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Laguna Treatment Hospital

24552 Pacific Park Drive, Aliso Viejo, California, 92656
As Orange County, California's first chemical dependency recovery hospital (CDRH), Laguna Treatment Hospital in Aliso Viejo, CA, provides research-based clinical and support services for adults suffering from both substance misuse and co-occurring mental health disorders.
The hospital staff is experienced in treating high-need patients, including those who are medically compromised and require 24/7 medical care, through the facility’s unique medical model for addiction treatment. With a staff of more than 70 addiction professionals, registered nurses, licensed marriage and family therapists, and a recreational therapist, Laguna Treatment Hospital specializes in medically monitored withdrawal management (detox) as well as inpatient rehabilitation. Laguna Treatment Hospital is also known for its therapeutic setting, ideal for helping patients get and stay on the path toward recovery. Addiction is a complex physiological disease, and no two patients are exactly alike. At our Southern California facility, patients are offered individually tailored treatment plans based upon underlying medical conditions, co-occurring mental health disorders, history of trauma, and other factors. During a stay at Laguna Treatment Hospital, patients participate in a variety of evidence-based therapies in both individual and group settings. Our therapists utilize methods that are clinically proven to help people who suffer from addiction learn to resist substance use and develop healthy coping and decision-making skills. These evidence-based therapies include motivational interviewing (MI), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), alternative or holistic therapies such as yoga or meditation, and more. We also offer educational sessions to help patients prepare for life in recovery and solidify their commitment to sobriety. Laguna Treatment Hospital strives to provide a therapeutic, safe, and comfortable environment for patients as they move through our continuum of care. Nursing stations are located on each residential floor and staffed 24/7. Our compassionate nurses continuously monitor patients throughout their stay, so patients and their families can feel at ease during treatment. To promote wellness and recovery, Laguna features everything from a pool and fitness center to hotel style rooms complete with large beds and luxury linens. Our group rooms promote discussion and discovery, while private space and quiet time are set aside for meditation and self-reflection. Leaving an inpatient rehab and transitioning into more independent living can seem intimidating, but Laguna’s caring therapists and case managers will be with you every step of the way. From enrolling you in an outpatient program that fits your unique needs to helping you transition into sober living housing, they help you prepare for the next chapter that awaits you outside Laguna Treatment Hospital. In addition, Laguna’s alumni network in Aliso Viejo helps former patients stay engaged during their ongoing recovery. Weekly meetings and a full schedule of other events ensures continued support and a network of like-minded people who can help keep you on track well after you leave our facility in Southern California

Facility Highlights

  • Hospital-Based Medical Detox
  • Medication-Assisted Treatment
  • Comprehensive Patient Assessments
  • Chef Prepared Meals
  • Housekeeping Services
  • Motivational Interviewing


  • Aftercare Support

    Addiction recovery does not end with discharge after completing a rehab program. Facilities that offer aftercare planning and/or support work with patients to ensure sustainable recovery by helping to plan and make arrangements for transitional or sober living, help with housing, vocational counseling, etc.
  • Individualized Treatment

    Some facilities have an addiction treatment protocol that all patients are expected to follow, while others customize or individualize treatment based on a person’s unique needs and circumstances. Factors that may affect treatment decisions include age, lifestyle, medical conditions, type of drug, religious beliefs, etc.
  • Family Program

    Research shows that the odds of successful, sustained recovery from addiction are far higher when family members and loved ones are involved in treatment. Drug and alcohol addiction often have genetic roots, whether related to substance abuse, mental illness or both. Family dynamics also play a role and, often, family members are the first to realize a loved one has developed an addiction. Also, it’s important for family members to understand and embrace the lifestyle changes that are required to sustain recovery.
  • 12-Step Involvement

    The term “12-Step Program” describes a way to recover from addiction that is based on the model developed by Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). Many drug and alcohol treatment centers base their treatment on 12 steps. The first 3 steps are situational, the next 4 address the practical issues created by the addiction, and the next 2 steps focus on making amends for hurting others. Steps 10 and 11 involve a deeper examination of the previous steps and the final step is focused on helping others avoid and recover from addiction.

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Laguna Treatment Hospital remains open and committed to providing critical addiction treatment during the Coronavirus pandemic. As per the updated CDC guidelines, patients who are vaccinated may not need to quarantine upon admissions. Those who are vaccinated against COVID-19 should bring their vaccination cards to the facility when they enter treatment. COVID-19 testing at Laguna remains available, and the facility is accepting both vaccinated and unvaccinated patients.

