Laguna Treatment Hospital (CA)

Laguna Treatment Hospital (CA)

24552 Pacific Park Drive Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
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Facility Highlights
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Facility Highlights

Co-Occurring Disorder Treatment
Safe Medical Detox
Addiction Focused Healthcare
Inpatient Residential
PHP / Day Treatment
IOP / Intensive Outpatient
Outpatient Therapy
Telehealth Addiction Treatment
Coronavirus Testing

Laguna Treatment Hospital is Orange County’s first chemical dependency recovery hospital. With a focus on treating people who are medically compromised and need 24/7 oversight, we treat various unique populations by employing some forms of Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) and a variety of evidence-based behavioral therapies.

Full Continuum of Care

With a staff comprised of more than 70 registered nurses, licensed marriage and family therapists, and recreational therapists, Laguna Treatment Hospital provides medical detox and inpatient residential treatment in Orange County, California. Laguna Treatment Hospital offers inpatient care at varying levels of intensity, with aftercare planning and assistance finding transitional supportive housing. Before discharging from Laguna Treatment Hospital, our aftercare coordinators will help you find a fitting outpatient rehab or other aftercare option. Populations considered for treatment at Laguna include (but are not limited to): those with such as diabetes, HIV, syphilis, high cholesterol, and more.

Accreditations

The Joint Commission Laguna Treatment Hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission for Behavioral Health Care, an internationally recognized symbol of healthcare quality and the gold standard of care for the industry. This accreditation signifies that, through external, unbiased evaluation, we have met or exceeded The Joint Commission’s standards for providing addiction treatment for all of the levels of care offered at Laguna Treatment Hospital, including high acuity medical detox.

Chemical Dependency Recovery Hospital (CDRH) Laguna is currently the only rehab center in Orange County, California licensed as a subacute care facility/chemical dependency recovery hospital (CDRH). Hospital licensure designation is a significant differentiator. A majority of California residential detox programs are licensed by the Department of Health Care Services. Laguna Treatment Hospital is licensed by the California Department of Public Health and is unique in that we offer medically supervised detox programs in Orange County with withdrawal management, daily medical rounds, 24/7 nursing care, and medication administration.

About the Facility
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About the Facility

Care for Co-Occurring Mental Health Disorders

Clinicians at Laguna Treatment Hospital are equipped to treat patients with co-occurring mental health disorders and co-occurring physical conditions. Using a whole-person approach to rehabilitation, Laguna Treatment Hospital may utilize medications and behavioral therapies to adequately treat patients.

Chronic Medical Conditions & Physical Challenges

Laguna Treatment Hospital is equipped to care for medically compromised patients and patients with physical health challenges. The medical director will review patients’ medical records prior to admission and determine if Laguna’s sub-acute environment is equipped to treat each person’s presenting medical problem in conjunction with their addiction to drugs.

For example, if you are diabetic, you will receive a nutritional consult from a registered dietitian at Laguna Treatment Hospital. The nursing staff will help you monitor your blood sugar, administer insulin if needed, and provide you with lots of education about a healthy diabetic diet. Similarly, the resident chef will be aware of your condition and whether they must design a specific diet for you.

If you suffer from chronic pain, our clinical staff may prescribe you non-opioid pain medications. If we determine that your pain is related to an underlying issue such as a traumatic injury, neurological issue, or orthopedic issue, we may refer you to outside specialists or physical therapy to ensure you get the appropriate care and that you are as comfortable as possible during your treatment.

Individual Therapy

Individual Therapy Individual therapy generally lasts around one hour and takes place at least once a week. Laguna Treatment Hospital clinicians may employ certain therapies including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), motivational interviewing (MI), and Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), which is a form of trauma therapy, to patients depending on their particular needs.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR is reserved for those who have been in treatment at Laguna for some time whose physician and therapist agree that they are ready for this intensive level of work.

