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.


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. equine, yoga, meditation, music, art, etc.).

How is La Ventana's Detox Different?

We Understand Withdrawal From


The hills of Thousand Oaks provide a peaceful environment for our residential detox home


Upon beginning drug detoxification, a patient is first tested to see which specific substances are presently circulating in their bloodstream and the amount. Clinicians also evaluate the patient for potential co-occurring disorders, dual diagnosis, and mental/behavioral issues.


In this stage, the patient is guided through the process of detoxification. This may be done with or without the use of medications but for the most part the former is more common. Also part of stabilization is explaining to the patient what to expect during treatment and the recovery process. Where appropriate, people close to the addict are brought in at this time to become involved and show support.


La Ventana’s clinicians walk clients and their loved ones through a three-day intensive trust building experiential called the Family Immersion Program. When families face addiction and mental illness, the family unit transforms and honest communication breaks down as loved ones struggle to cope with the pain of the disease. Open dialogue ceases between family and friends, leaving no room to listen to one another, often walking on eggshells and keeping secrets in an effort to shield themselves from further damage. Through educational presentations and experiential sessions, participants learn about the nature of addiction and co-occurring mental illnesses, and the importance of therapy for all family members, not just the identified patient who presents with addiction issues. Some of the topics discussed are families in crisis and families in recovery, how to support a loved one in recovery from addiction and other mental health issues, setting realistic goals and expectations after treatment, and how to identify and prevent relapse. In a safe and nurturing environment, participants learn more effective ways of communicating, expressing their feelings and speaking their truth. They learn how to talk and listen without judgement so that each participant is honored. La Ventana’s role is to bring education, support, and deep change to clients and their families through all stages of the recovery process. “Family” is defined by the clients, and might include biological parents, siblings, and relatives, as well as significant others, friends, and those close to their hearts in recovery.

They learn how to talk and listen without judgement so that each participant is honored.

La Ventana Residential Detox Kitchen

Guiding Patients into Treatment

The last step of the detoxification process is to ready the patient for the actual recovery process. As drug detoxification only deals with the physical dependency and addiction to drugs, it does not address the psychological aspects of drug addiction. This stage entails obtaining agreement from the patient to complete the process by enrolling in a drug rehabilitation program. La Ventana believes the social aspects of recovery are vital and often not emphasized enough in treatment. Authentic connection and community are two of the foundational principles of La Ventana’s treatment philosophy. Staff work one-on-one with clients to find sponsorship and to cultivate a warm and compassionate recovery community that aligns with the client’s true self. As treatment inevitably creates change, clients chart a new course for their future as they begin to explore and develop new and healthy ways of relating to themselves and the world.
While La Ventana as an institution is non-denominational, they understand that spiritual coaching is instrumental in ensuring a successful outcome for a majority of clients. Twelve-step programs are highly beneficial for most clients, and having said that La Ventana also understands that some clients wish to seek alternatives to twelve-step groups and in these cases they are introduced to other programs, such as SMART (CBT-based) Recovery or Refuge (Buddhist-based) Recovery.