Hope by the Sea in San Juan Capistrano, CA

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33171 Paseo Cerveza
San Juan Capistrano CA 92675

Hope by the Sea Philosophy

Hope by the Sea believes that each and every addict and alcoholic has the inner strength and ability to change. The residential drug and alcohol rehab offers a variety of treatment programs, including a college track and a Christian-based rehab, so that each client can find a recovery method that truly fits. This individualized approach increases the effectiveness of treatment, and allows clients to build a strong foundation for long-lasting sobriety.

Areas of Specialization

  • Process Abuse Treatment
    Not all addictions involve mood-altering chemicals. The term “process addiction” describes the unhealthy use of behaviors (including eating, gambling, sexual activity, shopping, internet use, etc.) that has spiraled out of control and into the realm of addiction.

  • Aftercare Support
    Addiction recovery does not end with discharge after completing a rehab program. Facilities that offer aftercare planning and/or support work with patients to ensure sustainable recovery by helping to plan and make arrangements for transitional or sober living, help with housing, vocational counseling, etc.

Facility Highlights

Co-Occurring Behavioral Health Services

Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Assessments

Spiritual & Pastoral Counseling

Meet the Staff

Valeh Karimkhani, D.O.

D.O. Medical Director and Psychiatrist

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Dr. Valeh Karimkhani, D.O. is an adolescent and adult psychiatrist. She is board certified in Psychiatry as well as Addiction Medicine. She is the founder of Orange County Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. Dr. Karimkhani is dedicated to serving the psychiatric needs of her community. She has extensive experience in substance abuse, dual diagnosis, PTSD, mood and anxiety disorders, and emergency psychiatry. She is also one of a select few psychiatrists offering TMS treatment.

Sharon Stafford PhD

Clinical Psychologist

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Dr. Stafford is a licensed Clinical Psychologist with years of experience working in in-patient and out-patient treatment settings. Her professional experience includes being a research coordinator, conducting research in the area of chronic pain, being the Program Director of in-patient psychiatric treatment for children, working in crisis management in an emergency room setting, serving as school consultant, and is currently employed as Clinical Director. and has her own private practice.

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ABOUT HOPE BY THE SEA

Based in Southern California, Hope by the Sea offers residential substance abuse treatment for men and women. Individuals with co-occurring disorders, such as depression and anxiety, are also treated. Length of stay is typically 30 to 90 days, after which outpatient services and/or sober living house are available as aftercare options. A detox unit is located on-site.

TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT

According to the center’s website, there are two main treatment tracks at Hope by the Sea — one that’s grounded in 12-step principles from a purely spiritual perspective, and another that’s Christian-based. The Christian track, called Celebrate Hope, includes daily devotional groups, religious counseling, and bible study groups. The standard AA track sticks to 12-step literature and cognitive counseling.

For individuals looking for alternative recovery options, a non-12-step track called Complete Harmony is available.

All residents attend process groups, which utilize a variety of modalities including cognitive behavioral therapy, psychoeducation, psychodrama, life skills, and relapse prevention. AA and NA meetings are held on-site each evening.

A three-day family program is offered for loved ones and involves multi-family group therapy sessions, as well as addiction education

STAFF CREDENTIALS

The center’s website notes the treatment team includes physician assistants, registered nurses, drug and alcohol counselors, transitional counselors, an addiction medicine specialist, and a psychologist.

ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES

Men and women live in separate residences, and there is a special house designated for young adults, according to the center’s website. Accommodations are fairly upscale, with spacious kitchens, comfortable living and dining quarters, and outdoor areas with swimming pools and tennis courts. Healthy meals are prepared by chefs and served either in the treatment center or in the individual homes.

Most residents share bedrooms with one or two other people, however for a price, clients can upgrade to an executive residence, which offers private bedrooms and Jacuzzi bathrooms. The executive house also includes maid and laundry services, while the standard homes require residents to divvy up the basic housekeeping chores.

WHAT ALUMNI SAY

Alumni provided mostly positive reviews of Hope by the Sea. Of the seven alumni who were polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing, five provided positive reviews, one alumni left negative feedback, and one person has a neutral opinion of Hope by the Sea.

