ABOUT CEDAR HOUSE LIFE CHANGE CENTER
Located in Bloomington, Calif., Cedar House Life Change Center has been serving men, women, and families struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring mental health disorders through a full continuum of treatment services. Established in 1973, the organization offers detoxification services, adult residential treatment and outpatient programming, aftercare, and sober living support.
Within the state, Cedar House Life Change Center is one of 197 (15 percent) of substance abuse treatment facilities in California that provides residential, non-hospital detox, one of 490 (37.4 percent) that offers residential care, and one of 720 (54.5 percent with programs for clients with co-occurring disorders.
The rehab is also one of 389 (29.7 percent) California treatment facilities that provides specialized residential treatment for pregnant and parenting women and one of 117 (8.9 percent) with programming for individuals with DUI offenses.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
At Cedar House Life Change Center, prior to admission, each client works with team members to determine the most appropriate level of care and develop a personalized treatment plan. Those who require detox typically begin their stay with withdrawal management, which is medically monitored and lasts up to one week.
Once stabilized, clients may transition to residential treatment, which utilizes the 12-Steps and Hazelden’s Living in Balance Curriculum. They may engage in individual therapy on an as-needed basis, and participate in groups on relapse prevention, anger management, parenting, trauma, and other physical and mental health concerns. A specialized residential track for pregnant and parenting mothers also offers children’s programming and family-oriented recreation and social activities.
Outpatient treatment is offered as a step-down or standalone option. Programming is based on the Matrix Model, which is used by 49.1 percent of California treatment facilities. Counseling is conducted in a group setting and sessions are held three times a week, with hours in the morning, afternoon, and evening.
The Co-Occurring Disorders Program, offered since 1993, helps participants understand the connection between their chemical addiction and psychiatric conditions. Group sessions use evidence-based practices and focus on coping skills, open communication, and medication compliance.
Clients who complete residential or outpatient treatment may attend the bi-monthly aftercare groups. These hour-long sessions enable alumni to discuss their recovery in a safe, supportive environment. Additionally, those with at least 30 days of sobriety may apply for Cedar House Life Change Center’s long-term sober living program.
The treatment team at Cedar House Life Change Center includes a licensed marriage and family therapist, a certified alcohol and drug abuse counselor, and other qualified client care professionals. To date, the five individuals polled on the matter by Rehabs.com moderately approved of the staff.
Staff Experience and Training: 3.8/5
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Cedar House Life Change Center residence has the capacity to treat 142 individuals at a time. The facility includes two gender-exclusive gyms that operate during the day and evening. Smoking and vaping are allowed in designated areas.
After a five-day blackout period, residents may receive visitors on Sundays from 12 to 4 p.m. Residents may attend outside 12-step meetings, as well as go on outings to the park and to recovery events. To date, the six individuals polled on the matter by Rehabs.com generally appreciated the upkeep of the facilities.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
At the time of this writing, six former clients who reviewed Cedar House Life Change Center for Rehabs.com submitted mainly favorable feedback. Of the total, four praised the staff, program, and results they achieved, such as an anonymous alum, who awarded the maximum five stars to treatment effectiveness. “Thank you Cedar house for showing me how to live clean and sober. Going on 5 years of sobriety. Thank you for all the support and the tools to stay clean,” they wrote.
Alum R.M.E. echoed that sentiment. “They gave me the tools I needed to be sober,” which R.M. expressed in life-saving terms: “I owe the staff my life, because they are the ones who helped me get it back!” Two reviewers emphasized the quality of the dual diagnosis program, which P.F. cited as a strength of the facility. All four would recommend the facility to others.
Two others did not concur, rating treatment effectiveness a mix of two stars and one star. Alum L.M.M. was at the facility for 30 days, which they claimed was too short. The other former client wrote: “I have never seen anyone attend this treatment center and remain clean for even a short length of time.”
On secondary sites, Cedar House Life Change Center received highly positive coverage to date: 4.4 out of five stars based on 80 reviews on Google, and 4.7 stars based on the opinions of 86 people on Facebook, which the staff may manage.   Most reviewers (alumni, loved ones, others) described the staff, program, and center using superlative terms, characterizing staff as “amazing,” “caring, and “great,” and describing the facility as “fantastic” and “wonderful,” and the treatment they received as “very helpful.”
Five-star reviewer Andrew on Facebook wrote: “Cedar house is very passionate about recovery,” whereas five-star reviewer Mercedez on Google wrote: “With all these money hungry businesses & rehabilitation centers, it is SO refreshing to know that there are still places out there where helping people and making a difference remains their #1 goal!!!”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The six loved ones who reviewed Cedar House Life Change Center for Rehabs.com to date also submitted mainly favorable impressions: four positive, two negative. Positive reviewers praised the range of offerings and involvement with the family, referenced by J.O., for example, who noted that the strengths of the facility, included “SA treatment, anger management, parents and has transitional assistance.”
Along the same lines, K.M. wanted Rehabs.com to know: “They work really hard with addit and family” and suggested that the rehab add more capacity to reduce the waiting list: “if they were able to get the addits treatment faster we could save more lifes.” In a representative review, P.F. told Rehabs.com that their loved one “left with tools that were important to lead a positive life.”
Conversely, two loved ones were disappointed with the lack of effectiveness of treatment. E.N. raised limitations of the 12-steps model in addressing mental health concerns and suggested that facilities in general “need to change their paradigm.” C.T. complained about lack of cleanliness and of communication lapses when their son was sent to the Emergency Room of a nearby hospital.
Of note, the four loved ones (mix of positive and negative reviewers) who responded to the detailed segment of the Rehabs.com survey generally appreciated the level of family participation, though felt the facility lacked holistic offerings.
Would Recommend: 4.8/5
Family Participation: 3.5/5
Holistic Offerings: 1.5/5
WHAT STAFF SAY
At the time of this writing, the one staff member polled by Rehabs.com about Cedar House Life Change Center submitted favorable views. S.K.B. awarded perfect five stars for staff credentials, fair pricing, honesty, overall quality, privacy, staff experience and training, staff loyalty, and treatment protocols. This reviewer praised the robust nature of the program, writing: “We offer more services than most.”
At the time of the writing, Cedar House Life Change Center indicates that some insurance is accepted, and that limited partial or full scholarships may be available to those who qualify. Of note, the rehab can no longer accept Medi-Cal clients directly.
Discounted estimated fees for selected services include: $180 per day for detox with an initial deposit of $1,260 for the first seven days; $145-165 per day for residential treatment with an initial deposit of $2,030-$2,310 for the first 14 days; and a $60 enrollment fee plus one-time $50 drug testing fee for outpatient treatment with payments due weekly on a sliding scale. To date, the six individuals polled on the matter by Rehabs.com approved of the facility's cost.
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