About the Facility
Hilltop Recovery Services provides individualized residential addiction treatment services to chemically dependent men struggling with substance abuse. Services provided include group activities such as 12-Step services, peer support groups, domestic violence and anger management education, parenting classes, and more. Hilltop utilizes a social model approach to addiction treatment, incorporating therapeutic group work and educational services to foster lasting recovery.
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.
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.
- Communication Skills Group
- Living in Balance Group
- Conflict Management
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ABOUT HILLTOP RECOVERY SERVICES MEN’S CENTER
Hilltop Recovery Services is a nonprofit organization dedicated to treating individuals struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. The facility in Clearlake Oaks, Calif., provides residential treatment environment for adult men. As such, within the state, it is among 37.4 percent of substance abuse treatment facilities that provide residential, non-hospital care and 52.3 percent of California facilities with specially tailored programming for adult men.
Aftercare services are available for clients who complete the residential program, including outpatient treatment at a nearby Hilltop network facility.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Hilltop Recovery Services Men’s Center accepts clients who not only have patterns of primary substance abuse and/or relapse, but also legal issues who may otherwise bar treatment elsewhere. Although not equipped to manage clients with major physical disabilities or psychiatric disorders, the facility focuses on providing individualized treatment services to address problem behaviors that contribute to their substance abuse.
In the state of California, Hilltop Recovery Services is among 39.9 percent of substance abuse treatment centers with programs for criminal justice clients. It also is among 54.9 percent that serve clients with co-occurring disorders.
Clients have weekly one-on-one counseling to review their progress, treatment assignments, and personal growth. The program is modeled after the 12-step principles, but attendance is optional. Clients also participate in group sessions, which are split into three categories – therapeutic, social, and educational.
The therapeutic sessions help to change behaviors and rebuild self-esteem through, for example, communications and life management skills, and conflict management. The social model groups incorporate 12-step meetings and peer support groups to correct social behaviors that lead to substance abuse. By creating a community-based treatment method within the facility, clients learn new social behaviors that contribute to healthy and sober living skills development.
Educational sessions focus on developing coping skills needed to successfully transition clients back into the community. These courses address anger management, anxiety, depression, domestic violence, nurturing parenting, and more. Clients participate in courses based on their individual assessment and treatment plans.
After successfully completing residential treatment, clients can transition into Hilltop Recovery Services’ intensive outpatient program (IOP) or standard outpatient (OP) option in neighboring Lucerne as well as sober living environments in the community. Continued treatment planning and referrals to local support groups and other services also are available, as needed.
The facility currently does not post information regarding its treatment staff on its website, other than noting “All employees of Hilltop Recovery Services have been trained to deal with crisis intervention.” However, it is likely that staff members are highly experienced in working with clients with extensive legal/criminal and substance abuse backgrounds.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Hilltop Recovery Services Men’s facility, on the shores of Clear Lake, has 61 beds for adult men. To date, the one individual polled by Rehab.com on the matter gave the facility a four out of five-star rating for the facility's cleanliness, though described the facility as “a little run-down.” Visitors with prior approval may see clients at scheduled times on Sundays.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The two alumni polled by Rehabs.com to date both praised the facility. "The services offered at this facility are better than those of any program I've ever attended," alum Cameron wrote. Offering perfect five-star ratings for the facility's effectiveness and accommodations, another alum simply wrote: "They save lives!
On secondary sites, Hilltop Recovery Services Men’s Center received positive coverage to date: two perfect five-star ratings on Google; and 4.9 out of five stars based on 50 reviews on Facebook, which the organization can manage.  
“Hands down the most amazing place to change your life and find out who you are,” one representative reviewer wrote on Google. On Facebook, alumni, praised the staff and reported life-changing and life-saving results from their treatment. “Every one I met while I was there has made such a huge impact on my life and I am forever great full!” C.W., a representative reviewer, wrote.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The sole loved one polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing submitted a moderately favorable review of Hilltop Recovery Services Men's Center. P.W., the mother of a client who was court ordered to attend the facility. “With the help of the rehab counselors he is going for recovery. This is the best and most affordable and remote area for my son.”
P.W. awarded positive ratings to a number of evaluated metrics, including perfect five stars for pricing and staff support, four stars for facility cleanliness and upkeep, and three stars for aftercare and holistic offerings. However, they gave two stars for family involvement.
According to information on the facility’s website, fees for residential treatment are $3,600 per month, expected to be paid upon admission. Hilltop Recovery Services contracts with Veterans Affairs, Westcare Corporation for Parolees, and other county agencies.
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R.H.They save lives!
C.H.It's hard to believe that Hilltop is rated so low on this site. The services offered at this facility are better than those of any program I've ever attended. The accommodations are great, but the counseling staff are the best that exist... They truly save lives through their work. I'm forever in their debt...
PWThe facility is on 320 acres and has the most accommodating staff of rehab counselors. I have not needed rehab in my life but my son has been there one month and he is now on medication. He has not been to rehab before and has a resistance to it but with the help of the rehab counselors he is going for recovery. This is the best and most affordable and remote area for my son. He says the place is a little run down. I am his mother and am paying for his rehab.
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