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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191 North El Molino Avenue Pasadena, CA 91101 US

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What To Expect From a Drug Rehab Program

Posted on: November 29th, 2016 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Drug Rehab Program

Going to rehab is not the end of your substance abuse struggles. There are no quick fixes or magic panaceas that can make your addiction go away. Sobriety is going to take a full commitment to do everything you can to radically turn your life around, and commit to staying with the program one day at a time.  However, while it won’t solve all your problems instantly, a quality rehab program can offer vitally important resources to support your sobriety.  At a quality treatment center, the rehab process should be designed by compassionate and experienced staff specifically for your needs.  With a low staff to client ratio, and a comfortable homey setting in Pasadena, the Gooden Center can be a fantastic example of the kind of center that can offer real help as you seek to rebuild your life from the ravages of substance abuse and addiction.

Drug Rehab Programs in LA

The Los Angeles County Department of Health reports that drug use is the fourth leading cause of premature death, and the highest percentage of felony arrests. Thousands of people’s lives in Los Angeles and surrounding communities have been devastated by drug use, trapped in a cycle of addiction that can harm all aspects of their well-being and bring pain to those who love them.  To try to stop this epidemic, there are many rehab centers in the area where people can receive treatment for substance abuse and addiction issues.  One of these, The Gooden Center, offers men single-gender, 12-step derived and evidence-based treatment that has given many people a satisfying opportunity to change your life in a gentle, home-like setting.

Getting the Most Out of Drug Rehab Program in CA lists 1,447 drug or alcohol addiciton treamtent centers in California, more than any other state. There are a lot of choices out there, and it may feel a little overwhelming to find which center is truly going to be helpful to you. Here are a few things that you can look for to see if a particular rehab center is right for you:

  • Evidence-based treatment – The  facility and its staff are open to experimenting to see what may work, but ultimately build your treatment upon programs that have been shown, through scientific studies, to most make a difference for people in recovery.
  • A safe and comfortable atmosphere – Getting through addiction is going to be a difficult process, so you want a setting that cares about your comfort. You should be surrounded with opportunities to feel grateful, so look for beautiful, relaxing facilities where you feel good about how you will be cared for.
  • A large and well-trained staff – A true addiction care specialist has the passion and the knowledge to combine knowledge from several different fields and creativity put them together to contribute to a part of  your recovery process. Not everyone who works at every rehab center may be fully aware of the unique needs of a person struggling with addiction.  You want someone with the knowledge to give you the best help possible, but also is able to be personal enough to offer real help and encouragement to you.
  • Flexibility – What works for one person may not work for someone else. That means that you should be suspicious of people who claim to have found the “one thing” that works for everyone, or places where you might feel forced into a “one-size-fits all” program. There should be several options available to you, and staff should take the time to find out your needs and experiences, and what they can best do to support you.

What to Do After Drug Addiction Rehab

Rehab is not the end of your journey, but only the beginning. In a very real sense, addiction is not something that can ever be “cured” but something that can be managed through awareness and work on how to best care for yourself.  Like many rehab centers, Gooden offers a variety of aftercare resources, such as sober living, outpatient sessions, and 12-step meetings that can help you continue to prioritize your sobriety and make it through the challenges of life.

Addiction Treatment LA

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

Addiction Treatment LA

If you feel like you’ve hit a “bottom” that goes lower than you ever thought you would, it may be easy to give up hope.  You may feel totally powerless, wanting desperately for things to change, but unsure of how that is possible. Falling back on old patterns, or simply trying again to strengthen your willpower to abstain or “control” your alcohol or drug use is not going to be enough. In order to overcome a lifestyle of addiction, you need a radical transformation of how you live your life, and this is not something you can do by yourself. Fortunately, you don’t have to continue in old patterns by yourself. An addiction treatment facility, like the Gooden Center in Los Angeles, can offer many different resources to help you turn your life around.

