In beautiful Southern California, the sun never stops shining and you can spend a day at the beach in December. The city of Irvine has the second-fewest drug- and alcohol-related deaths in the county, but that doesn’t mean that nobody uses illicit substances at all. Additionally, people from all over the country flock to Irvine for addiction treatment because of the beautiful, healing environment that’s found here.
Although many of the rehabs on this list are technically located in Orange County communities that border Irvine, like Costa Mesa and Newport Beach, all of them are no more than a few minutes’ drive away from the city of Irvine itself.
Best Rehab Centers in Irvine
Hoag Addiction Treatment Center
This high-quality addiction treatment center, with locations in both Irvine and Newport Beach, is the best overall rehab in Irvine. In fact, they’re one of the leaders in addiction medicine in all of Southern California, with over 25 years in the business. The services that they offer across their two locations cover the entire continuum of care, from medical detox to residential treatment to varying intensities of outpatient programs.
Along with their standard treatment program, they also have specialized programs for populations with unique needs. These options include a program for working professionals, a program for young adults, and a program for people who suffer from chronic pain (which typically has a cause-and-effect relationship with addiction). Their alumni support network, Hoag’s Heroes, is the largest addiction-related alumni network in Southern California, and they offer continuing care at no cost for those who’ve graduated from their programs.
Windward Way Recovery
These treatment centers located in comfortable, gender-separated private homes, are located just a few minutes’ drive away from Irvine. They specialize in treating dual diagnosis conditions, and offer very interesting therapy modalities to do so; these include brain mapping and biosound therapy. Of course, more traditional therapies are available as well, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and 12-step philosophies.
Although the qualified staff here can treat all types of drug and alcohol addictions, the most common addictions that they see among their patients are to antidepressants, stimulants, steroids, sleeping pills, and over-the-counter pain medication. Overall, this is a great place to go if you’re looking for a home-like environment in a beautiful location.
Resurgence Behavioral Health has multiple clinics throughout the state of California, but the locations closest to Irvine are in neighboring towns Costa Mesa and Laguna Niguel. They offer a comprehensive continuum of care, including inpatient detox with 24-hour medical supervision. If you do choose to detox here, your transition into their residential care center will be seamless.
Some of the evidence-based treatments that this rehab offers are both 12-step (AA and NA) and SMART (Self-Management and Recovery Training) recovery groups, as well as trauma-informed services in every area of treatment. Each patient is assigned an impressive multidisciplinary treatment team that includes an addiction medicine specialist, a psychologist, physician assistants, an RN, an additional counselor, and a transitional counselor to help you as you leave treatment.
Pacific Shores Recovery
Orange County is known for its luxurious lifestyle, and their rehabs don’t disappoint when it comes to amenities. The best luxury rehab near Irvine is Pacific Shores Recovery. The expansive house is located nearby the gorgeous beaches of Newport - but you can also choose to swim in the on-site pool instead. On top of this luxury inpatient facility, Pacific Shores also offers two sober living homes where you can choose to live after you leave treatment, which are just as comfortable.
While you reside in one of these beautiful sober living homes, you can keep attending treatment in their high-quality intensive outpatient program. This flexible program allows for you to go back to school or work while you continue to receive the high-quality treatment and amenities that you’ll get accustomed to at Pacific Recovery. If you don’t have a job, don’t fret; the staff here offer their residents job placement help as well.
Unlike some of the more luxurious options on this list, 449 Recovery strives to offer the most affordable (yet still high-quality) treatment possible. It’s clear they truly care about the people who walk through their doors, and they will walk alongside you on your recovery journey. They are very much focused on healing mental health, which makes it a great rehab for those suffering from dual diagnosis conditions.
449 is an outpatient center with both full-day treatment programs (partial hospitalization) as well as evening IOP’s for more flexibility, depending on your needs. The programs typically last between 30 and 120 days. They don’t have an inpatient program, but this is still an excellent and affordable option for treatment in the Irvine area. If you’re set on going into residential treatment but need a more affordable option, try Cornerstone of Southern California.
South Coast Behavioral Health
South Coast Behavioral Health serves Irvine and the surrounding communities, bringing them a full spectrum of addiction treatment. Like the name of this rehab suggests, the licensed counselors here can help you with dual diagnosis mental health conditions. Even if you don’t have a diagnosed mental illness, they can help you explore the trauma and root causes that lie underneath your addiction so that you can stay sober for good.
