Desert Hope Outpatient Center
- Recovery-Oriented Challenge Therapy
- Psychoeducational and Didactic Groups
- 12-Step Work
- Family Therapy
- Medical & Psychiatric Sessions
OutpatientOutpatient treatment describes all addiction treatment that is not residential. Patients live at home while undergoing rehab.
Intensive Outpatient (IOP)Patients who undergo intensive outpatient treatment continue to live at home and sometimes go to school or work while participating in a highly structured treatment protocol that is focused on ending substance abuse. Programs vary in terms of how much treatment patients receive, how often and for how long. Some facilities design individualized intensive outpatient treatment programs.
12-StepThe term “12 Step Program” describes a way to recover from addiction that is based on the model developed by Alcoholics Anonymous. Many drug and alcohol treatment centers base their treatment on 12 steps – the first three of which are situational, the next four addressing the practical issues created by the addiction, followed by two steps focused on making amends for hurting others. Steps 10 and 11 involve a deeper examination of the previous steps and the final step is focused on helping others avoid and recover from addiction.
Family ProgranResearch shows that the odds of successful, sustained recovery from addiction are far higher when family members and loved ones are involved in treatment. Drug and alcohol addiction often have genetic roots, whether related to substance abuse, mental illness or both. Family dynamics also play a role and, often, family members are the first to realize a loved one has developed an addiction. Also, it’s important for family members to understand and embrace the lifestyle changes that are required to sustain recovery.
Meet the Staff
- Joseph Gosser, AAHSM, CADCIIOP CoordinatorJoseph Gosser entered the recovery industry eight years ago. He is experienced in all positions related to recovery, most notably having served as a sober-living manager, behavioral health technician, and therapist. He currently focuses on supporting and expediting the smooth and orderly functioning of the outpatient milieu, including direct oversight of transportation, meals, medication compliance, scheduling and inventory.
- Linda Kuo-RiceClinical Manager“I truly believe it takes a community with medical, social and psychological resources for a person to begin and stay in his or her recovery journey.” Linda Kuo-Rice, Ph.D., CPC., CCM., QMHP, is a licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in both Illinois and Nevada. She obtained her Master’s and PhD degrees in Counseling from Western Michigan University. Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Dr. Kuo-Rice came to the United States in 1997 to compete her graduate program. She moved from Chicago to Las Vegas in 2002 and has been practicing as a professional counselor since 2005, working in the mental health and chemical dependency fields in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Dr. Kuo-Rice also supervises interns who are pursuing their clinical licenses in Nevada. Dr. Kuo-Rice is a single mother and a people person who is passionate about helping people who struggle with mental health and addiction. When she realized just how many people in U.S. struggle with these issues, Dr. Kuo-Rice Hence completed a 600-hour certificate training program in substance abuse assessment and treatment during her graduate studies to better understand the reasons some people turn to substances to cope and to learn different evidence-based methods/ techniques to better serve individuals in need.
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ABOUT DESERT HOPE TREATMENT CENTER - OUTPATIENT
Desert Hope Treatment Center remains open and committed to providing critical addiction treatment during the Coronavirus pandemic. Additionally, Desert Hope is working with Addiction Labs of America to test all patients for COVID-19.
Located beside the Las Vegas National Golf Course in southern Las Vegas, Desert Hope Treatment Center offers a full spectrum of treatments for adults struggling with chemical dependency or dual diagnoses, including medical detox, residential treatment, and outpatient care. The facility is owned by American Addiction Centers, a major chain of rehabs with facilities around the United States, and the owner of Rehabs.com.
The outpatient facility, located a few blocks from the residential center, offers an intensive outpatient program (IOP), offered at 54.5 percent of Nevada-based rehabs, and standard outpatient care.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
This center's programs are offered as either a step-down from more intensive care — for instance at Desert Hope's nearby residential facility — or an entry into treatment. In general, Desert Hope uses a multidisciplinary program that combines evidence-based practices, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), a modality utilized at 53.2 percent of Nevada facilities, with optional 12-step participation.
At the outpatient center, each client is assigned a primary therapist. Most treatment is carried out in the settings of individual and group therapy, where clients discuss their personal progress and goals and receive skill- building instruction for recovery.
Families are encouraged to participate in treatment when appropriate, either via webcam or in-person. All clients also have the opportunity to engage in recovery-oriented challenge therapy, which includes a ropes course, hiking, rock climbing, and team sports. Medical and psychiatric sessions can be arranged as appropriate.
Clients begin preparing for aftercare at the beginning of treatment, to ensure that they leave with a solid discharge plan.
Desert Hope, as a whole, employs an MD, a master's-level counselor, and nurses, but it's unclear from the facility's website which of these are stationed at the outpatient center. The four outpatient alumni polled by Rehabs.com to date on the staff were impressed with their aptitude.
Staff Experience and Training: 4.5/5
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
All nine alumni polled by Rehabs.com to date gave positive feedback for the facility. In the only pieces of criticism, alum Eric wrote that some staff members had "Hot Heads" and the physical facility "wasn't the best" — however, like most other alumni, Eric praised the center's effective programming and caring staff.
In particular, many reviewers noted how much they had learned from the staff. "I learned so much from the staff there and it was very helpful that many of the great staff members had been in my position before," Letitia wrote in a representative review.
Others noted that the tools they acquired at Desert Hope helped them to achieve lasting sobriety. "They gave me a beautiful place to begin my healing and made sure I was set up with a plan and a group of doctors to come home to," Dawn wrote in one such comment. The four alumni polled on the facility's offerings in a variety of treatment metrics were impressed by its counseling options and family participation, though offered more moderate ratings concerning holistic offerings.
Counseling options: 4.3/5
Family Participation: 4/5
Holistic Offerings: 3.3/5
Desert Hope had mostly positive feedback on secondary sites at the time of this writing, with average ratings of 4.7 out of five stars based on 34 reviews on Google and 4.6 stars based on nine opinions on Facebook, which the facility may manage. On Yelp, the facility received a one-star rating, a perfect five-star rating, plus five "not recommended" reviews that all offered five-star ratings.  
Like alumni polled by Rehabs.com, the reviewers repeatedly praised the center's caring staff and noted that they had learned a lot at the center. "The people were very friendly. Very positive atmosphere. I learned a lot of information here to better help me in my recovory. Highly recommended!!!!" Ryan wrote in a representative review on Facebook.
Desert Hope accepts private insurance, which is accepted at 75.3 percent of Nevada facilities, and private pay. The facility also offers payment plans for uninsured clients. The four individuals polled by Rehabs.com on the matter approved of the center's cost.
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