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Safe Harbor Treatment Centers for Women

546 Bernard St., Costa Mesa, California, 92627
Safe Harbor has been working to break the vicious cycle of drug and alcohol addiction for 20 years. The women-only rehab treats substance abuse and co-occurring mental health disorders by focusing on the whole person — body, mind and spirit. The facility believes that addiction is a symptom of deeper underlying issues and is dedicated to helping each client address and turnaround the maladaptive coping skills that no longer serve her. In an intimate, all-female environment, women are given the opportunity to safely explore their past and learn the coping skills necessary for a sober future.

Facility Highlights

  • Substance abuse treatment specific to women
  • Programs for young adults, co-occuring eating disorder and, trauma
  • 12 Step based


  • 12-Step

    The term “12 Step Program” describes a way to recover from addiction that is based on the model developed by Alcoholics Anonymous. Many drug and alcohol treatment centers base their treatment on 12 steps – the first three of which are situational, the next four addressing the practical issues created by the addiction, followed by two steps focused 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.
  • Holistic Therapy

    Facilities that offer “holistic therapy” see and treat patients in the context of their entire lives and health status. They treat the “whole person,” not just the addiction.

Facility Settings

  • Residential Neighborhood

Meet the Staff

  • Velvet Mangan
    Velvet ManganFounder/CEO
    A woman of strength and vision, Velvet has been a transformational activist in the recovery community focusing her efforts on the healing and wellbeing of young women. She has incorporated her years of life experience and knowledge of women’s suffering and addiction into her mission and ultimately her sense of purpose. Velvet opened her doors and her heart to restore the soul sickness she once suffered from herself years ago and has now developed one of the leading women’s drug and alcohol treatment programs in Southern California, Safe Harbor Treatment Center.
  • Danelle Baie, CATCI, CAADE
    Danelle Baie, CATCI, CAADEExecutive Program Director
    Danelle Baie is a certified chemical dependency counselor and has over 15 years of experience in the recovery community.Danelle entered into the field of recovery work following her intuition on her purpose for what her life work should involve. As a certified counselor at Safe Harbor, Danelle also brings her experience of long-term sobriety and interest in physical health. Danelle believes in a mental, physical, emotional and spiritual sobriety and recovery.

Financial Details

  • Up to 100%

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Founded in 1993, Safe Harbor Treatment Centers for Women is a private, for-profit facility, which makes up about 33.8 percent of California treatment facilities. The center offers detox, residential treatment, and sober living homes for adult women seeking treatment for substance use disorders. The centers, located in suburban Costa Mesa, offer specialized tracks and residences focus on co-occurring disorders, including eating and mood disorders, codependency, and unhealthy romantic relationships.

Recovery at Safe Harbor addresses the whole woman, physically, spiritually, socially, and psychologically. It is one of the 310 (54.5 percent) of California’s treatment facilities to provide specialized treatment for adult women.


Safe Harbor Treatment Centers for Women operates four residential tracks, addressing detox, addiction, trauma, and body image, along with other co-occurring disorders. Programming is based on the 12-Steps, and the center recommends a 90-day stay, making it a part of California’s 33.6 percent long-term treatment facilities. During medically supervised detoxification, women receive medication and naturopathic support, including organic meals and juices prepared by a chef.

The core treatment structure includes weekly individual psychotherapy and case management services, daily 12-step meetings and process groups, and chemical dependency counseling. Therapeutic modalities include mindfulness meditation, art expression, drama therapy, and nutritional and spiritual guidance. Women also participate in yoga, and education and employment planning sessions.

The center is one of the 660 (50.3 percent) of California treatment facilities to use dialectical behavior therapy.

Among the body image supportive services available are sessions with eating disorder specialists, meal planning, supervised grocery trips, and monitored gym time. The trauma recovery program also incorporates hypnotherapy, family therapy, and a proprietary Relationship-Trauma-Repair model, along with eye movement desensitization and reprogramming (EMDR).

The Safe Harbor transitional living program provides continued vocational and 12-step support. Only 46.1 percent of California’s facilities provide employment support.


