Treatment Center Setting
- Beach Community
Covenant Hills Treatment Center Philosophy
We specialize in “Whole Person Health”; a comprehensive treatment approach that incorporates heart change that leads to life change. The goal is to see this Wholeness impact the health of the entire family and not just the struggling addict. Our programs treat individuals struggling with co-occurring disorders and dual addictions, as well as those who may benefit from a strong relapse prevention curriculum. There is a warm and relational emphasis on the spiritual aspects of recovery in both our Christian 12 Step program and Traditional 12 Step program. All of this is provided in gender-specific setting. Our staff of skilled professionals administers the most sophisticated treatment available. Through individual counseling and group therapy we are able to model, teach and equip our clients to function in a setting that is larger than themselves. Considering the psychological, physical, and spiritual implications of substance abuse we simply believe that the addiction is a symptom of a deeper issue that is best addressed in the context of relationship and grace. Providing a healthy and whole approach to life includes using diet and exercise to promote physical healing, as well as, establishing a long-term plan for long-term recovery.
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.
This term describes one-on-one therapy, in which a patient and trained counselor, social worker, psychologist or psychiatrist meets privately with a patient to discuss challenges related to lifestyle, work, family and romantic relationships that may have contributed to the development of an addiction.
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.
Our son, feeling suicidal, checked himself into Covenant Hills Treatment Centers….My husband and I arranged this through our minister….His change was dramatic in a short time, he found God and turned his life around….He is now back with his family and in school full-time….I can’t express my gratitude enough to the staff of Pacific Hills for the help that they gave my husband, my sons and me….Without the program and God, I feel that we could have never reconciled and have the relationship that we do now.
Thank you so much for all your help! I can honestly say I couldn’t have gotten this far without you and your guidance. You are such a blessing to me and you will forever be a special woman in my life. Thank you for helping me find myself, happiness, and peace! I truly do appreciate you! You are such a beautiful and a wonderful blessing to me! I pray to keep in touch with you!
We just wanted to tell you how pleased we were with Covenant Hills…. You were a God send…. Your staff did a marvelous job with our daughter…. It’s so good to see her looking and feeling wonderful.
The time, effort and love that you have extended to Russell and our entire family will never be forgotten…. I thank God for the knowledge, depth of insight and compassion you have for the hurting…. You have all played an important role in Russell’s life and ours as a family…. I sincerely believe that Russell’s life is changed and that he desires to live a clean and sober life.
I am 22 years old FREE of addiction and celebrating my first year wedding anniversary with the love of my life (who is also now FREE of addiction) .We have a beautiful 10 moth old baby boy. And I would just like to thank the people here for giving me the tools to overcome the strongholds of addiction. And I’d like to thank God for being present at this place.
All of you, as instruments of the Lord, truly did a miracle in Evan’s life. We are so grateful! His life was truly spiraling out of control and we felt so helpless. After much prayer, God led us to you. Evan has done a complete 180. He is working; he has becoming a regular attendee at Saddleback Church; he is volunteering in the children’s ministry, and he has given up drugs and alcohol.
Meet the Staff
New to Southern California, Robert has worked in the treatment industry since 2009.
Dr. Rigo Brueck, PhD, LMFT
Dr. Brueck is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He received a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Freiburg in Germany. He spent many years researching and treating addictions involving substances and behaviors (gambling, internet, shopping, etc.). He has extensive experience working with depression, anxiety, impulse control, anger, post-traumatic stress disorder and relationship issues.
Eileen Austin, CADC-II
Executive Director, California
Eileen Austin is the Executive Director of the Pacific Hills California operations. Eileen has been a member of the treatment team since 2005. Before joining us, Eileen had 20+ years of experience in the healthcare industry. Following her graduation from Armstrong State College, she settled into the technology side of the healthcare industry. Eileen’s prior experience has been crucial in helping our treatment operations maintain the highest accreditation available from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). Eileen has one son and she is very proud of him. She is also cherishes her own recovery and remains active helping others receive the many blessings in recovery that she has enjoyed.
Laura Kotlowski, MA, LPC, NBCC
Executive Director, Texas
Laura has been a member of the treatment team since 2006. Laura received her BA in Psychology from Purdue University and her MA in Community Counseling from the University of Texas in San Antonio. Prior to coming to Covenant Hills, she spent 16 years in the mental health industry before focusing her efforts specifically on drug and alcohol treatment and recovery. Laura has been an integral part in developing the culture of healing that emanates throughout our treatment facility. In her free time, Laura enjoys spending time in the great outdoors where she feels closer to God and all his glory.
