Treatment Center Setting
Awakenings Hill Country Philosophy
Awakening Hill Country is a family-owned, women's only, alcohol and drug treatment center for those afflicted with substance abuse and addiction.
Every patient at our facility will participate in individually designed programs comprised of treatment planning, group therapy, individual therapy, and other specialized rehabilitation for drug and alcohol addiction.
Our professional staff will apply the latest in proven addiction treatment techniques for you, or the woman you know suffering from addiction. Our staff facility is approved by the state of Texas to bring the best treatment possible to the hill country.
Each part of the program is specifically designed for each woman. No aspect of her life, past and present, will be set aside. Every element is crucial to provide the best possibility of sustained recovery and sobriety.
The Awakenings Hill Country is a CARF and NAATP Accredited program for women suffering from substance abuse issues. We look forward to serving you!
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.
Animal therapy (also called animal-assisted therapy and pet therapy) supports recovery and emotional wellbeing by helping people develop relationships with animals. Animal therapy can be a one-time or ongoing experience.
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.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
The focus of cognitive behavioral therapy (also called CBT) is helping people to understand the thoughts and emotions that underlie their addiction with the goal of learning new, healthier and more productive ways to understand and express themselves.
Though not all rehab facilities offer “medical detoxification,” all people with an addiction to drugs or alcohol will experience intense physical and emotional changes and discomfort as their bodies react to withdrawal of the addictive substance. Many people use the term “detox” to refer to the period of time (ranging from a few days to a week) when the body is reacting to an addict’s decision to stop using.
I will be sober a year on November 15, 2017. This place saved my life. I stayed willingly for 90 days and not a day goes by that I do not use a tool they taught me. I want to say about 9 out of 10 staff members are in recovery themselves. They understood what I was going through and they also modeled for me, how to live life in recovery. I remember being there, seeing how happy the staff members were. I hoped I would achieve that level of happiness in my sobriety. I have, with the tools they have given me. They also offer a class called The Recovery Enrichment Program that elevates your chances of success by over 50 percent (forgive me, I do not remember the exact percentage).The councilors they have been phenomenal. They truly care about each woman there. I love all of the women there who saved my life, even including the nurses on duty! The staff and women I met are my angels that saved my life. IF YOU NEED HELP, THIS PLACE CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE. IT SAVED MINE.
Awakenings Hill Country is an outstanding treatment facility for women struggling with addiction. I am forever grateful to have had received treatment at this amazing facility and knowing I was never alone as well as having support from staff and clients you become a family in a since. You build forever friendships and getting connected with women who understand and help one another is amazing. I have to say the treatment team puts their heart ,dedication and endless hours to make sure the clients are getting what they need to fight this disease from the amazing one on one counseling sessions to the group settings as well as learning the tools and coping mechanisms.I had the opportunity of doing a relapse enrichment program (R.E.P) that Awakenings offers to their clients I highly recommend it!!! I personally wanted all the help the treatment facility had to offer I was willing to go to any length to make sure this second chance at life that I was given was not going to be taken for granted the REP program has helped tremendously in my recovery this treatment facility was life changing for me words can't express how thankful and blessed I am for Awakenings and the tremendous treatment team!!!!!!
I am so grateful for my time here at Awakenings. I have struggled with addiction for years, and I was skeptical of anything working for me. The genuine love and support that the staff has for each one of us radiates through me and will continue to be with me through my recovery. Awakenings helped me find myself and gave me an excellent foundation for my recovery. I am eternally grateful for Awakenings. They truly saved my life
I have been to treatment 3 times, and Awakenings is by far the best place I have ever been to. My experience was wonderful and I am so grateful I came here. I learned a lot about myself, the disease, coping skills, and ways to deal with my past. I am leaving here with 60 days sober and feeling more confident than ever. This place was life changing.
If you are looking for a relaxing location to attend treatment, Awakenings Hill Country is the place to be. Aside from all of the great amenities from the pool to the volleyball court, you have beautiful views of the hill country and its infamous deer to correlate with your recovery. The best experience for me was the personalized and more intimate treatment and counseling you are able to get at awakenings because of the smaller client occupancy they have of only 10 to 12 women. I would have never been able to get the special care I needed at any other facility because of their higher occupancy of around 50 women or men. This is, by far, the place to go for Women in Recovery!
My overall experience with awakenings Hill Country facility was outstanding. From the clean and comfortable facility to the sprawling grounds, to the expertise and compassion of the Treatment Counselors. The meals are all made with love and are delicious. I would highly recommend Awakenings Hill Country! The less than 20 bed all female client base allows customized treatment protocols. Sunrise and sunset against the back light of the Hill County is pure majesty!
