Safe Harbor Treatment Center for Women

Ratings & Reviews
Recovery.org Reviews
  • Overall: 4
  • Accommodations: 4
  • Meals: 3.9
  • Effectiveness: 4
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Contact Information
546 Bernard St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
8886081644
  • $ Paying for Treatment
    • Insurance is Accepted
    • Financing is Available
    • Medicare is not Accepted
    • Medicaid is not Accepted

Treatment Insights

Safe Harbor has been working to break the vicious cycle of drug and alcohol addiction for 20 years. The women-only rehab treats substance abuse and co-occurring mental health disorders by focusing on the whole person — body, mind and spirit. The facility believes that addiction is a symptom of deeper underlying issues and is dedicated to helping each client address and turnaround the maladaptive coping skills that no longer serve her. In an intimate, all-female environment, women are given the opportunity to safely explore their past and learn the coping skills necessary for a sober future.

Safe Harbor Treatment Center for Women Reviews and Ratings Details

The following is based on a combination of Surveys of Alumni, Staff, Loved Ones, and Reviews and Ratings from around the web.

Reviews at a Glance

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Anonymous

Safe harbor is a poor example of a treatment center. 90%of girls I went there with and staff that was responsible for me when I was there have relapsed and are still using or don't have much time stil...

Val

I went here for a few months and have so much gratitude for my experience and the skills I've developed here. It is a rehab so there were obviously moments where I hated everything about it, but in th...

MAT

I love how the girls who work there have most likely been a client at Safe Harbor. I miss Safe Harbor and I can't believe it's been over 5 years since I was there!! I loved how peaceful my mornings we...

Alicia

The love and compassion that the staff had made all the difference in the world. It was small entreat I felt I got one on one treatment. No weaknesses that I can think of I had been to many treament...

Anonymous

Genuine concern for clients progress and success. Long term programming which increases likelihood of lasting recovery. Gender specific which provides a feeling of safety and intimacy. younger suppor...

Anonymous

Strengths: they were supportive Extended/aftercare supportive services Close community Organized. A weakness was the unstable ownership

Rachel

Strengths include love, support, gave me hope A downfall was that it was not close enough to the beach This program saved my life. It allowed me to be a daughter to my family, a sister to my sibling...

LJ

I would not reccomend this facility. Staff are not educated or equipted to lead. They hire anyone to fill the shifts. Extremely unorganized. The groups are an absolute joke and repetitive. Not product...

Anonymous

This facility was amazing.

ED

I was originally from Upstate NY where I had been on ADHD meds and anti anxiety for as long as I remember. At 17 I graduated from high school and decided to go to College of Charleston because I only ...

JR

Loving and compassionate staff. Can't think of any weaknesses. Staff was loving and could relate to my experience. This is my first time in treatment, and I have remained sober since being at Safe H...

MW

Alumni network was great. Some weakness include the staff training and turnover, ED program is no good Made some good friends and worked very hard, but unfortunately the clinicians were not of a very...

Sophia

Staff cared a lot about me and my peers. They were organized and knew what they were doing in terms of a treatment plan for me. They were able to put me in a good direction so when I got out I knew ho...

MH

Gentle, calm & understanding. Safe Harbor will always be my home at heart. It is where I found myself, and it is where I discovered who I truly am. An experience I never regretted - even while I was a...

Anonymous

I really liked this facility!

Anonymous

Chef was good. Very disorganized, owner never around, very clicky, judgemental staff, no extra activities, limited therapy choices

KO

The chef at Capella makes extremely healthy meals. My body felt healthy when I left. Lack of alternatives to 12 step programs was a downfall. I got sober there so I'm thrilled. I was dissatisfied wit...

Anonymous

Meals could have been better.

SD

All women, very personalized, gets clients connected in 12 Step Programs Have to make all meals yourself, houses can be a little tired Great prices and personalized care. Wonderful for young women an...

Sarah

Staff, counseling, meetings, everything was above my expectations An amazing women's treatment facility that I would recommend to any woman with addiction or multi issues that have caused pain and ne...

Anonymous

ED program was good. Support staff is not well trained

MP

I could tell the staff had been in my shoes and really cared. They did not enable me like other treatment centers had. It is all women, which saved my life. The lives the staff lives attracted me to s...

Anonymous

Accommodations were great.

Anonymous

This facility was great, meals were better than average.

Ktr

Great hands on experience Caring counsellors Saved my daughters life. Great facility current and after care highly recommend

Livia

I attended Safe Harbor in 2014. This place saved my life. I have been sober ever since I checked into one of their programs. Staff is outstanding and professional. I have been to several treatment cen...

Greer

Safe Harbor saved my life! i\'m so grateful to hit the bottom that i hit because it led me to the front door of safe harbor. I lived at the magellan house for 90 days and going through the eating diso...

