Ventura Recovery Center

Ratings & Reviews
Recovery.org Reviews
  • Overall: 4.7
  • Accommodations: 4.7
  • Meals: 4.7
  • Effectiveness: 4.8
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Contact Information
555 St. Charles Drive
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
8885172319
  • $ Paying for Treatment
    • Insurance is Accepted
    • Financing is not Available
    • Medicare is not Accepted
    • Medicaid is not Accepted

Treatment Insights

Our passion at VRC is to give active adults the tools to regain life from the grips of addiction. Changing our client’s views about substance abuse requires a different approach to achieve long-term recovery. Through comprehensive 30, 60 and 90 day addiction treatment programs uniquely tailored to each client’s needs, the cycle of addiction can be broken. We are ending addiction one person at a time, one day at a time.

Ventura Recovery Center Reviews and Ratings Details

The following is based on a combination of Surveys of Alumni, Staff, Loved Ones, and Reviews and Ratings from around the web.

Reviews at a Glance

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TJK

Very caring and involved with patient and family. Their actions speak volumes about their committment to serving both the needs of the patient and the needs of the family. I have no area of complaint...

BS

Strengths: Holds client accountable for their actions  One on one therapy along with groups and studies  Family has the ability to reach case mgs and therapist easily  I can't say enough good. Weak...

Julie

Strengths:12 step Majority of staff are addicts and/or alcoholics   Close knit community   Care about each person as an individual and willing to go to any length to help each client succeed. Weak...

KB

Strengths: 12 step discipline,  frequency of 12 step meetings, many of the staff in recovery as well,  understanding of alcoholism. Weaknesses:  Inconsistent groups, staff turnover.  This facilit...

Anonymous

This facility is excellent.

Bobby

Strengths: Support. Weaknesses: Can not define weakness. The support and dedication to help clients find their inner peace and strength to find a better life

Kathy

Strengths: Food, cleanliness, consistency of rules, MOST councilors nice/helpful.  A welcome feeling. Weaknesses: Not enough physical activity choices. Not all counselors were approachable... Needs ...

Michelle

Strengths: Mental Health issues and life coaching. Also transitioning to sober life! How to deal with relapse and helping family cope! Weaknesses: I can't think of any, they have been a life saver to ...

Michael

Strengths: Strong 12 step focus and a staff that truly  cares. Weaknesses: none. Ventura Recovery Center focuses on what really helps a struggling alcoholic. Through finding a sponsor, doing the step...

JF

Strengths: Great for young people. Staff who care. Does not over cater to entitled clients. Weaknesses: some clients who do not actively seek employment in later phases of treatment, but there are di...

PAG

Strengths: Compassionate people; great program for my son, where other treatment facilities didn't work;  individualized medical detox; a full service inpatient drug rehab offering all levels of care...

Lisa

Strengths: Caring, thorough, protective, involved. Weaknesses: moderate personnel turnover. The facility was a godsend to our child in helping overcome his addiction, bringing him back to health and t...

Dana

Strengths: Staff feels like family....admissions goes above and beyond for clients. The therapists are great! Weaknesses: none. I have been to several treatment centers and this one has saved my life....

MO

Strengths: The staff is supportive, the case managers help with making resumes and getting jobs and getting signed up for school. The therapists are a great addition to the 12 step program. The treatm...

Anonymous

Strengths: Strong treatment. Weaknesses: only offers one treatment approach.

TR

Strengths: My son has been in 3 other facilities this is an amazing place.  Has given me my child back! Weaknesses: Can not think of any. If you have tried getting help for a loved one and you have n...

Michelle

Strengths: Counseling and treatment for addiction and mental health issues, detox, transition to sober living. Also job & education counseling! Weaknesses: none that I can think of. VRC has helped our...

Anonymous

Strengths: 12 Step Program. The facilities community and fellowship within. Passionate about their cause and purpose. Teaches well how to stay sober. The staff.  Weaknesses: The meals could improve. ...

TLC

Strengths: Updated often by professional staff and counselors. The workers take my family member to different outings, meetings, and active activities. VRC is everything they advertise plus more. It's...

RLB

The staff at this facility is amazing, the recovery is strong, and there is lots to do both in the area, and at the facility. This facility is geared toward young adults. They really focus of clients...

Anonymous

Strengths: Disciplined, no-nonsense facility. Dedicated to achieving legitimate growth and healing. Weaknesses: Overly institutional, mental-hospital-esque. Restrictive of visiting for friends and fam...


