Fresh Start California - Program Information

Fresh Start California Lodge Photo


Fresh Start California is a former executive retreat located near Warner Hot Springs in the beautiful hills of Northern San Diego County, which offers a very accommodating yet therapeutic environment for addressing drug and alcohol rehabilitation. This rural campus-like facility, spread out over 40 acres and located 35 miles away from the city of Temecula, provides a safe sanctuary from the temptations and over-stimulating environments that have previously influenced our clients' addictive behaviors.

Our long term treatment program, as further described in this guide, provides complete physical, mental and spiritual recovery from substance abuse. True rehabilitation takes courage and persistence, but it is ultimately the most rewarding endeavor that our clients will accomplish in their lives. Therefore, we understand that it is very important to have a facility that provides everything necessary to support the recovery process, while also ensuring our clients are safe, comfortable and provided with enjoyable recreational and fitness opportunities.

Fresh Start California Lodge Interior, Landscape, and Pool

The open spaces, scenery and fresh air of our campus provide a healthy change of environment for our clients. It includes the necessary spaces and amenities needed to deliver the program, while also providing an inviting home style feel. The namesake of our campus is our large cozy main lodge, which is where our clients gather after program hours to dine, relax in the lounge, play cards or watch movies. Also, directly outside of the main lodge is access to the recreational areas, such as the pool deck, jacuzzi, fitness center and jogging path.

True Rehabilitation


Our innovative program has one of the best success rates in our industry and also has one of the longest proven track records.

We accomplish true rehabilitation through the use of our New Life Detoxification Program, which removes the physical cravings and compulsions that are caused by drug residual build up within the body, and from the application of our Life Skills program, which helps achieve the mental and behavioral changes needed to restore our clients to drug free, productive members of society.

Our proven rehabilitation program has many components, laid out in step by step training manuals, designed in a specific sequence, to obtain the best results. This road to true recovery is intense, but with our staff's guidance and with our innovative rehabilitation technology it can be accomplished.

Program Overview


Location - Fresh Start California is located in the picturesque mountains of the Warner Springs community situated in California's Northern San Diego County. This rural location is a perfect setting for those seeking a comforting, and calm place to focus on their drug and alcohol recovery. Clients are supervised twenty four hours a day to assure their needs are met.

Individualized Program Length - It is widely known that the most effective rehabilitation is long-term (90 days or longer) residential, inpatient treatment. While our program duration varies according to individual needs, it generally takes 3 months or more to complete. The length of stay depends upon the participant's successful completion of all of the program steps, rather than a "one size fits all" set time period. Before each participant graduates, their case file is reviewed by a case supervisor to ensure that every one of the program benefits has been obtained.

Success Rate and Guarantee - In multiple in-house outcome studies over a span of forty years, an average of 75% of responding program graduates reported they were living drug-free lives six months or longer after completing the program. Our positive results are backed by a review program guarantee, which offers a free review program to any qualified graduate who may be having difficulties with sobriety, within six months of their graduation. For further details and eligibility requirements, please click here.

Natural Approach - Our program provides a natural approach to recovery. If medication is needed for drug withdrawal purposes, off-site medical drug detoxification is recommended before entering our program. Our unique withdrawal techniques and nutritional regimens aid in reducing withdrawal symptoms and discomforts without the use of substitute drugs. This reduces the chances of increased drug dependency and eliminates the many other negative side-effects of substitute drugs. We do, of course, allow our clients access to their own prescribed, non-narcotic medication when necessary.

Relief from Physical Drug Effects - Drug residuals (metabolites) can remain in the fatty tissue of the body long after the drugs have been taken. It is vital these residuals are removed as they may cause drug cravings and other physical and emotional effects. Our New Life Detoxification Program uses a dry sauna, exercise and a special combination of nutritional supplements to accelerate the body's natural elimination process. Once free from the physical effects of drugs, participants are better prepared to address the mental aspects of addiction in the Life Skills portions of the program.

