Hotel California by the Sea’s Rehab for Women Program

Hotel California by the Sea’s experienced staff understands how women face different barriers in recovery from drugs and alcohol than men. We proudly offer a state-licensed and fully-accredited rehab for women program who are seeking abstinence and comprehensive healing. No one can recover from a substance use disorder alone.

Sustainable recovery from addiction requires a dedicated team of caring professionals and an individualized drug and alcohol rehab for women addiction treatment program. Through gender-specific therapies and a loving team of seasoned addiction specialists, Hotel California by the Sea’s rehab for women program helps women face their drug and alcohol abuse issues in a supportive and highly-intensive environment.

Overview of Rehab for Women Program

With over 25 years of experience in treating substance use disorders and other co-occurring mental illnesses in female clients, Hotel California by the Sea gets it. Sandy’s Place, HCBTS’ female-specific residential treatment program, creates an atmosphere of complete acceptance and helps women reclaim their lives – one day at a time. Our rehab for women’s substance abuse program is a close-knit community of recovering women consisting of two private homes, each intentionally designed to hold only 6 clients at a time. We help each of our ladies discover her personal potential and intimately heal from substance use disorders.

Some of our women’s substance abuse program’s features include:

  • 1-on-1 individual psychotherapy sessions, 2-3 times a week
  • Individual trauma therapy sessions, such as EMDR, weekly
  • 2 case management sessions per week
  • Local Gym Pass
  • Weekly yoga classes
  • On-site catered meals (that may be personalized based on someone’s allergies or other dietary needs)
  • Occasional spa treatments
  • Other special group outings
  • Nutritional consultations

Women’s Rehab Program Housing Features and Location

Our rehab for women’s program clients live in beautiful homes located miles from the beach in Orange County, California. Our rehab for women homes are also located close to many 12 step meetings and support groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Al Anon, and Smart Recovery. Our female clients can experience what recovery has to offer while also being within walking distance to multiple Southern California beaches, grocery stores, and employment opportunities.

Each home includes:

  • Private suites and semi-private suites
  • State-of-the-art interior and exterior design with modern kitchens and living areas
  • Patio area with smoking sections
  • Continental breakfast daily
  • Access to laundry
  • Wifi and television available at designated leisure times

Complications and Barriers for Women Seeking Addiction Treatment

The disease of addiction moves notably faster in female clients than in male clients, making it crucial to address its progression as early as possible in female clients.

A woman’s experience with addiction can be completely different than a man’s, depending on their:

• body chemistry
• social conditioning
• life experiences

Sometimes it’s more difficult for women to seek an addiction treatment program due to feelings of guilt and shame about what happened during their active addiction. For women especially, long-term treatment is vital for achieving sustainable recovery.

Rehab for Women

Addiction Differences Between Women and Men


  • Generally, it takes higher amounts of alcohol for men to become addicted to substances
  • Men typically begin using substances earlier than women
  • 5 million men abused prescription painkillers last year
  • Men experience higher rates of comorbid antisocial personality disorders


  • Women are more likely to overdose than men
  • Women are more likely to “self-medicate” co-occurring disorders than men
  • Women experience more intense cravings than men
  • Spousal abuse in women is identified as a predictor of substance abuse issues
  • Women typically enter rehab centers with more sexual-related trauma then men

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Rehab Program Levels of Care

Addiction treatment must be as dynamic as addiction itself for women to achieve enduring sobriety. From detoxification to residential rehab to intensive outpatient services, Hotel California by the Sea’s rehab for women program accommodates a large variety of treatment needs. Every patient is evaluated on unique criteria and registered in the appropriate intervention program. Hotel California by the Sea rehab for women offers multiple levels of care to address each stage of a clients’ recovery, including:

Medical Detoxification

Drug and alcohol detox begins with an initial medical and psychiatric consultation. In detox, our female clients are supervised 24/7 by medical professionals, nurses, and compassionate addiction treatment technicians.

Detox Program Accommodations:

✔  Medical and nursing evaluations and assessments

✔  24/7 Supervision by nursing staff

✔  Medication-assisted treatment for withdrawal symptoms

✔  Medication management

✔  Medical and nursing evaluations and assessments

✔  1-on-1 counseling and therapy sessions

There is no specific time limit for completing rehab for women medical detox. Instead, our health care experts decide on an individual basis when it’s safe enough for the women in our program to transition to a lower level of care.

