ABOUT SUNSPIRE HEALTH DESERT PALMS
Located 15 minutes outside of Palm Springs, Sunspire Health Desert Palms is a residential alcohol and drug abuse treatment center serving men and women. The Southern California facility emphasizes what it refers to as "tough" rehab work in a serene setting, with special care for LGBTQ individuals, young adults, and clients who struggle with chronic relapse. Detox services and integrated treatment for co-occurring substance use and other mental health disorders is provided. Sunspire Health also operates men's and women's treatment centers in Palm Beach Gardens (Recovery Road) and Tampa (Hyde Park), Florida. Sunspire Health Texas offers a professionals track, and additional centers include ones in South Carolina, Oregon, Massachusetts, and Illinois.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
A typical stay at Sunspire Health Desert Palms is 30 days and follows a structured schedule of psychotherapy and holistic practices. Most days begin with movement, such as a serenity walk or yoga, and go on to incorporate multiple group process sessions, individual counseling, 12-step work, and expressive or recreational therapies. Personalized treatment plans are adjusted to address any co-occurring concerns that come up in the rehab process. Some clients remain for up to 90 days.
Several therapeutic modalities are used, including cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, motivational interviewing, mindfulness meditation, and trauma-oriented practices. Group sessions address such topics as grief and loss, sexual orientation, gender identification, social media addiction, the biological nature of addiction, and coping and life skills. Art, music, and equine therapy are also all available, along with nutritional counseling.
After completion of residential treatment, clients can continue treatment in the facility's intensive outpatient program (IOP), which also offers transitional housing support. Aftercare provisions take the form of an active alumni network with regular meetings.
The treatment team at Sunspire Health Desert Palms includes a clinical psychologist, several master's level therapists, and nurses.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Desert Palms accommodates up to 36 clients in a former hotel with a swimming pool and jacuzzi. Residents share sunny bedrooms with another resident of the gender they identify with. Chef-prepared meals can accommodate any dietary restrictions.
The facility is surrounded by palm trees and mountain views, and group meetings are often held outside. Residents have access to a local gym and hiking trails.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
To date, Rehabs.com has received feedback for Sunrise Health Desert Palms from 26 former clients. Of these, 22 shared highly favorable reviews, three were critical, and one expressed frustration with financial arrangements and communication, but did not comment on the effectiveness of treatment.
The facility's staff received the most praise, mentioned in about two-thirds of alumni reviews and frequently represented as empathetic and knowledgeable. Two reviewers noted the value of some staff members being in recovery, while one expressed concerns about some staff over-sharing in groups. The staff's level of training and experienced received 4.5 out of five stars on average from 16 alumni polled.
Several reviewers also mentioned the value of the Desert Palms alumni program, the preparations for discharge and aftercare arranged, or their continued contact with facility staff.
Accommodations were commonly cited as an area of strength. Around one-fifth of reviewers favorably mentioned the center's location, view, or activities. Meals and nutrition received a 4.1-star rating on average, the facility's cleanliness and upkeep was rated 4.7 based on 16 responses, and exercise and leisure activities received 4.1 stars. One alum commented that although the facility was very comfortable, the focus was on recovery.
Metrics measuring holistic therapy offerings and counseling options revealed more moderate satisfaction, perhaps reflecting a more tightly focused approach than anticipated. Reviewers agreed strongly that programming was 12-step-focused and adequately equipped to address co-occurring disorders (with a 4.7-star rating).
Criticisms generally were not repeated, and included overly relaxed rules, finances, and not enough to do.
Fourteen alumni contributed to a 4.4-star rating for family participation.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
All seven loved ones who submitted feedback for Sunspire Health Desert Palms to Rehabs.com shared positive opinions.
In fact, all metrics measured received four or more out of five stars or above on average. The lowest ratings were for family participation and holistic therapy. Loved ones repeatedly praised the center's staff, using such terms as "accommodating" and "focused," although one reviewer noted that programming was not as individualized as expected.
About half of loved ones' reviews concluded in one way or another that the most important thing about Desert Palms was "it worked."
Sunspire Health Desert Palms does not publish its costs, but more than 80% of 11 individuals polled on the affordabtility of treatment granted four or five out of five stars. The facility accepts many private insurance plans and, according to information provided to Rehabs.com by Sunspire Health, financial assistance is available.
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