Yelp Review: Diane T from Georgia on 06/04/13
Thank you Casa Recovery! After much research in looking for a rehab for our adult son, we found Casa Recovery to meet our criteria. First, we insisted on a minimum of 90 day initial program with continued outpatient support and optional counseling, hoping for a half -way house or sober living to be available in the area to continue our son's recovery process. Secondly, it had to be affordable. AND due to our belief and faith in God, we wanted Him to be recognized in attendance as well. With the 12 step program a believe in a 'higher power' is critical to recovery. More importantly, our son gave his approval. That's when we made the call.
Upon talking to Ernie,the intake director, I felt confident that this was where our son could get the help he needed. More importantly, our son felt the same way after he spoke with him. Ernie was direct and upfront with him, no sugar coating. We appreciated his honesty. Casa Recovery stepped up and assisted working through our son's out-of- state legal issues to get him to and through recovery. I was impressed even more so that we would get a weekly call from our son's counselor to get an update on his progress. I could hear the improvement and change in our son's voice each time he was allowed to call. We were getting our son back. He was getting his life back.
My husband and I visited near the end of our son's 90 days, met with both counselor and therapist for counseling session with our son - our new and improved son. We had the pleasure of meeting the staff, who seem to pour their heart and soul into this program to help those that come through their doors. They are non-judgemental, and loving. We spent some time with the Casa Recovery family, those going through the program, all at different stages. The support that they have for each other is phenomenal and will carry them through their continued recovery.
Success story, yes! Our son is now living in the area, still attending as outpatient and in groups. He is loving life once again. Thanks again Casa Recovery!
Yelp Review: M.S. from Oregon on 05/26/13
I've been to 4 different addiction treatment centers and have to say CASA is the best I've been to. The counselors are very understanding and they create an environment where you not only learn about recovery, but also are still able to live a life without feeling like your in jail. Other treatment centers I've been to don't allow cell phone or computer which makes it hard to take care of personal needs. This place at least allows it for a few hours in the evening. You also go to a lot of 12 step meetings which I think is important in creating a foundation for when you eventually leave treatment. Plus I think the group session overall are the best that I've had, they are not only effective but interesting. In my experience with recovery there is no one place that will guarantee sobriety or cure your addiction. Recovery is an ongoing process and only you can make the decision to get and stay sober. Treatment centers assist you on this journey and CASA is a great place if your willing and ready to start getting sober.
Yelp Review: Christian M. from Orange County, CA on 05/26/13
I am grateful for these people more than I can express on here, they really helped me out in the worst of times. It's a structured yet lax environment, so it's not such a different shift once you're back out.
They provide tailored treatment for your emotional, physical and spiritual needs if you choose to let them help you in these ways. We all take help differently, you choose how and when to start making progress - this is the perfect place to not only learn how to defeat addiction and cope with emotional problems but how to identify what is like a cancer in your lifestyle.. You'd be surprised! I spent 6 months with them. Best decision I've made, I'm a totally different person now because they taught me about the tools we have at our disposal and how to properly use them. If you're going to go through treatment here, I advise you to stay longer than just a month - that's not enough time!
P.S. I don't know what's up with the negative reviews; they gave excellent service and treatment. These people have gone through it all, and they have enough heart to dedicate themselves to help other people going through a rough time. It sounds weird but LET THEM HELP YOU HELP YOURSELF. Trust the process. It makes sense once you're done!
Yelp Review: Grant G. from Orange County, CA on 5/15/13
Let me start off by saying that this place gave me the tools to save my life. Everyone there is patient, kind, caring, and understanding. The staff from the owner on down are consummate professionals who really care about each client that is there. The owner is in the facility everyday running things behind the scenes and working hard just like the counselors do. The counselors are great at engaging clients and not treating recovery like an assembly line. Every program is different and designed with the clients needs and goals in mind. Not only that, but the program at CASA is based on evidence based practices which is what every treatment center should do. I went to CASA as a broken down, hopeless, chronically relapsing alcoholic and drug addict with PTSD from my military service. I emerged as a new man brimming with confidence and with the proper tools to make my recovery last outside of a treatment center. From the house managers to the intake director to the counselors to the owner CASA Recovery is the best treatment center in Southern California. Once you leave CASA, even if it is not on the best terms, you are still allowed to go there for groups and to speak with the counselors and other clients whenever you want. You truly are part of the family once you have attended the program. I paid a little over $8,000 for the first 30 days and less for the next 30. This included massages, gym, weekly therapy with a MFT, one on one counseling, group counseling, trips out into the "real world" for movies, kayaking, boating, baseball games, and whatever other special attention I needed. I am 8 months sober and am still reaping the benefits of CASA by going there on a regular basis if I want to attend a group or just visit. The staff always make time for me and have always treated myself and everyone else I know who have gone there with respect and dignity at all times. If you or your loved one wants a fighting chance at a new freedom and a new way of life send them to CASA Recovery.
