Hemet Valley Recovery Center Reviews, Cost, Complaints

Hemet Valley Recovery Center Sober Living


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Located in Hemet Valley, California near the San Jacinto Mountains, Hemet Valley Recovery Center offers a sober living community as well as outpatient treatment for those with substance abuse issues. Adult men and women can participate in either a standard outpatient track or an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) with evidence-based treatment and 12-step support.

Accommodations and Food

Hemet Valley has four sober living homes that each house five or six residents. Homes are either one or two story single-family houses with high-end finishes like granite counter-tops, en-suite master bathrooms with Jacuzzi tubs and spacious living quarters. There are private and semi-private rooms in each house and many of the rooms have flat-screen TVs, full or queen-sized beds, ample closet space, dressers and desks. The houses also have comfortable common areas including large living rooms with house TVs, modern and fully-equipped kitchens, dining rooms and fireplaces. Some clients may have private bathrooms while others may share with one or two other residents. All of the homes are in quiet, family-oriented residential neighborhoods with tree-lined streets and manicured lawns.

The facility provides each client with a temporary gym membership and schedules weekly yoga classes as well. For convenience, bedding, cleaning supplies and kitchenware are all provided by the facility. Each home permits residents to have cell phones as well as other personal devices. Clients are required to obtain employment or attend school while residing in Hemet Valley homes. Sundays are reserved for family and friends with clients either arranging day trips and outings off-site or inviting visitors to the homes for socialization.

As a bonus, Hemet Valley programs provide food for clients enrolled in either treatment track. For those in IOP, a staff dietitian designs daily menus and prepares community meals. Residents in the sober living homes have basic groceries provided as part of the cost of treatment—though they are also free to purchase their own food. Those in treatment are responsible for cooking meals themselves.

Treatment and Staff

Those living in Hemet Valley Recovery Center’s sober living homes must also participate in one of the facility’s outpatient programs, both of which include group and individual therapy.

Outpatient care is broken into two phases, beginning with IOP. Clients enrolled in IOP are provided with transportation services daily to and from the facility for three-hour morning or evening sessions, four days a week. Because the programs are individualized, there is no required duration for treatment. Still, programs generally last between 30 and 60 days. Following IOP, standard outpatient care requires attendance of group meetings or individuals sessions once or twice a week. Clients must also attend regular off-site AA/NA meetings and obtain a sponsor.

A typical day in Hemet Valley treatment includes a morning meditation followed by a group session for about an hour then a 12-step meeting or an individual therapy session. In addition to traditional therapy methods like CBT, DBT and EMDR, the facility also provides holistic treatment options like exercise, recreational therapy, art and music therapy as well as acupuncture. Treatment includes gender-specific groups, relapse prevention techniques, relaxation and coping methods, written assignments, journaling and reflection time.

The staff at Hemet Valley Recovery Center consists of therapists, counselors, nurses, psychologists, holistic practitioners, case managers, Master’s-level CTRSs, CADCs and LCSWs as well as medical doctors and LPNs.


Hemet Valley Recovery Center also provides a weekly family program at the facility in the form of group therapy. Aftercare is also available once a week with an hour-long group session. Additionally, alumni hold weekly AA meetings in the evenings. The facility also performs weekly urinalysis tests during the initial stage of outpatient treatment.

In Summary

Hemet Valley Recovery Center provides safe accommodations for clients to comfortably settle into a supported life of sobriety. Treatment incorporates a range of proven therapy methods and an extensive support staff. Overall, Hemet Valley Recovery Center provides comprehensive outpatient and sober living care for those who are seeking support after completing primary care—all at a competitive price.

Hemet Valley Recovery Center Sober Living Location

Hemet Valley Recovery Center
371 N Weston Pl
Hemet, CA 92543

Hemet Valley Recovery Sober Living Center Cost

$13,725 (6 weeks, sober living and IOP). Reach Hemet Valley Recovery Center by phone at (866) 273-0868. Find Hemet Valley Recovery Center on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube

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1 Comment

  1. I have worked in several alcohol/drug rehabilitation programs and this is the third one I’ve completed myself, and very recently. I also experienced 2 other rehabs which I left early because of their practices, so I have a comprehensive view of rehab centers.

