Gooden Center
A residential drug treatment center for men located in Pasadena, CA. The Gooden Center is a proud member of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP).

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Drug Rehab Costs and Insurance

Posted on: October 31st, 2016 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Drug Rehab Costs and Insurance

The American Medical Association recognizes alcohol use disorder (alcoholism) and substance use disorder (drug addiction) as disease. They are not moral failings, and sobriety is not a simple step that can be solved with a quick fix. If these life-threatening conditions are diseases, then effective, evidence-supported treatment is not a luxury that should be available only to the wealthy.

Out of recognition of this, U.S. law requires that all insurance companies provide coverage for substance abuse treatment, to the same degree it would cover any other medical condition. Having insurance can dramatically decrease the out-of-pocket costs for inpatient rehab and other treatments necessary to recover from addiction. The compassionate and well-trained staff of the Gooden Center are committed to doing everything they can to give access to its services, and will work with you to help get insurance coverage you need.


For insurance to cover a rehab expense, a professional health-care-provider must determine that it is “medically necessary.” That means that it must play an essential role in your care and recovery. Your counselors, doctors, and therapist will communicate with insurance companies to cover programs that are beneficial to you. In order to determine that the program will meet the criterion of “medically necessary,” your first step should be to receive a Professional Assessment.

As part of the assessment process, a physician or addiction specialist will meet with you to learn about your condition. They will perform tests on your health and ask about your drug or alcohol use, to see if it meets standards of problematic use or addiction. This assessment should be totally covered by insurance. If the health care professional decides that you meet a diagnosis of substance dependence, it can start the process of receiving treatment for your recovery.

What is Covered:

Insurance policies may vary in details behind what is covered. To get specific details behind your particular policy, you should contact both the insurance company’s member services, and the rehab center to get specific information on coverage and costs for you. The Gooden Center has an online form you can use to have an admissions specialist contact you within a few hours.

In general, reports that most insurance will cover the following: Detox, or the medical process of allowing the intoxicants to leave your system- full coverage for basic detox, which may not apply for rapid detox. Inpatient residential treatment, or the time spent living in the rehab center undergoing intensive recovery – partial coverage. Things deemed necessary for the process, such as enrollment in the program and a bed will be covered, but certain extras that are a part of “luxury rehab” might not be. Outpatient treatment, or therapeutic and medical treatment that allows you to continue to live and work in your normal environment – mostly covered.

Applying for Insurance:

The Affordable Care Act makes it easier than ever to apply for health insurance that will cover your rehab, and also forbids insurance companies from rejecting your application because of the “pre-existing condition” of your chemical dependency. The online Healthcare Marketplace (for the state of California) or (for other states) can walk you through the process of finding and selecting an insurance plan that is right for you. These plans will offer you a great deal of help with paying for inpatient or outpatient rehab, as well as the treatment that will be necessary for aftercare. The open enrollment period is from November 1 to January 31 for a year, during which time you can apply for coverage that will carry through for the year.

Low Cost Drug Rehab

Posted on: October 28th, 2016 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Low Cost Drug Rehab

In-patient rehab can be a very important first step in helping people with addiction start taking their lives back. The ability to break from normal life and focus all your energy and attention but recovery can make a huge difference in starting off the journey to a sober life.

Your addiction might feel impossible to deal with, but change is possible. You need a treatment center with as few barriers to treatment as possible, so that nothing will get in the way of your recovery. While the cost of some centers may seem very high, the Gooden Center has several provisions to make treatment affordable for you.

Working with Insurance:

The Affordable Care Act passed in 2014 considers substance abuse one of its top ten medical issues that should be covered by all medical benefit plans. That means any medical insurance must provide treatment for recovery. This means that access to rehab will likely be covered by your insurance plan. The Gooden Center accepts medical insurance plans that can cover the cost of your treatment, including: Cigna Aetna Anthem Healthnet Permanente United Healthcare

If you have questions about your coverage, you can write your information on this form to have an admissions specialist get back to you. Your insurance provider will also have helpful information about deductibles, co-pays, and the steps you must take for your treatment to get approved.


The life saving treatment of recovery is too important to let cost be a barrier. For that reason, the Gooden Center has made several allowances of payment plans and scholarships to help make it low-cost and affordable. Many of the alumni of the Gooden Center’s program are so grateful for their treatment that they donate to help offset the cost to help people who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford treatment.

If you are highly motivated to seriously begin your recovery journey, but only able to pay a portion of the costs needed to run the center, we would be happy to work with you to allow you to take part with some financial assistance. All you have to do is ask. The Gooden Center does everything it can to both keep costs as a low possible while still offering high-quality care, and wants to work with you to make this life-changing decision affordable.


