About Us


About New Directions for Women

We are grateful to have a four decade history of supporting women, families, and children in their recovery from addiction. Our clinical motto is “Love, Kindness, and Compassion in All Things” which is evidenced by how our staff interact with each other as well as the patients. In the last forty+ years, we have grown into serene, safe, sanctuary for healing located in Costa Mesa (Southern California), a block from Newport Beach’s Back Bay and Nature Preserve. We offer a full continuum of care from detox to outpatient care so that women can enter treatment at whichever level is appropriate for them.

Since 1977, over 5,000 women have entered our doors, over 600 children have lived on campus, and 200 babies have been born to mothers completing our program. By providing exceptional gender-specific addiction treatment services that are family centered, we promote healthy parenting, prevent domestic violence, and assist in family reunification. While we are nationally known for serving women with their children and pregnant women, we truly serve all women including the more mature population, helping them reunify with their family as a sober grandmother and mother.

New Directions for Women (NDFW) was founded, in part, by Pamela Wilder in 1977, with the support and assistance of the Junior League of Orange County. Pamela stood up in a Junior League meeting, identified herself as a recovering alcoholic and asked for help and support in establishing a recovery program for women. Two other women, Marion Schoen and Muriel Zink, were also instrumental in New Direction’s beginnings, as was Mrs. Betty Ford. Our addiction treatment program was created in response to a shortage of affordable and accessible rehabilitation treatment services for women suffering from alcoholism, substance use disorder and other related issues. A brief timeline of our history is available for your convenience.

We encourage all women to consider a minimum 30 day commitment to treatment, however 90 days is recommended for the best chance of enjoying a lifelong recovery journey. Moms coming to New Directions for Women with children usually stay an average of six months in residential care. Asking for help takes bravery, so we make sure to set up every person who calls for success, even if they don’t come to New Directions. As a nonprofit organization, we are proud to give partial scholarships to assist women and families in staying in treatment for the clinically prescribed length of time. We do not give 100% scholarships; our philosophy is that women must have some “skin in the game” to have a successful treatment episode.

Both the National Institute on Drug Abuse and Alcoholics Anonymous support the disease model of addiction, which attributes addiction largely to changes in brain structure and function. These changes make it much harder to control substance use, and health experts recommend professional treatment to achieve complete abstinence. In the preface of “Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide,” published by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Director Nora D. Volkow, M.D. states: Because addiction is a disease, most people cannot simply stop using drugs for a few days and be cured. Patients typically require long-term or repeated episodes of care to achieve the ultimate goal of sustained abstinence and recovery of their lives. Indeed, scientific research and clinical practice demonstrate the value of continuing care in treating addiction, with a variety of approaches having been tested and integrated in residential and community settings.”

Contact our caring intake coordinators for more information about our rehab for women in Costa Mesa. We are happy to verify your insurance benefits and answer any questions about treatment.

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