Group Therapy

Group therapy sessions at Laguna Treatment Hospital last 90 minutes and may take place 4 times a day, 7 days a week. The focus of group therapy depends on the particular session, but may include topics such as relapse prevention, CBT groups, substance use disorder specific DBT groups, and clinical process groups. For patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), clinicians typically discuss traumatic events in private, 1-on-1 therapy sessions rather than in a group setting.

Psycho-educational and Alternative Therapies

Additional treatment interventions are offered to therapeutically support your overall care and wellbeing. Below are a few of our noteworthy offerings:

  • 12-Step recovery groups.
  • 12-Step alternatives: SMART Recovery, WellBriety.
  • Therapeutic recreation: A recreational therapist will work with you several times a week, using music, art, outings, and physical conditioning as ways to improve physical, mental, social, and/or emotional functioning.
  • Yoga and meditation: At Laguna, a master’s-level therapist with advanced yoga training provides therapeutic yoga sessions. Weekly gender-specific yoga sessions are held in the yoga center or outside when weather permits.

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Laguna Treatment Hospital utilizes some forms of Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) alongside behavioral therapy to treat those who are suffering from substance use disorders. MAT can be especially effective in treating opioid use disorders and alcohol use disorders. At Laguna Treatment Hospital, clinicians may or may not use MAT to help patients manage chronic pain.

Facility Staff

At Laguna, our treatment team of professionals consists of 4 case managers who are certified drug/alcohol counselors, 6 primary licensed or license eligible therapists, board-certified physicians and medical staff (physician assistant and nurse practitioners), registered nurses, an advanced level yoga instructor/therapist, recreational therapist, and a crisis counselor/therapist.

Our clinical team is staffed with master’s-level professionals and certified substance abuse counselors. Our medical director, Dr. Gary Mitrevolis, previously provided care to incarcerated patients as an addiction medicine specialist with the state of California Correctional Health Care Services.

A high staff-to-patient ratio helps optimize individualized patient care, and approximately 40% of Laguna’s direct patient care staff are in recovery.

Barbara Saak, CEO

Barbara Saak,MHA, RN, CHC, CCEP, LNCC, is an accomplished healthcare executive with more than 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry. Saak holds significant expertise in the areas of corporate and regulatory compliance, risk management, quality, and healthcare operations. In addition to her expansive background in operational leadership, Saak is also a registered nurse, adding a deeper level of knowledge and understanding to her role as CEO of Laguna Treatment Hospital.

Prior to joining Laguna Treatment Hospital, a considerable portion of Saak’s career required her to be responsible for governing the clinical quality and regulatory compliance initiatives for a number of hospital systems, including Loma Linda University Health and numerous facilities within the multinational healthcare services system Tenet Healthcare. For multiple organizations, Saak was responsible for planning, implementing and monitoring regulatory compliance measures at the corporate, state and federal levels, managing operational privacy and information security, and ensuring rigorous quality of care standards were met.

Gaurav Gandotra, MD, Behavioral Health Director

Dr. Gaurav Gandotra brings in a wealth of knowledge in the field of psychiatry, addiction medicine, managed care, and leadership. He is a highly accomplished and well-known expert in the field of psychiatry. Double-boarded in psychiatry and addiction medicine, he serves as behavioral health medical director at Laguna Treatment Hospital.

After completing psychiatry training at prestigious Western Psychiatric Hospital, Dr. Gandotra joined the clinical faculty at the University of Pittsburgh where he precepted residents, medical students, nurse practitioners, psychology students, and PhD students while providing quality evidence-based care and authoring numerous publications. He spent 15 years in academia before moving to California in 2020. He took on medical directorship/leadership roles at a managed care company and various hospital settings prior to joining Laguna Treatment Hospital in 2021. He also holds a voluntary faculty position at UCR to continue his passion for teaching.

Dr. Gandotra’s interests include the interplay of mental health and substance use disorders, relapse prevention, and emergency and inpatient psychiatry. He strongly believes in the biopsychosocial model of behavioral health and strives to provide individualized and holistic treatment planning rather than a one-size-fits-all approach.

