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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.


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 Review

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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