WHO WE ARE
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Who We are
No one decides to become an addict. There are normally very complex and deeply personal reasons for falling prey to such a debilitating disorder. At goldenroadrecovery.com we see addiction as a symptom of a larger illness, almost as an attempt to self medicate and keep that illness at bay. Here, our philosophy is different. We believe that treating an addiction is only part of the healing process. We look to rehabilitate the whole person, and identify the barriers each client has to achieving long-term recovery from substance abuse.
"Courage is knowing what not to fear"
Treatment Designed for You
At our Treatment Center, we crafted our own unique program that combines evidence-based therapies with holistic techniques to treat the mind, body, and spirit of each client. Client experience treatment in a safe and warm environment of mutual understanding and peer support. We aim to give you control of your life back, help you reconcile with your past and empower you to embrace the future.
What Makes Us Different?
Why Choose Us?
Meet Our Treatment Professionals
Ari Labowitz, M.A., LMFT
Ari practices from strengths-based approach, while using a humanistic experience to allow the client to feel safe and grow. Ari has an extensive background working with individuals, couples, and families. He treats each person as an individual, assessing his or her difficulties, and focusing on his or her positives. A focus of Ari’s profession surrounds the drug and alcohol treatment field. He has extensive experience and knowledge surrounding recovery. Another focus of Ari’s practice is couples and relationships. He has worked for a number of years with many individuals and couples experiencing difficulties in relationships.
Dr. Neda Javaherian, M.D.
Dr. Javaherian specializes in the treatment of psychiatric disorders including depression, anxiety, attention deficit disorder and addiction through medication management. Member of the American College of Psychiatrists and American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology. Completed her residency training in psychiatry at the University of Southern California Medical Center Joined USC faculty and was on staff teaching medical students/residents. Special interest in the management of Anxiety, Depression, & Addiction.
Jason A. Aaronson, LMFT CATC-IV
Jason Aaronson is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Treatment Counselor and an Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist(LMFT) with extensive experience in most clinical, operational, administrative, billing/insurance aspects of care. Jason has formerly worked in six other well-established dual diagnosis treatment programs. Jason has an in-depth history facilitating family, couples, individual and group therapeutic sessions. Jason is well versed in JCAHO compliance measures; developing, writing and implementing policies and procedures and utilization reviews for billing and insurance purposes. Although, he thoroughly enjoys the administrative aspects of co-morbid treatment, imperative to ethically and efficiently providing a high-quality standard of care, Jason’s true passion comes in the form of one on one interactions with clients. Jason prides himself on a willingness to learn and grow, always yearning to expound upon his exposure to new concerns arising in this field.
Anne Brand, RN
Detox Specialist, Specializing in addiction medicine, Knowledgeable about addiction and proper detox techniques to maximize clients comfort, Encourage non medical forms of recovery management to help with physical and mental health.
Abraham incorporates hands on interaction with the clients in hopes of creating a safe place that breeds hope in people’s lives. Abraham has been in recovery over 3 years and feels the need to give back to the community as well as support others with substance abuse and mental health issues. Abraham has donated to many charitable organizations and continues to build strong professional relationships within the industry to help connect our clients with the appropriate options for aftercare.
Elise has a BA in Television Production with a minor in Marketing and her RADT. She has a strong passion for helping others and thrives in a team environment. She’s rapidly moved up to lead tech through her commitment to her job, communication skills and eye for detail. Elise has been submerged in the recovery scene since her teenage years and loves the community and fellowship she has found there. Her five children and five pets indicate her nurturing and caring nature. They are her pride and joy in life.
Kendall has a passion for helping others battle their addiction and get back on track with their life. Being in recovery herself; she has first hand experience overcoming the wreckage substance abuse can cause. Kendall has been working in the substance abuse industry for 4 years. She was mentored at multi-house program where she learned the ins and outs of detox and residential treatment on both the administrative and clinical side. Kendalls goal is to continue increasing her knowledge on all operational aspects of treatment.
Damaris Sierra, AMFT
Damaris is an experienced Registered Alcohol and Drug Technician with experience spanning from working with patients on an individual basis, conducting group therapy sessions, as well as working with families with substance issues. She graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from California State University, Northridge and is currently working towards her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage & Family Therapy at Pepperdine University. Her passion is helping her patients reach their fullest recovery potential. She is inspired to work with individuals to help them on their journey to recovery because everyone deserves a second chance. In her free time, she loves to read, hiking the Santa Monica mountains, and spending time with her orange tabby named Boots.
Dr. Elad refers to his medical philosophy as a "whole body approach." Rather than chasing the pain Dr. Elad looks at the associated areas to see all the issues that may be related. Dr. Elad firmly believes that in order to achieve the most success it's important for the patient to also be a part of the process not just in the office but at home as well which is why he examines his patients’ lifestyles and proposes small adjustments that could improve their overall health. These changes could range from eating healthier foods to avoiding activities that stress out the mind and body and lifestyle ergonomics. The treatment plans Dr. Elad designs also incorporate exercise, massage, and nutritional counseling when necessary.