Self-Realization Based Treatment Model - Through a specific sequence of educational Life Skills courses, case supervising direction and professional guidance, program participants have their own realizations which initiate changes in their behavior. These courses are training manuals for life. They are designed to help the individual regain their awareness, enabling them to properly identify and overcome the problems that were perpetuating their addiction. This step focuses on increasing the abilities of participants, enhancing communication, honesty, decision making and accountability, thereby creating productive, responsible individuals who are equipped to make better choices in life.

Social Interaction - Although participants go through a lot of individual hard work on their way to recovery, they also learn to interact socially with their peers by helping each other through various courses of the program. This allows them to learn to become responsible team members and to build constructive relationships.

Social Interaction

Activities - Healthy activities are a part of our client's recovery process. Our program participants are provided access to the following amenities and activities at the Fresh Start California location: exercise and weight area, pool, sauna, tennis, basketball, volleyball, walking/jogging path, ping-pong and occasional trips into town. For further information and availability please check with your intake counselor.

Legal Liaison Services - Any information on current or pending legal matters should be relayed to our Legal Liaison Officer (LLO), who will assist in their handling during the program. Each center has specific staff with experience in dealing with probation requirements and other court-related issues. Court costs, legal representation, fees and travel expenses are the responsibility of each participant and are not covered by the cost of the program.

Medical Liaison Services - Our Medical Liaison Officer (MLO) will arrange and transport participants to local doctors or dentists to handle any current or pending medical or dental conditions that may arise during their program. An initial medical physical exam is covered by the program cost, but all other medical and dental expenses are the responsibility of each participant and are not covered by the cost of the program.


Our program is unique in that we do not call our clients are addicts, but students. This is because they are becoming educated on how to handle life without the desire for drugs or alcohol.

Withdrawal - Nerve Assist MassageWithdrawal - This part of the program is performed by highly trained specialists who supervise new clients 24 hours a day and help them with the many physical symptoms of their withdrawal process. Clients work through their detox procedure in a private, calm, therapeutic setting utilizing special withdrawal treatments, vitamin supplements, nutritious meals and of course lots of rest. These factors help the client achieve a successful drug free withdrawal.

Life Skills Courses - Our program utilizes a distinctive series of educational courses. Students are taught how to modify their behavior, to become conscious of the causes that have brought troubles into their lives and how to produce solutions so that these difficulties no longer adversely influence them. The Life Skills Courses are always overseen by the course supervisors and each student's case supervisor makes sure their individual demands are met throughout.

Communications Course - Communication drills, better known as training routines (TRs), are utilized to enable our students to better confront themselves and those around them comfortably with positive communication abilities. Working on communication capabilities is beneficial for the student to handle any previous individual problems that they have been avoiding through their drug or alcohol abuse.

New Life Detoxification ProgramNew Life Detoxification Program - Our specially designed detoxification program works to eliminate the drug and alcohol residuals from the cells of the user's body. This method helps to remove the student's urges for drugs or alcohol on a physical level. The New Life Detoxification program takes several weeks to complete and when finished the student is better able to work on their individual concerns that brought them into therapy initially.

Learning Improvement Course - This course is an priceless instrument during and after the student's program completion. We have found that quite a few of our students have never genuinely learned how to study properly. Our Learning Improvement Course helps them to recognize and overcome the numerous troubles they have fought with when learning new information. Communication & Perception Course - The initial part of the Communication and Perception course (Part A) is fundamentally an advanced gradient of the previous Communication Training Routines (TRs). The second part (Part B) uses specific and objective exercise/drills that help to rehabilitate the student's individual awareness and their ability to control themselves, others and their surroundings.

Communication & Perception Course - Part A of this course is a higher gradient series of communication training routines (TRs). Part B is a series of objective exercises or drills that rehabilitate person's awareness and ability to control themselves, others and the things in their environment, while also bringing their attention back from the past and into present time, so they can move forward.