    Hemet Valley Recovery Center has many good points: they hire almost exclusively people who are recovering themselves, many who have been through rehabs themselves. They do have a lot of empathy and are respectful to the clients who are going through a LOT of turmoil. They are strict in their practices which are primarily designed to keep drugs and alcohol off the unit. They never cancel a class, somehow finding someone to take over a class when an instructor calls in sick or the like. They have an extremely strict structure which keeps some residents from thinking about leaving or trying to find their drug or alcohol. The content of the classes was very good and they tried very hard to vary the curriculum.

    However, I have many problems with the way they ran the program. First of all, 4 days per week they have 11 (yes!) hours of classes per day; and 2 more days in which there are 8 hours of instruction. Friday was an 8-hour day but we were required to get up the next morning at 5am to attend an AA meeting at 7am. After about the first 30 days, my mind went numb due perhaps to repetition or just the process of sitting in a chair for 8-11 hours. I felt I couldn’t think at all and was part of a cattle herd. There was a 10-minute break between classes in which most residents went outside to smoke. Those who did not smoke would eat snacks in a tiny outpatient lounge. I gained 15 pounds while I was there. We had only Sundays off and we just wanted to be able to kick back and rest. But if we didn’t have a pass, we were required to go on an outing ultimately of the houseparents’ choice. It really was too much structure. Residents would leave because of the intensity of the program.

    There were 3 phases of the program, the first being detox, the 2nd in the Sage program which was located in the same location as the hospital where the classes are held. The third phase was “outpatient” which was actually a “Sober Living Residence,” other than those who actually come from their own homes. The Sober Living homes were very nice and well-kept to the point of obsessiveness. Once during an inspection, the inspector downgraded me because I had a piece of paper on a nightstand on the left side of my bed and was only allowed to use the nightstand on the right side of the bed (I was the only one in the room). Phase 2 residents were allowed to go to a gym for 45 minutes 4 days per week, but contrary to the above evaluation, Phase 3 patients had NO means of exercise except walking to another part of the hospital for meals, a five-minute walk. I even offered to pay for my own gym membership but was still denied. The exercise machines in the homes were not maintained and many did not work. My body completely deteriorated during this third phase as the only exercise I could get was to walk from one room in the hospital to another room or climb the stairs at the home. My muscles were so atrophied that when I finally got out after 100+ days, I could barely walk to my car to drive home. And drug testing was NOT done once per week in Phase 3 – it was done 3-4 times per week. Residents are watched every moment, yet drug and breath testing was constant and made no sense. For example, even when we went to the store for food we all had to be in the same aisle so that the houseparent could watch us at ALL times. Then when we got home, we would be drug tested. If anyone had done drugs (and I can’t imagine how that could happen), it was too early for the drug to show up in a test!

    My biggest problem with the program however, was that it was all group oriented. The only way to get counseling individually was to request it assertively. I felt that the staff in all those 100 days never really got to know me very well as I’m a quiet person. Then the rules: they had an “older adult” program, one reason I chose HVRC. Yet, they treated everyone as a group. The older adults, especially those over 70, had many special needs and often were quiet and did not voice their needs, such as not being able to hear the instructors or slight dementia. Once when a young girl came back very late from a pass, plus another incident that happened with a young person around the same time, everyone, even an 80-year-old woman, had a curfew of being in bed by 9pm. There was very little individual treatment.

    They advertise their program as a 12-step program which was fine, except that every group was run like an AA meeting, where residents could not advise each other during group, and could only talk to the instructor and even then, it had to be only one response. There was no hint of alternatives to the 12-step model, which was not true in any other program I worked in or attended. It was very Christian oriented with constant talk of a Higher Power – the Serenity Prayer was repeated after nearly every group. There was very little opportunity for feedback to the staff, and NO process for evaluating the classes, and they generally did not respond anyway to requests for changes with no reasons for the denial other than, “it’s not part of our program.”

    The food was hospital food – mediocre; at dinner, often almost no salad was left over from lunch and the lettuce was wilted. The program did give us vouchers for the cost of the food in the cafeteria, but it was not enough and we had to pay about $20 – $50 per week of our own money.

    One good factor was that if you went to the director, he did look into your problem and was responsive in a timely way, and I am still working on raising the amount given for lunch and dinner.

    After over 100 days of this, I stayed sober for about a month, then relapsed, just as almost everyone that I kept in touch with.

    Over all, it was a good program, but only for those attending for 30 days or less, not for longer stays, and those who can tolerate many, many hours of groups and very strict often unreasonable rules.

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