Design for Change

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Design for Change offers inpatient and outpatient services for individuals with alcohol and/or substance addiction. The program includes group therapy, holistic treatment, CBT, group therapy and more. Design for Change is located at Lancaster, California.

Design for Change Focus:

Opiate Addiction

Opiate Addiction Treatment Centers specialize in supporting those recovering from opioid addiction. They treat those suffering from addiction to illegal opioids like heroin, as well as prescription drugs like oxycodone. These centers typically combine both physical as well as mental and emotional support to help stop addiction. Physical support often includes medical detox and subsequent medical support (including medication), and mental support includes in-depth therapy to address the underlying causes of addiction.


The goal of treatment for alcoholism is abstinence. Those with poor social support, poor motivation, or psychiatric disorders tend to relapse within a few years of treatment. For these people, success is measured by longer periods of abstinence, reduced use of alcohol, better health, and improved social functioning. Recovery and Maintenance are usually based on 12 step programs and AA meetings.

Mental Health and Substance Abuse

A combined mental health and substance abuse treatment center has the staff and resources available to handle individuals with both mental health and substance abuse issues. It can be challenging to determine where a specific symptom stems from (a mental health issue or an issue related to substance abuse), so mental health and substance abuse professionals are helpful in detangling symptoms and keeping treatment on track.

Dual Diagnosis/Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment

Many of those suffering from addiction also suffer from mental or emotional illnesses like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, or anxiety disorders. Rehab and other substance abuse facilities treating those with a dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorder administer psychiatric treatment to address the person’s mental health issue in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation.

What does Design for Change offer?

Medically Assisted Detox

Detoxification is typically the first stage in the process of recovery. This purpose of this stage is to rid the body of chemical substances, providing a smooth transition into our addiction treatment program. Detoxing is not easy, and because of this it is one of the primary reasons individuals leave treatment. At Design for Change, we fully recognize the difficulty of this stage in recovery, and our caring staff provides have the support and tools necessary to ensure the detox process is successful.

Intensive Outpatient (IOP)

Intensive Outpatient programs are for those who want or need a very structured treatment program but who also wish to live at home and continue with certain responsibilities (such as work or school). IOP substance abuse treatment programs vary in duration and intensity, and certain outpatient rehab centers will offer individualized treatment programs. Intensive outpatient at Design for Change Recovery Services is 3 hours a day, for five to seven days a week. Many clients who have already been in residential treatment come to their intensive outpatient so they have a safety net in the outside world. For those not completely ready to jump into real life again, their outpatient program continues to give them a sturdy foundation to stand on.

Outpatient (OP)

Outpatient programs are for those seeking mental rehab or drug rehab, but who also stay at home every night. The main difference between outpatient treatment (OP) and intensive outpatient treatment (IOP) lies in the amount of hours the patient spends at the facility. Most of the time an outpatient program is designed for someone who has completed an inpatient stay and is looking to continue their growth in recovery. Outpatient is not meant to be the starting point, it is commonly referred to as aftercare. During Design for Change Recovery Services' outpatient rehab program, Lancaster clients are able to receive treatment 6 hours a day, five to seven days a week. Clients are educated about addiction, engage in therapeutic processes, and form connections with other outpatient clients. An important part of the healing process begins when people come together and can relate to each other’s stories. They feel less alone, shameful, and guilty. They teach their clients that addiction is a disease, not a failure of moral choice.

Residential (inpatient) Treatment

Residential treatment programs are those that offer housing and meals in addition to substance abuse treatment. Rehab facilities that offer residential treatment allow patients to focus solely on recovery, in an environment totally separate from their lives. Some rehab centers specialize in short-term residential treatment (a few days to a week or two), while others solely provide treatment on a long-term basis (several weeks to months). Some offer both, and tailor treatment to the patient's individual requirements. Design for Change Recovery’s gender specific residential rehab program in Lancaster, CA is a 12-Step based treatment program that incorporates cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and holistic treatment. Their clients are guided through the entire 12-Step process, so they go through the steps while they’re in treatment. This is a unique opportunity, as many wait until after treatment is over to start the steps. Their clients begin learning how to incorporate 12 step principles into their daily lives so they are prepared to continue using recovery tools once they have completed their residential inpatient rehab program here in Lancaster.

Treatment Types:

Individualized Treatment

Certain drug and alcohol rehab centers have standard treatment regimes they expect all patients to follow. Others offer individualized treatment, meaning they tailor treatment to a person’s specific background and needs. For example, a rehab facility may adjust a treatment program to take into account the type of drug or addiction from which the person suffers, their age, medical condition(s), religious beliefs, or lifestyle.


