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Desert Hope, which is owned and operated by American Addiction Centers (AAC), believes that alcohol and drug abuse is a symptom of a deeper underlying issue. In order to stop the endless cycle of chemical dependency and build a new life, those struggling with a substance use disorder must learn to address these core issues and confront unresolved traumas. Desert Hope offers its clients the hope and support to do just that, maximizing the probability of long-term recovery by providing individualized treatment plans and clinical options for the restoration of mind, body, and spirit.
Individual Therapy. Whether you’re participating in our Intensive Outpatient (IOP) or Outpatient (OP) Program, you’ll be assigned a primary therapist to work with while you’re in the program. Throughout your program stay, you will meet regularly to discuss your rehabilitation progress, recovery plan, aftercare goals, issues, and concerns. Your primary therapist will meet with you, your partner, and family members (with your consent) throughout your treatment along with other members of our multidisciplinary staff to help you on your way to recovery.
Group Therapy. Clients attend group therapy during treatment, including process groups, targeted addiction-themed group discussions, recovery skills building groups, and optional 12-step groups. Many of the therapies conducted at Desert Hope Outpatient Center will be conducted in a peer group setting, which has been shown to help people in recovery form supportive relationships with others who share their substance abuse histories (SAMHSA, Treatment Improvement Protocol 41). Process groups will vary in topic, but will address the concerns, struggles and challenges of living with substance addiction and maintaining sobriety.
Family Therapy. We recommend family sessions for all IOP and OP clients–the reality is, family members are almost always involved and touched by substance addiction both before and after your recovery. When you arrive, we’ll talk with you about whether your family members would be open to attending therapy onsite at Desert Hope Outpatient Center or via telepsychology sessions, using webcams or other conferencing technology. Throughout your treatment, you and your family will engage in individualized family therapy as appropriate and as indicated by the treatment plan.
Recovery-Oriented Challenge Therapy. Regardless of your level of care, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in recovery-oriented challenge therapy activities. During these dynamic team building and self-esteem exercises, you’ll work in collaboration with your treatment team in robust, challenging events outside of the treatment setting.
One of our most popular challenge therapies is our supervised “Ropes” challenge course. Other activities may include traditional team sports, hiking, rock climbing and more. Designed to reintroduce you to examples of sober pleasures and activities, these exercises also illustrate ways to manage your post–outpatient treatment leisure time in a healthier way, supporting your long-term recovery.
12-Step Work. Many people in substance addiction treatment programs at all levels of care participate in 12-step based programs, such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. For our Desert Hope Outpatient Center clients, we encourage attendance and participation in 12-step groups to complement our curriculum while you’re in treatment, as well as following treatment, which has been shown to increase lengths of abstinence.