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Since 1977, we have expanded to become a comfortable, attractive 30-bed residential setting located in Costa Mesa, near Newport Beach’s Back Bay and Nature Preserve. State licensed and certified, our award winning facility touts a high recovery rate for those who complete our recommended care.


1977 New Directions for Women is established as a project for the Junior League of Orange County, CA, in response to the severe shortage of affordable, accessible rehabilitation beds for women suffering from alcoholism. Our Founders Pamela Wilder, Muriel Zink, and Marion Schoen had a wealth of supporters who spearheaded the movement to create NDFW, including Mrs. Betty Ford.
1982 Became a not-for-profit 501 (c ) (3) organization with a volunteer board of directors.
Since Then Progressed from providing peer-oriented social model recovery home services to offering an array of chemical dependency treatment services.
2001 Established The Pamela Wilder Family Home for treatment of women with children. Women may obtain treatment without giving up custody of their children!
July, 2004 Rebecca J. Flood, MHS, NCAC II, CADC, BRI II joins New Directions as Executive Director/CEO. Becky institutes an Executive Management team to include a Clinical Director and a Development Director.
Feb. 2005 New Directions initiates Early Childhood Development Services on campus. A full time Child Development Coordinator is hired to work with children living in residence, while their mothers focus on their treatment during the day.
2007 New Directions for Women becomes CARF Accredited for the first time. For more information read about our Accreditation and Licensure.
2009 Our Intensive Outpatient Program begins, using The Matrix Model, developed by UCLA’s Matrix Institute. At the same time, Courage House is licensed as an Intensive Sober Living home where women attend IOP treatment services while working, going to school, or volunteering in the community during the day.
Summer 2011 Seeking Safety is integrated into the curriculum, adding a vital component to our recovery program by actively addressing trauma while in treatment for substance abuse.
Spring 2012 NDFW re-commits to Social Enterprise by doubling the capacity of Repeat Boutique, of which all profits go directly to the Pamela Wilder Scholarship Fund.
Fall 2012 NDFW introduces the healing, tools and wisdom of Native American culture into its curriculum with the Wellbriety approach, a tool to reach beyond sobriety and recovery to include a life of wellness and healing everyday.
Winter 2013 The Inaugural Women CEO Roundtable is hosted by New Directions. The event is a unique opportunity for women in the addiction field to support and learn from each other, address critical issues that affect treatment today and ultimately work together towards a promising future in the industry as a whole.
Spring 2013 The first phase of our Master Plan comes into fruition, with the opening of two state of the art Intensive Sober Living Homes on Willo Lane: one for women, and one for women with their children. In the next couple of months, our Outpatient Services will expand to a 4,000 square foot space close to our centralized campus.



New Directions for Women is CARF Accredited

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