Treatment Center Setting
Sunspire Health Desert Palms Philosophy
Sunspire Health Desert Palms is a licensed residential treatment facility offering individualized behavioral health treatment plans for men and women suffering from substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders. We provide a full continuum of integrated care that includes detox, residential treatment, Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), and Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). At Desert Palms, we treat addiction as a chronic illness, a disease as defined by ASAM as: "A primary, chronic disease with genetic, psychosocial, and environmental factors influencing its development and manifestations."
Areas of Specialization
Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity
Desert Palms caters to the needs of the LGBTQ community. Individual and group therapy focuses on the topics of sexual orientation and gender identity. Patients’ sensitive needs in treatment are addressed according to their gender identity and family of choice is respected.
Desert Palms staff is experienced in working with patients with a history of many types of trauma. Specializations include sexual trauma, military trauma and early life childhood experiences that must be addressed in therapy in order to attempt to overcome it and truly recover from addiction.
Desert Palms works with young adults ranging from 18 – 25 years old who enter the residential program for addiction and co-occurring disorders. By grouping young adults together in therapy, Desert Palms is able to facilitate and support conversations about struggles and triggers that are specific to this age group. Often, patients in recovery form lasting bonds and support networks that continue after treatment.
Patients who have been through treatment multiple times in the past need therapies specific to their experiences that will motivate them to actively engage in treatment in order to break the cycle of rehab and relapse that has brought them to Desert Palms.
Patients that have specific challenges related to mental health are given specialized treatment options that allow them to work on both addiction and mental health issues in one setting with specifically trained clinicians skilled in psychiatric care.
Detox is often the first level of a treatment plan. This period of no drug use is important for the patient to reach a stable state of mind and body to begin addiction treatment. Our clinical staff will guide and support the patient throughout the entire process.
During residential treatment patients live onsite in housing with access to care from clinical staff 24/7. Patients have a full schedule of individual and group therapies according to their unique treatment plan, preparing them for life in recovery.
To transition from residential treatment to life in recovery, patients go through a progression of care until reaching IOP. Patients will receive ongoing care at the Palm Desert IOP while living in sober housing to adjust to every day life after treatment.
Throughout treatment patients will work with a Discharge Planner and the clinical team to develop a comprehensive aftercare plan that will ensure a successful transition from residential treatment to a life in recovery. All patients who receive care at Sunspire Health will join our nationwide alumni network, giving them access to a support group after treatment.
At every Sunspire Health facility patients will receive treatment that is individualized to their unique needs and diverse lifestyles. Ongoing assessments allow the treatment to adapt and evolve as the patient progresses.
CRAFT teaches family and friends effective strategies for helping their loved one to change and for feeling better themselves. CRAFT works to affect the loved one’s behavior by changing the way the family interacts with him or her.
Sunspire Health utilizes evidence-based treatment methods, meaning that the treatment modalities and therapies are based on clinical evidence and proven success in guiding patients to heal and recover. Patients who would benefit from Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) will receive medications that are proven to aid patients in achieving sobriety.
In addition to individual and group therapies that are based in psychotherapy methods like CBT and DBT, patients will learn to apply new coping skills through experiential therapies like meditative hikes, yoga, fitness programs, nutrition education, and recreation activities that show patients how to find hope and how to prosper in recovery.
The majority of the staff at Sunspire Health Desert Palms has lived experience either with addiction or trauma, which allows them to approach the patients with compassion and deep understanding of the struggles they face.
Meet the Staff
John Nekic, MBA
As Executive Director of Sunspire Health Desert Palms, John oversees the financial performance, operations and strategic direction of the center, striving to continually improve productivity and efficiency to offer the highest quality treatment for patients. John is an energetic leader and a creative problem solver who has a proven performance record of executing plans, optimizing operations and leading his team to achieve outstanding results.
Director of Clinical Outreach
Jonathan Wynne is responsible for developing and maintaining referral sources on a national level, while also generating referrals from clinicians and other sources. Prior to this role, Jonathan was a National Outreach Liaison for PRIDE Institute in Eden Prairie, MN and a Principal Partner for Premier Merchant Services in California, where he managed operations, sales, and marketing.
Brett Drummond, RADT-I
Director of Admissions
As Director of Admissions, Brett Drummond is the first person patients interact with as they begin their journey to recovery at Sunspire Health Desert Palms. In this role, Brett is responsible for overseeing the admissions process, managing utilization review and referrals for admission at Desert Palms. With seven years of experience in the field of substance abuse treatment, his passion for helping individuals who are seeking treatment for substance use disorders motivates him each day. He began his career in addiction treatment as a chemical dependency technician at the Hazelden Betty Ford Center, working primarily with young adults in recovery. Brett advanced to management positions by leading fellow staff members to strive for a patient-driven approach to care, believing that the patient and their needs is top priority in treatment.
Rehabs.com 360 Guide
ABOUT SUNSPIRE HEALTH DESERT PALMS
Sunspire Health Desert Palms is a co-ed, residential alcohol and drug abuse treatment center located in Cathedral City, Calif. The facility offers programs for men and women over the age of 18, including individuals with co-occurring mental health disorders. Treatment typically lasts between 30 and 90 days, and detox services are available on-site.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Desert Palms offers individualized treatment plans to meet the specific needs of each client, including a specialized track for LGBT clients. One-on-one counseling, group therapy, and educational classes serve as the backbone of treatment, in addition to 12-step support. Mindfulness Meditation and yoga are among the recreational activities available.
Therapeutic methods include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), motivational interviewing (MI), and anger management. Family therapy is also available as a key part of treatment.
After the completion of residential treatment, clients can pursue the intensive outpatient program or partial hospitalization program, both of which continue to offer individual and group therapy. Aftercare provisions take the form of an active alumni network with regular meetings.
A CARF-accredited facility, Desert Palms employs licensed doctoral and master's level clinicians, nurses, dietary specialists, and administrative personnel.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The setting at Sunspire Health Desert Palms is intimate, with just 36 clients admitted at a time. The facility is surrounded by palm trees and mountain views. Clients share cheerfully decorated rooms, and can enjoy the center’s swimming pool and outdoor seating areas.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Alumni polled by Rehabs.com reported positive experiences, and gave consistently high scores in categories such as accommodations, cleanliness, and exercise and leisure activities. “Overall the program really worked as a unit to help the people who went into their care,” Joshua said, adding: “They set me up with a whole plan when I returned home that kept me on the right path.”
Melissa agreed, telling Rehabs.com: “I loved my time there and have not had to relapse since, two years later. The location and facilities were top-notch and very comfortable, allowing me to focus 100% on the process of saving my life.” Melissa, however, also noted: "Downfalls were the meals and nutrition."
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
In their Rehabs.com surveys, loved ones awarded the facility high marks for treatment effectiveness, family participation, counseling options, and cleanliness. As J.R.L. told Rehabs.com: “I must say how impressed I was when I went for Family weekend and how professional everyone is. The place is Beautiful and Clean and the food is Scrumptous.”
An anonymous reviewer, who gave four-stars for experience of the counselors, also noted some weaknesses. “Taught good coping skills,” they wrote, adding: “Individual needs weren't quite accommodated.”
Sunspire Health Desert Palms does not publish its costs, but most alumni surveyed by Rehabs.com felt that their treatment was worth the price. The facility accepts many private insurance plans and offers financing through medical loaning companies.
Updated February 2017
Published on May 2017
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