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Areas of Specialization
Adventure Therapy, Holistic Therapies
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ABOUT MICHAEL’S HOUSE
For three decades, Michael’s House has offered adults a continuum of treatment for addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders. The Palm Springs rehab is one of the just 27.1 percent (355) of 1,311 treatment facilities in California to offer specialized programming for LGBT individuals, and the 15 percent (197) providing residential detox services. Nationally, fewer than half (48 and 46 percent respectively) of rehabs tailor distinct treatment for women and men.
This facility is affiliated with the Foundations Recovery Network (FRN), which operates rehab facilities across the country, including outpatient programming in San Francisco and at the organization’s headquarters city of Nashville, along with residential treatment at Black Bear Lodge in northern Georgia
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Clients begin treatment at Michael’s House in Palm Springs with a full physical exam, psychiatric assessment, and mental health evaluation. Following any necessary detox at the Stabilization Center, individuals move to either the Men’s or Women’s Center, where a typical stay is 45 days but can be extended for up to 90. About one-third (33.6 percent) of California treatment facilities offer residential care for more than 30 days.
The strengths-based FRN rehab model involves motivational interviewing, the Stages of Change Model, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and 12-step facilitation. Residents can expect to participate in at least 20 hours of therapy per week, including two individual therapy sessions.
Treatment plans are individualized to meet client needs and may draw from an array of educational, activity, process, and specialized therapy groups. Areas of focus include trauma, healthy sleep support, relapse prevention planning, nutrition, mindfulness, expressive arts, codependency, and adventure experiences.
Michael’s House also offers treatment through an Outpatient Center, as well as specialized DUI programming, which is available at only 8.9 percent of California facilities. A three-day family program is held on weekends.
Michael’s House is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), a designation held by 29 percent of facilities nationwide. The treatment team includes consulting physicians, master’s- and doctorate-level therapists, a 24-hour nursing staff, and certified alcohol and drug counselors (CADC). To date, the 11 individuals polled by Rehabs.com on the matter praised the aptitude of staff.
Staff Experience and Training: 4.3/5
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Psychotherapy is combined with programmed outdoor activities at Michael's House, such as hiking, equine therapy, rock climbing, zip-lining, and various off-site excursions. The Palm Springs campus features a swimming pool, and residents also have access to a nearby off-site gym. Website photographs depict a modern, open design with an array of comfortable indoor and outdoor seating.
The three residential facilities can accommodate a total of 120 clients in shared bedrooms, and residents can expect to participate in household chores. To date, the 11 individuals polled by Rehabs.com on the matter appreciated the upkeep of facilities.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Of 29 alumni who provided feedback to Rehabs.com for Michael’s House, 69 percent would recommend the facility to others. The 16 polled more extensively tended to emphasize the unique programming, although a couple noted the need for more one-on-one counseling.
Holistic Offerings: 4.4/5
Exercise and Leisure: 4.4/5
Counseling Options: 3.5/5
While those polled explicitly tended to express strong appreciation for the staff, indicated by Joey who felt his “recovery was their main goal”, a few reviews concerning staff were more mixed. “I had a good counselor; others not so much,” alum Steven wrote. Feedback was also mixed on dual diagnosis treatment, and some former clients reported issues with medication management. Some reviewers also encountered problems with insurance coverage and unexpected out-of-pocket expenses upon treatment completion.
Michael’s House received overwhelmingly favorable feedback for accommodations. A majority of alumni who otherwise were dissatisfied with their experience praised the environment and food. In a representative review, Kristina wrote that facility was “as comfortable as you could be in treatment.”
Three Google reviews for the long-term treatment centers echoed similar themes. One “thought there wasn’t enough therapy,” but that activities and accommodations were excellent. Alum W.W. wrote that “the environment is amazing” and the staff was supportive.
Elsewhere on Google, 24 individuals contributed to an average rating of 3.2 out of five stars for the Michael’s House Stabilization Center. Repeated comments included the sentiment that the facility was life-saving, as well as concerns about financing, understaffing, and medication management. Similarly 60 percent of 37 Yelp reviews by alumni and family for the detox facility were positive.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Five loved ones polled to date by Rehabs.com provided mixed feedback for Michael’s House, tending to agree with alumni concerning some aspects of the facility. Two noted a need for further follow-up by the facility after rehab. Overall, the loved ones reported being moderately likely to recommend the facility and were satisfied with the amount of family participation.
Family Participation: 4/5
Would Recommend: 3.8/5
Although two loved ones cited limited opportunities for family involvement as a weakness in Yelp reviews, most followed trends. Two parents particularly highlighted long-term positive outcomes from their child’s experience at Michael’s House.
WHAT STAFF SAY
On Indeed, 80 percent of 19 staff reviews for the facility were primarily favorable. They referenced good training, knowledgeable staff, and enjoyment in patients’ success, while also noting a high workload.
Michael’s House accepts insurance, including plans by about a dozen providers listed on the facility's website. To date, the 11 individuals polled on the matter by Rehabs.com had mixed opinions concerning the facility's cost.
Published on July 2019
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