The Benefits of Private Addiction Treatment

Private addiction treatment centers provide a safe environment for people who want to begin the recovery process from a drug or alcohol addiction. Aside from providing a comfortable place to stay during treatment, private drug rehab centers also offer the benefit of medical supervision and specialized addiction treatment programs.

Residing in an inpatient rehabilitation treatment facility for a short period of time means the person in recovery is away from people, places or situations associated with substance use. This makes it easier to focus on recovering without distractions or temptations.

Why Seek Private Addiction Treatment?

While there are a number of private drug rehab centers available, it’s important to remember that not every person will respond in the same way to the same treatments. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA1) the type of treatment needed for each person in recovery from a drug or alcohol addiction needs to vary depending on each person’s needs.

Addiction treatment specialists will assess each person entering drug rehabilitation. Assessment determines:

  • The type of drug being taken
  • Whether the person is abusing more than one type of drug (polydrug abuse)
  • The length of time the substance has been used
  • The dosage being taken prior to treatment
  • Whether there are any coexisting mental health disorders (dual diagnosis)

When each person’s individual needs have been assessed, addiction specialists can then customize the right combination of tailored treatments and therapies to suit that person’s needs.

What Happens During Private Addiction Treatment?

All quality rehab treatment programs begin with the detox process. Depending on the type of drug being taken, some people may require specific prescription medication to help reduce the severity of withdrawal symptoms experienced during detox.

However, some people may need to taper down the dosage they’re currently taking rather than try to stop intake suddenly. For example, trying to quit sedative drugs such as Xanax or Valium cold turkey could result in potentially dangerous withdrawal symptoms. In order to avoid negative side effects of quitting use, it’s important that people in recovery reduce their dosage levels slowly and carefully under medical supervision.

Private rehabilitation centers will frequently offer these services, as well as others to improve comfort throughout the detox process. Additional amenities may include specialized nutritious meals, massages, or guided meditation and yoga. These amenities frequently naturally increase dopamine levels and help to ease discomfort during withdrawal.

Types of Private Addiction Treatment Programs

There are several different types of private addiction rehab programs available, but not every type of treatment program will be right for each person. Just as the reasons and triggers behind each person’s addiction are different, the type of treatment program needed must also be customized.

Residential Rehab Programs

Residential rehab treatment programs require that people in recovery live on location at center for the duration of treatment. People in recovery at a private residential program have the benefit of around the clock medical monitoring and supervision to ensure their safety throughout the detox process, as well as medication management to help relieve symptoms of withdrawal.

Comprehensive rehab treatment programs also use a combination of individual counseling, cognitive behavioral therapy sessions, motivational interviewing, and group support meetings. Private rehabilitation centers will also incorporate a variety of alternative or holistic therapies to help improve outcomes.

Each day in rehab treatment is highly structured to build good routines and long-term healing. Daily schedules typically include therapy and counseling sessions, group support meetings, as well as recreational activities or time for quiet reflection.  Private centers typically offer more recreational activities and field trips compared to public treatment centers. In most cases intensive rehab programs last for 28 days, although some people may need to remain in treatment for longer periods of time to improve successful outcomes.

Intensive Outpatient Treatment

An outpatient rehab treatment program requires an intensive time commitment each day by the person in recovery. Some outpatient programs also meet for two or three hours during the evenings throughout the week.

In some cases, a person with strong support from family and friends may be recommended to an outpatient treatment facility for treatment. However, outpatient rehab programs are also often extremely beneficial for people who have been discharged from residential drug rehab centers, but still require ongoing treatment and support in recovery.

Outpatient treatment programs offer the same types of treatments and therapies as residential rehab programs, but people in recovery have slightly more freedom to remain living at home.

Each person is required to check in with addiction specialists daily for medication management and to attend pre-scheduled counseling or therapy sessions. After treatments have ended the person is allowed to return home for the evening.

Outpatient treatment programs allow people in recovery to maintain regular routines, including going to work or school or keeping up with family commitments. While there is a bit more freedom with an outpatient program, it’s important to remember that there is the risk of returning to homes that include people or situations that already contributed to a substance abuse disorder. As a result, there is increased risk of relapsing into a pattern of self-destructive behavior.

Partial Hospitalization Treatment

Some people who have family obligations at home may benefit from being admitted into day treatment, or partial hospitalization treatment. This type of treatment plan is a type of outpatient program that allows people in recovery to participate in day treatments only.

