Chapman House is located in sunny Orange County, and has been treating addiction since 1978. Tim Chapman, the director and founder, has been working with clients and their families for 30 years while simultaneously on his own recovery path. Chapman House was founded on the premise that emotional issues must be addressed in order to properly treat those who suffer from addiction.
Accommodations and Food
With a maximum of 40 clients at a time, Chapman offers townhouse-style living, each typically shared between two or three people. Every condo-like home has a main floor with a kitchen and living room and all bedrooms are on the second floor. The overall ambiance could be compared to a mid-level hotel—cozy and quaint but not exactly luxurious. Private housing is available for an additional $5000 a month.
All townhouses surround the shared common spaces and therapy rooms in the middle of the property. Here residents will find several media rooms where they watch television without restriction. In addition, clients are allowed unlimited access to their own laptops and cellphones after completing their first seven days.
When it comes to eating, clients are in good hands. A chef is brought in to prepare three well-balanced meals, all served buffet-style in the communal dining room; special dietary needs can be accommodated on an individual basis. Caffeine and sugar lovers also need not fear—Chapman allows both.
Treatment and Staff
Chapman House is a 12-step, CBT-based program for men and women ages 18 and up; it also offers a unique residential program called Teensavers in a separate location for those between the ages of nine and 17.
At Chapman, each client receives an individualized treatment plan of 30, 60 or 90 days that includes one-on-one counseling sessions, group therapy, art therapy, on and off-site 12-step meetings and educational sessions. On-site detox is available when necessary, and takes place in a comfortable setting under the care of a psychiatrist and physician, who are there to monitor and minimize withdrawal symptoms and pain.
A typical day at Chapman House begins at 7:30 am with meditation, followed by breakfast from 8 to 9 am. Between 8:30 and 9 am, medication is dispensed followed by group therapy. Art therapy is held from 11 am to noon which is followed by lunch until 1 pm. The second round of medication is dispensed from 12:30 to 1 pm. A rotating therapeutic activity is held from 1 to 3 pm followed by a process group and dinner at 6 pm. After that, there’s a 12-step meeting from 7:30 to 9 pm. The final round of medication is given between 9 and 10 pm before clients return to their homes for bed.
The staff at Chapman House consists of around 12 people, which includes an on-site medical doctor. Dual diagnosis treatment is also extensive, as many clients often suffer from physical and mental health issues such as depression and chronic pain. Clients are also encouraged to get sponsors as part of their 12-step program, though that isn’t mandatory.
Clients have access to an on-site gym as well the option to have services like a massage or acupuncture for an additional charge. Once clients are finished with detox, they may also attend weekly outings which include trips to the pool, the movies, beautiful local beaches or local hikes.
Chapman House offers a strong, traditional approach to treating addiction. Clients attending this program will get the advantages of a pretty backdrop and great weather in Orange County, California, all on top living in townhouses that feel more like home than rehab. Overall, Chapman’s basic blend of 12-step and emotional and behavioral therapy provides a comprehensive approach to long-term recovery and sobriety at a decent price.
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