Outpatient Addiction Treatment

Some people assume “rehab” means spending an extended period of time cut off from their regular life, spending a month or more focusing only on issues of their addiction. However, there is another option for people to get the positive benefits out of a addiction treatment while living and working as normal. The Gooden Center offers intensive outpatient treatment (IOP) as another option that can work around your schedule and your financial needs. Each IOP session is three hours in length, Tuesday through Friday mornings and evenings, or Saturday mornings. Each session will include both processing groups where you can discuss your struggles with other people, and education opportunities to learn more about ways to care for yourself in all aspects. Both of these can be very helpful in helping you maintain your sobriety.  Here are some reasons why an intensive outpatient care might be right for you:

  • You have completed residential treatment, and need a boost to continue in recovery.
  • Your level of substance abuse and addiction has reached a level mild enough to not require full treatment
  • Active participation in a peer support group, like 12-step programs or their alternatives, doesn’t feel like enough.

The more you are able to keep up treatment for your addiction, the more likely you will be able to sustain your commitment to sobriety. Outpatient care can be a great way to extend your care, and continue gaining tools to hold onto your important, life-saving commitment.

Drug and Alcohol Treatment

In 2009, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that  23.5 million adults in the U.S. have a serious drug or alcohol abuse problem in need of addiction treatment. That’s 23.5 million people with their own stories and experiences. Yet it is also 23.5 million people with a lot of things in common. The right addiction treatment program for you will recognize these truths, and strive to create a balance, having both a solid foundation of evidence-based treatment that will work for everyone, and openness and flexibility to find the right treatment plan that works for your unique situation.

Addiction is something that affects every aspect of your being. Treatment must also deal with multiple aspects that contribute to your full thriving. Your physical health, emotional and mental well-being, social support network, ability to function with and feel supported by family, and ability to do well in school or employment are all important aspects that support full recovery. This is why a treatment should involve a wide variety of programs and therapeutic options, all of which can contribute to helping you get and stay sober.

How the Gooden Center Stand Out From Other Addiction Treatment Centers

There are many potentially wonderful addiction treatment centers out there – that may be capable of giving you personalized evidence-based care. The Gooden Center has a few particular strengths and uniqueness, including that it is gender-specific for men, allowing for greater intimacy, safety, and sharing.  It also offers a great deal of personalization, and a low staff to client ratio that insures you will always have access to its services. At the Gooden Center, there is space for  your needs to be truly listened to.

Los Angeles Drug and Alcohol Detox

Posted on: November 23rd, 2016 by The Gooden Center No Comments

LA Drug & Alcohol Detox

If you have attempted to get sober on your own, you know that discontinuing your drug or alcohol abuse is harder than some might think. It may not make sense to you why you can’t “just quit,” but you can easily feel overwhelming emotional and physical reactions to your withdraw that make it very difficult. Depending on a variety of factors, including your own biology, the types of drug abused, length of time, and doses, your withdrawal symptoms may be more severe, and can often be really uncomfortable and sometimes even dangerous. This is when a detoxification program can be extremely useful. Checking into a rehab center can allow you to be medically supervised, and made safe and as comfortable as possible throughout the detox process.

What happens in a Drug detox Center

Detox should be the first step in a comprehensive program to become equipped for sobriety. Before you can begin to engage in individual and group talk therapy, you need to get to a place where evidence of your substance abuse has been totally flushed out of your system. After you have been engaging in substance abuse or heavy drinking for a long period, your body starts to build up tolerance, adjusting to the toxins so that you may be unable to function without them.

The first stage of drug or alcohol detox is stabilization, and then extending focusing on monitoring and relieving symptoms of withdrawal. This may be a stressful period, and medical and psychiatric staff will attend to you providing whatever support you need. People who go “cold turkey,” or try to work through detox on their own, might find the unpleasant symptoms so strong they end up relapsing just to make things stop. Withdrawal effects will vary based on the substances from which you are detoxing, but most often fall into the following categories:

  • Mood disorders
  • Sleep disturbances, such as feeling deeply fatigued but also having difficulty sleeping
  • Physical issues, such as flu-like symptoms, tremors, headaches, and nausea.
  • Powerful cravings to take the substance again.

