Monday, December 28, 2009

Hemet Valley Recovery Center Awarded CARF Accreditation

Joint Commission Logo
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Hemet Valley Recovery Center (HVRC) has received three-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).  The accreditation includes the Centers inpatient treatment, partial hospitalization, and residential treatment services for alcohol and drug addictions.  The Center received accreditation by The Joint Commission last year.

"The CARF accreditation demonstrates our commitment to quality," states Dr. Aung Thu, HVRC Medical Director.  "We are pleased to have received the full three year accreditation with our first CARF survey."

Founded in 1966, CARF is a private, not-for-profit organization that promotes quality rehabilitation services.  It does this by establishing standards of quality for organizations to use as guidelines in developing and offering their programs or services to consumers.  CARF used the standards to determine how well an organization is serving its clients and how it can improve.

"It is rewarding for our team to receive recognition for meeting the highest national and international standards for quality," states Steve Collier, HVRC Executive Director.  "The accreditation demonstrates that we meet rigorous guidelines for service and quality; it's a consumer 'seal of approval' for those seeking alcohol and drug rehabilitation services."

The two-day survey was conducted by a two-person team who determine the degree to which HVRC meets the CARF standards which are developed with input from consumers, rehabilitation professionals, state and national organizations, and funders.  Every year the standards are reviewed and new ones are developed to keep pace with changing conditions and current consumer needs.

According to the survey team HVRC "services, personnel, and documentation clearly indicates an established pattern of practice excellence."  The survey summary states that HVRC has strengths in several areas:

  • A very comfortable, homelike treatment setting with well-appointed counseling and group rooms, including a meditation room for persons served.
  • Maintained facilities to an exceptionally high standard... clean, safe, well organized and well appointed.
  • Leadership committed to continuous quality improvement.
  • Well-trained and professional staff members who received comprehensive, ongoing, competency-based training.
  • Team and dedication to service delivery, to meeting individual needs, and to the organization are evident.
  • Dedicated administrative staff members who are committed to the organization's vision, philosophy, and goals.
  • A reputation in the community for being a service provider of choice.
The summary also concludes that HVRC benefits from being part of Hemet Valley Medical Center, which enhances its infrastructure and provides access to operational resources.

"On balance, it is evident that HVRC provides excellent treatment to the persons served and its dedicated to continuous quality improvement."
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Friday, December 18, 2009

Holiday Prayer

At the Hemet Valley Recovery Center and Sage Retreat Holiday Network Luncheon, Gordon Scheible, HVRC Counselor and Episcopal Minister provided the opening prayer:

Gracious God, we are gathered here today as those who have committed our lives in service to others.  We come seeking to learn ever more about how to help others seeking to deal with their difficult struggle with addiction and mental illness.  Inspire us as we endeavor to carry out your will for those entrusted to our care and guidance.  May we have the ability to look upon them with compassion and understanding as we help to be restored to wholeness of life, to be removed from the fears that grip them, and to assist them in the lessening of their feelings of low self-worth.  Give us reasoned understanding, an open mind and the perseverance of love that can come only from you.  Guide and direct our efforts and make us always ready to use the gifts you have given us.  As colleagues, enable each of us to inspire one another and be a credit to the facilities for which we labor.  Grant us both the wisdom and the ability to help others live the life you created them to have.  And now, we ask that you bless the food we are about to receive and the fellowship we share to our use and to your loving service, and may we always remain open to the still small voice that speaks to our hearts of your love and care for us all. Amen.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Teaching Affirmations at Hemet Valley Reovery Center

"Addiction gives us the gift of introspection."

At Hemet Valley Recovery Center & Sage Retreat
we teach the importnace of positive affirmations.


Hold peach in your hearts for
those who cannot do the same,
and see with clear vision
where others eyes
have been clouded
with sadness, anger or rage.
Vow to avenge with light
where others would call forth wrath,
and seek only that which
your own heart knows to be true.


Monday, November 23, 2009

News Flash!! Alumni, Continuing Care, and VIP groups change to Thrusday nights!

As of December 3rd, 2009, Alumni, Continuing Care, and VIP groups will be held on Thursday evenings at 6pm.  As we move forward without ongoing expansion, we find ourselves facing many changes and adjustments, always keeping in mind our service to the recovery process.  One of these changes will be moving the family program families a greater opportunity to participate.  We also find that one change precipitates another and that being the need, therefore to move Alumni, Continuing Care, and VIP to Thursday evenings.  We are aware that these activities have held a permanent slot in the program schedule for many years and we understand that changing the day to Thursday may pose an inconvenience to some.  It is our greatest desire to facilitate the needs of all and we do hope that you will understand and be able to adapt.

Look forward to seeing you around!!!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Watch MTV's Gone Too Far tonight!