Yelp Review: William B from Orange County, CA on 01/28/13
Where do I begin? Well for me it began as a college student drinking and drugging all that my body, brain and bank account could endure. My addiction was in full swing after dropping out. Without getting too graphic I'll just briefly say this: I was smoking meth and smoking heroin on a daily basis, then I was shooting up the two drugs intravenously every couple hours to "get well" or to "get my mind right," as I used to put it. I was in and out of jails and other institutions and knew I had a problem. But I was so afraid of losing the one thing, that feeling, that sense of well-being that I had associated with my drugs.
I was also discouraged because I had tried so many other means of getting off drugs and a couple rehabs; so I was doubtful to say the least. It pleases me to say that CASA provided me with a smooth transition with a comfortable detox. They had counselors that knew what they were talking about, were easy to relate to, and were willing to develop a treatment plan for me. They did not baby me or sugar coat things, and provided me with a realistic approach to recovery; not simply stuff out of a textbook.
Did I mention the healthy food options, the therapy, or the massage? What about fun activities throughout the week? During my stay, we enjoyed whale watching, Angels Games, kayaking, the movies, volleyball matches, comedy shows. The list goes on. They like to switch it up, keeping things interesting, and most importantly teaching us how to laugh and have fun again!
I made a decision to stay for the 90 day program, which was an extension from the original 30. In the last 60 days, called the Green Level, I was given further counseling and assistance trying to reach life goals. In retrospect, I am glad I stayed for the extra bit of time because treatment is not something you should rush through!! As I write this, I have almost 7 monthes clean and sober, and most of the people that I went through the 90 day program with, have stayed clean right along with me!!
So that's basically it, in a nutshell, I mean how can I explain, in only a few short paragraphs, how CASA helped me get my life back? The truth is, I think I covered most of the key points I wanted to touch on. Nailed it! Dang I'm good!
Yelp Review: Dmitriy G from Staten Island, NY on 01/23/13
I owe me life to casa recovery. I have been to treatment before that was 30 grand a month but it wasnt nearly effective as this place. I needed to go to rehab for 3 months because one month was just not ENOUGH. Casa recovery had the most affordable price for 3 months of treatment. The program here is just amazing. The staff are very passionate about their jobs. I felt like I was at home once i got there. I was hopeless when i came in and they showed me that it was possible to be a productive member of society. Today i was a little over 9 months of sobriety and its all because of Casa recovery.
Yelp Review: Erica R. from Portland, OR on 01/29/13
CASA Recovery in Orange County, California finally gave me hope for recovery from alcoholism. As a middle-aged housewife from Portland, OR, I spent two months last year at CASA. I had done the country-club treatment centers in the past and never managed to stay sober for very long. At CASA I was thrown in with so many unique individuals, facing the same problem: addiction. We were all treated with dignity and respect, living in residential homes and venturing out to meetings in the community. I loved the beautiful beaches! I met people from across the country. I laughed more than I cried as we shared stories and heartache. From the amazing staff and counselors I also learned recovery from alcoholism and/or drug addiction is available to anyone who truly wants it. Next week I plan to travel to California to celebrate one-year of sobriety.
Max C. from Oklahoma on 01/24/13
I came to CASA a desperate and broken young man. I was well-educated, but quickly saw my friends' lives surpassing mine in every way. They were successful, confident, and proceeding through life like I thought I should be, but never could. It was apparent to me I had a problem with drinking and substance abuse, but I didn't know how to handle it. I had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2005, during a peak of substance abuse, and was put on bipolar medications for 7 years. I had some level of success at life. I was functional, to a degree, holding a job here and there, but never succeeded much at any of them. After 5 visits to medical detox facilities in my home state in the same calendar year, and nearly killing myself with an overdose of benzodiazepenes and alcohol, my family came to the decision that it was time for me to seek solid, long-term help.
