Treatment Center Setting
- Beach Community
- Residential Neighborhood
Safe Harbor Treatment Center for Women Philosophy
Safe Harbor has been working to break the vicious cycle of drug and alcohol addiction for 20 years. The women-only rehab treats substance abuse and co-occurring mental health disorders by focusing on the whole person — body, mind and spirit. The facility believes that addiction is a symptom of deeper underlying issues and is dedicated to helping each client address and turnaround the maladaptive coping skills that no longer serve her. In an intimate, all-female environment, women are given the opportunity to safely explore their past and learn the coping skills necessary for a sober future.
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.
Facilities that offer “holistic therapy” see and treat patients in the context of their entire lives and health status. They treat the “whole person,” not just the addiction.
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.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
The focus of cognitive behavioral therapy (also called CBT) is helping people to understand the thoughts and emotions that underlie their addiction with the goal of learning new, healthier and more productive ways to understand and express themselves.
Meet the Staff
A woman of strength and vision, Velvet has been a transformational activist in the recovery community focusing her efforts on the healing and wellbeing of young women. She has incorporated her years of life experience and knowledge of women’s suffering and addiction into her mission and ultimately her sense of purpose. Velvet opened her doors and her heart to restore the soul sickness she once suffered from herself years ago and has now developed one of the leading women’s drug and alcohol treatment programs in Southern California, Safe Harbor Treatment Center.
Danelle Baie, CATCI, CAADE
Executive Program Director
Danelle Baie is a certified chemical dependency counselor and has over 15 years of experience in the recovery community.Danelle entered into the field of recovery work following her intuition on her purpose for what her life work should involve. As a certified counselor at Safe Harbor, Danelle also brings her experience of long-term sobriety and interest in physical health. Danelle believes in a mental, physical, emotional and spiritual sobriety and recovery.
Rev. Arlene Hylton Campbell is the Spiritual Director for Safe Harbor Treatment Center for women. She is a licensed non-denominational Minister in the State of California. Rev. Arlene supports individuals in realizing their highest potential. Her support of individuals in recovery is based on each individual realizing a higher power that is active and fully available in their life. Through prayer and spiritual counsel, women are given tools to remember the connection they have with their higher power.
Director of Admissions
Maggie Grisham has been in recovery for over 24 years. Her passion and experience in recovery has led Maggie to make a professional change and work with women in addiction. Maggie is devoted to helping women and their families as they struggle with the confusion and frustration of addiction by applying her love and knowledge of the 12-Step program.
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ABOUT SAFE HARBOR TREATMENT CENTER FOR WOMEN
Founded in 1993, Safe Harbor Treatment Center for Women offers detox, residential treatment, and sober-living homes for women aged 18+ who are struggling with substance use disorder, eating disorders, and trauma. The organization is based in suburban Costa Mesa, in sunny Southern California.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
The center offers four residential facilities: a detox unit, the Knox Program for women aged 18 to 24 who are struggling with substance use disorder, the Magellan Program for women struggling with an eating disorder or sex or love addiction, and the Capella Program for women struggling with relationship trauma. The center is founded on the belief that the women it treats need love and support.
Programs are based on the 12-Steps, and the center recommends a 90-day stay. The core program includes weekly therapy and case management services, daily 12-step meetings and process meetings, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and groups on topics such as love addiction, body image, and relapse prevention. Holistic options include yoga, meditation, and art expression.
Young substance abuse clients are also encouraged to seek and maintain employment and education during their treatment, in order to equip them with life skills for use as they transition back into life in their community. The Magellan Program adds weekly sessions with eating disorder specialists, meal planning, supervised restaurant trips, monitored gym time, and other specialized services.
In the Capella Program, there’s a focus on mental and behavioral health conditions such as PTSD, OCD, anxiety, and co-occurring addictions, as well as eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) and experiential therapies such as art expression and cinema therapy.
Staff includes a psychiatrist, licensed therapists, certified chemical dependency counselors, a hypnotherapist, and a certified dietitian, as well as a reverend who serves as a spiritual advisor. The 15 individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date on the staff’s level of training and experience gave it an average rating of 4.13 stars.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Each of the treatment facilities is a comfortable, family-style suburban home with a garden. Some facilities offer outdoor pools. The 16 individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date on the center’s cleanliness gave it an average rating of 4.63 stars.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Of the 27 alumni reviews submitted to Rehabs.com to date, 17 were positive, four mixed, and six negative. The 14 alumni polled on the facility’s offerings in a variety of treatment metrics gave it average ratings of 3.79 stars, 3.64 stars, and 3.62 stars respectively for its holistic offerings, family program, and counseling options.
Several alumni told Rehabs.com that Safe Harbor had saved their lives, and still more spoke glowingly of the center’s staff. “They had a beautiful sense of community. They always brought love into everything,” Sophia wrote. Other alumni praised the center’s alumni network, gentle spiritual guidance, and calm atmosphere.
The reviews also yielded recurring criticisms. Several alumni reported that they felt staff were underqualified: “I'd suggest requiring a Masters in Social Services, even for support staff. They oftentimes had no idea what they were doing and were unprofessional...” K.O. wrote. Some reviewers also cited mistreatment from individual staff members. Perhaps resulting from this apparent lack of staff training, some reviewers described excessive leniency and inconsistency in dealing with residents.
Others cited an apparent lack of therapy options, in particular a lack of alternatives to the 12-Steps, and dirty, run-down conditions. “I had the worst experience of my life at Safe Harbor. I had to scrub toilets and clean up the house that is falling to pieces,” Annie wrote. The facility responded to Annie to say: “It deeply concerns me to hear your report on your experience at Safe Harbor. In some cases when addicts and alcoholics are in early recovery their experiences can be distorted or skewed due to the trauma of addiction.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Of the five reviews submitted to Rehabs.com to date, three were positive and two negative. The positive reviewers described a nurturing facility with good staff. “Great hands on experience Caring counsellors Saved my daughters life,” K.T.R. wrote, and G.M. and T.M. added praise for the family program.
Parent M.C. complained about an “intentionally confusing” contract, and N.R. echoed an alum by writing: “Gross . One staff member in particular is a bad person… Place is fowl and propel are bullies . They make you scrub toliets.”
The center accepts insurance from numerous providers, including but not limited to Aetna, Anthem, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, and United. The 16 individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date on the center’s affordability gave it an average rating of 3.75 stars.
Updated December 2016
Published on May 2017
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