True Recovery in Newport Beach, CA

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20351 SW Acacia St.
Newport Beach CA 92660

True Recovery Philosophy

True Recovery's addiction treatment program was founded in 2014 by individuals who saw something missing in traditional treatment programs. Refusal to let go of old philosophies, a one size fits all approach, and high caseloads with a lack of individualized care resulted in high recidivism and an ultimate lack of hope. True Recovery's model of treatment seeks to address all of these shortcomings and provide a real transition into life for the client. Small groups, small caseloads, advanced psychological and psychiatric techniques, and truly evidence based therapies create the individualized care that all clients receive at True Recovery. Our goal is for the client to identify his goals and find the exact combination of therapeutic techniques and life skills necessary to meet them. By focusing on the individual's passions to create a customized approach each client's life potential is realized and True Recovery begins on the date of admission.
True Recovery's main addiction treatment campus is located in Newport Beach in Southern California. Our supportive housing is located within a few blocks of the main campus in Costa Mesa and surrounding areas. With numerous beaches within a few miles, the bay and aquatic nature preserves within steps, and near perfect weather year round, our program and our clients are fortunate to take advantage of all that drug and alcohol treatment in Orange County has to offer

Areas of Specialization

  • Intensive Outpatient (IOP)
    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.

  • Individualized Treatment
    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.

Facility Highlights

All clinicians are licensed and/or mastered level

Yoga, Tai Chi, Acupuncture, and other holistic group therapies

Gender specific substance abuse programming

Meet the Staff

Barbara Key, PSY

Clinical Supervisor

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Robert Dickinson, CADC-II

Case Manager

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Located in the Orange County city of Newport Beach, Calif., True Recovery offers gender-specific intensive outpatient (IOP) and partial hospitalization programs (PHP) for adult men and women struggling with substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders. The facility also operates supportive sober living facilities for clients enrolled outpatient treatment. True Recovery keeps group numbers small for individualized attention and provides access to musical and other holistic therapies, along with evidence-based psychotherapy. Medical detoxification services are not available on-site.


Upon admission, clients undergo a substance use assessment and psychiatric evaluation to help True Recovery clinicians determine an individualized plan of care. Staff will facilitate transfers for clients needing initial care at an Orange County detox center. A typical PHP plan is 30 to 90 days.

True Recovery utilizes an array of evidence-based treatment modalities, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing, dialectic behavioral therapy (DBT), and trauma-informed eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). During treatment, clients can expect to receive individual and group therapy, family therapy,and education on the science of addiction and development of life skills.

If necessary, True Recovery provides medication consultation and management for individuals who have a received a dual diagnosis. Through pharmacogenomic testing, clinicians evaluate how individuals process psychotropic medication and modify medications accordingly.

In conjunction with therapeutic and educational program components, clients are also introduced to 12-step principles and practices, as well as alternative support groups.

Among the many recreational and holistic therapies available at True Recovery are Tai Chi, yoga, nutritional counseling, acupuncture and art therapy. The musical therapy program involves creating songs with other musicians in recovery.

As an outpatient-based program, True Recovery emphasizes pursuing employment or educational goals as an important component to sustaining recovery. Along with treatment programming, clients have access to employment and interviewing skill-development and assistance in enrolling in higher education. Case managers also serve as liaisons to court-related personnel.


True Recovery employs a multidisciplinary team of masters-level and doctorate-level clinicians, including psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, and certified addiction counselors. Several treatment staff members maintain multiple certifications, including credentials for treating co-occurring disorders. The center's psychiatrist is board-certified in general psychiatry and addiction medicine. Certified alcohol and drug counselors supervise the sober housing facilities.


True Recovery's supportive housing facilities, known as the Lodges, are supervised townhomes located in the adjacent community of Costa Mesa. Located within a bike ride to the beach, each upscale residence offers private or semi-private bedrooms, well-furnished communal areas, modern kitchens, on-site laundry, and outdoor seating areas. The center prides itself on offering pet-friendly accommodations. Residents of the Lodge are subject to toxicology screenings every 72 hours.

Transportation is provided to and from True Recovery's clinical building, which features large group therapy spaces, comfortable rooms for individual therapy, a yoga studio, a large kitchen, and activity rooms.

A gym membership, personal training, and a personal chef are also available.


At the time of this writing, had received one review for True Recovery. The reviewer praised the staff's dedication and personal connection with clients.

A total of 22 individuals submitted overwhelmingly favorable feedback for True Recovery on Google and Yelp. Google's average rating of 4.6 out of five stars reflected trends in written reviews, which included reports of changed lives, increased self-esteem, and other successful outcomes such as employment in recovery. Two Google reviewers compared their previous rehab experiences to True Recovery, which they concluded offered more compassionate and individualized attention.[1]

Likewise on Yelp, 12 reviewers (including some duplicated on Google) rated True Recovery five out of five stars. The staff's level of education received repeated praise. "True Recovery gave me a real chance and my life has improved dramatically over the past year," one alum wrote in a representative review.[2]


True Recovery does not currently publish its costs online. However, at the time of this writing, the facility's website lists several specific insurance plans accepted, including Cigna, United Healthcare, Aetna, Humana, and Blue Shield. The website also notes that coverage is available out-of-network with most PPOs.


Published on January 2018

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The most caring and compassionate people and so many clinical offerings that aren't available at many programs.

True Recovery's staff is exceptional. They meet each individual client where they are at. The groups cap out at 10 clients which makes it hard for any client to get lost in the shuffle. True Recovery's staff works above and beyond to help each client succeed in their recovery.

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