New Found Life has been offering individualized, gender-specific and cost-efficient addiction treatment since 1993. It believes addiction is a treatable disease, rather than a moral failure, and take a holistic approach to rehabilitation. New Found Life also heavily emphasizes 12-step involvement, which is rather convenient given their location in Long Beach, California, one of the most active AA communities in the country.
Accommodations and Food
Men and women live in separate side-by-side residences, which have a very homey ambiance and are located less than a quarter of a mile from the beach. While New Found Life provides treatment for both sexes, they do not interact. The men’s home is a massive, Spanish-style house that accommodates 17, while the women’s is a modest craftsmen-style home that houses 11. Both residences offer semi-private rooms, which feature two twin beds, nightstands and sometimes a desk, and have common areas with large comfy couches and televisions as well as workout rooms with exercise equipment. There are also outdoor spaces available with tables and chairs.
While food is covered in the total cost of treatment, residents are responsible for preparing their own breakfast and lunch. For dinner, residents take turns cooking and shopping for one another. Each client has some sort of role during mealtime, whether doing the actual cooking or setting the table. This helps residents learn life skills and fosters a sense of community.
Treatment and Staff
New Found Life addresses the social, spiritual, psychological and physical needs of recovery. Upon arrival, each resident links up with a counselor, who acts as their treatment adviser for the duration of the stay. New Found Life does not offer detox, but can coordinate with a nearby facility.
Treatment elements include dual diagnosis and psychiatric care, individual therapy, group therapy, on- and off-site 12-step meetings, life skills training (in the form of education and rotating chores like cleaning the patio or the kitchen), drug and alcohol awareness education, job search training, spiritual sessions with mindfulness and meditation training, and experiential therapies like yoga, equine therapy and music therapy. They also sometimes take residents on organized recreation outings, such as to a nearby rock wall.
A typical day begins with a 6 am wake-up, followed by breakfast, an outside 12-step meeting, morning chores, morning meditation and a group meeting or an educational group. Residents then have lunch at 11 am before another group meeting and an afternoon of various process groups, recreational activities like yoga or walks along the beach and possibly an individual session. After dinner at 5 pm, residents have another process group and attend an evening 12-step meeting. Residents then relax until lights out in the late evening.
New Found Life has staff on-site around the clock. Their team includes a medical director with an M.D., a clinical director/therapist with a Master’s degree, a program director/certified therapist, four Master’s level therapists, two licensed addiction counselors, a licensed addiction counselor who is also a spiritual adviser with a Master’s in theology, an addiction educational adviser and house managers. The staff-to-resident ratio is about one-to-four or less, depending on the time of day.
On the last weekend of every month, New Found Life invites families to visit. On Saturdays, they host a Family Forum that features addiction specialists and physicians as speakers, helping families learn about addiction and the full impact of the disease. After that, they can spend time with their loved ones before finishing the day with an Alanon meeting. On Sundays, families can also set-up meetings with a counselor for family therapy (which can be done over the phone as well if families can’t attend in person), do equine therapy or simply relax with their loved ones.
After completing their intensive residential treatment, clients can enroll in a residential continuing care program, which serves as a transition between inpatient and Sober Living. Clients live in apartments nearby and can return to work and school. They are welcome to stop by the main buildings at any time for meetings, to join any activities or just to socialize.
New Found Life offers an aftercare program as well, which includes weekly process groups, 12-step studies, speaker meetings and social activities.
It’s hard to go wrong with New Found Life. The staff is notably qualified and experienced; the treatment is thorough and comprehensive; it offers extras at an excellent price point; and it offers a lot of resources to get addicts in recovery back on their feet. As an added bonus, ex-residents seem pleased with the program—out of 16 Facebook reviews, New Found Life averages 4.9 stars out of 5.
New Found Life
2211 E Ocean Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90803
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