You may also be worried that taking a total break from your job for rehab may be difficult, or financially infeasible. If this is the case, there are opportunities for you to take advantage of the Gooden Center’s programs while still being able to make it to work. If you are eligible, you can participate in the intensive outpatient program, and maintain a regular work schedule while still focusing on your recovery. Along with regular peer support groups, the Gooden Center also offers a Jobs Group where you can deal specifically with the challenges that working presents in early recovery.

Drug addiction can get very expensive. On the most immediate level, there is the cost of the substances themselves, but you should also factor in health risks, lost of time at work, and other ways in which the addiction interferes with your life in expensive ways. Rehab may be a one-time high expense, but if you follow through and work hard, it can reap many benefits that will continue throughout your life. In that larger perspective, addiction treatment will probably end up saving you a lot of money. It is something you can’t afford not to do. By getting in touch with our staff and explaining your situation, we can work with you and find a way to afford our program. Do not let the question of money get in the way of making this life-saving decision.

Societal Stigmas About Recovery Need To Change

Posted on: October 27th, 2016 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Societal Stigmas

Addiction is a disease that strikes people of all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds. There are a number of reasons that a person may become addicted to drugs or alcohol, and some people are genetically predisposed to addiction. Addiction strikes at the heart of people who are in pain, struggling with life issues, and even can appear in the lives of those who are not experiencing any depression or emotional issues. That is what is so dangerous about addiction.

Though research and the general medical community has long known that addiction is in fact a disease, addicts and the issue of addiction still face a large amount of stigma. This is problematic for a number of reasons, and it is very important that as a society, our views toward addiction and recovering addicts need to change. Currently an outdated attitude regarding addiction exists, and it denotes a negative connotation

The Stigma Prolongs Problems

One reason that the stigma around addiction is especially troublesome is that many people who are struggling with addiction may not get the help they need because they are ashamed of their disease. They may be reluctant to tell even those closest to them about their struggle.

Often, people who are not addicts or recovering addicts may not even realizing they are stigmatizing addiction when they make comments that imply that it is an addict’s fault for being addicted to drugs or alcohol or that if only an addict had more self-control they would be able to stop using.

Not only can comments like these prevent a person from seeking the help they need, they may reinforce feelings of low self-worth in an addict and make it all the more difficult for them to find the treatment they need.

Also, when one is struggling in their addiction it becomes hard to relate to people because of the fear of being shunned. Deep down there are reservations that one comes to grips with, but denial runs so deep that one tells the lie to themselves that they are just fine, and there is no need to communicate with others who may have been through the same experience.

Insensitive Behavior Makes the Road to Recovery More Difficult

Recovering from addiction is a lifelong process that a recovering addict is always working at. There will always be struggles related to their addiction, but what all recovering addicts are trying to do is move past their history of addiction and work on a life that is healthy and productive.

When a recovering addict is stigmatized for their history with drug and alcohol abuse, it sends the message that those around them do not believe in their ability to succeed in their quest for sobriety. Recovery is already a challenging process and undermining a recovering addict’s choice to work toward sobriety only makes it an even more challenging endeavor for them. In some cases, stigma around recovering addicts may even result in discriminatory behavior, as in instances where an addict is denied employment based on their history of addiction.

Seeing Addiction for the Disease That It Is

The best way to end stigma around addiction is to spread awareness about what exactly addiction is, and why it is unfair to judge a person because of their struggle with this serious disease. The more people know about addiction, the more people will understand what it is and how it affects people on an extended timeline.

When, as a society, we are able to correctly identify addiction as a disease, we have a much greater sense of understanding and the ability to help those who have struggled with addiction get the help they need. Because addiction is such a complicated disease, there are a number of ways in which it must be treated, and the key to finding success in treatment is for society to come from a place of understanding.

Dual Diagnosis Drug Rehab

Posted on: October 26th, 2016 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Dual Diagnosis Drug Rehab

Full sobriety is more than discontinuing substance abuse. Recovery must also take into consideration the factors that led to your addiction, helping you to heal from wounds of your past, and live a life where you can love yourself the way you are. This is especially true for dual-diagnosis, or people dealing with a mental illness or mood disorder alongside an addiction. Mental illness and addiction often have a strong symbiotic relationship, where having one can easily cause the other.

The 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that 25 percent of people with mental illness had used an illegal drug in the past year, compared with only 12 percent without a diagnosis. If you are struggling with both a mental illness and an addiction, it is vitally important to find a treatment that will take both of these conditions seriously, deal with them both, and recognize the ways they may be interconnected.

The Relationship: Many people afflicted with mental illness self-medicate, or turn to alcohol or drug use in problematic ways as a way to tamper down or deal with their disorder. If therapy or medication is unaffordable or unavailable, or trauma and painful emotions are not dealt with directly, they may turn to any number of substances that can dull the pain or distract them, using substance abuse as a tool for repressing. For example, people with depression or bipolar disorder treatment may use alcohol as a way to improve their mood in the short-term. This can make them feel better in the moment, but when the substance wears off, the unwanted feelings frequently come back stronger than ever.

