Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to the Coronavirus
As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Pacific Grove Hospital to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Pacific Grove Hospital.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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Premier Adolescent Outpatient Treatment Program for Mental Health & Addiction, Serving Riverside & Corona, CA

Pacific Grove Hospital, a premier mental health and addiction clinic near Riverside & Corona, CA, is focused on using evidence-based practices and treatment modalities throughout our outpatient program.

Outpatient Program Overview

Pacific Grove Hospital, a premier mental health and addiction clinic near Riverside & Corona, CA, is focused on using evidence-based practices and treatment modalities throughout our programs. Living in Balance (LIB), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) are SAMHSA-approved treatment recovery and behavior models used as the basis of our chemical dependency programs and overall recovery model.

The basic rationale of the LIB model is that persons addicted to drugs develop a sense of imbalance in major areas of life functioning. Continuous drug use generally impairs a person’s physical health, emotional well-being, social relationships, work/school performance, and other major areas of functioning. Recovery involves regaining a reasonable balance in these critical areas. Balance in the major areas of life allows participants to free themselves from their addiction to drugs and provides protection against relapse. The concept of “living in balance” is essentially a broad, holistic approach to relapse prevention treatment and recovery.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy is based on well-established principles supporting the notion that changing negative thinking patterns and reducing maladaptive behavior can have a beneficial effect on improving a person’s emotions and behavior. CBT is a goal-directed and semi-structured therapy and involves a partnership between the participant and therapist. Together, with the therapist, participants examine all factors that led up to and maintain a problem, including the reciprocal interaction of their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors with others, from family to friends and other people with whom they interact on a day-to-day basis.

Participants are fully involved in treatment and engage with the therapist in setting short- and long-term goals, evaluating how treatment is working for them, and in moving forward in developing healthy and proactive behavior to engage in their daily lives.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Dialectical behavior therapy is a cognitive-behavioral treatment approach with two key characteristics: A behavioral, problem-solving focus blended with acceptance-based strategies, and an emphasis on dialectical processes. “Dialectical” refers to the issues involved in treating clients with multiple disorders and to the type of thought processes and behavioral styles used in the treatment strategies. DBT has five components: Capability enhancement; motivational enhancement; generalization; structuring of the environment; and capability and motivational enhancement. DBT emphasizes balancing behavioral change, problem-solving, and emotional regulation with validation, mindfulness, and acceptance.

Additionally, our programming includes various treatment methods to help participants make great strides in their recovery efforts.

Medical Intervention

Our clinic will address the medical components of treatment while participants engage in our outpatient programs. Our programs focus on the whole person or taking into account the connection of the mind and the body as being parts of the individual.

It is for this reason, participants in the program will be monitored daily by nursing staff and then weekly by their psychiatrist for medication monitoring and medication-assisted treatment when needed. Medication-assisted treatment includes primary health, pain, detoxification medications, and maintenance medications.

Group Therapy

Group therapy is an effective way for persons in recovery to bond over past experiences and current obstacles related to recovery. At our clinic, groups are counselor-facilitated with relaxation and visualization exercises, role-play exercises, discussions, and workbook exercises. The psychoeducational sessions cover topics such as drug education, relapse prevention, and available self-help groups.

The experientially-based, or interactive sessions, are designed to enhance the participant’s level of functioning in certain key life areas that are often neglected with prolonged drug use: Physical, emotional, and social well-being, adult education opportunities, vocational development, daily living skills, spirituality/recovery, sexuality, and recreation/leisure.

These sessions include a large amount of role-playing with time to actively process personal issues and learn how to cope with everyday stressors.

Family Group Therapy

The adolescent program includes a Saturday Family Group component. Family group is an opportunity for participants and their families to work through issues and gain education and insight with other participants and families experiencing similar problems. This platform allows families to bond with others, reach out to natural supports, and have a safe space to speak to others and get feedback on personal family issues they are facing.

This group is sometimes divided into several break-out groups addressing different topics. For instance, the big group may be divided into smaller groups that each address a different topic impacting the participants’ addiction. Examples of break-out sessions at our clinic include: Divorce, self-harm behaviors, family addiction cycles, and so on.

Individual/Family Counseling

Counselors at our clinic meet with the individual and family to work towards a treatment plan for aftercare. It is important that the participant’s support system be involved during treatment and after discharge.

Upon admission to outpatient programs, counselors are working to help participants find appropriate step-down supports, including support groups, 12-Step meetings, volunteering, and community-based activities nearest to the participant. Participants’ guardians are REQUIRED to participate in Saturday Family Group and Family Counseling sessions.

Families are involved with the admission process and asked to make the same commitment to treatment like their child does. Adolescent treatment is most effective when the child, family, and natural supports rally around the recovery plan together as a team effort.

Activities Therapy

Activity therapists at our clinic work with clients to restore motor, social, and cognitive functioning, build confidence, develop coping skills, and learn transferrable skills intended to be used in community settings to promote healing. Intervention areas vary widely and are based upon client interests. Examples of intervention modalities include: Creative arts, music, exercise, yoga, and leisure education.

Random Drug Testing

Participants agree to random drug testing to help ensure a drug/ alcohol-free environment and continued progress toward recovery. While we believe that relapse can sometimes be part of the recovery process, we require a commitment to self and group to abstain from drugs and alcohol while in our programs. A participant who continues testing positive with levels not reducing will be discharged for non-compliance.

12-step/Recovery Foundation

Our clinic believes in the strength of social model recovery and the benefits of 12-Step supports. Counselors provide resources and encourage Substance Abuse Program participants to seek a sponsor and commit to at least a meeting a day after discharge. Throughout their treatment, participants are educated on the principles and practices of 12-Steps through daily groups and individual counseling.

Learn more

If you would like to learn more about the Adolescent Outpatient Program at our clinic, feel free to contact the admissions team today. These staff members are happy to speak with you about how this program can help your child or a youth with whom you are close to. Call today.

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Everyone at Pacific Grove Hospital, from my assigned physician to the social workers were absolutely wonderful to work with. Groups were informative and useful- I learned and reinforced a lot of different coping skills.

– Brooke C.
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