Sunspire Health Desert Palms

Ratings & Reviews Reviews
  • Overall: 4.4
  • Accommodations: 4.5
  • Meals: 4.2
  • Effectiveness: 4.5
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Contact Information
67580 Jones Road
Cathedral City, CA 92234
  • $ Paying for Treatment
    • Insurance is Accepted
    • Financing is Available
    • Medicare is not Accepted
    • Medicaid is not Accepted

Treatment Insights

Sunspire Health Desert Palms is a licensed residential treatment facility offering individualized behavioral health treatment plans for men and women suffering from substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders. We provide a full continuum of integrated care that includes detox, residential treatment, Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), and Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). At Desert Palms, we treat addiction as a chronic illness, a disease as defined by ASAM as: "A primary, chronic disease with genetic, psychosocial, and environmental factors influencing its development and manifestations."

Sunspire Health Desert Palms Reviews and Ratings Details

The following is based on a combination of Surveys of Alumni, Staff, Loved Ones, and Reviews and Ratings from around the web.

Reviews at a Glance

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Strengths included the clinical Staff, Nursing, MD / Psychiatrist / Caring Technicians Would like to see more outside 12 steps meetings My experience at Desert Palms was beyond my expectations. In ter...


the facility's strengths include always having writing utensils.not enough arts supplies well im still sober


staffcant think of anyI took in as much as I could and partcipated


Activities, counseling, leisure time, core programI were all great. I didn't really think there were any weaknesses Desert Palms staff are very knowledgeable. The techs have real world experience and ...


This facility is organized and the staff is educated. Some were also in my shoes, so that made a difference too.This treatment center saved my life. It gave me a second chance at life and gave me back...


staff treated me with utmost respect they were very patient with us counselor was extremely educated and helpful with my problems great place to start a new life of recovery


staff at the time they weren't euip. to help with my spinal issuesI was taught the skills to help me stay xclean .. the alumi is so very important .


Privacy, compassion, understanding . Really liked that all staff were in recovery also. I learned a lot about my addiction and how to put what I learned into practice.


I don't know the other therapist but there were two other therapists that were really great they accompanied me with every aspect of recovery and support that I needed. The kitchen staff were awesome,...


This facility was great.


There are people that are truly concerned about your recovery and will do all that they can to help you accomplish that I cannot think of any weaknesses. The only thing I can say is that is the best ...


Sooooo bad, if you treasure your loved ones mental wellbeing don\'t send them here!!!


This program is a joke, they lie to you to get you there and take ur phone away ... treat you like sub par humans when it is suppose to be a \"luxury facility\"... the food is soooooo bad, basically n...


Compassionate, effective, accommodating, resourceful knowledgeable and a well-rounded program . Our 24 yr old son relocated to Desert Palm to enter an IPO program with Sunspire Rehab. He had done ...


The staff here are very educated In the addiction recovery field, my counselor help me to uderstand so much about my self the food was good, we learned to meditate and understand addiction and why we ...


Staff let me be heard and pointed me in a direction of continued action. Everything was fantastic but halfway through my stay a new kitchen manager was appointed and he seemed more concerned with cost...


Desert Palms is a beautiful facility with a wonderful staff. i can\'t say enough about the staff truly caring people with a passion for recovery. This program not only gave me tools to help with my ...


Desert Palms changed my life. The evidence based treatment and the knowledgeable staff were not only amazing, but went the extra mile to show you how much they cared. The people at Desert Palms change...


Excellent staff and environment comfortable living space and plenty of focus on treatment. Individualized treatment plan with amazing group sessions as well as one on one therapy to dig into root issu...


Excellent Councilors and staff.We went to alot of different AA and NA meetings.I had gender problems also and they helped me . No activities besides gym.Nothing really to do but stand around and smoke...


I had such an amazing experience and will forever be grateful, I look forward to the next alumni reunion to see everyone.


When I went there I was broken and dying. I felt hopeless and worthless. I had almost given up, but my family had not. They called an addiction hotline that got me in contact with this location. I ...


the staff and location, the best thing you can say about a place - it worked


It's small and personalized. Very focused staff. Felt well cared for. I didn't like cathedral city. Polluted, a bit depressing. I liked the small size and holistic approach, including meditation.


