What to Know About Your Loved One’s Treatment

When you’re invested in your loved one’s recovery from addiction, you may be curious about how they’ll be spending their time while at Desert Hope and how you can remain in contact with them. Our facility offers many therapies and therapeutic activities that will help your loved one adjust to a healthier lifestyle and learn the skills they need to stay abstinent from drugs and alcohol.

What Will My Loved One Be Doing at Desert Hope?

group therapy session at desert hope for addiction treatment

Every patient has their own individualized treatment plan. Your loved one’s treatment plan will be structured around factors such as the severity of their substance use disorder, their history with substance abuse, and whether they have a co-occurring mental health disorder such as depression, bipolar disorder, or an anxiety disorder.

Your loved one’s curriculum will include therapies that address the unique challenges they may face when recovering from their addiction.

Therapies are held in both individual and group sessions, the latter of which helps patients connect and identify with peers who are struggling with similar issues.

Your loved one’s treatment may include approaches such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, the Matrix Model, psychoeducation, and motivational interviewing. Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, or EMDR, may also be available for qualifying patients.

During your loved one’s time in treatment, they will also be working with their team on creating an aftercare plan to follow when their time in rehab comes to an end. 

Desert Hope offers Spanish translation for Spanish-speaking family members to ensure that you get the information you need before and during treatment. 

Can I Talk to Him or Her?

Your loved one will be not be available to speak with you for the duration of medical detox or the first 72 hours after starting residential treatment. This “blackout period” gives them time to get settled in and adjusted to their new treatment schedule. This also allows our medical staff to closely monitor your loved one’s vitals and psychiatric health, especially in the case that they are in medical detox.

After the initial waiting period, you can speak to your loved one at any time outside of programming hours (times they’re receiving therapy and psychoeducation).

If you do not hear from your loved one, it’s possible they may be taking time to focus on their recovery. You may contact us, however, be advised that we may only release information to you if your loved one has given us express permission to do so.

In the event of a serious medical emergency, our staff will notify family or other emergency contacts.

See our cell phone and electronics policy for a complete rundown on rules and restrictions regarding patient cell phone access.

What Is My Role?

Recovering from a substance use disorder can be difficult without supportive friends and family members who can cheer you on.

At Desert Hope, we offer family therapy to help improve family dynamics and address barriers to recovery such as codependence, generational addiction, and unhealthy home environments.

Staying in close contact with your loved one throughout their treatment stay and agreeing to family therapy can help your loved one stay motivated and may help set the stage for an easier transition home. Note that during COVID, all family therapy is virtual.

It’s also crucial you maintain your own mental health, and therapy, counseling, and peer support can help you just as it helps your loved one. As the family member of a patient (or former patient) at Desert Hope,you can access the Family Support Team through the American Addiction Centers (AAC) Recovery App.

The Recovery App allows you to post and share content with other families, watch videos and podcasts, track milestones, and more. The information you post will only be viewable to the Family Support Team and other families of addiction treatment patients (i.e., kept private from your loved one in recovery).

Family Visits

Family members can visit their loved ones at Desert Hope on Saturdays and Sundays. Your loved one may receive 2 visitors from their pre-approved visitation list per scheduled visit time. Make sure your loved one has added you to this list before your visit.*

After you arrive, you will be asked to sign our guestbook and a confidentiality and privacy agreement. You will also be searched and asked to leave any outside food and drink behind, unless those items are sealed and unopened.

Desert Hope hosts two Family Days per month so that families can meet in large groups. Family Days are held on Saturdays between the hours of 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. You may contact our facility at any time to learn more about the next scheduled Family Day.*

Desert Hope Treatment Center is located at 2465 East Twain Avenue in Las Vegas, NV, 89121.

We are located about 10 minutes away from Harry Reid International Airport near many hotels, including the casino hotels on nearby Las Vegas Boulevard.

* Family weekends and family days are currently on hold due to COVID. 

Can I Bring Gifts or Items to Desert Hope?

Yes, you may bring gifts and other items to Desert Hope during visitation hours. However, our staff will screen all items and open gifts beforehand for safety purposes and to make sure no prohibited items are brought onto the premises.