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Capo by the Sea

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Capo By the seaThe Basics

Capo by the Sea is a San Juan Capistrano-based rehab specializing in executive care. They pride themselves on luxury. Capo is part of Solutions4Recovery, a small Orange County company (once featured on CBS) that until recently served teens and middle-class clientele.

Accommodations and Food

The Capo house is run by president John T. Kahal and interventionist/intake director Patty Bell in a suburb with towering palm trees close to Doheny State Beach.  All the bedrooms are sunny and spacious, and most are private with their own bathrooms. Rooms are priced as private, semi-private and executive, the latter of which is an enormous suite that takes up half the top floor. The center is co-ed and pet friendly, with a chef who serves meals heavy on seafood.

Treatment and Staff

Treatment generally means a 30-day stay, though some stay as long as 90. Detox and inpatient are priced separately, and each has a three-tiered price plan. This is because Capo offers a 7-10 day “executive detox” stay for execs who want to get back to work quickly; those ready for the full commitment pay for both.

Capo is a dual diagnosis, 12-step based program composed mostly of group therapy and one-on-one sessions and DBT. Holistic treatment options like acupuncture and massage are available as well, and both are included at each price point. Days are fairly regimented, with a 6:30 am wake-up, off-site gym time (also included in the price), breakfast and off-site morning AA meetings. Residents are shuttled to the treatment center for the bulk of the day, where they go through group therapy sessions and workshops until 2 pm. Afternoons are more flexible, with time for one-on-one sessions or recreation.

The staff-to-client ratio is generally about one-to-one, though Capo shares staff with Solutions. There are 25 staff members between the two including several psychiatrists, MDs and a score of therapists and counselors. House managers oversee day-to-day operations, though aside from strict medication management, life is fairly permissive; residents are free to use Internet and electronics as they wish.

Extras

There’s no shortage of R-and-R at Capo. Executives are free to fish, swim or shop; if they’re up for it, one-on-one sessions can even take place on the golf course. Capo also has a boat in Dana Point harbor that residents can take out with staff for whale watching.

Capo also has a CARF accreditation, a certification from an international non-profit that only five percent of treatment centers worldwide can lay claim to.

In Summary

At the end of the day, Capo is comprehensive treatment with a solid amount of few bells and whistles. A 7-10 day stay for any addict who needs treatment might be too short so luckily there is also the option to stay for a full month. Either way, addicts looking for recovery can definitely find what they’re looking for here.

Capo By the Sea
26682 Avenida Las Palmas
Capistrano Beach, CA 92624

Capo By the Sea Cost: $24,500 (semi-private, 30 days); $32,500 (private, 30 days); $42,500 (executive, 30 days). Reach Capo by the Sea by phone at (877) 958-6349. Find Capo on Facebook, Twitter and Google+

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  1. Capo by the sea saved my Dads life. Me and my family are very thankful for capo, I have actually been to the homes when visiting my Dad and they are beautiful all the staff are friendly and they really care they went over and beyond to help my Dad. Capo by the sea is amazing and I tell every one how amazing they are. Thank you Capo by the sea.

  2. Peggy Marie Gibson on

    I went to CAPO by the Sea in 2016. I never saw a boat or golfed and I never saw a chef or masseuse. But that is not what rehab is about. I could not exist any longer the way I was going. I am alive today because of my husband and the staff from CAPO. I am a psychosocial rehabilitation specialist, so I know the treatment models and didn’t think any program could help me. This was not my first rehab, and AA and NA didn’t work for me. I was upset about progressing from detox to the women’s house at Azul, because I was scared to trust myself with the second stage freedoms. The detox house manager, Sam, was there for me, supported me, cooked my meals, took me to the beach NA meeting because it was my favorite. When she bought groceries, she always remembered my favorite items. She helped me get my medications straightened out. Her heart was so big, I felt that I was really cared for by her. My therapists, Bill and Kim were wonderful beyond words. I can say I have 18 months clean because of the staff at CAPO, Jeff and Josh and Caitlyn. Yes, clients are placed in rooms by their payments. This is a for profit company. There are issues I disagreed with, but that is the way things are. If you don’t want any issues with people who pay more getting nicer rooms, you should go to a non-profit medical or religion based rehab center. CAPO worked for me so well, I just sent my step son for detox and treatment. I have made lifelong friends during my stay at CAPO who have changed my life. The proximity to the ocean is incredibly therapeutic. This isn’t a game, a retreat, a spa, or a vacation. This is life and death people. There are people dying every minute from addiction, CAPO has areas that are not perfect, but the fact of the matter is, CAPO is saving lives!!

