Treatment Center Setting
Discovery Point Retreat Philosophy
Discovery Point Retreat delivers medical based care with the hospitality and amenities of a 4 star bed and breakfast.
Areas of Specialization
Drugs and alcohol have widespread effects throughout your body, including but not limited to the addiction and/or physical/psychological dependence that develops with substance abuse over time. Many organ systems are affected by addiction and will react to withdrawal. The term “medical detoxification” means that there is a trained and licensed medical professional onsite to monitor your vital signs and protect your physical and emotional health as your body goes through withdrawal.
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.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR is a highly specific, research-validated form of therapy that can help people overcome traumatic stress, anxiety and depression. With EMDR, a trained practitioner uses bilateral stimulation, eye movement and touch to stimulate parts of the brain as a patient recounts certain experiences and memories as a way to more thoroughly process uncomfortable, painful feelings.
Creative Arts Therapy
Writing, making art or engaging in theater can be deeply therapeutic for people working to recover from addiction. Many facilities offer one or several forms of creative arts therapy as a way to help patients learn to express their feelings in productive ways.
Meet the Staff
Cory Newman serves as Facility Director for Discovery Point Retreat where he oversees physical maintenance and operations of our facilities and building systems among other projects. He also has a strong background in substance abuse treatment services having worked with Niznik Behavioral Health for four and a half years in several roles including Lead Technician at Harbor Village in Miami, Florida. Cory attended Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Florida where he studied Psychology.
Greg Powers, LCSW
Greg Powers serves as the Clinical Director for Discovery Point Retreat. Greg holds dual Bachelor degrees in Sociology and Criminal Justice from the University of Texas and completed his education with a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Tulane University in New Orleans. Greg has specialized in the treatment of substance abuse, grief and loss as well as trauma. Greg is certified in EMDR and trauma response and crisis interventions along with a certification in crisis intervention with first responders. Greg started his career as a medical social worker. In this role, Greg worked in a variety of specialties ranging from transplant, cardiology and neonatal intensive care. Greg returned to Texas and began working in the mental health field working with adults and adolescents. Throughout his career Greg has held positions of leadership in both for-profit and non-profit facilities, has served on the Board of Directors for different agencies and continues to be active in the field of academics. Along with his position at Discovery Point Retreat Greg continues to work as a consultant, is in private practice and is a certified clinical supervisor in the field of social work.
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ABOUT DISCOVERY POINT RETREAT
Located outside the pastoral community of Waxahachie, 30 miles south of Dallas, Texas, Discovery Point Retreat is an upscale treatment facility offering a full continuum of programming for adults seeking treatment for chemical dependency and co-occurring disorders. The facility offers a residential treatment program, a partial hospitalization program (PHP), and an intensive outpatient program (IOP). The facility also provides on-site medical detox services, which only 36 (8.4 percent) residential facilities in Texas provide.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Upon admission, clients participate in an initial substance abuse and mental health assessment to help clinicians determine an appropriate level of care and individualized treatment plan. If necessary, clients may first undergo the facility's detoxification protocol. Discovery Point Retreat utilizes non-addictive medications to alleviate the discomfort of withdrawal. This Medication-assisted Treatment (MAT) program can make detox easier. In Texas, 11,701 (2.8 percent) clients participated in MAT programs in 2017. The supervised detox process typically lasts approximately seven days.
If a client requires a highly structured schedule and supervision to obtain and sustain initial sobriety, the client may be referred to the residential program. Discovery Point Retreat utilizes evidence-based modalities, namely cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), 12-step immersion, and recreational therapy to treat its clientele.
Through CBT approaches, clinicians help clients to increase mindfulness, identify patterned behavior, and modify irrational thinking. During residential treatment, clients participate in both group and individual counseling sessions to identify the links between destructive thinking and behavior. Clients are also introduced to the principles and practices of the 12-step program. Along with attending 12-step meetings, Discovery Point Retreat emphasizes surrendering to a Higher Power. Clients attend off-site chapel services, 12-step group sessions, and daily Bible study classes.
In addition to evidence-based approaches, Discovery Point Retreat facilitates a range of therapeutic recreational activities for its residents, which includes music, art, equine, and dance therapy sessions. Residents also have access to the nearby walking trails, a fishing pond, and a fully equipped gym, and clients also regularly enjoy off-site outings to Dallas for concerts, sporting events, and more.
Before completing the program, clinicians help clients form acomprehensive discharge plans, which may include encouraging the client to utilize one of the facility's outpatient programs as a "step-down" aftercare service and/or referrals to community-based resources.
Discovery Point Retreat's PHP caters to individuals with co-occurring disorders and a history of relapse. It is one of the 232 (53.8 percent) of facilities in Texas that offer mental health services as well as substance abuse treatment. Although programming is similar to residential care, clients reside off-site each night. The facility's IOP is less intensive and involves group and individual therapy, as well as regular drug testing.
Discovery Point Retreat's treatment services are provided by a team of masters level clinicians, which includes psychiatrists, licensed professional counselors, specialized recreational counselors, and case managers.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Nestled among the rolling pastures of southern Texas, Discovery Point Retreat is an upscale, two-story ranch that can accommodate up to 20 residents. The facility offers semi-private living arrangements, and bedrooms feature an X-Box, television, and memory-foam mattress. The ranch also offers a fully equipped gym, an on-site pool, and a communal, well-furnished lounge. Clients also have access to the facility's private fishing pond and nearby hiking and horseback riding trails.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
At the time of this writing, Rehabs.com has received 30 positive and one negative review from alumni of Discovery Point Retreat. Alumni indicated that the program was effective, with the program offering the right mix of tools and support for long-term recovery. The two alumni polled about the facility’s counseling options, facility maintenance, and family participation gave five out of five stars.
On Yelp, five reviewers left maximum five-star ratings about their experience at Discovery Point Retreat, including four that are not currently recommended.   Alumni write about how the “therapists are kind and compassionate” and the high-quality food. A few of the reviewers indicated that the facility has “many amenities that you just don’t find anywhere else.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
At the time of this writing, Rehabs.com has received two positive and two negative reviews from loved ones about the Discovery Point Retreat. The two loved ones with positive reviews praised the facility's staff, activities, and overall effectiveness. "He really enjoyed the outdoor recreational activities here and came back home like a brand new person," Myrtle, a sibling of a client, wrote. Reporting a successful experience of their sister, Sharon added: "She is more confident and is ready to integrate back into the real world." However, one negative reviewer cited a “dirty” facility where their loved one was left to sit in a vomit-covered bed. The other loved one wrote about clients being discharged early.
Discovery Point Retreat accepts a range of private insurance plans, including policies by Cigna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Humana, and Optum.
Published on April 2019
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