Why California?… A Fresh Start

Orange County, California provides a distraction-free fresh start far away from environ-mental triggers (e.g. friends who engage in substance abuse, and any other associative influences including availability of the drug of choice). Getting away from the area where a person engaged in substance abuse often provides the fresh break one needs in order to take on the responsibility of pursuing their own recovery. Weather and recreation aside, California provides a rich talent-pool of sophisticated clinicians dedicated to helping people begin and sustain their recovery journey. Balboa Horizons prides itself on recruiting the best and most dedicated clinicians and support staff from this pool in order to facilitate our clients’ recovery.

California is known for its healthy recreation and lifestyle. For young people in particular, part of the recovery journey will be finding healthy lifestyles that are attractive to them—and a big change to the lifestyle they were living prior to getting sober.

A Community Like No Other

Balboa Horizons is intentionally located in the heart of Orange County, an area well known for its recovery-rich services, activities and healthy lifestyle. At Balboa Horizons, we foster community building through our treatment programs, role modeling, and specific activities such as surf therapy and Rock to Recovery because the evidence is clear: Peers recover with peers. In Orange County, you will be surrounded by a wealth of trails, beaches, bike paths, gyms, nature centers, health food stores and restaurants, and the healthy lifestyle for which Southern California is known. At Balboa Horizons, you’ll have ample opportunity to chose the healthy activities, role models and community resources that best support your personal recovery journey.

Activities and Recreation

Surrounded by a stunning network of hiking and biking trails in protected wilderness parks and preserves, Coastal Orange County is also a world-class destination for surfing, swimming, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, fishing, and more. Skiing and snowboarding, along with other winter sports, are available within a two hour drive. Learning to take pleasure in recovery is an important part of our program. The therapeutic value in realizing one can have fun in sobriety is without parallel—socializing and participating in recreational experiences are important life skills in achieving balance and creating one’s best life.

Orange County Universities and Opportunities

Orange County is a hub for education as well, boasting three universities and 17 private colleges. There are vocational schools, art institutes, and world-class repertory theaters here as well. It is a progressive environment rich in job opportunities. Many of the world’s high-tech companies have headquarters here. Balboa Horizons offers its addiction treatment and recovery services in an area that many choose to call home after treatment. Because of the opportunities for employment, continuing education, and outdoor activities, our location is ideal for our mind/body approach to recovery.

Ongoing Recovery Resources

California leads the way in many endeavors, including addiction recovery services, and Balboa Horizons has been an industry leader in addiction treatment in Orange County for over 13 years. We are located in a recovery-rich area that gives our clients access to vibrant peer-support networks, available to them long after formal treatment is completed. There are hundreds of 12-step meetings daily in Orange County.

Replacing Bad/ Unhealthy or Self Destructive Habits with Healthy Ones

Due to the incredibly diverse population of Orange County and due to the high number of participants in meetings, there’s such a wide array of meetings that you’re sure to find one that’s right for you, including: Men’s, Women’s, Artists, Musicians, Millennials, LGBT, and more. Available meeting formats include talk show (think David Letterman), speaker meetings, share only, and many more. Whether you’re a college student, artist, mom, or businessperson, you’ll find your niche for long-term recovery support in Orange County.


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