There are a number of factors that can influence how long the detoxing and withdrawal process will last. Some may be over in a few hours, but some detoxing may last as long as week. However, once it is over, you have achieved the beginning of sobriety, and are ready to start the work of recovery.

Do I Need an Alcohol Detox?

For alcohol abusers, the effects of withdrawal may vary considerably. Short-burst binge drinkers who commonly go a day without drinking may be able to start recovery without an intensive medical detox. However, people who regularly drink 3 or more drinks every day may experience one of the most intense and unpleasant withdrawal experiences of any substance abuse treatment. Some of the common effects of alcohol detox include:

  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Anxiety
  • Shaking
  • Loss of appetite
  • Rapid mood swings
  • Elevated blood pressure

Generally, the most intense symptoms will appear 48-72 hours after your last drink, with the detox complete in 3-7 days. The possibility of dangerous effects is possible for anyone considering getting sober from an alcohol addiction. So, even if you do plan to stop drinking at home, rather than a medical detox, you should consult with your doctor.

Inpatient Detox Center in Pasadena

The Gooden Center has a highly trained, compassionate, and dedicated staff committed to helping you through the detox process. With a low staff to patient ratio, you should always have access to the care you need. Furthermore, once the detox is complete, you will have the opportunity to get started with mental, emotional, physical, and social training that can help you truly become free of your addiction.

Alcoholism Rehab Center

Posted on: November 14th, 2016 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Alcoholism Rehab Center

Alcohol is a drug so normalized and ubiquitous that it can be difficult for some people to recognize when they have become addicted or their use is causing problems. In 2014, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reported that 87.6 percent of people over 18 drank alcohol in their lifetime, far above the consumption of any other drug. The report also declared that 16.3 million adults have an alcohol use disorder. If your alcohol use is causing harm, feeling out of your control, or proving difficult to stop, you may question why it seems so much harder for you to just stop or drink in moderation on your own. If you are concerned about your drinking and want to stop, a stay at a rehab center can offer vitally important resources to help you get sober for good.

Traditional Ideas in an Alcohol Rehabilitation Center:

The mutual peer support group Alcoholics Anonymous was formed in 1935, establishing a basic program and system of principles that has helped many people get and stay sober. Those basic ideas such as the indispensable need for supportive community, the importance of spirituality, and that recovery is a lifelong “one day at a time” journey remain a solid foundation for anyone’s recovery journey.

New Ideas in an Alcoholic Rehab Center

However, there is also a lot of new information about the brain, the effects of addiction, and ways of treatment that can also play a very important role in supporting your recovery. A recovery center will be an intensive experience in which you are able to care for all your needs and be supported in all aspects of recovery. You will get down to the roots of your addiction, develop new ways of coping and gain control over your life.

Finding which of the Alcohol Rehab Centers is Right For You

The Gooden Center has been offering alcohol rehab to men for over 50 years, and has generally been rated as above average by its alumni whose lives were turned around. But it is one of more than 14,000 facilities in the U.S. claiming to offer special treatment for addiction. It can be difficult to figure out which one may work for you or offer real help from your addiction.

