The Phoenix Academy in Lake View Terrace has increased the number of teen-age drug abusers it treats from 50 to about 90, officials with the center said.
The facility's conditional-use permit allows for as many as 100 youths to live at the center, where they receive drug treatment, therapy and counseling and attend a full-time school. The academy, which opened in December, is the largest of the three in California run by the nonprofit Phoenix House Foundation.
"We're a little behind in the expansion," said Elizabeth Stanley-Salazar, director of operations at the center. "As we're adding more students, we're also adding staff, and that involves a lot of training."
Although the facility was opposed by area homeowners before it was established, Lake View Terrace residents group leaders now concede that the academy and its residents have presented few problems to the community.