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Our Therapies

Every journey to recovery, healing, and mental health is different. That’s why we customize each treatment plan around the specific needs of the individual. Using the latest innovative therapies, we treat not just the addiction or mental health disorder but the whole person — mind, body, and spirit.

From rehabilitative yoga to mindfulness, somatic experiences to imago therapy, and more — we offer a range of evidence-based therapeutic practices to help our patients thrive. We invite you to explore our therapies below, then contact us at (949) 200-7929 to learn more.

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Rehab Yoga Instruction

Yoga is one of the most effective practices for relieving mental and physical stress, so the body can rest and renew. Because early recovery from addiction is a stressful time, we offer yoga to help reduce stress and allow your body and mind to recover from the addiction cycle. Yoga also improves concentration, creativity, decision-making, and alertness.

At Pacific Solstice we partner with Light Path Yoga + Wellness to offer small group yoga classes that suit our clients’ individual needs and meet them where they are today. At our outpatient rehab, we also offer iRest Yoga Nidra, a system of mindfulness meditation that creates a deep state of relaxation in order to develop greater self-awareness, focus and loving acceptance. The result is sustained feelings of freedom, wellbeing and joy, as well as personal empowerment to respond to whatever arises in life. iRest is highly effective in healing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, chronic pain, insomnia, depression and anxiety, which are all associated with addictions. The practice can be done in a group, and ultimately becomes a protocol that can be done anywhere at any time after you leave treatment.

At our outpatient rehab, we also offer iRest Yoga Nidra.

This system of mindfulness meditation – known as “sleep of the yogi” – puts the body in a complete state of relaxation in order to develop attention training, deep self-awareness and loving acceptance of what is. The result is awakening to our True Nature and experiencing sustained feelings of well-being and joy, as well as the empowerment to respond to whatever arises in life.

iRest is highly effective in healing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, chronic pain, insomnia, depression and anxiety, which are all associated with addictions. The practice can be done in a group, and ultimately becomes a protocol that can be done anywhere at any time after you leave treatment.

Motivational Interviewing

When an addict contemplates entering treatment for his or her alcohol or drug abuse, of course there will be some ambivalence. At Pacific Solstice Treatment Center, our intakes for addiction always include Motivational Interviewing and this technique is included in all aspects of our rehab because we know that we need to flip that switch for treatment to be successful. The process and results of motivational interviewing for addicts can be magical. It prepares one for making challenging behavior changes, for example, stop abusing alcohol or drugs.

At our rehab, we embrace the conflict that goes on in the addict brain: to change or not to change. We recognize that there are good reasons to enter a rehab for treatment and there are good reasons to not enter a rehab for treatment. We get this. It is okay to not be 100% in! We will help you consider the pros and cons. It is our job.

Our therapists in our rehab are trained in client-centered approach and we know that addicts are not inherently liars in denial and pathological in their core. We know that through listening and utilizing motivation interviewing we can understand what the addicts and alcoholics are saying, including how they got to where they are, where they see themselves in the future, and what they think about their situation. We know how you treat people has a large impact on how they behave.

We believe at our rehab that change is motivated by the discrepancy between where you are and where you want to be. The bigger the gap between the two, the stronger the motivation to change lies. We also believe that motivation is an external experience that causes an internal response. Many believe that motivation is only an internal process. We know that our motivational interviewing can be the start of an internal process of motivation and ambivalence is a good starting point!


No, our rehab therapists do not think that addicts are psycho. And yes, we know addicts have enough drama in their lives. At Pacific Solstice Treatment Center, we utilize psycho drama in group sessions. This form of group therapy for addictions allows each group member to assist in the healing of everyone. Each group member assists in role playing and acting out roles of the addicts addiction and problems. Thus, a greater sense of one’s own issues is manifested even when one is assisting in another group members role play. A psychodrama is a lively form of treatment that allows addicts in our PHP program to engage in a new energy form of treatment while at the same time maintaining an intensive treatment program.

Play Therapy

At Pacific Solstice Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center, we offer play therapy as a supplement to treatment for those addict families that have young children. Our play therapists can assist children of the addict in resolving conflict and expression of pain caused by the abuse of alcohol and or drugs. Pacific Solstice’s play therapists both utilized directed and non-directed play therapy. We utilize whichever technique is better for your child(ren). We are committed to the healing of the entire family system that is affected by alcohol and drug abuse. Our play therapists can also help the addict parent(s) and non-abusing parent learn ways to play at home to continue the support and treatment of the child.


