Dependency Patient and Family Support

Addiction affects the entire family. At the Recovery Center, treatment is a family program. In addition to the programs tailored to meet the needs of the addict, our family program is directed to help both the addict and their co-dependents. Anxiety and stress created by keeping the "family secret" can cause physical and emotional problems in children and other family members.

Family participation historically leads to more positive outcomes for individuals who participate in a structured treatment program. Our family group sessions offer a unique opportunity to get support, information and feedback in a positive learning environment.

The following 12-Step meetings are open to the community and are held at The Recovery Center. For more information, please call 310-514-5300.

Alanon Tuesdays (Men's Meeting) 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Tuesdays (Women's Meeting) 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Alcoholics Anonymous Saturdays (Open Meeting) 3:15 - 4:30 p.m.
Saturdays (Open Speaker Meeting) 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Cocaine Anonymous Fridays 8 - 9:30 p.m.
Narcotics Anonymous
Sundays 5:45 - 7:15 p.m.
Overeaters Anonymous Tuesdays 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
 S.A. Saturdays 10 - 11:15 a.m.
  • How can I tell if I have a problem with drugs or alcohol?

    Drug and alcohol problems can affect every one of us, regardless of age, sex, race, marital status, place of residence, income level or lifestyle. Take a few minutes to ask yourself some questions to determine if you may need help.

  • My employer has asked that I have a drug test (urine analysis). Do you do that there?

    We perform drug tests on our current patients and clients. We do not provide these services to the general public.

  • How much does an assessment cost?

     

    The initial chemical dependency assessment/evaluation is free of charge.

     

  • Can I see or talk to friends and family while I am in treatment?

    Yes, you are welcome to visit with family members or friends. There are certain guidelines that must be followed by all patients and their loved ones.

    Patient visiting hours are:

    • Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.
    • Saturday from 2 p.m.-3 p.m.
    • Sunday from 3 p.m.-5 p.m.

    We have two phones available for patients to call out or family members to call in.

    Daily phone hours are: (All calls are limited to 5 minutes.)

    • 7 a.m.-8 a.m.
    • 12 p.m.-1 p.m.
    • 4 p.m.-6 p.m.

    The treatment team may determine additional guidelines for individual patients.

  • Do you accept Medi-Cal?

    We do not accept Medi-Cal as a primary health insurance plan. However, we do accept a variety of financial arrangements including Medicare, and most health insurance/managed care plans (HMO, PPO).

  • How old do I need to be?

    The Recovery Center offers an adult program only. Patients must be 18 years or older.

  • Can my mother come to The Recovery Center if she has a caretaker?

    Patients who enter The Recovery Center must be ambulatory and able to independently provide daily living self-care during their stay in our program. We cannot accept patients who require assistance with daily living.

  • Do you have laundry facilities?

    Yes. We have a washer and dryer, and provide detergent, for our inpatients free of charge.

  • Do you have Spiritual Chaplains?

    Yes, we have chaplains in universal denominations available to provide spiritual guidance.

  • What if I follow a special diet?

    We are able to accommodate special dietary needs and use the services of a dietitian, if needed. Between-meal snacks are available, and special dietary needs for snacks can be accommodated as well.

  • Can I still exercise if I am a patient?

    We have a gym at our facility and there is time set aside several times a week for supervised exercise.

The UNCOPE screening test consists of six items that can be helpful in determining if you or others are at risk for having a problem with alcohol or drugs. A score of two YES responses or more suggests the need for a more comprehensive evaluation by a professional.

U In the past year, have you ever drank or Used drugs more than you intended to?
N Have you ever Neglected some of your usual responsibilities because of using alcohol or drugs?
C Have you felt you wanted or needed to Cut down on your drinking or drug use?
O Has anyone Objected to your drinking or drug use?
P Have you ever found yourself Preoccupied with wanting to use alcohol or drugs?
E Have you ever used alcohol or drugs to relieve Emotional discomfort?

If you answered YES to two or more of these questions, please call us for a FREE confidential consultation at 310-514-5300.

Following are three real stories of addiction.

(Names have been changed to protect anonymity.)

