When drugs and alcohol take over, it can feel like there's no way out. The truth is — people that came in feeling that same helplessness are leaving here now healed, sober and with renewed purpose. Even if it's not your first rehab, this will be your best.
Only 12 clients are allowed at a time, making your treatment truly personalized and private. A full list of holistic options like acupuncture, music therapy and yoga compliment the intense, daily therapy sessions.
You deserve addiction care that truly cares.
Ambrosia Treatment 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
Are you an alumni, staff member, or loved one of someone who went to this facility?
My stay here was informative and the care of the staff really helped me. was incredible and so was the food.
i love the beautiful experiance i had while at the forefront of recovery
My stay here was great. Everyone that works here was super easy to talk to. Food was great. 1 on 1 sessions at least 2 times a week. Would recommend
I greatly enjoyed my stay at ambrosia for my recovery, the food was superb, the staff was friendly, caring, and had a great work ethic. i highly recommend ambrosia for rehabilitation for anyone.
I honestly don't think my first experience going through treatment would have impacted my recovery as deeply as this facility has. I am truly grateful to have been able to have gone here; to have met ...
My experience was wonderful! I have been to several treatments and this is by far the best one i have attended. They have exceeded my expectations and I truly felt cared for by all staff. I would high...
Forefront @ Ambrosia is hands down one of the best treatment centers. The staff are awesome and caring. The facility is clean and they truly make you feel at home. I would highly recommend this place ...
I am a cronick relapser and this facility was incredible. They were able to bring things out of me that i had never dealt with or understood about who I am. Please come here if you do not know what to...
This was a great experience. The staff are all amazing and were significant in my ability to recover from my addiction.
I am beyond grateful for Forefront. They helped me get my mind and life back in order. I highly recommend this facility for anyone who is serious about getting sober.
i really enjoyed my time here, and learned a lot of things that will help me in my future. forefront gave me some really good tools to use when i am feeling a type of way. thank you forefront most dif...
I received excellent treatment at this facility The staff and the clinical team are amazing. I was here for 30 days. The facility is beautiful. Busy days and nights. The food is also great. Very healt...
Forefront is an amazing rehabilitation center, from the staff to the facilities and accommodations. I truly felt I was in the right place for the treatment that I needed. The chef prepared meals from ...
I am so grateful that I came here. I didn't want to go, but my parents pulled the trigger for me and called. The tech who convinced me to walk in the door when I wanted to run away saved my life. Some...
A few people I know recommend Ambrosia and I called for my husband when his life was falling apart. After speaking to someone at the center I knew it was the right place. They helped me understand the...
My stay at Forefront was nothing short of incredible. From the amazing food and beautiful scenery to the wonderful staff and program here it's been a keystone for my recovery. It's hard not to feel at...
Forefront has been an amazing experience and I'm having a hard time leaving the wonderful staff, the great clients, and the beautiful facility. This program is truly life-changing and the amount of su...
My experience at Forefront has been like none other. After many trial and errors, I had written off treatment centers entirely. But through the gift of desperation and a very patient admission team, I...
This place is absolutely awesome for recovery. The staff is great and everything is set up very well. The food is also amazing. If you or a loved one is looking for recovery I would definitely recomme...
forefront was a very good first experience, and i loved all the staff here
My son finally learned how to deal with his issues! Even the simple phone calls to me personally made a difference.
Areas of Focus
This term describes one-on-one therapy, in which a patient and trained counselor, social worker, psychologist or psychiatrist meets privately with a patient to discuss challenges related to lifestyle, work, family and romantic relationships that may have contributed to the development of an addiction.
Addiction recovery does not end with discharge after completing a rehab program. Facilities that offer aftercare planning and/or support work with patients to ensure sustainable recovery by helping to plan and make arrangements for transitional or sober living, help with housing, vocational counseling, etc.
Creative Arts Therapy
Writing, making art or engaging in theater can be deeply therapeutic for people working to recover from addiction. Many facilities offer one or several forms of creative arts therapy as a way to help patients learn to express their feelings in productive ways.
Facilities that offer “holistic therapy” see and treat patients in the context of their entire lives and health status. They treat the “whole person,” not just the addiction.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
The focus of cognitive behavioral therapy (also called CBT) is helping people to understand the thoughts and emotions that underlie their addiction with the goal of learning new, healthier and more productive ways to understand and express themselves.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR is a highly specific, research-validated form of therapy that can help people overcome traumatic stress, anxiety and depression. With EMDR, a trained practitioner uses bilateral stimulation, eye movement and touch to stimulate parts of the brain as a patient recounts certain experiences and memories as a way to more thoroughly process uncomfortable, painful feelings.