Strenghts: It worked. Weaknesses: Far away. If you are ready to go it will work.




I would definitely reccomend the program to anybody looking for help. Overall the program really worked as a unit to help the people who went into their care. They set me up with a whole plan when I r...


I loved my time there and have not had to relapse since, two years later. The location and facilities were top-notch and very comfortable, allowing me to focus 100% on the process of saving my life. P...


It was in a nice location and had a good atmosphere. Lots of fun activities. Taught good coping skills. Individual needs weren't quite accommodated.


I must say how impressed I was when I went for Family weekend and how professional everyone is. The place is Beautiful and Clean and the food is Scrumptous. My Loved one is well and YOU ALL saved his...



Areas of Focus
Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity

Desert Palms caters to the needs of the LGBTQ community. Individual and group therapy focuses on the topics of sexual orientation and gender identity. Patients’ sensitive needs in treatment are addressed according to their gender identity and family of choice is respected. 

Trauma Release

Desert Palms staff is experienced in working with patients with a history of many types of trauma. Specializations include sexual trauma, military trauma and early life childhood experiences that must be addressed in therapy in order to attempt to overcome it and truly recover from addiction.

Young Adults

Desert Palms works with young adults ranging from 18 – 25 years old who enter the residential program for addiction and co-occurring disorders. By grouping young adults together in therapy, Desert Palms is able to facilitate and support conversations about struggles and triggers that are specific to this age group. Often, patients in recovery form lasting bonds and support networks that continue after treatment.

Relapse Prevention

Patients who have been through treatment multiple times in the past need therapies specific to their experiences that will motivate them to actively engage in treatment in order to break the cycle of rehab and relapse that has brought them to Desert Palms.

Co-Occurring Disorders

Patients that have specific challenges related to mental health are given specialized treatment options that allow them to work on both addiction and mental health issues in one setting with specifically trained clinicians skilled in psychiatric care. 

Alumni Testimonials
  • You have inspired me, and helped me learn who I am and who I can be when I put my mind to it. If you would have told me 68 days ago that I would leave from Desert Palms confident, independent and loving who I am, I would have thought you were crazy. You have taught me how to spread my wings and fly alone. I could have never done this without your help. For that, I am eternally grateful.
  • If it was not for your firmness, patience and persistence, I would have walked out and made the worst mistake of my life. Staying here was ultimately the best decision I have ever made. I feel safe going back into the world and facing reality, as you have provided me with the self-confidence, the knowledge and the skills that I never knew I had. I feel I have been given a second chance and commend you for the work you do to save the lives of others as you have done with mine.
    Andrew A.
Key Staff Members
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    John Nekic, MBA - Executive Director

    As Executive Director of Sunspire Health Desert Palms, John oversees the financial performance, operations and strategic direction of the center, striving to continually improve productivity and efficiency to offer the highest quality treatment for patients. John is an energetic leader and a creative problem solver who has a proven performance record of executing plans, optimizing operations and leading his team to achieve outstanding results.

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    Jonathan Wynne - Director of Clinical Outreach

    Jonathan Wynne is responsible for developing and maintaining referral sources on a national level, while also generating referrals from clinicians and other sources. Prior to this role, Jonathan was a National Outreach Liaison for PRIDE Institute in Eden Prairie, MN and a Principal Partner for Premier Merchant Services in California, where he managed operations, sales, and marketing.

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    Bryan Wilmoth, CATC III - Director of Outpatient Services

    Bryan Wilmoth is the Director of Outpatient Services at Sunspire Health Palm Desert IOP with two decades of experience working with those suffering with substance use disorders. In 2007, Bryan received the Warrior Award from the City of West Hollywood for his dedication to the recovery community and his service on the Sacramento Ryan White Planning Council, AIDS Project Los Angeles panel, and City of West Hollywood's Alternative Meth Treatment Forum. He earned a B.A. in Social Work from California State University, Los Angeles and is a CAADE Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor III.