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Footprints Behavioral Health

20944 Sherman Way, Canoga Park, California, 91303
Kool Living Recovery Center knows that one sizes does not fit all when it comes to treatment for alcohol and drug addiction. The rehab operates two facilities in California, and the Canoga Park location offers detox and residential substance abuse treatment. Through education, therapy, groups, activities and 12-Step meetings, clients gain insight into the disease of addiction, as well as build the tools and coping skills necessary to achieve long-lasting sobriety. The facility offers a full continuum of care, with individualized treatment plans to ensure that each client’s unique needs are met.

Facility Highlights

  • Neuroceutical Replacement Therapy
  • Yoga
  • Meditation


  • Residential Treatment

    Residential treatment programs provide housing (food and meals) in addition to treatment for substance abuse. Some facilities offer only short-term residential treatment, some offer only long-term treatment and others offer both, ranging from a few days to many months, based on patient needs.
  • Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

    Patients who undergo intensive outpatient treatment continue to live at home and sometimes go to school or work while participating in a highly structured treatment protocol that is focused on ending substance abuse. Programs vary in terms of how much treatment patients receive, how often and for how long. Some facilities design individualized intensive outpatient treatment programs.

Facility Settings

  • Private/Secluded

Meet the Staff

  • Nicholas Russi, LAADC, CADC-II, CCS
    Nicholas Russi, LAADC, CADC-II, CCSCo-Founder
    Kool Living Recovery Center was co-founded by Nicholas Russi, Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Nicholas has worked in the field of addiction and mental health treatment for over 12 years. A recovering person himself, he has had the fortune of helping addicts all over the world, founding programs in the USA, Costa Rica and Panama Central America. In addition to his professional license in California, he currently holds a certification in counseling and clinical supervision.
  • Tigran Sargsyan
    Tigran SargsyanCEO/Co-Founder
    With a degree in Business Administration and substantial experience as CEO of several companies in the drug treatment and rehabilitation field, Tigran is co-founder and CEO of Kool Living Recovery Center. Prior to establishing the Kool Living addiction treatment center, he founded the VIP Drug and Alcohol Education Center in 2007 and 2nd Chance Sober Living in 2010. Earlier he founded Health Advantage, a nurse staffing agency, and Advantage Board and Care for the elderly in 2001.

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Based out of Los Angeles’ Canoga Park, Footprints Behavioral Health (formerly Kool Living Recovery center) provides a full continuum of treatment programs for adult men and women struggling with chemical dependency and co-occurring disorders. Operating three facilities in Capistrano Beach, Winnetka, and San Clemente, Footprints CBH offers residential treatment, partial hospitalization (PHP) and intensive outpatient (IOP) programs as well as highly-specialized, substance-specific medically managed detox services.


Clients undergo an initial substance abuse and psychiatric assessment upon admission to identify their unique needs and determine an appropriate level of care. When necessary, Footprints BHC offers specialized detoxification protocols for alcohol, opioids, meth, prescription meds, and other substances. Those who require monitoring and a highly-structured schedule to achieve and maintain sobriety may be referred for residential care, which typically lasts between 30 and 90 days.

Individualized from the start, the residential treatment program makes use of 12-step principles with evidence-based and holistic treatment approaches. Residents benefit from individual and group therapy, educational classes, as well as holistic treatments like art and music therapy, movement therapy, guided meditation, yoga, and nature outings. In its effort to address co-occurring mental health conditions, the center uses cognitive therapy and natural neuroceuticals (to target neurotransmitter imbalances).

For those seeking a more moderate treatment option, day treatment or intensive outpatient (IOP) programs may bring about better results. In the first option, day treatment participants spend as many as six to eight hours a day, five to seven days a week in treatment while residing either at home or at a nearby sober-living home. The IOP focuses on relapse prevention, helping clients transition successfully back into their community. Both options can serve as either stand-alone programs or as a step-down aftercare service following residential care.


Led by a clinical director who is a licensed drug and alcohol counselor in recovery, Footprints BHC employs a consulting psychiatrist, a psychologist, several addiction counselors, and a nurse.


Footprints BHC operates three homelike facilities, which can accommodate up to six people. Residents stay in shared or private rooms (for an additional fee) and have access to well-furnished communal areas, an on-site swimming pool, and limited internet access at certain times. Footprints BHC also regularly arranges for trips to the beach, day hikes, and other off-site sober activities.


The five former clients surveyed by Rehabs.com to date provided highly polarized accounts of their personal treatment experiences. While two described the program as highly effective, three were more critical, citing issues of disorganization and of a staff who were more motivated by money than helping clients. "Poor facility and unorganized. Staff with big egos,” wrote alum Alex. “Avoid this place.” Sharing only one star for treatment effectiveness, alum Pretty added succinctly: “Horrible company, horrible staff.”

Much in contrast, alum Cynthia claimed to have “loved this place.” “They saved my life,” she told Rehabs.com. And Shawn, who gave all five-star ratings, referred to the center as an “amazing place.” “They helped me realized I wasn’t a bad person and helped me get on my way to recovery,” he commented.

To date, secondary sources reveal overall approval of the facility. On Google, where 29 individuals awarded the center an average rating of 4.3 out of five stars, several referred to their decision to enroll as the single best decision of their lives.[1] “I loved this place. They literally saved my life,” wrote Peter in a representative review. “Wonderful people with so much integrity, humor & spirit!”


With some exceptions, accounts provided by Google reviewers, the family members, were also mostly positive. Many cited a supportive recovery environment and staff. “Excellent staff, very caring a friendly,” wrote Angel on her brothers recovery. Yet Brandon was much more critical. “Do yourself a favor and look for a better rehab,” he warned others. “They won’t help you.”


Footprints BHC accepts most major health insurance providers, like Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Humana, and CIGNA. The facility offers free insurance verification and financing options for qualified individuals.

[1] https://goo.gl/6JPyvB

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