Las Encinas Hospital

By The Fix staff 08/30/17

Las Encinas provides a solid treatment foundation based in traditional therapy and 12-step support to their clients. 

Las Encinas
Location : 2900 East Del Mar Boulevard Pasadena, CA 91107
Phone : (800) 792-2345
Price : $25,200 - $42,000 (30 days) depending on shared or private accommodations
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Introduction and Basic Services

Las Encinas Recovery Center in Pasadena, California, became well known due to the Vh1 reality show, Celebrity Rehab, that starred Dr. Drew Pinsky, who worked there at the time. Aside from its past TV fame, this is a top-notch residential treatment facility that specializes in substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. Las Encinas provides detox, inpatient and outpatient programs that employ group and individual therapy utilizing evidence-based methods and the 12-step philosophy.

Facility and Meals

There are three residential buildings situated on the 30 acre campus that contain a total of 22 beds. The Briar Program, the facility that houses residential clients for extended stay, has a home-like atmosphere in a clinical setting. Clients have the choice between double occupancy rooms with private bathrooms en suite, or private bedrooms, for an additional price. There are several common areas throughout the campus and outdoor lounge space that includes a swimming pool. Clients are not permitted to have their cell phone or personal devices while in treatment, but there is a shared phone that is available for personal calls as long as it doesn't interfere with treatment. There is a cafeteria on-site where clients eat all their meals. Snacks and drinks are provided throughout the day.

Treatment Protocol and Team

The detox process at Las Encinas typically takes about seven days before clients move on to the longer term residential program. Every program is individualized to suit each client's specific needs, and a regular day usually consists of up to four group sessions, psychoeducation and recreational therapy. The group topics vary from day to day in order to keep the clients engaged and focused on recovery.

Evidence-based protocols like CBT, DBT and Motivational Interviewing (MI) are implemented during treatment. Clients with co-occurring disorders have access to medication management and are regularly assessed by a staff psychiatrist. Clients explore new coping and living skills and learn how to identify triggers, and cover relapse prevention. There are also classes in nutrition, assertiveness, relaxation and health/wellness. Daily 12-step meetings are held on-site in the evenings, and staff assists in connecting clients to their support community and obtaining sponsorship.

Aftercare is offered free of charge for up to a year after graduating the program. This consists of weekly group therapy and alumni events, like BBQs. Family involvement is encouraged though not required.

There is a large staff at Las Encinas. The treatment team includes psychiatric nurses and an addictionologist, LCSWs, MFTs, LCDCs, LPCs and RNs.

Bonus Amenities

There are plenty of opportunities for Las Encinas clients to stay active. These include early morning yoga every day, Tai Chi, basketball, tennis and volleyball. Additionally holistic approaches like art and music therapy are offered.


Las Encinas provides a solid treatment foundation based in traditional therapy and 12-step support to their clients. The comfortable accommodations, variety of treatment options and experienced staff members provide a great environment to build a foundation for continued sobriety.

Las Encinas Hospital

2900 East Del Mar Boulevard

Pasadena, CA 91107

(800) 792-2345

Las Encinas Hospital Cost: $25,200 - $42,000 (30 days, depending on shared or private accommodations); insurance accepted. Find Las Encinas Hospital onFacebook and Twitter

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