Morningside Recovery Philosophy
Everything our clients need for recovery under one roof right here in South Orange County, Irvine. Clients engage in the best clinical offerings at our Addiction Treatment Center including Holistic, Evidence-Based, Faith Oriented, Experiential, 12-Step and Non-12 step options. Care is delivered within a person-centered model that seeks to recognize each individual’s needs, preferences, and strengths.
Areas of Specialization
Patients who undergo intensive outpatient treatment continue to live at home and sometimes go to school or work while participating in a highly structured treatment protocol that is focused on ending substance abuse. Programs vary in terms of how much treatment patients receive, how often and for how long. Some facilities design individualized intensive outpatient treatment programs.
Some facilities have an addiction treatment protocol that all patients or clients are expected to follow, while others customize or individualize treatment based on a person’s unique needs and circumstances. Factors that may affect treatment decisions include age, lifestyle, medical conditions, type of drug, religious beliefs, etc.
Meet the Staff
Reanna Carr, MS, LMFT
Reanna Carr graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a B.S. in psychology and a Masters in Counseling. She has over ten years of experience providing treatment for people struggling with addiction and mental health issues. She has worked directly with clients as a primary therapist, program coordinator, and director of the family program, before being promoted to Clinical Director.
Joel launched his behavioral health career at Morningside Recovery as an Addictions Counselor in 2010. Since that time he has served as Director of Experiential Education, Director of Marketing, and in 2013 was promoted to Executive Director.
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ABOUT MORNINGSIDE RECOVERY – IRVINE
Morningside Recovery operates three treatment facilities in California, Texas, and Arizona. This center in Irvine, Calif., offers residential, luxury day treatment, and outpatient programs for substance abuse, co-occurring mental and behavioral disorders, and process addictions. Detox is not available on-site, but there are dedicated treatment programs for first responders and LGBT-identifying clients.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
According to the center’s website, Morningside Recovery’s programs are not based on the 12-Steps, but clients who wish to include 12-step principles in their recovery are accommodated. Those seeking alternatives to 12-step treatment can participate in SMART Recovery and/or LifeRing programs.
In the first stage of treatment, clients undergo a psychiatric evaluation. Next, they enter day treatment, which combines two hours of individual therapy per week with group therapy, academic support, vocational training, and resume-building services; there are over 60 groups to choose from. Outdoor adventure therapies include surfing lessons, and loved ones are encouraged to participate in a family program.
The outpatient programs are available as step-downs for clients who have already completed the day treatment program. The intensive outpatient program (IOP) consists of three hours of programming a day, and general outpatient care meets three hours a week. Sessions in the general outpatient program use dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), motivational interviewing (MI), and meditation.
Alumni events include meetings, dinners, and outdoor events.
According to the facility’s website, staff includes master’s and Ph.D. level therapists. There are also case managers and holistic therapy providers, including a Tai Chi instructor and an acupuncturist.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Morningside Recovery’s website states the 40,000-square-foot facility has a gym, a lounge, a mindfulness studio, and an art therapy room. Pets are welcome on-campus.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The more than 10 alumni who were polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing provided mixed reviews.
Multiple alumni gave the center five out of five stars in multiple categories including treatment effectiveness, and wrote about their positive experience with Morningside Recovery.
“Morningside is a great place, they have individualized treatment programming, great groups, and staff who truly cares. This facility saved my life,” Amanda wrote. Michael echoed Amanda, and wrote: “Morningside recovery saved my life. When I got into treatment I had lost everything.”
More than one negative reviewer felt that too much emphasis was placed on money. “They are very greedy. It took forever to see a doctor,” said M.M., and J.W. wrote: “This place is all about their money, not your recovery.” More than one reviewer also described treatment as “inept.”
Reviews posted to secondary sources demonstrate similarly polarized opinions. To date, the 15 people who left reviews for the Irvine facility on Yelp gave the center an average 2.5 out of five stars.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
To date, the two loved ones polled by Rehabs.com offered mostly positive feedback for the center.
“They staff was very helpful, the facilities were beautiful and the location was wonderful,” a loved one wrote.
The other survey respondent provided no commentary, but gave a five-star rating for family participation and three stars for the staff’s level of experience and training.
WHAT STAFF SAY
The five staff members polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing gave the highest possible score for the facility’s treatment of co-occurring disorders. They also indicated that they would recommend the facility to their own friends and family.
“They teach the skills necessary to stay sober after leaving,” M.M. wrote. Another staff member, Kevin agreed. “Clients come from all over to find a life in recovery. Clients find what works for them here,” he wrote.
Morningside Recovery only accepts out-of network insurance.
In 2011, a Morningside client died after being transferred to a detox facility in nearby Costa Mesa without his parents' knowledge. Following legal action from the victim's family, Morningside settled out of court. Local news reported that in the detox facility's court case: "The jury assigned 20 percent of the blame for Brandon Jacques’ death to Morningside Recovery and 80 percent of the blame to [detox facility] First House LLC."
A spokesperson for Morningside said: "I would ...reiterate that Morningside has never had a client die while in or under its care and we look forward to the opportunity to defend these meritless allegations.”
Updated March 2017
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