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 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 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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Jorja Davis, LMFT
Family Therapist and Addiction Specialist
Jorja has worked in both the private and public sector of the addiction and recovery field for the last 26 years. Her training by the area’s leading specialists in addiction, psychiatry and neurology brings a wide range of expertise to clients and their family members.
Jorja has designed The Family Program at The Hills to mend the rifts caused by the nightmare of addiction and offers everyone involved real tools for living healthy, productive lives even after the time spent here has become a long, distant memory.
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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, 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 while treating 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), intensive outpatient program (IOP), and general outpatient programming. PHP runs six or seven days a week, and IOP involves between three to six three-hour sessions each 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 in detox. Each of those options comes with Internet and cable. Meals are prepared by a chef on staff, and pets are welcome. Holistic options include horticulture therapy, yoga, and massage.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
At the time of this writing there have been 56 alumni polled by Rehabs.com. Alumni gave overwhelmingly positive reviews. Alum Eloise gave the facility five out of five stars for treatment effectiveness, five stars for accommodations & amenities, and five stars for meals & nutrition. She wrote, “I loved the hills, my stay was amazing and I owe my life to them...I’m truly blessed to have been at the hills and I’m eternally greatful.” Alum F.J.H., who gave the facility five stars across all metrics, was happy with how the staff could empathize with the clients. “A staff that actually cares, and has been thru it as well. This is by far the best treatment center I know of I work in the field and with many places this is by far the greatest.”
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.” Kathleen gave the facility one out of five stars for treatment effectiveness, three stars for accommodations & amenities, and three stars for meals & nutrition.
Loved one S.T. wrote that her daughter was “improving with the support and guidance” of the team at The Hills. She gave the facility five stars across all metrics.
WHAT STAFF SAY
There has been one staff member polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing. The staff member, T.K., is a current employee at the time of this writing and worked at the facility for one to five years. T.K. last worked at the facility in 2015. The facility does use medications for the treatment of alcohol and drug use disorder.
T.K. gave the facility good marks in most categories. She gave five out of five stars for the staff’s ability to inspire loyalty/sense of community among patients, willingness to put patients’ interests first, and the credentials/experience of the treatment staff. T.K. wrote that the facility’s strengths include “small high staff to patient ratio, uses evidenced based practices, takes PPO insurance, has scholarships, high quality treatment with affordable pricing, individualized treatment, uses licensed and credentialed staff.”
The center accepts insurance on an out-of-network basis. One alum wrote that her treatment cost $50,000 for one month; the facility does not post their fee schedule online.
Published on June 2017
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