Treatment Center Setting
- Residential Neighborhood
Desert Cove Recovery Philosophy
Desert Cove Recovery believes in providing holistic care and treatment for chemical dependency, and alcohol addiction and co-occurring/dual diagnosed disorders. By clearly identifying our clients’ specific needs, we can offer client-centered treatment in a safe, nurturing, and educational environment.
Treating addiction through the body, mind and spirit, along with focusing on any underlying issues, offers our patients the best chance to recover. Furthermore, it provides them with the tools necessary to continue living in sobriety leaving the Desert Cove Recovery Center.
Our program blends traditional treatment models, which include; cognitive behavior therapy, dialectic behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing and trauma resolution. Guided by the 12-Steps and with a strong emphasis on accountability and integrity, our approach is designed to treat not only the addiction itself but also provide spiritual enhancement, social responsibility, and living skills to our guests.
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Areas of Specialization
Drugs and alcohol have widespread effects throughout your body, including but not limited to the addiction and/or physical/psychological dependence that develops with substance abuse over time. Many organ systems are affected by addiction and will react to withdrawal. The term “medical detoxification” means that there is a trained and licensed medical professional onsite to monitor your vital signs and protect your physical and emotional health as your body goes through withdrawal.
Client & Family Support Groups
Group therapy is a vital component of addiction recovery treatment, considered as important and effective (sometimes even more so) than individual therapy. Benefits include reducing isolation and loneliness and providing the opportunity to learn from others in recovery. In the addiction setting, group therapy is run by trained professionals who guide participants toward a shared goal of recovery.
Facilities that offer “holistic therapy” see and treat patients in the context of their entire lives and health status. They treat the “whole person,” not just the addiction.
This term describes one-on-one therapy, in which a patient and trained counselor, social worker, psychologist or psychiatrist meets privately with a patient to discuss challenges related to lifestyle, work, family and romantic relationships that may have contributed to the development of an addiction.
Residential treatment programs provide housing (food and meals) in addition to treatment for substance abuse. Some facilities offer only short-term residential treatment, some offer only long-term treatment and others offer both, ranging from a few days to many months, based on patient needs.
Our daughter had been in and out of treatment facilities one right after another for over a year. She never got the treatment she needed at the other facilities due to overcrowding, time limits on stays or insurance saying they would only allow her to stay for so long even though, we as parents could see she wasn’t ready. Before she even chose to get treatment at Desert Cove Recovery, the staff was looking out for her well-being and safety. They helped her get the proper treatment before being a client with them. Desert Cove’s program is different than the other programs. They provide more individualized therapy and look at the individual as a whole and not just as a textbook diagnosis. They didn’t move on until they felt the client was ready for it. The staff was upfront with us and did not sugar coat our daughter’s progress like they did at other treatment facilities. They handled everything such as legal, financial, transportation and medical concerns and communicated with us as needed. With their help, as parents, we were finally able to relax a little and concentrate on our own healing and focus on getting our lives back on track after years of turmoil. Every staff member, from the receptionist to the director, at Desert Cove, was professional and kept us informed. The staff was honest and up front with our daughter and even though they challenged her she chose to stay at Desert Cove as an inpatient longer than a typical client which allowed her some extra treatment before moving on to a sober living home. Our daughter has been sober for almost 1 year and we attribute Desert Cove Recovery for providing her with the tools she needs for her sobriety.
Before sending our son to Desert Cove Recovery, he was going to outpatient programs that didn’t work for him. We contacted our insurance company and they recommended Desert Cove Recovery. When he was ready to address his addiction, (heroin), he entered the program and graduated after six months. After graduation he was placed in a sober living home for another 2 months. When he left the sober living home he got a good job, an apartment and bought a car. That was a little over two years ago, and to this day he is sober and living a fruitful life. We are 100 percent convinced that if it weren’t for Desert Cove Recovery our son wouldn’t be where he is today.
Therapist, We just want to thank you so much for being such a great positive influence in our son’s life. He really needed you in his life. We, as parents, could not provide what you gave our son at this so crucial time in his life. Love, caring, honor, self respect, determination…..he’s really come a long way this past year. And he never would have made it without YOU. We know it hasn’t been easy for him. But we love the young intelligent man he’s become. Thank you so much and all the best to the wonderful staff at Desert Cove Recovery. You all saved our son’s life!!
