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Gay Men's Institute

67580 Jones Road, Cathedral City, California, 92234
At Gay Men’s Institute, we understand the unique challenges of growing up gay in a predominantly heterosexual culture, in particular, the challenges of accepting one’s own sexual orientation, coming out to parent, friends, and others, and dealing with internalized feelings of shame and separateness. These challenges are considered when developing your treatment plan. Individual therapy, group therapy, and psychoeducation groups will be structured around affirming your sexual orientation, developing DBT skills, exploring personal and social triggers, and helping you find joy in recovery. Process groups will openly discuss topics of concern to gay men, such as social media, online (Apps) dating, HIV/AIDS, PrEP, monogamous and open relationships, healthy sexual behavior, and phase-life-transitions for gay men and our community. Our Family program allows you to invite your family of choice to assist your journey to recovery. Gay Men’s Institute staff is committed to creating a safe and supportive environment for you to promote acceptance and healthy recovery.

Facility Highlights

  • Detox
  • Residential Treatment
  • Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Specialization

  • Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity

    Gay Men's Institute works exclusively with gay men seeking treatment.
  • Trauma Release

    Gay Men's Institute staff is experienced in working with patients with a history of many types of trauma. Specializations include sexual trauma, military trauma and early life childhood experiences that must be addressed in therapy in order to attempt to overcome it and truly recover from addiction.

Facility Settings

  • Private/Secluded

Meet the Staff

  • Alan Downs, Ph.D.
    Alan Downs, Ph.D.Executive Director
    Alan Downs is a clinical psychologist, sought-after speaker, and author of several books, including the groundbreaking, The Velvet Rage: Overcoming the Pain of Growing Up Gay In a Straight Man’s World, which is one of the leading self-help books for gay men. Dr. Downs earned a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Nebraska in 1989. He has spent numerous years working as a clinical psychologist in private practice in Beverly Hills, CA as well as former CEO of Michael’s House Treatment Center in Palm Springs, CA where he also conducted weekend workshops for families of those struggling with addictions. Dr. Downs has been a guest on many media programs including, THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW, TODAY SHOW, and NPR’s MORNING EDITION. He has also been a contributing writer to Mother Jones magazine and his work has been quoted numerous times in a variety of media, including The New York Times,[5] The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, Attitude, San Francisco Chronicle and many others. He has made appearances on such programs as CBS Sunday Morning, Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News, and NPR’s Morning Edition.
  • Gaetano Vaccaro, Ph.D.
    Gaetano Vaccaro, Ph.D.Clinical Director
    Gaetano Vaccaro is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and an expert in Program Management, Organizational Change, and Optimal Performance. Dr. Vaccaro has over twenty-five years of experience as a psychotherapist, clinical program director, workshop facilitator, life coach, and management consultant for program design and implementation. Dr. Vaccaro is a multi-disciplinary psychologist who received his doctorate at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Jungian Depth Psychology, and his Master’s degree in Positive Psychology & Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica. Dr. Vaccaro’s experience includes holistic multidisciplinary treatment of psychological disturbances and addictions as well as HIV/AIDS treatment and education, sexual compulsivity, addictive behaviors, and mood disorders.

Financial Details

  • Up to 100%

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Becky
    This treatment facility is not licensed, nor is it accredited like it claims. I thought about referring a friend, but checked the licensing and accreditation they claimed they had on website and their brochures. They do not have any of this. Big disappointment.
    SB
      Desert Palms isn’t bad. It’s safe, comfortable and food is good. I chose this facility because they advertised as Dual Diagnosis and specializes in DBT. That was not experience. I was serious about getting clean so these two things were what I really looked for in a treatment facility. The DBT that I was especially interested in was minimal at best. To be fair, I am sober years now, and I would not be here except for going to rehab. I’m writing this review because I met many men and women who went to a different treatment facility in Palm Springs and they had really good things to say regarding their dual diagnosis and DBT programs. My biggest suggestion is to do sober living after treatment. If you can do sober living away from your home town that’s even better. Good luck to you all. Recovery IS possible. Like I said, I’m three years clean from an 8 year meth addiction.
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      This place saved my life and by the grace of God I have 2 1/2 years sober. I currently work at a non-profit detox facility for the indigent and the accommodations of Desert Palms were quite nice in my opinion. The purpose is not to cater to the addict behavior that I read loud and clear throughout these comments but to give you tools to use so that running to drugs or alcohol is not an acceptable option anymore. If you worry about yourself and not other people you will be able to absorb the service they are trying to provide...I would recommend this place to anyone.
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      Patients were having sex with each other and getting high at the facility. There weren't enough counselors, and the counselors they had were only there 4 days a week.
      Tanner
        Incomplete information given to clients. They state a gym on premises but it costs $25 per month and is of campus. Also out patient does not provide food even though it is providing housing , however when you have insurance the family has to provide for month sustenance It seems that they want to push through intake without all info