Mindfulness is a practice. It is a practice in how to be “in it” right now. It is about accepting and being in the moment. It is about the right now. By focusing on breathing, or “just breathing,” research has shown that one can have an increased ability to regulate emotions, increase concentration, limit impulse control, increase decision making and increase positive self-care. At Pacific Solstice Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Centers, we understand that addicts are impulsive, take poor care of themselves, have poor concentration and poor impulse control. So, at our rehab we offer the process of becoming non-judgmentally aware of the components of an addiction in order to weaken its power.

Imago Therapy for Relationships

Imago is a Latin word for “image.” In Imago Therapy, “Imago” refers towards the image, or photo, in your mind, that’s comprised of both the positive and negative traits of your parents (or your primary caretakers from childhood). The potential intimate partners you’re drawn to – and the person (or persons) you ultimately select – is based on that image. And vice versa. At Pacific Solstice Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center, one of our founder’s favorite phrases is “we pick our partners with exquisite accuracy.” This refers to the idea that we pick our partners based on this perfect photo we hold in our minds. We truly understand the damage the addiction has done to relationships and understand that both people in an addicted affected relationship have an unresolved family of origin issues that need to be addressed. We know at Pacific Solstice how to take an addict affected relationship and utilize Imago therapy to make each person in the relationship experience an acceptance and warmth they have never felt before. Here is how we do it:

Addicts do not have healthy relationships and learning how to be in healthy relationships is important for many of our clients. For example, in healthy intimate relationships, partners help each other heal those unresolved wounds from childhood. This enables them to grow and thrive both individually and as a couple. In relationships where there are an addict and alcoholic family systems, however, the opposite takes place. Rather than healing, those key childhood issues continue to resurface in the form of conflict, drama, and extreme emotional pain within the relationship.

At our rehab, those clients who participate in Imago Therapy will not only learn and practice it in therapy sessions, but are encouraged to continue using it outside of therapy. It benefits relationships in multiple ways, including:

  • It improves partners’ ability to truly hear each other and also feel heard when they talk
  • It creates a safe environment for talking and resolving conflicts
  • It facilitates growth, healing, and positive change
  • It enables couples to quickly get to the heart of an issue
  • It fosters empathy
  • It promotes a deeper connection

Key aspects of Imago Dialogue included in the Treatment of Addiction:

Mirroring – This involves the process of stating back (to the other partner) exactly what is heard as opposed to interpreting it or reacting to it Validating – This involves each partner letting the other know that what has been said is understood and makes sense (in other words, indicating that the other person has a valid point and why) Empathizing – This involves both partners putting themselves in the other person’s shoes; i.e., looking at things from the other person’s point of view Once addicts and their family members understand and consistently use the Imago Dialogue, their relationship typically becomes much stronger through this new ability for intimacy and connection. Conflicts are resolved much more quickly and without damaging the relationship further in the process.


The psycho-educational treatment at Pacific Solstice for alcohol and drug abuse is designed to enhance knowledge regarding addiction and recovery. During this early period in recovery, many substances abusing and dependent clients experience post acute withdrawal symptoms, struggle with their motivation to change, and are only beginning to abstain from substances. Therefore, of course, they need support and encouragement, but they also need the information about addiction and recovery in the form of structured and formalized education.

Our psychoeducational sessions are designed to provide clients with relatively frequent, supportive contact with counselors and experts in the addiction field, and other men and women in recovery. Our sessions also introduce clients to key concepts about addiction and the recovery process; help clients understand how they may set themselves up to relapse and how to avoid setting themselves up; and help clients develop strategies to reduce their relapse risk.

The psychoeducational program at Pacific Solstice helps empower addicts to establish and maintain abstinence, develop a sense of personal responsibility for their recovery, develop supportive interpersonal relationships, and continue participating in a self-help program such as AA, NA, CA, or other support groups.

