Cielo Sober Living Reviews, Cost, Complaints

Cielo Sober Living

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CieloThe Basics

Co-founded in 2010 by Michele Garcia, who has been sober for 24 years, Cielo Sober Living in Desert Hot Springs, California provides women in recovery a safe haven inside a Mediterranean-style villa. The mission of this new-age sober living house is to help women get in touch with their “divine feminine energy” or their inner goddess, a holistic healing concept  that involves connecting to “feminine” qualities to promote healing and inner growth.

Accommodations and Amenities

The sand-colored Arabic-style villa includes three balconies and sits on five acres that is also home to horses and a dog. The interior of the house has a mystical motif, including an enormous amethyst crystal that is perched on an alcove by the kitchen. According to Garcia, the amethyst provides protection for the house. The house includes a washer, dryer and swimming pool.

At Cielo Sober Living, there are typically between four and six clients, not including Garcia, who lives on the premises. Single and double rooms are available. A double room has tiled floors, pink-colored walls, large windows, a dresser, twin beds with wooden headboards and colorful comforters. Technically, the clients are responsible for their own groceries, but Garcia does a majority of the food shopping. The kitchen is stocked with salmon, chicken, non-fat yoghurt and freshly ground coffee. At Cielo Sober Living, healthy eating is considered an important part of recovery.

Rules and Regulations

Prior to admittance, clients must have completed detox. Requirements include attending 12-step meetings, being at the Tuesday house meeting and attending the Sunday sound bath, an alternative healing technique for trauma that uses a Chinese gong and other instruments. The sound bath provides relaxation and balances the chakras—or energy centers—of an individual.

Clients participate in daily morning meditations with a crystal bowl, breath work with Shaman, Reiki healing, 12-step meetings followed by potluck dinners, mineral baths and music circles. Random drug and alcohol testing is conducted. There is zero tolerance for clients testing positive. The curfew is midnight from Sundays to Thursdays, and 1 am on Fridays and Saturdays.

Addiction Therapeutic Services in Palm Springs collaborates with Cielo Sober Living and provides outpatient substance abuse treatment, including an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) from 9:30 am to 12:46 pm Mondays through Fridays. The IOP 30-day cost is $4,000.

Founder and house manager, Michele Garcia is a certified Spiritual Psychologist, as well as certified in Family Systemic intervention training.

Extras

Additionally, Garcia owns a Dodge mini van and transports the women to 12-step meetings.

Sobriety Fun Days are events at the house that include hiking, rock climbing, community outings, barbequing and Frisbee.

Cielo Sober Living is a member of the San Bernardino Sober Living Network, a network that emphasizes certain ideals in the sober living community.

In Summary

Cielo Sober Living sounds like a great environment for women seeking to find their inner goddess in recovery. For those who are interested in a more traditional treatment experience, there are plenty of outpatient substance abuse and treatment options, as well as 12-step meetings in the local community to choose from.

Cielo Sober Living
19375 Prospect Street
Desert Hot Springs, CA 92241

Cielo Sober Living Cost: $950 (30 days). Reach Cielo Sober Living by phone at (877) 394-8355 or by email. Find Cielo Sober Living for Women on Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube and Instagram

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  1. I don’t even know where to begin with this place… the fly infestations, her terrible attitude, or the lack of structure or accountability? Testing is very rare, and even if someone tests positive they are not kicked out. She is tempermental, moody, and appears to be on drugs. The house is a mess and her style of management is to provoke clients. Her “therapy sessions” are completely non confidential and she’ll happily distort the truth according to her mood.

    She picks favorites and demands that her clients are her employees, while they pay way too much for the “privilege” of living in her house. She has no management skills or staff, and demonstrates the opposite of emotional and physical sobriety. She lies, cheats, and steals and then judges everyone else.

    This house is a guaranteed relapse waiting to happen. Stay away.

  2. Michelle Garcia is the bomb.com. Wounded healers play such a key role in the recovery community and Michelle is second to none with the amount of love, compassion and understanding she is able to give to those still suffering. If you are looking for a safe, cool, fun, sober place to heal, Cielo Sober Living is amazing.

