San Jose >Community & Social Services > Amicus House Inc.
466 S Buena Vista Ave, San Jose, CA | Directions 95126-320937.320066 -121.918898
Sunday - Saturday 8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Neighborhoods: Central, Central San Jose
Great Staff and awesome program. If you want to give yourself or your loved one a fighting chance then Amicus is the place you want to be. My son celebrated another year clean and sober and this would not have happened without the caring and strict support of the Amicus House Staff.
I actually get angry when I read negative reviews because I am so passionate about this place. I can only think that competitors have chosen to post negative reviews, or that a bitter ex-client who wasn't prepared to "try" became resentful. Hard to digest such BS.
Maybe I am biased as I hold a special place in my heart for Lori and the staff at Amicus. My son and I know numerous ex-clients that have remained clean and sober and are part of our lives today. That is all the proof I need!
Best Deal in town! Love this place for the change they made in my life!
My father convinced me to take a chance and dropped me off at Amicus. I was broken and broke and thought it was going to be another waste of his money. Didn't want to let anyone down again and had given up on myself. As usual- he knew better.
Keeping it simple. Amicus helped me change. Been clean since 2009! Yeah!!!
NOT RECOMMENDED. They have no detox facility, which should have been a showstopper for me. But the website looked inviting with all the quotes from the court system and law enforcement, so I thought -- maybe it's okay! And it may be okay if your loved one is not a severe addict or is not a "dual diagnosis" (has depression issues as well as substance abuse).
Amicus House has one counselor for 12-20 people. That counselor is a reformed addict, and she does a bang-up job. But with no clinical or medical experts on staff the treatment is not as professional as I wished it would have been. My loved one stayed extremely depressed with four-hour long crying jags and after 60 days he still had no plan or hope for his future. I saw no progression in the treatment. If alcoholism is a disease, shouldn't it be treated by a medical professional and not by some lay person?
After 60 days in residential and 2 months of the SLE (sober living environment -- housing), ,my loved one relapsed and ended up in jail. Plus Amicus placed him with a sponsor who was still an active drug abuser. While this is probably an anomaly, it is significant enough to mention.
I understand the addict is responsible for his/her own actions, however I believe it is emblematic that severe addiction is out of the scope of this facility. Please look at the reviews on Google for further evidence -- the relapse rate for Amicus is pretty significant.
One further item that grated me: In the admission interview, Lori Johnson the owner was most interested in discussing finances. She wanted to know how much money I could spend for how long. While in the program, the only time Amicus House contacted me was to ask for my credit card to renew his monthly fees. They never discussed his treatment plan or progression. It was all about the money and so cold hearted, I researched sending my loved one to another facility, but decided to give Amicus another chance since he was already committed.
Bottom line, if you have a choice -- try other options unless your loved one is a minor alcoholic who can benefit from the light treatment they offer.
Saved My Life – Amicus House is an excellent program. I was fortunate enough to enter Amicus in November of 2005. I had been in recovery before, but had made choices that led me back to active alcoholism and addiction and eventually into a state of complete helplessness. I had lost all hope, lost my job, my marriage and was unable to be a father to my son. The staff at Amicus house is well balanced with both professional therapists and educated clean and sober addicts that bring much needed real life experiences to the table. I was stubborn and probably would have been unable to listen to someone who had not been through similar experiences. If you think you can go to a program and somehow be magically cured or saved- good luck. Getting/staying sober requires willingness! Amicus House provided me with a fresh start. They re-introduced me to the 12 steps and 12 step meetings which are an important and necessary part of my ongoing recovery. I have been clean and sober since I entered Amicus house almost four years ago. I have my life back, my family, my son and have embarked on a remarkable career. I will forever be grateful to Amicus House and recommend this program to anyone who is serious about changing their life.
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