Ups and Downs in Life CourseUps and Downs in Life Course - The Ups and Downs in Life course teaches educates the student about social and antisocial personalities. This information aids the student to better differentiate between those who are constructive or destructive to their well being. Upon completion of this course the student is no longer connected with those in their lives who are detrimental to their sobriety. They are also able to deal with suppressive persons and situations when they arise once they leave the rehab center. Our course supervisors and counselors help to guide the student in making beneficial selections but it is ultimately up to the student to pick who they stop associating with because they are damaging influences on their individual recuperation.

Personal Values and Integrity Course - This course helps our students to take responsibility for their past harmful actions while helping to unburden them from regret, guilt and the blame that comes with these memories. Once this course is finished the student feels a strong sense of individual ethics, higher morals and integrity. This makes their road to recovery that much lighter because they now feel better about themselves.

Changing Conditions in Life CourseChanging Conditions in Life Course - Students are educated on the many states of existence or conditions in life. This course helps the student learn how to raise their condition using particular formulas for each condition they find themselves in. They also learn how to repair past relationships that have been hurt by their harmful actions. They will be able to use these formulas once they leave the program to get back their standing in their home, work, with friends and in their community.

Way to Happiness Course - The Way to Happiness Course uses twenty-one common sense rules to demonstrate how to live a moral and ethical life. An example is precept nineteen, The Golden Rule: "Try not to do things to others that you would not like them to do to you."

Fres Start California Students

Battle Plan - A very crucial part on the road to graduation from the our program is the creation of the student's battle plan. A battle plan is a written in depth map the student produces that applies the information they have learned through the course of their program. Their battle plan is then reviewed by the course supervisor and their personal case supervisor to assure the correct course of action is mapped out.

Aftercare Options - Graduates are provided numerous different options once they have completed the program. They can opt to return home, enter a sober living home, volunteer or even enroll in our internship program which is the most preferred and successful of the above options. Please speak with your intake counselor for more details on aftercare choices.

Internship Program - Our graduates are offered the opportunity to enroll in the our internship program. This is a structured program where the graduate pays a small fee to stay for up to 3 months. Room and board is provided as the intern is trained in the field of rehabilitation services. Enrolling in our internship re-establishes quality work ethics and can lead to a rewarding career in drug rehabilitation services or prepare them for a prosperous career once they return home.


Family Contacts and VisitsWe have included helpful guidelines and suggestions that are based on successful actions we have seen work over the many years of our program. Our trained staff is skilled in detecting drug "re-stimulation" and how to calm down or "de-stimulate" students so that they can continue to work on their program. This is why the staff should be consulted on a regular basis during the program. We encourage you to apply these suggestions at your discretion and urge you contact our Director of Consultation or Family Advisor for any questions or concerns you may have at (760) 782-0471.

During the withdrawal portion of the program, we do not allow our clients to make or receive phone calls because they are adjusting to the program and they may be experiencing withdrawal symptoms. Therefore, we ask that our clients' family members or friends speak with our Director of Consultation or Family Consultant for progress reports. Withdrawal usually lasts anywhere from 2 to 10 days. Once out of withdrawal, our clients are allowed to make and receive phone calls. We suggest that communication to them is kept upbeat and supportive.

Family members may notice an improvement in their loved one's attitude within a short time of starting the program and may want to visit them. It is strongly suggested that our clients do not receive visitors until the New Life Detoxification sauna program is complete, usually 4-6 weeks after arriving into the program. We recommend that our clients do not leave the program for visits either. It is best to allow them to complete the entire program without interruption, so they can be prepared for any situations that they may encounter, when finally returning home.


Obstacles To OvercomeFor many, going through the drug addiction recovery process is one of the most difficult challenges they face during their life. This is why it is important to note that students may become irrational and/or irritated during the process. If this happens to your loved one please refer them to our center's Director of Consultation or Family Consultant and advise them of the difficulties your loved one may be having (760) 782-0471.

We have included some of the most common areas of our program where students encounter difficulties:

Withdrawal: During this phase of recovery the student is still addicted to drugs or alcohol. Their minds are focused on how they can get their hands on drugs. They may even fabricate reasons and voice grievances to trick or pull at the heartstrings of their loved ones so they are allowed to leave the rehab facility. These made up issues are not to be trusted.

