Founded in 2014 about 60 miles north of Los Angeles in Palmdale, California, by CEO Joseph Hunter, Cycles of Change provides luxurious inpatient substance abuse treatment to men and women. Clients reside in beautiful gender-specific homes. Hunter is also the founder and CEO of Design for Change, which is Cycles of Change’s sister program. Besides inpatient treatment, Cycles of Change offers sub-acute detox, various levels of outpatient care, aftercare and transitional living.
Accommodations and Food
Cycles of Change accommodates eight women and eight men, who live in two separate gender-specific homes. The women’s house is an imposing two-story Mediterranean style villa, with a black-gated security fence and a swimming pool. Smoking is permitted outside on a covered patio area. The house has a hillside view of the Antelope Valley landscape. The interior, which was meticulously designed by Hunter and his wife, an interior designer, features a spacious dining room, a living room and a modern-style kitchen with a granite island countertop and stainless state of the art appliances.
The house includes four private rooms and two double-occupancy suites, which are separated by screen dividers. Rooms are painted in pale pastels and whites, creating a sense of peace. The rooms are furnished with full-sized beds topped with comforters, huge windows providing ample sunlight, dressers and closet space.
The men’s luxury rehab also accommodates eight clients, and lodgings are similar to those at the women’s house. Furnishings have more of a masculine ambience, while the décor in the female-only house has a feminine touch. Additionally, the men’s rehab has a swimming pool, a covered patio table and chairs, palm trees and outdoor lighting.
Private chefs cook nutritious and healthy meals which include entrees such as chicken and grilled veggies. Dietary needs are accommodated. Residents dine family-style. Coffee, yogurt and other healthy snacks are available.
While cell phones and laptops are not allowed, clients are provided with cable TV, landline privileges, and Netflix. Residents are transported to meetings and medical appointments in a black luxury vehicle. Additionally, they are taken to the grocery store once a week to purchase cigarettes and personal snacks. Shopping and money management are utilized to enforce life skills. Each residence has onsite live-in staff that provides around the clock supervision.
Treatment and Staff
Treatment length varies between 30 and 90 days, but a 30-day minimum length of stay is required. Clients requiring sub-acute detox attend a six-bed facility in Quartz Hill. Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) using Suboxone and Librium are provided for those who are withdrawing from opiates or alcohol. However, those with severe withdrawal symptoms may be referred to other facilities.
Weekly treatment includes four daily group sessions Mondays through Fridays, daily individual therapy and required attendance at off-site 12-step meetings. Besides attending local AA/NA meetings, clients must participate in Big Book studies, and learn about 12-step principles. Group topics include relapse prevention, life skills and emotional triggers. At Cycles of Change, several evidence-based practices are used, including CBT, MI and DBT. Psychodrama is also an important part of therapy. On the weekends, clients participate in work therapy, which includes Double Scrub, a heavy duty-cleaning chore that teaches them basic life skills. On Saturdays, clients also attend two group sessions, while Sundays are reserved for church services or meditation.
Medication management by a psychiatrist is available for those with co-occurring disorders. Additionally, staff, including Hunter, is always available to talk with a client or address their needs. Besides Hunter who is a cognitive behaviorist, staff includes a Master’s-level CADC, a certified addictions treatment counselor, a registered addiction counselor, a certified nurses assistant, family nurse practitioner and administrative support.
Clients at Cycles of Change also participate in one weekly bio sound therapy session, which guides them into a meditative state and alleviates trauma. Music therapy is also provided for appropriate clients.
Every two months, Hunter facilitates a three-day family program at a Palmdale hotel. The program includes interventionists and family care consultants.
While the 30-day out of pocket cost is $19,500, a reduced 90-day rate is available for $45,500.
Besides the stunning décor at Cycles of Change, Hunter, who has long-term sobriety and his caring staff are always on hand to provide guidance to their clients. Hunter and his highly qualified staff are as thorough with helping clients as he and his wife were with decorating the house. For clients seeking a luxurious 12-step based rehab at an affordable cost, Cycles of Change is an oasis in the desert.
Cycles of Changes
36451 El Camino Dr
Palmdale, CA 93551
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