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Therapies at Desert Hope

Addiction can change a person’s behaviors and thought processes in ways that make them prioritize drugs and alcohol over their health, wellness, and personal and professional responsibilities.

The evidence-based therapies we offer at Desert Hope can help you modify harmful behaviors and thoughts contributing to your problematic substance use and teach you healthier ways to manage stress without reaching for drugs and alcohol.

We offer individual and group therapy in all our treatment programs to help you experience a well-rounded recovery. Individual therapy is structured and customized for your unique needs and allows you to speak openly and privately with your therapist about your substance use disorder and the struggles you face.

Group therapy allows you to interact with peers and discuss common challenges you may face as you work toward recovering from substance use disorders together.

Therapies Offered

At Desert Hope, you’ll participate in recovery-oriented therapies chosen just for you based on your assigned level of care, co-occurring mental health disorders, and aftercare recovery plan.

Desert Hope’s therapeutic offerings include:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT): This therapy, which is very commonly used in the treatment of substance use disorders, helps you identify and change negative and irrational thoughts and behaviors that propel substance abuse.
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT): This therapy focuses on improving a patient’s ability to envision, articulate, an pursue goals, develop coping skills, and work on acceptance. DBT is effective in the treatment of patients with suicidal tendencies and/or a dual diagnosis for borderline personality disorder.
  • The Matrix Model: This integrative therapy often used in the treatment of stimulant addiction combines a number of treatment approaches including recovery skills groups, 12-step meetings, family therapy, and more to help you achieve long-term abstinence from drugs and alcohol.
  • Motivational interviewing: This therapy focuses on helping you resolve any ambivalence about getting sober and empowering you to achieve abstinence.
  • Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing – EMDR is commonly used to treat trauma and PTSD and helps you reprocess traumatic events, negative thoughts, and harmful beliefs contributing to your substance use disorder.
  • Family therapy: Family therapy involves your loved ones in treatment so you can improve the family dynamic and repair relationships and address resentments that may be a continuing strain on the family unit.
  • Psychoeducation: This therapeutic intervention teaches you the ins and outs of substance use disorders and addiction to help you feel more empowered about sobriety and recovery.

Recreational and Expressive Therapies

During treatment, patients may be able to participate in:

  • Expressive arts therapy: At Desert Hope, we offer art and music therapy to help you express your emotions while reducing stress and anxiety as you work through recovery.
  • Equine therapy: This animal-assisted therapy allows you to care for and spend time with horses. It offers countless benefits including improved self-worth and a greater sense of responsibility.

MAT and EMDR are offered on a case-by-case basis to qualifying individuals based on results from medical evaluation and assessment.

Do You Offer MAT?

Medication-assisted treatment, or MAT, is available at Desert Hope, though it may not be an appropriate treatment option for all patients. MAT combines counseling and behavioral therapy with medications that reduce alcohol and opioid withdrawal symptoms and help you avoid relapse.

We can discuss whether you’re an ideal candidate MAT  at the time of intake.

Recovery Groups

Connecting with peers in a therapeutic group setting can give you the support and motivation you need to achieve long-term recovery and abstinence from drugs and alcohol.

We offer the following peer recovery groups at Desert Hope:

  • Alcoholics Anonymous : AA uses the 12-step model to facilitate discussion about alcohol use disorder and recovery, and supports the notion that healing can take place when you surrender to a higher power as you define it.
  • Narcotics Anonymous: NA uses the same 12-step model as AA, but is designed for people who abuse substances other than alcohol such as heroin, opioids, and stimulants.
  • SMART Recovery: This recovery group and 12-step alternative focuses on 4points instead of 12, and on self-empowerment instead of surrendering to a higher power.

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