  3. I came to Capo by the Sea on 3/15/2017 a broken desperate shell of a person. My addiction had cost me everything I ever loved; my 23 year marriage, my relationship with my children and family, and everything I owned. When I arrived at Capo by the Sea I completely put my life in their hands and they have taken the better care of me than anyone could expect; above and beyond what any other rehab has done for me.
    If you are looking for a vacation to take a break from you addiction and think you are cured, this is not the place for you. I would suggest a nice spa or resort. If you are serious about changing you life to a life without illicit substances and be around people who seriously care about your well being, and will guide you to a life of recovery, this is the best place for a person who wants to recover from addiction.
    I cannot say enough good things about the staff at Capo by the Sea/Solutions for Recovery. They truly care about every client that comes through their door. They do not treat their clients like just another person going through a program. They are completely honest with every one of their clients, even if the client does not want to hear it; recovery is the goal and they are willing to do anything (within reason) to help every client achieve that goal. THEY HAVE SAVED MY LIFE!!!! I truly have made lifelong friends with the staff, and many of the clients I have met through my continued journey. I would be remiss if I did not mention Jeff Lazzaro, Josh Buchanan, Caitlin Soller, Jerry (OG) Diaz, Jacquline Malani, Adrienne Woodward, Rob Kahal, Toni Brindisi and all of the counselors and therapists.
    Recovery only works for those who want to recover and are ready to be honest, open-minded, and willing to do what it takes to achieve a life better than one could imagine.
    IF YOU ARE WILLING TO CARE ABOUT YOUR RECOVERY, THEY INTUITIVELY ARE EAGER AND WILLING TO CARE ABOUT YOU.

  4. Brittany Edwards First of all, treatment is not a vacation. It is the time to really find yourself and learn how to live sober. Capo has done wonders for those who take it seriously. Capo changed my life in so many ways and the only reason that capo would get negative responses is if people weren’t taking their recovery seriously. Just sayin
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    Brittany Edwards
    Brittany Edwards Capo is seriously the best treatment center in my opinion. There is no other treatment center like it. And it’s the ONLY ONE that feels like one big family
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    Stephen Ecker
    Stephen Ecker Done (for S4R.) I can’t believe some of the things some of those reviews were saying. My guess is that some of them are planted, perhaps by other facilities. I cannot believe some of the claims — the people I know there, Joshua, Jeff, Caity, and everyone else would NEVER allow such things to happen.
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    William Dildine
    William Dildine It was a vacation for me. Had my own personal chaffeur, stayed in a beautiful house got to go the beach and I came back all clear headed and rejuvenated.
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    Patrick Dawson
    Patrick Dawson Saved my life.
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    Blake Hudson
    Blake Hudson I am not responsible for people, places and things, only my reaction to them.
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    Lonnie Mack
    Lonnie Mack Hey capo by the sea help change my life. In a few weeks I’ll have a year clean.Im able to spend time with my family and help others. Thank u so much.
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    Toni D’Errico Brindisi
    Toni D’Errico Brindisi Put these comments on yelp please and tell the readers that the poor reviews are from people who did not want recovery they wanted nails done and chauffeurs to take them to Nordstroms. These people will never get sober. and putting other people down is their way to past time.
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    Miranda Witherite
    Miranda Witherite I’m alive because of capo/solutions… I’ll be sure to let them know on Yelp. Honestly I’ve encountered people at that place who didn’t want the help and treated it as if it was a resort and took nothing serious…. I went back twice and people can say…See More
    David Cardoza
    David Cardoza I’m thankful for capobythesea…showed me there is a life out there without drugs..I was able to fix my marriage get my kids back..but most of all helped me with the disease of addiction… depression anger and anxiety!! I wanna say thank you to Jerry OG Jeff Lazzaro Caity S Soller and all the people at capo for putting up with me..lol

