Morningside Recovery, Newport Beach, CA

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Morningside Recovery Philosophy

Morningside Recovery is dedicated to providing exceptional care, treatment and services for men and women who are chemically dependent or suffering from mental health or co-occurring disorders. We believe every client can recover and learn how to manage mental and emotional stability.

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Photo of GERALD R. GROSSO, Psy.D., MFT Dr. Grosso is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 20 years of experience assisting individuals and families struggling with issues such as addiction, depression, trauma, and all levels of psychiatric care. He brings his extensive experience over the past 15 years supervising over 25 mental health professionals including Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Marriage & Family Therapists, and Clinical Social Workers to Morningside Recovery. As Clinical Director, he supervises our clinical staff, and performs clinical reviews and case consultations of treatment services along with chart audits for medical necessity and compliance with insurance billing standards. He is especially adept at shepherding high-risk cases through the treatment process, providing coordinated treatment planning, interventions, and discharge planning with treatment providers. Dr. Grosso holds a credential as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with the State of California. He received his Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) credential from the American Behavior Studies Institute, with an additional Certificate of Specialty in Treatment of Chemical Dependency. He received his M.A. in Psychology specializing in Marriage and Family Therapy from Chapman University. He holds a professional membership in the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.


Photo of ELIZABETH WATERMAN, Psy.D. Dr. Waterman began her work in the recovery field in 2008 and has held positions as a clinician in residential treatment centers, mental health clinics, and private practice. She has extensive experience in conducting psychological evaluations and disability determination evaluations for children, adolescents, and adults. Her areas of professional specialties include addiction, personality disorders, and mood and anxiety disorders. She enjoys working with clients from a variety of evidenced-based treatment approaches and is currently in the process of completing an intensive training program in Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Elizabeth is dedicated to providing superior therapeutic services to clients and their families, as well as educating the public about mental illness and chemical dependency. Elizabeth graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology (Psy.D.) from the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Orange County in 2010. In 2012, Elizabeth became a licensed Psychologist in the state of California

Editorial Review
Kate Tedesco Reviews Editor

Morningside Recovery is a luxury substance abuse and mental health rehab located in Newport Beach, California. In addition to substance abuse and behavioral issues, Morningside Recovery also offers treatment for process addictions such as gambling, disordered eating, gaming and sex. One-on-one counseling, gender-specific group therapy, educational lectures and experiential therapies are hallmarks of the facility’s various treatment programs. Clinical treatment methods include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), psychodrama and eye movement desensitization and reprocesses (EMDR). Morningside is non 12-step based, however patients who want to include 12-step principles into their recovery are accommodated. Detox is also not available on site.

The facility’s website flaunts an “open-treatment” model and lists numerous freedoms not typical of most residential programs, such as unsupervised visits to the beach, unlimited visitors, and opportunities to work part-time or take classes at a local college. Inpatient treatment is also billed as “non-lockdown,” meaning cell phones, laptop computers and even pets are also permitted. However, according to a recent investigation published on, the parents of a 20-year old resident who died under Morningside’s care in 2011 were barred from having any contact with their son, with the father quoted as saying, “…once he transferred to Morningside, I personally did not get to speak with him at all. And the communication was terrible."

The tragic death reported on Vice led to a state investigation that uncovered multiple violations at Morningside, including offering unlicensed medical care and careless administration of prescription drugs, with the young man’s family receiving a wrongful death settlement in October 2014. And in addition to this event, many other alumni reviews uncovered by also mention dubious financial motivations and deceptive advertising. “This place is all about their money, not your recovery,” claims M.W. on “They will tell you that they are not 12-steps oriented, that they treat dual-diagnosis (psychiatric as well as addiction issues)…But the reality is far different,”

Another alumni, J.W., agreed and told “They'll tell you anything to get you in the door and the money rolling in.” And I.K. wrote to Yelp to say: “They're really in it for the money. I have three years clean now and I'm able to go back and honestly say it’s not a supportive environment.”

The article also supports allegations of financial fraudulence, and reported on evidence that Morningside regularly took “kickbacks,” or fees split between owners or employees when patients are transferred from one treatment center to another—a practice essentially motivated by “greed, not need”. As described by a former employee quoted in the piece: “Morningside calls it 'consulting referrals.' You refer a client to Morningside, and they pay a ten percent fee of what they get paid... The majority of the time the cash is going to the owner [of the facility]... or to the director of admissions."

Apart from being considered highly unethical, kickbacks like these in the treatment industry are also illegal in California, where Morningside Recovery is incorporated. And in the case in question—where a fee was paid for the young man’s transfer to Morningside, instead of moving him to a hospital for much-needed medical care—the implications of the practice were downright deadly.'s Review Process
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