The Grand Opening and Ribbon-Cutting of the Renaissance Short-Stay Program at Phoenix House Academy of Los Angeles takes place on August 15, 2012. The Opening is followed by a Networking Lunch with featured speaker, Dr. Barry Solof, M.D., the regional chief of addiction medicine for the Southern California Permanente Medical Group. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Solof served as the chief of addiction medicine at Kaiser Permanente in Baldwin Park for five years and held medical director positions at the Chemical Dependency Unit at Tustin Hospital, Washington Medical Center Recovery Unit in Culver City and Outpatient Chemical Dependency Service at New Beginnings Hospital in Lakewood. Before joining Kaiser in 2000, Dr. Solof held a private practice in addiction medicine for 20 years, wherehe primarily served Edgemont Hospital inLos Angeles.
The “Renaissance” Program offers a new approach to substance abuse treatment that boosts positive outcomes. It is recommended for adolescents who lack the motivation and/or social support system to remain abstinent from drugs, but do not require full hospitalization. This effective, innovative program, based on the Stages of Change model, incorporates assessments, case management and treatment planning, individual and group counseling, education, recreation, and intensive family services. Clients attend a fully accredited on-site high school managed by the Los Angeles County Office of Education and participate in various enrichment activities, such as the award-winning Phoenix Rising Music Program in a fully equipped professional music studio, sports and fitness classes, and more.
The length of stay varies according to each teen’s treatment needs (7-30 days or more). The focus of treatment is on helping young people move from lives of continual crisis to problem solving and conflict resolution. This is accomplished by making changes not only in negative and unhealthy behaviors, but also in the attitudes that cause these behaviors. After comprehensive psychiatric assessments (within first 48 hours), residents receive individualized intensive crisis intervention and progress to learn new skills in evidence-based group counseling sessions, e.g. Seeking Safety, Aggression Replacement Training, and the Strengthening Families Program.
Established in 1994, Phoenix House Academy of Los Angeles offers a strength-based, gender-specific treatment continuum for teens with substance abuse and/or co-occurring mental health issues. The highly professional full-time staff includes a Board-certified psychiatrist and licensed mental health professionals. The Academy is fully accredited by the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs and by CARF, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. The facility is licensed to house 80 males and 40 females.