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The Transformation
Desert Canyon changed my whole outlook on life. I feel like a completely
different person. My physical and mental appearance have improved greatly. I
think anyone with substance abuse should really consider alternative
- A.S.
When 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.”
- K.E.
I turned into the man I should’ve been all along”.
- T.S.

“It works and it doesn’t require the acceptance of an attitude of helplessness, powerlessness, and relinquishment of personal control”.
- D.W..

A Whole-Person 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.


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