Located in the San Francisco suburb of Concord, California, John Muir Health is a non-profit health care organization that provides detox, inpatient treatment, a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and standard outpatient care. Through the use of CBT and an introduction to the 12 steps, clients start to learn to handle everyday life in recovery.
Accommodations and Food
John Muir Health’s recovery residence is located near the Behavioral Health Center, which is separate from the main hospital. Clients can easily walk or take a shuttle to treatment activities from the recovery center. There are 48 beds, 22 of which are designated for inpatient substance abuse and dual diagnosis treatment. The medically monitored detox unit can accommodate 12 clients.
Clients are separated by gender and rooms are shared—each with its own bathroom. The rooms are comfortably furnished with twin beds and dressers. Residents are encouraged to bring photos, books and even pillows and sheets to personalize their space. Laundry facilities are provided on site. No electronic devices are permitted, but clients are allowed to use the phone several times a day and receive incoming calls during breaks.
The menu is prepared by a certified hospital dietician, so special restrictions are accommodated. Meals are served cafeteria-style and coffee and tea are allowed.
Treatment and Staff
Treatment at John Muir begins with an assessment either in person or over the phone. Each client receives an individualized treatment plan, based on their unique needs. The medically supervised detox caters to adults with alcohol or benzodiazepine addiction. The detox program generally lasts five days and includes Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) like Suboxone and methadone. Clients are encouraged to join the classes and group therapy while they are in detox to begin building a foundation for recovery.
The inpatient program typically lasts about 30 days and includes group and individual therapy and drug and alcohol education. Treatment focuses on the disease model of addiction and therapy is based on CBT and DBT models. The 12 steps are included in the curriculum, along with attendance at community 12-step meetings, where clients are encouraged to get a sponsor.
The PHP takes place Monday through Friday from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm. It includes the same curriculum as inpatient, but clients can maintain their family commitments by spending the night at home. Length of treatment depends on the individual but, typically, the PHP program is two weeks.
The eight-week IOP program meets for nine hours each week. Group topics include relapse prevention, coping skills, trauma, anger management and introduction to the 12 steps. During group, the counselors employ evidence-based techniques such as CBT and DBT. These modalities give clients a chance to learn new ways of thinking and behaving. A drawback of this program is that it doesn’t include individual therapy.
Clients who have completed more intensive treatment can step down into a weekly, two-hour outpatient program. This program usually lasts between four and six weeks, although that may depend on the individual’s needs.
The staff at John Muir is led by a psychiatrist who specializes in chemical dependency and includes psychiatric nurses, physicians, CSACs and Master’s-level therapists trained in dual diagnosis.
Family members are encouraged to attend the family program on Saturday mornings so they can learn how to support their loved ones in recovery and meet other families in similar situations. Individual family sessions are also available.
Art therapy is offered, as well as extra classes that focus on coping skills, stress management and effective communication. Time for recreational therapy is provided and there are walking paths on the campus.
John Muir Health offers a straightforward, hospital-based approach to recovery that incorporates the 12 steps. With a range of services and a staff who specialize in psychiatric health, there is ample support for dual diagnosis and medication management. The sliding fee scale makes this program an attractive option for those seeking treatment in the Bay area.
John Muir Health
2740 Grant St
Concord, CA 94520
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