Here at TruVida Recovery, we lead with  compassion and respect, which sets us apart from many other facilities. As a result, people are talking about us, and have great things to say.
Don’t just take our word for it – read what some of our past patients have to say about our our caring team, our excellent treatment services, comfortable facilities, and nutritious meal plans. Also you can read about our positive Google + Reviews here.

What can I say about TruVida Recovery… Miracles happen while your there. The bottom line is if your reading this review in hopes of finding someone to help you with the decision on your first step into a better life. I hope I have persuaded you. This place is a head of the game when it comes to treatment. You are guaranteed to feel loved, connected, and supported. I was in an incredibly dark and scary place back in Fort Lauderdale, FL and thought I literally had died and gone to hell. There was no light and my ability to get things working was not, well, working.
I got in touch with Simon his compassion radiated over the phone and his assurance helped me at a very hard time. When I arrived, my man Jimmy picked me up from the airport. He’s a amazing man! When you meet him his excitement and passion has an ability to make you feel like you were right at home. Jimmy and Willie are a dynamic duo. They work great together and have help me from jumping off the ledge a few times. They love the clients and go above and beyond for you.
They have this technology called “BioSound” which is the cutting edge in Addiction technology. Rick is the Genius who runs it and helps you. It’s amazing!
Kevin and Tiffany are amazing! They care so much and are the most involved Clinical and Program directors I’ve ever encountered. (I’ve been to a lot of rehabs).
Sarah is an amazing therapist! She brings stuff together that you share in ways that you couldn’t even consider!
You’ll workout hard with Robert and Yoga yourself with Christine.
Chris is the 5 star chef who create amazing food and is there if you need. The house is incredible. Beautiful pool and yard. It’s in a quite little Laguna Niguel neighborhood.
You have choices to do 12 step, SMART, or what ever will help your success. Stay strong and know your wanted in this world! I know it’s dark right now but YOU CAN MAKE IT! I hope to see you on the road to recovery and pray that you’ll decide to come to TruVida Recovery.

— Geoff I. (Google+ 5 Star Rating) 5 Gold Stars

I have been an addict since I was 15.  Before going to TruVida I had participated   treatment.  As soon as I walked into TruVida I was welcomed as if I was being brought into someone’s home.  The staff at TruVida treated me like I was family.  They truly cared about me as a person.  Everyone from the Clinical Staff  to the Support Staff was excellent.  They not only did their jobs but made time to talk to me about my issues as well as sharing their own their own personal past.  I have spent most of my adult life battling addiction and have done CBT programs and T.C. based programs. The other programs I completed don’t even compare with TruVida.  I would recommend TruVida to anyone.  They make you feel like you are part of their family and truly care about you.  The Program Director and Therapist take a personal interest in all clients and will go over and above to talk with you and show you that they truly care.  In the past 21 years there hasn’t been a time in my life when I haven’t thought about using in one way or another.  I truly thank God for TruVida and all of their staff for helping me with my recovery.  I have 120 days clean today and I wouldn’t be where I am today without TruVida.  I truly love everyone there and thank them for everything they have done for me, as well as everyone they continue to help to this day.

— Robert O.

Excellent treatment… it was a definite life saver. I loved this place really excellent program. The staff made it even better. They genuinely care about the clients. I made connections here that I plan to keep beyond treatment. Shout out to Jimmy and Willie!

— Trevor M

Truvida saved my life. During my stay the staff made me feel like family and showed me a new way of living. I would highly recommend Truvida to anyone struggling with addiction.

— Lane S

TruVida is an amazing facility with some of the most caring and admirable people I have ever met. I have been to many other treatment facilities in the past, and I have to say that TruVida was a much more personable and positive experience for myself. The program director, therapists, counselor’s, all of the staff were absolutely amazing and each one of them has left a positive, life long impression with me in many different ways. Thanks to the program I have the tools to live the life I have always wanted and deserved. I can truly say, without reservation, that I am a completely different person, spiritually and mentally. I am extremely grateful for the experience and highly recommend TruVida to anyone and everyone who is willing to make a positive life transformation.

— Anthony R

I have been to a few recovery rehabs and I am not trying to sell anything to anyone…at 52 years of age addicted to opiates and very untrusting in nature I can with whole heartedly say, if you want help… if you want a real family that cares and isn’t about the all mighty dollar go to Truvida. I went in with a very skeptical view… resistant to everything… the Staff at Truvida didn’t push, shove, belittle, or judge… they loved me like I was one of their own brothers, or family. There are no promises for tomorrow but the support you will find here is answers to the underlying cause of your addiction whatever it might be. They have the latest technology in bio sound and approach to treatment and are constantly improving. The Director and the Staff honestly care, and as addicts we can see right through people… these people are the real deal. The staff and Chef are all part of the whole picture working to give you the best opportunity to become drug and alcohol free… thank you Truvida.

— Tommy B

At over 90 days clean now. Coming from a bad neighborhood in Boston, MA I was very close minded. But this new life all started in August 2016 in Laguna, CA. The treatment center was TruVida and little did I know how lucky I actually was. Not only did I get the tools of recovery in a 5 star facility, but I also made friends for life. Not just with fellow clients but with staff as well. Today I have an open mind and willingness that all started at TruVida. The staff there made me feel so welcome and at home, and gave me the confidence and guidance that was crucial to my survival. I felt more at home there then I ever did 30 years living in Boston. The programming was so life changing with work-out programs, doing art therapy and yoga. I am truly blessed to have landed in such an amazing spot with such amazing people who I immediately trusted. I consider myself truly blessed to have met these people and of had TruVida to be my first California experience. I’ve been to other programs along this journey and nothing compares to TruVida. I recommend it to anyone seeking treatment. I actually helped get my best friend from Boston out here, and he also went through TruVida. I do not have one negative thing to say about TruVida and that says alot! Thank you everyone at TruVida!

— Michael B

Very grateful for TruVida Recovery. I did not know what to expect upon leaving the world of addiction but I’m glad I made the decision. Awesome staff that went above and beyond my expectations. Was able to build a solid foundation to build upon after leaving here. Highly recommended to anyone suffering from addiction to drugs and alcohol.

— Silas B

I was well taken care of at Tru Vida, the hospitality was great and I felt at home. When I wanted to give on myself, the staff refused to give up on me. They were super supportive and caring. Tru Vida recovery is a great program to start a new life, and will teach you how to begin putting in the work.

— Christian S

I have had the opportunity to go to Truvida twice, and I would have not wanted to detox anywhere else. I have struggled with my opiate addiction since I was 18 years old. The owners, program director, and staff are people I look up to and still talk to on a regular basis. Everyone at Truvida truly cares and wants the best for their clients. It is a comfortable place where you can truly work on yourself and get every tool you need in order to stay sober. I am forever grateful for Truvida and always will be.

— Alex V

Accreditations You Can Trust

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.