“There is hope. There is help. This is the message I want clients to hear.”
The Road Ahead for La Ventana
We have made several strategic decisions over the past eighteen months in order to position La Ventana as a state-of-the-art treatment center offering expert and evidence-based medical and clinical care, along with the depth of compassionate care that is La Ventana’s truly extraordinary signature. As part of our comprehensive model of care we can now say we are one of the only treatment centers nationwide to be able to offer a complete continuum of care, covering all stages of recovery for both substance abuse and eating disorders. We offer Detox and Residential Treatment services (RTC), Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP) Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP), and structured, gender specific Transitional and Sober Living Environments. Due to the complexities of addiction and eating disorders we believe that not only is the complete continuum of care desirable, but rather it is a crucial component of treatment for those who have lived the devastation and debilitation of these disorders to heal and sustain long-lasting recovery.
Eating Disorder Programs
La Ventana has been relentless in its mission to be able to serve males and females who suffer with both eating disorders and comorbid diagnoses of both substance abuse and eating disorders. In order to serve this population we needed more residential beds. In turn, we applied for residential licensing in our Santa Barbara (La Vista) home in October 2014 and our Thousand Oaks (Bruce Circle) home in August 2015. We are overjoyed to announce that we have been approved for residential licensing at both houses this week. These two additional licenses increase our residential eating disorder beds from six to eighteen. We now have a total of three spectacular and warm homes where we can provide our sophisticated and compassionate treatment for males and females alike, whether they suffer from an eating disorder or simultaneous eating disorder and substance abuse issues.
We have decided to provide our residential clients with PHP and IOP step down services in our magnificent Santa Monica and Santa Barbra locations. In these two internationally recognized and beautiful cities our clients can live in our transitional living homes and gradually practice their recovery, living life on life’s terms, growing and thriving with a healthier mind, body and spirit. Our Westlake and Encino offices will remain as local PHP and IOP centers to continue to serve the local community needs when living at ones’ home is a safe and viable option.
Substance Abuse Programs
We have also made a strategic decision to increase the number of our substance abuse residential beds, not simply to be able to serve a greater number of people who suffer from the deadly disease of addiction, but rather to be able to provide higher quality gender specific substance abuse treatment. We believe gender separation is imperative in order to create a space that provides our clients with the essential feeling of safety needed to do deep trauma work and, consequently, heal.
We added another six beds to our Residential Detox Program in November 2015 giving us a twelve bed detox facility with two inviting homes next to one another. We applied for licensing at Cardiff Circle in August 2014 and became licensed in May 2015 (now our male RTC home). We applied for an additional license for Country Oaks in May 2015 and became licensed in September 2015 (our female RTC home). Now we can proudly say we offer gender specific housing for all levels of care within our substance abuse program.
We added a women’s sober living house in July 2015 and a men’s sober living house in October 2015 to support our full continuum of care philosophy and help our clients integrate back into life while practicing their recovery alongside the support of those who are on that same journey. Our vision was to have homes near our treatment facility (1408) so clients who have been through our program could immerse themselves in our alumni community. And should an alum become vulnerable and need booster groups or additional wrap around services and support, the La Ventana family would easily be able to envelop them back into our fold.
We are excited about this future for our company and with the hard work and dedication of our “La Ventana Family” we will move forward, prosper, and provide the distinguished treatment centers we were looking for eighteen months ago.
Steve and Diahann