ABOUT GROWTH EXTENDED IN VAN NUYS, CA
Located in Van Nuys, Calif., Growth Extended is one of the 490 (37.4 percent) of California treatment facilities that offers residential treatment programs. It also offers partial hospitalization and outpatient treatment to teens and adults who are struggling with substance abuse, mental health disorders, and co-occurring disorders.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
According to Growth Extended's website, to be admitted, clients must call the facility for a telephone assessment which includes verification of insurance benefits and a review of the client’s medical history.
The treatment center utilizes a holistic approach including spiritual support, meditation, yoga, church attendance, life skills classes, and 12-step support. Specialized groups cover a variety of topics including self harm, self esteem, past trauma, anger management, addiction, art therapy, family conflict and conflict resolution.
Participants in the Residential Treatment Program spend the full day, 7 days a week, in treatment. Treatment includes individual therapy, group therapy, 12-step groups, off-site support groups, state-of-the-art gym membership, yoga, nutritious meals and medication management by a board-certified psychiatrist.
In the Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), treatment occurs five days a week for six to eight hours a day, using similar methods as the residential program but on an outpatient basis. Medication management is also offered through Growth Extended’s PHP.
Clients in the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) receive treatment three times a week for three hours per session. The hours can be during the day or in the evening. Growth Extended encourages IOP either as a “step down” from a higher level of care such as Residential Treatment or Partial Hospitalization, or without having completed higher levels of care for those who need treatment as flexible hours.
Finally, program alumni are eligible to receive complimentary aftercare via participation in the facility’s alumni group.
Growth Extended's website notes the treatment team includes a medical doctor, licensed marriage and family therapists, medical assistants, and dieticians. Many staff members have gone through recovery themselves. It is one of the 182 (13.9 percent) of California treatment centers that is accredited by The Joint Commission.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Residential treatment at Growth Extended occurs in two home-like settings, one for adolescents and one for adults. The facilities are equipped with a modern and relaxing design scheme to increase the client’s comfort while in treatment. Clients enjoy amenities including a gourmet kitchen, yoga room, a computer lab, and a full movie theater with reclining leather seats. The adolescent facility features a grand piano, computer lab, and classroom space.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Of the three loved ones surveyed by Rehabs.com to date, two gave negative feedback and one gave a mostly positive review. The one alum to leave a positive review gave five out of five stars for treatment effectiveness, four stars for accommodations and amenities, and three stars for meals and nutrition. "Good location, treatment were okay," they wrote.
The other two alumni gave two stars for treatment effectiveness. One called the center a scam. The other alum praised the frontline staff, but complained about the lack of phone calls. They also gave two stars when asked if they would recommend Growth Extended and for counseling options.
To date, the seven people to leave reviews on its Facebook page, which it has the ability to manage, gave an average of 4.5 out of five stars. Most reviewers expressed very positive feelings about Growth Extended. "I'm currently going for my CASAC and love to see these programs readily available," S.L. wrote. 
The seven people to leave Google Reviews at the time of this writing gave an average of 2.3 out of five stars. All but one individual gave negative feedback including serious allegations of abuse. 
The eight people to leave Yelp reviews at the time of this writing gave an average of three out of five stars, and mixed commentary. While some individuals called the staff incompetent, others thought the staff was "warm and friendly." 
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The three loved ones to leave reviews on Rehabs.com at the time of this writing gave positive feedback. They all gave five out of five stars for treatment effectiveness, and thanked Growth Extended. They also praised the treatment team.
"I cannot express enough how wonderful the staff and this program was. My son was in Growth Extended about 2 months ago and it was a great experience for him and for our family. The therapists were wonderful and other staff members were just as great," a parent wrote in a representative review.
According to Growth Extended's website, it is one of the 734 (56 percent) of California treatment centers that accepts insurance. The facility also offers to facilitate outside financing via loans with affordable repayment options in the event insurance is not suitable. Clients are encouraged to contact the facility directly for additional information regarding financing.
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