Treatment Center Setting
- Beach Community
Sunspire Health Hilton Head Philosophy
Sunspire Health Hilton Head's mission is to provide clinical excellence for adults suffering with substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders. We offer an integrated approach to treatment, utilizing evidence-based clinical interventions, supported by Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT). Our abstinence-focused approach combined with holistic therapies provide patients with well-rounded care, support and the tools required to live a full life in long-term recovery.
Areas of Specialization
Upscale Retreat for Recovery
As a renovated boutique hotel, Hilton Head is an upscale treatment facility located on the beautiful island of Hilton Head in South Carolina within walking distance of beaches and parks. This facility is one of the finest in the region and offers patients a retreat from the chaos that often characterizes a period of addiction. The serenity and beauty of Hilton Head Island is ideal for healing body, mind, and spirit.
Patients Get Involved in the Community
At Hilton Head patients will become involved in the community both inside and outside of the facility through recreation therapy, which includes weekends of sober fun activities like going to free concerts in the area or baking cookies for local convalescent homes. Getting patients involved in the community within the facility and outside of the facility offers them a chance to utilize the coping skills they are learning and to apply these to everyday life, setting them up for a successful transition to normal life.
Military Trauma & PTSD Specialists
Hilton Head has staff specialize in dealing with PTSD and military-related addiction issues and co-occurring disorders. They also deal well with sexual trauma and are successful in addressing these underlying mental health issues especially in patients coming from military backgrounds.
Co-Occurring Disorders & Process Addictions
The clinical staff at Hilton Head specialize in treating co-occurring mental health disorders like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and others, as well as treating process addiction interactions like disordered eating and gambling addiction. Treating these co-occurring disorders will address underlying causes of addiction in order to set patients up for successful, long-term recovery.
At Hilton Head we are able to work with patients who may need to continue to handle work obligations while receiving treatment by allowing them to write e-mails and take work-related calls as necessary. While it is crucial to focus on healing and to limit outside distractions during treatment, for some it is difficult to leave work even for a month, which is why we can work with patients to support their professional lives even during treatment.
Detox is often the first level of a treatment plan. This period of no drug use is important for the patient to reach a stable state of mind and body to begin addiction treatment. Our clinical staff will guide and support the patient throughout the entire process.
During residential treatment patients live onsite in housing with access to care from clinical staff 24/7. Patients have a full schedule of individual and group therapies according to their unique treatment plan, preparing them for life in recovery.
To transition from residential treatment to life in recovery, patients go through a progression of care until reaching IOP. Patients will receive ongoing care at the Palm Desert IOP while living in sober housing to adjust to every day life after treatment.
Throughout treatment patients will work with a Discharge Planner and the clinical team to develop a comprehensive aftercare plan that will ensure a successful transition from residential treatment to a life in recovery. All patients who receive care at Sunspire Health will join our nationwide alumni network, giving them access to a support group after treatment.
At every Sunspire Health facility patients will receive treatment that is individualized to their unique needs and diverse lifestyles. Ongoing assessments allow the treatment to adapt and evolve as the patient progresses.
Each patient will have a dedicated Family Therapist who will focus on issues related to the family, including them throughout the treatment process. In addition, each month there is a Family Weekend to educate the patient’s loved ones on the biology of addiction and their role in recovery.
Sunspire Health utilizes evidence-based treatment methods, meaning that the treatment modalities and therapies are based on clinical evidence and proven success in guiding patients to heal and recover. Patients who would benefit from Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) will receive medications that are proven to aid patients in achieving sobriety.
In addition to individual and group therapies that are based in psychotherapy methods like CBT and DBT, patients will learn to apply new coping skills through experiential therapies like meditative hikes, yoga, fitness programs, nutrition education, and recreation activities that show patients how to find hope and how to prosper in recovery.
Meet the Staff
Danielle LaPointe, LPC
Danielle LaPointe leads the team at Sunspire Health Hilton Head as Executive Director, where her goals are simple: ensure every patient has such an amazing experience that they are afforded the opportunity to recover and equip the staff to make that recovery a reality. She has two decades of experience working with individuals affected by substance use disorders, eating disorders, and process addictions.
After receiving her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of South Carolina and her master’s degree in professional counseling from Liberty University, Danielle dove headlong into the field that most captured her heart: addiction. She leads the Hilton Head team on the cutting-edge of behavioral health, establishing the facility as a pioneer in the field of substance abuse.
Rachael Bell is a licensed professional counselor currently working on her doctorate in Clinical Psychology and who has completed Masters Degrees in both Clinical Psychology and Health Psychology from the royal University of Leiden in the Netherlands. Rachael has a great deal of experience counseling in psychiatric facilities and private practice, helping clients of all ages overcome anxiety, depression, PTSD, bipolar disorder, sexual addictions, drug/alcohol addiction and other psychological challenges. Much of Rachael's success as a program developer and counselor is attributed to her work as a criminologist at CourtTV/TruTV, where she researched and authored articles on high profile criminal cases.
