Clinical Services

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 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.

Trauma Specific Services:

Seeking Safety

Seeking Safety is an evidence-based, present- focused counseling model developed by Dr. Lisa Najavits to help people recovery from concurrent substance use disorder and trauma. One’s primary therapist can assist the patient to explore 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.


This 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 helps patients 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, and that expose us to new ways of thinking and experiencing. Native Americans have long-held traditions of ceremonial healing. When it comes to recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction, 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 daily. Ropes course, kayaking, paddle boarding, 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 drum circle and equine therapy challenge personal limits and provide experiential avenues into healing and growth. In equine therapy, the work consists of grooming, leading and guiding the horse through obstacles. Working with horses elicits reactions from people ranging from joy to fear. These reactions are reviewed and discussed, allowing a new and different forum for our patients to connect with their feelings. This process allows our patients to become more aware of their communication skills and improve upon them.

Holistic Care

The connection between mind, body, and spirit requires a holistic way of healing while in recovery. We 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 part of our detox protocol, 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 and 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 alcohol- ism 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. 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 not, on Thursday evenings.

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