90 Day Alcohol & Drug Rehab at the Premier Program in Orange County, CA
No Longer Just for Women:
Balboa also offers our 90 day gender specific treatment program to men, read about it here.
Our 90 day program is the most common treatment program that women enter at Balboa Horizons. Evidence is building to support the 90 day treatment model. Interestingly, this time period was also chosen by the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous who suggested that new members attend at least one meeting a day for the first 90 days of recovery.
Vast research indicates that the 90-day time frame is approximately how long it can take the brain to recover from the immediate effects and aftermath of long term drug and alcohol abuse. During this period, the newly sober woman “comes out of the fog” of her addiction or alcoholism and learns new behaviors to process the stressors of life. By the end of the 90 days, the woman will have made great strides acclimating to life without her drug of choice and she will have a strong foundational network of fellow recovering individuals to connect with and stay accountable to.
Model to Achieve Long Term Sober Success
Although the 90-day model has become widely accepted as the typical duration of an initial stay in a residential treatment center, it is by no means a concrete time frame for everyone seeking treatment. We understand that each case is different and includes various interchangeable factors that will affect the duration of treatment required, however, we do support the 90-day treatment model as a solid starting point. It has been proven effective time and time again.
Women’s 90 Day Extended Care Rehab Program
Balboa Horizons’ 90-Day Extended Care Treatment is the core of our holistic healing program for women. Overwhelming evidence shows that 90 days sober marks the beginning of both the physical and mental benefits of sobriety.
However, our program is designed to do much more than simply give our clients 90 days of sobriety. It is about giving them the appropriate amount of care to foster continued recovery. We believe that our 90-Day Extended Care Program provides a solid foundation for lasting sobriety.
Why Women Differ from Men in Recovery
In a study released in April 2007, the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs stated the following: Women differ from men in many aspects, including; their reasons for initiating substance abuse, the consequences they experience, the barriers and motivations for entering treatment, treatment services needed, relapse risks and recovery support needs.
The report suggests gender-specific treatment as the most successful method of rehabilitation, and goes on to conclude that effective gender-specific treatment programs possess the following characteristics:
- They are Comprehensive
- Provide an environment where women feel comfortable and safe.
- Address the different pathways to and consequences of substance use/abuse that are unique to women, as well as female-specific treatment needs and relapse prevention.
Benefits of the 90-Day Model
The majority of co-ed 90-Day Extended Care treatment programs will fall short when it comes to women’s recovery. They simply do not have the resources to give women the individual care they need or the in-depth understanding of women-specific issues as they relate to recovery.
Why Balboa Uses Gender Specific Treatment Model
Co-ed clinical programs typically become generalized and distracting, failing to address the core issues behind addiction. They simply cannot provide a safe haven for women in recovery. Balboa Horizons is the only state licensed treatment facility in Newport Beach dedicated exclusively for women.
Time spent in treatment only works to the benefit of the client, and never against them. In some instances there can be initial objections posed by certain clients about a longer stay in treatment such as:
• “I have certain obligations.”
• “I can’t spend that much time away from work.”
• “What about my family?”
• “I’m needed at home.”
These objections are always contested with the same question: “How can you fulfill any of these obligations while in the grips of a fatal disease?” The disease of addiction has proven itself to be fatal, progressive and incurable, therefore recovery must always come first.
Commitment To Recovery
The disease of addiction has been described in numerous medical journals as an allergy of the body and an obsession of the mind, manifesting itself as a malady, spiritual in nature. In spite of these facts, it is crucial that every recovering addict be 100% fully committed to the recovery program. We have learned that we benefit only from what we put into our recovery and nothing more. Recovery must come first! Otherwise we are liable to squander anything we put in front of it.
One’s recovery can often take a backseat to their careers, families, friends and other relationships, but it is important that those who seek recovery gain balance and proper perspective on their addiction and recovery and how they factor into their everyday lives. We learn to compartmentalize our lives in a sense, always thinking of the best ways to utilize time throughout the day. Those in recovery must be constantly taking personal inventory, asking themselves – “What and how much did I do for my recovery today?” and “What more can I do tomorrow?”
In numerous cases, we’ve seen addicts leave treatment before they were ready, and they invariably relapse. This brings forth an important point: chronic relapsers are some of the greatest beneficiaries of the 90-day treatment model. For a few reasons:
• There is more time spent on relapse prevention.
• There is a longer neurological growth and recovery period
• There is additional attention and focus put on the treatment plan
• There are supplementary hours spent away from negative and potentially dangerous environments
More often than not if a person relapses it is not because that person does not want a better life for themselves or because they are not serious about their recovery, but in fact, they have not received the level of care necessary to sustain long-term healthy sobriety. Other reasons relapses occur include but are not limited to: complacency, emotional disconnect, lack of motivation, isolation, general unhealthy living and closed mindedness.
These are key signs that a recovering addict may be heading in a dangerous direction, but there are immediate actions that can be taken to combat these setbacks. Sometimes the simplest actions can change the course of one’s entire recovery. A meeting, an honest conversation, a physical activity, a healthy meal or a writing assignment could bridge the gap between a slip and another day sober. These are precisely the concepts and ideas integrated in the duration of a 90-day stay at Balboa Horizons.