Balboa Horizons Announces The Best Way Men’s Detox

by Balboa Horizons | June 30, 2016

Balboa Horizons announces the opening of a new Men’s Residential Detox Center called The Best Way. The six-bed Orange County center will treat men detoxing from substances such as alcohol, benzodiazepines, opiates, and stimulants.

Balboa Horizons’ detox is gender specific and only for men, following with Balboa Horizons’ policy of keeping all programs gender specific, which studies show is more effective when treating addiction.

“By having our own detox center, we can truly provide the entire continuum of care for men suffering from drug and alcohol addiction, while maintaining the standards of excellence that are the hallmark of Balboa Horizons’ treatment,” said Executive Director, Burr Cook.

Dining Area

Dining Area at our Men’s Detox

In addition to 24-hour support staff, the center will be staffed with licensed nurses, and all detoxifications will be overseen by Balboa Horizon’s Medical Director, Dr. Elizabeth Roberts, Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology.

With professional staff and appropriate protocols in place, individuals can detox safely and completely, supported with cutting edge detox protocols as well as the highest standards of therapeutic care.

“We are excited to be able to offer our clients the latest in medication support and therapeutic modalities to help them detox effectively in an environment that is comforting and supportive.” said Dr. Roberts.

For most, going through detoxification from addictive substances is an incredibly unpleasant process, and the hazards of attempting to detox on one’s own range from severe discomfort to death. At Balboa Horizons, a professional detox can be carried out in the safest and most effective manner possible. Correct and comfortable detoxification is a complicated process which our professional staff and protocols are uniquely equipped to handle.

Balboa Horizons, established in 2004, quickly garnered a reputation for creating a program where “no one falls through the cracks”—an intimate and safe place to heal with a high staff to client ratio. Today, Balboa Horizons, provides all levels of care, and has earned a sterling reputation in the industry for excellence, standard of care, and client results. Balboa Horizons has had greater success in harm reduction and relapse prevention than many other treatment centers due to the fact that Balboa offers all levels of care and is known for a long-term approach to treatment.

In addition to serving Young Adults and being a top recommendation for long term care from primary treatment centers, interventionists, therapists and other treatment professionals, Balboa Horizons is also aligned with the EAPs (Employee Assistance Programs) of some of the biggest unions in the country. Balboa Horizons is fully licensed by the State of California as well as fully accredited, and has received The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Behavioral Health Care Accreditation—the highest ranking for standard of care any organization can achieve.

Detox Center Team

Marissa Murray, CADCA, Detox Program Director

As Detox Program Director, Marissa is responsible for supervising all aspects of the detox center, including staffing as well as working one on one with clients—coordination with admissions, treatment planning, scheduling, and facilitating medical needs.

A registered member of the California Drug and Alcohol Counselor Certification Program (CADCA), Marissa has worked in the recovery industry since 2008—in every role from case management to detox program director at another recovery center.

Marissa believes an essential piece of recovery is practicing it as a spiritual journey.

Burr Cook, Executive Director

As Executive Director, Burr oversees both clinical and administrative operations at Balboa Burr C
Horizons. He has worked in healthcare since the mid-1970s and has worked in state-licensed inpatient addiction treatment centers and detoxification facilities as a nurse, counselor, program developer and director, educator, and director of admissions since 2003.

Burr is a Board Registered Interventionist through the Association of Intervention Specialist Credentialing Board (AISCB), a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC II), a Nationally Certified Addiction Counselor (NCAC), Certified Intervention Professionals (CIP), and a Registered Nurse. He is a member of the California Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (CAADAC), the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC), and past President of Network of Independent Interventionists (NII). He also served on the boards of NII and PALM (Problems of Addiction in Labor and Management). His experience and knowledge of the intervention, treatment, and recovery process has given him the resources and skills necessary to implement comprehensive, effective recovery plans for clients and their families.

Burr believes an essential piece of recovery is the participation of the entire family in the recovery process.

Elizabeth Roberts, MD, Medical Director

Dr. Elizabeth Roberts has been guiding, caring and advocating for children and adults for E-Robover thirty years, half of those years as a physician. Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology, Dr. Roberts serves as Medical Director at Balboa Horizons. She is responsible for evaluation and diagnosis of every patient who comes through the program. Dr. Roberts manages psychiatric medication for all of Balboa Horizons clientele, as well as screening for medical referrals.

She has also appeared as an expert witness before the House Committee on the damaging effects of misdiagnosis and over-diagnosis of children with psychiatric disorders. Dr. Roberts is a medical expert widely in demand in the media, and has appeared on The Oprah Show, The Today Show, ABC News in Chicago, CBS News Los Angeles, NBC News in San Francisco, Real Life with Mary Amoroso in New Jersey, and KZSW-TV in California. Her radio appearances include: Washington Post Radio, Washington D.C.; The Milt Rosenberg Show, Chicago; The Pete Wilson Show, San Francisco; Positive Parenting, San Francisco, and many others. Dr. Roberts has been widely published, including her op-ed in The Washington Post, “A Rush To Medicate Young Minds,” the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Forum, “Bipolar Kids or Bad Parents?” as well as in the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun Times. She is the author of “Should You Medicate Your Child’s Mind.”

Dr. Roberts believes an essential piece of recovery is good mental health.

Katrina Harris, MA, Therapist

Katrina is a Primary Therapist for Balboa Horizons Intensive Outpatient Program (STRIVE). Kat-HShe obtained her B.A. in Sociology from University of California Berkeley, and her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California.

In the field of addiction recovery since 2003, Katrina has been trained in many therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and EMDR, which are known to be successful in the treatment of patients suffering from addiction, trauma, and other psychological disorders. Katrina finds personal joy through surfing and enjoys sharing this passion with clients through weekly group surfing excursions. She is also the founder of the Ohana Surf School, where, since 2005, she has worked with families in recovery, reintroducing them to having fun together in a healthy manner.

Katrina believes an essential piece of recovery is learning to have fun in sobriety.

Learn More

Be sure to visit our site page about the detoxification process for more information.

For more information or to schedule a tour of the center, please contact Balboa Horizons’ Clinical Outreach Manager, Heather Henretig: 949-922-6238
Balboa Horizons accepts most insurance carriers.