The Communication Course: Initially, several students do not see any value in the communication training routines (TRs). However, after they continue on to take part they begin to have an appreciation for them and fully grasp their value.

New Life Detoxification Program (Sauna): This is the portion of our program where drug residuals are flushed out of the student's body. Some encounter severe mood swings but as their body flushes the leftover drug residuals out of their system they begin to feel much better. Usually students point out that they notice an improvement in their skin tone, sleep patterns and their overall wellbeing.

Communication and Perception Course: The repetitive nature of this course can appear monotonous because of the numerous hours students spend on these exercises before the end result is achieved. Completing these drills is challenging but the gains the student receives will last a lifetime.

The Ups and Downs of Life Course: It is hard facing life head on and learning to deal with suppressive individuals and situations. However, this course will lead to better self confidence and help prevent relapse.


Positive ResultsOur program's success can be seen by the hundreds of students who graduate and become productive members of their communities each year. They are among a select few in the field of addiction recovery who no longer refer to themselves as addicts and do not attend meetings to maintain their sobriety. Our graduates are empowered with the knowledge that they have obtained while in the Fresh Start California program. Graduates of our program have learned so much more than just how to stay off drugs and alcohol. They now know how to communicate effectively, to be comfortable and confident in who they are, control themselves and their actions, value honesty, decide on the right type of friends to maintain their sobriety and confront and conquer life's problems as they arise. Our graduates are not just rehabilitated from their drug and alcohol addictions, they now have the tools needed to be prosperous in the other areas of their daily life.

Please contact program graduates or their family members directly, from the Family Reference List in this guide, to hear their program success stories first hand.


35025 Highway 79
Warner Springs, CA 92086

PHONE: 760-782-0471
TOLL FREE: 800-871-4350
FAX: 760-782-0695


Our Family Reference List gives you the opportunity to hear from other individuals who have sent their loved one to the Fresh Start California program and share with you their honest opinion about their experience first hand.

To request the Family Reference List, please fill out the form below.

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Drug Free Withdrawal:

Drugs such as heroin and alcohol normally come with a considerable amount of physical discomfort when an individual stops taking them.

Drug Free WithdrawalThat is why we conduct a pre-medical evaluation and provide safe 24-hour care, making drug free withdrawal relatively pain free. For severe cases, a medically supervised detox is available to help ease any physical discomfort experienced while withdrawing from drugs or alcohol. Once released from the medical detox, the individual will continue with their drug free withdrawal process at our center location. Each and every individual who enters our program will be watched over by detox specialists to help insure a relatively pain free withdrawal and to ensure all their emotional needs are met.

This phase of our program is designed to help the individual withdraw from drugs without having to suffer the usual painful withdrawal symptoms.

When an individual takes drugs and alcohol their body becomes depleted of vitamins and minerals. We use specific nutritional compounds to help rebuild the person physically. When a person is withdrawing from drugs and/or alcohol they are under supervision by a trained withdrawal specialist at all times. This lasts until both the physical and mental discomforts are eliminated.

The Communication Course:

This course is specifically created to help individuals with communication skills.

Step 2. The Communication CourseThese drills are set up to help the student improve their ability to confront any situation they come across through communication. Individuals who have a problem with drugs and/or alcohol usually have a difficult time communicating with those around them. They often find it hard to talk about subjects they view as unpleasant.

Typically, when an addict is forced to confront sensitive issues they withdraw from their friends and family.

The Communication Course has eight different training routines to help with this problem. Students are extroverted by this therapeutic approach which helps them resolve problems with others easily.

The New Life Detoxification Program:

Drug metabolites can remain in the fatty tissue of the body for years after they have been taken and it is important that they are removed.

These metabolites can cause drug cravings, depression and many other physical and emotional stressors when released into the blood stream. This process is a vital step in our addiction treatment process.