A majority of Safe Harbor Treatment Centers for Women’s staff members are women. The founder and several others in leadership and clinical roles are in recovery, and all have received training specific to women and addiction. The staff includes certified chemical dependency counselors, a psychiatrist, master's level therapists, and a non-denominational ordained spiritual advisor.

The facility is one of the 182 (13.9 percent of treatment facilities in California accredited by the Joint Commission. To date, the 21 individuals polled on the matter by Rehabs.com appreciated the facility's staff.

Staff Experience and Training: 4.1/5


Each of the Safe Harbor Treatment Centers for Women residences is located in a suburban neighborhood home with a garden. Some of the houses have outdoor pools; all have updated kitchens and elegantly, comfortable furnishings, as featured in facility website videos.

According to a California state government directory of licensed residential rehab centers, Safe Harbor operates 10 homes, in sets grouped on the same streets, accommodating a total of 64 women. Each house serves six to eight residents, and there are 12 total detox beds. To date, the 22 individuals polled on the matters by Rehabs.com appreciated the facility's cleanliness and its amenities.

Cleanliness: 4.6/5
Exercise and Leisure: 4.1/5


Thirty-three former clients who submitted feedback for Safe Harbor Treatment Centers for Women to Rehabs.com at the time of this writing. Of these, three-fourths reported being very happy with their experience in rehab and with ongoing success. The roughly 20 individuals polled on more granular metrics approved of many aspects of the facility's programming.

Holistic Offerings: 3.8/5
Family Participation: 3.7/5
Counseling Options: 3.7/5

Positive feedback was given for the facility's cleanliness and maintenance and its policies regarding outside communication. Nevertheless, three reviews depicted outdated or dirty accommodations. Three wrote that their experience of amenities and services was not what was expected, and five noted that there was some level oft chaos or disorganization.

Cleanliness: 4.6/5
Connectivity/Visitor Policy: 4.4/5

Most commonly, alumni cited tools for continuing in their sobriety, positive relationships and education or job situations, ongoing alumni friendships, and empathetic, supportive staff as Safe Harbor strengths.

On Google, Safe Harbor Treatment Center earned a perfect average of five out of five stars from eight reviews to date.[1] The three reviews with commentary provided positive feedback about staff and the effectiveness of the 30 and 90 day programs.

On its unofficial Facebook page, Safe Harbor Treatment Center for Women has a single one out of five-star review and two five out of five-star reviews.[2] The negative review described negative staff treatment from 2015. However, the vast majority of the 48 reviews on Yelp were positive. [3] [4] The positive reviews mentioned specific staff members that helped them succeed.


Reviews from loved ones were split four-to-two between positive and negative feedback for Safe Harbor Treatment Centers for Women. The positive reviewers described a nurturing facility. “Great hands on experience Caring counsellors Saved my daughters life,” K.T.R. wrote, and G.M. and T.M. added positive feedback for the family program. However, one parent echoed an alum who complained of having to clean bathrooms and another described an "intentionally confusing” contract with unexpected costs.


At the time of this writing, Rehabs.com has not received any staff feedback. On Glassdoor, Safe Harbor Treatment Centers has two negative and one neutral review at the time of this writing.[5] Staff members wrote negative things about the “Poor benefits and lack of advancement opportunities,” as well as “insane management, no support, super stressful, clients were not a good fit.”


Safe Harbor Treatment Centers for Women accepts insurance from numerous providers, including but not limited to Aetna, Anthem, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, and United. To date, the 22 individuals polled on the matter by Rehabs.com appreciated the facility's cost.

Affordability: 3.8/5

[1] GoogleReviews
[2] https://www.facebook.com/pages/Safe-Harbor-Treatment-Center-for-Women/115731658487755
[3] https://www.yelp.com/biz/safe-harbor-treatment-center-costa-mesa
[4] https://www.yelp.com/notrecommendedreviews/safe-harbor-treatment-center-costa-mesa
[5] https://www.glassdoor.com/Reviews/Safe-Harbor-Treatment-Centers-for-Women-Reviews-E1608118.htm

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