Partial-Hospitalization (PHP)

By the time they reach PHP, our female clients have achieved enough mental and physical stability to begin practicing more independence. With enough support, a client may transition to a sober living home or their own homes and begin Hotel California by the Sea’s daytime rehab for women program.

The purpose of PHP is to provide a safety net for those who need extra support while starting to deal with the stressors of life outside of rehab. Hotel California strongly encourages women to participate in outpatient care to prevent relapse and continue developing healthy coping skills.

Inpatient Residential Rehabilitation

Inpatient residential treatment offers the same 24/7 care as our medical detox while introducing new therapies to our female clients. While in residential care, medical physicians and psychiatrists routinely monitor our clients’ progress.

In rehab for women residential care, women at Hotel California by the Sea begin group therapy, individual therapy, and other specialized and experiential therapies. By this time, most of our womens’ physical withdrawal symptoms will have disappeared. However, Post-Acute Withdrawal Symptoms (PAWS) and emotional withdrawal effects may persist for long amounts of time.

Intensive Outpatient Treatment (IOP)

Intensive outpatient begins once a client’s individual treatment team decides it’s time to phase out of PHP. This “step down” is a huge sign of progress in HCBTS’s rehab for women program. Once one of our beloved women reaches this program, they’ve started planning with one of our case managers about how to properly manage leaving treatment. By this time, the client is almost ready to face the outside world on her own.

Clients continue to see their psychiatrist and therapist during IOP, participate in group therapy, and attend other important activities with their peers. It’s important that each of our clients has a comprehensive plan set up for once they leave treatment. This plan may include establishing a therapist, identifying convenient support groups to attend, and making sure the client establishes a solid support group once they leave our care.

Evidence-Based Approaches for Women’s Addiction Treatment

Women face unique obstacles that require separate attention and care, but Hotel California by the Sea’s rehab for women addiction treatment center is equipped with the expertise necessary to help our clients heal from their addictions. Sandy’s Place, Hotel California by the Sea’s substance abuse treatment program for women, offers a strategic combination of the most effective modalities in addiction care. Some of these rehab for women therapies include:


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or “talk therapy” helps women become aware of their negative thought patterns, self-destructive behaviors, and unhealthy coping skills. CBT is a go-to therapeutic treatment for eating disorders, depression, anxiety, substance use disorders, and many more mental illnesses.


Dialectical Behavioral Therapy targets emotional dysregulation in people with personality disorders, bipolar disorder, and other mental illnesses that affect cognitive stability.

Rooted in mindfulness, DBT is especially helpful in providing women with tangible coping mechanisms for overwhelming emotions of any kind, including cravings.


EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization Therapy. EMDR is a revolutionary technique created specifically for trauma survivors and people with PTSD.

In the brain, traumatic memories are stored through maladaptive pathways.
These maladaptive pathways can cause women to have abnormal or disproportionate responses to normal situations. Trauma can also contribute to self-medicating in women.

Only through healing trauma can survivors begin to sort out the sources of their substance use disorders and other destructive behaviors.

Marriage And Family Therapy

Addiction is not only a personal disease, but a disease of the entire family unit.

Treatment that integrates not only the whole person, but someone’s personal network of loved ones, proves more successful than individual therapy alone. The more people that support a recovering addict, the better chance she has at lasting sobriety.

Not only this, but marriage and family counseling helps family members, spouses, and friends understand how to cope with their emotions about their loved one’s addiction.

Group Therapy

Group therapy at HCBTS fosters a safe and supportive community of people with similar goals. Peers who relate to someone’s personal experiences make it easier for them to open up about their deepest fears, traumas, joys, and stressors – it makes our clients realize they’re never alone.

Group therapy is led by Hotel California by the Sea’s medical and psychological clinicians. Our group therapy sessions encourage vulnerability, prompting our clients to realize they aren’t as different from others as their addiction once led them to believe.

Being vulnerable amongst a supportive community is the key to eliminating guilt and shame – two root causes of addiction and relapse.

12 Step Programs

Twelve-step programs, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous, and Codependents Anonymous, are all a vital part of many womens’ recoveries. Gender-specific 12 step groups offer ongoing support that clients can choose to continue receiving outside of rehab.

Women at Hotel California by the Sea have the opportunity to participate in many gender-specific 12 step meetings. This way, they’re able to form a solid relationship with a sponsor and a supportive group of women before venturing out of rehabilitative care.

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Every member of our admissions team has been where you are today – be sure to ask them about their journey!