La Ventana’s JCAHO accredited 6-bed medically managed, sub-acute residential detoxification facility is the first step in helping an individual manage the process of withdrawal from alcohol and/or drugs.

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Our detox team has over 200 years of collective recovery and detox experience

We understand the trauma of the cycle of addiction and meet clients where they are with empathy and respect. We provide superior medical care, safety, comfort, and loving individualized attention. Located in the hills of Thousand Oaks, California, the ranch style home provides a peaceful environment and the extensively trained staff provides a safe and nurturing home. Our medical doctors specialize in detoxification specifically and will prescribe appropriate medications to ensure a safe and comfortable experience. The La Ventana staff provide 24-hour monitoring and support during this important first stage of recovery.

What is Detox?

Detoxification is the process of allowing the body to rid itself of a drug while managing the symptoms of withdrawal. It is often the first step in a drug treatment program and should be followed by treatment at a certified and licensed drug and alcohol treatment center. Detox alone with no follow-up is not treatment.

At La Ventana Treatment Programs detox occurs in a safe, comfortable, home-like environment on our Ranch Style home located in Thousand Oaks. The peaceful serenity that accompanies the detox at La Ventana provides a transition into treatment. Counseling and group therapy is available for those who are able to participate.

La Ventana’s Residential and Residential Detox Substance Abuse Treatment Program is staffed 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. Their PHP & IOP Substance Abuse Programs run 6 days per week, Monday through Saturday with both day and evening IOP programs. The substance abuse treatment team at La Ventana consists of an internal medicine doctor (at the Residential Detox Program), a psychiatrist, licensed therapists and interns, chemical dependency counselors, spiritual advisors, registered dietitians, resident advisors, fitness and nutrition experts, and outside professionals who are utilized for their specialty experiential sessions (i.e. neurofeedback, equine, yoga, meditation, music, art, etc.).

  • Safe, Comfortable Environment
  • Peaceful Surroundings
  • Couseling & Group Therapy Available
  • 24 Hour Staff / 7 Days Week
  • Internal Medicine Doctor (Residential Detox)
  • Fitness & Nutrition Experts (Residential Detox)
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Creating, playing and listening to music is an experiential process that allows for the accomplishment of individual goals as well as a method of improving communication with others. 

Example: In a drum circle, everyone is paying close attention to what everybody else is doing, they are listening to each other, they are calm and focused, and they are respecting each other’s contribution to the whole song.

Music groups help individuals manage physical,emotional and behavioral problems in a variety of ways including singing, listening and playing music. This is especially beneficial in the beginning stages of recovery, as many people experience a wide array of emotions and need an outlet for their feelings.  Music is also a great way to reduce stress and boost moods, as well as awonderful means to connect with others and build a sense of community.

Music groups help individuals manage physical,emotional and behavioral problems in a variety of ways including singing, listening and playing music. This is especially beneficial in the beginning stages of recovery, as many people experience a wide array of emotions and need an outlet for their feelings.  Music is also a great way to reduce stress and boost moods, as well as awonderful means to connect with others and build a sense of community.

“When I drummed with the other people I got this overwhelming sense of wellness and a feeling of hope and support from the other people in the group.”
– RD

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Benefits of Music in Recovery

  • Music provides a number of benefits both physically and mentally
  • Music can reduce stress levels
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Releases endorphins
  • Releases oxytocin which can decrease feelings of loneliness making us feel more connected with the world
  • Decrease symptoms of depression
  • Improve concentration
  • Helps with anxiety and encourages a positive state of mind.
  • Creates community and teaches respect for others

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Clients do not have to be musically inclined, rather to explore a creative outlet, and use the right brain and overcome barriers and create self-esteem and confidence and alternative expression as well. And just to have a really good time too!!

Music and Meditation

One of the hardest things for addicts to overcome is the quieting of the mind. In practicing active listening, the mind is quiet. When playing in a drum circle, the mind is quiet, there is only the music. Music is a form of meditation.

 Research has documented some of the changes that take place while playing music and or drum circles and has found reduced blood pressure, increased immune function as well as increased white blood cell counts.

 In the field of addiction we often see clients unable to embrace their emotions while setting up defense mechanisms which hamper their emotional growth. Rationalizing, lying, stealing, manipulating, denying are just a few of these defense mechanisms and our Music in Recovery program helps our clients to acknowledge these defenses, recognize these defenses, and eventually break down these defenses.

It also increases self-awareness as clients take responsibility for destructive behavior they have done in the past. This leads to raising awareness of community and allows our clients to connect to others and engage in life through friendships, family, intimate relationships and community.

Isolation, a characteristic of addiction, is attacked in our Music in Recovery program and a positive and healthy self-image emerges to continue the path to recovery.

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Our Music in Recovery program provides our clients with tools to help:

  • Express their feelings
  • Manage and Reduce their Stress and Anxiety
  • Improve their Communication with family, friends and community
  • Promote their overall Wellness
  • Accomplish their individual Goals
  • Create or enhance their Spiritual growth
  • Improve their Emotional Status & Personal development
  • Engage their Pain Management
  • Reduce their Depression
  • Discover their ability to be intimate with others
  • Enhance their self esteem
  • Empower themselves
  • Increase their attention span and concentration
  • Enhance mindfulness
  • Improve their interpersonal skills

La Ventana uses a milieu of music in recovery approaches to incorporate our program into our client’s recovery. We do this with:

  • Listening to music
  • Discussing music
  • Creating music
  • Songwriting
  • Discussing & analyzing lyrics to music with recovery themes
  • Drum Circles
  • Creating bands
  • Singing
  • Playing instruments
  • Centered games
  • Improvising

Our Music in Recovery program helps:

  • Build teamwork as clients rely on each other to create their music.
  • Creates a sense of Community as the team will include some members who are musically talented and others who have little or no musical knowledge or talent. In any event a team must be built to include all members of the music society in the program.
  • To lift the spirits of client’s , feel good about themselves, feel connection to others and demonstrates that you can enjoy life and have fun in sobriety
  • Calm the restlessness in our client’s which produces a mind that is open to recovery
  • Creativity through lyric writing as client’s share their life and share their message they want to send out to the world with the lyrics that are unique to them.
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At La Ventana we have been treating substance abuse for over eleven years and one common denominator we find is that our client’s need to get in touch with their deepest emotions including their family relationships, their interpersonal relationships, their sexual identity and relationships, their trauma experiences, their failures, their successes, and uncover these deepest emotions which are often a root cause of their addiction. 

Our Music in Recovery program does just that as our clients move into an emotional state to deal with these deep emotions through music. Getting in touch with our deepest emotions is a big step towards providing the mindset and emotional state to acknowledge, respect, and defeat the disease of addiction.