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
Though not all rehab facilities offer “medical detoxification,” all people with an addiction to drugs or alcohol will experience intense physical and emotional changes and discomfort as their bodies react to withdrawal of the addictive substance. Many people use the term “detox” to refer to the period of time (ranging from a few days to a week) when the body is reacting to an addict’s decision to stop using.
Trauma & Associative Awareness Therapy (AAT)
Associative Awareness Therapy (AAT) uses the brain’s innate ability to adapt to change in a healing way, essentially “retraining” the brain to respond differently to familiar memories of trauma or pain.
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 adult men and women and young adults. The facility also offers treatment for individuals with co-occurring disorders. Programs are 30, 60, and 90 days, after which outpatient services and/or sober living houses are available as aftercare options. A detox unit is located on-site.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
The detox program is the first phase for some clients at Hope by the Sea and typically lasts three to seven days. In the residential treatment program, there are two main tracks — a standard one grounded in 12-step principles from a purely spiritual perspective, and another that’s Christian-based. The standard full service option combines 12-step work with individual and group cognitive counseling. The Christian drug rehab program, called Celebrate Hope, includes daily devotionals, religious counseling, and bible study groups.
Individuals seeking alternative recovery may opt for a non-12-step holistic approach called Complete Harmony. Hope Academy is the center’s young adult addiction treatment program.
All residents attend process groups, which utilize a variety of modalities including cognitive behavioral therapy, psychoeducation, psychodrama, life skills, and relapse prevention. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings are held on-site each evening.
A three-day weekend family program integrates multi-family group therapy sessions with addiction education.
Hope by the Sea's treatment team includes a psychiatrist, clinical psychologist, marriage and family therapist, physician assistants, registered nurses, drug and alcohol counselors, transitional counselors, and addiction medicine specialist.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Men and women live in separate residences, and there is a special house for young adults. 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 in the treatment center or individual homes.
Most residents share bedrooms with one or two others; however for an additional fee, 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 share housekeeping chores.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Alumni provided mostly positive reviews of Hope by the Sea. The eight polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing would strongly recommend this facility, as evidenced by the average of 4.1 out of five stars they awarded this metric. They gave the same 4.1-star rating to the staff's level of training and experience, counseling options, and cleanliness of the facility. They rated the center’s family participation the highest with 4.3 stars and holistic offerings the lowest with 3.6 stars. Other notable metrics are the staff's level of training and experience, counseling options, and facility cleanliness, which all received an average rating of 4.1 stars.
Although one negative reviewer commented that the staff didn’t care about clients, most alumni provided positive feedback about the staff. “Overall I think it was great,” an alum wrote: “The people there made me feel special and they really helped me get over my problems.” Another, who rated treatment effectiveness a perfect five stars, considered Hope by the Sea: “Perhaps the most important experience of my life.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
To date, nine loved ones surveyed by Rehabs.com provided mostly positive reviews. On average, they awarded 4.5 out of five stars about recommending Hope by the Sea. They rated the staff’s level of experience and training the highest with 4.7 stars. “They have a dedicated team of trained professionals they do individualized treatment programs,” a loved one wrote. Family participation and cleanliness were also rated highly by friends and family, both metrics receiving an average rating of 4.7 stars.
Some credited the center with saving their loved one’s life: “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.” However, one reviewer noted their loved one relapsed and they couldn’t afford more treatment.
WHAT STAFF SAY
Five staff members surveyed by Rehabs.com to date provided positive feedback about Hope by the Sea. On average, they gave perfect five stars for a number of categories, including recommending 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. The staffers rated the facility's holistic offerings and family participation policies the highest, awarding the metrics an average 4.8 star ratings.
According to the facility’s website, Hope by the Sea accepts some preferred provider organization (PPO) insurance plans, including Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, and United Healthcare.
Published on December 2017
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