Women’s Residential Treatment

Addiction is a chronic disease that can affect both women and men. It has impacted can affect individuals with a variety of cultural backgrounds and living statuses. Part of what makes a woman struggling with addiction different than men is the differences found within their biology. Additionally, there are different social pressures and expectations for women.

Because of these differences, professionals felt as though they might benefit from a specialized treatment approach that did not include men. Some programs may be in a women’s-only facility, while other programs offer separate groups for women in a co-ed treatment facility.

Addiction treatment for women can provide a safe space to discuss concerns that may not come up in groups with male members. Additionally, group discussions can revolve around issues that only women experience. 

If you find yourself looking for a Southern California women’s rehab, we recommend considering Northbound Treatment. Northbound is an inclusive addiction treatment provider that offers a range of treatment programs, including detoxification, inpatient residential rehab programs, a partial hospitalization program, an intensive outpatient program, and a family therapy program. To learn more about the Southern California rehab services available, we invite you to call (866) 568-2722 today. 

Women and Addiction

Research has shown that women are unfortunately less likely to seek addiction treatment than men. Once women do make the brave choice to seek treatment, their chances at a successful experience are increased if they can benefit from a supportive, gender-specific treatment experience. 

To best serve our female population, Northbound offers gender-responsive treatment for women through our Women’s Addiction Treatment Center and Women’s LINKS (similar to our Residential Care Services, but with a Christian-based approach) programs. The right environment is key. 

In a nurturing, safe environment, women create strong, loving bonds as they support one another on the recovery journey. The program is highly flexible and adaptable while still maintaining the structure and support necessary to facilitate long-term recovery. We are located in the coastal region of Newport Beach, California, a breathtaking area that provides an inspiring atmosphere to help our clients focus on healing, with world-class opportunities for healthy activities and sobriety fellowships. 

Are Women Impacted Differently by Drugs?

There are several differences in the way that drugs impact women. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH) reported that a woman’s hormones can make them more sensitive to the effects of drugs and that a woman’s brain responds differently to drugs when compared to a man’s brain. 

There are differences in the reasons that contribute to a woman’s use of drugs as well. For example, according to the NIH, women have reported using it to help control their weight, reduce tiredness, cope with physical pain, and help cope with mental health concerns. 

While having a drug addiction can harm a woman’s health, this is especially true for women who are pregnant and breastfeeding. Women who use while they are pregnant are exposing their children to substances before they are born, which can lead to withdrawal symptoms when the baby is born. Women who are using and breastfeeding are exposing their babies to traces of drugs in their breast milk. Unfortunately, the stigma associated with women who are using while pregnant can act as a barrier to treatment because the woman can fear feeling judged and ashamed. 

Women may have a more challenging time in their recovery due to the differences in their hormones, disturbances in their menstrual cycle, fertility concerns, and menopause. These changes can be unexpected and unpredictable, which makes comping with them feel overwhelming. 

Northbound Treatment is a women’s rehab in Southern California that can provide women with a variety of treatment options ranging from detoxification to intensive outpatient programming. We tailor your Orange County inpatient treatment plan to your specific needs, which will include any mental health concerns you may have. To learn more about the services we provide, we encourage you to call (866) 568-2722 today. 

Your Support System

At Northbound’s Women’s Addiction Treatment Center, we have an interdisciplinary treatment team that collaborates with individuals who arrive at Residential Care Treatment to ensure that their treatment plan aligns with their unique needs and goals. Everyone in treatment is assigned a team of up to six people, which might include:

  • A Case Manager 
  • ASAM Certified Addiction Psychiatrist
  • Nationally Certified and Licensed, Masters-Prepared Primary Therapist
  • Licensed Addiction Counselor
  • Masters-Prepared Trauma Therapist
  • Music Therapist
  • An Academic Advisor (when enrolled in Collegebound®)

Our compassionate team, each person an expert in his or her respective fields, is there to guide you through our full continuum of care to achieve our mission in celebrating one year of continuous sobriety.  

While no treatment plan is exactly the same, here is a sample of a typical day at Northbound’s Women’s Addiction Treatment Center.

What to Expect: The Typical Day

  • Morning meditation 
  • Breakfast
  • Program Specific Group Foundational Intensives 
  • Lunch
  • Yoga, Gym, or Other Physical Exercise
  • Individual Therapy Session
  • Outside Experiential Group Activity 
  • Dinner
  • Outside Support Group Meeting
  • Free time
  • Nightly routine and lights out

What Sets Our Women’s Addiction Treatment Center’s Program Apart from Other Residential Treatment Programs?

Women will work with their clinical team to customize their treatment plan that aligns with their needs and goals by adding any of Northbound’s Signature Services.


This program enables those in treatment to enroll in school—whether that’s a local college, university, or trade school—and includes the guidance and mentoring they need to succeed.


Our proprietary work program empowers those in recovery to secure employment—with the help of a Northbound career counselor—while continuing to thrive in their sobriety at quality drug rehabilitation centers in California.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

The Northbound DBT program is facilitated by our masters-prepared, DBT-trained therapists who help participants explore DBT skills that focus on gaining awareness, understanding, and insight into their own recovery.

Trauma Program

Individuals who have suffered psychological trauma and who are chemically dependent require an integrated treatment approach, so we are focused on identifying and treating trauma symptoms as well as dependency.

Music Program

The music program at Northbound empowers clients to engage with music and promote healing through self-expression, complementing other therapies to create a personalized approach to addiction recovery.

Family Program

Over the course of four days each month, family members come together to reconnect with the person in treatment, repair relationships damaged by drug and alcohol abuse and learn about the roots of addiction.

How Long is Successful Residential Treatment?

