Located in Costa Mesa in California’s famed O.C., Sure Haven provides solid women’s-only rehab at a relatively affordable price. In addition to substance addictions, clients can also seek treatment for sex or love addiction, self-harm and eating disorders. Although Sure Haven admits women of all ages, most tend to be in their late teens and 20s.
Clients can opt for the 30-day “Silver Standard,” the 60-day “Golden Standard” or the 90-day “Diamond Standard” treatment plans, which sound oddly reminiscent of the metallic tiers on Obamacare insurance plans. Housing just 14 women at a time, Sure Haven is able to provide flexible, individualized care that treats co-occurring disorders concurrently with addiction.
Accommodations and Food
Clients live in a LEED Platinum Certified energy efficient home where staff members are available 24/7. Considering the relatively low price point, the accommodations are quite comfortable. The living room features high ceilings, a flatscreen TV and a working fireplace while the kitchen boasts marble countertops. Everyone has one roommate and sleeps in twin beds, but WiFi is readily available and residents may keep and use their cell phones during treatment.
The facility’s small size also permits plenty of flexibility when it comes to food. A professional chef concocts meals that cater to the women’s nutritional needs, which can be touch and go when eating disorders are prevalent.
Treatment and Staff
Days are heavily structured and loaded with groups, individual therapy and activities. Alongside the typical allotment of process and psychoeducation groups are some special topics particularly relevant to young women, such as body image.
The default mode at Sure Haven is 12-step recovery, and most clients travel offsite to AA meetings in the evenings. But these meetings are optional, and for the truly 12-step-phobic Sure Haven offers an alternative, holistic treatment track that features Eastern methods like Reiki instead of the Big Book.
In addition to Reiki, an EMDR therapist is available to help women work through past trauma. Other popular activities include art therapy, yoga, Tai Chi and gym workouts. For an extra fee, clients can sign up for equine therapy.
While the staff features a surprising number of interns, there are two psychologists and a number of well qualified therapists, as well as addiction counselors and case managers who are in recovery themselves.
Because so many of the women who come to Sure Haven are in their 20s, it also offers an academic transitional program called AVEnues that enables residents to pursue a gamut of educational goals, from a GED to a degree from a UC campus. AVEnues clients stay in Sure Haven’s extended care residence, called Arbor House. For those looking instead to join the work force, AVEnues also offers vocational training, including resume building and mock interviews.
In addition to staggered prices for longer stays, Sure Haven also accepts many insurance plans. There are truly advantages to women’s-only treatment, and for those looking for a small, personalized rehab, Sure Haven is one of the better deals out there.
2900 Bristol St, Ste B300
Costa Mesa CA 92626
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