Covenant Hills Treatment Center for Women in Boerne, TX

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(4.3 of 5)
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9 Brandt Road
Boerne TX 78006

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.

  • Individualized Treatment
    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.

Facility Highlights

Strong sense of community

Beautiful Campuses in both Californian and Texas

23 years of experience

Meet the Staff

Robert Shyroc

Vice President

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New to Southern California, Robert has worked in the treatment industry since 2009.

Dr. Rigo Brueck, PhD, LMFT

Clinical Director

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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.

STAFF CREDENTIALS 

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.

FINANCING

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 February 2017

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Beautiful facility. Strong in-patient program. Good counselors. Decent family Saturday sessions. Lots of good 12-step meetings around town. Problems with the cooks, not as nutritious as stated (she had an accident, to be sure). Transitional program was good if you're a self starter (our loved one was, praise God), but saw several women struggle who needed extra support beyond the 30 days inpatient. This facility is wonderful if you or your loved one is committed to getting treatment ... it involves a lot of good, hard work, introspection and fellowship, which will yield good fruit in their life. Add the spiritual component, and, again, if moving in that direction, can fill in a lot of holes in your recovery that can't be met in any other way.

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The counselors/therapists were good.

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Classes and activities are very insightful Very strict at times Covenant hills changed my life. I have been to various treatment centers throughout my addiction, however, I appreciated how the staff treated us clients. They are very compassionate and helpful, where at other treatment centers, often staff treated you condescendingly and didn't allow much freedom.

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A great staff that took the time to know and understand my sister I wish there was a program like this closer to Dallas From our first call to the admissions staff, to detox, to admitting into the program, the team of staff held my hand the whole way. I was clueless and they made sure nothing fell through the cracks. It put me at ease in a very scary time.

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Great therapy None I loved it there! My case manager was the best! Gen is the best and all staff were wonderful!

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Encouraging staff Chef Greatest

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The counselors/therapists were good.

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Staff kept clients on schedule. Facility was great when client numbers were under 13 total. When I was discharged several clients were being discharged and admitted at the same time. I felt I was discharged hurriedly, and the process was unclear to me. Staff seemed unable to handle several intakes and discharges at the same time. Staff was unable to meet client needs due to the constant change in client numbers. I feel the facility was understaffed. My final week was not as productive due to the high number of clients in the facility.

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Excellent caring and highly motivated staff, with small client load resulting in tailored individual care. Free week of treatment upon return and excellent aftercare and transitional care. Best, most caring staff anywhere, Great food, many personal touches, great community support, small facility with individualized care. Unable to take all clients due to smaller size facility.

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Location, cleanness, gender specific group size, were all strengths. More communication from the staff to the family, parents, and bill payer.

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I felt that the time spent there was useless. The staff was not fully qualified to help and the administrative and financial staff did not help at all.

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Strengths: Caring employees, compassionate counselors, beautiful grounds, excellent food, Christian based. This is not a spa, it's a drug/alcohol treatment center. One should not expect health treatments and massages. They do a great job reaching out to family and including them in care. There are also additional programs after the initial 30-day stint, such as 30-days of intensive outpatient and 30-days of sober living.

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Location was good, but inadequate therapy/counseling

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