About Us

Recovery Is Possible

Our Mission

Our mission is to administer quality chemical dependency treatment while providing our clients with a solid grounding in the 12-Step process for lasting personal change within community.

We carry out our mission by:

  1. Maintaining the highest level of effective, cutting-edge treatment services.
  2. Continuously monitoring and reviewing our programs for Quality Assurance.
  3. Empowering and supporting our excellent staff members to fulfill our mission and carry out its objectives.

Our Approach

Pax House uses the evidence-based therapeutic technique known as Motivational Interviewing (MI). MI is a non-judgmental, non-confrontational, and non-adversarial approach that attempts to increase an individual’s awareness of the full potential impact of their actions and behaviors. The program helps them envision a better future for themselves and find the motivation to achieve it. People change their sense of what is possible for their lives when they begin to fully grasp what might be gained through change.

Pax House works with each participant to access the critical hope and motivation needed to change a particular behavior or life circumstance not consistent with their renewed vision for their own lives.

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CARF Certification

As a small and relatively new substance abuse rehab, we at Pax House did not expect the honor of receiving a 3 year accreditation from an organization like the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities also known as CARF. We are proud to say that our commitment to excellent services has earned us our CARF certification. When a recovery center receives accreditation from CARF it signals that they are continually improving services and serving the community with the highest standard of care. For Pax House, it is amazing to see our efforts to ensure excellent client services and care be recognized by the community of addiction recovery and through such a respected organization.

At Pax House, we work hard to provide the highest level of treatment and our staff members are committed to providing effective and meaningful care for each patient throughout their journey to recovery. This certification indicates that we meet the international standards of quality for recovery programs and our company focuses on optimal outcomes and success for every person we serve. While the recognition from CARF ensures that our company is providing the utmost quality of care, we also hope that it will help Pax House to continue to grow and develop as an organization as well as a provider to the addiction recovery community at large.

We will always work to continue improving our recovery program and adapt to the evolving world of alcohol and drug addiction rehabilitation. As a company that strives to meet the needs of each individual in our program, we believe that our wide range of services will persist in utilizing the best quality treatment possible for years to come. Receiving our certification from CARF gives us the opportunity to uphold and build on our standards of care to better serve our clients.

Pax House Experiences

Excerpts from our Clinical Supervisor to an inquirer looking for treatment for her son… A parent asked a common question that many people who have limited knowledge of the disease concept of alcoholism: “…Is alcohol a drug?”

“…I am happy to answer your question.

The short answer is yes, alcohol is a drug, and it is recommended that an addict seeking recovery stop the use of all drugs. Pax House teaches abstinence based treatment. The issue isn’t ‘which drug hurt me and which didn’t,’ it’s that I can’t be comfortable in my own skin without SOMETHING mind altering to fix the way I feel. There is quite a bit more to it than that, but in a nutshell it’s not about which drug we are using, it’s about the need to use something, anything, to feel comfortable. I hope this helps, I’m happy to discuss this further if you like.”

As many of our staff, our Clinical Supervisor brings forth personal recovery experience and extensive knowledge of the disease concept of addiction.

At our Day Treatment Program we have outside group facilitators from within the community, who seek to become a part of the Pax House team. The following was taken from an email from a part-time Counselor acknowledging our efforts:

“Good afternoon all and Happy Friday,

I’m writing this quick note because I’m still in awe of how incredible you all are. As you know, “client’s name” (an evening outpatient client) has been struggling with treatment and has been very emotional and fearful as recovery and treatment are very new to her. She attended group (in which the other group members were loving and encouraging) and then headed to the in-house meeting. I walked her out to introduce her to some individuals to help integrate her. Without hesitation, several Pax employees and alumni hugged her and welcomed her with open arms. A few of the alumni encouraged her to sit with them and tried to include her in their conversations. I was taken back at the genuine compassion and encouragement she was receiving. As an outsider looking in I must commend you all for the hard work, values, and love you instill in your clients which continue to stick around as alumni— a direct result of the Pax program!!! You guys are amazing!!! And it is an honor to be part of such an organization. That is all 🙂

Have a great weekend!!!”

This Counselor also brings forth years of her own recovery and extensive knowledge in the realms of addiction.

