Santé Center for Healing in Argyle, TX

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914 Country Club Road
Argyle TX 76226

Santé Center for Healing Philosophy

Still owned by the same families who founded Santé, today’s high-caliber continuum of care extends from individualized assessments, detox, residential treatment, intensive outpatient treatment, transitional living, Therapeutic Intensives, Boundaries Course and alumni support services. It is our privilege to walk alongside thousands of individuals and families for 20 years of miracles – a result of our consistent cornerstone: integrity. Santé is synonymous with individualized, expert care in an intimate environment with the goal of long-term recovery.

Addiction is a struggle, and healing from addiction requires individualized, hands-on help and continued follow-up. Santé Center for Healing offers compassionate, state-of-the-art treatment that extends beyond the center and into the community with aftercare programs and planning to help those recovering from addiction.

In addition to a life free of addictive thinking, Santé also encourages healthy living and spirituality. Our walking trails and spacious client rooms provide a tranquil living space where quiet reflection and personal inventory can take place.

Areas of Specialization

  • Sex Addiction Treatment
    The Sex Addiction Treatment Program at Santé Center for Healing begins with a comprehensive assessment that identifies individual patient needs. This assessment results in a treatment plan specifically tailored to the patient and his or her circumstances. Additionally, our approach identifies other addictive disorders which are present in the majority of our patients. It is our experience that these co-occurring addictions, as well as other mental health problems, are best addressed simultaneously.

  • Santé Center Residential Treatment Programs
    Santé understands that there are many challenges on the road to recovery and that addiction must be treated one step at a time. Our Intake and Admissions Counselors are qualified and knowledgeable of the specifics of treatment. Their goal is to make the admission process as smooth as possible for the patient, family and referent. Our main goal is for our patients to live a life in recovery. They learn to be aware of their issues and gain the skills to resolve them. They will know how to prevent relapses, and live without the feelings of shame or guilt that often accompany their diagnosis.

Facility Highlights

Long-Term Recovery Focus

Weekly Individual Therapy Sessions

Free Family Support Groups

Meet the Staff

M. DEBORAH CORLEY, PHD, LMFT, LCDC, LSOTP, CSAT, CMAT

CO-FOUNDER, CO-OWNER AND CLINICAL CONSULTANT

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Dr. Corley is co-founder and co-owner of Santé and is licensed as an addiction treatment specialist, a marriage and family therapist, and sex offender treatment provider. She has over 30 years’ experience working with and conducting research on addictive disorders. She was the 1999 recipient of the Carnes Award for outstanding achievement in the field of sex addiction and received the 1999 Clinician’s Most Valuable Article award by the American Foundation of Addiction Research for her work on disclosure. Most recently she received the Merit Award from the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH) and the SASH Board of Directors named their research award the Corley Research Scholarship Award after Dr. Corley and her brother Rip Corley. Dr. Corley is the past president of the Board of Directors of the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health and is a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. She is recognized as a national presenter and has authored many articles and co-authored the books Disclosing Secrets and Surviving Disclosure and is one of the contributing authors on Making Advances: A Comprehensive Guide to the Treatment of Female Sex and Love Addicts.

MELISSA PENNINGTON, DO

MEDICAL DIRECTOR

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Dr. Melissa Pennington is a board-certified adult psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of chemical dependency and eating disorders. Prior to joining Sante, she served as medical director of the Eating Disorders Program at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Of Dallas from 2010-2015. She attended medical school at the University of North Texas Health Science Center and completed her psychiatry residency at John Peter Smith Hospital, where she was awarded intern of the year and served as chief resident for two consecutive years. She is a Diplomat of the American Board of Addiction Psychiatry.

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ABOUT SANTÉ CENTER FOR HEALING

Santé Center for Healing in Argyle, Texas, provides a full continuum of care for those dealing with substance abuse and other addictions. It has one of the just 126 (25.8 percent) non-hospital residential treatment programs in the state. The facility also offers transitional living and outpatient treatment options. This is also one of the only 44 (nine percent) treatment centers in Texas where medically managed detoxification is offered on-site.

TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT

Santé Center for Healing blends evidence-based practices, such as, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), with holistic treatment options. Clients will participate in individualized treatment plans that may incorporate 12-step lectures and meetings, individual and group therapy, and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR).

Holistic programming involves yoga, massage therapy, high and low rope course challenges, and equine, music, and art therapy. Family therapy is provided as needed.

Intensive outpatient therapy is provided in three phases that are typically completed in 24 weeks. Support groups, group, individual, and family therapy, and medication management under the supervision of master’s-level counselors is provided.

Alumni can participate in aftercare and relapse prevention that involves 12-step meetings and alumni events.

STAFF CREDENTIALS

Santé Center employs master’s-level therapists certified in PTSD, EMDR, and DBT, psychologists, addictionologists, nurses, and dietitians. In Texas, 98 percent of all substance abuse treatment facilities have continuing education requirements for staff.

ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES

Santé Center for Healing provides furnished shared rooms with twin beds, on-site laundry services, and a shared dining area. Clients can enjoy outdoor beach volleyball, a workout center, walking trails, and outdoor seating. The center is also within walking distance to public transportation.

WHAT ALUMNI SAY

Ten alumni surveyed by Rehabs.com to date gave mostly negative feedback, with alumni commenting upon low-quality food, disrespectful staff, and other specific problems. “The food was inedible, the cleanliness was subpar and the overall tone and environment was demeaning, outdated, and depressing,” wrote alum S.B. “AVOID THIS HECK HOLE AT ALL COSTS,” wrote another anonymous alum. “Sante deals with relapses in a condescending way, attempting to scare you out of relapsing,” wrote David. “No real treatment here with real scientifically proven methods."

Yet, two positive reviews praised “skilled and compassionate” staff, though one reviewer noted the price of the facility and lack of meal choices as drawbacks. Even so, this former client provided four- and five-star ratings for most of the 15 polled metrics, including the amount of family participation and holistic offerings. However, other anonymous alum felt that the center did not offer enough individual treatment and left treatment early because “these issues were not being met,” giving counseling options just one out of five stars, and indicated that he would not recommend the center and that treatment was not worth the cost.

At the time of this writing on Google, 56 users gave generally more positive feedback, offering an average rating of three out of five stars..[1] Written feedback was very polarizing: many former clients praised the staff for being attentive, and in a representative positive review, S.C. noted, "The first group session I walked into... I immediately felt welcomed and at home." However, many other alumni comment upon feeling that treatment was not worth the cost and that their medication was mismanaged.

Feedback was more positive on the center's Facebook page, which its management can edit, with a 3.9 out of five-star average rating based on 43 reviews.[2] A frequently cited concern, though, was that the 30-day program was not long enough. Many clients felt misinformed about how long they needed to stay and how much the program would end up costing. Six Yelp users echoed this concern, giving just 1.5 out of five stars for the facility.[3] "My counselor was great but this Center is clearly all about the money. They give patients powerful narcotics for Detox and at the same time give them financial paperwork and don't adequately explain anything," C.L. wrote in a representative review.

WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY

The sole family member surveyed by Rehabs.com to date, S., wrote, “great location... caring staff… they got to the root of the problem in less then a week.” The loved one gave perfect five-star marks to holistic and counseling options, pricing, and family involvement.

WHAT STAFF SAY

The single staff member surveyed by Rehabs.com as of this writing considered staff to be a facility strength, but indicated that the center needed to offer more family services. This individual awarded four out of five stars for holistic offerings, admissions & discharge procedures, and treatment of co-occurring disorders, and three stars for counseling options and connectivity policy.

