Substance Abuse Programs

Los Angeles Trusts

Westwind Recovery offers a variety of special substance abuse programs Los Angeles trusts for effective addiction recovery. Our goal is to provide a safe, welcoming environment conducive to healing and personal growth.
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Is There a Cure for Drug Addiction?


Treating addiction often starts with physical detox, a potentially difficult and dangerous part of the recovery process. Westwind Recovery's staff plan and execute detox plans tailored to the needs of the individual receiving care. With easy and accessible options for inpatient or outpatient detox, patients can interface with us without disrupting work, child care responsibilities, and other everyday needs. Westwind uses a combination of medicinal and holistic treatment strategies to help guests weather the storm of withdrawal with less struggle and more support. Detox isn’t easy; having a strong support network helps patients rise into the next level of recovery.


For patients who have already gone through detox, residential treatment is often the next logical step. Being in a supportive recovery environment 24/7 ensures timely access to intensive therapy when it is most needed, increasing opportunities for growth. Westwind Recovery‘s skilled medical team works closely with guests to provide medical and psychotherapy interventions, guiding each individual out of detox and into a long-term sober living lifestyle. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) sessions let us help guests determine and address the root of addiction while also identifying and treating co-occurring conditions, like anxiety or depression. Move forward in confidence with Westwind Recovery!


The first few weeks and months of recovery are often the hardest; starting treatment in a residential sober living program is highly recommended. Guests are encouraged to take advantage of our Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP). In PHP, guests visit daily from Monday through Friday, staying for up to eight hours at a time, while spending evenings and weekends at home. PHP is more affordable, easier for many patients to access, and the perfect choice for anyone who cannot otherwise get the help they need through residential or outpatient programs. Westwind Recovery’s partial ospitalization options help guests stay sober for life.


Westwind Recovery’s intensive outpatient program (IOP) provides flexible support options for guests with school, work, or family commitments. IOP is also an excellent choice for guests transitioning from our residential or PHP programs who need a higher level of accountability and support as they transition into long-term sobriety. Our goal is always to teach guests how to achieve better physical and mental health through active living, stress-relief modalities, and whole person wellness. Spending time in Westwind’s IOP environment is an effective and reliable way to reduce the risk of future relapses and addiction struggles. Having a support network matters.


Outpatient (OP) recovery programs provide another layer of support for guests motivated to stay sober for life. This option is often utilized by residential and IOP alumni who need continued support long-term. Westwind Recovery’s medical care team works with each guest on an outpatient basis, ensuring they have the right tools for self-support in all that they do – including managing everyday stressors, treating mental health conditions, or even just being productive at school, work, or family life. Therapeutic treatment options let guests choose their path forward, transitioning slowly into self-sustainability without rushing the process or risking a relapse.


Westwind Recovery’s Residence programs provide long-term, 24-7 support for inpatient treatment program graduates. Our recovery homes are comfortable, welcoming, and structured around long-term sober living community concepts. Guests build new lifestyle habits and schedules under the close watchful eye of support staff in a safe, substance-free environment, living and bonding with others who have the same important goals. Living with other patients also creates unique opportunities to re-learn how to socialize and form friendships without turning to addictive behaviors or succumbing to cravings. Guests who spend time in Westwind’s sober living facilities are more successful and better able to move forward.

Westwind Recovery Treatment Model

While treatment is a difficult decision, Westwind Recovery tries to make the experience as stress-free as possible. Out programs are different from other treatment programs because of our high level of care, our affordability, and our dedication to recovery. We employ a customizable approach to treatment. After all, not everybody can recover from substance abuse and mental health disorders in the same way. Each and every individual is different and unique, so too is the Westwind Recovery approach to treatment. As the result of our integrated approach with many different modalities, you or your loved one will easily find a component that resonates and has a life-changing impact on the journey of recovery.

Ideally, treatment involves a team made up of licensed professionals including chemical dependency counselors, mental health staff, wellness specialists and spiritual care counselors. The team works together to map out a care plan unique and curated to the individual.

Most people who struggle with addiction face mental health challenges as well. A quality provider will have licensed psychologists or therapists working in tandem with addiction counselors to address problems such as anxiety, depression, trauma, bi-polar disorder and other conditions.

Is There a Cure for Drug Addiction?

No. Addiction is a chronic disease. People with drug or alcohol addiction need to actively manage the condition over their lifetime. A quality rehab program helps patients learn to manage their symptoms, first within the structure and support of a treatment setting and eventually in their home environment where they are in charge of their sobriety. For example, an individual might start out in an inpatient facility and, as progress is made, participate in a less intense outpatient program. As the individual gains and strengthens recovery skills and the risk of relapse lessens, the level and frequency of clinical services can be decreased until maybe all that’s needed is participation in a Twelve Step group.

What Is the Westwind Recovery Model?

Westwind Recovery’s model of addiction services has continued to evolve to integrate the latest in biological, behavioral, genetic and other scientific findings and to address the disease holistically— mind, body and spirit. Today, our protocols include science-based assessments, medication-assisted treatment and evidence-based practices, delivered with client-centered focus and compassion.

During the course of rehab and based on a number of different indicators, our counselors continually adjust each patient’s care plan to encourage the best outcomes.

