Frequently Asked Questions2018-12-31T08:13:03+00:00


What types of therapy are offered?2018-12-29T07:34:44+00:00

Our therapeutic programming is based on the idea that trauma lives in the body.  The types of therapy we offer is experiential in nature to reach these often unconscious memories and energies held in the mind and nervous system.  Psychodrama and Art Therapy are the main experiential modalities used in group and individual therapy.  We also have a DBT Skills group twice a week for more practical approaches to problem solving and interpersonal relationships.  Additional therapeutic topics include Grief and Loss, Healthy Relationships, Family Dynamics, and Boundaries.  The small setting and 90 day commitment allow our clients to go deeper into the therapeutic process after their primary treatment experience. 

How soon can we come and visit?2018-12-29T07:35:07+00:00

The treatment team asks families to wait at least 30 days before visiting their loved one at Rising Roads.  The first 2 – 4 weeks is typically a time of transition and integration for our new clients.  We are getting to know them and they are getting to know us. In the meantime, we are slowly integrating the family.  After the first 2 weeks, clients typically get their phone back and can text, call or FaceTime with family during designated times.  Around this time, clients and families have their first family session through Zoom.  These initial family sessions work through some of the communication patterns that have kept the relationships in patterns that are no longer working.  Family visits tend to go much better when there have been a few family sessions and the client is fully integrated into the Rising Roads program.  Please note, this is a typical timeline and can be adjusted depending on the needs of the family and/or client. 

What if I have a question, who do I contact?2018-12-29T07:37:56+00:00

If you have a financial question, please contact Nicole Cavanagh, Program Administrator, at ncavanagh@risingroadsrecovery.com

If you have a family therapy question or questions about your loved one, please contact Kimiko Miller, Clinical Director, kmiller@risingroadsrecovery.com

If you have an overall program question, please contact Becky Gatdula, CEO, at bgatdula@risingroadsrecovery.com

What is the average petty cash amount per week?2018-12-29T07:38:39+00:00

The average petty cash amount is $100-$150 per week for the client and is used for such things as toiletries, outings with sponsors, extra weekend expenditures beyond Rising Roads, etc.  This is the beginning for our clients to learn budgeting and using their financial resources wisely.  Clients turn in receipts each week to account for their spending.  Please note, the weekly grocery card is covered by Rising Roads and not by petty cash.  The best way to provide petty cash is to either send a monthly check to Rising Roads or pay by credit card on our website.   Rising Roads will secure the petty cash and only give to clients in small increments.

Why 90 days?2018-12-29T07:38:58+00:00

This is a great question especially since the majority of our clients are coming from a 30-90 day primary program.   To put it simply, this is the timeframe we see the most success.  The first 2 – 4 weeks clients are in transition.  They are getting to know the treatment team and the community at Rising Roads.  As we begin to dive deeper clinically we slowly begin to add privileges and life experiences to see more patterns and behaviors.  This is how we successfully work through previous stuck points in our clients lives.  During the last 30 days we begin planning the future with a new frame of mind.  A lot of our clients end up staying with us for up to a year by stepping down to our transitional living and then to supportive living.  Some clients have families and/or careers at home.  Every client is on their own journey and we individualized the plan to meet the needs of the family and the client.  

What progress can we expect?2018-12-29T07:39:28+00:00

It’s important to note recovery isn’t a linear process.  Your loved one could have shown some significant progress while in treatment or a wilderness program and then they get their cell phone and it doesn’t seem like anything has changed.  Maybe the first few family sessions do not seem to go as good as you hoped.  Just remember, it is all part of the process.  Everyone is working hard to change patterns that have been in play for many years.  Change can take time and we are with you every step of the way.  There will be challenging weeks and positive shifts.    

Why have I been referred to you after my loved one has already in a 30-90 day program?2018-12-29T07:39:54+00:00

There are two main reasons; longer treatment equals greater success and because of what we do at Rising Roads.  

What is included in the cost?2018-12-29T07:40:36+00:00

Included in the monthly cost:

  • Weekly Individual sessions
  • Weekly Family sessions
  • All of Rising Roads clinical programming
  • Psychiatry
  • Weekly $75 grocery card
  • Weekend outings
  • Transportation

Not included:

  • Petty Cash
  • Additional medication charges
  • Ancillary services such as individual sessions with the nutritionist or providers outside of the Rising Roads team.
What should we pack?2018-12-29T07:41:46+00:00

Southern California has the best weather in the country!  But it does get chilly in the winter months and evenings and it’s best to bring layers.  We also encourage our girls to make their space as comfortable as possible!  Below is a list of common items for our clients.


  • Hoodie
  • Light Jacket
  • Comfortable pants
  • Shorts 
  • T-shirts
  • Jeans
  • Bathing suit
  • Sneakers
  • Exercise clothes
  • Flip flops
  • Socks

Preferred toiletries that do not have alcohol (no mouthwash with alcohol or nail polish remover)

We provide bedding, however, some clients bring their favorite pillows or a throw blanket.  Towels are also provided.  


  • Books
  • Journal
  • Hobby supplies
  • Computer and/or iPad
  • License and medical insurance card

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2750 S Harbor Blvd, #G,  Santa Ana, CA 92704

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