I flew to Southern California after binge drinking for several days. I'm not even quite sure how I made it there. In fact, I even booked the wrong airport, about 1.5 hours out of the way. Nevertheless, someone was there to pick me up at the airport. I felt ashamed for being in the condition I was, but the representative of CASA welcomed me with open arms, and made me feel welcome. He checked me into a detox facility, got me medically cleared, and brought me to the godsend that was CASA Recovery a few days later.
CASA is situated in one of the most beautiful areas in the world. It is very close to the beach, with some of the recovery homes being within walking distance. The treatment residences are absolutely beautiful, very well-decorated, large homes, with gourmet kitchens, beautiful furnishings, and wonderful living areas and spaces that make you feel at home. From the moment I entered the treatment facility and met the staff, I felt like I was a member of a family, not a recovery program. Their program lets you get close to your counselors, therapists, and program specialists. You get to know and understand them, as they get to know and understand you. You feel like a human, not a number. They know you by name, know your family members by name, and facilitate your recovery with pleasure and compassion.
I had enrolled for the 90 day program, and as a client, I feel I can say it is the best fit for ANYONE in recovery. In the first 30 days, the staff helped me, my body, and my mind adjust to not having alcohol or benzodiazepenes. They provide a comprehensive detox program that keeps you comfortable and safe while detoxing your body from substances. Ultimately, they knew what I was going through, and as scary as it should have been, I felt entirely at peace with the process. Almost every staff member has been touched by Substance Abuse or Addiction, so they are completely understanding of what you are going through, and coach you through all of it, constantly reassuring you that everything will be okay.
During these first 30 days, my therapy and counseling sessions were personalized to my life I was preparing to go back to. They knew my story, knew the roles others played in my life, through various phone sessions they did with my family, and tailored my program to best suit my needs. CASA also referred me to a psychiatrist in the area who has an extensive background in treating patients with substance abuse issues. After following his advice on medications, we discovered during my time in California, I'm ABSOLUTELY NOT bipolar. If it weren't for CASA, I would probably still be taking bipolar medications, and suffering through the effects these powerful medications have on the body. Currently, I do not take any medications whatsoever. This alone is a great success.
In the second 30 day period, CASA began to teach me how to live life and apply what I had learned in the real world. I was given more freedoms to go to various recovery meetings throughout the Orange County area, was allowed to have my car, and was urged to find a job or volunteer. This phase of the program teaches you how to provide for a body and mind in recovery, and how to do the proper things in your life to keep yourself safe and happy. The CASA staff helped me solidify my resume, search for gainful employment, and even answered questions and helped me with some legal issues due to a DUI arrest. They helped me build my personal confidence so that I could go out into the world and be successful at life.
In the last 30 days of my 90 day program, I was allowed to use the tools I learned in CASA to go out and discover myself and the world while still having the limited structure of the recovery program and the staff at my disposal. I attended therapy once a week, socialized with clients, attended group therapy sessions that I enjoyed, and I began to network in the Southern California recovery community and made many friends in recovery from various parts of Orange County. I went to my own AA and NA meetings where I started socializing with like-minded people in recovery, on my own, and continued searching for jobs. By searching out individuals in recovery, I learned the processes, principles, and ideals of recovery, and how to apply these to real-world situations. It allowed me to be exposed to AA and NA continuously, on my own terms, and with those who I enjoyed being around.
CASA taught me how to live healthy, and think healthy. I learned about myself and about others. I learned how to effectively deal with situations and others without the aid of substances. I learned how to set appropriate boundaries with myself and how to set them with others. I learned how to live healthy, eat healthy, and stay healthy in body, mind, and spirit. In fact, I learned how to cook many gourmet meals from the various clients of CASA in my program, and I now cook all the time! I now practice yoga, meditation, and relaxation at home, and I have learned what healthy foods to eat and what foods not to eat. In fact, I have lost 40 pounds since entering CASA Recovery, and gained muscle mass and transformed my body into something very healthy, all by practicing what CASA program staff taught me my 90 days in the program.
