ABOUT 449 RECOVERY
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.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
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.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
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.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
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.”
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. 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.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
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.
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