"Sarah" 53, Cosmetologist - Alcohol, Prescription Pain Medication

Despite a youth marked by alcohol, drug abuse and molestation, Sarah was able to overcome the addiction that had plagued her early years. She was determined to change her life so left the Los Angeles area and moved to Columbus, Ohio, where she got clean and sober. After graduating from cosmetology school and becoming a successful hairdresser, Sarah found herself married to an alcoholic and in need of a hip replacement. Her resolve faltered and she relapsed. But she divorced and got the help she needed to get clean again. Then, after a move back to Los Angeles and another surgery, the prescription pain medication became a problem.

"I could see what was happening and I knew it wasn't what I wanted," Sarah said. "I was referred to Providence Little Company of Mary Recovery Center and it saved my life."

After a seven-day inpatient stay, Sarah joined the Recovery Center's Outpatient Program, meeting three days a week. She has been sober for six months.

"The Outpatient Program gives us a clean, safe group environment where we can work together on our problems, Sarah said. "The counselors understand and they support you. And, when it's time to be done with the program, they help get you ready to go out in the world and succeed. You know you're not alone and you can always come back and get the encouragement you need. To me, overcoming addiction is a lot like riding a bike. At first, it's really hard and you need a lot of help and someone to hold you up, and sometimes you fall. But if you keep trying, one day, you'll get it right and never look back."




"Dana" 38, Mother of Four - Alcohol, Meth, Crack Cocaine

As a depressed child, Dana attempted suicide for the first time at age ten. In her early teens, alcohol became her escape. A teenage pregnancy at 16 made her feel like she had ruined her life, and by age 17 she was drunk every day. She married at 18 and was so depressed that at age 20 she again tried to end her life. Her drinking escalated until she could not maintain relationships or be a good mother. In 2002, her own mother, who had taken over caring for her children, passed away unexpectedly. Dana was forced to care for her four children, although she was in no condition to do so. At this point, Dana's world began to crumble. She tried meth for the first time the day her mother died.

"I felt less depressed at first and it seemed to take away my obsession with killing myself for a while," Dana said. "But then the drugs turned on me. I married someone I didn't even know. My mom and my husband had taught my kids not to tell anyone what was going on. They were suffering. My life was just caving in around me. Then I tried crack. The crack was what brought me to my knees."

One day, in desperation, Dana called her daughter to help her. The next day, her daughter came and picked up her mom and took her to the Recovery Center.

"I didn't realize how hard it was going to be," Dana said. "At first, I wasn't willing to make the sacrifices that I needed to make to get better. Then I realized what my life would be like and I decided the pain was worth it. The 14-day inpatient stay saved my life and the Outpatient Program keeps me going. I have been sober for almost 5 months and the counselors have given me the tools to succeed. They made me accountable, but supported me through everything. You can tell your group anything, because everyone there has been through it in one way or another. Without the Recovery Center, I'm not even sure I'd still be alive right now."




"John" 65, Retired Aerospace Engineer - Alcohol

Growing up in the San Fernando Valley, John describes his childhood as "idyllic." His family was stable and he was the favored child - active in his church and as an Eagle Scout. He tried beer a few times in high school, but never went beyond that. He graduated from a U.S. Military Academy and obtained two masters' degrees. He became a social drinker, having a glass of wine or "a hi-ball or two" at dinners or events. Then, in his late 50's, he began to recognize that alcohol was becoming a problem. He was passing out on the couch most nights. He attended a program in 2004, sponsored by his employer.

John was "okay" for a few years, though he continued to drink socially. But by December 2007, increasing anxiety about his upcoming retirement resulted in increased alcohol consumption. He retired the following October and was under a doctor's care for anxiety and insomnia. As the holidays approached, John was drinking five or six drinks a day and his life was going to pieces.

"My family confronted me about my drinking," John said. "I couldn't deny it and I knew I needed - and wanted - help. I was admitted to the Providence Little Company of Mary Recovery Center Inpatient Program in early January. I felt like I was finally in a safe place where I could concentrate my energy into getting better."

Today, John attends the Recovery Center's Outpatient Program three days a week.

"It's an intense program," John said. "I get a lot out of the group sessions and I feel grateful for what I've been able to accomplish. It gives me a purpose and safe place to open up. I am still concerned about filling my days once I complete the program but I am definitely less anxious and more positive about what my life will look like from here on out."