Example Topics

  • Symptoms of Substance Abuse, Alcoholism and Drug Addiction
  • The Process of Sobriety and Recovery from Alcohol and Drug Abuse
  • Identifying Triggers & Managing Cravings: Internal and External
  • Relationships in Recovery from Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • Self-Help Groups- 12 Step Introduction
  • Establishing a Support System in Recovery from Addiction
  • Managing Feelings in Recovery from Addiction
  • Coping With Guilt and Shame from Addiction
  • Warning Signs of Relapse from Addiction
  • Coping With High-Risk Situations for Addicts and Abusers
  • Maintaining Recovery outside rehab

Somatic Experiencing

At the heart of addiction for many addicts is traumatic stress. The cycle of feeling stuck, and hence repeating, energy consuming survival states of fight, flight or freeze. These states are easily triggered and are dissociative in nature making it hard to remain in the present (the here and now). Thus, at our rehab we look for ways to avoid, check out, deny, distract, or numb ourselves.

One of our views and solutions of addiction at Pacific Solstice Treatment Center is the orientation to the present moment, including the sensorial experience of the present moment. We can direct your attention to the sobering reality of the present moment through your senses, and away from the addictive flooding of painful feelings, thoughts, and/or sensations left over from past trauma.

Part of our treatment for addiction at Pacific Solstice is utilizing Somatic Experiencing therapy and techniques is to create a greater relaxed state of the mind and body. Paying attention to and soothing your sensorial experience in connection with your surroundings, you will be better able to assess your true safety. Increasing your capacity for identifying current safety shields you from the cycle of over hyper-awareness that is triggered and left over from your traumatic memory. Sometimes subtle triggers of repeating flashback material from trauma are one of the elements that is at the root of addiction. With drug and alcohol treatment utilizing Somatic Experiencing, we can develop for you an ever greater awareness of the safety, wholeness, and sobering relaxation available in the present moment. This will allow you a unique new advantage point and perspective of the emotional pain of your past.

Goals of Somatic Experiencing Therapy for Addicts

  • Recognize and gain distance from your own unique reaction patterns under stress.
  • Discover kind ways of settling your internal distress.
  • Creating a lasting and ever increasing sense of balance, ease, and internal resource to manage daily stress.
  • Rid yourself of your triggers of extreme stress and the resulting survival evoked flashbacks of extreme stress states.

Humanistic – Existential Therapy

Emphasizing freedom, experiential reflection, and responsibility, this approach to drug and alcohol treatment at Pacific Solstice draws from the framework of Irvin D Yalom, who identified this philosophical method of therapy. The belief that the inner conflict of the addict is within the addict due to that individual’s confrontation with the givens of existence. These givens are the inevitability of death, freedom and its attendant responsibility, existential isolation, and meaninglessness. The goal of this therapy is to help addicts free themselves from self-imposed limitations.

The focus of the approach is here-and-now, which involves frequently asking clients to check in with their emotions and bodily sensations. By not only discussing, but experiencing the problems they face in-session, clients come to a deeper understanding of their authentic life goals, versus those imposed by others or by a rigid sense of self.

At Pacific Solstice, our rehab therapists believe that by being truly present with our clients who are addicts and their loved ones, and showing all of our clients to be present with themselves, we can help them to see the bigger picture of life, a life bigger than abusing substances, including alcohol and drugs, and through that awareness address their most pressing concerns, such as fear, guilt, grief, and the struggle for life-purpose.


At Pacific Solstice Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center, recovery coaches support the client in achieving and maintaining a solid foundation in sobriety and building upon sobriety to achieve recovery and other personal life goals. Our recovery coaches at our rehab work with any type of addict or alcoholic.

Our rehab coaches also niche within recovery, such as working with families of recovering individuals, career coaching, educational coaching, or a financial coaching that works on rebuilding financial wellness. When an addict of any kind is attempting to rebuild his or her life, our recovery coaches and life coaches can be an extremely valuable part of your alcohol or drug treatment.

Art Therapy

Art therapy at Pacific Solstice Alcohol and Drug Treatment Center is utilized for addicts and alcohol/substance abusers because it provides them with ways to understand, cope and express their addiction. Art therapy helps our addicted and drug abusing clients practice introspection and healthy coping skills, as well as can be a great way for an addict to explore aspects of his/her life that he might not be able to explain in a verbal way. Art therapy works well to help an addict work through the experiences, emotions, and issues that have led to the addiction. addiction. It provides him/her a safe place to communicate thoughts and feelings without using standard conversation, and it can therefore be a refreshing change for someone who is looking for something different than standard talk therapy. When done in a group setting, art therapy can also help people going through drug and alcohol addiction treatment grow closer and better understand each other’s experiences and feelings. At Pacific Solstice, we encourage art therapy for many of our rehab clients because it is a powerful tool to supplement traditional talk therapy.