    This is one of lost souls

  5. I didn’t come to treatment for golf just wanted to state that upfront. I did however come to get sober and have stayed sober since leaving so for that I will say that capo saved my life. The bottom line is that no treatment center has the “secret” formula to staying sober they just nudge you in the ugly direction and after that is all up to YOU to do the work. I had a pleaseant stay at capo it is not the ritz Carlton but the community family aspect there is strong, that is exactly what I needed when I came in. Capo does not treat you like a patient they treat you like a person that I stand by 100%.

    Good luck with your journey,
    PD

  6. I am currently a client at Capo by the Sea. THERE IS NO GOLF!!! AFTER 1 WEEK THEY WILL TRANSFER YOU OUT OF THE “NICE HOUSE WITH AIR CONDITIONING” AND MOVE YOU TO ANOTHER HOUSE WITH NO A/C AND ALL BASEMENT ROOMS. THE “PRIVATE ROOM” WHICH I HAD PAID CASH FOR, INITIALLY WAS RATHER NICE, PLEASANT AND CONDUCIVE TO RECOVERY HOWEVER ONCE YOU GET DONE DETOXING THEY WILL ASK FOR MORE CASH (EVEN WITH INSURANCE THAT COVERS 100%) TO REMAIN IN THIS HOUSE. IF YOU DO NOT PAY THEM MORE, THEY SWIFTLY SHIP YOU OFF TO ONE OF THE OTHER HOUSES (NON OF WHICH HAVE A FEEL OF HOME OR ANY STAFF TO MONITOR THEM), THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE STAFF HAVE LESS THEN 6 MONTHS SOBER AND ARE FORMER PATIENTS WHO LIVE ON SITE. EVEN DURING DETOX MY STAFF MEMBER HAD ROUGHLY 4 MONTHS OF SOBRIETY AND WAS “MEDICALLY” WATCHING ME AND DISTRIBUTING MY MEDS. ON ONE OCCASION (A WEEKEND) THE “STAFF MEMBER ON DUTY LAYED IN BED ALL DAY AND PROCEEDED TO WATCH GAME OF THRONES THE ENTIRE DAY, EVEN SENDING 2 CLIENTS OUT OF THE HOUSE VIA HER UBER ACCOUNT B/C SHE DID NOT FEEL LIKE GETTING OUT OF BED. THIS STAFF MEMER ALSO FELL ASLEEP AFTER COOKING A MEAL ON THE GRILL OF CHARRED ON THE OUTSIDE, RAW IN THE CENTER CHICKEN, LEAVING THE KEYS TO THE MEDICATION ROOM AND HER VEHICLE JUST LAYNG ON THE LIVING ROOM TABLE FOR ANYONE TO GRAB (NOBODY DID HOWEVER, THE POTENTIAL WAS THERE). AGAIN THERE IS NO GOLF, THE “GROUPS ARE UNORGANIZED OFTEN ACCOMPLISHING VERY LITTLE IF ANYTHING AT ALL. I HAD TO COMPLAIN AND COMPLAIN TO RECEIVE MY ONE-ON-ONES WITH A THERAPIST AND SO ALL BUT ONE HAS BEEN WITH A DIFFERENT THERAPIST LEAVING IT CLOSE TO IMPOSSIBLE TO DEVELOP ANY TYPE OF RAPPORT WITH THEM. IN THE TWO WEEKS I HAVE BEEN HERE (ON MY OWN FREE WILL AND DESIRE TO RECOVER FROM A BREIF RELAPSE AFTER 4 YEARS CLEAN) I HAVE HAD TO PACK EVERYTHING I HAD UNPACKED AND SETTLED INTO WITH TO BE MOVED TO ANOTHER HOUSE (WHICH THEY REFER TO AS THIER EXECUTIVE HOUSE WHERE I WAS GIEN THE SINGLE ROOM I HAD PAID FOR HOWEVER THERE WAS NO AC (WITH TEMPS OUTSIDE AVERAGING 95-105), THE ROOM IS IN THE BASEMENT ALONG WITH EVERY OTHER POOR SOD WHO CAME HERE FOR “EXECUTIVE TREATMENT, I HAD TO ASK AND ASK TO GET A FAN