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MFI Recovery Center - Woodcrest Facility

17130 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside, California, 92504
Woodcrest is a residential substance abuse treatment facility exclusively for men. The gender-specific rehab focuses on the issues specific to men in recovery, providing clients with a safe, non-judgmental environment to break down barriers and speak freely. Highly qualified substance abuse counselors and therapists engage clients in cognitive behavioral therapy, behavior modification and an introduction to the 12-Step method of recovery. Men learn how adapt and employ the coping skills necessary to live a clean and sober life.

Facility Highlights

  • Healthy Lifestyle Choices
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Self-Respect Development


  • Individual Therapy

    This term describes one-on-one therapy, in which a patient and trained counselor, social worker, psychologist or psychiatrist meets privately with a patient to discuss challenges related to lifestyle, work, family and romantic relationships that may have contributed to the development of an addiction.
  • 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.

Facility Settings

  • Private/Secluded

Meet the Staff

  • Craig Lambdin, MA MFT
    Craig Lambdin, MA MFTExecutive Director
    For over 27 years Craig Lambdin has been the Executive Director of MFI (My Family, Inc.) Recovery Center, a comprehensive behavioral health nonprofit organization in Riverside, CA. Mr. Lambdin is an adjunct faculty professor at the Loma Linda University Marriage and Family Sciences Program, Graduate Division where he teaches marital therapy and supervises the university counseling program.
  • Lisa Molina, CADC-II
    Lisa Molina, CADC-IIOperations Manager
    Lisa started at MFI Recovery Center in September 1991. After graduating from our very own Day Treatment Program, Lisa came to work as a Counselor Trainee. In 1992 she was instrumental in opening a new location in the Pass Area providing services to Banning, Beaumont, Cabazon and surrounding areas. Lisa currently ensures the smooth operation of the Administration building and outreach to other treatment programs to share the mission of the agency. Lisa believes that compassion and understanding is the key to making people feel comfortable in an otherwise difficult situation.

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Established in 1972, nonprofit MFI Recovery offers mental health and substance abuse treatment for men, women, women with children, and adolescents. The Woodcrest facility in Riverside, Calif., offers residential, outpatient, and aftercare services for men who are struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. Although detox services are not available at this location, it is available at the MFI Alcohol and Drug Detox Center.


MFI’s website stresses that its approach is evidence-based and gender-based, provided individualized treatment options for men.

The treatment program is quite traditional: the building blocks of treatment are individual, group, and family therapy, plus an introduction to the 12-Steps. The center also uses the Matrix Model, an integrative and highly structured model that is used by 49 percent of treatment facilities in California.

Other treatment modalities in use at this facility include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and behavior modification therapy.


The facility employs a psychiatrist, master’s level counselors, and certified substance abuse counselors. The five individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date on the staff’s level of training and experience gave it an average rating of 3.8 out of five stars.


Located on six acres of ranch land, this facility offers simple shared bedrooms with twin beds, a cozy communal area around an imposing stone fireplace, and a laundry room. To date, the five individuals polled on the facility’s cleanliness gave it an average rating of 3.4 out of five stars.


To date, five alumni submitted reviews to Rehabs.com at the time of this writing. Two were positive, two were mixed, and one was negative. The alumni cited many issues with the facility, but there was little overlap between alumni criticisms.

“The program was strict but effective,” T.S.S. wrote, and M.A. added: “Was given a lot of respect at this facility. In addition, the staff was very supportive.”

Cleanliness: 4.4 /5
Exercise and leisure activities: 2.8/5
Holistic offerings: 2.6/5

On Google, the facility received 4.4 out of five stars from 13 reviews to date. Reviewers frequently praised staff members on the site. [1]


Of the five reviews from loved ones submitted to Rehabs.com to date, four were positive and one was negative.

Family participation: 3.75/5

Positive commentary mentioned a well-structured program and good staff members. Additionally, loved one Laura praised the center’s grounding in the 12-Steps and its aftercare, while family member Len described Woodcrest as “structured and professional.”

One anonymous reviewer, however, wrote that the center was "understaffed,undertrained,underfunded,didn't seem to be managed very well.”

Level of staff experience and training: 3.5/5
Counseling options: 3.8/5


According to the facility’s website, the center accepts some HMO insurance on an in-network basis. For uninsured clients, the private pay rate is $7,500 for a 30-day stay. The facility is one of 802 (61.2 percent) of California treatment facilities to offer a sliding fee scale. To date, the five individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date gave the center's affordability an average rating of 4.2 out of five stars.

Affordability: 4.2/5


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