Choosing to move into rehab is a big decision, but it is one that can be made easier by knowing what to expect. At the Gooden Center, we strive to make your step into recovery as easy as possible. That’s why everyone is invited to visit us at our Pasadena drug rehab facility for a free tour and consultation.

While the heart of our rehab center remains science-based therapy and counseling, we also utilize a warm social environment, empathetic care, and a strong focus on making group care as part of our rehab program. Social support, comfort, and a welcoming environment are critical to being able to learn the skills of living happily without drugs or alcohol, and it’s a key part of our treatment. That’s why our alumni continue to return to meet up with their peers years after graduating our programs.

When you step inside the doors of the Gooden Center, you step into what will be your home for the duration of your stay, and we strive to make the entire process as warm and as welcoming as possible.

Intake and Admissions at the Gooden Center

Intake and admissions are the first step of any rehab program, whether you or your loved one are struggling with drugs or alcohol. That always begins with a call or email, and we’ll follow up to invite you for a tour of our residential rehab center in Pasadena.

Intake involves:

Answering your questions to help you determine if we offer the services and care you need.

Offering resources to ensure you make the best decisions for you or your loved one.

Ensuring that your insurance covers our program. The Gooden Center is a non-profit organization, and most of our patients see a 65% reduction in out-of-pocket costs over a for-profit drug rehab facility.

Requesting medical records. We ask that you have these ready when we call back to finalize admissions or that you bring them with you when checking in.


The Gooden Center offers residential and outpatient drug and alcohol rehab, so you won’t necessarily be moving into our residential care facility.

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Assessment and Evaluation

We want to ensure we know as much as-is necessary to provide quality care to you or your loved one. The Gooden Center offers personalized addiction treatment, with therapy and programs based on your mental and physical health, addiction, duration of addiction, and other factors such as dual diagnosis, previous drug or alcohol treatment, etc.

admission assessment

This information is used to tailor your program to you, ensuring you get the best possible care during your stay at Gooden. We utilize ASAM criteria in assigning level of care, and will continuously update your program based on progress, and as well learn more about you.

Detox and Withdrawal

Detox is the first and one of the most important aspects of recovery, because it’s the process of going through physical withdrawal. The Gooden Center only offers social detox, or detox without medications to ease or speed up the process. We do offer medical monitoring, working to ensure your physical and mental safety throughout the process to ensure treatment, to reduce trauma, and to ensure your comfort and safety.

Detox typically takes between 3-14 days depending on substance, duration of abuse, and the individual recovering. We begin to offer therapy, counseling, and full integration during this process.



Withdrawal symptoms begin within 8 hours and worsen over the next 3 days before reaching a plateau. Most taper off over 1-2 weeks.



Painkillers and drugs like heroin will typically leave your system after 6-12 hours. Withdrawal symptoms begin immediately and subside after about a week. Individuals on slow-release painkillers can expect to double this timeline.



Sedatives, most notably benzodiazepines, result in withdrawal symptoms just a few hours after the last dose. Withdrawal symptoms can last for weeks. In most cases, we highly recommend consulting with your doctor and starting a tapering schedule for sedatives.



Amphetamines and other stimulants result in withdrawal symptoms after a few hours, most of which vanish after the first week.

In the case that you or your loved one requires medical detox; the Gooden Center will recommend you to a medical facility offering this service.

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What to Expect in Rehab at the Gooden Center?

Following detox, we work to provide a holistic path to recovery, tacking the mental, physical, and spiritual roadblocks on that path. Our program includes science-based therapy, group therapy, and numerous complementary therapies intended to help you build the skills and habits that will help you live a happy and healthy life.

behavioral TherapyBehavioral Therapy

The Gooden Center primarily uses Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). These therapies work to identify extremes of emotions, negative behavior patterns, and behavior contributing to addiction, work to resolve and remove those behaviors, and then work to develop replacement behaviors. Behavioral therapies are delivered in group and one-on-one settings. All three are evidence-based. The Gooden Center offers special support for individuals with dual diagnosis.

groupGroup Therapy and Counseling

Every patient will have daily access to group therapy and counseling, with regular scheduled one-on-one sessions. These sessions offer everything from anger management and relapse prevention to tackling specific emotional and behavioral problems that might crop up during recovery.

exerciseComplementary Therapies

We work to provide as many complementary therapies as possible, giving you options for how you seek treatment. This ranges from nutrition and exercise therapies to mindfulness, gardening, yoga, music, art, and much more. These therapies help to fill your time, help you to build enjoyable and positive habits, and work to build the mindset that will help you stay in recovery.

group activitiesGroup Activities

Most of your daily life will be managed as part of a group. You’ll wake up at the same time, do chores, eat with your group, and go to therapy and 12-Step meetings together. You’ll learn to rely on your peers, make friends, and experience having a family of supportive individuals including your peers, the staff, and our clinicians. Recovery is always a group effort, and at the Gooden Center, you work and play together, every day.

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Aftercare is critical to ensuring you have the tools to remain clean and sober when you leave our walls. The Gooden Center offers ongoing support, for as long as you are able to attend. When graduating our addiction recovery program, we can help you move into a sober living home to ease the transition back to your daily life and work.

We also offer continued therapy through outpatient and intensive outpatient programs, so that you can continue to seek support during this time. And, all our alumni can visit for regular group meetings and therapy sessions, forever.

If you’re ready to take control of your life,
rehab is the best way to do so.

The Gooden Center is a nonprofit organization, offering science-based treatment, empathetic care, and a safe and caring environment.
Visit us today or call us to learn more.

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