Furthermore, long-term drug or alcohol abuse leads to tolerance, as the body and mind adjusts to the substance-abuse, and is no longer affected in the same way. This means the user must take more and more of a drug in order to feel “normal,” in a cycle that puts them at greater and greater risk. The relationship can also go the other way, as well. Many mental health issues can be caused or worsened by substance abuse.

Drugs can distort your grasp on reality, “turning up the volume” on your brain’s internal dialogue, in a way that often intensifies anxiety, paranoia, or depression as they do lasting harm to your brain chemistry. This means that a person with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders can easily get trapped in a cycle. They self-medicate to deal with unwanted thoughts or emotions, but they only end up feeling worse in the long-run, making them turn to even more and higher doses of a drug or alcohol. Treatment: For a person with a dual diagnosis, their challenges with mental health and substance abuse are intimately connected, and so should be treated together.

The main goal of Integrated Dual Diagnosis Treatment (IDDT) is to provide individualized care that places both the psychiatric disorder and the addiction on equal footing. This means that every provider should be aware of both issues, and treat them together. All areas of your unique situation are taken into consideration as we think about what treatment plan may best work for you to find both healing and sobriety.

Some of the methods used include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, meeting one-on-one with a trained therapist to work on ways to deal with self-destructive thoughts and behaviors, recognizing and replacing them with ones that can help you thrive. Mindfulness techniques that teach you to deal with painful emotions, and increase your ability to accept yourself. Holistic therapies can help you recognize triggers for depression treatment, anxiety, or mania, and work out developing replacement coping mechanisms, more effective and more healthy than self-medicating.

Group therapy and meeting in support groups, as people struggling with related issues practice vulnerable sharing and offering support to each other. Aftercare services to ensure you can continue to get help dealing with the stresses of the “real world,” maintaining your plan to treat the mental illness and remain sober.

Hope: Untangling the knot of co-occurring disorders or dual diagnosis can be a very complicated. These deeply entrenched difficulties may take a lot of work, and deep self-examination. The good news is that you are not alone; but a highly trained staff and people struggling with related issues can help you along, as together you take things “one day at a time,” and learn the best ways of making it through life, together.

Common Barriers that Stop You Contacting a Los Angeles Rehab

Posted on: October 5th, 2016 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Los Angeles Rehab

It’s a tough decision to look for help for an addiction and try to get into a rehabilitation program. Even when you’ve begun to recognize the damage that alcohol or drugs have done to your life, it can be daunting to make the effort to finally choose to quit and check into a Los Angeles rehab center.

At Gooden Center we’ve found that there are quite a few things that have made our clients reluctant to enter treatment at first. Here are some of the common barriers that prevent people from seeking treatment and how you can overcome these barriers to get the help you need.


Checking into a Los Angeles rehab creates a certain stigma that comes with being labelled an addict. Even in modern times, many people still don’t understand that addiction is a complex problem that spans far more than the individual’s ability to control their behavior. As a result, people considering recovery are fearful of how the stigma of addiction might affect their relationships or their job.

This stigma and some of the difficulties in relationships is one of the reasons why an effective Los Angeles rehab includes family therapy in its services. It is important to educate both families and clients to create understanding and perhaps even strengthen their relationships.

The Possibility of Failure

 With any patient that completes a rehab program there is always a possibility of relapse. In many cases this can actually be a normal part of the process of recovery and does not mean that the person has failed. People considering recovery may have a lot of fears that they might relapse or fail in some way to succeed in their goals. Although you may stumble or make mistakes in recovery it never means that you have failed. Sometimes relapses do happen but the good news is that each time you go through a Los Angeles rehab program you increase your chances of making a full recovery. Each effort toward recovery makes you stronger and more stable. It is a natural human instinct to fear failure but you should not let it keep you from getting help.

If you are worried about how to maintain your success after completing treatment then our Sober Living program can help. It allows you to practice sobriety in a supportive and understanding community. This will help you transition from rehab back into your everyday life. Our dedicated alumni have experienced successful recoveries through Sober Living and many have remained sober for years. Their example will show you that there is no reason to fear failure if you need to quit an addiction.

There’s No Time for Rehab

Many people may feel they are too busy with either work or school, to give the time and effort to fully address an addiction problem. Whatever the reason may be you may feel that you can’t give up your regular life for full-time treatment. You may need to keep your job to pay the bills and support your family so rehab does not seem like an option with your current schedule.

Our Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program addresses this issue with flexible schedules that allow you to get much-needed treatment at times of the day that will work for you.

If you’re still in doubt, give us a visit or a call here at Gooden Center. We’re willing to talk about your fears and concerns. We’re sure that you’ll find that our team of experts are among the most experienced and understanding that you’ll find in any Los Angeles rehab center. We can provide you with a plan that will help you beat your addiction for good.