The treatments and therapies used are the same as those offered in an intensive residential rehab program and involve checking in with an addiction specialist on a regular basis. People in recovery have the advantage of medication management, individual counseling, group support meetings, alternative therapy sessions, and withdrawal support.

While partial hospitalization treatments and sessions tend to be conducted throughout the day, many people in recovery are also expected to attend 12-step meetings or other group support meetings in the evenings.

Dual Diagnosis Therapy

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health2, 45% of people struggling with addiction also have a co-occurring mental health disorder. If a person entering treatment for a drug or alcohol addiction is found to have a co-existing mental health disorder, it’s important that an integrated treatment plan is used to ensure both conditions are treated at the same time.

A combination of specialized counseling sessions and medication therapies are used to ensure that both the mental health condition and the addiction are treated equally throughout treatment.

Sober Living Homes

Many people leaving rehab worry about returning home into an environment that previously led to substance abuse. After all, spending time in a drug rehab center with the structures routines and assistance can make it easier to change self-destructive behavior. Unfortunately, when many return home there is a realization that nothing else has changed around them.

Rather than leave rehab and returning to their old environment, some people may benefit from the aftercare option of living in a sober living home. Private drug rehabilitation centers frequently have relationships with reputable sober living homes and can provide recommendations or referrals.

Also known as halfway houses, sober living homes allow people in recovery to continue building healthy daily routines and self-care practices learned in rehab. Residents can go to work or school or engage in some types of recreational activities. People in sober living homes also have the benefit of associating with others facing similar challenges in recovery as they continue to form healthy new routines and daily schedules.

Some sober living facilities also offer luxury amenities, including on-site chefs, hot-tubs of pools, beach access or even vacations as a reward for those who are successful throughout their stay.

Living in a sober living community frequently require residents to contribute to chores and financial responsibilities. For some people, this can mean finding a job. For others it might mean enrolling into study programs to improve job skills and increase employment opportunities.

Perhaps the most underestimated benefit of residing in a sober living community is the opportunity to break free from toxic friends or acquaintances. At the same time, residents can build new peer connections that aren’t associated with drug or alcohol use.

Group Support Programs

Group support programs are often community based rather than being conducted in a more formal setting. Most people associate group meetings with the traditional 12-step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA), but there are various other group programs including SMART Recovery.

Perhaps one of the most challenging times for people in recovery is the evenings. While there may have a couple of hours of support and companionship during in-person group meetings, it’s also important to have a source of support at times when meetings aren’t available.

Fortunately, there are also several online-based meetings, chat groups and forums available designed to allow people in recovery to seek out the support they need at any time of the day or night.

Private Addiction Treatment Aftercare Programs

Aftercare programs offer people in recovery access to a variety of individual counseling sessions, group support meetings, alternative or holistic therapies, and a range of other sober activities.

During an intensive rehab treatment program, people in recovery begin learning healthy ways to deal with cravings and cope with stress without the need for drugs or alcohol. However, after rehab ends it’s important that there is still ongoing access to resources, therapy sessions, and treatments needed to stay abstinent over the long term.

Just because a person is discharged doesn’t mean that treatment should stop. A high-quality private addiction treatment center typically offers a range of programs that provide ongoing therapy and support.

Dr. Venice Sanchez


Clinical Outreach Specialist, Europe Division

Dr. Sanchez works closely with Truvida Recovery patients regarding substance abuse and related mental illnesses and creates a supportive, cooperative and informed therapeutic environment. Her areas of expertise include Substance Dependence, Dual Diagnosis, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, Generalized anxiety disorder, Panic Disorder, Bereavement, Acute stress disorder, and more. Ms Sanchez has extensive training with experts in the field of Substance Abuse, and mood and thought disorders underlying the substance use. She received a Bachelor’s degree from University of California, Los Angeles and Medical Degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. She continues training at the UC Irvine Psychiatry Residency Program and has been recognized with the Outstanding Resident of the Year Award.

Jaime Askew


Clinical Director

Ms. Askew is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor who has been working in the field treating substance abuse and mental health issues for over twenty years.  She obtained a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, with an emphasis in Marriage, Family, & Child Counseling from Pepperdine University and was among the first to obtain the LPCC license in the state of California.  She has been providing clinical supervision and training to interns, conducting workshops, and is a certified Trauma therapy trainer.  Her areas of expertise include working with legal issues, court ordered treatment, family preservation, trauma therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, family systems, social skills training, play therapy, and career/ vocational counseling.  Her passion is in advocating for at risk populations, holistic healing, and treating the underlying, core issues to help individuals achieve their maximum potential and happiness.  Jaime’s extensive experience and passionate leadership is of extreme importance to the overall TruVida clinical program, and her hands-on guidance of our clinical team insures that each patient is receiving optimal therapeutic treatment and care.

