At Alta Loma, we know there is no such thing as a “one size fits all” approach to healing from addiction. As a result, our treatment plans are a collaborative effort between residents, addiction specialists and mental health providers for an individualized experience that considers each resident’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 the recovery process, we utilize a continuum of care and phase system to ensure that residents receive the treatment they need. Each patient’s days are structured around this system, with scheduled meetings, groups, meals and activities. This facilitates a sense of community for our residents and creates a supportive environment that encourages reflection, accountability and cooperation.

Importance of Structure in Recovery

At Alta Loma, we recognize the important role that a structured environment can have for individuals in addiction treatment. When someone is recovering from addiction, they have developed unhealthy habits and behaviors that are rooted deeply in the brain, changing the way they think and feel. As a result, many people with 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 sobriety, but continued structure and stability are necessary to begin the hard work of sustainable recovery.

This is especially true with dual diagnosis residents. Mental health concerns can cause turmoil in your mind and substance use makes things even more tumultuous. 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 the continuum of care at Alta Loma is deliberate, aimed at helping residents with both psychiatric and substance use disorders get back on track and replace their old, unhealthy habits with new, healthy ones. A change in scenery can have a significant impact on a patient’s thoughts, feelings and overall mindset. It can be difficult to seek help when you’re stuck in a chaotic, messy situation, and Alta Loma strives to be the bit of peace and serenity you need to reflect on your goals and needs.

Overview of the Phase System

Residents at Alta Loma progress through a three-phase system that progresses residents toward more independent, less structured living.

Phase One

Phase one helps residents settle into a routine and lasts for the first 30 days of residence.

Phase Two

Phase two is a transitional period that allows for more independence as residents continue to heal.

Phase Three

Phase three looks to the future and helps residents prepare for independent living.

Once a resident has completed the three phases of treatment, our experienced team will discuss recovery goals and aftercare options with residents and their families.

Daily Schedule

Each patient’s day will differ depending on where in the phase system they are. There are some standard practices and commonalities we adhere to, however, including wake-up times, meals and scheduled meetings.

  • 8:00 a.m. Wake-up chores
  • 9:00 a.m. Breakfast
  • 10:00 a.m. Fitness/Art Therapy
  • 12:00 p.m. Lunch
  • 1:00 p.m. Life Skills Group
  • 3:00 p.m. Recovery Group Process
  • 5:30 p.m. Dinner
  • 6:00 p.m. Psychiatric Rounds
  • 7:00 p.m. Offsite recovery support meetings
  • 12:00 a.m. (Friday and Saturday) Lights out

Groups and meetings are also part of the daily routine. At Alta Loma, two groups are offered every day. One is centered around the 12-steps and the other focuses on life skills education. In the evenings, four outside 12-step meetings take place each week as well. Between the group sessions, there are individual check-ins with clinicians and dedicated mentor staff. In between meetings, groups, chores and other responsibilities, residents will have ample free time for leisure and other activities, such as:

  • Disc golf
  • Basketball
  • Art
  • Television
  • Meditation
  • Nature walks
  • Xbox
  • Music

Structured group activities are also offered. On Tuesdays, Alta Loma organizes a structured outing. On Thursdays, residents participate in a structured outing of their choice. Each Sunday, residents can have visitors between 2 and 5 p.m., either offsite or onsite depending on what phase they are in.

Employment and Volunteer Opportunities

Opportunities for employment and volunteering become available once a resident has completed the first phase and demonstrated responsibility and a commitment to recovery.  Once residents reach phase two, they can participate in onsite employment opportunities, performing work on the property for up to 10 hours a week at a pay rate of $10 per hour. Staff will consider a resident’s interests, skills and goals along with the needs of the property in determining the specific work assignments. After reaching the third phase of treatment, residents can begin to search for employment or volunteer opportunities offsite to develop their skill sets and further explore their interests. Residents can also continue to work on the property if desired. To help our residents find new opportunities, the Alta Loma staff will facilitate job interviews and arrange for transportation to and from work. Residents can work up to 20 hours a week and will still be expected to attend five afternoon meetings and participate in group.

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Healing on Your Terms

If you or someone you care about is struggling with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders, Alta Loma combines individualized treatment plans with the structure and stability needed to heal. Residents are supported as they move through the continuum of care and progress toward independent living. Contact or call our friendly representatives today at 866.457.3843 to learn more about our treatment programs and how they can help.