Specialized Treatment

We offer specialized programs for diverse groups of patients who face their own unique challenges in recovery from substance use disorders. When developing your individualized treatment plan, our staff can determine whether you may benefit from one or more of our specialized programs.


veteran salutes at flag in treatment program at desert hope

Veterans who have seen and experienced combat first-hand are at high risk for suffering PTSD and substance use disorders.

Many veterans also suffer from injuries and health problems sustained during active duty and use drugs and alcohol to relieve their symptoms.

Our Veterans program is built for men and women who served in the military and who need help recovering from substance use disorders and co-occurring disorders like depression and PTSD.

First Responders

Firefighters, police officers, and other first responders are often exposed to trauma, violence, and other difficult situations that may influence them to use drugs and alcohol as coping methods.

First responders are also often affected by long hours, lack of sleep, and physical pain that they may try to relieve using substances. Our First Responders program is designed to help this population address and manage common stressors without relying on drugs and alcohol.


Trauma is a common root cause of substance use disorders. Common traumatic incidents include near-death situations, sexual assault, and the death of a loved one. We offer trauma-focused therapies and counseling to help you recover from your trauma in addition to your substance use disorder.

Gender-Specific Treatment

Nearly all of our treatment programs at Desert Hope are gender-specific. Women track with women and men track with men, and our treatment center has each separate living quarters and designated activity areas for each gender. We understand and recognize how substance use disorders affect men and women differently. Separating genders during treatment allows all patients to benefit from a comfortable experience and successful long-term recovery.


People who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender are often at higher risk for substance use disorders due to factors such as discrimination, social stigma, and harassment. Our LGBTQ treatment program gives these individuals a safe forum in which to discuss and process personal issues that tie in with their substance use disorders. We help facilitate a weekly LGBTQ group meeting that is located offsite, just minutes away from our treatment center.