Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Years

What is your New Years Resolutions????

Monday, December 17, 2012

Letters of Hope

“How you saved me”

Can’t think straight
What’s up, What’s down
Spiraling all around
thoughts twirling
Faith in my hate
Feeling bound
With all this sound
Louder & Louder
It never quiets down
Struggling to concentrate
as my faith evaporates
I'm lost
I’m lonely
Stuck like a scare crow to a post
Find me a heart
So I can be free….finally
All in my head
Feeling so cold
Shed a tear and feel again
My heart may grow 3 sizes this year
Hope I can bear the tears
Emotions run wild
Ambulance on dial
Help me I’m broken
As my heart stops
There’s one endless beep
Come back he says
As I awake
Angry and lost!
How could I fail???
Truth is….my heart never started again
You came to me like a dream
I started to feel
I’m learning to heal
The thoughts still twirl
living life in a whirl
My heart now beats
I can finally see
This life is for me.
Thank you HVRC.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Spirit of Recovery

The Joseph L. Galletta Spirit of Recovery Award Winners

2010 Ed Spatola

2011 Jerry McDonald

2012 Jerry Moe

Monday, November 5, 2012

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Cultural Diversity

For more information regarding Cultural Diversity and Healthcare, visit CulturalDiversity

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

2011 Clinical Outcome Averages

When each patient admits themselves into treatment here at Hemet Valley Recovery Center and Sage retreat, we ask them six simple yes or no questions:
  1. I currently attend 12-Step Meetings.
  2. I have a 12-Step Sponsor.
  3. I engage in productive activities.
  4. I abstain from using addictive substances.
  5. I have meaningful relationships.
  6. My life has meaning and purpose.
We also ask the patients if we can contact them in 3 and 6 months to see how they are doing with their recovery.
As you can imagine, when people come into our facility, a majority of those questions are answered no.  We do everything we can to help and fix those issues so that down the road, when we ask them again, we get more positive outcomes.  Below is our 2011 Clinical Outcome Averages. You can click on the images to make them larger.

Friday, June 29, 2012

12 Steps to Recovery

Newcomers Guide

So you think that you might be interested in or desperate for (or somewhere in-between) working a 12 step program? How do you get started?

•The first place to start is to get acquainted with at least the first step. Read through the comments to see what it is all about and comments about the other steps as well.
•See if you can find a face-to-face meeting in your area. There should be people in those meetings with varying levels of experience, sobriety and wisdom. Don't be afraid of going. You may be amazed at the warm reception that you find. Many people have said that they finally felt like they were coming home when they went to a meeting. They no longer felt alone. Other good resources are online meetings or online social networks for recovery. They may be a little less personal, but oftentimes are more convenient, especially if there are not face-to-face meetings in your local area for your type of addiction.
•Do your best to find a sponsor or at least someone with whom you can have accountability. You will probably have to go to a few meetings and/or join some online social networks for recovery, ask a few questions and see who might be available and willing to be a sponsor or accountability partner. Use your best judgment in finding someone who will help you work your program of recovery.
•Work the steps of the program, beginning with step 1. Your sponsor or others in a meeting should be able to help you with this. There are also resources and tools on this website and other websites for helping you to work the program. There are 12 step worksheets for helping you to write out the steps. There is Recovery Journal software for answering questions about the steps in a software journal format along with keeping a journal for other uses. The worksheet questions have also been prepared for use with a commercial journaling software package called LifeJournal. There are online references for some standard texts like the Alcoholics Anonymous' Big Book and the Narcotics Anonymous' Standard Text. And there are numerous links to other web sites that cover different aspects of recovery, for different types of addictions and with different perspectives.
•The sooner that you start asking yourself the right questions and giving yourself honest answers, the better your life will be. The sooner that you begin working the steps, then the sooner that you can see the 12 promises come about in your life, like numerous others before you.

Here at HVRC, we use the 12-Step approach during the recovery process.  Our meetings consist of Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Pills Anonymous & Alanon.  While our meetings are closed and only for  patients & alumni, we do encourage you to find local meetings you are able to attend or seek more extensive treatment if necessary.  For help finding local AA meetings, please visit for assistance. We know that the path to recovery is a long and difficult one and we hope to help in anyway possible.  For more information about our program and how we can help you, please visit our website or call us at 866-273-0868.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Signs & Symptoms of Addiction

Common signs and symptoms of drug addiction
  • You’ve built up a drug tolerance.
  • You take drugs to avoid or relieve withdrawal symptoms. If you go too long without drugs, you experience symptoms such as nausea, restlessness, insomnia, depression, sweating, shaking, and anxiety.
  • You’ve lost control over your drug use. You often do drugs or use more than you planned, even though you told yourself you wouldn’t. You may want to stop using, but you feel powerless.
  • Your life revolves around drug use. You spend a lot of time using and thinking about drugs, figuring out how to get them, and recovering from the drug’s effects.
  • You’ve abandoned activities you used to enjoy, such as hobbies, sports, and socializing, because of your drug use.
  • You continue to use drugs, despite knowing it’s hurting you. It’s causing major problems in your life blackouts, infections, mood swings, depression, paranoia—but you use anyway.
Warning signs that a friend or family member is abusing drugs

Drug abusers often try to conceal their symptoms and downplay their problem. If you’re worried that a friend or family member might be abusing drugs, look for the following warning signs.

