Visions Adolescent Treatment Center Reviews, Cost, Complaints

Visions Adolescent Treatment

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The Basics

For teens in dysfunctional situations, there’s no better spot than Visions, which focuses on treatment for those between the ages of 13 and 18.  In addition to residential treatment, Visions also offers outpatient, day school, sober living and a life skill-teaching program called Launch.

History and Philosophy

As the brainchild of respected treatment industry leader Chris Shumow, Visions opened in 2002. Because he had worked in treatment before, Shumow understood how crucial it was to focus on emotional growth, psychological health and family relationships when treating teens, all with a base requirement that a family member or legal guardian be involved in the treatment (also crucial because for most if not all residents at Visions, the parents are surely taking care of the bill). 

Accommodations and Food

Though there are no private rooms, the gated facility is on 25 acres of land in the Malibu hills so there is a huge yard with a swimming pool and beautiful scenery. The interior of the home is clean and cozy with tiled floors throughout and recovery-oriented artwork adorning the walls.

Clients eat together family-style in the large dining room. Meals are big on taste and even bigger on proper nutrition. Each admitted patient undergoes a nutritional assessment and those whose dietary habits that need monitoring are identified. Healthy evening snacks are available on a nightly basis. Dieticians and nutritionists are always on-hand at meal times.

Treatment and Staff

By all accounts, Shumow has put together a stellar team that focuses not just on addiction recovery but also on mental health issues such as bipolar, self harm, OCD and PTSD; treatment is different for varying age groups and most clients stay between 45 and 90 days. All residents are paired with a psychiatrist, licensed mental health primary therapist and counselor. Upon entry, each client receives medical, substance abuse, psychiatric and psychosocial assessment. From that point, an individualized treatment plan is created. Specific action is outlined as are the client’s long term recovery goals. Treatment services then build on the base of 12-step recovery with process group therapy, goal planning, individual counseling, psycho-education groups and stress and anger management.

As previously mentioned, nutritional counseling is also heavily emphasized. Aftercare (which requires a 90-day commitment) divides boys and girls into gender-specific homes with a staff member awake and available 24 hours a day. In keeping with Shumow’s philosophy, family programming is an essential part of recovery here and clients’ family’s active participation is encouraged throughout their stay. Launch, their life skills program, focuses on everything from resume building and interview preparation to grocery shopping and cooking lessons.

Perhaps most impressive of all, Visions provides a school that puts great emphasis on helping teens develop confidence with a three-to-one student-to-staff ratio, as well as opportunities for one-on-one instruction. Their entire curriculum is transferable, and college prep classes (including SAT preparation) are provided.

Extras

Extra offerings including equine therapy and art therapy. Alumni are encouraged to attend aftercare groups and annual alumni events like snowboarding trips and outings to Magic Mountain.

In Summary

Visions offers a truly holistic treatment plan for its young clientele. This “treat the whole person and every aspect of the person” approach is an invaluable asset, especially for anyone still in their formative years. For teens that may not be able to recover while in treatment with adults, this is the spot.

Visions Adolescent Treatment Center
33335 Mulholland Highway
Malibu, CA 90265

Visions Adolescent Treatment Center Cost: $40,500 (45 days). Reach Visions by phone at (818) 889-3665 or by email at jlieberman@visionsteen.com. Find Visions on Facebook and Twitter

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  1. Evening-Marie Ransom Stark on

    Visions Treatment Center was the first in a long line of treatment programs my son was involved in during the five years of active addiction that started at 15 and ended at 20 when he overdosed and died. What I know now that I didn’t know when I was just a scared mother willing to sacrifice everything if it meant getting my son the best help available. Visions banks on parents just like me who are conscientious, frightened, and have some way of paying their outrageous fees up front because Visions can’t be bothered with insurance. So the first glaring problem with Visions is the outrageous price tag, but far worse is the fact that in every way possible they did far more harm than good. My son left Visions after 4 months on far more drugs than he had ever done on his own, he was 80 pounds overweight (never been overweight in his entire life ) and he couldn’t keep his eyes open. He had to go to a detox upon leaving Visions before he could go home!! Visions treatment staff was unprofessional, and way too young to have the wisdom that comes with life experience. They did not respect my son’s wishes nor did they respect the wishes of the parent paying them. These are just some of the failures that went above and beyond the common ways nearly all treatment programs that follow the 12 steps are failing. Those programs are antiquated and they never worked very well even for the middle aged, middle class, functional alcoholic of the 1950’s the program was meant to serve, but for some reason it persists even though people are dying in epidemic numbers. My son took part in other programs that even though their mistake was following the 12 step method, they were otherwise really great programs. Visions is not only not a great program, it is a dangerous program that harmed my son and to add insult to injury I’m still waiting to be reimbursed for treatment the insurance claims was unnecessary. He needed help, but I can hardly argue he was getting it at Visions. Meanwhile, they have filled my son’s bed countless times and I realized my silence was enabling abuse and I couldn’t live with that. Visions is the very best example of what is wrong with addiction treatment today.

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  3. Can you share where your child went, got well and had a good experience. We are looking for a program for our teen as well. Thank you.

  4. Yes. Please state the better program you found as I am trying to admit my daughter in one. She is 16 years old and every time a program seems to be good, once I pull up the reviews I change my mind.

  5. ALMA JANE MEJIA CARRRAZCO on

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