Frequently Asked Questions
We have tried to address as many questions as possible that we have had from clients, donors, family members and loved ones over the years. We hope that you find what you are looking for here and if your question remains unanswered feel free to contact us and ask any question you might have. Below are more specific links to questions you may have.
How do I know for sure that I need treatment?
Some of the following are indications that you may need to make the time in your life for affordable addiction treatment: unsuccessful attempts to stop on your own; 12-Step meeting attendance does not result in abstinence; usage – or attempts to gain or recover from usage – requires more and more time and energy; same amount of usage does not provide same amount of enjoyment; unplanned increase in amount or frequency of usage; feedback from family/friends involves increasing level of concern; relationship or job becoming more affected and possibly at risk; beginning to demonstrate traits (could be thoughts, feelings, behaviors, appearance) that you do not recognize as your own.
How long will the program last?
We will determine with you which level of care is most appropriate for you to begin your treatment at The Gooden Center, an alcohol and drug rehab center in the Los Angeles area. Most clients enter into Residential or Day Treatment and later transition into an intensive outpatient rehabilitation center combined with sober living. A client may stay for 30 days or as long as 6 months. The highly motivated individual, who remains focused on achieving the personal building blocks to recovery, moves through treatment at the fastest rate.
Can you help me find a job?
Statistics indicate that employment/school/volunteer work is a primary indicator for maintaining sobriety. As a result, we're a Pasadena rehabilitation center that makes a concerted effort to provide support for our clients in the following areas: resume writing and mock interviews, application completion, and access to a local vocational resources facility which provides local available job listings and career planning. You may work and remain in our Intensive Outpatient program while residing in sober living.
What should I bring with me?
Personal toiletries such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, comb/brush, etc. Other than this we provide everything you will need, including pillows. Cell phones may only be used in the presence of a staff member if you are in our residential drug treatment center. Bring walking shoes and clothes for exercise, any prescription medications and a jacket. Even in summer the evening can be chilly.
Is there anything I should not bring with me?
In an effort to give you the optimal support addressing what is described as a "cunning and baffling disease", the following are not allowed at our facility: mouthwash, cough syrup, cold medicine of any kind, medication – including pain alleviating and psychotropic – that is mood altering. Do not bring portable listening devises such as mp3 players or any metal used in body piercings. You may use you car only when you are in Intensive Outpatient level of care (not in Residential or Day Treatment). There are certain exceptional cases, which allow for an adjustment of this policy, and we therefore strongly encourage you to contact us for any questions or requests for exemption.