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.
The term “12 Step Program” describes a way to recover from addiction that is based on the model developed by Alcoholics Anonymous. Many drug and alcohol treatment centers base their treatment on 12 steps – the first three of which are situational, the next four addressing the practical issues created by the addiction, followed by two steps focused on making amends for hurting others. Steps 10 and 11 involve a deeper examination of the previous steps and the final step is focused on helping others avoid and recover from addiction.
Patients who undergo intensive outpatient treatment continue to live at home and sometimes go to school or work while participating in a highly structured treatment protocol that is focused on ending substance abuse. Programs vary in terms of how much treatment patients receive, how often and for how long. Some facilities design individualized intensive outpatient treatment programs.
Outpatient treatment describes all addiction treatment that is not residential. Patients live at home while undergoing rehab.
Residential treatment programs provide housing (food and meals) in addition to treatment for substance abuse. Some facilities offer only short-term residential treatment, some offer only long-term treatment and others offer both, ranging from a few days to many months, based on patient needs.
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.
Dual Diagnosis/Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment
These two terms describe a person who is not only addicted to drugs or alcohol, but also has a mental or emotional illness, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc. Facilities that treat patients with dual-diagnosis or co-occurring disorders provide psychiatric treatment in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation services.
Though not all rehab facilities offer “medical detoxification,” all people with an addiction to drugs or alcohol will experience intense physical and emotional changes and discomfort as their bodies react to withdrawal of the addictive substance. Many people use the term “detox” to refer to the period of time (ranging from a few days to a week) when the body is reacting to an addict’s decision to stop using.
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.
Research shows that the odds of successful, sustained recovery from addiction are far higher when family members and loved ones are involved in treatment. Drug and alcohol addiction often have genetic roots, whether related to substance abuse, mental illness or both. Family dynamics also play a role and, often, family members are the first to realize a loved one has developed an addiction. Also, it’s important for family members to understand and embrace the lifestyle changes that are required to sustain recovery.
Client & Family Support Groups
Group therapy is a vital component of addiction recovery treatment, considered as important and effective (sometimes even more so) than individual therapy. Benefits include reducing isolation and loneliness and providing the opportunity to learn from others in recovery. In the addiction setting, group therapy is run by trained professionals who guide participants toward a shared goal of recovery.
Sobriety is a gift and I thank you for helping me get there.
Thank you for the kindness you showed my son, Damon. You were there for him when he really needed a friend and ally. I am very grateful for all of the time you spent with me over the telephone as well. We are both very lucky to have you on our sides.
My time here was a game changer. The staff at truly care about the well being and recovery of each client. They genuinely do everything they can to build the best foundation possible for each person who walks through their doors. And the fact that some of the staff have gone through addiction themselves, makes for an incredibly authentic environment. Not only did I feel extremely safe and loved, but I was also pushed to be apart of my own recovery and truly fight for my life. I am forever grateful for my time spent here.
Key Staff Members
Dr. Rodney Collins MD, PsyD
- Medical Director
Dr. Rodney Collins is a board certified Addiction Medicine and General Adult Psychiatrist. He started his career in the Army as General Medical Officer in 1984. He then practiced general and emergency medicine for eight years prior to his residency training in Psychiatry at UCLA and Sepulveda V.A. Medical Center. Dr. Collins originally graduated from Stanford University and received his medical degree from Howard University in Washington D.C.
"The addiction epidemic is real. I'm here to remind those affected that they do matter and that there is hope for a fulfilling life in recovery."
Dr. Danielle White PsyD
- Clinical Director
Dr. Danielle White is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with over 15 years of experience providing psychotherapy and supervision in inpatient hospitals, other residential treatment programs, community mental health settings and private practice with primary emphasis on substance abuse and dual diagnosis issues.
“Each individual in recovery has a story; that’s what makes their situation unique. By taking a more holistic approach to treatment, one that focuses on healing the mind, body and spirit, core issues can be brought to the forefront.”
- Executive Chef
Chef Johnnie is an L.A. native with an East Coast Italian heritage. He was born and raised in the food industry at his family’s Restaurant San Gennaro, in Brentwood Village. If you were there in the ‘80s and saw pizza dough twirling from the open kitchen, chances are there was an eight-year old Chef Johnnie under it.
"I make everything from scratch — from classics like eggplant parm to seared sesame-crusted tuna. Nutrition is critical to feeling better physically, which is the first step in recovery."
This Center is Known For...
2:1 Staff to Client Ratio
Personalized Meals to Dietary/Nutrition Preferences
MA in Spiritual Psychology
Certified Recovery Coach
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