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Safe Harbor Treatment Center for Women


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A Costa Mesa, California institution since 1993, Safe Harbor Treatment Center for Women offers multi-tracked rehab care for women with dual diagnosis issues. Though 12-step based in its approach, Safe Harbor mixes modern techniques and specialized care for treating eating disorders, love addiction and trauma in addition to addiction recovery. Each of these inpatient programs is housed in a separate residential home in the Costa Mesa community; there’s Knox for women ages 18 to 24, the more inclusive Magellan for women 18 and up and Capella, which is focused on trauma for women of all ages.

Accommodations and Food

As far as housing goes, Safe Harbor ranks highly—each of its residences are lovely, impeccably decorated homes in the Costa Mesa area. All of its programs attempt to keep enrollment low with 20 beds for the Capella program, 15 for Knox and 12 for Magellan. Clients share rooms with one to two roommates depending on space, with twin beds, dressers and desks in each room. All are decorated in the style of a modern bed and breakfast and are thankfully devoid of any institutional aesthetics. While some do feature private bathrooms, most women have to share with their fellow residents on each floor. Safe Harbor’s B&B theme continues throughout their facilities, with warm touches throughout. The Magellan facility also boasts a spacious back patio and swimming pool.

While those staying at the Capella program can enjoy meals prepared by an on-site chef, the other two ask clients to cook for themselves in the in-house kitchens. Still, Safe Harbor provides the food and even has instructional classes on nutrition and healthy eating to help their women devise healthy meal plans. Overall, this facility believes the community spirit engendered by having residents prepare meals for each other is a positive step towards developing better life skills.

Treatment and Staff

As mentioned, Safe Harbor has three distinct programs, each with their own facilities in Costa Mesa. The Knox Program for younger women features traditional 12-step based recovery with daily meetings, weekly therapy sessions and case management sessions with chemical dependency counselors.

During their stay, residents receive educational therapy in the following areas: chemical dependency, love addiction, body image, nutrition, hypnotherapy, relapse prevention, art therapy, spirituality, educational and employment planning, life skills and goals, meditation, yoga and daily process groups. The Magellan Program is for all women 18 and older and features the same basis of recovery but also offers a love addiction/codependency program and an eating disorder program for women in need of dual diagnosis treatment. Finally, the Capella Program features the same staples of the prior two, but with treatment for PTSD also available.

Safe Harbor handles all of the recovery in each of its three residences, all separately. Women attend group therapy sessions each day and daily 12-step meetings, no matter what the program; clients will often travel off-site for these meetings. There is also a separate detox facility, which is supervised by a medical doctor and nurses. Staff at Safe Harbor are primarily licensed counselors, though there is a staff psychiatrist available when needed.

Finally, Safe Harbor also offers a three-day intensive program for family members, which occur on a pre-arranged weekend in the each respective residence. Family members over 14 years of age are welcome to attend educational seminars, group therapy with the client and a private meeting with the clinical staff.


Given their varied treatment approach, Safe Harbor wraps many activities into their program including yoga classes at the residences and art therapy sessions; clients also have access to a nearby gym. Safe Harbor sponsors frequent trips as well. In addition to off-site meetings in the Costa Mesa area, residents go on beach trips, hikes and downtown excursions for shopping or trips to the movies.

In Summary

With over 20 years of experience, Safe Harbor boasts a varied, modern program with options aplenty. For women struggling with dual diagnoses, they can be sure to find a program prepared to address their particular needs—not to mention, their housing facilities are particularly warm and inviting. Factoring in their reasonable price, Safe Harbor is a strong candidate for any woman in need of long term, 12-step based treatment.

Safe Harbor Treatment Center for Women Location

1966 Maple Ave
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Safe Harbor Treatment Center for Women Cost

$10,000 (30 days). Reach Safe Harbor Treatment Center for Women by phone at (877) 660-7623 or by email at Find Safe Harbor Treatment Center for Women at FacebookTwitter and YouTube

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