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Ocean Recovery Drug Rehab Orange County

1115 West Balboa Boulevard, Newport Beach, California, 92663
Ocean Recovery is not a traditional inpatient rehab. Instead, the facility offers an extended care program that’s focused on helping each individual prevent relapse and reshape his or her lifestyle to accommodate sobriety. Clients learn how to manage daily living within the safe structure of a treatment facility, and can practice these tools and techniques gradually and with sober support. A staff of highly-trained individuals stay up to date on the most effective addiction treatments and work with each client to create a unique treatment plan based on his or her specific needs.

Facility Highlights

  • Individual Counseling
  • Eating Disorder Treatment
  • Group Therapy


  • 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

    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.

Facility Settings

  • Beach Community

Meet the Staff

  • Kathy Tunney
    Kathy TunneyExecutive Director
    Kathy Tunney is the executive director of Ocean Recovery. After attending California State University Long Beach, she received her Master’s Degree in Counseling. Tunney has 25 years of experience in the field of addiction treatment.

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Located in Newport Beach, Calif., Ocean Recovery provides a range of gender-specific programs to men and women struggling with substance abuse and eating disorders. The facility offers an intensive outpatient program (IOP), long-term residential treatment, and transitional living support.

Depending on their needs, clients may then progress to the center’s sober living program, which lasts 12 to 18 months. Those who complete treatment are also invited to join the center’s alumni program. The facility is among the 18.5 percent of facilities in California that offer long-term residential treatment.


Upon admission, clients undergo a comprehensive evaluation that includes a substance use and medical history, psychiatric evaluation, trauma history, nutritional and body image evaluation, and a personal relationships assessment. Based on evaluation findings, staff work with each client to create an individualized care plan.

Ocean Recovery’s approach draws from the 12-Steps and uses evidence-based treatment modalities, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), somatic treatment, and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). Clients receive individual counseling and spend time in process groups that address topics like stress management, relapse prevention, and conflict resolution. Family members of clients are also encouraged to participate in specialized education groups. Treatment at Ocean Recovery is gender-specific and part of the 48.4 percent of facilities in the state to include a program tailored specifically to women.

The center’s holistic offerings and experiential therapies include yoga, Tai Chi, Kung Fu, and ropes courses. When they are not in meetings or counseling sessions, clients are permitted to engage in a variety of recreational activities, including volleyball, swimming, surfing, kayaking, visiting local museums, and attending professional sporting events.


According to its website, Ocean Recovery offers a 1:1 staff-to-client ratio. The treatment team includes a consulting psychiatrist, a nurse, a case worker, and master’s level therapists. Ocean Recovery is amongst the 29.1 percent of California facilities that are CARF-accredited.


According to Ocean Recovery’s website, clients stay in gender-specific condos located within walking distance of the beach. Each condo includes shared bedrooms, a furnished living room with a flat-screen TV, and modern kitchens outfitted with granite countertops. Outdoor patio space provides a space to relax and socialize with other residents.


L.C., the one alum polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing, reported a negative experience and gave the center’s treatment effectiveness and its accommodations ratings of just one out of five stars. L.C. disagreed with the center’s policies regarding contact with family members and felt that residents were “made to feel stupid.”

On third-party review sites, Ocean Recovery received mostly positive reviews. While all three Yellowpages.com reviewers offered perfect five-star reviews,[1] three out of six alumni on Citehealth were satisfied with their treatment.[2] The 12 alumni on Google gave the facility an average rating of 4.5 out of five-stars.[3] Those who submitted positive feedback noted the “amazing,” “attentive,” and “supportive” staff. Reviewers also highlighted the center’s comfortable accommodations. “The facility itself is beautiful and adjacent to the beach. I highly recommend it,” Rodney wrote in a representative review on YellowPages.com.

The alumni who were displeased with Ocean Recovery’s programming felt they were treated unfairly and improperly by staff. “I am a chronic pain patient & they did not have a clue how to deal with it. I was forced to do activities that aggravated my pain & I was there due to getting off my opiate pain medication so my pain was through the roof,” Christina wrote in her two-star Google review.


The two loved ones polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing reported drastically different experiences with Ocean Recovery. Based on the facility’s website and her conversations with staff members, M. expected an executive treatment program, and was disappointed with the care her husband received. “The ‘therapy’ sessions have been hard for my husband to learn from. I'm talking about a 41 year old man who chose to check himself into treatment, taking time away from his family…He is sitting in groups with men ordered by the courts to be there, 20 somethings, and they don't take it seriously,” she wrote. However, the other respondent, when asked how likely they were to recommend the facility to others, submitted a rating of five out of five stars.


According to its website, Ocean Recovery accepts a variety of insurance plans, including plans from Aetna, Cigna, and Humana.

[1] http://www.yellowpages.com/newport-beach-ca/mip/ocean-recovery-481828903?lid=481828903
[2] http://citehealth.com/rehab-centers/california/cities/newport-beach/ocean-recovery#reviews
[3] GoogleReviews
[4] http://www.yelp.com/biz/ocean-recovery-newport-beach

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