Admission Process

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Step One: Initial Assessment

Your first step is to give us a call at our 24/7 phone line. Our staff will answer any questions you have about our program and schedule a tour if you’re in the area.  We would love a chance to tell you about our fantastic program and we want to know more about you and if you’ll be happy here. If you have insurance, this is also a chance to get pre-verification of your benefits.

Step Two: Intake & Full Assessment

When you decide CASA Recovery is the right treatment program for you, we will meet you at our offices in San Juan Capistrano, CA, or we can pick you up from the airport/train station/etc. This is all arranged through our Intake Director. Our closest airport is John Wayne Airport, Santa Ana, CA (SNA), but we can also pick you up from Long Beach Airport, Los Angeles Airport (LAX), and San Diego Airport (San Diego is about an hour and a half drive).

Upon arrival, we will have forms for you to fill out about your health history, current health status and most recent drug use. Detox may or may not be needed depending on these answers, so please be honest for your own health and comfort. Our intake staff will complete a full assessment of your physical and mental health, as well a drug urine screen and a basic physical exam. We will review medications you brought with you, if any, and may dispose of inappropriate ones. Please call us if you are unsure of appropriate medications to bring.

Everything you tell us will be kept confidential. It is illegal for us to give anyone information about your stay with us without your written consent. At CASA Recovery you are only known by your first name and last initial (or whatever name you want to use).

At this point, if not already taken care of, payment is due. You may have made arrangements to pay through insurance, you may have a co-pay due, or you may be paying us directly. We accept cash, credit card, check, cashier’s check and wire transfers. If you are paying with a debit credit card, please be aware that you may need to call your bank to increase the charge limit for us.

Step Three: Begin Our Program

Depending on your assessment, you may need a referral to a detox facility or hospital. Our doctor and nurse will then evaluate you for appropriateness for our program.
Once you complete the intake process, you will begin your program at our treatment center in San Juan Capistrano, CA. This includes a full weekly schedule of group sessions, counseling sessions, psychotherapy, massage, acupuncture, yoga, meditation, exercise at the gym, outside AA/NA/CA meetings, and fun activities.

Our program is intense. You will be busy working with our expert licensed and certified staff every day to find the root causes of your addiction and to find new ways to stay clean, prevent relapse and change aspects of your life that may trigger you to use. In between sessions and at breaks, we have a lobby and a smoking patio. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are prepared by you and your roommates and served at your sober living house. Every Saturday we have a planned, fun, sober activity for our clients and Sunday is designated for family group and visitation.

Our counselors will keep any family or friends you designate updated on your status and progress. They should be in contact and give regular updates.

Step Four: Graduation

Toward the end of your 30 days with us, you will begin to wonder what’s next? We encourage anyone to stay through our transitional program for 60-90 days. We can help you with job searches, life coaching, family and court issues, etc. that may be preventing you from adjusting back into a sober lifestyle. This is your chance to have more freedoms but with our supervision, daily requirements and regular drug urine screening.

After 60-90 days, we also work with sober living houses with live-in house managers to help you continue your transition into sobriety. Please ask our Intake Director about any of these options.

What to Bring 

You might be wondering what you are allowed to bring into sober living. We put together this list of items with your safety, privacy, and well-being in mind. If you aren’t sure if you can bring in a certain item, you may call us to ask.


Pack enough season-appropriate clothes for at least two (2) weeks. It’s a good idea to bring both indoor and outdoor clothing (as you will sometimes take part in outdoor activities). You should also bring a set of job search clothes and a bathing suit. Sober living facilities provide laundry facilities, so you can wash your clothes if you run out. Be sure you have:

  • Casual clothes
  • Socks (several pairs)
  • A jacket, sweatshirt or heavy sweater
  • Sweats
  • Bathrobe
  • Pajamas
  • Walking shoes or tennis shoes
  • Slippers

Personal hygiene articles:

  • Deodorant
  • Bath soap
  • Shampoo
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Razors
  • Tampons

Also bring:

  • Prescriptions for any approved medications
  • Your Birth Certificate, your drivers license, or your Social Security card


  • Blow dryer or curling iron
  • Portable music player
  • Cigarettes (or some money for cigarettes)
  • Multivitamins (strictly one nationally-recognized brand)
  • Stuffed animals
  • Watch
  • Alarm clock
  • Sunglasses
  • Personal diary, books, address book, stationery