Founded five years ago, Clean Path Recovery operates seven sober living homes in Orange County, California. Distributed throughout Costa Mesa and Santa Ana, both men and women are accommodated in gender-specific homes with plans to open additional facilities this year. Clean Path also provides an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and a Partial-Hospitalization Program (PHP) in its Costa Mesa treatment facility.
Clean Path was founded by Lee Heiligman, who himself got sober at the age of 21 and has now been in recovery for nearly 15 years. Heiligman believes Clean Path’s sober environments and outpatient programs provide ideal environments for recovery success due to their focus on fostering each client’s personal accountability. Using a combination of alternative and evidence-based treatment methods, the Clean Path network of programs has clear expectations of residents, allowing them to meet responsibilities as they work on establishing and maintaining sobriety.
Treatment and Staff
After an assessment, clients are enrolled in either the standard outpatient, the IOP or the PHP track. Clients in standard outpatient meet for group therapy once a week, clients in the IOP meet for groups three times each week and individual therapy once a week and clients in the PHP attend group and individual sessions each weekday from 9 am to 3 pm. The duration of treatment in each program is progress-based and clients can step down to less intensive tracks as they accrue time in their sobriety.
All tracks endeavor to lead clients through five levels of treatment. Phase one—known as the Discovery phase—helps clients to identify core issues and triggers. The second phase is called Exploration and helps clients develop healthy habits and manage conflict resolution. Phase three, or “Healing,” focuses on emotional regulation. Phase four is known as “Purpose” and teaches life skills and goal setting. The fifth and final phase is “Freedom.” During this stage clients engage in life planning and spiritual development.
The comprehensive treatment team at Clean Path includes Master’s-level therapists such as licensed MFTs and CSWs as well as CADCs. It partners with nearby psychiatric practices to offer mental health therapy and medication management to clients with co-occurring disorders.
Therapy at Clean Path uses both evidence-based practices including CBT as well as experimental treatments such as psychodrama. Holistic treatment options are also available to promote physical and spiritual well-being including yoga, hypnotherapy, equine therapy, acupuncture and art therapy. Clean Path uses the 12-step framework in treatment and requires clients to attend five 12-step meetings each week with transportation provided.
Clean Path endorses the philosophy that optimism about one’s future is paramount to successful recovery. Counselors spend time with each client to develop a path towards reaching professional and educational goals. In support of these goals, Clean Path maintains relationships with several educational institutions in the area as well as distance learning programs which help to point clients towards positive next steps.
Families are encouraged to take an active part in a client’s recovery and are invited to family group therapy and individual therapy as-needed.
To motivate clients and teach sober social skills, Clean Path’s Fun Friday program takes clients off-site at the end of each week to enjoy recreational activities around Orange County. Recent trips include beach excursions and visits to local museums and botanical gardens.
Clean Path currently works with an affiliated clinic to provide detox services, but later in 2016 it plans to open its own facility.
Clean Path Recovery’s outpatient programs stress self-reliance and psychological and spiritual integration. They achieve this through an intensive application of traditional and experimental therapy alongside teaching life skills, goal setting and how to use the 12-step framework. Given the wide range of treatment practices and well-credentialed staff, programs at Clean Path are likely to instill healthy habits and self-esteem in those at every stage of recovery.
Clean Path Recovery
1650 Adams Ave
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Clean Path Recovery Outpatient Cost: $6,000 per month PHP; $4,500 per month IOP; $2,250 per month Standard OP. Reach Clean Path Recovery at (949) 734-7432 or by email at [email protected]. Find Clean Path Recovery on Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+
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