on their recovery and begin to adjust to their new sober life. In addition, the emphasis on 12-step allows residents a chance to build a foundation of peer support for ongoing recovery once they leave treatment.
The Salvation Army Victory Place
11301 Wilshire Blvd, Bldg 207 & 212
Los Angeles, CA 90073
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