Covenant Hills Treatment Center for Women 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
Client & Family Support Groups
Group therapy is a vital component of addiction recovery treatment, considered as important and effective (sometimes even more so) than individual therapy. Benefits include reducing isolation and loneliness and providing the opportunity to learn from others in recovery. In the addiction setting, group therapy is run by trained professionals who guide participants toward a shared goal of recovery.
Some facilities have an addiction treatment protocol that all patients or clients are expected to follow, while others customize or individualize treatment based on a person’s unique needs and circumstances. Factors that may affect treatment decisions include age, lifestyle, medical conditions, type of drug, religious beliefs, etc.
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 FOR WOMEN
In operation for more than two decades, the Covenant Hills Treatment Center provides faith-based, holistic treatment for women struggling with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health issues. Located in Boerne, Texas, 30 miles north of San Antonio, Covenant Hills offers women a full continuum of care, including residential, day treatment, intensive outpatient (IOP) programs.
The facility does not offer medical detoxification, but clients may receive referrals to an affiliated facility where they’ll be treated by medical staff.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Upon admission, each client undergoes an initial assessment process to assist clinicians form an individualized treatment plan.
With treatment grounded in 12-step principles and practices, Covenant Hills offers options to attend either Christian-based or traditional A.A. and N.A. meetings. Beyond 12-step work, gender-specific programming incorporates individual, group, and family counseling, psychoeducational classes, pastoral counseling, and, for those with dual diagnoses, medication management.
Residential treatment typically lasts 30 days, though successful graduates have access to a range of step-down and follow-up care options. Similarly modeled to the 12-step residential program, gender-specific IOP sessions run five days a week. Women may also continue attending treatment via the facility’s transitional care program, a semi-structured environment with half-day courses designed to help with goal-setting and establishing healthy routines and habits. Finally, women enrolled in the day treatment program adhere to the same schedule as residents, arriving each day by 7:30 a.m., retiring home (or to a sober living environment) at night.
At no additional charge, aftercare programs and group meetings help women manage everyday stress and anxiety, address family dynamics, and better their relationship and communication skills.
Led by a program director, the all-female staff at Covenant Hills Treatment Center in Texas features a consulting physician, licensed chemical dependency counselors, master’s level therapists, pastoral counselors, case managers, and a resident chef.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Treating only 12 women at a time, the residential program provides an intimate, upscale, home-like environment with well-appointed communal areas, comfortable meeting rooms, and tasteful décor. The facility features second-floor balconies that overlook a surrounding forest, a pool with lounging areas, and outdoor patios. Residents share spacious bedrooms with private bathrooms.
Covenant Hills is also host to the demanding Cross-Fit exercise program, though no further details are available.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Reporting mostly positive recovery experiences, a group of four alumni surveyed by Rehabs.com collectively awarded the all-women’s facility above-average ratings for the staff’s level of training and experience (4.5), the counseling options (4.0), and the holistic offerings (3.5), amongst other areas.
Though some alumni celebrated the “compassionate,” “helpful,” and “encouraging” staff, K.D., in contrast, felt the staff were ill-equipped to handle multiple intakes and discharges at the same time, leaving her and other clients confused, uneasy, and uncomfortable. “My final week was not as productive due to the high number of clients in the facility,” she explained.
Nevertheless, others found success here. “Covenant hill changed my life,” wrote Amada. And M.G.H., another alum, “loved it there!”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Loved ones provided mixed opinions of the program. While most agreed that the accommodations were excellent, others questioned the experience of the counselors.
G.H., for instance, who referred to their loved one’s time spent in treatment as “useless,” reported a staff member “not fully qualified to help” as well as administrative and financial personnel who “did not help at all.” And T.T.C., who gave five-stars for treatment effectiveness, felt that wasn’t enough. “More communication from the staff to the family, parents, and bill payer,” T.T.C. suggested.
Still, others lent their applause. “They do a great job reaching out to family and including them in care.” And B.C.W. thanked the “great” staff for taking the time “to know and understand” their sister. “It put me at ease in a very scary time, B.C.W. added.
WHAT STAFF SAY
Rehabs.com has also received excellent feedback from Kimberly, a chef at Covenant Hills. “Excellent caring and highly motivated staff, with small client load resulting in tailored individual care,” she wrote.
Covenant Hills Treatment Center for Women accepts many private insurance plans, and financial assistance may be available for qualified clients.
Updated February 2017
Published on March 2017
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