What To Expect at Compass Recovery

A Guide to Inpatient Treatment at Compass Recovery

By admitting into Compass Recovery, you will be given the pause on your current life that is needed to break the cycle of addiction, and move forward with a positive life energy and renewed set of goals and objectives. You’ll discover your life purpose once again, and what it’s like to break free from the horrific chains of addiction.

To prepare for your admission and the ultimate success of your new life, here’s a helpful guide on what to expect from the inpatient treatment program at Compass Recovery.

Day 1

Admission to our inpatient program begins in our Admission Office. During this initial phase of your admission, your valuables, such as a phone, laptop, wallet, and others, will be placed in our safe for protection until you’re ready to regain access to them.

Part of the admission process is for you to see Medical.  You will meet with them for a history and physical.  An assessment and individualized plan will be made.  Labs will be ordered. Our medical team looks at detoxification and stabilization as one day at a time.  Symptoms change as drugs are detoxed out of the body.  They work with you to make this process as comfortable as possible.

After this evaluation, you will be driven to our inpatient home, where you will be greeted by our courteous and accommodating staff, and given a tour. This is where you will prepare for your stay—a necessary pause from life—to acquire the tools to repair your body, mind, and spirit.

You’ll notice the residences are extremely comfortable and well-appointed with modern amenities and decorative finishes. Outside, we are only minutes from the world-renowned beaches of Orange County. Inside and out, Compass Recovery provides you with the ideal environment to get well again.


The first step on your road to recovery will be the detox process. In addition to being the first step, the detox process may also be the most crucial one. Our medical staff will see you daily as needed.  Our detox and stabilization period is 14 days.  This is a short period of time when we don’t allow electronics to occupy our headspace.  In order to truly hit the pause button, it’s necessary to remove some of the external factors that may be contributing to your addiction. However, clients are allowed to make monitored phone calls to family or other sources of support who are approved by their case manager. The blackout period also serves as a good opportunity to bond with other members of the community living in the inpatient home, who may be going through some of the same issues and serve as an excellent support system.

As soon as you are well enough, our staff will encourage you to get physically active and participate in as many social activities as you can. Our continued success has been largely due to our philosophy of getting patients moving and staying active, which helps to greatly reduce their potentially severe anxiety and varying forms of depression.

During this critical phase of your recovery, you can also expect to work closely with the medical and psychological personnel, while getting used to a healthy diet and physical activity. You will be participating in various group and individual therapy sessions that align with your recovery process. At the same time, a case manager will be assisting you six out of seven days per week, as well as being on-call for any immediate and on-going needs you may have.



The rest of your inpatient recovery program will be focused on learning and using the skills to adjust to your life beyond the community of Compass Recovery. We believe in slowly integrating our patients back into society because a gradual process is proven to be the best way for patients to deal with any precursors or enablers to their addictive behavior in the past. Slowly releasing the pause button is undoubtedly the best action for long-term success and continued sobriety.

While staying in the residences at Compass, you’ll have access to phone calls, as well as a computer while you slowly implement a new lifestyle that features a healthier and happier body, mind, and spirit. There’s a Jacuzzi available to soothe sore muscles and body aches that can occur, especially during detox. You’ll also have access to a state-of-the-art gym. Many patients discover that they can replace the artificially-induced and destructive endorphin rush of a high from drug use, with a naturally-inspired and rewarding endorphin rush from exercise. We wholeheartedly recommend making use of this aspect of our program if you find this helps you.

Every Friday we invite our patients to participate in an outing that can be beneficial in satisfying the social needs of your rehabilitation, and Saturdays we go to the beach or a local park for a healthy exercise routine. There are also nightly 12-step meetings and alternative meetings available to patients depending on their individual requirements.

Next Steps

We recommend next level of care from inpatient.  Typically this will include referrals to PHP and IOP programs that we work with.  If you are heading back to a different location, we will work with you from admission to connect and find you the best next level of care location.  Relapse is real and we want to make sure you have the tools to be successful in your current level of care.  Change can bring anxiety, confusion and fear and that is why here at Compass Recovery we work on discharge planning from admission.  Our goal is to produce confidence, growth and a dynamic inner peace that change is good and to continue in a linear freedom lessening that pause button.

We Are Here to Help You!

At Compass Recovery, we are working day and night. Our mission is to help you get well. Contact us to discuss what plan of treatment would be best for you.

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