On average, the alumni gave the center 4.13 out of five stars when asked if they would recommend the program. They rated the center’s family participation the best with 4.25 stars. Yet, they rated holistic offerings the worst with 3.63 stars.

While the one alum who provided a negative review wrote the staff didn’t care about the residents, most alumni wrote positive things about the staff.

“Overall I think it was great,” an alum wrote in a representative review. “The people there made me feel special and they really helped me get over my problems.”

WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY

To date, the nine loved ones questioned by Rehabs.com also provided mostly positive reviews. On average, they gave the center 4.5 out of five stars when asked if they would recommend Hope by the Sea.

They rated the staff’s level of experience and training the highest with 4.66 stars. “They have a dedicated team of trained professionals they do individualized treatment programs,” a loved one wrote.

Some individuals even credited the center with saving their loved one’s life. However, the one loved one who provided a negative experience with the center noted their loved one relapsed and they couldn’t afford more treatment.

WHAT STAFF SAY

The five staff members who were surveyed by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing also provided positive experiences at Hope by the Sea. On average, they gave the center five out of five stars for a number of categories, including when asked if they would recommend the center, counseling options, and holistic offerings.

“The staff at Hope by the Sea are very dedicated to their clients and strive to provide the best treatment for them,” a staff member wrote.

FINANCING

According to the facility’s website, Hope by the Sea accepts some private PPO insurance plans. The center is $1,000 for a day, $24,000 a month, and $54,000 for 90 days.

Updated April 2017

Published on April 2017

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Perhaps the most important experience of my life. 4 years sober since my 30 day treatment. I am eternally grateful to HBS

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I feel a rehabilitation facility should not have employees that r recently clean like 6 months out of drugs. I feel is risky for the patient and the family members to have to find out after signing up this people r recently clean of heavy drugs. Also they do not take MD directions and refuse their patient their prescriptions. I never did drugs I didn't go there but as a family of someone that has don't waste ur 15 thousand dollars in this program. Also the acomodations r nothing like their pictures.

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All locations and facilities on website are the actual locations our clients stay at. Most of our clients are here from word of mouth referrals.

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This place in nothing what they explain it to be before you get there. First of all you have small group's from seven to three everyday and it's always the same shit. The Councillors and staff are not very helpful or caring at all, you can basically tell they're just there for a paycheck. They tell you before you come you'll have your own personal nutritionist and that's not the case at all, all they feed you is pasta and soups. In almost all of the houses alot of the appliances are broke or outdated. After my thirty days completing the program I wasn't even giving a aftercare plan. Needless to say Hope By The Sea is all about money, not the sobriety of there clients. This place is an expensive rip off.

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they have really nice facilities they don't know what they're doing. I was in treatment at this place and it is AWFUL. staff don't really care about the clients they are just there to get the pay check. I actually got to see a staff member getting home completely drunk and other house managers trying to help him. Also higher ups are dating house managers and we saw HM getting too close to Clients. The Director of operations pretends she cares but we heard she was also involved with multiple staff members a lot younger than her. There was a time when hope was a good place before all the good people left. My experience in detox was terrible as well. The facility is so dirty and everything is broken, Staff sits on their chair all day, on their personal phones.

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We had a very poor experience with Hope. Poor communication, sour attitude, accusatory tone, and then our son was dropped off at the San Juan Capistrano train station in the middle of the program w/out even a courtesy call to let us know. Not good. Look elsewhere.

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Staff and Programming were good. Discharging without a strong post plan. The ownership and staff experience were helpful

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I was at Hope by the Sea in August 2015. It was horrible. The main offices were beautiful and well appointed. However, when I was transported to the detox house I was alarmed at the conditions. Most of the workers had only months sober and the sheets were stained with blood. The gourmet meals were absent and much of the food in the refrigerator was expired. It was gross. One of my greatest concerns was the lack of confidentiality.

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Fellowship was good. Needs better communication. All around happy family feel

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Attentiveness to clients and their needs. The staff at Hope by the Sea are very dedicated to their clients and strive to provide the best treatment for them, going above and beyond to accommodate their needs. Its not always easy, but the road to recovery is not an easy one either.

