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449 Recovery

26010 Acero, Mission Viejo, California, 92691
449 Recovery takes “a revolutionary and personalized” approach to recovery. The drug and alcohol treatment center has developed a unique program based on the facility’s own “Culture of Caring” concept, which recognizes and respects the strengths of addicts and alcoholics. 449 Recovery aims to heal not only the disease of addiction in individuals, but also the pain and trauma caused by bias, prejudice, and indifference. A combination of therapeutic modalities and 12-step recovery principles inform the rehab’s “449 Plan” and offer each and every client the opportunity to live a sober life that’s happy, joyous, and free.

Facility Highlights

  • Surfing Lessons
  • Nutrition & Vitamin Recovery Therapy
  • Art Therapy


  • Client & Family Support Groups

    Group therapy is a vital component of addiction recovery treatment, considered as important and effective (sometimes even more so) than individual therapy. Benefits include reducing isolation and loneliness and providing the opportunity to learn from others in recovery. In the addiction setting, group therapy is run by trained professionals who guide participants toward a shared goal of recovery.
  • Dual Diagnosis/ Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment

    These two terms describe a person who is not only addicted to drugs or alcohol, but also has a mental or emotional illness, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc. Facilities that treat patients with dual-diagnosis or co-occurring disorders provide psychiatric treatment in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation services.

Facility Settings

  • Private/Secluded

Meet the Staff

  • Thurman Hines
    Thurman HinesDirector of Patient Care
    Mr. Hines is Certified in relapse prevention counseling, denial management counseling, alcohol treatment counseling and has been a Pastoral studies director, Service director for a major US airline. He has over 10 years experience in all aspects of treatment in management, logistics, counseling, directing, mentoring and spiritual mentoring and is experienced in conflict resolution and mediation. Personally, Thurman has developed a relationship with his own God which is his number one priority and helping others develop faith in a power greater than themselves, has become his main purpose for living. He has amassed multiple years of recovering from drugs and alcohol and other co-occurring disorders. In doing so, Thurman has found his purpose in life which is to help the still suffering addict and/or alcoholic develop a relationship with a higher power based on faith as a beginning while encouraging growth in this faith through his own personal techniques developed through his expansive education, experience and practices to learn new patterns.
  • Jennifer Reza-Sagemuller
    Jennifer Reza-SagemullerClinical Director
    Jennifer Reza-Sagemuller is Marital and Family Therapist that currently works as a bilingual therapist with Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health Organization, serving various mental health needs for children and families in the greater Los Angeles Area. Jennifer graduated in 2004 with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a minor in Spanish Language studies, Magna Cum Laude from California State University, San Marcos. In 2009, Jennifer received her Master's Degree in Marital and Family Therapy from Alliant International University's California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP). During her time at Alliant, Jennifer also completed additional studies and attended a cultural immersion program in Mexico City, Mexico, to receive a certificate in Latin American Family Therapy and played an integral part of the creation of Society for Human Diversity on campus. Jennifer's natural clinical ability, experience and dedication to the field, coupled with her passion for serving underprivileged populations, make her a wonderful asset to any therapeutic team in a variety of settings.

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Based in Southern California's Mission Viejo, 449 Recovery provides long-term outpatient treatment and upscale sober living housing for individuals struggling with substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders. The family-owned and -operated rehab organization prioritizes support for loved ones in the recovery process, 12-step principles, and experiential therapy. In-house medical detox support is available, according to the facility’s website.


The 449 Recovery rehab program includes three phases, beginning with a partial hospitalization program (PHP) meeting five full days a week. The second phase is an intensive outpatient program (IOP), which requires five hours of daily sessions. Once clients transition into the final phase, they attend treatment 15 hours each week. Treatment plans are individualized and most last between 30 and 120 days.

Clients attend Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or another support group of their choice, such as SMART Recovery. One individual counseling and one psychiatrist session week are scheduled. These and group sessions use a variety of treatment modalities, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), motivational interviewing (MI), and psychodrama. Groups address such topics as communication, spirituality, vocation, and relapse prevention. Information provided by 449 Recovery to Rehabs.com also references equine therapy, massage, and brain scanning.

The center’s family counseling services assist individual family members as well as the family unit. . The facility takes pride in its alumni network, which features bimonthly groups, social events, and interaction with current clients. Family involvement is encouraged.


According to its website, the founder and several other staff at 449 Recovery are in recovery themselves. The facility’s 10 clinical team members hold various levels of certification in drug and alcohol counseling (CDAC); some are master’s-degreed. A board certified psychiatrists serves as a consultant.


449 Recovery works with a handful of local sober living residences, listed on the facility’s website as Sanctuary House, Dana Point Recovery, Rivendell Recovery House, and Pure Life.

Most are located within walking distance to the beach or the San Clemente Pier and at least one features a swimming pool. Clients are expected to perform residential chores. They may have personal cell phones and laptops on-site throughout their treatment, and cars following the first phase. Lunch is provided on the outpatient campus, to which residents are transported daily.


Rehabs.com has not yet received any reviews from this facility’s alumni. However, feedback for 449 Recovery on third party websites was overwhelmingly favorable. Satisfied former clients tended to praise staff and report ongoing success with applying knowledge and skills gained in rehab. Alum J.S. described the facility as “A great place to learn a new way to live,” in a representative Yelp review, continuing, “The staff are genuine and very caring.”[1]

Of 29 individuals who reviewed 449 on Yelp at the time of this writing, 26 (90 percent) awarded five out of five stars. Just three reviewers were critical, granting one star apiece. Complaints cited drug testing procedures and billing. More common were descriptions of the program as life-saving and the atmosphere as friendly. Several alumni reported success at 449 after multiple prior rehab attempts, and many also mentioned remaining connected to the facility’s support system after graduating.

Nine reviewers gave 449 Recovery maximum five-star ratings on Google reviews.[2] Likewise, the facility’s official Facebook page, which the facility can manage, was host to 42 five-star ratings and just two with one out of five stars. Another trend across reviews was an alumni observation that the facility’s treatment programming was demanding and required client’s effort and commitment.[3]


The two family members polled by Rehabs.com to date offered split reviews. One reported problems with a staff member and with billing, a concern shared by one parent on Yelp. The other cited the facility’s “family oriented environment” as a strength. This sentiment was repeated in family feedback on other third-party review sites.


449 Recovery accepts several insurance plans. Private pay fees are assessed on a sliding scale.

[1] https://www.yelp.com/biz/449-recovery-mission-viejo
[2] GoogleReviews
[3] https://www.facebook.com/pg/449Recovery/reviews/

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