House of Hope Academy

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Current status Closed
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Checked October 15, 2010
Open.gif Opened ?
Close.gif Closed 2004 [1]

House of Hope Academy was a behavior modification facility located in Ensenada, Mexico [2].

The program was described as lasting 6 months in most cases [3]

Program structure

The director at the time of the closure claimed that the program was based on the 12-step program used by Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous [1]

They also used a level system. It was described as following [3]:

  • LEVEL I: Teens come to recognize and accept their need for help.
  • LEVEL II: Teens are assisted to place value on their recovery and their relationships.
  • LEVEL III: Teens begin to repair the social damage caused by using and come to accept day-to-day responsibility for their recovery.
  • LEVEL IV: Teens transition into the HOUSE OF HOPE Sober Living Environment by demonstrating that they can live responsibly.
  • LEVEL V: Graduation and Aftercare Program. Aftercare offers free drug screening, behavioral intervention, counseling, and continuing, non-judgmental love and support for your teen.


When the facility was closed the police found punishment cells for the detained teenagers [1].

Donald Lewis, the director of House of Hope, who was found to be working in Mexico on a tourist visa [1].

External Links

Info pages


  1. 1,0 1,1 1,2 1,3 Questions Swirl Around Closure of Teen Centers, By Sandra Dibble and Anna Cearley, UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITERS, September 19, 2004 (Re-print from Coalition Against Institutionalized Child Abuse)
  2. The area in which the program was placed
  3. 3,0 3,1 Archived version of the program homepage