Their PhD-level residential program lasts for 30 days for most people, but longer stays are available. On top of their inpatient treatment, they also offer supervised subacute detox services and outpatient options (including intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization) that are led by professional psychiatrists.
Clear Detox Center
If going through the detox process is your main concern, then Clear Detox Center is your best bet in the Irvine area. Although you can stay in their residential treatment program for up to 30 days, what Clear Detox does best is - unsurprisingly - helping people through detox. The detox stay in this program usually lasts between 7 and 10 days, depending on what you’re withdrawing from.
If you decide to take the first step towards recovery here, you’ll be treated to a small, intimate setting with a community of people going through the same thing you are. The staff will offer you medical supervision as well as life skills and discharge planning to help you transition back into your life.
Note that patients are not allowed any electronics whatsoever while they’re going through treatment here, not even a cell phone. If you’re looking for treatment with a little more leeway, check out Beginnings Treatment Centers.
Cornerstone of Southern California
Cornerstone of Southern California has been in service since 1984, and since then have become just what their name suggests - a “cornerstone” for the SoCal recovery community. The organization was founded by a medical doctor who has been helping people recover from addiction since 1969. Their mission is to provide the comprehensive and the most affordable rehab in Southern California, so this might be a good rehab for you if you’re having financial difficulties.
They offer a huge range of services - they even have sober living homes where their clients can transition to after completing their inpatient program. Perhaps best of all, they place a special focus on rebuilding relationships between the patient and their families; they offer an 8-week family program to offer support to clients’ loved ones.
The Duck House
This funnily-named rehab runs intimate co-ed treatment centers with a friendly and home-like environment. You can start your stay here with their in-house detox, and make an easy transition over to their residential treatment center. Uniquely, the treatment staff here focuses on breathwork as well as other more traditional strategies for addiction recovery.
Appropriately, The Duck House’s most unique and charming attribute is that it’s a pet-friendly rehab - something that’s hard to find. On top of that, couples are welcome to attend rehab together. If you’re looking to go through rehab together as a family (including with your fur baby), then this is the best rehab in Irvine for you.
This luxury rehab specializes in helping people get drugs, especially opioids, out of their bodies in their in-house detox. Their medication-assisted treatment program using Sublocade helps to curb opioid cravings and ease the most painful withdrawal symptoms.
If you decide to detox here, you’ll do it in style, with luxury amenities such as a pool. Many stay after detox for their residential treatment program, which focuses on dual diagnosis conditions and healing past trauma that has led to addiction. You’ll receive 24/7 medical supervision not only during the detox period but during your inpatient stay, as well.
Beginnings Treatment Centers
Yet another luxury option in the Irvine area, Beginnings has locations in both nearby Huntington Beach and further afield in Pomona. Their inpatient program lasts for 90 days, and they are so confident in the quality of their services that they offer free treatment for 30 days if a client relapses after completing their program.
Beginnings offers a full continuum of care to help you get from detox to outpatient treatment. Plus, they call themselves a “true dual diagnosis program” - meaning that they have licensed mental health professionals on staff who are qualified to treat your underlying mental health conditions.
Northbound Treatment Services
Although Northbound Treatment Services isn’t a non-profit organization, they have a “mission over margin” philosophy that keeps them connected to the people that they serve. As a manifestation of this philosophy, they’ve set up partnerships with local organizations to serve their community. For example, they have a partnership with the University of California in Irvine; they’ve helped UCI set up their own on-campus addiction treatment services, and in turn, many of their clients have attended UCI.
The staff’s goal at Northbound is to stay with you for your first year of sobriety. We especially appreciate that Northbound is transparent about the outcomes and effectiveness of their services, and present their research publicly. The research that they’ve conducted shows that 95% or more of their program participants were able to remain clean from drugs and alcohol after graduating.
PACE Recovery Center
Although we often think of the importance of gender-specific treatment for women, it’s just as important for men to receive treatment that is uniquely tailored to their needs. Men are often taught since childhood that they’re not supposed to have emotions or cry, and this bottling up can lead to dealing with their emotions in other ways - like through drugs and alcohol.