AS I CANT OPEN MY SMALL WINDOW BECAUSE IT OPENS TO VIEW A WALL AND THE CONCRETE AREA WHERE THE STAFF MEMBERS DOG MAKES ITS DAILY BOWL MOVEMENTS AND THE SMELL IS WORSE THEN THAT OF THE SLUMS OF MUMBAI IN WHICH I AHD DONE VOLUNTEER WORK. AT THIS NEW “EXECUTIVE HOUSE” THEY TRANSFERRED ME ON DAY 9 OF MY STAY TO MAKE ROOM FOR AN INCOMING PERSON WHOSE INK HAD YET TO DRY ON THIER CHECK. I ARRIVED TO SEE THAT MY ROOM HAD NO DRESSER ONLY A CLOSET AND A NIGHT STAND, NO END TABLE LIGHT, NO TV (HOW EVER ONE OF THE STAFF OFFERED TO SELL ME THIER TV FOR A MODEST PRICE). NO MEALS ARE COOKED AT ALL AT THIS HOUSE WE ARE NOT ABLE TO HAVE ANYTHING OTHER THEN WATER IN OUR ROOMS AS IF WE ARE CHILDREN AND TO SMOKE I HAVE TO WALK 2 BLOCKS DOWN THE STREET TO UNDERPASS DUE TO THE FACT THAT THE NEIGHBORS HATE THE FACT THEY HAVE TO NOW RAISE THIER FAMILIES ALONG SIDE OF A HOUSE FULL OF A BUNCH OF DRUG ADDICTS AND DRUNKS.
    IN CONSLUSION I WOULD SAY THAT IN MY OWN PERSONAL OPINION THAT I WAS FLABBERGASTED AT THE STATE THINGS WERE. IM NOT SURE HOW THEY GET ALL OF THESE ACCREDITATIONS AND WHAT NOT BUT IT IS CLEARLY A CLASSICAL CASE OF BAIT AND SWITCH, PATTY BELL IS IMPOSSIBLE TO GET AHOLD OF ONCE THAT CHECK IS CUT. AS I STATED ABOVE I HAVE BEEN HERE FOR 2 WEEKS NOW AND WENT FROM PLANNING ON STAYING 90 DAYS TO ONLY THE STANDARD 30 SINCE I HAVE ALREADY PAID FOR IT AND MY INSURANCE HAS ALREADY BEEN BILLED. THE ABOVE ARE FACTS AND THIS POST WILL BE CIRCULATED ON AS MANY PAGES AS I CAN FIND TO POST IT.

    I HOPE YOU WEIGH OUT YOUR OPTIONS FOR AFTER YOUR DETOX,

    SINCERELY AND IRRITABLY,

    M.K.

    • Matthew Kirclich on

      I would like to retract my prior statement as all of these issues were addressed for me within a matter of 12 hours.

      • Some people will never be happy. Its all in the inside. If you are truly content you don’t need all the things you complain about. Until you find inner peace you will never get sober.

        • And I am presuming that while in the throes of detox, a person isn’t ‘quite’ content, now are they, Toni? You are supposed to be a professional…right??? Then you should know this, being basic info of detox and withdrawal symptoms 101. I actually found quite a bit of M.K.’s letter to be rather relatable myself. I think there’s much fact being stated in his letter. Being a former resident, those incidents he spoke of happened All the time. Capo is the Posterchild for Bait and Switch, or at least it definitely was when I was a resident there four years ago. And I would have to rearrange your wordage a bit, in that, you cannot find inner peace Until you are sober. All of the drama that Capo puts one through, makes sobriety a rare achievement in my opinion. Luckily, some of us have a very strong will and are determined to reach our goal despite all the garbage.

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