ABOUT OCEAN RECOVERY
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.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
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.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
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.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
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, three out of six alumni on Citehealth were satisfied with their treatment. The 12 alumni on Google gave the facility an average rating of 4.5 out of five-stars. 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.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
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.
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