John Biroc

Consulting Psychologist

Dr. Biroc has a broad base of mental health and addiction recovery training and experience. He has supervised and taught therapists in various methodologies of effectively working with groups and individuals during therapy. He created and set up new group structures and trained staff in understanding the challenges of addiction recovery. He also helped develop curricula in Sociodrama and Psychodrama. Dr. Biroc is devoted to breaking paradigms that prevent progress in the path to lasting recovery. He is a member of the Nat’l Association of Marriage and Family therapists, and has a Ph.D. degree in Psychology, and a M.S. degree in Counseling from USC.

Dr. Nader Siahdohoni

Consulting Psychologist


Dr. Nader is one our esteemed consulting Psychologists who provides our Clients with various breakthrough therapy’s that focus the functional systems including neurons, neurotransmitters, and certain brain waves that enable the way we think, behave, move, feel, and maintain homeostasis. Such therapy’s include NeuroMax neurofeedback, the state of art integrated technology in Neurofeedback, combinations of wireless Electroencephalogram (EEG), real time brain mapping and a unique and exceptional neuropathway therapy called “Visual Concentration Attention Therapy (VCAT)”. Dr Nader graduated from Walden University.

Tiffany Agra


LMFT #103693

Ms. Agra is a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist, who has been working with individuals, couples, families, and groups for the past seven years. Her other therapeutic approaches include Narrative Therapy, Family Systems Theory, Psychodynamic dream interpretation, and Gestalt Psychology. She has also been a Guest Speaker at other organizations. This unique background has made her effective at helping clients overcome the grip of substance addiction. Tiffany obtained two Bachelor’s degrees from the University of California, Davis, and her Master’s degree from the California State University, Long Beach. She has worked for both the county of Orange and Riverside, helping those who struggle with addiction and mental illness. In addition to providing evidenced-based approaches to the clinical program at Truvida Recovery, she brings her compassion as a fellow addict in recovery; living proof that we do get better!

Deborah Wieland


MS, LMFT #96864

Ms. Wieland is an Eclectic EMDR Therapist, using R-TEP and G-TEP, and specializes in several modalities in treating Substance Use issues, Dual Diagnosis, Complex Trauma, and Severe Mental illness. Deborah also provides several types of therapy such as Psychodynamic, Rogerian, CBT, DBT, IFS, PICT, MI, Grief Recovery, Sand Tray, and Attachment Theory to help her patients achieve mental wellness and a sober lifestyle.

She has worked with Psychiatric Hospitals providing crisis interventions and psychotherapy to those struggling with substance abuse issues, mental health issues, and domestic violence. She completed her undergraduate and graduate studies at Vanguard University of Southern California. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Summa Cum Laude and a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology. She is currently completing her Doctoral studies in Clinical Psychology at Cal Southern University. Deborah is an active member of EMDRIA, California Association Marriage Family Therapist (CAMFT), American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC), and Psi Chi International Honors Society of Psychology.

Ashley McLaughlin



Ms. McLaughlin is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in EMDR therapy. She brings over ten years of experience working in the field of addiction to the Truvida Team. She obtained a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University and has two Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Economics from University of California, San Diego. Ms. McLaughlin was trained in EMDR in 2013 and since has been helping individuals process through past traumatic experiences that have contributed to current struggles with substance abuse and mental health symptoms. Her extensive experience and passion for this field has helped guide individuals through the process of recovery in order to experience freedom from their past and a hope for their future.

Travis Taylor



Mr. Taylor is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in  Drug Abuse & Addiction,  PTSD, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality, Codependency, Coping Skills, Depression, Dual Diagnosis. Taylor uses an integrative approach geared towards understanding self, specifically what drives one’s thoughts and behaviors. He excels in helping patients identify automatic thoughts that lead to specific feelings and undesired actions. Another useful approach stems from understanding how thoughts and behaviors are fueled by former messages that have been consistently reinforced. Travis has over 6 years of therapeutic practice and obtained a Master’s degree at Vanguard University.

Kat Johnson

AOD Counselor, Group Facilitator

With almost 10 years experience working at treatment centers, Kat Johnson shares her wisdom and passion for balanced living, creative writing, and meditation and how each plays a role in early recovery and beyond. Certified as a CADC II, and supported by a bachelors in psychology, Kat’s infectious energy brings her groups to life. She is grateful for every opportunity to spread health and wellness.

