A six-bed residential facility for men, Valley Recovery Center of Newhall, is being highlighted by The Way Out Recovery Rehab Santa Clarita.
Bob Sharits from The Way Out Recovery SCV invited Amy Spahr, Valley Recovery Center’s clinical director, to a recent “The Way Out Recovery Hour” on KHTS to discuss the services they offer.
“A gem that we have right here in Santa Clarita that I don’t know that a lot of people in Santa Clarita know about … is called Valley Recovery Center,” Sharits said. “They do men’s residential substance abuse and mental health treatment.”
Because The Way Out Recovery SCV is an outpatient facility and refers those in need of residential care out, Sharits said he has “100 percent comfortability” when it comes to referring men to Valley Recovery Center.
“I’m not comfortable just kind of picking random places,” he said, addressing Spahr. “(We know) that the people that we send there, that the men that we send to your program are going to get the quality of care and have the best chance at whatever successful recovery and ongoing treatment looks like.”
Located in Newhall for the last four years, Valley Recovery Center recently opened another mens-only facility in Agua Dulce, Spahr noted.
“That’s part of what makes us unique -- we’ve chosen to be gender-specific,” she said. “Working in a gender-specific treatment, I’m really able to get them at a place where they feel safe more and they can trust one another to share really deep things.”
Additionally, a gender-specific facility can help lower the amount of what Sparh called “distractions” and “vulnerabilities” that may be more prevalent in a co-ed facility.
Cell phone and computer use are another type of “distraction” that Valley Recovery Center staff remove for those going through treatment, according to Sparh.
“We want them to focus on themselves without the distractions, and as they get ready to graduate from our program, we’ll bring the cell phone back,” she said. “Because oftentimes it can be (used positively), a lot of apps that can be applied, but there are also a lot of things that have to be taken off the phone that can be a trigger or a distraction for them.”
Valley Recovery Center also stands apart, Sparh continued, because of its 45-day program, as opposed to the more common 30 days.
“What we know with addiction is that detox only typically isn’t enough, and even a 30-day program when detox is half of that stay isn’t often enough,” Spahr said. “Keeping them there for six weeks, we’re able to do detox and residential and then work with them on an IOP or PHP level of care after residential treatment.”