What does your treatment program look like at The Ho Tai Way - A School for Recovery?
Our program is divided into three parts — Detoxification, Residential Treatment, and Life Skills.

The Ho-Tai Way–A School for Learning’s approach focuses on education. Because most of our clients are professionals with an academic background, we work with this strength. You already know how to learn in an academic environment. We use a school approach to build up the other aspects of your identity –mind, body, and spirit.

You can learn more about that here.

Our program structure focuses on:

  • Psychotherapy–to get to the root causes of the addiction and to provide support for other mental health issues that are often present.
  • Recovery–Recovery needs are unique to each person but we do provide a solid structure. We are an abstinence-based program and while you are in the program, we encourage you to participate in 12-step meetings and obtain a program sponsor. We firmly believe that the 12-step approach is a strong complement to our own program.
  • Education–Life is about learning. So we take to the classroom and explore ideas and philosophies that will resonate with your life and help you reframe your experiences.
  • Life skills–Addictions deplete us. We focus on learning basic day-to-day skills such as cleaning, cooking, balancing your bank account, paying bills, shopping, and other foundational skills to keep the basics from being their own set of stressors.

Learn more about our program on our Services Page.

Where will I be staying, and what is it like?

Our center is a comfortable home environment located in Orange County near the beach and South Coast Plaza. You won’t feel like you’re in a hospital or clinic. Once you’re through your detox process, you’ll be welcome to join us on trips to the beach, the mall, and movie theaters.

We have room for six adults at one time. We want to make sure we concentrate on each individual currently in the recovery program. Our focus is on you, yet there are enough other residents around to make sure you have a community around you that supports each other.

What Is the Daily Schedule Like?

Daily life fits into a pattern that will keep you moving from class to class throughout the day. You’ll be required to give a lot of yourself, but that’s how you grow.

Our weekdays start at 7 a.m., include chores and breakfast before group work begins. These continue through the day until 4 p.m. with a break at noon for lunch. The evenings will give time for homework, attending a 12-Step group, and a wind-down time before bed at 10 p.m.

On weekends, we’ll still have group work in the morning, but in the afternoons we’ll have other activities such as going to the beach, to the mall, or to the movies. Bedtimes are at 11 p.m.– giving you more personal time before you go to bed.

While you are still in Detox, you won’t participate in group or classes because you’ll be experiencing withdrawal symptoms and will sleep a lot those first few days. Once your symptoms start abating, you’ll be encouraged to participate in groups.

What services are provided at The Ho Tai Way?
  • Our facility has staff on premises 24-hours a day.
  • We also have a cook on staff to prepare nutritious and delicious meals
  • Cleaning service and laundry service iis included

We all contribute to the well-being of our home through daily chores. We keep a clean and organized home so that you can focus on your treatment program.

Is the Program Co-Ed?

No. Our program is not co-ed. We don’t house men and women in the same house. In our experience, having men and women in close quarters during this portion of the recovery program invites distractions that take the focus away from your recovery work.

Most people struggling with addiction have relationship issues. You’ll definitely be working on these in the program–but a new relationship in the midst of a treatment program often re-triggers relationship struggles that you are already trying to heal from. Boundary setting, communication, and impulse control are skills that are often weak at this stage of your recovery. A new relationship can jeopardize your whole program.

We want to keep things as simple as possible to give you the best shot at long-term success.

What are the credentials of the staff?

Our Directors:

Dr. Gupta holds a Ph.D. in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute and over fifteen years of experience in providing therapy services to those recovering from addictions. You can read more about her on our About Our Team Page.

Mikel Carver has several years’ experience working within the addictions field, working with those in recovery, teaching philosophical approaches that encourage growth as well as practical life skills that provide a solid foundation. You can read about him on our About our Team Page.

Other Staff and Affiliates

We work with an Addiction Medicine Specialist who will conduct an initial assessment, provide any necessary prescriptions, and monitor your progress through the treatment program.

Our LVN is on staff 40 hours per week.The nurse dispenses meds, takes vitals, performs daily assessments, monitors your withdrawal symptoms, and acts as a liaison between you and the doctor.

We maintain a 24-hour staff to attend to client needs, provide comfort meds for detox, and conduct regular rounds to check on your well-being throughout the night.

What’s the cost of the program at The Ho Tai Way?

The cost will vary depending on whether you need to enter the detox program or are able to go immediately into the treatment program.

When you call, we will address what your needs are within the treatment program and discuss costs. We’ll also gather your insurance information and find out about your coverage. We’ll make sure you enter the program with a clear idea of what your expenses will be.

Call us at (714) 581-3974 any time and we’ll discuss what’s needed for your enrollment in our program.

Will my insurance pay for everything?

This depends on your coverage. Go to our form here and we’ll contact your insurance to find out how much of your program will be covered. You can also call us at (714) 581-3974 and we’ll handle the process over the phone.

While The Ho Tai Way–A School for Recovery accepts MOST insurance plans, it’s best to work with our admissions counselors to get a clear picture of what your insurance plan will cover. Insurance can be complicated, and they are skilled at providing the answers you need in order to move forward.

Will there be any out of pocket costs?

Every insurance plan is different — deductibles, co-pays, and outside referrals may bring in extra expenses. Our admissions counselors will be happy to help you figure out what your out of pocket costs are going to be for you or your loved one. In most cases, they are quite manageable.

The Ho Tai Way–A School for Recovery will take cash or credit cards to cover any expenses not covered by your insurance. In some instances, we may be able to help you work out a payment plan.

Our admissions counselors are experts at navigating insurance, expenses, and a multitude of other questions you might have. Before you enroll in the program, they will help you understand everything you need to know. They are eager to help make sure you are informed and comfortable with your decision.

Will I see a doctor?

Seeing a physician is part of the admissions process on the first day you are with us at The Ho Tai Way School for Recovery,

The physician will look at your physical health and, if needed, will also prescribe any medications you will need to ease your detox process. The physician will also follow your progress through the program.