Phoenix House Orange County Opens New Music Studio

Friday, October 25th, 2013

Kara DioGuardi Visits Phoenix House Academy in Los AngelesKara DioGuardi, Grammy-nominated songwriter, producer, music executive, and TV personality will be joining Phoenix House Orange County to announce the grand opening of the Phoenix Rising Music Studio at Phoenix House Academy Orange County. The event will be held on Monday, November 4, 2013 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM at the Academy, located at 1207 East Fruit Street in Santa Ana, CA. The Dedication Ceremony for the new studio will take place at 12:30 PM.  Light lunch will be served. Please RSVP for the Grand Opening to Emily Stark at 1 888 671 9392, or email We look forward to seeing you there.

The Phoenix Rising Music Program, created by Kara DioGuardi with help of many musicians and music companies, is an expressive arts therapy program that encourages clients enrolled in our residential substance abuse treatment programs to express themselves through music.  Participation in the creative arts has been proven to increase self-esteem, reduce anxiety and depression, and aid the recovery process for people who struggle with substance abuse and/or co-occurring mental health problems. The program engages clients in the treatment process and gives them an effective way to gain a deeper sense of self-understanding as they write, perform, and record powerful songs of struggle and recovery.

Student in the Phoenix Rising Music Studio in Los AngelesAs Kara DioGuardi learned saw the myriad ways in which our teens grew and developed thanks to our music program, she began helping us create additional studios around the country. Currently, Phoenix Rising Music Program studios are located at Phoenix House Academies in: Los Angeles, CA; Westchester, NY; Austin, TX; and at our Citra Center in Florida.

Over 30 musicians and organizations came together to build and expand the Phoenix Rising Music Studio at the Phoenix House Academy Los Angeles. Similarly, our new studio at the Phoenix House Academy Orange County in Santa Ana has been created through generous support from Phoenix House friends, including NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Foundation, Golden State Foods Foundation, Todd Blakenship, and of course program creator Kara DioGuardi. These supporters and dozens of others are aiding studio construction and donating high-tech recording equipment for our teens.

Students Make Music, Phoenix Rising Music Program, Los AngelesSince 1982, Phoenix House Academy Orange County has offered effective residential treatment to adolescents ages 12 to 17 who suffer from substance abuse and co-occurring mental health problems. Clients continue their high school studies while taking part in individual, group, and family counseling, as well as cultural and recreational activities. Our residential treatment model for adolescents has been designated as an evidence-based practice by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP, 2008).

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