Treatment Center Setting
Covenant Hills Treatment Centers 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
Residential treatment programs provide housing (food and meals) in addition to treatment for substance abuse. Some facilities offer only short-term residential treatment, some offer only long-term treatment and others offer both, ranging from a few days to many months, based on patient needs.
The term “12 Step Program” describes a way to recover from addiction that is based on the model developed by Alcoholics Anonymous. Many drug and alcohol treatment centers base their treatment on 12 steps – the first three of which are situational, the next four addressing the practical issues created by the addiction, followed by two steps focused on making amends for hurting others. Steps 10 and 11 involve a deeper examination of the previous steps and the final step is focused on helping others avoid and recover from addiction.
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.
Client & Family Support Groups
Group therapy is a vital component of addiction recovery treatment, considered as important and effective (sometimes even more so) than individual therapy. Benefits include reducing isolation and loneliness and providing the opportunity to learn from others in recovery. In the addiction setting, group therapy is run by trained professionals who guide participants toward a shared goal of recovery.
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.
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 wonderful blessing to me! I pray to keep in touch with you!
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 FOR WOMEN
In operation for more than two decades, the Covenant Hills Treatment Center provides faith-based, holistic treatment for women struggling with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health disorders. Located in Boerne, Texas, 30 miles north of San Antonio, Covenant Hills offers a full continuum of care, including residential, day, and intensive outpatient (IOP) programs.
The facility does not offer medical detoxification, though women may receive referrals to an affiliated facility where they’ll be treated by medical staff.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Upon admission, women undergo an initial assessment to help clinicians form an individualized treatment plan. The center works with a maximum of 12 women at a time, a decision that’s guided by the belief that “treatment must remain as individualized as possible."
With programming rooted in 12-step principles and practices, Covenant Hills offers women options for either Christian-based or traditional A.A. and N.A. meetings. Beyond 12-step work, women attend individual, group, and family therapy alongside psychoeducational classes and pastoral counseling. Medication management is also available for those with dual diagnoses.
Following residential treatment, typically completed in 30 days, women have access to a range of step-down and follow-up care options like gender-specific IOP sessions that run five days a week. Women may also continue receiving treatment through the transitional care program, a semi-structured environment with half-day courses designed to facilitate goal-setting and healthy routine development. Finally, women enrolled in day treatment arrive at the facility each day by 7:30 a.m. for a full, structured day of treatment before retiring home (or to their sober living environment) at night.
At no additional charge, aftercare helps women manage everyday stress and anxiety, improve their communication skills, and focus on their relationships.
The all-female staff at Covenant Hills Treatment Center in Texas features a consulting physician, licensed chemical dependency counselors, master’s level therapists, pastoral counselors, case managers, and a resident chef.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Treating only 12 women at a time, the residential program provides an intimate, upscale, home-like environment with well-appointed communal areas, comfortable meeting rooms, and tasteful décor. The facility features second-floor balconies that overlook a surrounding forest, a pool with lounging areas, and outdoor patios. Residents share spacious bedrooms with private bathrooms.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
In their mostly positive reports of personal recovery experiences, a group of four program alumni polled by Rehabs.com collectively awarded the women’s facility above-average ratings for the staff’s level of training and experience (4.5), the counseling options (4.0), and the holistic offerings (3.5), amongst other areas.
Though most described the staff as “compassionate,” “encouraging,” and “helpful,” alum K.D. felt that they were ill-equipped to handle multiple intakes and discharges at once, a procedure that left her and others disoriented and rushed. “My final week was not as productive due to the high number of clients in the facility,” she told Rehabs.com.
Nevertheless, others found success here. “Covenant hill changed my life,” Amanda wrote. And M.G.H., another alum, “loved it there!”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Loved ones shared mixed perspectives; most felt that the accommodations were excellent, though some noted communication issues. On average, seven loved ones polled the matter gave high marks for the staff’s level of training and experience, the family inclusion, and the counseling options.
Of those disappointed with the facility, G.H., for example, referred to their loved one’s time in treatment as “useless” and reported a staff “not fully qualified to help” as well as support staff who “did not help at all.” And T.T.C., who gave five-stars for treatment effectiveness, felt that wasn’t enough. “More communication from the staff to the family, parents, and bill payer,” T.T.C. suggested.
Still, others applauded the facility for its strong efforts. “They do a great job reaching out to family and including them in care,” an anonymous reviewer wrote. And B.C.W. celebrated the staff for taking the time “to know and understand” their sister. “It put me at ease in a very scary time,” B.C.W. commented.
WHAT STAFF SAY
Rehabs.com also received excellent feedback from Kimberly, a chef at Covenant Hills. “Excellent caring and highly motivated staff, with small client load resulting in tailored individual care,” she wrote.
Covenant Hills Treatment Center for Women accepts many private insurance plans and offers financial assistance for those who qualify.
Published on October 2017
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