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.
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.
Meet the Staff
Valeh Karimkhani, D.O.
D.O. Medical Director and Psychiatrist
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
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
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.
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
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