Desert Palms Recovery Center

4.4 (35 reviews) ADD YOUR REVIEW
67580 Jones Road
Cathedral City, CA 92234
8777605623 Visit Website

Paying for Treatment

  • Insurance is Accepted
  • Financing is Available
  • Medicare is not Accepted
  • Medicaid is not Accepted

Treatment Insights

Desert Palms Recovery Center 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."

Desert Palms Recovery Center 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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Desert Palms isn’t bad. It’s safe, comfortable and food is good. I chose this facility because they advertised as Dual Diagnosis and specializes in DBT. That was not experience. I was serious abou...


This place saved my life and by the grace of God I have 2 1/2 years sober. I currently work at a non-profit detox facility for the indigent and the accommodations of Desert Palms were quite nice in my...


Patients were having sex with each other and getting high at the facility. There weren't enough counselors, and the counselors they had were only there 4 days a week.


Incomplete information given to clients. They state a gym on premises but it costs $25 per month and is of campus. Also out patient does not provide food even though it is providing housing , however ...


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


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 .


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 ...


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


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
  • When I decided to enter treatment it was during a time when I was in a dark and lost place in my life. I contacted the treatment consultant via phone and within an hour I was approved to enter treatment. I loved everything treatment had to offer from a nutritious and tasty meal plan, addiction information, meditation activities, equine, family therapy and individual therapy. My therapist was firm and genuine in all matters that concerned me and helped me to understand that this process is not about others but all about me and my perception. I had some fear of what I would do upon discharge, and that is when the Discharge Counselor stepped in and offered me IOP/Sober Living. This was huge because I was able to remain in a sober/safe environment. The alumni coordinator was the icing on the cake because she has great alumni opportunities in place to keep me involved. I simply loved my experience at DP and it has been definitely the foundation of my healthy recovery process.
    Jessica R., Desert Palms Alumni 2017
Key Staff Members
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    Henry Bennett, MHS, ED - Executive Director

    Henry shares with us over 30 years’ experience in all aspects of behavioral treatment and program management. He brings to Desert Palms, a track record of experience as an Executive Director, Company President, Chief Executive Officer, Program Director and other leadership roles in the behavioral health field. Henry is a strong patient advocate with demonstrated ability to ensure quality service delivery while meeting budgetary requirements. His diverse experience includes success in both for-profit and non-profit organizations; broad-based executive operations experience; and has a proven record of expanding facility visibility, and increasing occupancy. He maintains active professional relations with national and regional contacts in the Behavioral Health Field.

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    Brett Drummond, RADT-I - Director of Admissions

    As Director of Admissions, Brett Drummond is the first person patients interact with as they begin their journey to recovery at Desert Palms. In this role, Brett is responsible for overseeing the admissions process, managing utilization review and referrals for admission at Desert Palms. With seven years of experience in the field of substance abuse treatment, his passion for helping individuals who are seeking treatment for substance use disorders motivates him each day. He began his career in addiction treatment as a chemical dependency technician at the Hazelden Betty Ford Center, working primarily with young adults in recovery. Brett advanced to management positions by leading fellow staff members to strive for a patient-driven approach to care, believing that the patient and their needs is top priority in treatment.

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    Gregory Silva - Director of Clinical Outreach

    I was born and raised in the small town of Patterson in California’s San Joaquin Valley, to a farming family. My early days were spent on a tractor and showing registered sheep and horses. Hopes of becoming a veterinarian faded and after graduating from Sonoma State University, I was employed by several different advertising agencies in San Francisco working on creative campaigns for the likes of Beringer Wines, Kia Motors of America and Cisco Systems. Ultimately, I longed to travel and see the world. That lead me to several positions in marketing and PR that took me to far off place like Sri Lanka, The UAE, Germany, Italy and the UK. For five years, I worked as Director of PR for a textile company based in France and lived in the beautiful port city of La Rochelle. Two years ago I accepted a marketing position at another treatment facility where I honed my outreach skills and built many relationships in the industry which lead me to the Director of Clinical Outreach Position here at Desert Palms. At heart, I’m still an animal person – I have six rescue dogs and two adopted Love Birds and have a passion for helping find homes and bring awareness to unwanted and abused pets. Every year, I also spend a week of my vacation volunteering with my hometown 4-H club assisting children with their sheep project.