Founded in Laguna Hills, California, by Evan Fewsmith PsyD, MFT, Pacific Solstice provides outpatient substance abuse treatment for men and women. In addition to being an experienced therapist, Fewsmith has over 25 years of sobriety. Pacific Solstice also operates a sober living residence for men who are participating in the outpatient program and offers a network of referrals to local homes for women.
Treatment and Staff
For new clients who need detox, a referral is provided to a partner facility, which includes the same physician, electronic health records system and medical billing team as Pacific Solstice. The system allows the facility, with the consent of the client, to share information daily about progress, concerns, transition plans and health insurance information. Detox length is typically three to five days, after which clients move home or to sober living and begin outpatient care. Treatment length is flexible and can last up to a year. Dual diagnosis support is emphasized, with on-site psychiatric care and medication management offered.
The Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) is a 30-hour commitment, from 9:30 am to 3 pm, Monday through Friday. As clients progress in their recovery, they step down to Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), which caters to working professionals and is nine hours of weekly treatment. There is a specialized PHP track that caters to young adults, ages 18 to 28, and integrates day treatment and structured sober living. These clients are expected to follow the guidelines of their residence, participate in evening and weekend recovery activities and are transported to the treatment facility during the week. This is a highly-supervised environment and house staff communicates with clinical staff daily about clients’ behavior, attitudes, motivations and concerns.
Pacific Solstice typically utilizes a variety of evidence-based modalities and the 12-step approach, with a specific “alternative” option for those who do not embrace the 12-step philosophy. Treatment typically includes meditation, group and individual therapy, life skills training and family therapy (on weekends). Approaches typically combine CBT, DBT, Motivational Interviewing (MI), psychoeducation, somatic experiencing, art therapy and EMDR when appropriate. Group topics include relapse prevention, emotional sobriety, 12-step journaling, relapse warning signs, building self-confidence, goal setting and dealing with emotions in recovery.
Besides Fewsmith, the small staff includes four additional Master’s-level MFTs, a psychiatrist and a certified yoga and wellness instructor.
Weekly aftercare treatment consists of ongoing individual therapy. The family education program meets on Saturdays and consists of educational topics and group therapy. Topics include the disease concept, addiction as a family disease, the physical and behavioral effects of addiction, communication skills, enabling, family dynamics and establishing healthy boundaries.
The Pacific Solstice men’s sober living home is a newly remodeled house in Lake Forest, five minutes from the clinical facility. The residence provides space for up to eight men in double-occupancy rooms. There is a full kitchen, laundry facilities and a luxurious backyard with a pool and spa. Clients are responsible for purchasing and preparing their own food. Within a short distance from the home, there is access to public transportation, 12-step meetings, grocery stores, restaurants, health clubs and coffee shops. The men are supervised by staff with long-term sobriety, who hold credentials as Licensed Vocational Nurses, Psychiatric Technicians and CADCs.
With Fewsmith at the helm, Pacific Solstice provides a comprehensive outpatient treatment approach for men and women who are new to recovery. Staff boasts impressive credentials, and while Pacific Solstice is a small, boutique-style facility, clients are in great hands.
23461 So. Pointe Dr, Ste 340
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
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