Physical warning signs of drug abuse
  • Bloodshot eyes, pupils larger or smaller than usual.
  • Changes in appetite or sleep patterns. Sudden weight loss or weight gain.
  • Deterioration of physical appearance, personal grooming habits.  
  • Unusual smells on breath, body, or clothing.  
  • Tremors, slurred speech, or impaired coordination.  
Behavioral signs of drug abuse 
  • Drop in attendance and performance at work or school.  
  • Unexplained need for money or financial problems. May borrow or steal to get it.  
  • Engaging in secretive or suspicious behaviors.  
  • Sudden change in friends, favorite hangouts, and hobbies.  
  • Frequently getting into trouble (fights, accidents, illegal activities).
Psychological warning signs of drug abuse
  • Unexplained change in personality or attitude.
  • Sudden mood swings, irritability, or angry outbursts.  
  • Periods of unusual hyperactivity, agitation, or giddiness.  
  • Lack of motivation; appears lethargic or “spaced out.”
  • Appears fearful, anxious, or paranoid, with no reason.
For more information, visit: NDA

Addiction happens to people of all ages and backgrounds. 
Here at Hemet Valley Recovery Center & Sage Retreat, we are here to help you or a loved one along the road to recovery. 
 Please feel free to give us a call if you have any questions or concerns.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Happy 10th Birthday Visions

Happy 10th Birthday to VISIONS
Adolescent Treatment Center!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Nurses Appreciation Week

Help Celebrate Nurses Everywhere!

National Nurse Week
May 6th-12th  

Thank you to all the nurses everywhere for your continuous dedication and support. We would especially like to thank our dedicated nursing staff here at Hemet Valley Recovery Center & Sage Retreat. It is because of these unique and compassionate individuals we are able to provide such exceptional patient care. Thank you Teresa, Triza, Suzanne, Donna, Desiree, Christy, Aspen, Marilyn, Laura L., Amanda, Daniel, Sheena, Micheale, Aimee, Sheere, Melinda, Laura E., Tracy, Melissa, Lesli, Shannon, Julia, Sangeeta, Abagail, Leonor, Jacqueline, Steve, Rosemary, Roe, Sherry, Tania, Meghan, Josie, Candace, Barbara for everything that you do!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Intensive Family Weekend at HVRC

Come support your loved ones in recovery!

For more information and if you would like to participate, please give our family counselor a call: 
Steven Riness 

Intensive Family Weekend Schedule
May 17  – 19, 2012

May 31 –  June 1-2, 2012

June 14  – 16, 2012

June 28  – 30, 2012

Come Support your Loved-One in Recovery…
“Healing Families, One Patient at a Time”


Monday, April 23, 2012

The Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.

--Reinhold Niebuhr

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Freedom & Recovery

April 23rd-26th
Hemet Valley Recovery Center will be exhibiting at the Freedom & Recovery Conference in
San Diego, CA.

Addiction strikes regardless of age, sex, economic circumstances or cultural background, genetic history or environment. Yet, we have a “cultural need” for certain people to be clean, sober and in control. This expectation is particularly true for law enforcement, firefighters, military personnel and other “first responders.” Tragically, however, these are the very people who can be the most vulnerable to falling prey to the disease of addiction.  Here at Hemet Valley Recovery & Sage Retreat, we do everything we can to help our Hero's.

“This unique conference will gather the nation's foremost treatment experts to examine these demands, with a focus on education and training for professionals who provide care to this special population and their families. Participants will learn evidence-based practices for treating trauma and addiction, methods for integrating families into treatment, and suicide prevention strategies.”

For more information click here.

Thursday, April 19, 2012


Congratulations again to our 2011 Spirit of Recovery award winner Jerry McDonald. The award announcement was recently published in NAATP’s Visions March/April 2012 edition.

The article read:

Hemet Valley Recovery Center and Sage Retreat awarded Jeryy McDonald, ACATA, with the 2011 Dr. Joseph L. Galletta Spirit of Recovery Award. The 2nd annual award was presented at the treatment center’s annual holiday luncheon on December 8th, 2011.

Jerry recently retired after 18 years of service at The Betty Ford Center with over 32 years in the addiction field. He also was over 34 years of sobriety.

“On February 13th, 1977, my illness was flat lined by AA and I haven’t had a drink since four o’clock that afternoon,” explains McDonald. “This award presentation is remarkable because I am someone who should be thanking and honoring AA.”

If you know of anyone deserving for this years nominations, please let us know.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Deadline for Nominations!!! Spirit of Recovery

The May 14th deadline for Nominations of the 2012 Joseph L. Galletta Spirit of Recovery Award is fast approaching!

Don't miss your opportunity to honor a professional in the field who truly makes a difference in the lives of those struggling with the disease of addiction!

To nominate someone simply follow these steps:

       1. You'll need Adobe Acrobat Reader.

       2. Visit

       3. Download the form.

       4. Fill out the form and email or fax completed form to HVRC

     or (951) 925-6337
       5. Please submit your nominations by May 14th, 2012.

The recipient will be honored on Thursday, December 13th, 2012 at HVRC & Sage Retreat's Annual Holiday Luncheon!!


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