Treatment Center Setting
- Residential Neighborhood
Elevations Health Philosophy
Our program is designed to lower your level of care and increase your level of independence when you're ready. Your custom treatment plan will address your unique addiction history, physical and mental health, and personal goals for recovery. Your progress towards sustainable sobriety will determine how quickly you move through each phase. Clients spend as little as 30 days in our program or as long as six months. Wellington's programs and treatments are successful because our therapists are skilled at quickly developing a strong bond with our clients. The full continuum of care means that clients will continue the relationships they've had with staff from the moment they enter detox through sober living, and beyond.
Areas of Specialization
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.
Trauma & Associative Awareness Therapy (AAT)
Associative Awareness Therapy (AAT) uses the brain’s innate ability to adapt to change in a healing way, essentially “retraining” the brain to respond differently to familiar memories of trauma or pain.
Drugs and alcohol have widespread effects throughout your body, including but not limited to the addiction and/or physical/psychological dependence that develops with substance abuse over time. Many organ systems are affected by addiction and will react to withdrawal. The term “medical detoxification” means that there is a trained and licensed medical professional onsite to monitor your vital signs and protect your physical and emotional health as your body goes through withdrawal.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR is a highly specific, research-validated form of therapy that can help people overcome traumatic stress, anxiety and depression. With EMDR, a trained practitioner uses bilateral stimulation, eye movement and touch to stimulate parts of the brain as a patient recounts certain experiences and memories as a way to more thoroughly process uncomfortable, painful feelings.
I came to Elevations after a friend suggested it to me. The structure, the staff, the organization and the caring staff helped me get my life back. I was there for six months, I did the whole program and it really gave me everything I needed. I now have a full time job, my family back and a fresh start.
I don't really know how to express how grateful I am to the people at Elevations Health. When I came it I was a shell of the person I used to be, everything I had, everything, was gone. It's been over 6 years since I left, I really don't know what else to say besides thank you to Cassandra and the rest of the staff there.
I learned so much here, about my self, my self worth, about addiction; about everything. I got that self awareness I need, the staff was so awesome. So happy I stayed through the whole program.
Meet the Staff
Jamie Sousa, BS, CTRS, CYFI
Jamie’s early passion for experiential therapy was cultivated by working as a camp counselor and volunteering with the Veteran’s Administration hosting annual picnics with her family. As a young professional she was taught the value of leisure and recreation as a tool to reduce boredom, create happiness, and improve overall functioning. Jamie graduated from Temple University with a bachelor’s degree in Recreation Therapy and Studio Art. She is completing her graduate work in Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Addictions. She has experience working in mental and behavioral health with Active-Duty military service members. She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) for trauma and Yoga for Twelve Step Recovery. She incorporates expressive art, reiki, tai-chi, music, games, and other experiential modalities into her work with clients. She is qualified to treat process addictions, specifically co-occurring eating disorders. She is passionate about recovery and helping people discover holistic serenity.
Sharon is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and holds a Master’s Degree in counseling from Nova Southeastern University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Eastern Illinois University. She has worked in a variety of capacities with hospitals, business and juvenile justice with the focus on addiction, rehabilitation and mental health. Sharon uses a variety of approaches to include a combination of cognitive behavioral, solution focused, and motivational Interviewing tailored to meet individual needs. Her experience includes addictions, intensive mental health, anger management, adolescents, couples and family therapy. Sharon’s goal is to explore ways to make changes in the lives of others that will allow them to look forward to their future with hope.
Cassandra Sierra, M.S LMHC, CAP, ICADC
Cassandra holds two Master degrees in Human Resource Development and Administration from Barry University and Mental Health Counseling from Springfield College. She is a License Mental Health Counselor, Certified Addiction Professional (CAP) and an International Certified in Addiction Counselor. Cassandra is also a Professional Life and Business Coach who specializes in organization management, mental health counseling, substance abuse therapy, relapse prevention, domestic violence, anger management and codependency. Cassandra has been a business and training consultant for 21 years. Her expertise is in instructional design, facilitation and management skills. She is one of the many trainers who facilitate training programs at the facility. She also consults and coaches up and coming entrepreneurs in starting their own private practice/business model. Her passion is working with clients who are struggling with essential life skills to help them become productive members in the community in which they live.
