Much of what makes the Joshua House so storied is its hand in the striking emergence of Orange County’s Newport Mesa community over the past 25 years. The boom in commerce, education, public planning and authentic culture shares a similar time frame with the area’s marked growth in recovery fellowships (a 2008 article about the region in the Los Angeles Times came under the headline “It’s surf, sand, sun and – sobriety”).
Indeed, Newport Mesa is an enclave consummate for re-launch: abundant in organic therapeutic value and surrounded by slews of job markets, creative outlets and educational opportunities. Roads going south quickly descend through the famous bluffs of Newport Beach and Laguna Beach and directly onto their vibrant shores. Just north are Costa Mesa and Santa Ana, hubs for performing arts activity and where two of Southern California’s largest shopping malls reside. Within five miles are John Wayne Airport and the University of California, Irvine.
The Newport Mesa community itself offers libraries, parks, churches, fast food and gourmet restaurants, a cinema theater complex, retail stores, fitness centers and sports fields easy to get to by walking, skating or biking from the Joshua House. The location couldn’t be more perfect for someone seeking low cost addiction treatment in the Newport Beach area.
Most beneficial is the area’s standing as a bedrock for resources to enrich recovery. There are close to 1,300 recovery-related meetings, peer support groups, socials, sports and fitness organizations (including yoga sessions) and event guilds listed weekly up and down the coastal region of Orange County. The stream in large part derives from the wide range of those evolving in their sobriety while working and residing in Newport Mesa due to its regenerative nature.