After treating women recovering from addiction for more than 35 years, New Directions for Women increased its capacity in 2013 by opening two side-by-side, state-of-the-art inpatient rehabilitation homes in Costa Mesa, California—one for women and children and another for pregnant women or women without children. The two homes are located a block away from the Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve, which provides an idyllic setting for recovery. Women are treated with a holistic, multifaceted approach that embraces the Matrix Model and also incorporates a lot of experiential and recreational therapies.
Accommodations and Food
The two recovery homes, which can hold a total of 30 women, are modern, spacious and equipped with new amenities for a comfortable recovery. In the women-without-children house, residents share rooms, which have hardwood floors, two wooden twin beds with colorful linens, nightstands and dressers for storage. In the other house for mothers, women and children share rooms, with a crib included if necessary. Both residences have cozy common areas with sectional couches and televisions for relaxing. Additionally, the women-with-children home has a large play room, which features a seemingly limitless selection of toys, and is supervised by a licensed child care worker.
Outside, the homes are surrounded by lush gardens with fountains, cobbled paths and flowers. They also have a pool, a fire pit and plenty of grass space. Kids aren’t left out to pasture either—New Directions for Women has a swing set and pseudo-treehouse for playing.
Residents eat three meals a day at New Directions for Women. Menus are very healthy and include salads, wraps, soups and warm, comfort food dishes like pasta or tacos.
Treatment and Staff
New Directions for Women offers a comprehensive and gender-specific approach that treats dual-diagnosis and averages about 90 days. This facility recognizes the struggles women face, emotionally and physically, and seeks to rehabilitate every facet of their health.
Residents follow a busy treatment schedule consisting of individual therapy, group therapy, off-site 12-step meetings, psychodrama, relapse prevention, grief and anger management, trauma therapy, family dysfunction therapy, sex addiction therapy if needed, experiential treatments such as yoga, art therapy, horticultural therapy and equine therapy, Native American treatments such as drum circles and dance circles. and general recreation such as Pilates, rock-climbing, hiking, walking, biking or working out with a personal trainer at the on-site gym. The program also offers low-cost massages, facials, haircuts and styling.
A typical day at New Directions for Women begins at 6 am with breakfast and medication. Women then attend a morning reflection meeting at 7 am and a community meeting at 8 am. That is followed by a group meeting at 9 am and yoga shortly after. The rest of the day frequently varies, but includes off-site 12-step meetings six days a week and a variety of group meetings, such as process groups, Overeaters Anonymous, younger women and older women groups, recreational therapies and experiential therapies as well as one individual therapy session per week. Between sessions, mothers can visit the children in the play area.
New Directions for Women employs a staff of 15, which includes various administrative staff, a consulting psychiatrist, Master’s level therapists, certified addiction counselors, a licensed child care worker, two meditation facilitators, a personal trainer, a psychodrama facilitator, a Native American facilitator, a drum circle facilitator and a chef. They have a staff-to-resident ratio of about one-to-two.
New Directions for Women also has a sober living program for those seeking to continue treatment. Located near the two inpatient homes, the sober living home accommodates women in apartment-style units where they can either live in a private or semi-private room while sharing common spaces like the living room and kitchen. Each apartment is equipped with a television and has Internet access. The building also has an on-site gym and a garden meditation area. The women attend seven to 10 hours of treatment, which consists of the 12 steps, individual therapy and relapse prevention. They spend the rest of their time either working or attending school and report to the live-in “house mom.”
Clients can also take part in an aftercare program, which consists of a weekly group at New Directions for Women’s outpatient facility and additional groups or individual therapy as needed. The program includes access to alumni events such as beach parties and holiday celebrations as well as monthly dinners, when alumni can discuss their recovery with current residents. Staff can refer residents to mental health professionals all over the country if the residents are not California natives.
With its brand-new accommodations, abundant amenities, comparatively low cost and comprehensive treatment, New Directions for Women is an ideal choice, particularly for women with children or pregnant women.
New Directions for Women
2607 Willo Ln
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
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