GM and TM

Our 21-year-old daughter has been in treatment at the Safe Harbor House for Women residential program since March 2016. She first entered the Knox Program, for young women ages 18-24. This program p...

Kaelia

safe harbor has played a huge role in my success in recovery, i have been to numerous other treatment centers and tried many times to get sober. the case managers, my therapist, and staff gave me the ...

Jill

Excellent treatment center! I first entered their Capella program for trauma in August of 2014. I had done a geographic, uprooting my life in NY for California. I found the combination of group thera...

Anonymous

recovery was nice. they closed their facility. This facility is the sister program to Harbor Lights which are Salvation Army owned. The sad part is they closed both facilities

MD

Went thru safe harbor last summer! My first time ever being in any kind of facility. I am sober today BC I want to b. I was very disappointed in treatment of women. The staff are not trained. The dail...

JR

I went through treatment here 2 years ago and have remained sober ever since. Safe harbor gave me the tools to remain sober beyond treatment, and I\'ve made some of the best friendship I\'ve ever had ...

Nr

Gross . One staff member in particular is a bad person . She treated my daughter like heck. Place is fowl and propel are bullies . They make you scrub toliets. And another staff member is s air head

Jessica

One of the women staff members is awful. She makes people cry. Is unprofessional . They put words in your mouth then just dump you at the hospital. She called me dumb. All the girls are Bullies inc...

MC

This place it terrible.Just seeing the contract they make you sign should make it clear they are a massively for profit company. The contract is intentionally confusing and they will go after you for ...

Ab

Strictly substance abuse oriented. Patients buy the own food and cook. Phase i involves a lot of tv time and sleep.

Christy

My daughter is still in treatment at the facility, but is over 18 and is able to leave if she chooses. She has not.

Katie

I came here with high hopes that I would feel safe and I would be with a staff that cared. Instead, I got the exact opposite. The support staff is genuinely wonderful, but the director and case manag...

Annie

I had the worst experience of my life at Safe Harbor. I had to scrub toilets and clean up the house that is falling to pieces. If I did not follow directions or do exactly what they wanted when they w...


Areas of Focus
12-Step

The term “12 Step Program” describes a way to recover from addiction that is based on the model developed by Alcoholics Anonymous. Many drug and alcohol treatment centers base their treatment on 12 steps – the first three of which are situational, the next four addressing the practical issues created by the addiction, followed by two steps focused on making amends for hurting others. Steps 10 and 11 involve a deeper examination of the previous steps and the final step is focused on helping others avoid and recover from addiction.

Holistic Therapy

Facilities that offer “holistic therapy” see and treat patients in the context of their entire lives and health status. They treat the “whole person,” not just the addiction.

Detox

Though not all rehab facilities offer “medical detoxification,” all people with an addiction to drugs or alcohol will experience intense physical and emotional changes and discomfort as their bodies react to withdrawal of the addictive substance. Many people use the term “detox” to refer to the period of time (ranging from a few days to a week) when the body is reacting to an addict’s decision to stop using.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

The focus of cognitive behavioral therapy (also called CBT) is helping people to understand the thoughts and emotions that underlie their addiction with the goal of learning new, healthier and more productive ways to understand and express themselves.

Key Staff Members
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    Velvet Mangan - Founder/CEO

    A woman of strength and vision, Velvet has been a transformational activist in the recovery community focusing her efforts on the healing and wellbeing of young women. She has incorporated her years of life experience and knowledge of women’s suffering and addiction into her mission and ultimately her sense of purpose. Velvet opened her doors and her heart to restore the soul sickness she once suffered from herself years ago and has now developed one of the leading women’s drug and alcohol treatment programs in Southern California, Safe Harbor Treatment Center.

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    Danelle Baie, CATCI, CAADE - Executive Program Director

    Danelle Baie is a certified chemical dependency counselor and has over 15 years of experience in the recovery community.Danelle entered into the field of recovery work following her intuition on her purpose for what her life work should involve. As a certified counselor at Safe Harbor, Danelle also brings her experience of long-term sobriety and interest in physical health. Danelle believes in a mental, physical, emotional and spiritual sobriety and recovery.

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    Arelene Hylton - Spiritual Advisor

    Rev. Arlene Hylton Campbell is the Spiritual Director for Safe Harbor Treatment Center for women. She is a licensed non-denominational Minister in the State of California. Rev. Arlene supports individuals in realizing their highest potential. Her support of individuals in recovery is based on each individual realizing a higher power that is active and fully available in their life. Through prayer and spiritual counsel, women are given tools to remember the connection they have with their higher power.

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    Maggie Grisham - Director of Admissions

    Maggie Grisham has been in recovery for over 24 years. Her passion and experience in recovery has led Maggie to make a professional change and work with women in addiction. Maggie is devoted to helping women and their families as they struggle with the confusion and frustration of addiction by applying her love and knowledge of the 12-Step program.