Captive Hearts is a six-month to one-year residential treatment program that provides extensive education and skills in cognitive behavioral therapy, psycho-education, motivational interviewing, seeking safety, trauma-informed treatment. We serve individuals with serious substance abuse issues. We provide assessment and treatment planning, and are educated concerning crisis management. We are also educated concerning California and Federal ethics and professional issues, 42 CFR.

We provide supportive, substance motivational instruction for addicted and hurting women to explore and heal the underlying abuse issues. Studies have shown that group therapy for women, without the presence of men, are more successful in dealing with abuse issues. We have licensed addiction counselors for group sessions as well as one-on-one sessions and operate on a small, personal scale. We have strong links to the community to provide flexible and individualized care.

Below are the program responsibilities that are divided among staff members:

Facilities Manager:   Cyd Sebring, Licensed AOD Counselor
Psycho Educational Groups:   LeeAnn Smith, Licensed AOD Counselor
Daytime Assistant House Manager/Driver:   Lisa Lopez, Addiction Studies student
Evening/Weekend House Manager:   Teresa Lopez

Services provided as part of the daily bed rate:

Daily Bed Rate:   $33.00

Psycho Educational Groups Supervision:   Program Director and Assistant House Manager live onsite

Transportation:   Provided for groups and various appointments within a 30-mile radius

Food:   Clients use Food Stamps. If a client is unable to get Food Stamps, we use our credit at the local Food Bank

Laundry Facilities:   On premises

Phone Access:   Landline provided (includes long distance)

Facility-Based Activities & Other Services Provided:

•   12-step: N/A and A/A meetings – minimum of 5 per week.

•   Individual Counseling with Licensed Drug & Alcohol Counselors

•   Psycho Educational Groups each day including:

    •      Relapse Prevention
    •      Seeking Safety
    •      Healthy Boundary Setting
    •      Grief Recovery
    •      Anger Management
    •      Woman’s Journal
    •      Loving Yourself
    •      Breaking Free (Spiritual)
    •      Computers – Basic skills and/or finish GED

•   Individual Treatment Plan & Goal Setting – includes all aspects of addiction counseling, case management and referrals.

•   12-step Sponsors work on steps with clients every week.

•   Individual Counseling with Licensed Marriage Family Therapist (optional)

•   Parent Connection of SLO – Parenting Coach, (M.A.), works once a week with our clients who are mothers. This service continues after graduation.

•   America’s Job Center – Prepare for and gain employment. Clients learn to create resume’s, cover letters and how to interview. Also assists with Housing applications and personal grants for people re-entering the workforce.

•   Dress for Success – a professional Image Consultant volunteers time to each client nearing graduation to show how to dress for interviews. She donates several articles of clothing to each client.

•   Sew N Chat – Clients learn to sew as well as make other items such as granola, lotions and candles.

•   Aftercare – Includes sober support team meetings, continued counseling and drug testing. Transitional Housing is optional for selected Aftercare clients.

Who We Serve

We admit clients mostly coming from San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties, but we have also had others from Kern, Los Angeles, Ventura Counties, Las Vegas and other states. We currently provide recovery services to women in two residential homes, housing as many as nine women including a full-time counselor and full-time house mother in the main home, and up to four in the transitional house which also includes a full-time house mom.

Women who have been incarcerated are often addicted to substances (alcohol/drugs), are often economically disadvantaged, unemployed and single mothers of young children.   With this background of broken families, significant drug and alcohol abuse issues, and multiple physical and mental health problems, the root cause of these problems is a trauma associated with abuse, either sexual assault as an adult or child, domestic violence, and/or psychological abuse.

Research and our experiences at Captive Hearts confirm that many women prisoners have suffered through repeated incidents of abuse.  Captive Hearts has seen success in circumventing that cycle of chaotic living.

Captive Hearts was most recently named as the only recovery home program in San Luis Obispo County that received a 100% satisfaction rating from every client who filled out an extensive questionnaire regarding managing conflicts, addressing client concerns, rules, medication policy, transportation services, food, overall appearance of the facility, social relationships with other residents, extracurricular activities, procedure of taking cash and rental payments, ability to attend AA, NA meetings, and overall satisfaction.


Our After Care Program is designed for those released from or sentenced to jail through the Court system and are willing to attend classes and make the necessary changes to live healthy and productive lives.  The program works closely with the San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties Court systems, probation departments, local judges, as well as other programs such as Drug and Alcohol Services, Dept. of Social Services, A.A., and N.A. We often serve as a liaison for the women through these groups. Many are often referred by government agencies and other groups for various types of assistance, in addition to those who come on their own.


We offer educational classes to assist those who need to obtain their GED.  We work with teachers from a local college who facilitate the courses and assist in building basic life-skill classes.  This “special population” group is not limited to those in our recovery homes but is open to the public.


Captive Hearts has many outreach agendas within this immediate community for the less fortunate including clothing (when available) and blanket distribution during the winter months.