Narrative Therapy

Our significant life events (and the “stories” we make from these life events) serve as markers in the story of our life ahead. However, sometimes our life stories we make out of our past experiences are leading us in the wrong direction. Difficult parts of the past story can hamper an addict’s success in recovery from alcohol or substance abuse. At Pacific Solstice Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Center, we assist addict’s whose personal “story” is impeding their freedom from addiction by utilizing Narrative Therapy.

Narrative therapy is one of the therapies Pacific Solstice Rehab uses to help addicts re-narrate their pasts in order to re-narrate their futures towards a positive and sober direction. For almost every addict or abuser (whether drug or alcohol abuser) their life stories are filled with feeling down moments — moments when our childhood experiences, young adult lives and drug addiction or alcoholism caused serious harm. However; there are also other successful moments that we can revisit and integrate into our story to foster encouragement and strength, which are building blocks to recovery. At our rehab, our advanced mental health clinicians can identify the moments when things went well, when we followed the ideals and values we hold dear. Those positive past experiences, now highlighted like never before, become building blocks for a successful future. Another key aspect of therapy with our narrative therapists is that our alcoholic and drug abusing clients are taught to see the problem of alcohol and substance abuse as a separate entity outside of themselves, rather than a part of them that they can not distinguish themselves from. This “externalizing” of the addiction and substance abuse allows the addict to write the chapters of a new story, or narrative from which to live life.

Solution Focused

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy is based on over twenty-five years of theoretical development, clinical practice, and empirical research (e.g., de Shazer et al.,1986; Berg & Miller, 1992; Berg, 1994; De Jong & Berg, 2008; de Shazer, et al., 2007). Solution-Focused Brief Therapy is different in many ways from traditional approaches to treatment. It is a competency-based and resource-based model, which minimizes emphasis on past failings and problems, and instead focuses on clients’ strengths, and previous and future successes. There is a focus on working from the client’s understanding of her/his concern/situation and what the client might want different. The basic tenets that inform Solution-Focused Brief Therapy are as follows:

  • It is based on solution-building rather than problem-solving.
  • The therapeutic focus should be on the client’s desired future rather than on past problems or current conflicts.
  • Clients are encouraged to increase the frequency of current useful behaviors.
  • No problem happens all the time. There are exceptions—that is, times when the problem could have happened but didn’t—that can be used by the client and therapist to co-construct solutions.
  • Therapists help clients find alternatives to current undesired patterns of behavior, cognition, and interaction that are within the clients’ repertoire or can be co-constructed by therapists and clients as such.
  • Differing from skill building and behavior therapy interventions, the model assumes that solution behaviors already exist for clients.
  • It is asserted that small increments of change lead to large increments of change.
  • Clients’ solutions are not necessarily directly related to any identified problem by either the client or the therapist.
  • The conversational skills required of the therapist to invite the client to build solutions are different from those needed to diagnose and treat client problems.

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)

The EMDR for Addiction Program at Pacific Solstice Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center is designed specifically for our drug and alcohol abusers and addicts. Our rehab has been utilizing trained EMDR clinicians from day 1. Dr. Francine Shapiro discovered and named the therapy Eye Movement Desensitizing and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. In 1990, Dr. Shapiro founded the EMDR Institute and has been treating victims of all types of trauma as well as addicts. Since then, many other practitioners, including our therapists have been trained in EMDR therapy at the EMDR Institute and have used it to great success with patients. Our EMDR for Addiction therapy program works by using sensory, auditory and/or visual neurostimulation and bilateral stimulation to desensitize and reprocess the trauma associated with drug and alcohol abuse.

Research shows that EMDR can quickly and efficiently change the brain’s acceptance of new beliefs and behavior patterns. This means that the old, ingrained desire to use alcohol or drugs to soothe one self is replaced with a new ability to stay sober-sometimes with much less effort than with other forms of treatment. The old, tired, and repetitive brain message screaming out for you to use fades back and is replaced by a new positive and strong message that makes you want to stay sober (through desensitizing and reprocessing). Neuroscientists call this brain change process neuroplasticity.

