New Found Life Philosophy
At New Found Life in Long Beach, California, addiction and chemical dependency are treated with methodology rooted in 12-step programs. New Found life treats chemical dependency as a disease, and focuses on dual-diagnosis treatments. New Found Life offers programs that move patients through each step of the recovery phase, beginning with intervention. New Found Life’s positive and encouraging environment is the perfect setting for recovering addicts to come to grips what addiction and chemical dependency. Through one-on-one sessions, group therapy, family participation and continuing care, New Found Life helps patients build the life skills necessary to achieve – and sustain – sobriety.
Areas of Specialization
The term “12 Step Program” describes a way to recover from addiction that is based on the model developed by Alcoholics Anonymous. Many drug and alcohol treatment centers base their treatment on 12 steps – the first three of which are situational, the next four addressing the practical issues created by the addiction, followed by two steps focused on making amends for hurting others. Steps 10 and 11 involve a deeper examination of the previous steps and the final step is focused on helping others avoid and recover from addiction.
Residential treatment programs provide housing (food and meals) in addition to treatment for substance abuse. Some facilities offer only short-term residential treatment, some offer only long-term treatment and others offer both, ranging from a few days to many months, based on patient needs.
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ABOUT NEW FOUND LIFE
On a palm tree-lined street a block from the beach in Long Beach, Calif., New Found Life (NFL) offers short-term and long-term residential care and outpatient treatment for adults seeking treatment for substance us disorders. Treatment for co-occurring disorders is also available. Medical detox is not provided on-site, but the center can give referrals to nearby detox centers. New Found Life has been in operation for close to a quarter-century.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Treatment at New Found Life begins with an initial phone assessment. An intake specialist interviews clients to prequalify clients for the treatment programs. Intake specialists are available 24/7 and can help schedule intervention services if needed.
The short-term residential program is 28 days long, making it similar with up to 13% of U.S. facilities. Clients enroll in the short-term program to begin their recovery. The program focuses on making significant changes to how clients live in order to break their connection with the influences of their addiction. New Found Hope also offers an extended residential program for clients who need a longer process.
In treatment, clients are introduced to the 12-step model of treatment, which is used in up to 48% of U.S. treatment facilities. During treatment, clients may attend 12-step meetings, study fellowship literature, and perform associated "step-work."
Clients also participate in a range of holistic treatment methods that focus on spiritual, emotional, and physical rehabilitation. These methods include yoga, music therapy, and spiritual exploration options. Along with substance abuse-related concerns, the facility can also address mental health and eating disorders.
An aftercare program is also available for clients who complete the primary treatment programs. Clients can enroll in the program in 280-day increments. Most clients who receive extended care stay for eight to 12 weeks.
Following residential treatment, clients may move into one of the organization’s nearby supervised sober-living apartments, where they will continue to participate in 12-step programming and have contact with facility staff while returning to school or work.
New Found Life employs therapists with master's degrees, certified addiction counselors, as well a Unity minister who serves as a spiritual advisor. The treatment team also includes a psychiatrist trained in treating mood and eating disorders as well as addiction. New Found Life is accredited by the Joint Commission and the California Department of Health Care Systems.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
New Found Life offers 30 beds in shared rooms. Residents live in gender-separate, adobe-style homes with open-layout kitchens, comfortably and simply decorated living areas, and plenty of sunlit areas.
According to information provided to Rehabs.com by the facility, access to a gym or other unspecified exercise activities is provided, smoking is permitted, and no personal electronic devices are allowed. The center also touts involvement with Long Beach's active recovery community.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The five alumni polled by Rehabs.com to date offered mixed opinions of the facility. Alum D.D. gave five out of five stars for its 12-step focus, experience of the staff, and facility cleanliness, writing: "I've been sober for over two years all because of my great experience with this rehab." However, another reported poor aftercare support and characterized staff as "overworked and unavailable." One common criticism among alumni was a lack of exercise opportunities.
Of the 16 reviews on Google at the time of this writing, which revealed an average rating of 4.5 out of five stars, only two were critical of the facility. The two negative reviews described overly strict practices, unhelpful groups, and insufficient therapeutic programming. However, most alumni claimed that the program saved their lives. "I will forever be grateful for New Found Life. Best place anyone could go for treatment!" Kristen, a representative reviewer, wrote.
At the time of this writing, there are 10 positive and one negative review on Yelp. Several alumni indicate that the program’s focus on aftercare was a strength, including Ryan who wrote: “The program teaches patients how to build a network and the important tools and practices to stay clean after leaving treatment.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
In keeping with alumni trends, of the five reviews submitted to Rehabs.com by loved ones, four were positive and one was negative. Three provided ratings for several aspects of treatment and accommodations, with one awarding all five out of five star ratings, and another mostly ones and twos.
While two reviewers appreciated the sense of community the facility fostered through the small size of the program and through opportunities to continue "involvement in recovery by volunteer work, peer support," other loved ones did not feel that the program offered enough holistic options. However, friends and family generally agreed that the facility was clean and maintained in a good condition.
Offering five-star ratings for the staff's level of experience and training and amount of family involvement, parent Deb wrote: "The staff was very caring and observant." Echoing this opinion, loved one J.L. added: Our family was involved and learned a lot attending the family weekends."
Treatment costs $9,800 per month and $26,600 for three months. The center accepts private insurance and offers some financial aid, according to information provided by the staff to Rehabs.com.
New Found Life recently celebrated its 25-year anniversary, and continues to spread information about treatment options in California. A recent blog post by the company was designed to show California residents the availability of a overdose reversal drug that is now available without a prescription.
Published on August 2018
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