There is no one typical length of stay. However, we have found that many people find three months of Residential Treatment an ideal amount of time to launch a successful life of sobriety.

Pursue Education and Strengthen Your Chances for Success in Life with Northbound’s Collegebound® Program

Northbound’s Collegebound® is a college recovery program in Orange County for young adults that offers the unique opportunity for participants to further their education and truly turn their life around, all within the supportive and highly accountable treatment environment. This program, available at both the inpatient and outpatient levels of care, ensures that clients stay focused on building their recovery while pursuing their education and building a brighter future.

Moreover, Northbound’s Collegebound® Program provides participants with more than just the opportunity to further their education. They rediscover their passions, unearth a sense of hope and purpose that has often been long dormant, and enhance the priceless assets of self-efficacy and self-esteem that may have been painfully damaged through active addiction.

Learn More About the Wealth of Educational Resources in Our Orange County Community

Transition Back into the Workforce with Northbound’s Careerbound® Program

Addiction recovery is about more than abstinence from drugs and alcohol. It is about creating a substance-free lifestyle while fully engaging in all the healthy opportunities that the world has to offer. Obtaining and maintaining employment is an important aspect of many adults’ lives, and one that builds precious self-efficacy for those in early recovery. Northbound’s Careerbound® Program empowers clients to build a sustainable lifestyle of recovery through securing gainful employment while continuing to participate in treatment. This transitional living service is available to our clients at both the inpatient and outpatient level of care. Re-entering “real life” post treatment is a challenging and risky time. Northbound’s Careerbound® Program bridges this transition with the accountability and support necessary to give each person the best possible chance for success.

Learn More About Careerbound and Our Signature Services

Trauma-Centered Care

Trauma is an underlying issue in many instances of addiction. We might term this dual-diagnosis and recommend a dual-diagnosis treatment program. It is natural and human for us to underestimate the lasting and severe impact that events from our past have had on our present life; this is a coping mechanism that we do to protect ourselves. However, without healing the underlying causes of addiction, the chances of sustainable recovery are drastically reduced. Northbound Treatment’s trauma program provides individual trauma therapies including EMDR, psychoeducation, symptom management, trauma-focused process groups, and experiential opportunities for shared processing. Once we are able to understand our trauma, the healing process can begin, and starts a path towards deep personal growth. Within our Northbound Trauma Program, the result is often an emerging recovery identity that grounds an individual in recovery with a newfound foundation on what was previously shaky ground.

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Residential Treatment FAQs

There are three airports near our California facilities in Orange County, California: Orange County Airport (SNA) and Long Beach Airport (LGB) are both about a 30-minute drive, while Los Angeles Airport (LAX) is about an hour away. We would be happy to recommend ways of travel to Northbound. It’s just one way we ease this transition and make the experience as stress-free as possible.
  • Picture ID
  • Insurance card and RX card, if applicable
  • Insurance Subscriber’s Social Security Number and Date of Birth (if applicable)
  • A limited amount of clothing, as we have a limit of two suitcases and one carry-on. Laundry facilities, including supplies, are available for resident use. Irons and ironing boards are accessible, but we suggest bringing wash-and-wear clothing, for convenience. Dry cleaning services are not available.
  • Swimwear
  • Outdoor accessories such as sunglasses, hats, sunscreen, and rain gear
  • Medications, which must be approved by a Northbound Treatment physician. Medicine must arrive in bottles labeled with your name as well as the medicine’s name, dosage, and frequency
  • Supplements, which must arrive in new, unopened containers
  • Electronic devices, including cell phones and laptops -checked in upon admission and returned upon clinical review and approval
  • Your car, as we provide transportation
  • Clothing deemed inappropriate, i.e. provocative logos, bare midriffs, short shorts or any other clothing that may be considered distracting to the treatment process
  • Any type of narcotics, including sedatives and muscle relaxants
  • Any type of weapons, including pocket knives
  • Aerosol cans
  • Perfumes or toiletries containing alcohol (i.e. nail polish remover, mouthwash, hand sanitizers)
  • Body-building and dietary supplements, i.e. creatine powder*

Northbound’s Women’s Drug Rehab in Southern California

When you are ready to begin looking for a women’s addiction rehab, there are two main routes you can take. The first would be to meet with your primary care physician, or another mental health professional, and talk about your concerns. After they learn more about what you’re going through, they will be able to provide you with a treatment recommendation. They will discuss with you the level of care that they feel would be the best. 

Your second option would be to contact your insurance provider and ask them for an in-network referral. A benefit of going this route is that you would be able to get a better understanding of how your insurance coverage would impact your financial responsibility for rehab. 

Northbound Treatment is a treatment provider, with detox, inpatient, and intensive outpatient options in Southern California. We can provide specialized women’s treatment at a variety of treatment programs. 

We can provide women with detoxification, inpatient addiction rehab treatment, partial hospitalization programming, intensive outpatient programming, and family therapy programming. You would be eligible to receive continuous care with a seamless transition as you progress through your recovery. 

We are confident that you will find our treatment facilities comforting and welcoming. Our staff is comprised of mental health and medical health professionals with unique backgrounds that add to the care they provide. We recognize that every person we work with is unique; therefore, every person should have individualized care tailored to their own needs. 

If you find yourself searching for a Southern California women’s rehab, we encourage you to take the time to talk to a representative at Northbound Treatment. Our representatives can walk you through our treatment options and better understand what treatment would look like for you. Call (866) 568-2722 today.

The Full Continuum of Care at Northbound

To effectively meet clients’ needs at each phase of this journey, Northbound is proud to offer a full continuum of care that spans from detox to aftercare. Regardless of where a client is in their emerging recovery process, they can find a program at Northbound to fit their needs.





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