Here are a few things that can help you determine in a rehab center will offer to truly support you in sobriety:

  • Evidence-based treatment – this means the staff are not simply relying on cliches or simplistic models of how addiction works, but use innovative techniques and therapies that have been shown to work.
  • Use of group therapy – One of the most effective tools to maintaining sobriety is building up a secure support network of people who can make you feel valued and supported, and can encourage you and listen to you in challenging times. Both staff and fellow addicts can offer you invaluable resources to help you, and so there should be a safe atmosphere for people to engage together, and opportunities in the schedule to do so.
  • Holistic healing – A good rehab center will recognize that sobriety is not only about stopping your drinking, but about getting to the reasons behind your addictive behavior. Determine what your triggers are, and find alternative ways of meeting those needs that better support your health and thriving. There should be a variety of programs to look after your physical and mental health treatment, and meet your social, spiritual, and emotional needs.
  • Affordability – Efforts should be taken to make sure you can afford the experience. Make sure the center can work with your insurance or offer a scholarship so that cost is no barrier to your treatment.
  • Aftercare resources – For some, the intensive inpatient rehab can easily become a 30, 60, or 90 day “bubble” that is an escape from normal life. The danger is that once they return to the stresses and temptations of normal life, relapsing as they fall back into old habits. That is why it is vitally important that the rehab thinks about what happens after treatment. Sober living, 12-step meetings, and opportunities for alumni can all renew your commitment and help you hold onto your sobriety.

The Journey To Recovery at Drug Rehab Center in Los Angeles

Posted on: November 10th, 2016 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Recovery Journey at LA Rehab Center

The journey to recovery is not an easy one. It will involve a lifelong of dedication and hard work, of rebuilding your life from the ground up. You will have to go against many months or years of mindlessly giving into cravings, and instead find healthier coping mechanisms to make it through difficult times. The good news is that you don’t have to do this alone. The right rehab center for you can offer indispensable resources to help you make that significant first step. The Gooden Center in Los Angeles has several resources that can help you through entire drug rehab process.


The first step in a rehab is an intake process, where you are welcomed into a facility, and engage with staff who will determine how to design a treatment plan that will work well for you. You will have the opportunity to ask questions that can help and the center determine if this particular drug rehab center is a good fit for you, and vise versa. You may have a lot of questions, or even misgivings about what rehab will be like for you.

This is the time to be open and honest about everything you are thinking, to have your questions addressed by a compassionate and experienced staff so they can determine the best path forward for your care. This may include medical tests and other diagnostic exams to determine how substance abuse has affected your health. You may also engage with counselors or therapists who will want to know about your personal drug history, your own ways of dealing with struggles and hardships, as well as any struggles your family has had with addiction, substance abuse or mental illness.

Drug Detox Center:

Detoxification is an important first step of healing the body from the negative impacts of your recurring substance abuse. Taking a drug, especially over a long period of time, can wreck a lot of havoc on your health and body’s functioning, and so it’s necessary to rest and care for yourself, while undergoing medical supervision and care to make you as safe and comfortable as possible. The length of time and the potential severity you will need to spend detoxifying will depend on several factors, including:

  • Your own unique bodily composition and metabolism
  • Your drugs of choice, and the doses and amount of time you have been using
  • Any co-occurring addictions

With certain drugs, the withdrawal process can be very unpleasant or even dangerous, and so trained medical professionals will be present to monitor and treat your symptoms,and may have maintenance medication to help support these difficult first days of sobriety.

Drug Treatment Center:

As your body begins to slowly heal itself and adjust to a life of sobriety, the real work on your inner transformation begins. An inpatient drug treatment center like Gooden offers intensive work and self-examination where you can examine the core reasons behind your addictive behavior, address those issues with a greater understanding and new coping mechanisms, and learn how to live a fulfilling life without the drugs on which you have grown dependent.

Intensive residential treatment at the Gooden Center takes place at the Bishop Gordon Home in Pasadena. With a very low client to staff ratio you will be connected to qualified and compassionate people who will offer you a wide variety of programs and options to support different aspects of your recovery. For 6 to 8 hours a day, you will be engaged in meditation groups, processing groups, therapy, opportunities for exercise, education groups. For the rest of the day, you can connect with people in recovery, or spend the time in personal reflection. When you are ready to go back into your life, it will be with an enlarged sense of purpose and knowledge about yourself, armed with skills and experiences that can make a huge difference in your drive to remain sober.