Treatment Center Setting
The Hills Treatment Center Philosophy
The Hills Treatment Center is dedicated to providing a safe, structured environment for individuals in a transitional phase of recovering from chemical dependency and co-occurring disorders. During this transitional period, we empower clients to transform their lives replacing their old feelings of powerlessness and hopelessness with renewed optimism, dignity and confidence.
Our clients are given concrete tools to begin building their new foundation of lasting recovery. Our support staff is committed to excellence while ensuring each client feels fully supported through this transitional period. Residents are encouraged to attend 12 Step meetings or group therapy sessions of their own choosing as well as continuing to see their personal therapist or psychiatrist. The end result is our clients begin to develop realistic and attainable goals and ultimately a new vision of life.
Our goal is to replace one's demoralization, shame and guilt with honor, dignity and a sense of one's true self.
At The Hills Center we help our clients gain an understanding that drugs and alcohol have created depression, demoralization and the experience of feeling out of control. As a result of this realization our clients begin to recognize that they have become powerless over their use of drugs and alcohol and have lost their sense of personal power in the process. In helping our clients to understand their primary purpose, we teach them to live with honor and dignity as they begin to regain personal power over their lives and the ability to live their dreams.
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.
Dual Diagnosis/ Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment
These two terms describe a person who is not only addicted to drugs or alcohol, but also has a mental or emotional illness, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc. Facilities that treat patients with dual-diagnosis or co-occurring disorders provide psychiatric treatment in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation services.
Eating Disorder Treatment
Many mental health professionals view eating disorders (including anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder, along with other dysfunctional eating patterns) as a food addiction – in that food is used in ways other than as fuel or a source of pleasure. Some, but not all, addiction treatment programs include eating disorder treatment as part of the service menu. Also, an eating disorder may be a dual-diagnosis or a co-occurring disorder with drug or alcohol addiction.
I've gained some tools that will be beneficial to my recovery. I’ve learned to share my feelings with others.
The programming is incredible, the food wonderful, and staff amazing. I have learned how to stay sober at length by following in the direction of all those people who have gone before me.
I gained the ability to stay sober, the skills needed to effectively communicate with others about my feelings, and the tools needed to live a clean and healthy life outside of treatment.
I gained a sense of belonging to something bigger than myself. I have learned a great deal about my disease and about my triggers. I have also learned I have to build an army to defend myself against my disease so that I am protected.
I came in feeling hopeless and believing that I have no chance of ever being sober but now after being at The Hills I have gained confidence that I am capable to live a sober healthy life.
The staff were very kind and loving. The food was great. The vibe of the place made me feel like a part of a family.
Meet the Staff
LNV Nurse Supervisor
Tracey Monteverde’s worked in treatment since 1999 with a special interest in detoxing patients. Her formidable intellect and warm-but-no-nonsense bedside manner makes her uniquely qualified to walk clients at The Hills through the process of getting clean and sober. Her dedication to our clients’ well-being is without equal, and she will often times continue to work with the clients long after treatment in order to help them coordinate their health and medications. Her extensive background in Private Detox, Non-Profit Drug and Alcohol Treatment, Psychiatric Hospitals and High-End Substance Abuse Facilities affords her an empathy that enables her to not only connect with our clients, but genuinely care for them as they embark upon the road to recovery.
Dr. Howard C. Samuels, PsyD
Owner & Founder
Dr. Samuels specializes in the treatment of mood and addictive disorders, love addiction and substance abuse intervention. Dr. Samuels has been clean and sober for 29 years from heroin and cocaine addiction.
Terre Bridgham is a licensed therapist and registered art therapist with a Masters in Psychology. She brings over 30 years of experience, both personal and professional, working in addiction and recovery. Terre’s experiences include work in the non-profit sector, residential youth, homeless and domestic violence programs and private practice. Terre provides individual and group counseling, specializing in trauma and attachment, relational issues and relapse prevention. In addition to traditional “talk” therapy, she is able to utilize art therapy interventions to enhance and facilitate insight in the therapeutic process.
Bruce Turner has a M.A. in Marriage Family Therapy and has been working as an addiction specialist with dual diagnosed clients both in residential treatment settings and private practice for over fifteen years. Bruce’s experience includes extensive work with clients individually as well as in the group process for addiction education, relapse prevention, grief counseling, and multi-family process groups. Prior to working in treatment, Bruce has over twenty-three years experience in health care administration including Human Resources Administration and Employee Assistance Programs.
Rehabs.com Editorial Review
ABOUT THE HILLS TREATMENT CENTER
Located on a gated 3.5-acre campus in the Hollywood Hills, The Hills is an exclusive rehab center offering medical detox, residential treatment, and outpatient programs for individuals struggling with addiction, including process addictions and eating disorders, and dual diagnosis.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
The Hills aims to provide individualized treatment that puts the client at the center of their own recovery, and treats any underlying trauma.
Treatment uses the 12-Steps alongside evidence-based methods such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), motivational enhancement therapy (MET), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), narrative therapy, solution-focused therapy, and systemic family therapy.
Outpatient options include a partial hospitalization program (PHP), an intensive outpatient program (IOP), and general outpatient programming. The PHP runs six or seven days a week, and the IOP involves between three and six three-hour sessions a week.
There are dedicated programs for LGBT clients, though the program details are not provided.
This facility has a staff-to-client ratio of 1:3. The founder is a doctor of psychology who has been clean and sober from drug addiction for 29 years. The staff also includes a nurse and master’s level therapists.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The Hills is a luxurious, gated home with a pool, offering 21 beds, some in private rooms. A secluded three-bedroom cottage is available for those clients who wish to detox in privacy, and there’s also a separate unit for couples. Each of those options comes with Internet and cable. Meals are prepared by a chef on staff, and pets are welcome.
Holistic options include horticultural therapy, yoga, and massage.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Of the 43 reviews received by Rehabs.com to date, 35 were positive, three were mixed, and five were negative. Several clients credited the facility with saving their lives, and reviewers also repeatedly praised the staff and the physical facility. “The staff goes above the call of duty, the grounds are beautiful and the groups are very helpful in understanding my disease. I couldn't have asked for a better experience,” Ryan wrote in a representative review. Several reviewers particularly praised the facility’s beds and food, and one alum told Rehabs.com they were thankful for the pain-free detox they underwent at The Hills.
Several clients, however, suggested that the facility was not all it seemed. “No one should go there. I was forced to attend AA meetings constantly. Everything on their website is a complete lie. No heated pool, no hikes, no acupuncture, no one-on-one therapy, no massage, no dual diagnosis treatment,” J.S.M. wrote, though this comment is contradicted by numerous other reviewers. Another anonymous reviewer agreed with J.S.M. about the over-emphasis on the 12-Steps, and G.J.S. described the center as a “revolving door” with lots of clients relapsing. Additionally, J.J. wrote: “Sadly just another program geared towards making money from insurance companies as opposed to finding help.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Of the two reviews received from loved ones to date, one was positive and one was negative. “I feel the treatment center preys on the fears of family members to keep their loved ones in treatment rather than the center being effective or not,” Kathleen wrote. “There was no structure, the groups were led by unlicensed people, some they picked up in AA meetings,..., it was a horror story at over $50,000 / month.” S.T., however, wrote that her daughter was “improving with the support and guidance” of the team at The Hills.
Treatment costs $1,500/day, $50,000/month, or $120,000/90 days, and the center accepts insurance on an out-of-network basis.
Updated October 2016
Published on October 2016
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