Addiction and Mental Health Treatment
When Arlene Rosen lost her son Michael to a drug overdose, she committed to starting a treatment center of her own so that she could help spare other families from the pain she experienced. Michael’s House opened in 1989 and has been serving patients and their families through comprehensive integrated treatment for over three decades.
After watching her son emerge from three stints in treatment still addicted, Rosen knew something needed to change. Family participation, giving patients the time they needed to come to grips with their disease, and a flexible program that allowed for the needs of each individual became cornerstones of the program.
At Michael’s House we believe in treating the whole person and not just the addiction, which is why our integrated treatment model is at the core of all we do. By pairing clinical and psychological mental health treatment with our substance abuse treatment programs, our patients are given a chance to get to the root of their addiction. This integrated treatment model has been tested in 11 different federally funded research studies, which have repeatedly shown that its implementation improves patient sobriety outcomes post-treatment compared to the national average of traditional programs.
The current Michael’s House multidisciplinary team includes consulting physicians and psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, alcohol and drug abuse counselors, and nurses, all of whom have been cross-trained in the principles and practices of treating co-occurring disorders. Michael’s House additionally offers services for every step of the recovery journey to simplify the process including medically supervised detox, residential treatment, a Partial Hospitalization Program, and an Intensive Outpatient Program.
“The staff at Michael’s House was very open to everyone. They treated each person on an individual basis based on where you were coming from. They were eager to lend a helping hand.”Bo, Michael’s House Alumni
Services Covering the Full Continuum of Care
Medically Supervised Detox
For many individuals, the first step needs to be a medically supervised detox and stabilization. This process is designed to keep patients safe and comfortable as our medical professionals monitor each patient’s physical health, treating withdrawal symptoms as they arise. By first getting physically healthy, patients will have a strong foundation for building their new life in recovery.
Our residential program allows patients to dedicate all of their time and energy toward their healing and growth. In this environment, everyday distractions and temptations simply aren’t present. By focusing on yourself, you improve your own life while preparing to return to everyday life as a better parent, child, partner, or friend.
Partial Hospitalization Program
This program is the most common step between residential treatment and an intensive outpatient program. While you spend a lot of time at the outpatient facility, you go home or to your sober living house every evening. Like IOP, you’ll be involved in therapy sessions and encouraged to participate in a 12-Step program, but you are also supported by staff at the facility during the day.
Intensive Outpatient Program
For individuals who need a less structured entry point into treatment or that need a step down from residential or PHP, intensive outpatient programs combine frequent therapy sessions with encouraged participation in a 12-Step program. Many IOP patients have individual and/or group therapy for about 10-30 hours a week. Scheduling for treatment sessions is typically the most flexible at the outpatient level of care.
Other Services Offered
- Comprehensive evaluations
- Individual and group therapy
- Gender-specific programs
- LGBTQ+ groups
- Intervention assistance
- Adventure therapy
- Aftercare planning
- Sleep program
- Smoking cessation program
We’re Here to Help You!
Our goal is simple: to provide honest, straightforward, life-changing help. If you have any questions, or if you’re ready to take the next step, give us a call at 760-548-4032.
Treatment is not one-size-fits-all. When you contact us, the first thing we’ll do is ask you a few specific questions to gather the information we need to make sure that our services are the best clinical fit for your loved one. Getting you the most appropriate help and support is always our top priority.
For many individuals, insurance options can be complicated and frustrating to sort out. For this reason, we have a team of clinicians dedicated to reviewing your information and doing the legwork of determining what your insurance will cover and what potential out-of-pocket costs you or your loved one could be facing.
Once we’ve determined the facility that will be the best fit for you, the next step is to schedule you for admission as soon as possible. Our experienced team will guide you through the entire process and help simplify everything as much as possible for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How do you convince someone to seek help?
We know this question ultimately comes from a place of love, which makes us wish we had a perfect equation for getting someone into treatment. Deciding to get help is a personal decision, which we know may be a scary realization for you. While you cannot will your loved one into treatment, you can encourage them to get help and support them if they decide to go on their own. Our team is always happy to help you through the process of getting a loved one into treatment, so feel free to reach out anytime.
- My loved one has been to treatment before. What will be different?
We believe what makes us different is our understanding that people are not simply made up of conditions that need to be treated; they are human beings who have multifaceted lives and complex needs. We understand that our treatment plans are next to useless without building meaningful relationships. Our comprehensive approach is designed to foster emotional and mental health in an effort to yield true healing. Each element of our programs are intended to support your loved one’s overall health. We believe that treating the whole person – mind, body, spirit – is vital to sustainable recovery.
- How long does treatment last?
Time spent in treatment varies by patient, and while it may be different for your loved one, the average length of stay in an inpatient-setting is between 25 and 30 days. In an outpatient-setting, the average time frame is 30 sessions. Regardless of the amount of time, we will find the best program for your loved one by factoring in the components of their life, including their particular diagnosis, their work, their family, and their insurance coverage.
It’s also important to note that the end of an inpatient stay isn’t usually the end of treatment altogether. We’re here for you through all of the steps down, including outpatient and aftercare.
- How much does treatment cost?
Cost depends on what you or your loved one wants, needs, and, honestly, have the resources to pay for, including what your insurance or your loved one’s insurance will cover. We want to help you find the best clinical fit for your loved one’s individual needs. Even if we determine that we aren’t the best fit for your loved one either clinically or financially, we have a whole team designated to helping connect people with other options that can help them.
- How do I find out if my insurance policy covers treatment costs?
Even when you have health insurance, it can be difficult navigating the maze of insurance coverage for co-occurring disorders, substance abuse, or alcohol addiction. Our admissions coordinators have expertise in speaking the complex language of your insurance company. We accept most insurances, and we do the legwork of verifying your benefits, helping you understand copays and other factors that affect your out-of-pocket costs.
- Can my loved one keep their job and seek treatment?
Employers are required to comply with federal and state regulations when it comes to residential treatment. The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) applies to treatment for serious health conditions, and addiction is a very serious condition that often requires inpatient treatment. Once it becomes clear that you need treatment, your employer cannot take action against you for exercising your right to take FMLA leave for substance abuse treatment. However, if you are concerned your employer has communicated specific, nondiscriminatory policies about substance use, you can discuss this with our admissions coordinators, and we’ll be happy to help you get answers.