Areas of Focus
Individualized Treatment

Some facilities have an addiction treatment protocol that all patients or clients are expected to follow, while others customize or individualize treatment based on a person’s unique needs and circumstances. Factors that may affect treatment decisions include age, lifestyle, medical conditions, type of drug, religious beliefs, etc.

Medical Detoxification

Drugs and alcohol have widespread effects throughout your body, including but not limited to the addiction and/or physical/psychological dependence that develops with substance abuse over time. Many organ systems are affected by addiction and will react to withdrawal. The term “medical detoxification” means that there is a trained and licensed medical professional onsite to monitor your vital signs and protect your physical and emotional health as your body goes through withdrawal.

Trauma & Associative Awareness Therapy (AAT)

Associative Awareness Therapy (AAT) uses the brain’s innate ability to adapt to change in a healing way, essentially “retraining” the brain to respond differently to familiar memories of trauma or pain.

Animal Therapy

Animal therapy (also called animal-assisted therapy and pet therapy) supports recovery and emotional wellbeing by helping people develop relationships with animals. Animal therapy can be a one-time or ongoing experience.

Alumni Testimonials
  • Thank you VRC for helping me live and enjoy life again.
    Mark A.
  • All I can say is Thank You to a staff at Ventura Recovery Center, you are bringing my child back to me one day at a time. God Bless.
    Tina R.
  • I feel so grateful to say I am now able to help myself and our family heal because of the staff that they have at VRC. Thank you, you are truly saving lives!
    Michelle S.
  • I have never been to a place that welcomed you with open arms. I moved the whole way across the US to change my life and it has!
    Maddienry M.
  • Ventura Recovery Center is instrumental in saving my life. I needed assistance very quickly and VRC was able to accept me the same day I called. I was terrified but the staff continually worked to make me feel comfortable. I am so very grateful for this experience and an opportunity to change my life.
    Randi S.
  • I'm really grateful for all the support you guys have shown me, even when I didn’t deserve it…thanks a lot my friends..
    Taylor C.
Key Staff Members
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    Carl Davenport - Intake Director

    Carl is in active recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction. He completed a residential treatment program in 1989 and is dedicated to helping clients and their families access the same kind of freedom and happiness he has experienced in recovery. He is passionate about recovery and driven to see his clients succeed. Carl is the Director of Intake and Community Outreach at Ventura Recovery Center,and is involved in all phases of recovery. What makes him unique is his ability to keep his focus on results for his clients without being overly pushy or dominant. He credits his ability to temper his ambition while staying focused on results to 40 years of progressive leadership and management experience. When you call,you can expect a compassionate ear,a knowledgeable voice and someone who cares deeply about his clients.

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    Dr. Rod Amiri - Consulting Clinical Psychiatrist

    Dr. Rod Amiri immigrated to the United States at the age of thirteen, with the help of his family. After completing high school and college at the top of his class, he attended medical school at St. George’s University. He proceeded to complete his residency in psychiatry at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles where he served as Chief Resident. During residency, Dr. Amiri mastered intensive psychotherapy skills and won several awards, scholarships, and fellowships offered by various organizations such as the California Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM) and the American Psychiatric Association (APA). Furthermore, he has gained experience in teaching and was professor of anatomy and physiology at the American University of Complementary Medicine in Los Angeles from 2002-2004. Dr. Amiri has presented nationally on the psychiatric effects of HIV/AIDS at the 2004 & 2005 APA annual meetings,and was invited to be on the faculty of the Sexual Medicine course at the 2005 APA meeting. He has coauthored the chapter on Sexual Dysfunction due to general medical conditions for the Guidebook for Sexual Medicine. Additionally, Dr. Amiri has been awarded the Patients’ Choice recognition every year since 2008. This is an honor given to less than five percent of the nation’s 720,000 active physicians.

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    Bob Pautch - Executive Director

    Bob is also in active recovery from alcoholism & drug addiction. He completed a state mandated treatment program in 1988. His personal passion lies in seeing his clients eyes come alive after their spirit opens up to the possibility of a different way of life. Bob’s experience at a prominent Southern California Treatment Center deepened his innate ability to remain calm in the midst of highly emotional situations. He excels at creating a safe emotional space for clients experiencing any degree of agitation in the early phases of their recovery. Bob is the Executive Director at Ventura Recovery Center. In addition to overseeing the day to day operations of the treatment center,he stays in close contact with the clinical team to ensure that each client is receiving the best care possible.

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    Robyn Blythe - Clinical Director

    Robyn has a thriving private practice treating individuals,couples,and families. Robyn works as Clinical Director to help clients find a healthy balance between body, mind, spirit, and emotions that allow for success in relationships and work, self-empowerment, and to live a life full of hope, meaning, recovery, and purpose.