Dr. John Schoshiem, MD
Medical Director of Psychiatry
Dr. John P. Schosheim is a Board Certified psychiatrist who has been in practice for 32 years in South Florida. He is a Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a certified psychoanalyst as well as a Fellow of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis. Dr. Schosheim served as Chief of the Division of Psychiatry at Boca Raton Regional Hospital from 1991 – 2000. Dr. Schosheim also has a diverse background in psychiatry having been Psychiatric Director of an Eating Disorder Unit, Director of Day Treatment and Partial Hospitalization Programs as well as serving as a medical expert for Social Security Disability Services for the past 10 years. Besides being the new Medical Director of Elevations Health PHP & IOP programs he serves as Director of Psychiatry at the Rales Jewish Family Service in Boca Raton and maintains a private practice there. Dr. Schosheim is a graduate of New York Medical College and completed his postgraduate medical education at Emory University in Atlanta Georgia and at NYU Medical Center – Bellevue in New York City.
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ABOUT ELEVATIONS HEALTH - BUDA
Elevations Health, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in Buda, Texas, has provided help toward recovery for men and women since the fall of 2016. The Elevations Health program began in Florida in 2005 with an emphasis on incorporating medical and psychotherapeutic treatments at all levels of care, from detoxification through transitional living services. Patients work through highly individualized processes in a comfortable community just outside of Austin.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Beginning with a thorough assessment overseen by an on-site physician, Elevations patients collaborate with clinical staff and family members to develop a personalized program of recovery. Each program is designed to meet an individual’s unique addiction history, health, and goals. Holistic and alternative therapeutic methods are practiced in combination with medication management, life skills training, creative therapies, and traditional group and family counseling.
A typical, initial residential phase lasts for 30 days, but may continue for as long as 90 days or more. Transitional care and independent, sober living homes are also a part of the Elevations process. Some individuals with may participate in rehabilitation through partial hospitalization or intensive outpatient programs, which feature many of the same therapies and qualities as the inpatient program.
A comprehensive array of treatments and practices available includes yoga, art, music, animal-assisted, gestalt, hypnosis, trauma, nutrition, motivational interviewing, and cognitive behavioral therapies.
On duty every day are a board certified psychiatrist who has been in practice for more than 30 years and a board certified medical doctor who specializes in addiction medicine. The staff also includes licensed mental health counselors and certified addiction professionals.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The residential treatment program at Elevations Health features small, upscale homes with 24/7 staff supervision and support.
Just six clients live in each home, allowing for especially customized experiences. According to a facility press release, there are 22 beds available at the Buda rehab center. Townhomes host clients who remain with Elevations for sober living and transitional recovery. Comfortable, sunlit bedrooms, shared living areas, and recreational spaces highlight the center’s beautiful accommodations.
Austin’s climate and the center’s three-acre property support year-round outdoor activities. There are also a wellness center and sauna on the premises.
Because of the intentionally limited number of residents in rehabilitation at one time, Elevations staff are able to accommodate any particular religious practices with which clients want to be involved as they work on recovery. A chaplain affiliated with the center is available for Christian counseling and bible study. Visits to temples, mosques, and churches may also be arranged.
At the time of this writing, very few reviews of Elevations Health in Buda are available. Three individuals wrote to Rehabs.com about their experience. Each review features very positive remarks about the rehab center’s accommodations. One client’s loved one, A.A., wrote: “Super clean and nice facility,” while alum P.D. described the center as “Serene.” Feedback also highlighted the value of the center’s size and therapeutic design. P.D. noted there were “Lots of options.” A.A. wrote: “Cross fit was awesome” as well as that the number of clients “makes it very small and intimate,” and staff member M.H. expressed appreciation for the program’s structured quality.
According to the facility’s website, Elevations Health accepts private insurance and provides admissions staff support to verify patient coverage.
Updated December 2016
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