The treatment approach is built on evidence-based addiction therapies. Evidence-based means there is science, data and proof that what we do to treat alcohol and drug addiction works. These therapies, techniques and practices include:

Westwind Recovery understands many people with addiction and mental health issues have concerns with their body, disorder eating, and low physical self esteem. The Body Positivity group focuses on diet culture and the messages it sends people that how we look and what we weigh. is more important than who we are. Group facilitator, Caryn Raba discusses the damage that these messages can do, and how to break up with diet culture.
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Breathwork is a simple breathing technique that assists in processing trauma, developing healthier thought patterns, and creating a new perspective on old behavior. This two-stage rhythm helps calm the brain and allows clients to experience a more tangible connection to their bodies. This practice allows clients to become more aware of buried emotion and deep-seated trauma while identifying the necessary steps toward healing those wounds. Because breathwork doesn’t depend on conscious thought, it is able to successfully circumnavigate the defense mechanisms and roadblocks typically encountered during conventional talk therapy and, often after just one session, clients are able to see and feel the nurturing effects.

Breathwork isn’t magic, though it sometimes can feel exactly that. This breathing techniques ultimately distracts the mind long enough to provide clients with a respite from its incessant chatter and desperation to “figure it all out.” Results vary from person to person, but most clients report a reduced level of anxiety, a sense of being consciously present and connected, and in many cases having had “a spiritual experience” — often for the very first time. Self-judgment is reduced, self-love is achieved, and most importantly, clients gain awareness that they have the power to generate the same sense of relief that they had previously only been able to find by using drugs and alcohol.

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Individuals who struggle with substance abuse and chemical dependency often have other underlying psychological disorders that can go unidentified and, therefore, untreated: referred to as dual diagnosis. Quite often, substance abuse is a coping mechanism used by individuals to treat their undiagnosed underlying mental health disorders.
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As addiction professionals, the staff at Westwind Recovery take the health and well-being of our clients very seriously; so much so, that we have developed a broad spectrum response to what usually amounts to years of self-inflicted abuse and neglect. To this end, every client we have is afforded the opportunity to address their physical condition even as they cultivate powerfully reinforced spiritual connections.

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A brain pathway (or neuronal pathway) is like a power line between two brain regions. A brain pathway is made up of interconnected neurons, and signals travel along them from one area of the brain to another. Neurotransmitters are molecules that allow a signal to travel from one neuron to another. All drugs of abuse interfere with neurotransmitter signaling in some way.
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Psychological trauma can affect your life for many years after the event or situation that caused it. It isn’t a problem that’s easily resolved, especially if you try to do it on your own. A traumatic event is defined as one in which you perceive a threat to your life, bodily integrity, or sanity.

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In order to better understand the increased prevalence for substance abuse and dependence in the LGBTQ community, scientists have made attempts to identify common characteristics of LGBTQ individuals who report problematic substance use or seek treatment for substance use disorders. Many studies have found that LGBTQ individuals often face significantly increased trauma as a result of various internal and external factors.
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When you are admitted to Westwind Recovery, you will have already taken a crucial first step in your recovery. In addition to helping clients pursue successful pain recovery, we also offer addiction treatment for alcoholism and other drug dependencies that also factor pain recovery as part of the solution. Our revolutionary approach to chronic pain treatment, led by Dr. Ryan Peterson, is geared toward reducing pain levels and increasing function in our clients without the use of opiates.
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Quieting your mind and forgetting your thoughts has a major positive impact and influence on an individual’s attitude and state of wellness. Meditation has proven to be the key in achieving this but most people in there lifetime will never get to experience the benefits of this. For those that ever try to meditate it is usually short lived because of its difficulty to stay focused, we have discovered a simple and easy way to achieve this in a matter of seconds through working closely with a leader in the VR industry.

Our friends at TRIPP have built a groundbreaking VR software solution for mind-body wellness that is delivered through state of the art headsets. We are very fortunate to be the first in behavior health to be able to utilize this technology to its fullest. TRIPP has been testing and working with top scientists and universities to pioneer substance-free mental health solutions that use technology in beneficial ways, we are very fortunate to be able to offer this wellness platform.

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Westwind Recovery offers a specialty in Conflict Resolution. Hans Kohler is a conflict specialist, ombud, and mediator. He believes people can move into a more collaborative environment, yet most of us are not sure how to do that. His informative and engaging groups assist clients in creating objectives to be achieved and learning how to handle conflict when obstacles arise; through reaching goals and measurable objectives.
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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a form of treatment that focuses on exploring patterns of thinking that lead to self-destructive actions and identifying the beliefs that direct these thoughts. Through CBT, people can learn to modify their patterns of thinking to improve their coping skills.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a treatment approach that emphasizes balancing behavioral change, problem-solving and emotional regulation with validation, mindfulness and acceptance.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) uses mindfulness and behavioral activation to increase psychological flexibility and the ability to engage in values-based, positive behaviors while experiencing difficult thoughts, emotions or sensations.

Motivational Enhancement and Interviewing

Motivational Enhancement and Interviewing is collaborative and helps patients identify “what’s in it for me,” with regard to staying sober, working through difficult issues, and developing the skills necessary to accomplish goals.

Educational Groups and Lectures

This specific type of group therapy focuses on educating people about disorders and developing coping strategies.

Interpersonal Therapy

Interpersonal therapy, or IPT, is a short-term, limited-focus treatment for depression.

Twelve Step Facilitation

Twelve Step Facilitation was originally designed as an approach to actively engage patients in abstinence-based Twelve Step groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous. Today, the interventions are more widely utilized to help patients achieve and sustain recovery from both substance use disorders and mental health issues that affect the mind, body and spirit.

Complementary Therapies

Westwind Recovery offers many other therapies that complement our care programs and services, such as:
  • Relapse Prevention Skills Group
  • Communications Training
  • Life Skills Training
  • Recovery Management Skills Building
  • Stress Reduction Skills Training
  • Yoga
  • Creative Arts Therapies including Improv, Music for Coping and Art Therapy
  • Spiritual Care
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Distress Tolerance Skills Training
  • Experiential Therapy
  • Process Focused Group Therapy