• Men’s Program

    The Men’s Program at Michael’s House is a place to find solid ground in recovery. Its strength-based curriculum enables men to process and problem-solve, recognize positive and negative patterns, build character, find balance and establish life goals. The experienced staff in the Men’s Program facilitate patients’ renewal and recovery in a way that stabilizes and builds them up so that they are prepared to overcome challenges and respond to life with new coping skills and healthy behaviors. Our positive, affirming program paves the way for men to achieve and sustain long-term recovery.

Clinical Program Elements

We have a comprehensive clinical program that is focused on integrated treatment for substance use and co-occurring mental health issues.

Our Men’s Program includes:
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Two individual therapy sessions with primary therapist per week
  • Four process groups per week
  • 24-hour nursing access
  • LGBTQ+ process group available
  • Sleep program (for developing healthy sleep habits in recovery)
  • Educational groups
  • Recovery planning for relapse prevention

Patients may also attend 12-Step meetings (on-site or off-site, depending on their treatment level) and other process groups that promote recovery.

Activities and Features

Michael’s House patients typically stay anywhere from 30 to 90 days. Activities are scheduled on a six-week rotation and may vary based on where they fall on the schedule, weather, and availability of staff.

Here are just a few of the activities men may participate in during their treatment:
  • Five mile adventure hike
  • Rock climbing at Riverside
  • Visit to Joshua Tree National Park
  • Visit to the Palm Springs Tramway
  • Visit to Boomers Amusement Park (go-karts, miniature golf, rock wall, bumper boats, game room)

Therapeutic Elements

During their time in the Men’s Program, patients may participate in some regular therapeutic activities, such as the following:
  • Gym access at an off-site gym with staff (Level 2 and above)
  • Massage (not included in initial treatment cost/available with a doctor’s note)
  • Yoga and meditation
  • Recovery Rocks (rock painting/art therapy)

During treatment, patients will also be working through the Foundations Recovery Network Treatment Workbook, which provides educational information and opportunities for processing and learning in recovery. The therapeutic elements of our program work together to create a unique healing experience.

Michael's House Men's Pool

Group and Individual Therapy

Each individual at Michael’s House will participate in a minimum of 20 hours of group therapy each month and one to two individual therapy sessions weekly (frequency of individual therapy sessions is based on the clinical assessment of the primary therapist). Individual sessions focus on each individual’s specific needs, and therapeutic modalities implemented will vary accordingly. In addition, Michael’s House will remain attentive to each individual’s needs and may increase the amount of individual therapy as clinically indicated.

We have a number of groups that are regularly scheduled each week, including the following:

  • Orientation/aftercare group
  • Relapse prevention group
  • Meditation
  • Primary single gender therapy
  • Yoga and expressive art therapy
  • Boundaries
  • 12-Step facilitation
  • Combined gender therapy

We also offer a variety of other therapeutic groups that are made available a minimum of one time each month. These groups include family therapy. Experiential work is the essence of our approach to the therapeutic process, which we incorporate into all of our groups as well as individual therapy sessions.


Challenge and Adventure Therapy

Challenge activities such as hiking, volleyball, and aquatic therapy are designed to address basic recovery issues as well as to move patients into deeper insight and healing. These group sessions utilize traditional group therapy, structured experiential group work, metaphor therapy, and adventure-based counseling. Learning and internalizing the concepts of limits, boundaries, self-care, acceptance, letting go and accountability are important themes in this form of therapy.

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Staff Highlights

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.

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