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    New Directions for Women provides successive levels of care, from detox to residential to outpatient, in which patients learn the skills to live as sober, holistically healthy women. Each individual program within our alcohol and drug addiction clinic includes daily educational and therapeutic group sessions combined with individual, family, and experiential therapies tailored to meet each patient’s needs. We’ve listed some of the services offered to better educate on the evidence-based programs provided to each woman and family.

    Individual Therapy

    Individual therapy is a core part of alcohol and drug addiction treatment at New Directions forwomen discussing drug rehab clinical services Women and other treatment centers. One-on-one therapy is one of the most powerful and proven forms of treatment while enrolled in an alcohol and drug abuse clinic. Individual therapy allows our clients the space to work through their personal struggles, triggers, and trauma that may feed into their alcohol or drug addiction. Our substance abuse therapists are experienced in providing various forms of proven treatments to our clients. That being said, there is no one-size-fits-all form of treatment.

    Individual therapy and other mental health services at New Directions help our clients understand how addiction has developed in their lives. During this process, they begin to develop emotional, mental, and physical tools that are used during and long after alcohol and drug addiction treatment. 

    Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

    Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is an instrumental tool within the realm of addiction treatment. During therapy sessions, substance abuse counselors use aspects of CBT to identify negative perceptions and thoughts within their patients. The goal of CBT is to replace those thoughts and perceptions with more positive ones, leading to a healthy shift deep within the patient’s mind, body, and soul. 

    CBT can help the patient understand their worthiness while diminishing their negative self-image. In conjunction with our drug detox clinic and eventually residential treatment, this is an extraordinarily effective treatment. Once the patient feels less inclined to cope with their trauma and negative thoughts with substances, drug addiction recovery becomes more of an answer. 

    Dialectical Behavior Therapy

    Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy that provides patients different coping methods with their negative thoughts and emotions. The cycle of negative thoughts and emotions is known to trigger people, keeping them in a loop of alcohol and drug addiction. DBT can help people learn healthy coping mechanisms as well as acceptance, which are at the heart of substance abuse treatment and recovery. Another goal of DBT is to help the patient build healthy interpersonal relationships. With these skills, patients are able to better manage their relationships, stress, and mental illness that are inevitable throughout life. 

    Group Therapy

    Whether you are involved in our heroin addiction clinic or alcohol abuse clinic, our group therapy program offers countless benefits for women in addiction treatment. Group therapy sessions are led by a substance abuse therapist and generally involve a group of two or more people. Each participant takes turns discussing anything from their substance abuse to their successes in drug addiction treatment. 

    The group environment helps patients develop interpersonal skills in a real-world group setting. Group therapy allows participants to feel supported and relatable. Many people in treatment centers may feel lonely, but with group therapy, women in our program find it easy to open up and support each other. Group therapy helps develop the roots of peer support that will last throughout each person’s recovery journey.

    Trauma Specific Services:

    Seeking Safety

    Seeking Safety is an evidence-based, present-focused counseling model developed by Dr. Lisa Najavits to help people recover from concurrent substance use disorders and trauma. One’s primary therapist can assist the patient in exploring past traumas and possible contributing factors to their addiction problems. The assistance is designed to provide a safe yet challenging experience for our patients to connect with their feelings.


    women talking drug rehab clinic therapyThis is an interactive method of therapy that uses group interaction and role play to help patients delve into and investigate their inner and outer worlds and experiences. Psychodrama is action-oriented and allows patients to practice new behaviors in all realms of their lives.


    Knowing that our patients come from many backgrounds, we choose to provide therapeutic services that are inclusive to women from various cultures, exposing us to new ways of thinking and experiencing. Native Americans have long-held traditions of ceremonial healing. When it comes to recovery at our alcohol and drug rehab clinic, the spiritual healing that ceremonies provide can enhance positive outcomes. New Directions for Women is the only non-native Wellbriety certified site in the county, as of 2019.

    EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)

    This psychotherapy helps women heal from trauma much more quickly than simply talk therapy. It helps the brain’s information processing system from being blocked by the impact of trauma and removes the block so natural healing can resume. EMDR uses bilateral stimulation to transform the meaning of painful events, leading to accelerated recovery from trauma.