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ABOUT COVENANT HILLS TREATMENT CENTER – CALIFORNIA
Covenant Hills Treatment Center provides substance abuse treatment to men and women at its San Juan Capistrano, Calif., and Boerne, Texas, facilities. The faith-based organization emphasizes 12-Step processes and relationship-based, holistic recovery. The California facility, also known as a Pacific Hills Treatment Center, offers residential, day, and intensive outpatient programming, with dual diagnosis care for individuals who have co-occurring mental health disorders. While detoxification services are not available on-site, referrals to an accommodating nearby facility are provided. The Texas facility focuses on women's residential treatment.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
The first step in connecting with Covenant Hills is a phone conversation with a crisis counselor, followed by a thorough evaluation on-site, during which medical needs and individual circumstances are discussed. Upon admission, clients choose either a Christian belief-specific or traditional 12-step program, and each participant is encouraged to “connect with God,” according to the facility's website. An initial, intensive, 30-day residential program is often followed by four to six additional weeks of transitional care.
In addition to 12-step concepts, Covenant Hills prioritizes relapse prevention programming, utilizing a Gorski model. Group and individual counseling, pastoral counseling, and nutritional and fitness therapies are incorporated in individualized treatment plans, which help clients to address challenges related to trauma, anger, relationships, and gender.
Full-day and less frequent intensive outpatient treatment covers much of the same curriculum as residential, including evidence-based cognitive behavioral (CBT), dialectical behavior (DBT), and motivational enhancement MET) therapies. The facility also encourages mindfulness, bible study, and family participation.
Clients who have successfully completed a residential program are eligible for free aftercare services, including skill-building and support groups.
The facility's clinical director holds a doctorate in clinical psychology and collaborates with master's level therapists, licensed social workers, a staff psychiatrist, certified addiction treatment counselors, ordained ministers, and other pastoral counselors. Several staff members have worked in substance abuse rehabilitation programs for more than two decades and some, including leaders, are in recovery. The facility's reported staff-to-client ratio is 4:1.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The California residential program has space for a total of 80 individuals, according to information provided to Rehabs.com by Covenant Hills. Gender-separate accommodations are located in Orange County close to two beautiful beaches. Photographs of apartment-style residences with shared bedrooms feature plush furniture, large living spaces, and a bright courtyard. Cleaning services, most meals, and access to a fitness center are provided.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
A majority of alumni feedback submitted to Rehabs.com for Covenant Hills Treatment Center in California is positive, particularly noting the program's successful outcomes. More than two-thirds of 14 former clients polled awarded four or five out of five stars for the effectiveness of treatment. The rest granted just one star apiece. Ratings for the staff's level of training and experience were split about the same.
Reviewers frequently praised the caring staff for their help in overcoming initial resistance to a strict environment. "Nice place, good staff, I'm still sober," one alum wrote anonymously. The four more critical alumni tended to criticize staff inconsistencies, describing the facility as expensive and not worth the cost, even while highlighting location and food as strengths. Ten alumni indicated that treatment at Covenant Hills was affordable; half as many disagreed.
The lowest overall average rating from 13 alumni polled was three stars for holistic therapies offered, an aspect of rehab prioritized on the facility's website. All five reviewers who mentioned the role of faith-based care did so positively.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Data collected by Rehabs.com from seven friends and family members surveyed indicated strong satisfaction with staff. Two reviewers tended to criticize the facility, while five offered praise for most aspects of treatment and amenities evaluated. Family participation and holistic therapy offerings each received an average rating of 3.4 stars. Exercise and leisure activities were rated 3.9 stars on average.
Similarly to alumni, loved also tended to agree that Covenant Hills was affordable. However, concerns about financial arrangements were also evident. Three of four who referenced the facility's Christian basis were in favor of the approach.
WHAT STAFF SAY
The sole staff member polled by Rehabs.com to date provided five-star ratings for all but one of the 15 metrics measured. Their award of just two star for holistic offerings was in line with alumni perspectives. The reviewer also identified the lack of a family workshop as a weakness and the staff's education and Christian commitment as strengths.
According to information provided to Rehabs.com by the facility, the cost of 30 days of residential treatment is $22,500 and a month in transitional care is $7,500. Several major insurance plans are accepted and some financial aid is available. The Covenant Hills website describes a limited treatment guarantee of one week of stabilization at no cost in the case that a program graduate relapses within a year.
Published on October 2017
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