Neurobehavioral Program: Hoag Addiction Treatment Centers


Addiction is a brain disease. It is chronic and progressive, and it affects the entire family. Treatment for addiction is as effective as treatment for other chronic conditions, such as diabetes or heart disease.

There are many addiction recovery programs available, but few that provide the highest level of medically supervised, patient-centered care. With significant expansion of inpatient, residential recovery, and intensive outpatient treatment services in Newport Beach and Irvine, Hoag Addiction Treatment Centers (HATC) provides the most comprehensive, vertically integrated continuum available. The newest addition, SolMar Recovery, is a 21-bed residential treatment facility, which is unique in the state in the co-location with an acute care hospital.

As a licensed hospital-based treatment center integrated within the Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute, Hoag provides evidence-based addiction treatment services that successfully guide families from their own trauma of exposure to the addiction toward an effective partnership in the recovery process. With more than 30 years of experience as Southern California’s leading addiction medicine center, Hoag has treated thousands of individuals and their families.

In 2017 Hoag detoxed over 900 patients, treated approximately 190 residential patients, and provided treatment for 950 patients in our outpatient programs. Our typical daily census of patients in addiction treatment is 80.

Hoag’s robust alumni community frequently interacts with those in treatment, providing a thriving network of ongoing support and resources for lifetime sobriety.

Some of the many personalized services offered by Hoag Addiction Centers include:

Medically Managed, Evidence Based Treatment Programs across all Levels of Care

  • Medical inpatient Detox
  • SolMar Recovery - 21 bed residential facility: medical and counseling professionals available 24/7
  • Outpatient Programs (day and evening)
  • Extended care transitional programs
  • Ongoing Recovery Management through Lifetime support groups and alumni programs

Innovative and Multi-Disciplinary Treatment Programming

  • State Licensed and Credentialed Clinicians
  • Individualized Treatment Planning involving both medical and counseling staff
  • Individual and Group Therapy
  • Blend of 12 step Recovery and Evidence Based Treatment Modalities
  • Mindfulness Meditation and Stress Management Groups
  • Gender specific Trauma informed group sessions
  • Daily Yoga and Exercise groups
  • Gender Based Groups
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Education on the disease of Addiction and Recovery including a daily lecture series presented by outside professionals working in the field of Addiction Treatment

Family Continuum of Care

  • Weekly Family Education Group
  • Week long Intensive Family Program including education, counseling and after care planning
  • After Care follow-up workshop
  • Ongoing recovery management through no-cost continuing care services that provide individuals and their families with the support and resources they need to maintain lifelong sobriety


The clinical treatment team is led by Steven Ey, M.D. Dr. Ey is board certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine, and is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Ey provides medical and clinical leadership for Hoag’s inpatient, partial hospital and residential treatment services. He has previously served as medical director of the Betty Ford Center and South Coast Hospital, which is now Mission Laguna Beach.

Mohamed El Gabalawy, M.D., is board certified in psychiatry and neurology, and oversees psychiatric consult services for patients with co-occurring disorders.

The clinical team is multidisciplinary, comprised of registered nurses, licensed therapists and psychologists, certified addiction treatment counselors, registered dieticians, and certified personal trainers.

Support and Education

The Hoag Addiction Treatment Center is host to 12-step meetings and no-cost community support groups for the recovering community every night of the week.

The program holds regular continuing education trainings for the professional community addressingthe most pressing mental health concerns with the most contemporary clinical information.

Members of the Chemical Dependency team also provide community education events throughout the year at multiple venues to ensure accessibility for the concerned and interested public.

To learn more, visit the Neurobehavioral Program section or call 949-764-5656.