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Morningside specializes in addiction treatment of people who suffer from dual diagnosis—addiction with a co-occurring mental health disorder. It is a sober living facility with an outpatient program. Clients reap the benefits of a diverse range of treatment options, no matter what their addiction, co-occurring disorder or attitude is towards 12-step programs.

Accommodations and Food

Amenities may not be as opulent as some coastal rehabs, but they still offer plenty of comfort. The Clinical Building looks the way it sounds and serves to hold meetings and therapy as well special areas for yoga, Tai Chi and acupuncture. The residencies themselves are charming apartment buildings and small houses, all with shared bedrooms.

The overall vibe at Morningside is sober living with a considerable amount of independence. For example, residents are given grocery gift cards and must purchase and prepare their own meals (with staff accompaniment); Morningside’s transitional care facilities also allow residents to bring their pets with them.

Treatment and Staff

While everyone must follow a structured schedule, there is a good amount of flexibility available. Residents can choose from a combination of co-ed and gender-segregated groups, and special programming is also available for LGBT clients. Specialized treatment options can target chronic pain, trauma and attachment, nutrition and eating concerns, grief and loss and various mood disorders. There’s also support for 12-step and alternative recovery methods, such as SMART Recovery. An individual’s program may also include treatment for process addictions, like sex, gambling, video games and cell phone addictions. Morningside also offers an intensive outpatient (IOP) program for high-powered executives who want to tackle their addiction but don’t have the luxury of taking time off of work.

Therapy is solution-focused and may include a combination of CBT, DBT and EMDR. Clients are matched with primary therapists who are a good fit for their specific treatment needs, and one-on-one sessions usually occur once a week. Some 55 groups are available each week and usually comprise between eight and 10 people. Holistic treatments and alternative therapies, like equine therapy, art therapy, rock climbing and dance—are also available. Morningside offers a BioSound Healing Program (which combines meditation with biofeedback) as well as a psychodrama specialist. They introduce clients to both AA and SMART Recovery meetings but there is no pressure for clients to adapt a particular philosophy for aftercare.


In addition to the numerous waterfront activities Newport Beach offers, there are plenty of cookouts as well as trips to movies, sports games or amusement parks. And clients who have completed their first 30 days have the option of participating in the Morningside Adventure Program. These four-day outings to Big Bear, the Grand Canyon and other regional nature retreats help clients break through their fears and practice interpersonal skills such as asking for help. Of course, a primary therapist goes along.

Clientele at Morningside skews more towards the 20-something crowd and so the program really aims to provide residents with a path forward in life. For those who would like to finish their GED, enroll in a community college, or even begin a four-year degree, there’s the Morningside Academic Institute. Additionally they offer Launchpad, a vocational training and job search program available to all clients. A solid course of treatment through primary, extended, transitional and aftercare keeps clients on track for several months of sobriety before and after they leave Morningside.

In Summary

Morningside accepts some insurance plans, and their tapered fee structure encourages clients to stay a few extra months through extended and transitional care. By trimming some of the resort-like frills and concentrating on providing something for everyone, Morningside Recovery might just qualify as a best buy.

Morningside Recovery Location

3421 Via Oporto
Newport Beach, CA 92663

Morningside Recovery Cost

$28,000 (30 days). Reach Morningside Recovery by phone at (888) 675-3980. Find Morningside Recovery on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube and Google+

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