Ricky, Gone Too Far, DJ AM
Hemet Valley Recovery Center will be featured on MTV and DJ AM's show, "Gone Too Far."  The episode tonight tells the story of Ricky, a 20 year old heroin addict.  Ricky came to Hemet Valley Recovery to seek treatment for his addiction.  Watch tonight's episode to see Ricky's struggle to overcome his chemical dependency.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

More Letters of Hope from Previous Patients

To whom it may concern,

I entered Hemet Valley Recovery Center (HVRC) in early October 2009 hopelessly addicted to prescription pain medication which I had been prescribed for multiple back surgeries. I was at the end of my rope, out of excuses and the future looked dark on the path I was going down.

I am writing to express my gratitude to the staff and treatment team at HVRC for their professional skills and deep compassion they have for the many like me who need detox and treatment. With their help and guidance they led me back to a new life, and helped me end the life of horror and misery I was living in. Their never-ending willingness to believe in me when I had stopped believing in myself has brought me to a life I never dreamt possible.


Eric K.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Previous Patient's Letter of Hope

Previous patients of Hemet Valley Recovery Center (HVRC) often leave behind letters to staff discussing their treatment and recovery process.  Their letters have been complied into a notebook, "Letters of Hope", accessible to current patients and residents.

Here is the first entry, a previous patient's "Letter of Hope":

How I was before:

Before I came to HVRC, I was on my last leg. With many tries to stop drinking on my own that I ended up failing. I was a disgrace to my children and family. I was on the very edge of imploding and total humiliation. I stayed secluded from everyone I knew because of this addiction. I hid bottles of alcohol in various and many places. I felt very blessed that after a couple of years of drunkenness on my behalf, my family still loved me and totally support my recovery.

Since in HVRC:

During my stay at HVRC, I have come to realize through excellent counseling and informative group sessions what a really blessed person I am. I am alive, I know that I MUST use the awesome tools that I have been given to finish my recovery and stay sober. I'm thankful to all my peers, my case manager and the staff! They have all be very understanding, kind, and greatly appreciated. I can now be emotionally freed of all my demons and chains. What a calm and complete feeling I have from this experience. Most of all HVRC peers and staff have given me the gift to renew my stagnant relationship with God (my higher power) for which I am extremely excited about,

Hopes and Dreams:

I know when I go home, I will have all the tools necessary to carry on a sober and healthy life with my family, friends and especially myself.

I know my God loves me! I will be back at church with a new light in my heart and soul. My hope is that I will continue on this path and grow stronger each day, one day at a time with God's will to guide me. I hope to be able to continue to understand my emotions, needs, and feeling and not to act on any of them, take the time to think them out and make the appropriate decision necessary to live a long and healthy life, to see my children, get married to meet and know my grandchildren and great grand children, to continue to love and be loved by my family and children. I have dreamed many nights of acquiring a job that will always keep me busy, pays decently, with the ability to move up in the company. A job where I can serve, help, and give back to those in need. I know this will come to me in time. I prayed on this many times. Let go and Let GOD and BELIEVE!


Friday, October 30, 2009

Hemet Valley Recovery Center to Open Third Sober Living Home

Hemet Valley Recovery Center provides gender-specific sober living environments for individuals who participate in the Partial Hospitalization or Intensive Outpatient programs. The newly built and elegantly decorated male home (Vista) has a spectacular mountain view with beautiful evening sunsets. Constructed much like the male home, the female home (Mayberry) sits within an oasis of orchard trees. On Friday, October 30th, an additional female home will open for individuals who have completed primary treatment, but who wish to remain in a sober living environment. This "Transitional Home" (Sunset) is serenely nestled in a beautiful new neighborhood. The fourth home, a transitional home for men will be opening shortly. Please call the HVRC Intake Department at (951)765-4900 for more information.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Open House!! You're Invited to View Our New Sober Living Homes!

Hemet Valley Recovery Center is celebrating the addition of two Sober Living Homes; Mayberry Women's Sober Living and Vista Men's Sober Living.

Join us Wednesday, November 4th, 2009 between 11am to 4pm at 43226 Mayberry Avenue, Hemet, CA 92544. 

Activities will include yoga, volleyball, croquet, and badminton. 

Please RSVP by calling (951) 791-4138. 

Look forward to seeing you there!

HVRC Premiers on MTV with DJ AM's Gone Too Far


Monday, October 12th, MTV premiered a new show that DJ AM created prior to his untimely death.  Gone Too Far is centered around the lives of 8 young addicts and their journey into recovery.  DJ AM was an advocate for recovery as he had a decade of sobriety prior to his death.

The first episode focuses on a 23 year old heroin addict, Amy that completed treatment here at Hemet Valley Recovery Center.  For the latest updates on Amy's recovery please visit or click on the link above.  Amy will be providing updates on a regular basis on that site.

Congrats Amy!!  We are so proud of you!!!