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Ventura Recovery Center

555 St. Charles Drive, Thousand Oaks, California, 91360
Our passion at VRC is to give active adults the tools to regain life from the grips of addiction. Changing our client’s views about substance abuse requires a different approach to achieve long-term recovery. Through comprehensive 30, 60 and 90 day addiction treatment programs uniquely tailored to each client’s needs, the cycle of addiction can be broken. We are ending addiction one person at a time, one day at a time.

Facility Highlights

  • Staff Psychiatrist
  • Full Service Treatment Center
  • All Levels of Care


  • Individualized Treatment

    Some facilities have an addiction treatment protocol that all patients or clients are expected to follow, while others customize or individualize treatment based on a person’s unique needs and circumstances. Factors that may affect treatment decisions include age, lifestyle, medical conditions, type of drug, religious beliefs, etc.
  • Medical Detoxification

    Drugs and alcohol have widespread effects throughout your body, including but not limited to the addiction and/or physical/psychological dependence that develops with substance abuse over time. Many organ systems are affected by addiction and will react to withdrawal. The term “medical detoxification” means that there is a trained and licensed medical professional onsite to monitor your vital signs and protect your physical and emotional health as your body goes through withdrawal.

Facility Settings

  • Mountains

Meet the Staff

  • Carl Davenport
    Carl DavenportIntake Director
    Carl is in active recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction. He completed a residential treatment program in 1989 and is dedicated to helping clients and their families access the same kind of freedom and happiness he has experienced in recovery. He is passionate about recovery and driven to see his clients succeed. Carl is the Director of Intake and Community Outreach at Ventura Recovery Center,and is involved in all phases of recovery. What makes him unique is his ability to keep his focus on results for his clients without being overly pushy or dominant. He credits his ability to temper his ambition while staying focused on results to 40 years of progressive leadership and management experience. When you call,you can expect a compassionate ear,a knowledgeable voice and someone who cares deeply about his clients.
  • Bob Pautch
    Bob PautchExecutive Director
    Bob is also in active recovery from alcoholism & drug addiction. He completed a state mandated treatment program in 1988. His personal passion lies in seeing his clients eyes come alive after their spirit opens up to the possibility of a different way of life. Bob’s experience at a prominent Southern California Treatment Center deepened his innate ability to remain calm in the midst of highly emotional situations. He excels at creating a safe emotional space for clients experiencing any degree of agitation in the early phases of their recovery. Bob is the Executive Director at Ventura Recovery Center. In addition to overseeing the day to day operations of the treatment center,he stays in close contact with the clinical team to ensure that each client is receiving the best care possible.

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Ventura Recovery Center is located in a residential neighborhood of the Greater Los Angeles area. The facility offers medical detox, residential, and outpatient treatment along with sober living facilities for individuals seeking treatment for substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. Only 15 percent of California treatment facilities offer residential detox programs.


Treatment is offered in programs lasting 30, 60, or 90 days, making it one of 440 (33.6 percent) long-term California residential facilities. The program is split into three phases: detox, residential care, and an intensive outpatient program (IOP). Long-term treatment options are also available, lasting from six months to one year in length.

The program is built around individual, group, and family therapy, as well as confidence-boosting social activities. Specifically, Ventura Recovery Center uses evidence-based therapeutic modalities, including eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), brief strategic family therapy (BST), psychodynamic group therapy, stress management, and parenting support.

While completing the final stage of treatment, IOP, clients can stay in one of the organization’s sober living facilities, complete with a live-in residential manager. The IOP phase also includes employment assistance to help clients transition back into the community.


The facility employs a medical doctor and a psychiatrist on a consulting basis, as well as a master’s-level therapist, a certified addictions counselor, and other clinical staff. To date, the 21 individuals polled by Rehabs.com on the matter praised the facility's staff.

Staff Experience and Training: 4.7/5


The residential center offers private and semi-private rooms, and an on-site chef. Holistic and fitness options include gym access, yoga, boxing, hiking, equine therapy, and trips to the beach. The 21 individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date on the matter provided high ratings for the facility's cleanliness and its amenities.

Cleanliness: 4.9/5
Exercise and Leisure: 4.6/5


To date, the nine alumni polled by Rehabs.com provided mostly positive opinions of Ventura Recovery Center. Many alumni provided positive feedback about the staff, and noted they were a strength of the treatment center. "The staff is supportive, the case managers help with making resumes and getting jobs and getting signed up for school. The therapists are a great addition to the 12 step program," an anonymous alum wrote.

Family Participation: 4.6/6
Holistic Offerings: 4.2/5
Counseling Options: 3.8/5

There were not many weaknesses listed about the facility from the alumni, but some wrote that the facility was very large with noticeable staff turnover. They also indicated that since the facility closely follows the 12-step approach, there was not a large variety of other treatment options to choose from.

Secondary sites also yielded positive feedback. On Google, Ventura Recovery Center earned an average rating of 4.6 out of five stars from 18 reviews to date. Most reviewers thanked the facility and praised the staff. [1] On Yelp, nearly all of the facility’s 31 reviews were also positive.[2]


The 11 loved ones surveyed by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing also shared positive opinions for Ventura Recovery Center. The friends and family members strongly agreed that they were able to participate in treatment and would highly recommend the facility.

Family Participation: 4.9/5
Would Recommend: 4.9/5
Connectivity/Visitor Policy: 4.7/5

The loved ones also indicated that the staff and support received were big strengths of the facility. "I thank the caring staff and director for this," a loved one wrote. "Without VRC, I don't know where my son would be in this world."

Most loved ones did not indicate any weaknesses of the facility, but one reviewer also indicated frequent staff turnover, while another felt there weren't enough physical activities.


The one staffer polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing provided positive opinions about Ventura Recovery Center. They gave five out of five stars for almost every metric, including when asked if they would recommend the center, counseling options, and its treatment for co-occurring disorders. "Strong 12 step focus and a staff that truly cares," they wrote.

However, the one former employee who left a review for the center on Glassdoor at the time of this writing provided negative feedback and just one out of five stars overall.[3] "Upper management is a joke, too much micromanaging," they wrote.


Ventura accepts most PPO insurances and is a preferred provider for all major insurance companies. Within the state, 56 percent of facilities in California accept private insurance. Private payment is also accepted, and payment plans are available. To date, the 20 individuals polled on the matter by Rehabs.com appreciated the facility's cost.

Affordability: 4.8/5

[1] GoogleReviews
[2] https://www.yelp.com/biz/ventura-recovery-center-thousand-oaks
[4] https://www.glassdoor.com/Reviews/Ventura-Recovery-Center-Thousand-Oaks-Reviews-EIIE1454252.0,23IL.24,37_IC1146988.htm

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