The Thelma McMillen Center for Alcohol and Drug Treatment is committed to successfully treating individuals who are suffering from alcohol or substance abuse or addiction, making lasting changes in their lives and the lives of their families. Participants find assistance through a three-phase, nine-month outpatient program. This is where the devastating pattern of addiction ends.

Why Outpatient Treatment?

Outpatient treatment is designed for individuals whose goal it is to get sober within the framework of their daily lives – including their work, school and family environments. It is the preferred treatment of choice in cases where the individual needs an intensive and structured program for recovery, but not inpatient care. Outpatient treatment has long been recognized as an effective method for treating addiction because the individual can get clean and sober in their real world. The program is recognized for its success and is covered by most insurance plans.


The road to recovery begins with a single step – the recognition that there is a problem. At that crucial point, the Center provides a comprehensive consultation, at no charge, to determine if the individual is appropriate for outpatient care. Consultation consists of several screenings to help determine the best course of treatment and to create an individualized treatment plan for program participants.

Individualized, Multi-Phased Treatment

Those individuals who are appropriate for outpatient treatment find assistance through a nine month, three stage outpatient program that addresses the needs of both substance abusing and dependent individuals and their families.

There is no question that a strong support system is vital to recovery from substance abuse problems. The Thelma McMillen Outpatient Program provides a wide variety of support and therapy options, including group therapy, support groups, education, and individual, family and multi-family therapy groups. Our outpatient program is offered both in the daytime, as well as the evening, to accommodate clients' schedules.

The Team

The treatment team is headed by Moe Gelbart, Ph.D., the Executive Director since 1991, and is comprised of expertly-trained and experienced psychologists, counselors and support staff whose goal is to provide the highest level of care and confidentiality to its clients.

The Facility

The Thelma McMillen Center benefits greatly by its affiliation with the Torrance Memorial Medical Center. Located on the Medical Center campus, the center is a free-standing, 10,000 square foot facility offering state-of-the-art treatment and amenities, including:

  • Private entrance and exit
  • Free street-level parking near entrance
  • Separate entrances, waiting, and treatment areas for adolescent and adults
  • Exercise room, nutrition support, and yoga classes to promote physical well-being
  • Library and reading room to provide valuable resources