ABOUT THE LAKEHOUSE RECOVERY CENTER
Located on Lake Sherwood in Westlake Village, Calif., The Lakehouse Recovery Center provides a full continuum of substance abuse treatment in a small, boutique setting. After completing their initial 28 days of residential care, successful program graduates may access an additional 12 months of aftercare support, offered at 81.6 percent of California treatment centers. During this time, clients recieve 24-hour support through The Stonesgate House, the center’s luxurious transitional and sober living home.
For those in need, this facility is one of the only 200 (14 percent) in the state to provide medically supervised detoxification on-site.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Upon admission, all clients undergo a complete medical, psychiatric, and psychotherapeutic evaluation. Individuals requiring medical attention to alleviate their withdrawal symptoms typically begin treatment with sub-acute medical detox. The detox team is comprised of both medical and mental health professionals, and treatment may include medication in addition to talk therapy, dietary elements, and holistic modalities.
Once stabilized, clients may proceed with primary care that lasts between 30 and 90 days. Over this period, clients will set daily goals for themselves, attend private and group psychotherapy sessions and therapeutic workshops, and benefit from some of the latest developments in neuroscience therapy. While programming draws upon the renowned 12 Steps, the center simply encourages clients to find what works best for them, be it experiential therapy or life coaching.
For an additional year after completing treatment, successful program graduates work with their assigned case managers, individuals with three or more years of successful sobriety. Close at hand, these “advocates” provide accountability and monitoring through regular phone calls and Skype sessions.
An intensive outpatient program (IOP) is also available for those who are unable to make a full-time commitment to residential treatment. This program spans three to four hours each day, and involves individual, group, and family counseling.
Per the center’s webpage, the Lakehouse Recovery Center boasts a staff-to-client ratio of 3:1 as well as 24-hour staff availability. The facility’s 22-member team consists of psychologists, counselors, residential technicians, on-call doctors, and full-time chefs. Indeed, 98.3 percent of California treatment centers have continuing education requirements for staff, and this facility is no exception.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
True to its name, The Lakehouse Recovery center offers picturesque views of Lake Sherwood, which can be taken in from the center’s furnished patio. The center can accommodate up to six clients at once, each of whom stays in a private bedroom.
Home-cooked meals are prepared daily by full-time chefs, and clients have membership to a nearby gym, as well as on-site yoga, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, and fishing. Other activities include surfing, horseback riding, and guitar lessons. On a case-by-case basis, the center allows clients to bring pets with them.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The six alumni surveyed by Rehabs.com to date only shared positive reports on their experiences. Former client R.M. noted the “beautiful setting, the private rooms and the wonderfully prepared, healthy meals,” and alum N.L. found the location itself “stunning.” Without exception, all six alumni found treatment itself very effective.
In a representative review, J.M. expressed appreciation for his newfound recovery tools. “It taught me a way of life, that is much simpler than the life I was leading. I would highly recommend anyone struggling with addiction…” he wrote. Alumni were also grateful for the “amazing” staff here, several of whom referred to as “loving and caring.”
Alumni shared overwhelmingly positive feedback on Google, too, where 16 users have generated a perfect five-star average rating to date. The location and staff were similarly praised, and one alum was proud to note how he researched "probably a hundred rehabs" before rightfully selecting this one. "The staff and location are both beautiful and engaging," another former client, M.L., remarked in a representative comment.
The Lakehouse earned a perfect five out of five stars on Yelp as well, from 17 users at the time of this writing. The "tranquil setting," the "caring staff," and the "great program" were all praised. Representatively, J.W. noted, "Plain and simple, this is an amazing place to recover."
WHAT STAFF SAY
By and large, the six staff members polled by Rehabs.com provided praise for their employer and the care provided to clients. J.C.K., one staffer, admitted that “insurance red tape” affected clients’ experiences at times, but described the staff as “united in its goal” and “constantly searching and challenging themselves as a collective and individually to grow.” On a scale of one to five, all but one employee provided a five when asked about the staff's willingness to put the clients' interests first.
Collectively, these reviewers agreed on staff unity. “We are committed to helping people,” reviewer A.R. wrote. “It has been very rewarding.” Others noted the effectiveness of programming here. “Our aftercare is great and we stay in touch with our clients and get to see a lot of success stories,” C.B. commented. All six employees replied "No," when presented with the question "Have you ever had questions/concerns about the standards of care at your facility that went unresolved?" Additionally, all agreed that they would recommend this facility to a loved one in need of treatment.
According to its webpage, the center is out-of-network with major health insurance providers, including Anthem, Aetna, and Blue Cross Blue Shield, to name a few. The center also offers loans through its partnership with My Treatment Lender. Four staff members polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing noted that the facility does offer financial support to those who need it, but only two of these individuals reported that they felt the support to be adequate.
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