The First Step to Recovery
First impressions are important. From the moment patients arrive for their treatment experience, they will be greeted by friendly faces at our Michael’s House Stabilization Center. Our dedicated team of intake coordinators knows how to make patients feel welcomed and taken care of from the very start. If patients are flying into Palm Springs from out of state, an intake coordinator will meet them at the airport.
The Stabilization Center is unique, modern building with a serene dining area, rooms surrounding the pool, lounge areas, group rooms and staff offices. It provides a cool environment in the warm Palm Springs weather, fostering a regimen of healing for patients seeking recovery.
The Level System
At Michael’s House, we use a level system to determine an individual’s stages of treatment and recovery. During Stabilization, our primary concern is for patients’ safety, health and comfort. When detoxing from a substance, bodies require plenty of rest. They may also need to adjust and stabilize on new medications for a co-occurring disorder. We encourage patients to take the time during stabilization to relax, settle into their rooms and get to know the treatment center. The most important thing is that they take it easy and allow their minds and bodies to heal.
Level 1 is a reflection stage where patients can focus on what they would like to accomplish while in treatment to orient themselves to the treatment program, schedule and staff. This is a time for them to clear their minds and recognize that they are away from the normal stressors of life and outside influences. They can begin to think about their goals in life and what they would like to achieve in recovery.
During Level 2, the preparation level, patients are ready to collect the tools they will need to reach their goals. Working closely with therapists, patients can explore the barriers they may have encountered in achieving their life goals. This is a time when patients can make a plan for change that is right for them.
Patients generally reach Level 3 after they have moved over to the Men’s Center or Women’s Center. Level 3 is the action stage, where patients can start working on their plan with their therapist. They can try new behaviors and skills and find out what works best for them personally. With the help of staff, peers and family, patients can start moving toward their goals.
The Schedule During Stabilization
During patients’ time at the Stabilization Center, their schedule may include some of the following activities:
- Meditation walk (Level 1 and above)
- Process group (Level 1 and above)
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy
- Creative arts, music mindfulness, yoga and meditation techniques
- Educational groups
- 12-Step study
- “Film in Recovery” sessions
- Our Sleep program (for developing healthy sleep habits in recovery)
- Reflection time and journaling
- Guest speaker sessions
- Orientation sessions
Patients in the detox phase have a more limited schedule while they are physically stabilizing. Patients in Level 1 will have pool access, meditation walks, optional off-site church visits with staff, and scheduled phone access determined by the facility. Patients in Level 2 and above are permitted daily use of an off-site gym and off-site 12-Step meetings with staff members.
Here are some of the treatment goals that accompany the Stabilization phase:
- Completing intake history and physical with medical staff
- Initial assessment and evaluation with psychiatrists
- Completing all essential admission paperwork
- Complete mental health assessment
- Attending treatment activities as appropriate and approved by doctor
- Reviewing the Foundations Recovery Network Treatment Workbook
An Integrated Treatment Team and 24-hour Nursing
At the time that patients enter treatment at Michael’s House, they will have a multidisciplinary team handling their treatment process. Their primary therapist, consulting physician, residential counselors, nurses and group leaders meet weekly to discuss their progress and agree on how to plan for their progress, stability and other needs.
Michael’s House has 24-hour nursing, so medical needs can always be treated as they arise.
Psychosocial Treatment for Co-occurring Disorders
Using group as well as individual therapy, we work with patients to identify and focus on specific co-occurring disorders and treat them with appropriate, evidence-based treatments. This therapy incorporates cognitive, behavioral and dynamic elements to provide patients with new information and perspectives on addiction, new coping strategies for dealing with external and internal triggers, and practice applying those tools. Group psychotherapy has been consistently shown to foster an inner experience of competency, connection and the growth of effective interpersonal skills.
Our staff is specially trained in the Foundations Recovery Network treatment model to address the complex needs of individuals with co-occurring disorders and to treat the whole person in a comprehensive way.
2095 N Indian Canyon Dr.
Palm Springs, CA 92262