Ravi Srivastava, MD, FAPA, FASAM
Dr. Ravi Srivastava, Medical Director of Sunspire Health Hilton Head, is passionate about treating the life threatening, chronic, relapsing disease of addiction. He is committed to incorporating the latest scientifically proven methods to successfully manage this disease. Under his leadership, Hilton Head's team of professionals strive to deliver the highest quality evidence-based behavioral and medical interventions. His mission is to succeed in the battle against addiction and co-occurring disorders.
Dr. Srivastava is an addictionologist, a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine in addition to being a Board Certified psychiatrist and a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. After getting his medical and psychiatric training from the King George's Medical College in India, he completed his residency in psychiatry at Albany Medical College in New York. He has worked in the public sector in the state of Georgia as Medical Director for Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Developmental Disabilities for several years prior to starting his addiction and psychiatric practice on Hilton Head Island, SC in 2003.
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ABOUT SUNSPIRE HEALTH – HILTON HEAD
Located in the beachside resort community of Hilton Head Island, S.C., Sunspire Health Hilton Head is one of the newest facilities of Sunspire Health’s national network of recovery centers. Set near the Atlantic Ocean, the facility’s Hilton Head location offers luxury residential treatment and outpatient-based services for adult men and women struggling with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health disorders. As necessary, Sunspire Health of Hilton Head also offers medically monitored detoxification. After detox, as needed clients are referred to Hilton Head’s partial hospitalization program (PHP) or intensive outpatient program (IOP).
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Upon admission, clients undergo an initial assessment and meet with their primary therapist who designs a personalized treatment plan. An abstinence-based program, Sunspire Health utilizes a range of evidence-based treatment methods and medication-assisted therapy to treat its clientele.
Program modalities include dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) to help clients identify and cope with relapse triggers and motivational interviewing (MI) to set client goals and promote long-term behavioral changes. To address issues of trauma, Sunspire Health also offers eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy (EMDR).
Throughout residential treatment, clients follow a rigorous program schedule of one-on-one therapy, peer counseling sessions, and family counseling. They also attend educational classes. Along with traditional treatment methods, Sunspire Health also incorporates a range of holistic therapies and recreational activities into its treatment curriculum. Alternative treatments include fitness programs, including massage therapy, mindfulness meditation, and spiritual classes, such as yoga, acupuncture, and equine therapy.
Upon discharge, each client meets with an aftercare specialists and alumni coordinator to form a post-treatment plan of care. Alumni are invited to join the alumni network, with connections to local and regional events around the nation.
Sunspire Health Hilton Head employs a multidisciplinary staff of highly-trained professionals experienced in the field of addiction and mental health. Led by a clinical and medical director, these specialists include medical doctors, nurses, clinical psychiatrists, primary therapists, counselors, and treatment technicians.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
A repurposed boutique hotel, the Hilton Head facility accommodates 18 male and 15 female residents. Private rooms are available to clients with acute medical needs or if a client requests private accommodations specifically for an additional fee. The facility features gardens and an on-site swimming pool.
While in residential treatment, clients participate in a variety of off-site activities. These may include trips to the beach and community parks, exercising at a nearby gym, visits to museums, playing miniature golf, bowling, and movie outings.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Alumni reviews of Sunspire Health Hilton Head are very positive. When asked on a scale from one to five whether they would recommend treatment at Sunrise Health Hilton Head, the seven alumni polled to date rated the facility 4.86 out of five stars. Particular praise was given to its treatment methods, with many alumni citing the staff’s encouragement and skill. “This is a great setting for rehab. The director is a good mix between being compassionate, understanding and firm,” wrote J.B.
A few alumni criticized the facility’s repetitive meals, while others wished they could wean themselves off their smoking habit at a slower pace. “I wish we could smoke more but in the end I learned to cut down so that's good,” wrote K.M.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Only one loved one has reviewed Sunspire Health Hilton Head so far, rating it five out of five stars. They praised the facility’s treatment methods and counseling options, but weren’t keen on the staff’s expertise. “the training of some of the staff members seem lacking,” they wrote.
WHAT STAFF SAY
On Indeed, eight former and current employees gave Sunspire Health mixed to positive reviews, with an average 3.6-star recommendation out of five. Note, reviews cover all Sunspire Health’s locations, not just Hilton Head. A few reviewers noted the management’s professionalism and one anonymous reviewer noted impressive standards for their staff: “Counselors must have Masters or PHD making the treatment experience for the Patients better than most facilities I have worked with.”
Sunspire Health accepts some private insurance providers including Aetna, Cigna, and Anthem. The facility may offer financing plans to assist clients in covering program costs.
Updated February 2017
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