Covenant Hills Treatment Center Philosophy
We specialize in “Whole Person Health”; a comprehensive treatment approach that incorporates heart change that leads to life change. The goal is to see this Wholeness impact the health of the entire family and not just the struggling addict. Our programs treat individuals struggling with co-occurring disorders and dual addictions, as well as those who may benefit from a strong relapse prevention curriculum. There is a warm and relational emphasis on the spiritual aspects of recovery in both our Christian 12 Step program and Traditional 12 Step program. All of this is provided in gender-specific setting. Our staff of skilled professionals administers the most sophisticated treatment available. Through individual counseling and group therapy we are able to model, teach and equip our clients to function in a setting that is larger than themselves. Considering the psychological, physical, and spiritual implications of substance abuse we simply believe that the addiction is a symptom of a deeper issue that is best addressed in the context of relationship and grace. Providing a healthy and whole approach to life includes using diet and exercise to promote physical healing, as well as, establishing a long-term plan for long-term recovery.
Areas of Specialization
Addiction recovery does not end with discharge after completing a rehab program. Facilities that offer aftercare planning and/or support work with patients to ensure sustainable recovery by helping to plan and make arrangements for transitional or sober living, help with housing, vocational counseling, etc.
Research shows that the odds of successful, sustained recovery from addiction are far higher when family members and loved ones are involved in treatment. Drug and alcohol addiction often have genetic roots, whether related to substance abuse, mental illness or both. Family dynamics also play a role and, often, family members are the first to realize a loved one has developed an addiction. Also, it’s important for family members to understand and embrace the lifestyle changes that are required to sustain recovery.
Meet the Staff
New to Southern California, Robert has worked in the treatment industry since 2009.
Dr. Rigo Brueck, PhD, LMFT
Dr. Brueck is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He received a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Freiburg in Germany. He spent many years researching and treating addictions involving substances and behaviors (gambling, internet, shopping, etc.). He has extensive experience working with depression, anxiety, impulse control, anger, post-traumatic stress disorder and relationship issues.
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ABOUT COVENANT HILLS TREATMENT CENTER – CALIFORNIA
Covenant Hills Treatment Center provides substance abuse treatment to men and women at its San Juan Capistrano, Calif., and Boerne, Texas, facilities. The Christian organization emphasizes 12-Step processes and relationship-based recovery, offering support for each client’s whole person, including physical, psychological, and spiritual care. The California program, also known as a Pacific Hills Treatment Center, offers gender-specific residential, day, intensive outpatient, aftercare, and dual diagnosis treatment. While detoxification services are not available on-site, referrals to an accommodating nearby facility are available.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
The first step in connecting with Covenant Hills is a phone conversation with a crisis counselor, followed by a thorough evaluation on-site, during which financial arrangements, medical needs, and individual circumstances are discussed. Upon admission, clients choose either a Christian belief-specific or traditional 12-step program, and each participant is encouraged to “connect with God,” according to the facility’s website. An initial, intensive, 30-day residential program is often followed by four to six additional weeks of transitional care.
Group and individual counseling, Gorski-model relapse prevention, pastoral counseling, 12-step meetings, and fitness therapies are offered. Individualized treatment plans help clients to address relevant challenges related to trauma, anger, relationships, and gender.
Clients who have successfully completed a residential program are eligible for free aftercare services. Intensive outpatient treatment is also offered with day or evening schedules on four to five days per week. Each program encourages family participation.
The facility’s clinical director holds a doctoral degree in clinical psychology and collaborates with master’s level therapists, licensed social workers, a staff psychiatrist, certified addiction treatment counselors, ordained ministers, and other pastoral counselors. Several staff members have worked in substance abuse rehabilitation programs for more than two decades and some, including leaders, are in recovery. The facility’s reported staff-to-client ratio is 4:1.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The California residential facility has space for 14 women and 24 men and is located in Orange County close to two beautiful beaches. Photographs of apartment-style residences feature plush furniture, sunshine, large living spaces, modern kitchens, spacious bathrooms, shared bedrooms, and a bright courtyard. Cleaning services, most meals, and CrossFit exercise sessions are included.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
A majority of alumni reviews were positive, particularly noting the program’s successful outcomes. Of 21 alumni surveyed by Rehabs.com, 81 percent rated treatment effectiveness five out of five. Respondents frequently praised the caring and helpful staff and their help in overcoming initial resistance to a strict environment.
In a representative review, one alum described himself as coming into the program with a superior attitude. He wrote: “My counselor directed me to specific passages in the [Alcoholics Anonymous] big book, questioned me to challenge my held notions, and propelled me to truly identify my problem and the solution.”
Metrics measuring accommodations and faith-based treatment also received high ratings.
About five alumni noted some inconsistency in staff adherence to program rules. Four outlier reviews revealed extreme dissatisfaction, giving one-star ratings for treatment effectiveness and describing the facility as expensive and a waste.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Data collected by Rehabs.com from eleven friends and family members surveyed indicated strong satisfaction with staff, communication, family involvement, and structure. However, concerns with financial arrangements as well as with some of the more positively reviewed factors were also evident. Five reviewers mentioned the religious nature of treatment positively, but one wrote: “Religion is really forced down there throats.”
WHAT STAFF SAY
In a Rehabs.com survey, the extensiveness of holistic treatment opportunities was the only one of 15 metrics measured not to receive a rating of five out of five stars.
According to information provided to Rehabs.com by the facility, the cost of 30 days of residential treatment is $22,500 and a month in transitional care is $7,500. Several major insurance plans are accepted. One alum wrote of receiving financial assistance to cover remaining costs.
Updated February 2017
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