At Alta Loma, we know there is no such thing as a “one size fits all” approach to healing from mental illness or addiction. As a result, our treatment plans are a collaborative effort between residents, mental health providers and addiction specialists for a personalized experience that considers each individual’s strengths, goals and needs. We aim to help men that may not have been successful in other treatment programs with comprehensive care that respects the uniqueness of our residents.
To maintain individualized treatments while providing stability throughout our program, we offer a full continuum of care to ensure residents get the support they need no matter where they’re at in their recovery. Treatment timelines are tailored to each individual, but daily care includes scheduled meetings, groups, meals and therapeutic activities that facilitate a sense of community for our residents and create a supportive environment that encourages growth, accountability and cooperation.
Importance of Structure in Recovery
At Alta Loma, we recognize the important role that a structured environment can have for individuals recovering from mental illness or addiction. When someone is struggling with their mental or emotional health, they often try to cope with unhealthy habits or behaviors that are rooted deeply in the brain, changing the way they think and feel. As a result, many people with mental health or substance use disorders get trapped in unstable, chaotic environments. The very act of removing oneself from these kinds of situations is a big step toward healing, but ongoing structure and stability are necessary to begin the hard work of real recovery.
This is especially true with dual diagnosis residents. Mental health concerns can cause turmoil in the mind, and substance use further complicates the situation. For many residents, this means it’s more difficult to get help for either disorder, especially at treatment centers that only address either mental health or addiction.
The structure in our continuum of care is deliberate, aimed at helping residents with both psychiatric and substance use disorders get back on track and replace their old, harmful habits with healthier ones. A change in scenery can have a significant impact on someone’s thoughts, feelings and overall mindset, and we strive to be the peace and serenity our residents need to start making meaningful progress toward mental wellness.
Each patient’s day will differ depending on where they are in the recovery process. There are some standard practices and commonalities we adhere to, however, including wake-up times, meals and scheduled meetings. Groups and meetings that focus on mental wellness and life skills are also an important part of each day, helping residents develop the skills they need to cope with normal responsibilities and the stresses of daily life.
On a regular basis, residents will check in with clinicians and dedicated mentor staff to discuss their ongoing treatment progress and develop strategies for achieving their recovery goals. In between meetings and group sessions, residents will also have free time to relax or socialize, as well as the opportunity to pursue volunteer or work opportunities while at Alta Loma.
Employment and Volunteer Opportunities
Opportunities for employment and volunteering become available once a resident has stabilized and demonstrated a commitment to recovery by qualifying for living at The Villa. Once residents feel ready, they can participate in local employment and volunteer opportunities. Staff will consider a resident’s interests, skills, and goals to help connect them with these opportunities. To help residents find opportunities, staff will facilitate job interviews and arrange for transportation to and from work. Helping our residents find new purpose and become more confident, independent men is an important part of the recovery process, but participation in group meetings will continue to be required.