Treatment Levels Of Care

When you or your loved one first arrives at Desert Hope, our staff will perform a comprehensive medical and psychological evaluation to determine the appropriate level of care. Desert Hope will consider any person for admission regardless of race, religion, gender identity or expression, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, or referral source. Our treatment center only admits individuals 18 years old or older.

During the intake process, we will determine the appropriate level of care by assessing things like:

  • Severity of drug and/or alcohol use disorder(s).
  • Risk of significantly severe or complicated withdrawal.
  • Co-occurring mental or physical health problems.
  • Psychosocial history.

At Desert Hope, we offer a continuum of care spanning from medical detox all the way to outpatient services. You or your loved one may transition to lower or higher levels of care when appropriate.

Medical Detox

Our medical detox allows you to more safely detox from drugs and alcohol in a quiet environment while receiving 24/7 supervision and care as needed. Medical detox usually lasts between 5 and 7 days, during which our physicians and nurses will strive to alleviate your withdrawal symptoms.

The necessity of medical detox depends on several factors, including the substance(s) that were used (e.g., alcohol, opioids, etc.), the anticipated severity of withdrawal symptoms, and the presence of any significant medical and/or mental health issues. To make detox safer, Desert Hope utilizes EarlySense® technology, a monitoring device placed under the patient’s mattress that tracks their heart rate, breathing rate, and movement and will alert nursing staff in real-time to any noteworthy changes so they can respond to potential high-risk medical situations.

Inpatient Rehabilitation (IR)

If you arrive at Desert Hope with an acute or unstable medical condition that requires a higher level of medical supervision, you may be assigned to our inpatient, or intensive, rehab program if it can safely meet your needs. Inpatient rehab provides you with 24/7 medical supervision and care as needed to keep you safe and work toward medical stabilization.

We will develop a customized treatment plan for you that includes individual and group therapy sessions and therapeutic activities. If you are diagnosed with a co-occurring disorder such as depression or PTSD, you will receive integrated therapy that addresses both your substance use disorder and mental health disorder.

Residential Treatment

Residential treatment, or live-in rehab, is ideal for those who benefit from living at our treatment facility with staff accessible 24/7, but who do not have a medical condition that requires around-the-clock monitoring and care. Our residential treatment program allows you to live in a drug-free environment where you can actively participate in individual and group therapy sessions.

Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

Patients who join our PHP program, sometimes called “day treatment,” receive therapy at least 5 days per week for a minimum of 6 hours per day. This highly structured treatment program includes individual and group therapy and a wide range of therapeutic activities.

You will spend 90 minutes in a process group with an assigned therapist and peers. PHP also allows you to engage and connect with other individuals striving to stay in recovery through peer support groups and sober activities.

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Patients who join our IOP receive therapy at least three days per week for a minimum of 3 hours per day. Our IOP is structured similarly to our PHP but is less intensive and focuses more on helping you integrate back into your ordinary life in a healthy way.

During your time in an IOP, you will work on finalizing aftercare plans and learn how to embrace a new, healthier, sober lifestyle.

Outpatient Program (OP)

Regular outpatient services are available at Desert Hope Outpatient Center. Regular outpatient therapy is not as intensive as an IOP and so is a more flexible option. Your treatment plan will be tailored to your needs.

Sober Living

Patients who complete one or more treatment programs at Desert Hope can transition to a nearby sober living facility if they want to keep focusing on recovery and aren’t ready to return home. Those who transition to a local sober living facility in our network can receive transportation to and from Desert Hope Outpatient Center to participate in ongoing therapy.

Sober living may be highly beneficial for those at high risk for relapse and who need a supportive social network to stay on track with recovery.

Planning for Your Aftercare

During your time at Desert Hope, you will work with your treatment team to make a plan for the next steps to take when you leave your current program. We want you to keep your momentum and stay focused on your recovery, and we do everything we can to help you do so.