12-step programs are addiction recovery models based on Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). A number of substance abuse programs (including some drug and alcohol rehab centers) use the 12 steps as a basis for treatment. Beginning steps involve admitting powerlessness over the addiction and creating a spiritual basis for recovery. Middle steps including making direct amends to those who've been hurt by the addiction, and the final step is to assist others in addiction recovery in the same way. 12-Step offshoots including Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Cocaine Anonymous (CA), Dual Recovery Anonymous (DRA), Sex & Love Addicts Anonymous (SLAA) and Gamblers Anonymous (GA).

Family Program

Addiction is a family disease. The user is not the only one who suffocates from addiction’s grip. When a patient receives treatment, his or her family needs time and education to heal as well, which is why Design for Change Recovery Services designed their specific counseling program as help for families of addicts in California. During their family addiction counseling in Lancaster, California, families receive in-depth education regarding addiction and how this disease affects people.

Aftercare Support

Completing a drug or alcohol rehab program shouldn’t spell the end of substance abuse treatment. Aftercare involves making a sustainable plan for recovery, including ongoing support. This can include sober living arrangements like halfway houses, career counseling, and setting a patient up with community  programs like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA).

Therapies Offered:

Holistic Therapy

Rather than focusing solely on addiction, holistic therapy facilities treat patients in terms of their whole being. Holistic therapy is about more than just addiction and sobriety – it addresses the person’s life in its entirety, including career, physical, familial, and spiritual aspects.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a therapy modality that focuses on the relationship between one's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. It is used to establish and allow for healthy responses to thoughts and feelings (instead of unhealthy responses, like using drugs or alcohol). CBT has been proven effective for recovering addicts of all kinds, and is used to strengthen a patient's own self-awareness and ability to self-regulate. CBT allows individuals to monitor their own emotional state, become more adept at communicating with others, and manage stress without needing to engage in substance abuse. Design for Change Recovery Services' believes CBT is a very important tool to implement change. It allows patients to explore feelings, thoughts, and gain insight into behavior they need to change. Patients meet with certified counselors, therapists, and psychiatrists if needed. CBT serves to change destructive thoughts and behaviors. Their certified therapists help clients identify troublesome beliefs, and learn how thoughts, feelings, and situations can create unwanted behaviors.

Individual Therapy

In individual therapy, a patient meets one-on-one with a trained psychologist or counselor. Therapy is a pivotal part of effective substance abuse treatment, as it often covers root causes of addiction, including challenges faced by the patient in their social, family, and work/school life.

Group Therapy

Group therapy is any therapeutic work that happens in a group (not one-on-one). There are a number of different group therapy modalities, including support groups, experiential therapy, psycho-education, and more. Group therapy involves treatment as well as processing interaction between group members.

Nutrition Therapy

Nutrition therapy, aka medical nutrition therapy (MNT), is a way of treating physical, emotional, and medical conditions through diet. Specific dietary plans are designed by professional nutritionists or registered dietitians, and patients follow them in order to positively affect their physical and mental health.

Creative Arts Therapy

Creativity is inherently healing, and can help those in recovery express thoughts or feelings they might not otherwise be able to. Creative arts therapy can include music, poetry/writing, painting, sculpting, dance, theater, sandplay, and more. Unlike traditional art, the final product matters far less than the experience of creation and expression itself.

Design for Change Highlights:

Design for Change Recovery’s gender specific residential rehab program in Lancaster, CA is a 12-Step based treatment program that incorporates cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and holistic treatment. Clients are guided through the entire 12-Step process, so they go through the steps while they’re in treatment. This is a unique opportunity, as many wait until after treatment is over to start the steps. Clients begin learning how to incorporate 12 step principles into their daily lives so they are prepared to continue using recovery tools once they have completed residential inpatient rehab program in Lancaster.
The Design for Change Recovery Center is an alcohol and drug rehab located in Antelope Valley, Southern California, nestled between the serene beautiful desert and the mountains. Their addiction treatment facilities in Lancaster, California is located close enough to Los Angeles for visits but far enough to feel as though they are away from temptations and in privacy. The neighborhood in which they are located is quiet and their facilities are well appointed. They believe in the importance of a clean home to nurture a clean mind and they respect their space and the space of their clients.
Design for Change Recovery Services' sober living programs in Lancaster, California are well suited for clients who need to ease into building their new sober life in a home setting. Their houses are gender specific where clients learn how to live a substance free and structured life. Structure is extremely important in early recovery. The abuse of substances takes up a substantial amount of time. When clients decide to live a life free from the chains of addiction can leave then with extra time on their hands. They need to learn how to fill that void productively, without drugs or alcohol. Maintaining a schedule is an important way to protect clients from relapse. Those in sober living have the option of enrolling in their outpatient program, and can choose to meet once a week with a therapist.




  • Sliding Fee Scale
  • Private Health Insurance plans accepted
  • Cash payments accepted

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