This past week, we ran across an interesting article on Curbed.com detailing the history of recovery clinics throughout Southern California. Believe it or not (and we think this is a good thing), our home state has more facilities than anywhere else in the country. That tells us that people here are willing to look for and accept help when it comes to facing their addictions. But perhaps the most interesting portion of the article details the state’s recovery landscape from the last 90 years.
Back in the 1920’s, Pasadena, Altadena and Monrovia were the “go-to” regions if you needed to find a recovery sanctuary. Of course back then, they were known as “health resorts.” These facilities, though, cam with a tragic backstory. Back then, proper diagnoses were not in place to treat people dealing with addiction. Residents were often labeled as having mental illnesses and treated the same as psychiatric patients (which included electroshock therapies and lobotomies).
By the 1950’s, the American Medical Association began to officially recognize alcoholism and newer treatment centers were put in place. A true landmark happened in 1982, when former First Lady Betty Ford established her first recovery clinic in the desert city of Rancho Mirage. Eventually the 12-step method was adopted and areas like Las Encinas and Malibu became a haven for those seeking recovery.
We are proud to be part of this California history and to help it evolve with new, innovative treatments. Thankfully, today’s recovery programs are much more advanced and the stigma that once plagued our industry has evaporated. If a Californian needs help in 2016, it is ready and available.