What to Expect When You Are in Treatment
Getting to Laguna Treatment Hospital
Laguna Treatment Hospital is conveniently located just 20 minutes from John Wayne Airport (SNA) in Orange County. Other nearby airports include:
- Los Angeles International (LAX).
- San Diego International (SAN).
Your time at Laguna begins the moment you land. One of our caring case managers will pick you up at baggage claim and drive you to our facility in Aliso Viejo, answering your questions and preparing you for the admissions process along the way.
Local Southern California patients receive the same level of hands-on care. We will pick you up directly from your door and transport you to the facility where you’ll begin the admissions process and start your rehabilitation.
Your First 24 Hours
The admissions process at Laguna Treatment Hospital is peaceful and quick, usually lasting about an hour. The admissions process includes an evaluation by our admissions nurse. We will:
- Take blood and urine samples to establish a baseline understanding of your drug and/or alcohol abuse.
- Take your vitals to determine if you have any immediate health issues that must be addressed.
Patients experiencing acute withdrawal will be seen immediately by our nursing staff, who will assess their condition and administer any necessary medications. All patients are evaluated personally by our medical director within 24 hours of arrival.
Once patients are stable, they are taken to the residential floor and shown to their room. Your first day will include plenty of time to tour the facility, meet your medical team, and rest.
Should you need medical detox, that will be your first step in your treatment. When you begin detox at Laguna, you will be cared for in one of our beds equipped with EarlySense patient-monitoring technology. EarlySense monitors patients during the critical detoxification process, sending real-time information to our nurses for immediate response during crisis. This includes the technology to measure respiration and heart rate.
What to Bring with You
The length of patient stay at Laguna Treatment Hospital is variable, but most patients stay for 28-30 days. Laundry services are available, so you’ll only need to bring about a week’s worth of comfortable clothing for your stay. Be sure to bring a swimsuit to enjoy our on-site pool.
All of Laguna’s hotel-style rooms are fully furnished, but we welcome you to bring the following items if you choose:
- Your own linens.
- A cozy blanket.
- Memorabilia from home.
- Anything that will make you feel more at ease during your stay.
Toiletries will also be provided at the facility, but you can choose to bring your own toiletries if you prefer
Cash and credit cards may be used during your stay to purchase additional toiletries, clothing, or other items as needed.
We do allow tobacco products, e-cigarettes, and vapes, as long as they are all unopened when brought to the facility.
Cellphones and laptops are not allowed on the residence floors. All electronics will be stored in a secure location upon your admission, and supervised usage will be allowed at designated times throughout their stay. We encourage you to print a list of important phone numbers to bring with you to the facility so that you may place phone calls from our provided office phones.
What NOT to Bring
Drug paraphernalia, contraband, alcohol of any kind, and weapons (including pocket knives) are strictly prohibited.
All patients will be searched as part of the admissions process, and residential rooms are searched regularly. The grounds at Laguna are monitored by our resident drug-sniffing K-9, Jack.
A Typical Day in Treatment
Not every day in treatment will be the same; however, you can expect regular structure as you go through the program. A typical schedule is below:
- 7 am: Breakfast, followed by yoga.
- 8:30 am: Town hall patient meeting.
- 9:00 am: Gender-specific recovery group meetings, with 10-minute breaks once per hour.
- Noon: Lunch, medications, and vital signs taken at the nurse’s station.
- 1:30 pm: Individual therapy sessions, specialty groups, and physical activity, with 10-minute breaks once per hour.
- 5:00 pm: Dinner, medications, and vital signs.
- 6:30 pm: Personal time.
- 7:00 pm: 12-step meetings.
- 8:00 pm: Guided meditation.
- 9:00 pm: Reflection on the day and go over next day’s assignments.
- 11:00 pm: Lights out.