Summer Jasmine Lall, MT-BC
Summer Jasmine Lall, MT-BC is a Board Certified Music Therapist and obtained her Music Therapy degree from Berklee College of Music in 2008, Summa cum laude. Summer is the founder CradleSong Birthing and Rhythm and Truth Music Therapy specializing in recovery. She developed the Resistance to Resilience online training programs to teach professionals best practices in using music therapy using modern genres. Summer is the U.S. representative for the Rhythm2Recovery therapeutic drumming program and is also a HeartMath Certified Trainer. She is a Sound Birthing Fellow and trained in HealthRHYTHMS, Beat The Odds, RISE/LGBTQ, Pro-ACT de-escalation, C-SEC and Risking Connection trauma informed care. Summer has practiced music therapy in schools, shelters, daycares, foster camps, yoga studios, correctional facilities, group homes, treatment centers, hospice and hospitals. In addition to her broad local outreach, music has taken her to over 20 countries around the globe. When she is not practicing music therapy, Summer is writing, recording or performing with her band PWR CPL, hoping to inspire positive change through music however she can.
Virginia has over 500 hours of yoga teacher training and experience, sound bath certification and is also certified in nutritional therapy. Virginia has a passion for helping others step into their power and improve quality of living. With an emphasis on breathing techniques, asana, and meditation, she promotes intentional yoga to encourage physical health, mental wellness, and believes that yoga as a “skill in action” is an empowering tool in the recovery kit!
Jennifer had her B.A. in Psychology and recently earned her M.S. in Counseling and is now an associate marriage and family therapist. She did her practicum at Casa Treatment Center where she worked with women who had co-occurring disorders. There she was able to complete individual and group sessions. She aspires to specialize in helping clients with co-occurring disorders. One thing Jennifer has learned through her journey is that everyone's journey is not white nor black but many shades of grey.
Naomi Barahona is a Registered Alcohol and Drug Technician who has experience with individuals in substance abuse. Naomi is an accomplished, knowledgeable, and skilled case manager who is highly motivated to advocate for and empower individuals to lead fulfilling lives. Naomi works alongside the clinical team to help promote consistency, a key ingredient of recovery, and she works with clients weekly to help achieve progress towards goals. Naomi graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California, Riverside. Naomi plans to continue her educational career at California State University, Northridge, where she will study Applied Behavior Analysis. On her free time, Naomi enjoys hiking, running, and spending time at the beach.
Brittney Barragan began her career in the healthcare field as a Medical Assistant and decided to further her education to become a LVN. She started her LVN journey working in a substance abuse treatment facility. She came to Golden Road Recovery with 6 years of substance abuse and mental health experience. She is a caring and empathetic individual who Is truly passionate about helping individuals achieve their goals while remaining connected to their recovery. She looks forward to being a part of every client’s journey.
Patti has worked in the field for over 10 years. She graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from California State University, Northridge. She has a wide range of experience in substance abuse, including motivational interviewing, Anger Management and relapse prevention. Patti has had great success meeting clients where they are mentally and emotionally and building rapport with a diverse population of clients towards personal growth.
Amanda’s interest and passion for cooking began as a result of growing up within her mother’s restaurant, “Su Casita Mexican Restaurant.” When she got clean and sober in August of 2019, she realized a career in cooking was her destiny. Her amazing journey in recovery, ultimately lead her to creating and preparing delicious, wonderful one of a kind meals and desserts in rehabilitation facilities for individuals often lacking nutritional stability. Along with finding her calling, this personal transformation allowed her the opportunity to truly be a source of inspiration and hope for those around her.
Ryan Russ has been clean and sober for over 19 years. Ryan hasbeen working with clients who struggle with mental health,substance abuse, and co-occurring disorders for the past sixyears. He’s extremely passionate in helping others andproviding them with healing modalities in order to cope withthe challenges and opportunities of early sobriety. His passion for yoga began when he first discovered thePractice 15 years ago, and particularly how beneficial it is toleading a sober life. He founded SunsetLAYoga as part of this journey in 2019. He finds overlapping principles in the yogic practice thatcomplement what people are going through in sobriety. He received his 500-Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Trainingcredential from the Sivananda Yoga Ashram, which is overseenby Swami Brahmananda with a direct lineage to SwamiSivananda, the founder of this practice. He recently completeda mindfulness course that focused on the Yoga Sutras.Sivananda Yoga is a holistic approach to Hatha Yoga, whichincludes five branches of yoga philosophy: proper exercise,relaxation, breathing, meditation and diet. Ryan has been facilitating groups at various treatment centersall over Southern California. He also provides one-on-oneinstruction, taught both in person and on Zoom.