Owned and operated by American Addiction Centers (AAC) and located in sunny Southern California, Laguna Treatment Hospital offers residential treatment for adults with addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders. Aftercare planning services are also available.

The treatment center provides medically-monitored detox, which only about 15 percent of all treatment facilities in California offer, as of the year 2016. Laguna employs a medical supervision staff 24/7.


Treatment at Laguna begins with a comprehensive psychiatric and medical evaluation to determine the appropriate level of care and create an individualized treatment plan. Each patient's length of stay varies depending upon each patient's unique needs, but a 90-day stay is often recommended as the most effective for attaining long-term sobriety.

Treatment combines 12-step methodology with evidence-based practices, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT), and motivational interviewing (MI). Patients participate in individual therapy, group and family counseling, wellness focused groups, and Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings, as well as relapse prevention and skill-building groups.

Laguna Treatment Hospital also utilizes American Addiction Center’s unique recovery curriculum, Change: Recovery for Life, which focuses on the treatment of co-occurring addiction and mental health disorders. The course includes a series of workbook exercises and interactive activities designed to encourage self-examination, teach effective recovery and aftercare coping strategies, and highlight the benefits of 12-step principles and fellowship.

Spouses, partners, children, and other family members are encouraged to become active in the treatment process by participating in periodic family therapy sessions.

When treatment is complete, individuals leave with a comprehensive aftercare plan put together by both themselves and the staff. Should they relapse, patients who successfully complete the 90-day program may return for an additional 30 days, free of charge.


Laguna Treatment Hospital's website notes the treatment team consists of over 70 addiction professionals, registered nurses, licensed marriage and family therapist counselors, and a recreational therapist. As of 2016, Laguna is among the 167 (about 12 percent) of California facilities accredited by the Joint Commission (JCAHO). The staffer polled by at the time of this writing gave four out of five stars for the staff's level of training and experience.


Laguna Treatment Hospital's website indicates patients live in comfortable, home-like quarters and can choose from single or double-occupancy rooms.

Amenities include housekeeping services and cozy living areas where patients can watch TV, read, and socialize. The campus, which is nestled in the San Joaquin Hills of Aliso Viejo, offers patients a scenic, serene, and peaceful environment for recovery. There are a total of 93 beds. The six individuals surveyed by gave above average scores for accommodations and amenities.


Of the six alumni to leave reviews on to date, four people provided positive reviews and two left negative feedback for Laguna Treatment Hospital. Though none of the alumni who submitted user reviews completed a survey, they tended to rate the available metrics highly, and praised the facility's supportive staff and effective programs in their commentary.

"Laguna saved my life! I cannot say enough wonderful things about this place. The staff is world class.. totally up to date on latest scientific findings on addiction," an alum wrote in a representative review, going on give the facility perfect ratings for its treatment effectiveness and its meals and nutrition. "The treatment experience gives the tools necessary for a successful long term recovery," another alum wrote, "Staff...go above and beyond to help the patients..."

However, two alumni expressed dissatisfaction with Laguna. One person called the staff rude and complained about the cost of treatment. Another individual praised the staff, but called a specific doctor rude. Ultimately, they both wrote that they wouldn't recommend the center.

On secondary reviews sites Google and Facebook, the facility received mostly positive reviews. The 37 people who left Google Reviews for Laguna Treatment Hospital to date gave an average of 3.8 out of five stars.[1] Alumni praised the staff and the effectiveness of the treatment program. "They were always on top of all my needs and were very knowledgeable and helped me through a brutal detox. I'll never forget this place," D.R. wrote in a representative review. On its official Facebook page, which the facility can manage, Laguna Treatment Hospital earned an average rating of 3.7 out of five stars based on 22 reviews.[2]


The two staffers polled by at the time of this writing provided mostly positive feedback for Laguna Treatment Hospital. One employee, Kimberly, gave five out of five stars for treatment effectiveness, accommodations and amenities, and meals and nutrition. "I feel blessed to be able to work at a rehab facility that provides such high quality of care and customer service," staff member Kimberly wrote. "Somewhat unorganized. Staff is great," the other anonymous staffer added.


Laguna Treatment Hospital accepts most private insurance plans and offers self-pay and payment plan options. Find out if your insurance covers some or all treatment costs. To date, the one employee polled by gave five out of five stars for affordability.

[1] GoogleReviews
[2] FacebookReviews

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