ABOUT CLEARVIEW TREATMENT PROGRAMS
Located in Venice Beach, less than a mile from the beach of Los Angeles, Clearview Treatment Programs specializes in complex diagnoses such as dual diagnosis - amongst the 720 (54.9 percent) in centers in the state with this track - and borderline personality disorder (BPD). It offers a full continuum of care programs including residential and outpatient programs, as well as being one of the only 197 (15 percent) California facilities to offer medical detox services.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Clearview’s treatment programs follow the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and, except for its Women’s Center for Borderline Personality Disorders (BPD), are all co-ed. Those enrolled in a residential program must commit to a minimum stay of 30 days.
The dual diagnosis residential treatment program makes use of a variety of evidence-based practices such as dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and motivational interviewing (MI). Participants also benefit from holding their focus during mindfulness training in both group and private therapy. A three-day intensive course offers a DBT skills course for families of women at the BPD center as well as family support groups. Couples’ counseling can be scheduled on an as-needed basis or in a series.
The Clearview Commitment is the center’s relapse policy. It stipulates that a client who relapses after successfully completing 90 days of residential treatment followed by 90 days at the outpatient center can return for up to 30 days at no additional cost.
The staff includes numerous psychiatrists and Ph.D. level consultants as well as therapists, counselors, and social workers who are master’s level, licensed, or certified. Yoga instructors, life coaches, and an art group leader are also on staff.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Substance abuse and dual diagnosis residents reside in two co-ed Craftsman-style homes. These contemporary homes are located only a mile from the beach in Venice.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The single alum to have completed a Rehabs.com survey to date referred to their experience at Clearview’s dual diagnosis program “a life changing” one. Z.H. described the therapists as “intelligent, skillful and understanding” and claimed that (most of the) staff made them feel “welcome, comfortable and valued.”
Reviews on secondary sources were also generally positive. Like the Rehabs.com survey respondent, reviewers celebrated the program’s staff and its efficacy, and the center featured an average rating of four out of five stars based on 23 Yelp reviews to date. “I can honestly say I had respect for every therapist on staff,” alum Stacy remarked. “They were all approachable, skilled and likable. Plus, many of them were sober themselves, which made them even easier to relate to.” Another former client, S.L., made the point, "The programs is what you make of it. The skills you gain. Will help you with learning to deal with BPD, anxiety, and some other forms of depression."
Though he also found the staff to be “really lovely people” C.B. reported to Yelp that some staff gave in to the wishes of one particular client at the expense of others. The sentiment of favoritism was echoed in a few other reviews, though significantly less than praise for staff.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The single loved surveyed by Rehabs.com gave a mixed review of Clearview Treatment Programs. This anonymous reviewer awarded the program an overall rating of just three stars, but also claimed that their loved one benefited from treatment in nearly every way, from self-awareness to an improved confidence.
D.W., another positive Yelp reviewer, felt “compelled to” leave a review after his 18-year-old daughter had an “outstanding” experience here. “The Clearview staff was compassionate and made her feel empowered about how to take control of her life and not let BDP and depression define who she is,” D.W. commented. In fact, several parents on Yelp reported that this center was the first place where their children successfully completed treatment and maintained sobriety. "In addition, we finally got an accurate diagnosis from the Clearview psychiatrist and the medication regiment turned out to be perfect. All was handled expertly," father S.B. wrote. Another parent, L.D., shared her experience of helping her daughter battle with addiction: "And our family really does give a great deal of credit to the doctors and staff and program at Clearview. This is the bottom line," she concluded.
WHAT STAFF SAY
Though Rehabs.com had yet to receive feedback from facility staff to date, two Indeed users provided a three-star and a five-star rating for Clearview. One staffer explained, "It's a small company where everyone knows everyone and genuine relationships are built," while the other felt, "There is no real power given to the counselors."
Clearview accepts most PPO plans - including Aetna, Blue Shield, United Behavioral Health, and Cigna - for its residential, day treatment, and IOP programs. Treatment costs vary based on program and prospective clients are encouraged to contact the center for more information.
Clearview is a big proponent of workshops and events, in order to involve family members in the recovery process as well as to promote dual diagnosis treatment and reduce stigma to the community at large.
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