Women's Addiction Treatment in Long Beach

For over three decades, New Found Life has been dedicated to supporting women overcoming addiction to drugs and alcohol, offering a gender-specific residential program customized to the unique challenges faced by women.

A Safe and Supportive Environment

Our therapies are designed to specifically address the challenges related to substance use disorders in women. From the accelerated rate at which women can develop substance use disorders to the higher incidences of trauma, we recognize the distinct challenges of women who need our services. Key features of our women’s treatment center include:

  • Women’s-Only Group Meetings: These sessions provide a supportive environment where women can openly share experiences and support each other, free from the dynamics present in mixed-gender groups.
  • One-on-One Sessions: Personalized care is ensured through private consultations and therapy sessions with experienced female clinicians.


Research shows that women benefit from a communal, relationship-based approach to addiction recovery. That’s why we have created an environment where women can feel safe and secure during treatment. Within these settings, residents express themselves without the tensions that may exist in mixed-gender groups.

Emphasis on Trauma and Recovery

Many women who seek help have experienced traumatic events that significantly influence their addiction. Our approach includes Intensive Trauma Therapy which helps women heal from traumatic experiences such as sexual assault, domestic violence, emotional abuse, and more. We utilize evidence-based methods such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), narrative therapy in which women can safely recount their traumatic experiences, and psychoeducation to help them understand the impact of trauma on their health.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Recognizing the prevalence of co-occurring mental health conditions in women with substance use disorders, we provide targeted treatment for the following dual diagnoses:

  • Depression: Often characterized by prolonged sadness, loss of interest in activities, and feelings of worthlessness, which can be treated through medication, psychotherapy, and support groups.
  • Anxiety: Manifesting as persistent worry, physical symptoms like restlessness or fatigue, anxiety can be treated with cognitive-behavioral therapy, medication, and holistic relaxation techniques.
  • Trauma: Focuses on healing from traumatic experiences that significantly impact emotional and psychological health, and sometimes behaviors.
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): This specific disorder arises from experiencing severe trauma, leading to flashbacks, avoidance behaviors, and severe anxiety. Treatments like EMDR and trauma-focused CBT are effective.
  • Bipolar Disorder: Causes extreme mood swings that include emotional highs and lows. Treatment involves mood stabilizers, psychoeducation, and psychotherapy to help maintain emotional balance.

Evidence-Based Therapeutic Approaches

Our treatment programs include a range of therapeutic interventions specifically designed for the psychological and emotional needs of women. These help prevent relapse and allow women to get to the root cause of their addiction.

  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT): This therapy modifies negative thoughts and behaviors, addressing challenges unique to women.
  • Parenting Classes: These classes support women in enhancing their parenting skills, crucial for those rebuilding family relationships during and after recovery.
  • Life Skills Training: We offer training in practical skills needed for daily living, which is vital for personal independence and success post-treatment.
  • Individual and Group Counseling: Counseling sessions address specific issues that women often face such as body image, self-esteem, and relationships, all within a supportive group setting or in individual sessions.
  • Experiential and Equine Therapies: These therapies use real-world activities and interaction with horses to help women develop trust, reduce anxiety, and improve emotional regulation.
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR): This advanced therapy is particularly effective for those with trauma histories, helping to process and diminish the distress associated with traumatic memories.
  • Comprehensive Case Management Services: Our case managers coordinate all aspects of a client’s care, ensuring seamless integration of services for each individual’s recovery needs.
  • Family Support Groups and Programs: These groups help to repair and strengthen family relationships, providing education and support for family members of women in treatment.
  • Women’s-Only Group Activities: These sessions create a safe and comfortable environment, encouraging openness and mutual support among participants.

Continuing Support and Community Integration

We remain committed to each woman’s long-term success. By including added levels of support and accountability, we ensure that each woman experiences a smoother transition back to her home and community. Some of our resources include:

  • Female Alumni Network: This robust network provides ongoing support and mentorship with those who have shared experiences.
  • 12-Step Groups: These groups offer a structured approach to recovery, emphasizing peer support and a universal set of guiding principles for overcoming addiction.
  • Sober Living Resources: We connect women with sober living homes and other resources to support a smooth transition back into daily life and help maintain long-term sobriety.

Connect With New Found Life

We strive to make our programs accessible to all women by accepting most health insurance plans. Our intake specialists are ready to help you explore your treatment options and support you on your recovery to a fulfilling, substance-free future. For more information about New Found Life, please contact us today.