Sauna Detoxification Program
The New Life Detoxification Program removes the root cause of future physical re-stimulation and cravings.

As mentioned, many different types of drugs remain in the fatty tissues of the body long after the individual has stopped taking them. These different types of drugs include cocaine, heroin, amphetamines, valium, pcp, crank, crystal meth, methamphetamine, ecstasy, alcohol and medicinal drugs such as narcotic painkillers, tranquilizers, sleeping pills etc. As an individual continues to abuse a drug or drugs, metabolites from the drug or drugs accumulate and store in the fatty tissues of the user. If these metabolites remain stored in the individual, they can be released into the blood stream at times of stress causing severe craving and a potential for relapse.

A key point of our program is flushing out the accumulated toxic metabolites.

All students are medically cleared by a doctor before starting on the detoxification program. A protocol of supervised exercise in addition to periods of sweating in a dry sauna and nutritional supplements are utilized to rid the fatty tissues of the stored drug metabolites. Often times, the results are extremely phenomenal. It leaves the individual with significantly reduced drug cravings, and in many cases, without ANY cravings for drugs at all.

The Learning Improvement Course:

Learning Improvement CourseThe learning improvement course helps our students with their ability to learn and comprehend knowledge that is presented to them.

In addition, it helps them with overcoming problems they may have had regarding studying and learning. Students learn how to "clear" words from the dictionary, create realistic demonstrations of concepts, and to notice and take care of gradient difficulties. In addition to the learning improvement course, Phase II incorporates tools to help the student achieve goals and regain their self-control. Students are guided through techniques to snap out of traumatic events of the past which they may be stuck in. This course increases the individual's ability to better handle such events in life.

The Communications And Perceptions Course:

This course is multi-faceted in that it further develops the communication skills necessary to confront and overcome the day to day problems associated with living drug-free.

It gives the student the ability to be comfortable and confident within one's self. Drugs are a temporary way for people to escape reality and change the way they feel. When the drugs wear off, they are left feeling introverted and worse than before they took the drug or drugs.

Communication and Perception COurseAlso, memories of their transgressions against their family and friends stay with them, making them feel even worse.

This course helps the student to focus his/her attention on the present and the future, not stuck in the past. At this point their perception of their life improves as well as their communication with others. The Communications and Perception Course helps students become more "causative" over their life and the environment rather than being adversely affected by it.

Ups And Downs In Life Course:

This course gives the student the ability to confront the underlying issues which caused them to use drugs in the first place, as well as their present situation.

Ups and Downs in Life CourseThey learn to identify social and anti-social characteristics in others as well as themselves. This course makes them capable of recognizing situations that are potentially a source of trouble and their options when confronted with these situations.

Often, drug abusers and alcoholics are susceptible to negative influences.

In this course, students learn the characteristics of social and anti-social personalities in order to evaluate objectively and choose those people in their lives who need to be avoided. Completing this course enables the individual to evaluate behavioral, constructive, and destructive characteristics. It also provides them with appropriate methods for handling negative influences. This is an important part of remaining drug-free.

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Personal Values And Integrity Course:

Addicts often find that through their addiction they lose their sense of personal integrity.

This is because the life style that goes along with addiction is one that almost always involves lying to friends or family, and almost as often involves the commission of illegal acts. Restoring personal integrity is not just a moral issue; it is a matter of survival. It is a fact that until one can confront and be honest about ones past, a person will be haunted by it. Until these types of misdeeds are dealt with, the addict will continue to be plagued with:

Personal Values and Integrity CourseUnwillingness to communicate, withdrawal from family and friends, unhandled hostility toward those who try to help him or her. Feelings of resentment towards authority. A sense of being uncomfortable around ethical people, inability to have stable relationships.
There is even such a thing as a "drug personality."

It is a chemical personality that is created by drugs and alcohol. When an individual takes a mind altering drug or alcohol it changes their personality to one that secretly harbors hostilities and hatred that they do not want to show on the surface. An entire section of the Personal Values and Integrity Course was developed to handle just this.