    Spirituality and Meditation

    Daily mindfulness meditation, yoga classes, attendance at 12- Step groups and various places of faith, Refuge Recovery, gardening sessions, weekly time with sponsors, and assistance with recovery work allow the patients to explore and connect with their Higher Power. We close out the clinical day with a gratitude group around the firepit to celebrate our wins for the day. “When the spiritual malady is overcome, we straighten out mentally and physically.” Pg. 64 Big Book


    Physical fitness is important to the overall health of everyone, and exercise is a way to release all the heavy processing our patients experience during substance abuse treatment. Ropes course, kayaking, paddleboarding, and indoor rock climbing are physically and mentally challenging, which teaches patients to remain in the moment to face any fears that are holding them back. Trauma-informed yoga, Pilates, and strength training allow women to trust others and begin to think of their bodies as healthy and helpful. We have an Activities Coordinator on staff who can assist our women in exercise and also provide bikes for enjoying the close-by Newport Back Bay nature preserve. We also partner with Phoenix Multisport, a sober active community.

    Experiential Therapies

    A wide range of different opportunities, such as a drum circle, challenge personal limits and provide experiential avenues into healing and growth. 

    Holistic Care

    The connection between mind, body, and spirit requires a holistic way of healing while in recovery. We provide calm environments for holistic services, including our biosound lounge, acupuncture, and mindfulness meditation, which help to build internal comfort in that quiet time we’re not processing trauma. The infrared dry sauna is an essential part of our drug and alcohol detox clinic, and using essential oils and aromatherapy is an effective adjunct to other treatment services. Our on-site Chef prepares homemade meals to heal the body from the inside out and educates patients on healthy nutrition.

    Concurrent Medical Issues in a Social Model Program

    As a residential social model recovery program, we encourage patients to utilize in-community services so they can begin learning effective ways to care for themselves. We have addiction specialists such as our consulting Medical Director and ancillary care partners for psychiatric, chiropractic, medical, and dental. We have state-of-the-art medical options available, and we are able to give our women choices. It is healthy for our patients to begin to make choices, research, and pick what their individualized wraparound services will be.

    After Care and Follow-up

    After-care services are coordinated prior to completion of treatment utilizing our extensive network of private practitioners and care partners to meet the individual needs of each woman and her family. New Directions is also blessed to have a national base of recovering women who can help our new alumnae on their continued recovery journey. Women leaving treatment into a different geographical area than Orange County are connected to a “sister in sobriety”; an alumna who lives in her region that can serve as a sober point of contact.

    Children’s Services

    New Directions is very involved in meeting the special needs of our children. Prenatal exposure to alcohol can cause a spectrum of disorders, one of which is fetal alcohol syndrome. Thus assessments that identify learning disabilities, developmental delays, and clinical and medical needs are provided during treatment. Family, individual, and play therapy, activities that help them meet developmental milestones, as well as Mommy and Me bonding time are included in our program services. Education about alcoholism and addiction as a family disease is provided. We facilitate parenting education and greater parent-child communication. School-age children are afforded the opportunity to enroll in local Newport Mesa schools while younger children and infants attend our on-site daycare program.

    Family Treatment Services

    Family involvement is essential in treating this disease and is an integral part of the recovery program at our substance abuse clinic. Weekly family and multi-family group sessions are offered that include education and therapy as well as private family sessions. Family visitation is held on the weekends, and therapy dog Lola visits to bring cheer and healing to families. A free community family support group is also offered to families, regardless of having a patient enrolled at NDFW or other treatment centers, on Thursday evenings.

    Find Help at New Directions for Women

    At NDFW, we take pride in the level of individualized clinical care we offer to our community of women. Mental health and addiction often go hand in hand, which is why we offer such calculated and successive mental health services. If you have any questions or are struggling with addiction, please call us today. 

    Clinically Reviewed By:

    Heather Black-Coyne, LMFT, CADC II, Chief Clinical Officer

    Heather Black-Coyne, LMFT, CADC II, Chief Clinical Officer

    Heather most recently served as the Clinical Director of a gender-specific treatment center in Huntington Beach. She is trained in both Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), which serve the needs of our patients, many of whom have experienced both complex trauma and substance use disorder.

    Medically Reviewed By:

    Dr. Alejandro Alva, M.D., Consulting Medical Director

    Dr. Alejandro Alva, M.D., Consulting Medical Director

    Alejandro Alva, MD, has a focus on substance abuse and chemical dependency treatment and general psychiatric disorders. Dr. Alva earned his bachelor’s degree from California State University, Fullerton, and completed medical school at Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara School of Medicine in Mexico. He then returned to California, where he completed his psychiatric residency at the University of California, Irvine.

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