Canyon changed my whole outlook on life. I feel like a completely
different person. My physical and mental appearance have improved
think anyone with substance abuse should really consider alternative
you have decided that it is time to take control of your life, the
program and staff at Desert Canyon have created the most empowering
environment possible to do so. Do not waste your time anywhere else.
turned into the man I shouldve been all along.
works and it doesnt require the acceptance of an attitude
of helplessness, powerlessness, and relinquishment of personal control.
Model vs. the Disease Model
Desert Canyon sees addictions as the result of several areas of the person
in dysfunction. The whole-person approach treats the key areas, including
therapeutic methods, bio-nutritional program, spiritual reconnection,
family therapy, career development and more. As a result, clients become
more healthy, strong, balanced, "centered" and happy. Their
level of aliveness is significantly increased, as well as their feelings
of connection to themselves and to others. They have more skills and confidence
in creating the lives they want, complete with good relationships, a satisfying
job or career, and enjoyment of the moment.The disease model implies that
there is something wrong with a person that cannot be healed. While there
may be predispositions to addiction (physically, emotionally, and socially),
Desert Canyon is able to identify and treat these areas specifically,
using the most state-of-the-art methods available today. For example,
research has shown that there are indeed alcoholic bio-chemistries that
make some people predisposed. But, rather than a "disease",
these are considered to be conditions that can be treated and/or managed
and their impact dramatically reduced. In addition, emotional issues,
childhood traumas and other significant personal and interpersonal problems
are profoundly addressed by our professional staff.
Powerful vs. Powerless
A vast majority of those that are chemically-dependent have self-esteem
issues and feel powerless in the face of beating their addiction. Desert
Canyon focuses on building self-esteem and helping people begin to feel
their own self-worth again. This in turn builds their confidence and their
ability to create the lives they want. With a sense of powerfulness and
self-worth, people are in a better place to say "no" to unhealthy,
addictive behaviors and to say "yes" to the healthy choices
that make life worth living. In addition, people gain skill at recognizing
the addictive "part" of themselves and at diffusing its power.
Choice vs. One Day at a Time
Whenever someone makes a conscious change in their life, it begins with
choice. Even those who use the "one day at a time" approach
find that one day they simply decide, "I will never drink or use
again!" Desert Canyon engages individuals to make this choice for
themselves and in this way take their lives back into their own hands.
This declaration is made in a meaningful setting and stays with the person
long after they have left Desert Canyon.
Small Facility vs. Institutional Setting
Desert Canyon is a small facility with only a 10-bed capacity. This homelike
setting minimizes that "institutional" feeling and provides
an abundance of personal attention. It also enables us to tailor the program
to individual needs. Our clients tell us they truly appreciate this special
attention to their unique needs.
No Shame, No Blame
Desert Canyon believes that shame and blame do not, in fact, bring about
the desired result of modifying behavior in others. Quite the contrary,
it often brings up resentment, belligerence, and lowers self-esteem in
the face of life's ups and downs. Desert Canyon uses a positive approach
that engages each person's will and strengthens each individual's sense
of self-worth. Skills are given to help people choose and become more
aware so that addictive behaviors are not repeated in the future.
Transitional Support vs. Ongoing Meetings
Desert Canyon emphasizes empowerment and skill-building to strengthen
a person's ability to be in the world with the means to deal with its
many ups and downs. After completing the program, clients are encouraged
to participate in Aftercare sessions with other Desert Canyon alumni.
However, the emphasis is not on long-term dependence on our staff or meetings.
Armed with a variety of easy, yet very powerful techniques, alumni are
encouraged to wean themselves from the program and minimize their need
for outside professional support. In addition, a natural bonding and mentoring
often occurs among alumni that provides a more meaningful and personal
support system that is there when it's needed.