This course offers the student an opportunity to clear their conscience of past transgressions and illicit behavior by taking full responsibility for their actions.

It provides the student with a code of honor to live by, stresses the importance of being honest in their lives, and the benefits of living in an ethical manner.

"I feel very confident in myself. I have drive and intention to work and get things done right the first time. I am very comfortable with my life and content with the way things are going. I will be ethical and moral and have integrity. I know I am a good person inside. Book 6 has helped me realize that things aren't that bad and that I can be happy for once. This book showed me things to do and not to do. I feel that I have learned so much. I completely understand and am applying what I have been studying. I will continue to improve more and more and will not go back to drugs or let people bring me down!"


Changing Conditions in Life Course:

Difficult choices arise for everyone at some point in their life.

Changing Conditions in Life CourseFor those who are addicted to drugs the difficult choices they make can be deadly. This course gives students the exact formulas to evaluate objectively and improve conditions having to do with their self, their family, the groups they belong to, and other areas of life. They learn that any condition can be changed for the better as long as it is handled correctly.

On this course, the student takes specific actions to repair the past and present conditions in their life. They are given the tools with which they can continue to improve conditions and situations in the future. Drugs are a temporary way for people to escape reality and change the way they feel. When the drugs wear off, they are left feeling introverted and worse than before they took the drug or drugs.

"I had many realizations in this book, I realized how selfish I had been throughout my addiction and how my exchange with my family as well as society was very one sided. I learned roadmaps (formulas) on how to get out of problem situations as well as how to be able to become successful in life or any endeavor in which I choose. Most importantly I realized that I needed to make up damage to myself, my family and society in order to propel my sobriety. I had been to too many rehabs before and like always I just 'took' what they offered me and selfishly walked out the door and wondered why I failed. Before this program I had always been a taker and after learning and applying this book I realized that in order for me to rise in life I need to give before I can receive. This book ties in all the prior books of this program and gave me a complete understanding of myself and for the first time in my life I feel confident about my future."


The Way To Happiness Course:

Wouldn't it be wonderful to be handed a "How to Live Life" manual?

Most of us go through life by trial and error. The Way to Happiness Course helps introduce the student to a common sense moral code that they can use in living a new drug and alcohol-free life.

"I feel as if now I am truly on my way to happiness. I have many times in my life gone down the wrong road. The beautiful thing about traveling down the wrong road is that I now know what the wrong road is. My decisions before were influenced by others. I can now once again think for myself and choose the right path to go down in my life. This is a huge win for me. A kind of bittersweet win, knowing that I am becoming stronger, but also knowing there are many out there in the world today that still need help. I wish everyone could feel as good as I do now, and I will continue feeling this way about myself."
Thank you sincerely.


Final Program Review:

Final Program ReviewThis step of our program is comprised of two essential components tailored to meet the needs of each student.

1. A comprehensive review to ensure the student has thoroughly completed and gained the expected abilities of all phases of the program.

2. Creating a life plan. This is a plan for the new life that the student is beginning upon their completion of the program. This plan incorporates the application of their entire program and the student customizes it for their life and personal goals. This plan must be agreed upon by the student and their case supervisor. The plan must be seen to have the maximum potential for the student's success.

This last step incorporates every step of our program.

It helps to ensure that the graduate will live a drug-free, productive, and ethical life. Although each action of our program produces significant gains, it is the combined effect of all these steps collectively which result in a full and permanent recovery.

Follow Up Program:

Follow Up ProgramA comprehensive long-term follow-up program is designed and implemented to assist the student through the first year of their recovery.

This is achieved by regular communication with the graduate and their family members. They monitor and address the graduates stability and progress after their graduation from the program. The student will receive special assistance in addressing these life issues so he or she may maintain a drug and alcohol-free life.

During the first 6 months of the follow up program, if the client is having any difficulties with drug cravings or relapse we ask that the client return to our treatment facility for an advanced treatment review which is free of charge for up to 6 months after graduating the program.


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