Paige A. Chastain

AOD Counselor, Case Manager

Ms. Chastain has dedicated her life to helping the suffering addict/alcoholic, bringing personal experience to both individual substance abuse and group counseling settings. She has worked in the field of addiction for several years, currently working as an addiction counselor and case manager.  Paige too, is a collaborative member of the multi-disciplinary team providing excellence in addiction services, working with clients from detox to intensive outpatient levels of care. She holds a strong skill-set in Psychoeducation, Motivational Interviewing and Dialectical Behavior Therapy.  She also has extensive experience with 12-step recovery programs. Paige is passionate about treating the client with empathy, compassion and respect throughout the client’s journey.  Paige holds an AA from Saddleback College, a BA from the University of California of Irvine and is a certified CADC-I holding memberships with CCAPP and NAADAC.

Lesley Richards

AOD Counselor, Interventionist

Ms. Richards began in this field of healthcare as a volunteer for substance abuse treatment centers and worked her way up from there. Lesley has dedicated her life to helping the suffering addict. it is here strong belief that everyone deserves to have the opportunity to have a safe and sober life.  She is very compassionate about her work as an addiction counselor, and has a strong commitment in helping patients struggling with addiction in developing healthy coping mechanisms, and developing new positive behavioral habits.  Her Group counseling sessions are highly sought after within the TruVida program.  Lesley is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC), National Certified Intervention Professional (NCIP), Nationally Certified Recovery Coach (NCRC), and is a member of the California Consortium of Addiction programs (CCAP), as well as the International Association of Addiction Professionals.

Christine Green

Treatment Facilitator

Christine Green is a certified personal trainer, and yoga instructor. Ms. Green is dedicated to helping patients struggling with substance abuse transform their lives through a consciousness-based approach to body-in-motion fitness.

Christine passionately shares her 18 years experience with our clients by sharing her specialized Yoga & Energy Healing Program, which she has developed over the past 8 years of working directly with addicts and alcoholics. Her Yoga program facilitates integration of all the layers of life – environmental, physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual with the primary initial goal of overcoming withdrawal symptoms and cravings from drug and alcohol dependency. TruVida is fortunate to have her as part of the team.

Allison Goode

Art in Recovery Counselor

Allison Goode is a lifelong resident of Laguna Beach and professional artist for over 15 years, and has developed a very successful and trans-formative Art in Recovery program in treatment facilities through out California. Her passion for the fine arts and helping others recover from substance abuse addiction is contagious. Allison has a unique ability to connect with clients through the creative process helping clients set positive goals for their recovery. Ms. Goode has studied Fine Art and Graphic Design at Laguna College of Art and Design, is a certified RADT1 technician, and is currently completing her CCAPP certification program.

Thomas Mladinich

Admissions Manager

Mr. Mladinich hard work ethic and dedication make him a key part of the TruVida team. Tom’s ability to connect and relate with others have allowed him to excel as admissions manager. His personal experience has allowed him to proudly serve those in need of recovery from addiction. Tom is eager to work with our clients and provide the experience, strength and hope that they need to find success in recovery.

Willie Sanchez

Operations Manager

Mr. Sanchez is a self-motivated professional with a positive attitude. He is actively involved in a 12 step fellowship. He effectively contributes to each Patient with their struggles with addiction. Willie is RADT1 certified counselor and has been educated at Long Beach City College.

Jose Flores

Program Manager

Mr. Flores is a highly motivated and hardworking team member with TruVida. He has several years of experience working in treatment helping individuals get back on track, achieving a lot of great results. He brings problem solving skills and experience to use everyday, and is proud and passionate about his profession as a RADT-I program manager.

Dr. Andrew Morrow

MD, Psychiatrist


Dr Morrow is a member of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Psychiatry, who specializes in the treatment of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, thought disorders, other mental health issues, and substance abuse addictions. Having undergone extensive training in medical school, psychiatric residency and over 15 years of psychiatric practice, he is well trained in both psychotherapy and medication management of mental problems. Dr Morrow integrates psychological, and social characteristics with biological therapy to treat the whole person; mind, body, and soul, and it is with great humility that he pursues the goal of freedom from substance abuse addictions.

Dr DeSanto conducted his undergraduate education at St. Louis University with a B.S. in Chemistry graduating summa cum laude. He then attended medical school at St. Louis University School of Medicine, and completed his residency training and served as chief resident at University of California, Irvine Medical Center.