The behavioral health network Sunspire Health has nine locations; Desert Palms is its California campus, located in Cathedral City, two hours east of Los Angeles in the Coachella Valley. The residential program offers detox and treatment for addiction and co-occurring disorders. Small and intimate, its goal is to optimize care for clients by maximizing individual attention. Treatment employs evidence-based methods, experiential therapy and abstinence. It also offers Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) and a special track for LGBT clientele.
Accommodations and Food
It would be easy to mistake Desert Palms for a resort as it used to be a luxury hotel. Its buildings are arranged around a pool shaped liked a keyhole and carefully planted palm trees, with mountains looming in the distance.
Inside, the decor is reminiscent of a beachfront property: shades of white, wicker furniture, glass tables and hardwood floors. The meditation room has a Buddha shrine in the corner and pillows scattered on the floor. The intimate family room is clad with comfortable couches and chairs facing each other, surrounded by tables covered in flowers and recovery literature.
Desert Palms has 36 beds in total, for adult men and women. The large bedrooms accommodate two clients, each with its own bathroom and outdoor patio. The full beds are made up with fluffy white comforters and clients have a dresser, nightstand and a view of the pool.
Nutrition is an important component of recovery at Desert Palms. Meals accommodations can be made for dietary restrictions, including vegetarians, vegans and those allergic to gluten. Clients eat three meals a day together in the dining room.
Treatment and Staff
Treatment for many clients begins with detox and Desert Palms provides American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)-certified physicians to supervise. Clients typically remain in this phase between four and 11 days, after which they transition to the residential program.
The residential phase lasts between one and three months but the specific length of treatment is dependent on each client’s individualized treatment plan and his or her financial capabilities.
All clients participate in individual and group therapy, as well as educational sessions. Groups are scheduled daily while individual appointments are twice a week. Group discussions focus on grief and loss, resolving trauma, anger management, stress management and relapse prevention. Non-discussion based groups include meditation and mindfulness as well as physical fitness and structured recreation. Lectures educate clients about the cycle of addictive behavior. Counselors who facilitate the program are trained in CBT, DBT and Motivational Interviewing (MI). Desert Palms also offers LGBT-specific programming.
There are 32 staff members at Desert Palms—an MD, psychiatrist, nursing staff, MFTs, certified addiction specialists, techs and nutrition staff.
Cardiovascular exercise, meditation, yoga and Tai Chi are all included in the residential treatment program.
Clients can schedule family therapy sessions at their convenience and family is included in select outings to encourage the rebuilding of strained relationships. For family members who are far away, Desert Palms also offers conference calls and video conferencing.
Desert Palms looks like what a rehab at this price point should be: evidence-based treatment, alternative therapies, qualified professionals, almost a one-to-one staff-to-client ratio and a full continuum of care. In addition, clients are treated to resort accommodations, semi-private rooms and healthy meals across the spectrum of dietary considerations. Desert Palms even offers extended stays for the client who needs more than the standard 3o days.
Desert Palms Location
67580 Jones Rd
Cathedral City, CA 92234
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