Treatment Center Setting
California Highlands Addiction Treatment Philosophy
The goals of California Highlands Addiction Treatment are to effectively treat both addiction and mental health issues. Our use of empirically sound treatment modalities, along with compassionate, dedicated and highly educated and experienced staff can best contribute to lasting recovery. The purpose of California Highlands Addiction Treatment is to put the client’s recovery first, making it a unique and lasting experience. Our program is built on a curriculum that allows for clients to get 30 days sober, and unearth core issues and teach lasting coping tools to intervene upon addictive and maladaptive behaviors.
In order to help you achieve these results, we enlist the expertise of licensed staff members. Our clinicians are adaptive and have a breadth of treatment modalities to effectively treat the needs of each individual client. A variety of proven therapy methods such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, and Motivational Interviewing will help you get to the heart of your addiction or mental health condition, and achieve lasting recovery.
Areas of Specialization
We treat the detox step as a significant part of recovery because it is during this time that your body and mind are adjusting to functioning without drugs or alcohol. For as long as you have had your addiction, you have been feeding unhealthy substances into your body, continuously adding toxin upon toxin to a floundering body. Before you can go through rehab and therapy, you need to allow time to detox and heal from those toxins.
The residential treatment program at California Highlands lasts between 30 and 60 days. During this time, clients are welcomed into our luxurious facility. The experience of our center is important, because our clients are important and deserve to be comfortable. Residential treatment is a huge step and the amenities should be the least of an individual’s worries. Many say our setting feels like a spa or a vacation home, and part of the reason for this is that our residential facility is situated on 32 acres of private, beautiful landscape. Clients can take part in plenty of nature-based activities and therapies while in our residential program.
Our individualized therapies utilizes only proven techniques for success, and is customized to meet your needs and goals. While in our program, you will have the opportunity to participate in variousgroup and individual therapy sessions and activities.
Participants of this therapy learn to regulate emotions and build insight into emotional, biological, and cognitive reactivity. This will allow the individual to challenge their reactivity with effective coping techniques and identify opportunities for positive change.
This form of therapy helps the individual identify self-defeating beliefs and negative thought processes that contribute to addiction, and then begin to challenge and change those thought processes. Changing one’s thinking will in turn change how one feels and behaves
This type of therapy helps individuals learn the power of self-regulation. They learn how to manage large emotional responses through being truly in the moment, on purpose.
Meet the Staff
Paul Del Vacchio
Paul has over 10 years in the addiction treatment industry along with nearly 30 years of administrative experience. Paul has served as a CFO, VP of HR and VP of Business Development for various treatment centers. He brings a "best practice" approach to California Highlands and believes in every individual.
Clinical Director, LMFT
Melissa has nearly 10 years of experience dealing with substance abuse treatment and mental health disorders. She has worked at one of the best hospitals in Southern California and brings her expertise in mindfulness, CBT and DBT to California Highlands.
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ABOUT CALIFORNIA HIGHLANDS ADDICTION TREATMENT
California Highlands Addiction Treatment is a luxury residential rehab facility for adults struggling with chemical dependency, as well as co-occurring disorders. Located on 32 serene and secluded acres outside of Palm Springs, Calif., the facility also provides holistic detoxification services on-site to minimize the discomfort of withdrawal.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Before admission, clients participate in brief phone interview. Typically, clients then begin treatment within 24 hours of initial contact. If necessary, California Highlands Addiction Treatment provides a holistic detoxification protocol that emphasizes physical recovery through healthy meals, exercise, rest, as well as methods designed to help manage pain and stress, such as yoga and mindful meditation.
Once the client is stabilized, residents begin core programming, which includes a range of holistic and evidence-based treatment approaches. While residents must commit to at least 30 days of treatment, the average length of residential treatment program is 45 days, but may last up to 60 days.
During the residential program, clients participate in full days of therapeutic programming, from breakfast at 6:00 a.m. to an hour-long period set aside for relaxing before sleep at 7:00 p.m. Depending on individual needs and circumstances, a typical day in treatment incorporates several group counseling sessions, individual therapy, psycho-education classes, personal time for relaxation and reflection, exercise sessions, and recreational activities.
Among the evidence-based treatment modalities, California Highlands Addiction Treatment utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and motivational interviewing to help clients set obtaining goals and identify the links between thinking patterns and behavior. Family therapy sessions are also available. To treat dually diagnosed clients, the facility may utilize eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) sessions to minimize the client's response to traumatic events, and clients may also attend educational classes on various mental health topics.
Along with evidence-based approaches, clients also participate in art therapy sessions, nature hikes, guided meditation, and yoga sessions. Before the client is discharge, clinicians help the individual to create a personalized discharge plan, which may involve transitioning into an outpatient-based program, obtaining sober housing, and locating community-based resources.
California Highlands Addiction Treatment employs a team of biomedical techs who hold licenses in vocational nursing, master’s level therapists, and psychiatrists. Many staff members have years in recovery themselves. According to information provided by the facility, the program maintains a staff-to-client ratio of 1:1.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
California Highlands Addiction Treatment is a spa-like facility that houses up to 16 residents. Clients share comfortably furnished rooms decorated in warm and calming colors. The facility also features modern communal living and dining rooms with large windows that offer stunning views of the desert setting. Residents also enjoy chef-prepared meals, an activity rooms with a billiard table, a fitness room, and outdoor pool with lounging areas. Staff members assist clients in coordinating travel to California Highlands Addiction Treatment.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The two alumni polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing had polarized opinions of the facility. One former client praised most aspects of the facility. Out of five stars, alum A.J. offered perfect five-star rating for the treatment staff's level of experience and training and the facility's overall cleanliness and upkeep. They also have a four-star rating for the level of family involvement, but have more moderate three-star rating for the facility's counseling options. "Overall a great experience and would highly recommend to a family member or friend," A.J. wrote.
However, alum G.G. disagreed and offered a poor one-star rating for the facility's overall treatment effectiveness, citing poor discharge planning and reporting "drama at every corner." G.G. also felt they were mistreated by other clients without any staff intervention.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The two loved ones polled by Rehabs.com to date supported the positive opinions of the facility. Both survey respondents gave high four- and five-star ratings for the treatment staff's level of experience and training, as well as the facility's ability to treat co-occurring disorders. However, their opinion regarding the level of family involvement was split, offering a five-star and a three-star rating. "Told things that the family member would get to do and go that didn't happen," K.L.B. wrote. However, loved one V.C.B. wrote: "Personal attention and comprehensive program. They are very involved in each attendee's treatment."
WHAT STAFF SAY
The seven current or former employees polled by Rehabs.com to date were overall positive. Collectively, the seven staff members gave an average rating of 4.57 stars for the inclusion of holistic treatments, the amount of family participation, and the treatment staff's level of experience and training. "Staff is amazing, very professional and most importantly caring," one representative reviewer wrote. Another survey respondent added: "The treatments are individualized and the therapists are always looking to help their clients with whatever is needed."
According to the facility, California Highlands Addiction Treatment's costs are $1,500 per day or $45,000 per 30 days of treatment. California Highlands reports that out-of-network insurance benefits cover at least part of the treatment for a majority of clients. The facility’s website provides a tool for beginning the process of checking on coverage.
Published on January 2018
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