New Horizon Recovery (NHR) is a residential treatment program located in a gated community in Encinitas, California, just north of San Diego. NHR was established in 1979 by owner Mike Wilson whose goal was to foster a comfortable and supportive recovery community. The standard at New Horizon is to treat addiction through both holistic and traditional therapeutic models. In its resort-like setting, clients receive care from staff including house directors (many of whom are alumni in recovery) and psychologists.
New Horizon’s proximity to beaches and hiking trails allows clients to enjoy the idyllic outdoor advantages of life in Southern California, with the average year-round temperature of 76 degrees taking the edge off early recovery. They offer programs in 30, 60 and 90 day varieties.
Accommodations and Food
As a 12-bed facility with all private rooms, residents at NHW enjoy both luxury and privacy. All private rooms have twin beds. There is a TV and a computer available to clients in the common areas. Once a client has become sober and integrated into the program, they can use laptops in their rooms.The property is dotted with palm trees and maintains neatly manicured lawns. There is also a sprawling patio equipped with beach furniture and a grill.
Full-time chefs are on staff to prepare healthy, home-cooked dinners for clients. The overall setting and attitude at New Horizon Recovery promises clients a “home away from home.” Clients prepare their own breakfast and lunch. The lead chef is Italian, so dinners are comprised of authentic Italian fare. He grocery shops every day for fresh ingredients to prepare for his meals.
Treatment and Staff
Upon intake, each client meets with the program director followed by a consultation with a medical doctor specializing in addiction. Staff complete an assessment of each resident, including an evaluation of whether Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) would be appropriate. Nurses lead these assessments; medications such as Suboxone, Naltrexone, Subutex and Campralto are used to ease withdrawal symptoms.
The residential program offers two group therapy sessions and one individual session per day. Family therapy is available as needed throughout treatment. Most activities take place on-site though staff also accompany clients to off-site 12-step meetings. All treatment is based on CBT-oriented therapy.
Intensive Outpatient (IOP) treatment is also available to clients on a case-by-case, individualized basis. Clients attend individual and group counseling up to six days a week for three hours a day, though they are not required to attend sessions for that many days a week. Clients determine the level of care they receive with the help of their counselors and therapists. Those with co-occurring disorders are treated on-site by visiting psychiatrists.
The staff includes a physician, nurse practitioners, Master’s-level counselors, a psychiatrist, a psychologist and a family therapist.
Aside from on-site treatment there are also frequent outings, with activities including water sports at the beach, hiking trips at nearby Torrey Pines State Park, bike riding excursions and visits to the bowling alley. Staff arrange movie nights for residents as well as group barbecues on the patio. Clients have access to an on-site gym as well as yoga and meditation classes twice a week.
Counselors help clients incorporate family therapy sessions into their schedules when necessary. Staff also provide free aftercare assistance to clients, though there is no official program in place. Finally, New Horizon Recovery hosts a blog to keep clients and family members updated on news about treatment and recovery.
New Horizon Recovery’s owner interacts with clients in treatment, setting an example for the staff to develop positive and trusting relationships with the clients they serve. Residents learn to relax and take it easy in the sunny, laid-back setting at New Horizon. The intensity and scope of care varies depending on clients’ needs, with staff available to guide the way. Though it lacks some of the extras of similarly priced rehabs, the tranquil location and professional staff are still good bets for a smooth recovery.
New Horizon Recovery
417 Sandalwood Ct
Encinitas, CA 92024
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