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
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.
Meet the Staff
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.
Director of Admissions
Dustin Helvig is Director of Admissions of our sister company, Recovery Options Corporation. He has worked in the substance abuse field since 2012. He has a degree in Behavioral Science and multiple years of experience working in the industry. Dustin is a recovering addict/alcoholic who is very active in the local recovery community and wants to help others in the same way he was helped in his journey to recovery.
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ABOUT COVENANT HILLS TREATMENT CENTER
Located in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., Covenant Hills Treatment Center is a faith-based organization that provides adults a full continuum of treatment for substance misuse and co-occurring mental health disorders. Treatment options include residential, day treatment, and intensive outpatient programming (IOP). Residential care is gender specific, with both men- and women-only programs available.
Covenant Hills also offers aftercare. While detoxification services are not available on-site, referrals to an accommodating nearby facility are provided.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
The first step in connecting with Covenant Hills is a phone conversation with a crisis counselor, followed by a thorough on-site evaluation. Covenant Hills emphasizes the 12-step model of recovery and relationship-based, holistic treatment.
The typical treatment program at Covenant Hills lasts a total of 60 days. Treatment begins with an intensive 30-day residential program followed by four to six additional weeks of transitional care. According to a 2017 SAMHSA survey, 24.7 percent of rehabs in California offer treatment programs that are 30 days or shorter.
In addition to 12-step concepts, Covenant Hills prioritizes relapse prevention programming, utilizing the Gorski model. Group and individual counseling, pastoral counseling, and nutritional and fitness therapies are incorporated in individualized treatment plans.
Full-day and IOP covers much of the same curriculum as residential, including evidence-based cognitive behavioral (CBT), motivational enhancement MET) therapies, and dialectical behavior (DBT), the latter of which is used in only half (50.3 percent) of rehab facilities in California.
With a staff-to-client ratio of 4:1, 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.
Covenant Hills Treatment Center is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). A 2017 SAMHSA survey indicated that 27.9 percent of rehab facilities in California are accredited by CARF.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The California residential program has space for a total of 80 individuals. According to a 2017 SAMHSA survey, the average number of designated beds in residential rehab programs in California is 30. Gender-separate accommodations with shared bedrooms are located close to the beach. Cleaning services, most meals, and access to a fitness center are provided.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Feedback submitted to Rehabs.com by 25 alumni to date was highly positive. Numerous alumni cited the program's successful outcomes and staff as strengths. "Nice place, good staff, I'm still sober," one alum wrote anonymously in a representative review. Along with the aptitude of staff, alumni also praised the amount of family participation and counseling options.
Family Participation: 4.4/5
Staff Experience and Training: 4/5
Counseling Options: 4/5
Metrics related to the facility itself also received abundant praise. Even the few alumni who criticized the treatment praised the food, while many others thought highly of the facility's cleanliness as well as exercise and leisure options. The only metric that received a rating below three stars was the facility's holistic offerings.
Facility Cleanliness and Upkeep: 4.7/5
Exercise and Leisure Activities: 4.5/5
Holistic Offerings: 2.9/5
On Covenant Hills' official Facebook page, which facility staff can manage, the treatment center holds a high average rating of 4.6 out of five stars based on the opinion of 43 people. Similarly, on Google, four reviews each gave five-star ratings.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Of the nine loved ones of alumni surveyed by Rehabs.com to date, seven gave overwhelmingly positive reviews. In particular, loved ones gave high marks to the facility's family participation and connectivity.
Connectivity and Visitor Policy: 4.8/5
Family Participation: 4.1/5
Most credited Covenant Hills with the recovery of their loved ones, often citing the facility's staff as a strength. "My relative responded well to the care and opportunities at CH," wrote N.S. in a representative review. "The combination of staff, policies and personal attention provided the narrow path she wobbled down. "
Staff Experience and Training: 4.2/5
The small amount of criticism from loved ones tended to focus on affordability and billing practices. "The cost and insurace billing is really antiquated and not fully explained," L.R. wrote in a review representative of this perspective.
WHAT STAFF SAY
J.M., the sole staff member polled by Rehabs.com to date, provided five-star ratings for all but one of the 15 metrics measured. The outlier was holistic offerings, which received two stars, echoing the sentiments of alumni. "Covenant/Pacific Hills can and will go to any length to bring ones hope,faith and love back into their lives," J.M. wrote.
According to information provided to Rehabs.com, the cost 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.
Covenant Hills previously operated an affiliated facility in Texas, which closed during the past year. Prior to the Texas facility's closure, this California location was known as the Pacific Hills Treatment Center.
Published on January 2019
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