After attending CASA, I stayed in the area to work, so I could still be close to the CASA Recovery family I had grown to love. Soon, however, it came time for me to spread my wings and fly on my own. After 6 months in California, I returned to the Southern US and started practicing the principles I learned at CASA and in the program of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. I found my own AA/NA meetings at home and networked in the recovery community here, just as CASA suggested I do. Today, I can say I am successful. I am now an Executive at wonderful company, I travel all over the US for work. I have more responsibility than I ever thought I could handle, but I handle it all very well, thanks to the gifts CASA brought to me with recovery and exposure to AA and NA. I am a confident and mature man, who can handle himself appropriately in any given situation, and I haven't felt the urge to use any substances or alcohol since leaving CASA. However, if I ever do feel an urge, CASA has taught me when and where to go for help and how to prevent relapse in any situation. Not to mention, the staff are always a phone call away and still remember exactly who I am and my story.
CASA has been more than a blessing to me, it literally saved my life, then took my life, and changed it completely. I remarked to a friend recently that I felt "overwhelmed." She asked if I was okay, and I stated, "Yes, I'm just overwhelmed because I have so many great and wonderful things flying towards me in life, I just need a moment to breathe." Clearly, my issues today are much different than they were just a year ago, and it is the wonderful CASA family that has given this to me. I will never forget them for this, and they will always be in my heart. They gave me a chance to be me, and nurtured a hurt young man, into a successful and confident and ultimately happy individual. I am truly blessed.
Yelp Review: Robyn P. from Tuscon, AZ on 09/06/12
I come from a family of addiction, alcoholism and recovery and have experience with different types of treatment programs. My 18 year old daughter went to CASA for the 90 day opiate recovery program. She was offered a medically safe detox under the care of physicians and nurses. Studies show that suffering through detox does not have a long term effect on lifetime sobriety. This was her second time in rehab and we are very pleased with the results. She is living on her own with two "normie" roommates, going to cosmetology school, very active in her recovery program, and has been clean and sober over 6 months now. She is happy and more productive/responsible than most kids in college.
Other programs offer 90 day treatment for opioids, but they are so expensive. We already paid $45,000 at the last one. We just didn't have $70,000. We could only afford 30 to 45 days at other facilities, but for opiate dependence, that simply is not enough time. A lot of factors go into sobriety, but I do believe CASA offers an affordable, healthy and unique setting that is conducive to long-term recovery, not just sobering up. What attracted us to CASA is that fact that they have to learn to adapt to the real world they will be living in after treatment, without being completely sequestered. The counselors who work there are recovering from drug/alcohol dependence, so they know what it's like. The residents are called "clients" not "patients". They live in houses with other housemates and an RA. They do chores, have to shop for and cook their own meals, no fancy chef here! They earn their privileges and if they blow it, they lose the privileges. I highly recommend CASA to anybody needing treatment for drug or alcohol addiction, hands down.
Lynn G. from Rochester, NY on 09/04/12
My son went to CASA Recovery for the 90 day Treatment Session. I cannot say enough about the Counselors and Facility . He is now celebrating over 200 days of sobriety. Since he has been home, he has attended a school and completed the course and has gotten a job. He is once again the person we knew and loved a long time ago. I never thought I'd see that person again. The counselors were so good about keeping me posted on his progress, they were accessible any time I had questions. Thank you CASA for giving me my son back. I highly recommend to anyone looking for help for one of their loved ones.
Susan (NTR Treatment)
The NTR therapy was a sweet blessing for me. The staff said "She came alive right before my eyes on the fourth day!" There is a definite clarity of thought I didn’t have before. After the treatment I felt fresh, alive and thriving. I hadn’t felt that for so long. One of the things I noticed right away is that I could get up at 6 a.m. without an alarm clock. I was never a morning person. Now I can get up and go and there’s no grogginess. NTR did so much for my mind. The clarity, organization of thoughts and overall holistic approach has been so beneficial to me. I speak in sequence and when I had to write an e-mail to my son’s teacher it was coherent and concise. I don’t think I could have done that without NTR.