Soroptimist House of Hope is a 12-step oriented women’s rehab in Desert Hot Springs, California, a small town located just north of Palm Springs (roughly two hours east of Los Angeles). It’s been in the game over three decades and was the first women’s recovery center in Riverside County’s Coachella Valley.
Accommodations and Food
With room for six clients at a time, SHOH’s facility is a one-story, gated home with desert mountain surrounded by yards of rock designs and palm trees. Clients are two to a room, sleeping on twin-sized beds in carpeted bedrooms with nightstands, lamps, windows, closet space and bathrooms for each bedroom. A daily assigned client prepares the food with a meal planned by the staff—dishes like chicken, rice and mixed vegetables. Breakfast on Monday, Wednesday and Friday is either hot or cold cereal while bacon, eggs and chorizo are what’s on the menu on Tuesday, Thursday and weekends.
Treatment and Staff
The 45-day residential treatment program at SHOH centers on the 12 steps, classes, therapy and meditation. Clients receive one individual therapy a week and group therapy every day. Classes focus on such topics as healthy relationship building, anger management, drug education, Big Book study, parenting skills, self-esteem building and relapse prevention. Meditation is every morning and after 12-step meetings. There is no MD on staff so detox is not available and dual diagnosis support is also not available.
Clients are taken to off-site meetings (which they’re required to attend). There are also on-site AA meetings. The staff-to-client ration is three-to-one. The three female staff members are all certified addiction specialists (CAS).
A typical day at SHOH means waking up at 5:45 am for a Big Book study from 6 to 7 am. Breakfast is at 7:30 followed by meditation at 8 am. From 9 to 10 am, residents do chores and go on a morning walk around the neighborhood. From 10 am to noon, there’s group therapy and a class. Lunch is at noon followed by group therapy, one individual session a week, free time or exercise and dinner at either 4 or 5 pm. AA or NA is after at either 6 or 7 pm, followed by free time to relax or do step work until lights out at 11 pm.
The Soroptimist volunteer group sets up events like dances and movie nights for the women to attend. Exercise is built into the program and there’s a treadmill and outdoor exercise bike (as well as time built in for morning walks). TV watching is allowed in the living room during free times, but there are no cell phones or computers allowed. Visitors hours double as the family program on the fourth Sunday of every month from 12 to 4 pm. On these days, family members participate in group and individual therapy with the clients counselors and learn about addiction while also visiting with loved ones.
SHOH’s attention to the 12 steps and group therapy is basic but effective and its rich history and awards are notable. The monthly family program is solid and the price is right.
Soroptimist House of Hope
13525 Cielo Azul Way
Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240
Soroptimist House of Hope Cost: $3,095 (45 days). Reach Soroptimist House of Hope by phone at (760) 329-4673. Find Soroptimist House of Hope on Facebook
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