As one of the most researched psychotherapeutic treatments for trauma, EMDR has been studied among many groups of patients, including military veterans and victims of sexual assault. Most of Pacific Solstice clinicians have been utilizing EMDR in treatment centers for military veterans and victims of military sexual trauma. Our rehab therapists have worked with vets utilizing EMDR for years.

Discovered in the 1980s, EMDR was first used to treat PTSD patients. Early studies demonstrated that EMDR was as effective as or more effective than traditional forms of therapy, such as “talk” therapy, in eliminating emotional distress related to disturbing memories. The goal of the EMDR for our drug and alcohol treatment program is to give the still-suffering addict new tools to get sober and remain sober. We want to continue our work helping hundreds and hundreds of addicts experience freedom from their addiction.

Transitional Living

Nationwide outcome studies suggest that a lack of a stable, structured, alcohol and drug free living environment while participating in transitional care such as an outpatient program can be a substantial barrier to recovery. A destructive or dysfunctional living situation can significantly impact the recovery of even highly motivated individuals. This arrangement significantly benefits persons making their first attempt to recover from their mild to moderate addiction. In many cases, the family or loved one with whom the identified client is residing is usually exhausted, distraught, and may even need help themselves in understanding how addiction could have entered their family. Transitional Living benefits both parties by providing a safety net for the client in treatment and a stress-reduction break for the family and/or loved one. Many insurance health plans require that their members attempt Outpatient Treatment before authorizing a higher level of care such as residential. In this case, an individual entering Outpatient care may not have a supportive living environment that would increase the odds of completing a program and continued abstinence from substance use. Alternatively, this integrative arrangement is usually considered in the aftercare discharge plan for individuals leaving inpatient hospitalization or residential treatment care facilities to maintain continuity of care during the difficult transitional phase of re-entering the community. The lack of a safe and sober environment can many times lead to relapse within 30 days of discharge. It is important that individuals gradually transition back into the community with continued treatment and supportive living environment.

Pacific Solstice intake therapists identify this common barrier to successful recovery during the intake screening process and recommend a safe recovery environment while participating in treatment while preparing a discharge plan during admission that includes stable, supportive, and safe living arrangements when leaving our Transitional Care facility. Our goal is to guide our clients in planning and coordinating their next phase of recovery after completing treatment. For individuals who may benefit from day-to-day structure, peer support, transportation, and a safe living environment based on a 12-Step recovery foundation, Pacific Solstice offers a newly remodeled (2016) Transitional Living Home located in Lake Forest within 5 minutes from our Outpatient Center. The residence is a beautiful alcohol and drug free temporary home for men in a structured, safe, serene, and supportive environment. Within a short distance from the home, there is access to public transportation, 12-Step recovery meetings, grocery stores, restaurants, health clubs, and coffee shops. Our guests are supervised and supported by staff with long-term sobriety that hold credentials as Licensed Vocational Nurse and Psychiatric Technicians, and registered Alcohol and Drug Counselors. Residence staff communicates with our clinical team on a daily basis about client progress, motivation, crisis, concerns, and recommendations to assure continuity of care during their treatment episode at Pacific Solstice. Clients participating in our integrative treatment and transitional living program are provided transportation to our treatment center and other recovery-related activities.

The goal of our Transitional Living Home is to provide quality and ethical services above the existing standards of the typical Sober Living Home. All of our staff, outpatient care and transitional living, caring and compassionate professionals focused on building a solid foundation in our community where our clients can continue to recover and achieve their new sober life goals. Our Integrative Outpatient Treatment and Transitional Living home arrangements provide an experience similar to most residential treatment centers for less than half the cost.

This additional component of our treatment compliments a smooth transition back into the community and increases an individual’s ability to maintain long-term abstinence from substance use. We owe special recognition to David’s Transitional Living, as a partner in making this is available to you or your loved one.

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Pacific Solstice is in network with Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross, Tricare, HMC, Multiplan, & Health Advocate Solutions

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At Pacific Solstice, we believe quality mental health services and addiction treatment should be accessible and affordable. We accept a wide range of PPO insurance providers, including the ones listed below. At this time, we do not accept Drug Medi-cal, Medicare, or Medicaid.

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