Your Treatment Team
Our experienced staff is dedicated to assisting each client on their path to a new life of sobriety. Every client is treated as an individual to offer them the best possible care. Our mission at
New Life Addiction Treatment Center is to provide a safe, nurturing, healing environment in which chemically dependent individuals and their families discover a better quality of life! We’re extremely proud to be among Orange County’s most well regarded substance abuse recovery services providers, and our staff is without question, one of the primary reasons behind this.
Executive Director: Constance A. Aceves, BS, MS, JD, CATC-V, M-RAS, AMC-II
Constance attended California State University where she acquired her degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. After graduation, she worked in Human Services positions until returning to School at Trinity College to obtain a Masters in Counseling Psychology. Upon Completion of her masters she entered Graduate School for a Doctorate in Psychology she completed all coursework and is currently all but Dissertation in Clinical Psychology (ABD).
She continued working in Human Services with adults and juveniles becoming more and more interested in the field of Addiction as many of the young people she worked with were addicts. Constance was hired by the State of California as a Youth Counselor where she began running the drug and alcohol program for young men ages 14-26. To add to her education, she returned to school and completed a Certification in Addiction passed the exam and received her accreditation.
She is currently a Masters Level Registered Addiction Specialist or M-RAS. Once again, she re-entered school and completed a Doctorate in Law and this has assisted her greatly in working with and understanding clients with legal issues.
Since her last degree, she has worked continually in the field of addiction. Constance is thoroughly trained in multiple modalities and uses a Hazelton program which she has used in several programs she has run. Constance has opened large and small facilities and has helped them grow into successful businesses with the emphasis on client care.
It is a field she is passionate about she sees this as a disease that is destroying the lives of adults and youth as well as their families and loved ones. Constance states “this is my passion something I deeply believe in and I will remain working in this area until I cease to work.”
Medical Director: Raafat W. Girgis, MD
06/2000 – Present – Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Addiction Medicine & Psychosomatic Medicine, Loma Linda School of Medicine, supervising and teaching Psychiatry residents and Medical students.
08/2010 – Present – Private Practice at 901 Dove Street, Suite 145, Newport Beach, CA 92660
12/2008 – 07/2010 – Senior Psychiatrist, Patton State Hospital (DMH) – Director of the Substance Abuse treatment program and supervisor of the Admission suite at PSH. supervising and teaching Psychiatry residents and Medical students.
01/2008 – 12/2008 – Senior Psychiatrist (Specialist), Patton State Hospital (DMH), and acting Senior Psychiatrist Supervisor
05/2007 – 12/2007 – Senior Psychiatrist, California Department of Correction & Rehabilitation Headquarter in Sacramento (Quality management and assistance team (QMAT), Duties included being a Coleman Court liaison, overseeing the delivery of Psychiatric care in the CDCR, Southern Region, that included 10 prison facilities, Statewide Psychiatric Practice Policy development, Strategic Planning to improve access and quality of mental health care in the CDCR. review the Pattern of Psychiatric Practices in all CDCR regions, conducting investigative inquiries and report to the Professional practic Executive Committee (PPEC) in Sacramento.
03/2007 – 05/2007 – California Department of Correction & Rehabilitaion (California Rehabilitation Center), Norco, California.
07/2006 – 03/2007 – Chief of the Medical Staff, Patton State Hospital. The medical Staff consists of 75 Psychiatrists, 20 Med-surg. Physicians and over 50 Psychologists.
Consultant: Dr. Wendy Gibson, MFT
Dr. Wendy Gibson is a Doctor of Behavioral Health and specializes in working with individuals that are motivated to make changes in their lives. She is a licensed counselor, a Certified Anger Management Educator, a Recognized Associate Substance Abuse Counselor II, a Consultant helping medical facilities with integrated behavioral health or reverse integration, and is certified in Shared Decision Making for many medical conditions. Wendy stays active conducting lectures and trainings on Shared Decision Making, Compassion Fatigue, Mindfulness, Self-Care among others.
Dr. Gibson received her Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Missouri Baptist and her doctorate from Arizona State University. Wendy has worked as a counselor in different settings such as in-patient, outpatient, and private practice with all ages, but her passion is working with substance abuse and behavioral change.
Dr. Wendy is known for a warm, relaxed, and comfortable approach to counseling and is an Integrative Psychotherapist, which means that she utilizes a variety of orientations and therapies, according to the client’s individual needs. Dr. Wendy’s approach involves genuine caring, acceptance, and non-judgment and works with clients from a strength-based, positive, and affirming perspective.
Native American Coordinator / Counselor : Michael Paul Willis, RATDI
Mike has decided to keep improving his education. Certified in the following areas: Ethics, Confidentiality, Boundaries, Medication Policies and Procedures, Motivational Interviewing, First Aid, and CPR.
Mike has walked in you’re the steps of addiction and a hard life, he now enjoys the life of sobriety and wishes to pass on what has done and to show others, it can be done. As a Native American Indian he wishes is to help save the Native American Nation from this destructive decease.