The following is evidence of how much the disease is alive even with the individual who attempts treatment. We remain grateful for the talented and skillful Pax House team who “plant seeds.” This correspondence was received via an email regarding a survey she received to track her progress post self-discharge.

“How are you? I am not sure if you will remember me. My name is ********** and I left the Pax House as a client back in March. I left before my treatment was complete, against what the treatment team thought I should do.

Although I truly loved the Pax House and the counselors and everyone who worked there, I decided to leave because I was not done using. I am still using and still not done for now.

I filled out some questionnaires before I left the Pax House that were about my stay and the facility as well as the staff. They were anonymous though. Are those the same questionnaires you would like me to fill out online? If not, I will gladly fill these ones out too as my stay at the Pax House was such a positive experience.

Please let me know and I will take care of it.

Thank you for everything you have done for me, you are an amazing woman in recovery.

******* “

In a later correspondence:

“I completed the questionnaire and submitted it. There were 2 listed but they were identical so I just completed one of them. Please let me know if you need me to do anything else. I am grateful to Pax House even though I am not clean. I learned a lot there and loved the staff. Thank you for being loving to me no matter what.”

She addressed the correspondence to Marcia Burnett, COO. Pax House is family to those who stay and complete treatment and we offer a place to recover in spite of life’s circumstances. All who enter do not leave the same. Our philosophy in part is love and that envelopes, family, peace, and hope…when they have none.

Pax House Staff

Owner and CEO
James Burnett, owner and CEO, is a general contractor by trade but finds his true strength and passion working with recovering addicts. James has been helping addicts recover since 2001. James shares his past struggles with addition and

Owner and COO
Marcia Burnett, owner and COO, received her Bachelors of Arts in history from the University of California at Berkeley. She spent 21 years working as an executive at Capitol Records in Hollywood. Because of her passion for 12

Dr. Stephen Dansiger, PsyD, MFT, has vast experience in providing training, leadership, education, coaching and therapy for a diverse population. He has worked in the recovery community for 25 years and has served as a primary therapist, created

Clinical Director
Dr. Wahab is a licensed psychologist and received her psychology doctorate from California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University (Los Angeles). She completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in clinical psychology with Family Support Centers Inc. at

Clinical Supervisor
Christina Gonzales, Clinical Supervisor, graduated from University of Southern California in 2003 with a Bachelor’s degree and 2005 with a Master’s degree in education. Christina previously worked as a teacher, but through her own journey of addiction and

Operations Manager
Ladan Harandi, Operations Manager, demonstrates the transformation that occurs after committing to the changes necessary for recovery. Her personal story exemplifies the powerful and miraculous nature of recovery. She is dedicated and committed to her new way of

Lead Counselor
Victor Ortega, Lead Counselor, has been with Pax House for over three years. He has an Associates Degree in Alcohol and Drug counseling and is CADC-I certified. Victor is knowledgeable in a variety of methods for helping individuals

Karim Abdel-Wahab was born in Paris, France, and grew up in Alexandria, Egypt, before moving to the United States at age 15. Karim attended Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida, obtaining an Associate of Science degree in

Spiritual Counselor
Sarah Jean Vick, Spiritual Counselor, specializes in women’s recovery. She uses her own experiences and training to connect with her clients on a deeper level. Her spiritual application to the 12-step method imparts a unique approach to the

Anna Templeton, Counselor and Pax House alumni, started her journey of recovery on a Greyhound bus from Oklahoma to California. Since then, Anna has invested herself fully in the principles of the 12-steps. She has found her passion

Group Facilitator
My name is DaMarcus L. Morton and I am a Nationally Certified Recovery Coach and Group Facilitator. For the past 2 decades I have been utilizing my professional and personal experiences to help clients achieve long term recovery.

Outpatient Counselor
Robert Mackey, Outpatient Counselor, has been a pillar in the local recovery community for a number of years. After 35 years of active addiction and alcoholism, Robert found that he no longer had any will to keep living

Lead Technician
Jason Payne, Lead Technician, grew up playing basketball in his home state of Kentucky. After sustaining sports related injuries, Jason became addicted to the medication that was supposed to be helping him. After a number of years his

Lead Technician
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Marcus Mendoza, Chef, was born and raised in the San Gabriel Valley. Immersed in the lifestyle of active addiction for many years, Marcus decided he wanted more for himself. He now has years of recovery and fresh perspective.