Chapters Capistrano

By The Fix staff 08/28/17

The holistic emphasis at Chapters Capistrano makes for an appealing treatment program, as it implies that the atmosphere is less clinical and more client-focused.

Chapters Capistrano
Location : P.O. Box 4061 San Clemente, CA 92674
Phone : (855) 401-5344
Price : $24,000 (30 days)
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Insurance : No
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Introduction and Basic Services

Chapters Capistrano is a detox and residential beach front treatment facility in Orange County, California. The individualized program offers flexible lengths of stay, luxury accommodations and amenities, and 12-step support. Chapters welcomes both men and women who are over the age of 18 in need of chemical dependency treatment and help with co-occurring disorders.

Facility and Meals

The 10-bed, beautiful two-story home where clients reside during treatment is mainly comprised of private bedrooms furnished with queen sized beds. There are only two bedrooms that are double occupancy, but are a bit larger than the others. Each of the rooms have dressers and closet space along with TVs and WiFi capability, which is convenient since computers and phones are permitted while in treatment, and ocean views. Common areas include a music room, dining room, pool, Jacuzzi and sauna.

An executive chef is on site to prepare all meals for clients every day. The meals are highly nutritious and delicious, and made from the freshest ingredients possible. Clients can make requests if there is an allergy or dietary need.

Treatment Protocol and Team

The treatment programs at Chapters are entirely holistic and in tune to what each client would need in terms of psychiatric care, mental health support and physical wellness. The treatment plans are totally up to the clients’ preference and can include a more spiritual element with AA and NA, or a non-spiritual approach through SMART Recovery. As previously mentioned, detox can be facilitated on site prior to beginning formal treatment.

A typical day includes an early morning wake up followed by meditation and therapy. Medication management is an option and meds are usually taken in the morning along with individual therapy, of which there are no less than three per week. The afternoon includes a variety of group therapy meetings, journaling and psychoeducation. Relapse prevention and coping skills are introduced in addition to various other topics that are common within for those who have struggled with addiction. There are also frequent check ins with staff to see where each client is in terms of treatment goals and aftercare planning. Clients have ample free time during the day which is often used for exercise or simple relaxation.

Family members are encouraged to be an integral part of each client's treatment and are invited to participate in group therapy on a regular basis as long as the client is okay with that.

There is a pretty large staff at Chapters, and seeing that there are never more than 10 clients at a time, there is substantial one-on-one attention. Staff consists of medical doctors, assistant and nurses, psychiatrists, LMFTs, CADCs and LPCs.

Bonus Amenities

Clients have regular schedule of instructor guided yoga and acupuncture.


The holistic emphasis at Chapters Capistrano makes for an appealing treatment program, as it implies that the atmosphere is less clinical and more client-focused. Though going through a recovery program is never easy, going through it while on the beach makes it a bit better. Chapters Capistrano is yet another invaluable contributor to the Southern California recovery community.

Chapters Capistrano

P.O. Box 4061

San Clemente, CA 92674

(855) 401-5344

Chapters Capistrano Cost: $24,000 (30 days); accepts insurance. Find Chapters Capistrano on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube

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