About Us


What makes Desert Hope truly unique:

  • Expert, Caring Staff Who Are Passionate About Seeing You Recover.
  • Genetic Testing and Thorough Assessments for a Treatment Plan Custom-Made for You.
  • Chef-Prepared Meals that are balanced to help heal the body during recovery.
  • Elective-Style Scheduling that Gives You a Choice in How You Spend Your Day.
  • Everything You Need, from Medical Detox to Sober Living.

About Desert Hope Treatment Center

Desert Hope was a saving grace in my life, the turning point for everything! I learned so much there that I still carry with me today! – Amy, Desert Hope Alum

Desert Hope Treatment Center’s name is a reflection of our mission: to be the sanctuary you need to leave drug abuse behind and find new hope for your future.

As part of American Addiction Centers (AAC) portfolio of facilities through the United States, we treat both addiction and co-occurring disorders with the help of a dedicated, compassionate staff with years of experience in the treatment industry.

With an abundance of amenities and features ranging from hotel-style rooms and a private fitness center to biofeedback therapy and a music room with a grand piano, Desert Hope Treatment Center is a true recovery oasis in the desert. Come experience all the joy that a life lived in sobriety can bring to you.

90-Day Promise

Desert Hope and American Addiction Centers is so confident in our treatment that we offer a guarantee to our patients called our 90-day promise. If you complete 90 days of consecutive treatment at our facility and then suffer a relapse, you can return to an American Addiction Centers facility for a complimentary 30 days of treatment.**

**Terms and conditions may apply, and results may vary. Learn more.

Award-Winning Care

We are 100% committed to the quality care of our patients and their families, who trust us to help them through a crisis. This commitment is illustrated in the industry achievements we hold, including accreditation by The Joint Commission, an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, and more. Learn more about our industry achievements and accreditations here.

Care Designed Exclusively for You

The Desert Hope staff, many of who understand personally the struggle of addiction, know that every person’s experience is unique. We will never treat you like just another number. We work with you from day one to ensure that the treatment approach we craft for you is designed to meet you where you are and take your needs and goals into consideration. Even your genetics will inform your care plan. Our program offers pharmacogenetic testing that helps us provide the right medical treatment for you. Your plan for care will not be rigid.

As you move through the program, we will continually assess and reassess your needs and make adjustments as appropriate. When you’re at Desert Hope, you can count on the fact that we’ll never stop working to help you achieve lasting sobriety.

Your Family Is Part of Our Care Team

Support from people you love and who love you is a key part of staying in recovery. In the same way that strife within family relationships can contribute to substance abuse, positive family interactions and continued support are vital to recovery. The Desert Hope team invites your loved ones to participate in family therapy and to come visit you on weekends to help set the stage for a healthy dynamic when you return home.

Specialized, Expert Caregivers Working Together

Your recovery is our mission.

Entering treatment for addiction is a huge step. When you or your loved one comes to Desert Hope, you can trust that we take your care extremely seriously. We work each and every day to provide the highest level of care in the industry.

Our treatment team is comprised of specialists in various disciplines all working together to provide well-rounded care that gives you a real shot at meaningful recovery. Our staff of case managers, therapists, psychiatric providers, doctors, and nurses address your treatment in different but equally important ways so that when you leave you’ll feel better mentally, physically, and emotionally, ready to face the journey of recovery at home.

An American Addiction Centers facility, we are part of a network of some of the most experienced leaders in addiction treatment. Our leaders get together on a regular basis to discuss the best practices, how to improve patient care, and ways to continually move the addiction treatment industry forward.

You can reach out to one of our team members at any time at hello@deserthopetreatment.com.

Our Staff

Derek Price, CEO

My goal in life is to help people be the best versions of themselves.

Derek Price, CEO

Price has dedicated most of his career to helping people get better, a passion spurred by his own health challenges. A neck injury forced him to retire from the NFL after two seasons with the Detroit Lions. It was during his recovery that Price decided to pursue a healthcare career and obtain a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Life University in Atlanta. At the time, he already had a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Iowa. Shortly after, he opened his first clinic.

Over the past 20 years, Price has owned and operated more than a dozen multidisciplinary clinics, an anesthesiology practice, a billing company and several CrossFit gyms. He has also served as a business consultant, showing healthcare companies how to operate more efficiently.

As the CEO of Desert Hope, Price is committed to working with his team to do everything possible to save lives. It’s a mission Price takes very seriously, and he’s known for taking on challenges even in his personal life. Price has completed 50 triathlons, run his own military-inspired bootcamps, and even swum the English Channel to raise money for a charity helping veterans returning from war. Price has three daughters with his wife of nearly 30 years.

Denise Dunn, Executive Director

Denise Dunn, MA, LADC, has over 35 years working in behavioral healthcare. Her background includes working with adjudicated youth, in youth crisis shelters, working on Federal Office of Treatment Improvement grant projects, and holding a number of positions working in substance use treatment facilities in standards and compliance and as a case manager, counselor, national trainer, clinical informaticist, and Regional Director of Clinical Excellence and Quality. Denise obtained her Master’s Degree in Addiction Counseling from Hazelden Graduate School and maintains a license as an alcohol and other drug counselor.

Tabitha Johnson, Clinical Director

Tabitha Johnson, Clinical Director

Tabitha Johnson is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Clinical Alcohol & Drug Counselor. She is also an AAMFT-approved supervisor and a governor-appointed Commissioner on the Nevada Commission on Behavioral Health. Since 2009, she began her clinical work with couples, families, and children. Prior to licensure, she worked with the Division of Child and Family Services, Early Childhood Mental Health. She most recently served as Assistant Clinical Director with Bridge Counseling, a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic, where she oversaw 50 clinicians. She is EMDR Part 1- and Part 2-trained and is well versed in trauma. Ms. Johnson is passionate about recovery and working with individuals, couples and families who are impacted by addiction.

Kimberly Kerr, Clinical Manager

Kimberly Kerr

Kimberly Jolynn Kerr is a licensed Individual, Marriage, and Family Therapist in California and Nevada. She earned a Master of Arts in Psychology in October 2014 from California Southern University. She served her internship at Marriage and Family Research Institute in Malibu and Newport Beach, CA working with individuals, couples, and families. Simultaneously, traveling back and forth she interned at Partnerships for Youth at Risk in the State of Nevada where she counseled court-referred clients and led psychoeducational groups for severe childhood trauma and fire-setters in the City of Henderson, NV. Kimberly is also the author of Gracie’s Razzle Dazzle Day and creator of a coping tool. Her deep-rooted passion for all has enlightened a path that encourages, motivates, and brightens hope for many.

Staying Connected in Recovery

Our investment in your sobriety begins when you arrive at Desert Hope and continues after you leave. We help you create an aftercare plan right when you come to treatment, and your case manager will check in with you about your progress and how well you’re following your aftercare plan. Our offerings also include a sober living facility, Resolutions Las Vegas, along with outpatient programs, to keep you on a healthy path.

**Desert Hope Treatment Center is an American Addiction Centers facility. We do not host any form of advertisement on this website, no funding is generated from any advertising or external sources, and there is no conflict of interest to disclose on this website or the content herein. Our funding is generated by substance abuse treatment services provided at our facilities.