Newport Academy is a youth facility geared towards 12-18-year-olds who are battling addiction and other disorders. Despite the name, the rehab is located in the city of Orange but it is an academy, since a fully transferable high school curriculum is available both during and following residential treatment. Founded in 2009 by recovering alcoholic Jamison Monroe, Newport Academy provides top-notch care for teens suffering from drug and alcohol addiction as well as other mental health issues like eating disorders, depression or even suicidal ideation. The website is bursting with glowing testimonials for a reason: this place has the whole package.
Accommodations and Food
Six boys and six girls live in separate residences about a mile apart from each other. The boys’ facility boasts modern architecture and beautiful views, while the girls live in a Spanish-style home featuring gorgeous gardens and a stable. Teens get paired off with roommates who are as close to their age as possible, and while everyone starts off in twin beds, they can upgrade to queens later. Teens stay there for a minimum of 45 days, but 60- or 90-day stays are more common, depending on ongoing clinical assessments.
Pro chefs serve customizable gourmet meals, and sweets are few and far between while coffee is altogether absent.
Treatment and Staff
Like the living arrangements, treatment is gender-separate to target the specific challenges teen boys and girls face in recovery. With a staff-to-client ratio of four to one, treatment plans are legitimately individualized. Particular attention is paid to unlocking the underlying issues that drive addiction as well as any co-occurring psychological conditions. On top of frequent one-on-one consultations with psychiatrists and licensed therapists, teens participate in a variety of process groups, art therapy and music therapy, on-site equine therapy, and Young People in AA meetings in the evenings.
Family involvement is integral to treatment at Newport and progressively worked into each teen’s recovery plan. On the first Friday after teens are admitted, their parents must attend Intensive Parent Family Day, six hours of educational groups and private meetings with the clinical team. Then, on the second Saturday of treatment and each Saturday thereafter, the teens, their parents and siblings all gather for Family Day, featuring expert speakers and multi-family process groups. Finally, about five weeks in, they complete the Intensive Family Program, which includes two days of educational and experiential groups, family equine therapy and the opportunity for teens to travel offsite with their families for five hours. As if that weren’t enough, counselors provide regular individual family therapy throughout the week.
Physical health gets plenty of attention, too. In addition to gym workouts and yoga, Newport offers mixed martial arts classes for both boys and girls, as well as nutrition and cooking courses. Computers are available only during classroom hours, and personal cell phones are not allowed.
As to why Newport calls itself an “Academy,” Newport also runs a Sober High School with a one to three staff to student ratio. Teens don’t have to have to attend rehab at Newport to apply to the Day School so long as they are—and stay—sober. As at the treatment center itself, boys and girls study on separate campuses. In addition to college prep, traditional high school and GED curricula taught by state-licensed teachers, guidance counselors offer special recovery-oriented programming (think relapse prevention, anger management, life skills and self esteem courses) to help keep the student body clean and sober.
Although it has been operating for just five years, Newport Academy has already racked up a grateful network of alumni families that speaks to its quality. For teens, this is a solid package: clinical expertise, holistic experiential therapies, 12-step support, and family healing, as well as a launch pad into a sober learning community.
899 N Ranch Wood Trail
Orange, CA 92869
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