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Christian Program/Therapies were a strength. God uses Hope by the Sea/Celebrate Hope to save lives. The old life is gone and a new life begins.

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Staff is genuinely caring. Not enough staff and lack of outside activities

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Staff and family based treatment, facility that is expanding, were strengths. Communication and organization are areas of improvement. I enjoy working for Hope By The Sea as it gives me the opportunity to give back to those in need.The staff is amazing and is the back bone to this facility.

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Very caring, knowledgeable and attentive staff. At times can be unorganized, as all treatment centers experience. Hope by the Sea offers a variety of options for the type of treatment an individual would like to experience while maintaining its integrity and offering each individual the attention that they deserve.

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Overall a good facility. Not the most affordable but much family participation.

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Food Service was a strength. Organization of management needs to improve. I was blessed to participate in Hope By The Sea. Highly recommended!

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Strong Christian values but Lots of patients. Awesome staff

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Great staff and program. I am employed at this facility and it is great! Offers detox, residential, IOP, and family program, will also help find sober living. Hope by the Sea is very accomadating to their clients.

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Caring Staff but Need more Staff. Hope by the sea is the best

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Hope By the Sea saved my sons life! I am so thankful for all the wonderful people who helped him in his journey to recovery.

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Beatiful. Excellent treatment center. Highly recommend.

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It works...no complains he was happy there

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it's for all ages/ good and positive feedback.

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It was clean, had experienced workers, and really helped me get over my drug addiction. It was inexpensive. The meals they provided didn't make me feel healthy and the different treatment options were confusing. Overall I think it was great. The people there made me feel special and they really helped me get over my problems.

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It really helped but it was far away. First treatment to actually help and make lasting change that treats underlying issues.

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Great location but Not all enclosed facility, They need to keep clients updated

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RUN, do not walk away from Hope By The Sea. The place is amazing if you are a Radicalized White Christian who likes to pray for the sins of others. This place is a the embodiment of whats wrong with America, if you an obnoxious, white hypocrite and want to be policed by newly sober individuals who believe as long as you are Christian you can do no wrong, then I give Hope By the Seas five stars!!!!

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Psych is seen briefly. Group leaders are good. There is a lack of mid-management communication and the ranks of mid-management are filled from the ranks of the recently sober.

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I was able to focus on my recovery rather than what friends were doing.

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Great caring personal skills by the staff. Very comfortable rooms and emmenities. However, they seemed a little to trusting of the addicts. Its not as much about the rehab as it is the follow ups. What you learn in rehab isn't useful if you don't follow it daily.

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They are incredibly patient and caring

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My 20 year old daughter was set to go here, paled, airfare etc when the rug was pulled from under her at the 11th hour. They said she was emailed that she would not be accepted because of an eating disorder. Hope by the sea advertises that they specialize in these areas and dual diagnoses. Was it really our insurance, her age, tell the truth and be more humane. I am in shock that they would do this to someone so vulnerable. Think twice about sending a loved one through this revolving door.

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fairness and commitment, It was very effective and meant a lot to our family

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Strengths: they have a dedicated team of trained professionals, they do individualized treatment programs, they understand the difficulty in transitioning from addiction to sober life . this facility is near the ocean which helps in a calming way to their clients there are no real stresses they try very hard to make you feel as comfortable as possible but they do require that you also help in your recovery

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the chef cook not nutritious meals. they consist of either pasta, soup or salad. there is rarely enough food at ANY of the inpatient houses. house managers do not have much clean time themselves. much of the staff is caring and professional but some are not. many applicances are broken at a few houses and very outdated. you think with all the clients and the constant use of washers/dryers, dishwashers, refridgerators that they would be maintained and replaced often. this is not the case.

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He has needed more treatment, but we have had to do it at home. There was NO support from the facility for after care. And they don't have time for phone calls either. Although it seemed like a great program at the beginning, and he did get clean while there, there completely failed in after care, and he relapsed. We cannot afford another stint in rehab.

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Saved my life! Have now been sober 28 years!

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