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
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.
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 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
- Library and reading room to provide valuable resources