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Chapters Capistrano, a beach house facility based in San Clemente, California, is a dual diagnosis center for men and women 18 and over that offers some solid assets for those ready and willing to get sober.

Accommodations and Food

The house can have a maximum of 10 residents, all living in rooms with oceanfront views (six out of eight of which are private suites) and outfitted with queen-sized beds and HD TVs.  They’re technology friendly, meaning residents can bring cell phones and laptops. To top it all off, there’s a sizable in-house gym, a pool, a sauna and Jacuzzi, all aside from the ocean in the backyard. And they’re even upfront about their no-hidden-costs policy, which is definitely a plus; unfortunately, there’s always a catch.

Another plus is Sal, their chef from New York who serves up food with an Italian twist that is reportedly amazing, with plenty of seafood in the mix (he’ll also accommodate dietary needs within reason).

Treatment and Staff

On-site detox is available and included in the price. Treatment itself tries to be everything to everyone. There are 12-step and non-12 step treatment tracks available, though only the latter is required in the form of a Wednesday night SMART Recovery meeting. Upon entry, residents get comprehensive testing in the form of medical/psych evaluations, a bio-psycho-social screen and a dietary assessment. Lengths of stay are flexible as well, and they also offer seven and 14-day private detoxes (for those “who have been through treatment before,” though the marketing suggests otherwise).

An average day includes a 6:30 wake-up followed by breakfast and meds, morning reflection and gym time until morning group at 11 am. At 12:30, there’s lunch and meds, and individual therapy until 1:30. Next begins rotating groups until 3 pm, which leads into rotating sessions from 3-5 pm that include nutritional groups, yoga, massage, study time and so on, along with time to attend optional off-site AA meetings. Dinner and meds starts at 5 followed by a daily goals inventory until 6:30. After that comes free time at 9:30, one more dose of meds and lights out at 11:00 pm.

Despite the option for detox, there’s no on-site doctor; the medical staff is limited to day and night nurses (one each), a consulting psychiatrist and an on-site physician’s assistant.

There are enough staff for a greater-than one-to-one ratio. Only four of the staff are accredited drug and addiction counselors, each with varying degrees of actual experience. The majority of staff members fall into the specialty category—including an acupuncturist, a fitness coach/nutritionist, a yoga instructor and a massage therapist. There is even a spiritual advisor/life coach, but the non-religious should be forewarned that he’s also a local Christian minister.


TV privileges are pretty lenient throughout the week, and there are also shopping trips on Sundays as well as other local weekend outings (though incidentals are extra).

In Summary

While Chapters offers daily one-on-one therapy, solid accommodations and a variety of treatments at an affordable price. With 12-step as well as other recovery programs available, extra perks and a spiritual advisor, this could be a spot that could launch clients onto recovery road.

Chapters Capistrano Location

1525 Buena Vista
San Clemente, CA 92672

Chapters Capistrano Cost

$24,500 (30 days). Reach Chapters Capistrano by phone at (888) 334-7509. Find Chapters Capistrano on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube

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