    • I AGREE 100 PERCENT!!! MICHELE IS NOTHING BUT A TROBLED HUMAN BEING!!! SHE GOSSIPS, PICKS FAVORITS!! WHEN I WENT SHE ADVETISED THAT THERE WAS A CHEF!! MY ASS!! IT WAS ONE OF HER FAVORITES NAME JOHN WHO WORKED AT A RESTERAUNT THAT COOKED OCCASIONALLY. I WOULDN’T DARE EAT A DAMN THING THERE DUE TO THE FLY INFESTATION!!! FLIES WERE ALL OVER EVEEYTHING, IT WAS SO DISCUATING…SHE WOULD BRING HER CLIENTS TO POOL PARTIES WHERE THERE WAS A LOT OF ALCOHOL! SO IF YOUR AN ALCOHOLIC IT DIDN’T EVEN MATTER TO HER YOU WERE DOOMED TO RELAPSE!! SHE NEVER KICKED PEOPLE OUT FOR RELAPSING!! THE SO CALLED COOK IN THE HOUSE RELAPSED AND THEN SHORTLY AFTER THAT MADE HIM A HOUSE MANAGER!! HE DIDN’T GET ALONG WITH ANYBODY.. SHE KICKED ME OUT CAUSE I CALLED HER ON ALL HER SHIT!! NEVER DID GET A DRUG TEST!!! LOL 😃 THIS PLACE IS A JOKE!! SHE DOES NOT HAVE 24 YEARS SOBRIETY!!! ALL SHE CARES ABOUT YOUR MONEY!! SHE IS A MOODY ASS BITCH!!!

  3. Tami Stringam on

    I LOVE this place!!!! As an interventionist and case manager I am always looking for a solid positive environment for my clients. Michelle Garcia has developed a beautiful loving spirituality charged sober home for men and women. All of my clients who have gone through there have had a huge shift in their lives for the better. She provides sound bath healing every Sunday and meditation daily. She is honest, solid, loving, and the perfect light bridge for anyone searching for more in their spiritual lives.

  4. Penny Yaffe Krakow, CRC on

    Michele Garcia is one of the most amazing women I have ever known in my entire life. She is bright, she is experienced and knowledgeable, she continues her ongoing education in the true Spirit of empowering both men and women to recover from this deadly, fatal disease of addiction. She is tolerant and patient, loving and kind and she also practices spiritual principles and all of her affairs. Her amazing sober living facility is upbeat and and motivating, and has helped many, many suffering addicts to recover. I would give her sober house a 100% gold stars!

  5. We will attempt this once again. Let me sum this up as closely and quickly, since it is not printing ,my comment. After look into this facility and the two people names above Christopher Bathum * Michele Garcia it is proven that neither hold any formal education or degrees from state or otherwise. The reports clearly state that this facility is responsible for billions in Insurance Fraud of all type and Blue Cross as reported in an L.A. Weekly made it front page news the many law suits against not this facility but the other held claim to. Many are pending through Blue Cross and private legal suits for those charged though insurance but did not get the care needed and at least a reported 5 person death rate and perhaps more. Their is more litigation following companion facilities and these 2 persons on Public Record. Please do your own research before any type of consideration for yourself or a loved one that could perish due to their lack of truth and intention in treating anyone with addiction issues. Please.

  6. DO NOT EVER EVER TRUST THIS SICK WOMAN! SHE IS FULL OF IT AND HAS HARMED MANY CLIENTS ALONG WITH CHRISTOPHER BATHUM. SHE IS A DISGRACE TO SOBER WOMEN IN GENERAL. SHE HAS NOT BEEN SOBER FOR 24 YEARS AND IS IN A LOT OF LEGAL TROUBLE NOW. STAY AS FAR AWAY FROM HER AS POSSIBLE!

  7. MICHELE GARCIA WAS CERTIFIED IN SO CALLED FAMILY SYSTEMS INTERVENTIONS BY CHRISTOPHER BATHUM. SHE HAS A FAKE DEGREE IN “SPIRITUAL PSYCH”. She is a fail actress who DOES NOT have anywhere NEAR 24 years of sobriety. This woman is dangerous and about to get what she deserves in THE COURT OF LAW. BEWARE OF HER AT ALL COSTS

  8. MIchele You are such a liar! You have not been sober for 24 years and you definitely DID NOT start this place in 2010. You were working at Seasons and ripping them off along with Christopher Bathum in 2010! And you have relapsed many times. DO NOT GO TO ANY REHAB ASSOCIATED WITH THIS WOMAN. SHE ALONG WITH BATHAM WILL BE GOING TO JAIL SOON

    • michele and the whole recruiting team are such liars they promise so many things to my love one .all she does is have them as maids and makes them lay on the floor and sprays them with this ugly water spray bottle …. the best hypocrite person…

      • larry taylor director of life springs recovery service this is how we end up at cielo rehab he recruits customers for her and just gets his share $$$$$ and leave the person at michele” s house…the green van that she has is to take everyone to sign up for this charity were they get free food supplies …i have done other reviews on her page but they seem to erase them…

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