Meet the Staff
Rebecca (Becki) Cook
Rebecca Cook has been involved in the field of Addiction Recovery for over 24 years. She currently holds the following license and certificates: License Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC), Qualified Credential Counselor (QCC), Peer Recovery Support Specialist (PRSS), Texas Trainer of Recovery Coaches and Co-Occurring Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Disorder Specialist (COPSD). Rebecca is a member of NAADAC the Association for Addiction Professionals and TAAP Texas Association of Addiction Professional. Rebecca comes to Awakenings with a working knowledge of the 12 steps, an extensive history working with families, relapse prevention planning and using a holistic approach to recovery. Rebecca loves having a small part in the process of assisting women and their families’ break the bondage of addiction; a gift that keeps on giving. One woman helping another woman recover is POWERFUL!
Dr. Jeffrey R. Holt
Dr. Holt was born in Kerrville and grew up in Comfort, where he graduated from high school in 1996. He received his B.A. at the University of Texas at Austin, then went on to the University of Texas at Houston medical school. He then completed his Family Medicine residency training at the Waco Family Medicine Residency Program. He returned home to the Hill Country in 2008, and joined the Fredericksburg Clinic. In addition to his busy family medicine clinic, he has worked in the field of addiction medicine since 2008, when he started working at Serenity House Drug & Alcohol treatment facility. He received board certification in Addiction Medicine in November 2014 and became the medical director of the One-Eighty detox service at Hill Country Memorial Hospital in May 2015. He also accepted the position of medical director at Awakenings Hill Country, which opened in August 2015.
Awakenings Recovery was designed by our Executive Consultant Ann Martin. Ann has over 30 year’s sobriety. She worked for the Betty Ford Center providing relapse and relationship workshops for 17 years, along with continuing care work, while managing a private practice in southern California. She is an imago/relationship therapist, workshop presenter and a PAIRS (Practical Application of Intimate Relationship Skills) presenter. She has presented nationally and internationally for lawyers and physicians in recovery. Ann is also a SEP practitioner (somatic experiencing) for trauma work as well as a certified addiction counselor in Oregon and California. She has been teaching relapse prevention and facilitates our couple’s workshop here at Awakenings.
Brenda Gibson LVN
Brenda has been an LVN for 30 years. She joins the Awakenings Hill Country team with experience in both long term care and alcohol & drug rehabilitation. Married for 34 years, Brenda has 3 grown children and 8 grandchildren. She enjoys swimming & trips to the beach. Nursing & helping others is Brenda’s true passion. She looks forward to working with you at the best Texas drug and alcohol treatment center created for women.
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ABOUT AWAKENINGS HILL COUNTRY
In the rolling green of Texas's Hill Country, less than 100 miles from both San Antonio and Austin, family-owned Awakenings Hill Country offers medical detox and residential treatment for women struggling with problematic substance use. The center can accommodate co-occurring disorders such as trauma and PTSD.
Though religion is not the main feature of the facility, Awakenings Hill Country does note: "We believe your relationship with God is a critical tool in the recovery process."
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
The program at Awakenings is targeted to address the gender-specific problems that lead women into a life of addiction, and the gender-specific problems they can face in recovery. Residential treatment is offered in increments of 30, 60, and 90 days, which can begin with medical detox, when required.
Programs are individualized, but all residents participate in both individual and group counseling. Additionally, residents' loved ones are invited to participate in a family program that includes education about addiction as well as treatment services. Residents are introduced to the 12-Steps, though it's unclear whether the 12-step program is the basis of the entire treatment philosophy at Awakenings. Holistic offerings include art therapy, equine therapy, yoga, and exercise programs.
Those residents who remain beyond the first 30 days spend their second month focusing on self-image, guilt, grief, and shame, as well as their relationships. Residents in this stage also complete plans for thorough life change and focus on relapse-prevention skills, and are invited to participate in a five-day program designed to help them understand the survival mechanisms that drove them to self-destructive behavior. In the third month of treatment, residents focus on relapse prevention and family relationships.
Staff includes a physician who's board certified in addiction medicine, a nurse, and licensed chemical dependency counselors.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Awakenings operates from a large, country-style home, with plenty of green space featuring an outdoor pool, a pond, and covered patio areas. Residents sleep in shared rooms decorated in a pretty, traditional style with lots of florals, and the house offers comfortable communal areas.
Rehabs.com has not yet received any reviews from this facility’s alumni, affiliated friends or family members, or staff, however, secondary sites yielded overwhelmingly positive feedback at the time of this writing: a 4.8-star average rating based on 19 reviews on Facebook (where the facility can manage its own page) and a 4.7-star average rating based on 23 reviews on Google.  In the single negative review with any accompanying commentary, C.M. complained on Facebook of being kicked out mid-detox because she didn't have insurance.
However, the overwhelming majority of feedback was positive, with reviewers repeatedly praising the facility's staff and amenities and crediting the center with their successful sobriety. "This place saved my life... The councilors they have are phenomenal. They truly care about each woman there," S.E. wrote in one representative review on Google; "A Beautiful place in the Hill Country for women to find themselves. Staff was amazing, food was delicious and hospitality," M.D. added on Facebook.
Awakenings accepts insurance from most providers.
Published on January 2018
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