This is why the founders of PACE Recovery Center wanted to start a men-only rehab that would allow men a safe place to express their feelings without fear of mockery or judgment. In their beautiful facility located only steps from the ocean, men suffering from addiction can work towards recovery in a non-judgmental environment with their peers. They can also attend the on-site PACE Academy, which helps young men prepare to attend college or grad school while remaining sober.
Clear Life Recovery
Clear Life Recovery offers a comprehensive treatment program that lasts through outpatient treatment. From the moment you step into treatment here, the staff is dedicated to helping you to regain the life you lost while addicted to drugs and alcohol. A big part of how they do this is by helping you with job assistance if you’ve had troubles with employment.
The staff at Clear Life can also help you heal your body from the effects of addiction. Their on-site private chef provides you with nutritious and delicious meals. You’ll also have access to boxing, Jiu-jitsu coaching, and trips to nearby gyms and beaches.
Balboa Horizons, like many of the other rehabs on this list, provides their clients with a full spectrum of treatment - that means they start at in-house detox and take you through to transitional outpatient care, all under one roof. What makes this rehab different from the rest is that they specialize in gender-specific programming.
While many rehabs are co-ed, Balboa Horizons understands the value of treatment that’s separated by gender. This way, the programs can address the gender-specific conditions of your addiction, and it also creates a safe environment with no distractions where you’re able to focus on your recovery.
New Directions for Women
Gender-specific treatment is especially important for women, who face unique traumas and difficulties in their lives that sometimes lead to addiction to drugs and alcohol. This mission-led rehab near Irvine has focused on providing quality, gender-specific care for women in the community since 1977. Since they opened their doors, they have helped over 5000 women begin a life free of the clutches of addiction.
They also have programs specifically for mothers with children and pregnant women. These mothers can attend addiction recovery programs and trust that their children are being taken care of. The special services for the women’s children include play therapy and Mommy and Me bonding time. Children can even live on campus with their mothers as they go through residential treatment. Best of all, partial scholarships are available if you can’t pay; call them for more details.
New Start Recovery
This luxury rehab offers in-house detox, inpatient, and outpatient treatment, as well as a sober living home for continued treatment after you complete their program. Luxury amenities await you from the moment you step through their doors, including Tempurpedic beds and an on-site private chef. Although they don’t have an on-site gym, they partner with a local non-profit organization that can offer you free memberships and fitness classes at a local gym.
The treatment you’ll receive is top-class as well. The staff will walk you through developing a Wellness Recovery Action Plan, which is a plan for when you’re entering a crisis, so you know you’ll be safe no matter what. You’ll also be driven to 12-step meetings in the community so that you can get your recovery on track.
Compass Recovery is all about helping people “reclaim passion and purpose”. They understand that when you’re battling addiction, you can start to lose your way a bit. The treatment program here is designed around defining each client’s life purpose and, through that purpose, giving each person their hope back. Without that hope, recovery would be impossibly difficult. The staff helps you find your purpose again by guiding you to create life goals and a direction for each day you’re in treatment with them. On top of that, the staff is highly qualified in addressing dual diagnosis disorders such as bipolar disorder and depression that come alongside addiction.
Opioid Detox Institute
Orange County, along with the rest of the country, is suffering from alarmingly increased rates of opioid use. If you’re suffering from an opioid addiction specifically, then the Opioid Detox Institute can help. Although it’s not a methadone clinic, they do offer medication-assisted treatment to help with the withdrawal effects when you’re coming off of opioids, whether it’s heroin or prescription painkillers.
Here, you can receive a treatment called “rapid detox” using a medication called naloxone. If you decide to receive this treatment, you will be under the highest level of medical supervision in a surgical center. The medical staff will sedate you with anesthesia before administering the medication. With naloxone, your body can detox in 30 to 90 minutes (as opposed to the days it would typically take). If you’re interested in other MAT like Suboxone, you can find it at New Start Recovery.
Fresh Start Recovery Services
This outpatient treatment clinic located in Irvine is a great option if what you’re primarily looking for is private counseling services to help you get over your addiction. The staff here specializes in providing psychotherapy for both substance abuse as well as any other underlying mental health conditions, like depression or trauma.
They also provide relationship and couples counseling. Anyone who has battled addiction knows that this painful illness not only damages your body and mind, but it also damages your relationships. Through counseling at Fresh Start, you can heal those relationships so you can get the support you need during recovery.