Located in Newport Beach, California, Balboa Horizons Treatment Services has provided a continuum of care for clients struggling with substance abuse and addiction since 2004. Gender-specific programs are available for men and women over 18, with individualized treatment plans including dual diagnosis support. The long-term step-down programs include residential treatment, extended care options, Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP), transitional housing and sober living services, all utilizing a 12-step approach.
Accommodations and Food
Up to 43 men and women are housed in two gender-separated residential homes, as well as at various locations in Costa Mesa and Newport Beach in Balboa Horizons transitional housing programs. Residents sleep in dual-occupancy rooms that, like the rest of the house, are comfortably furnished. All linens, laundry facilities and fully equipped kitchens are provided. The homes are clean and newly renovated, with a bright, home-like atmosphere. Treatment occurs centrally at an off-site clinic, to which clients are transported as often as necessary.
Licensed dieticians provide nutritional education—including cooking classes—coaching residents to healthier choices. Dietary requests and restrictions are accommodated and meal plans are individualized based on the dietician’s recommendation. Clients shop for groceries each week, incorporating newly learned skills, with staff assisting in meal preparation.
Treatment and Staff
Individuals initially enter the 90-day residential program, but those who have already completed inpatient treatment elsewhere are eligible for the extended care program. Both consist of three phases, with clients in extended care cycling up more rapidly. Each phase affords additional freedoms and privileges, with the first not allowing use of phones or any electronic devices and requiring supervision during all off-site activities. The final phase allows phone and Internet use, as well as access to computers and some unsupervised excursions.
Medically supervised detox is completed on-site, if necessary, as are psychiatric assessments that determine the need for dual diagnosis support. Medication management, as well as individual therapy utilizing EMDR is used to treat co-occurring disorders. For women, group therapy that focuses on health body image, trauma and love addiction is held several times a week, while groups specific to trauma and loss are held for men.
Daily group therapy provides guidance in relapse prevention, coping and life skills training, with process groups for emotional development. Weekly individual sessions may utilize Motivational Interviewing (MI), CBT or DBT techniques. Psychoeducation and recovery skills workshops assist with understanding addiction, while in-house 12-step meetings and literature study-groups held several times a week. Mornings typically start with meditation and chores and end with 10th step work.
After completing residential treatment, clients may participate in the IOP while residing at their own house or in a transitional living home. Schedules at the IOP can vary and accommodate those that have returned to work or school. Attendance is required at group sessions four days a week and individual therapy and case management weekly. Treatment builds on existing recovery with new focus on academic or job counseling and assistance, resume building and life coaching. Those in transitional housing also benefit from the structured sober environment, with in-house 12-step meetings and drug testing continued.
Finally, clients may move to a less structured sober living home, usually after another 90 days, or finish treatment. Aftercare services include check-in calls from staff and alumni activities. A large staff includes a psychiatrist, medical doctor, CADCs and licensed addiction counselors of varying levels, registered nurses, Master’s-level therapists, case managers, LCSWs and many recovery workers. Clients remain under medical and psychiatric supervision for the entirety of their treatment.
Addressing the physical component of recovery, clients attend the gym four days a week, with yoga or Pilates taught once a week. Recreational activities and outings are scheduled on Saturday afternoon and include hiking or trips to the beach. Some activities incur additional costs.
The family program offers family counseling as well as a monthly multi-family workshop that lasts three days and includes educational groups and activities.
Balboa Horizons Treatment Services has the advantage of offering a comprehensive continuum of 12-step and complimentary therapies through all levels of care. This means clients may be guided through their entire first year of recovery in a consistent and comfortable environment. This is an excellent choice for those seeking a long term program in Orange County.
Balboa Horizons Treatment Services
2384 Newport Blvd
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
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