Why Orange County?
Why come to Orange County to seek treatment for substance abuse or mental health issues? In fact, why leave home for treatment at all? I have to tell you, these questions resonate with me because nine years ago I did exactly that. The answer to the second is easy: you’ve got to take yourself out of the life. Detractors will say that geography is not a cure and that wherever you go, there you are. And they’re right, but only in the sense that location alone will not solve your problems. It is necessary, however, to get away from those old haunts and old habits so you can begin to learn a new way of life. Look at it this way: is it easier to study in a library with some study partners who actually want to learn the material? Or with a group of screaming drinking buddies who couldn’t care less about the test? Residential treatment is a chance to eliminate those distractions so you can concentrate on the arduous task of learning how to heal. However, the question remains: why Orange County?
Orange County: “The Rehab Riviera”
The recovery community in Orange County has come under scrutiny in recent years due to the shady business practices of a few as well as an “exposé” in the local press. Unfortunately, there is truth in that politically-driven hit piece. There are dirty treatment centers out there. They look to make a quick buck by bilking insurance companies and keeping patients sick. And there are also shady “clients” who are using their insurance benefits to pay the rent. These folks are quite content to live a cycle of treatment-center-hopping and using. However, I can tell you from experience that these people are easily spotted. More importantly, they are not the norm. There is a flipside to what some have derisively begun to call “the Rehab Riviera.”
A Community in the Truest Sense
What struck me first when I came out to Orange County wasn’t the beautiful scenery or incredible weather. (Though those are admittedly amazing…more on that later). It was the people. There are so many men and women in early recovery who are trying to change their lives for the better. And there are nearly as many men and women with some sober-time who are ready to help. It’s a community in the best sense of the word, with everyone holding their hands out. They are not trying to take or get into pockets, but to catch the next person and help pull her through a difficult time. If you’re ready to change, stick with the winners, and are ready to help the next person, it is very easy to build a sober support network, a tool essential to recovery. I’ve met some of my very best friends in Orange County and I’m proud to refer to them as my West Coast family.
A Sublime Power
As I stated earlier, and as is patently obvious to anyone who has spent more than ten seconds in Orange County, the place is breathtakingly beautiful. Waking up to the Santa Ana mountains looming over you and the San Gabriels off in the distance is a humbling, centering experience. Furthermore, the beauty of Joshua Tree and the desert is only a short drive away. However, it is the ocean that always fills me with the sense of the sublime. I’m not an outdoorsy type and don’t spend much time swimming in the ocean or playing volleyball on the beach. However, the meditative, spiritual power of the ocean is impossible to deny. Twelve-steppers speak of a power greater than ourselves and after spending some time watching the waves, meditating, and journaling, it is hard to deny the existence of such a power.
Ocean Recovery is located literally steps from the beach in beautiful Newport Beach, California. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or other mental health issues, please consider giving us a call today. Our admissions specialists will help you determine whether Ocean Recovery and the recovery community or Orange County are right for you. We hope to see you soon!