Thank God for Desert Cove and the therapists that work there. My son’s therapist was an answer to a Mother’s prayers. I don’t think anyone other than him could have made such an impact and lead my son to actually believe that he could overcome his drug addiction. The therapist who my son worked with shares his past with complete honestly and gains the respect of his clients by allowing them to be comfortable and open up. The program that Desert Cove has in place is far superior to anywhere my son has gone previously for treatment. If it wasn’t for his therapist and Desert Cove I very well could be typing my son’s obituary instead of this testimonial. Thank you everyone at Desert Cove, but most of all thank you to his therapist for his immense heart for the addicted. My son is sober thanks to him and the entire Desert Cove staff.
After years of struggling with addiction, a friend of the family referred me to Desert Cove Recovery Center for treatment. From the moment I arrived there, I knew I was right where I needed to be. The staff welcomed me and always treated me with dignity and respect. I felt very safe and soon realized that there could be a better way to live! I remember trying to justify my actions when I was using and realized what I was doing was not working for me…. I needed help! The time I spent at Desert Cove with the counselors, staff and other patients changed who I was. I could not be the sober person I am today without all of them. I can honestly say they saved my life. There really are no words to describe what they have done for me and for so many others that suffer daily. I now have almost 9 months of sobriety! If you or someone you know and love struggles with addiction, and has the willingness to change, I recommend this Treatment Center!! Just knowing that almost all of the staff has been through recovery themselves gave me motivation to want to be like them…to be happy and healthy and helping others to live the solution instead of the problem! Thank you for loving me until I could love myself!!!
Desert Cove was the final treatment center that I went to and I have been sober ever since I graduated from there. I was very pleased with the program and had a life changing experience while I was a client there. My favorite thing about Desert Cove was that in addition to all of the counseling and group sessions, we were also able to go to outside meetings, get a sponsor and start working a 12 step program.
Meet the Staff
Director of Operations
After battling with his own addiction to drugs and alcohol, Blake was given the gift of Recovery at the age of 23. Soon thereafter, Blake altered his career path in order to work in drug and alcohol treatment. Since 2008, Blake has dedicated his life to the addiction field, gaining experience in all aspects of treatment including direct care, admissions and marketing, as well as administration positions. Blake’s greatest reward is being a part of the transformation that occurs when a patient arrives in treatment, and through hard work and the Miracle of recovery, emerges a confident and capable person who is ready to carry the message of recovery.
Michael Carlton, MD
As the CEO and Founder of Phoenix Recovery, Dr. Carlton has admitting privileges at all the major Phoenix-based hospitals and can provide detox services when needed. Certified by the American Society of Addiction Medicine, Dr. Carlton has the knowledge to diagnose and treat specific problems and to manage addictive disorders, having cared for more than 25,000 individuals withdrawing from drugs and alcohol. Dr. Carlton completed his four year dual residency training in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and two years of a specialty fellowship in Medical and Industrial Toxicology. He has over a decade of experience in the treatment of addiction and has given educational lectures and seminars throughout the Southwest. Dr. Carlton has published numerous articles and has extensive knowledge in the fields of Addiction, Toxicology, and Medicine.
Director of Admissions & Outreach
Megan is a native to Arizona, being born and raised in Scottsdale. While working towards a degree in Criminal Justice at Scottsdale Community College, Megan found her true calling is helping others in early recovery. She is extremely passionate about showing individuals that there is life after addiction and uses her experiences, strength, and hope to be of service to others. Megan not only sponsors other women in the program, but is involved in community outreach, and volunteers her time by bringing meetings to people in recovery currently in hospitals and correctional institutions.
Corin Fort was born in Ulysses, Kansas and shortly after moved to Brea, California. Arizona became her home in 2006. Her journey with recovery started in 2013 and since she has decided to work in the field of recovery. Her goal is to continue to try and make a positive impact on anyone struggling with addiction both inside and outside of work.
