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Pax House

4.8 Excellent (4 Reviews) |
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460 E Sacramento St.
Altadena, California 91001

Financial & Insurance Details

  • Insurance
  • Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • Financing


  • Executive

Facility Highlights

Outpatient Treatment Program

Residential Treatment Program

Medical Detoxification


Pax House uses the evidence-based therapeutic technique known as Motivational Interviewing (MI). MI is a non-judgmental, non-confrontational, and non-adversarial approach that attempts to increase an individual’s awareness of the full potential impact of their actions and behaviors. The program helps them envision a better future for themselves and find the motivation to achieve it. People change their sense of what is possible for their lives when they begin to fully grasp what might be gained through change. Pax House works with each participant to access the critical hope and motivation needed to change a particular behavior or life circumstance not consistent with their renewed vision for their own lives.

Facility Center Details

  • Residential Treatment
  • Detox Services
  • Behavioral Disorder Treatment
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Outpatient Services
  • Intensive Outpatient Services
  • Sober Living Home
  • Day School
  • Private Rooms
  • Pet Friendly
  • Exceptionally LGBT Friendly
  • Men Only
  • Women Only


  • CARF
  • ADP


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Meet The Staff

Marcia Burnett
Owner & COO

Marcia Burnett, owner and COO, received her Bachelors of Arts in history from the University of California at Berkeley. She spent 21 years working as an executive at Capitol Records in Hollywood. Because of her passion for 12 step recovery and over two decades of her own sobriety, Marcia made the decision to leave the music industry in order to provide treatment to others struggling with addiction. Marcia says “there is nothing as powerful and inspiring than watching a person whose life has been ravaged by the disease of addiction, transform into a hopeful, responsible, grateful, productive individual who becomes reunited with their family and their authentic self”.

James Burnett
CEO & Owner

James Burnett, owner, and CEO, is a general contractor by trade but finds his true strength and passion working with recovering addicts. James has been helping addicts recover since 2001. James shares his past struggles with addiction and his triumphs in recovery with addicts who are hoping to change their lives. James unique perspective and a priceless sense of humor bring a message of hope and light to the newly recovering addict. James uses his one of a kind style to communicate the reality of the disease, as well as the joy of sobriety, with humor and understanding.


User Reviews

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Only wonderful things to say about everything PAX.
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Pax House holds a very special place in my heart, and I am forever grateful for saving my life. After many relapses and attempts at getting clean and sober, I ended up at Pax House with little hope. But, with the help of the amazing staff, and services they have to offer, I found hope and a new purpose in life. I had been to many treatment centers before, but this place had that special something, which did it for me. The house is beautiful and comfortable, the staff is amazing, the food is good, and all the groups and services they have to offer were great. I really liked that they take you out to meetings every night, and to the gym every day as well. Lots to do, including beach days, bowling, hiking on the weekends, and going to the movies. Recovery has to be fun too! Love this place!
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Although, I received sobriety, for the time I was there at pax house. I would like to say there is no medical professional on staff. I saw psychiatrist once. Staff is treating patients with a call into a doctor on call., Pax is a warm, comforting environment. However, there should be someone else, other than previous addicts to attend to patients withdrawing.
Very good staff, one gentleman who does yoga, breathing and has a really unique and beneficial approach to treatment. The beds in the main house are super comfortable. The food is plentiful, good and nutritious. The lower men's house needs updating including new beds and carpet. They really pretty heavily on the 12 step faith based model and don't offer much treatment outside of that approach. The program director is a super kind soul and I did get the feeling that they genuinely care. They seem to have a good community going on of employees and alumni.
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