Individual and Group Therapy
Interactive daily process groups with the patient’s primary therapist and peers provide an opportunity to address issues and learn new ways of functioning and living. In addition to individual therapy sessions and process groups, we offer specialized psycho-educational groups such as relapse prevention, communication, grief and anger management, and life skills workshops to facilitate growth.
A wide range of different opportunities such as rock climbing, hiking 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.
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.
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.
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 [more info] and thus assessments that identify learning disabilities, developmental delays and clinical and medical needs are provided during treatment. Family, individual and play therapy 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. Weekly family and multi-family group sessions are offered that include education and therapy as well as private family sessions. [more info]
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 also helps patients practice new behaviors in all realms of their lives.
Daily meditation, yoga classes, attendance at 12-Step groups, gardening sessions, weekly time with sponsors and assistance with 12-Step work allow the patients to explore and connect with their Higher Power.
Physical fitness is important to the overall health of everyone. Our patients are able to engage in a variety of exercise, including working out weekly with a personal trainer on campus, using the on-site gym and walking and bicycling in the Newport Back Bay nature preserve.
We offer low-cost massages to our patients on-site. We also work with local salons and day spas to provide extracurricular amenities such as facials, massages, haircuts, and styling. These services are provided at an ancillary cost.
After Care and Follow-up
After care services are coordinated prior to completion of treatment utilizing our extensive network of private practitioners to meet the individual needs of each woman and her family. New Directions offers weekly aftercare groups to assist each woman in meeting her after care plans. New Directions is also blessed to have a national base of recovering women who can help our new alumnae on their continued recovery journey. [more info]