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ABOUT DESERT COVE RECOVERY
From a business park next to the Scottsdale Airport in the north of the Arizona desert city of Scottsdale, Desert Cove Recovery offers residential treatment for adult men and women who are struggling alcoholism, drug addiction, and dual diagnosis. The center specializes in treating individuals who have struggled with chronic relapse or who need something more than the typical 30-day stay in residential care: treatment is available in increments of 30, 60, and 90 days.
Medical detox is not available on-site, but Desert Cove can provide referrals to its local detox partners, when necessary.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Treatment uses the 12-Steps, couched in a broad, holistic program that includes, for instance, outdoor therapies and evidence-based methods such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical motivation interviewing, and trauma resolution. The buildings blocks of treatment are individual and small-group therapy, each offered in the context of the 12-step method. The center's primary holistic therapy is equine therapy, offered bi-monthly.
Desert Cove employs dedicated aftercare therapists who help clients to develop relapse-prevention plans and can provide referrals to sober-living facilities, when necessary. Graduating clients are also encouraged to attend aftercare meetings at Desert Cove, and to be active in their local 12-step community.
Staff includes an MD who's certified by the American Society of Addiction Medicine, a registered nurse, a licensed substance abuse counselor, and therapists educated to master's or bachelor's level. Several staff members have personal experience of addiction.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Pictures published by Desert Cove Recovery show a bright, modern facility. All seven of the individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date on the center's accommodations gave them a four- or five-star rating.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Of the five alumni polled by Rehabs.com to date, four gave positive feedback and one, mostly positive with some reservations.
The reviewers repeatedly praised the staff and the level of comfort they found at the facility: "The staff here truly care about the patients," Katie wrote in one representative review; "Desert Cove provides exceptional therapy in a safe environment perfect for healing," Kristin added in another. In addition, more than one alum credited the facility with saving their life, and all three of the reviewers polled on the facility's holistic offerings and family participation gave four- and five-star ratings in each category. The only reservations came from an anonymous reviewer, who praised the center's focus on changing clients' lives, but noted that the days were "very restricted," in particular with regard to visitation and phone call privileges.
At the time of this writing, secondary sites yielded mostly positive feedback with some recurring notes of complaint. Desert Cove Recovery had average ratings of 4.4 stars based on 19 reviews on Facebook (where the facility can manage its own page), 4.1 stars based on 23 reviews on Google, and 3.22 stars based on nine reviews on Yelp.   Like Rehabs.com reviewers, the positive reviewers repeatedly thanked the center's staff and credited the program with saving or changing their lives. "Great place, the staff provides you with all the tools you need to live a happy sober life. This place can truly save your life," A.H. wrote in a representative review on Yelp.
However, the reviews also contained repeated references to subpar facilities and a hostile environment. "'Love and tolerance towards others' is NOT the operational code of Desert Cove. The mood and atmosphere at groups and outside of groups was rude, degrading, negative, offensive, and vulgar," an anonymous reviewer wrote in a typical review on Yelp.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Of the three staff reviews submitted to Rehabs.com to date, two were positive and one negative. One reviewer gave the facility five out of five stars in all of the evaluated treatment metrics, including its family participation, safety and comfort, and holistic offerings. "Great facility, great staff, they saved my brother's life," Justin wrote. An anonymous reviewer praised Desert Cove Recovery's "staff, commitment, intent," and gave the facility five stars for its treatment effectiveness and its counseling options — but just one star for its family participation and one star for its exercise and leisure offerings.
Parent J.J. had a much more negative experience. "At first it felt like they truly cared about our child, but in the end they seemed to only care about the almighty dollar," they wrote, indicating that they would not recommend Desert Cove Recovery and giving the facility just one star for its leadership and the level of staff support it provided and two stars for its family involvement.
WHAT STAFF SAY
Of the two staff reviews submitted to Rehabs.com to date, one was positive and one negative. "Dedicated staff and helpful program," Christina wrote, giving Desert Cove Recovery five stars in all of the evaluated treatment metrics. However, J.M. wrote: "Nice facility," but added: "I would not recommend this facility to anyone needing to get sober," and gave the center just one star for its honesty and its willingness to put clients' interests first, as well as indicating that they had concerns about the quality of care offered at the center.
Desert Cove accepts most insurances, including Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, United, and Value Options. The six individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date on the center's affordability gave it a four-star average rating.
Published on November 2017
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