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Located in Oakland, California, Thunder Road Adolescent Treatment Centers offers both residential and outpatient treatment for substance abuse and behavioral health issues. This is an adolescent program, treating clients between the ages of 13 and 18. The approach to recovery is highly individualized and rooted in the 12 steps, offering both short- and long-term treatment. Both programs use a combination of therapy, 12-step work, psychiatric evaluations and family involvement in order to help clients build a foundation for a life in recovery.

Accommodations and Food

Residential clients live in dorm-like spaces at the facility, which is a low concrete building in the grungy-turned-hip Piedmont neighborhood of Oakland. Boys and girls are housed in separate halls, each with its own bathroom. Bedrooms are shared between two clients at time, featuring twin beds, dressers and plenty of natural light.

Therapy rooms, offices, a classroom and a rec room can also be found within the building. Clients have access to the rec room during physical activity hour. In addition, weekend outings give them a chance to go to the park and participate in other outdoor activities. Smoking is not permitted. 

Three meals a day are served in the dining hall, providing adequate nutrition and tasty options. Special dietary requests can usually be accommodated and snacks are available in the afternoons. Thunder Road offers a culinary arts training program and participants assist with client and staff meals, and prepare most of the facility’s snacks and desserts.

Treatment and Staff

The residential program holds up to 24 clients at a time, using a combo of weekly therapy groups, 12-step groups, individual counseling and family therapy to promote recovery. Upon entering the program, each client undergoes a psychiatric evaluation and admissions interview. From there, a highly individualized treatment plan is created. Detox is not available on-site, but referrals will be made if needed. The short-term option for treatment usually lasts for 30 to 90 days, while the long-term option usually lasts for six to12 months.

During the client’s time in treatment, they receive individual counseling several times a week, in addition to frequent group therapy. Group topics include anger management, diversity and gender, trauma, introduction to the 12 steps, relapse prevention and family dynamics. Family therapy is also available to improve communication and establish healthy boundaries. When it comes to the 12 steps, residents are required to attend several AA/NA meetings per week.

The outpatient services include an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), community outpatient program and continuing care services. The IOP program meets 10 hours in the evening per week, for eight weeks, and includes daily group therapy, as well as weekly individual and family therapy. The group topics discussed are similar to those of the residential program, although there is a greater focus on relapse prevention.

The community outpatient program is open to MediCal eligible youth with co-occurring disorders living in Alameda County. This program is offered on weeknights and Saturdays, offering treatment in the form of group and individual therapy once a week. Typically, this program lasts for six months, although the length can depend on the individual.

The staff includes psychiatrists, therapists and certified chemical dependency counselors.


Aftercare is available for those who have completed the residential program and allows clients to receive additional post-discharge support for nine to 12 months. It offers evening groups for clients and their family members to assist in the recovery process. In addition, the client’s discharge plan is reviewed frequently to ensure they are attending enough 12-step meetings and taking the appropriate actions outside of treatment.

As part of their Culinary Arts Program, Thunder Road Adolescent Treatment Centers offers clients the opportunity to acquire skills for working in the food industry, including catering, restaurants and bakeries. Clients who participate may receive school credits from the Alameda County Office of Education.

The facility also offers a parent tobacco workshop, educating parents on the importance of addressing nicotine issues, and a tobacco cessation training project.

In Summary

For those looking for an intensive program for their adolescent child, Thunder Road Adolescent Treatment Centers offers both inpatient and outpatient services for substance abuse. Guided by the 12 steps, clients attend regular meetings throughout their stay. Under the guidance of highly trained counselors, the step work mixed in with rigorous therapy allows clients to change their behaviors significantly.

Thunder Road Adolescent Treatment Centers Location

390 40th St
Oakland, CA 94609

Thunder Road Adolescent Treatment Centers Cost

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