California (CA) > Rehab Centers in Pasadena, CA
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191 North El Molino Avenue
Pasadena, California 91101

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Founded in 1962 by five members of Alcoholics Anonymous and Episcopal Bishop Robert Gooden, the Gooden Center provides men with 12-step-based residential treatment in beautiful Pasadena, California. The residential rehab offers gender-specific care that allows men to feel more comfortable expressing their emotions, and keeps them undistracted from the primary goal of recovery. Day treatment, outpatient services, and sober living options are also available, and alumni may return every week for an aftercare program for as long as they wish.

Facility Center Details

  • Residential Treatment
  • Detox Services
  • Behavioral Disorder Treatment
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Outpatient Services
  • Intensive Outpatient Services
  • Sober Living Home
  • Day School
  • Private Rooms
  • Pet Friendly
  • Exceptionally LGBT Friendly
  • Men Only
  • Women Only


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  • ADP

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I do not write reviews but I have to give thanks to this amazing rehab center. I was one step away from drifting into the world of hopelessness before I found the Gooden Center. The process of finding a facility that is actually willing and capable of helping your loved one is beyond challenging. I was starting to believe that it was not possible. The Gooden Center is truly a blessing. They have been respectful, kind and actively searching for the right way to help my son through his challenges. This is the first rehab that has been able to earn his trust. He still has a ways to go... But, I have hope again knowing that he is being cared for by the amazing staff at the Wooden Center. I am so grateful!
Very Good
Staff, Counsellors and the group were all strengths. Distance to my Dr was an issue for me. I am five years sober & a liver transplant survivor. I am actually opening a sober living home in the next two months!
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What this man [Reviewer Michael] says is not true. The Gooden Center is the best Rehab I have ever been to did you have cleaning staff the food is exceptional the community there and the Brotherhood is amazing and has helped keep me sober over hundred days. The sober livings of which I am in one right now are amazing as well granted they are little old but they're well kept up and the Fellowship is amazing and too they do regular testing. Most insurances will cover residential treatment. I'm sorry there's no man has a negative experience not let this one man's review stop you from experiencing what has helped save my life.
I was referred to The Gooden Center by the caseworkers at Betty Ford as I could not afford their program. They stated The Gooden Center was as solid recovery program and more than just a treatment center. I had been to six detox centers and a few outpatient programs prior to my admit to The Gooden Center. I completed the 30 day residential program and continued to participate in the Free for life AfterCare program they offered. I needed to get back to work and this provided me with a ongoing evening recovery program and alumni support. The Gooden center house is a three story home built in 1894 and is located in Pasadena. I loved the food and staff. They have 24 hour staff and everyone in the house has a curfew, wake up time and minor chores( sweeping dining room, wiping down tables after meals and taking the trash out etc.) to help reestablish a normal routine and have a sense of ownership in his recovery and the home. The program helped me reestablish self worth, self esteem, the ability to connect with other men as I had grown disgustingly antisocial. I left with a strong understanding of the Biomechanic of addiction and they helped to demystify the 12 step concepts I had been unable to grasp in the past. I left this treatment center knowing more about my disease, addiction and the other internal issues that caused me to continue drinking despite the negative events and court recommendations to stop drinking and using. I still attend the Alumni bike rides, picnics, and events to this day. I will attend the Bowling night this November 17th, 2015 at Bowlmor in Pasadena. The cost was under the above state cost by another reviewer. It was under $10,000
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The Gooden Center is not a good treatment center for addiction. The facilities are filthy as they have no cleaning staff at all, and all cleaning is supposed to be done by the patients, most of which are young men under the age of 25. During my 30 day stay at The Gooden Center, there were several rats in the house. The food is terrible and they often run out. The \"gym\" consists of some rusty weights in the parking lot behind the kitchen. The vast majority of the treatment consists of attending AA meetings. All for $10,000 a month. The sober living houses are much worse and should be avoided at all costs. Save your money until you can afford The Betty Ford Center. Don\'t waste your time and money on the Gooden Center.
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