Gary Mitrevolis, MD, FASAM, Medical Director

Dr. Gary Mitrevolis graduated from the University of Toronto and obtained a bachelor of science degree with honors with a specialization in toxicology in 2000.  He then went to St. George’s University in Grenada, Wisconsin, for medical school and obtained his doctor of medicine and was part of the Iota Epsilon Alpha honor medical society.  After graduating from medical school, he completed an internal medicine residency at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York.

After residency, Dr. Mitrevolis practiced as a hospitalist in Dover, New Hampshire, where he was exposed to the devastating consequences that the disease of addiction had on many of his patients.  This inspired him to complete a fellowship in addiction medicine at Maine Medical Center.  From there, he provided care to incarcerated patients as an addiction medicine specialist with the state of California Correctional Health Care Services.  Dr. Mitrevolis now joins Laguna Treatment Hospital as medical director.

Laguna Treatment Hospital has translators available to communicate in the following languages:



What to Expect
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What to Expect

For Families

Programming

Laguna Treatment Hospital, our rehab in Aliso Viejo, CA, offers family therapy to patients during treatment. If they wish, they may facilitate a Skype, telephone, or in-person meeting through their therapist. Additionally, our team can help you or your loved one find Al-Anon, Narc-Anon, and other family support groups in your area.

Upon the patient’s admission, Laguna’s clinical team will contact their family within 24 hours if given consent by the patient to release information to them. Family members looking to contact their loved ones may contact the staff directly. If a ROI (release of information) is on file, staff may communicate. Otherwise, patient information is confidential. We take patient privacy very seriously.

Visiting Your Loved One

During your loved one’s treatment, we can work with you to plan a visit to our treatment center in Aliso Viejo. Your loved one’s treatment team will provide you with all of the information you need to schedule your visit. Laguna Treatment Hospital is easily accessible by car or plane. We are just minutes away from Laguna Beach and John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana.

  • Facility Highlights
  • About the Facility
  • What to Expect

Facility Highlights

Co-Occurring Disorder Treatment
Safe Medical Detox
Addiction Focused Healthcare
Inpatient Residential
PHP / Day Treatment
IOP / Intensive Outpatient
Outpatient Therapy
Telehealth Addiction Treatment
Coronavirus Testing

Laguna Treatment Hospital is Orange County’s first chemical dependency recovery hospital. With a focus on treating people who are medically compromised and need 24/7 oversight, we treat various unique populations by employing some forms of Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) and a variety of evidence-based behavioral therapies.

Full Continuum of Care

With a staff comprised of more than 70 registered nurses, licensed marriage and family therapists, and recreational therapists, Laguna Treatment Hospital provides medical detox and inpatient residential treatment in Orange County, California. Laguna Treatment Hospital offers inpatient care at varying levels of intensity, with aftercare planning and assistance finding transitional supportive housing. Before discharging from Laguna Treatment Hospital, our aftercare coordinators will help you find a fitting outpatient rehab or other aftercare option. Populations considered for treatment at Laguna include (but are not limited to): those with such as diabetes, HIV, syphilis, high cholesterol, and more.

Accreditations

The Joint Commission Laguna Treatment Hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission for Behavioral Health Care, an internationally recognized symbol of healthcare quality and the gold standard of care for the industry. This accreditation signifies that, through external, unbiased evaluation, we have met or exceeded The Joint Commission’s standards for providing addiction treatment for all of the levels of care offered at Laguna Treatment Hospital, including high acuity medical detox.

Chemical Dependency Recovery Hospital (CDRH) Laguna is currently the only rehab center in Orange County, California licensed as a subacute care facility/chemical dependency recovery hospital (CDRH). Hospital licensure designation is a significant differentiator. A majority of California residential detox programs are licensed by the Department of Health Care Services. Laguna Treatment Hospital is licensed by the California Department of Public Health and is unique in that we offer medically supervised detox programs in Orange County with withdrawal management, daily medical rounds, 24/7 nursing care, and medication administration.