On Indeed, 12 current and former staffers gave 3.7 out of five possible stars to the facility.[4] One former employee referred to management as a “class act” that cares about their employees and wrote that the center had a “great atmosphere.” A former residential nurse added that Santé Center for Healing is located in a “serene environment.”

FINANCING

Santé Center for Healing is in network with several insurance companies like Cigna and provides financial assistance options as needed.

[1] GoogleReviews

[2] https://www.facebook.com/pg/SanteCenter/reviews/?ref=page_internal

[3] https://www.yelp.com/biz/sante-center-for-healing-argyle

[4] https://www.indeed.com/cmp/Sant%C3%A9-Center-For-Healing-1/reviews

Published on October 2018

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Ihbm

Very unethical. Deceiving keep changing diagnoses. Had to walk out, counselors on power trips.

Megan

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Everyone I met at Sante was friendly and kind. They made me feel right at home. I felt really good about handing over my dear friend in her time of need.

K.P.

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At the time I was there, this facility was the top of the line. Their team was amazing. They changed my life

Amy

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Treatment provided is quality and the therapists and staff truly care about the patients and their success.

Anonymous

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After spending time at other treatment facilities, I am so lucky to call Sante my home. Their staff is professional and experienced! Truly a great place! Sante's clinical staff is above and beyond other facilities. Our counselors are experienced and trained in all aspects of addicition and trauma. Sante has a good mix of specialties in the clinical staff so a client is appropriately matched to the counselor they will benefit from the most. Sante is dual diagnosis and long term. The client is always the one number priority! The landscape has some hills, so it can take someone a bit of an effort to walk across campus. It gets easier with time and has handicap access.

MC

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Sante is a great facility! The counselors are experienced and have several specialties to fit every clients needs! They put the client first!

Marlene

What happened to Sante? These reviews are awful.

AD

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If you\'re into institutionalization and fantasy this might be your place. Rigid 12 step dogma, communities with sheriffs and assorted role players, and a healthy mix of doctors and as crappy food and psychotherapists with psych 101skills with the default mode of AA ...Despite them I remain sober for 7 years and my career has never been better. I faked AA til I made it and was reading smart rehab and Stanton Friedman from my smuggled iPhone all the while I was there. The ridiculous make believe world was the only world most there could function in. One doctor was in his 6th month!i. A unbelievably rigid and archaic curriculum of the lunacy of AA and religiosity are the foundation of this propaganda palace. Don\'t waste your money. Read, educate yourself about addiction and what works such as rational discourse with fellow addicts, involving yourself in life again, and the positive reinforcement of sobriety. You aren\'t defective you\'re human. Don\'t let anyone tell you otherwise. I am not in denial. I\'m a addict and my drug of choice is now sobriety.

Charlie

Some of the case managers genuinely cared for patients but majority of them don\'t. The food is absolutely horrible and the rooms are not even comparable to a dorm. The nurses/techs are unbelievably incompetent and rude as can be. This place is all about money and trying to trap you in there and convince your family that it\'s the only way you\'ll live if you give Sante your life savings. They don\'t consider your life outside of Sante when they cut you off from family and work obligations. It\'s a joke don\'t send your loved one here please for their sake.

Anonymous

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Experience overall was horrible. I don't like to even think about it. Majority of other patients felt the same way.

Anonymous

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AVOID THIS HECK HOLE AT ALL COSTS. I was inpatient for 2 months and they definitely did their job, they weren\'t perfect and I am by no means raving about this facility but, initially, I got what I went there for. After discharging I was in their transitional living program (which all case managers are required to reccomend to patients upon leaving) and it was one of the worsts experiences of my life. The staff is completely incompetent (except for the dietitian who is fantastic, note the 3 stars for nutrition, however the meals are not great) and I received absolutely no therapy while I was there. Everything is about money and control for this \"business\". Smoking is against the rules (and I did smoke while I was there, yes I understand the health risks but I am an adult and smoking will not send me on a downward spiral like other addictions) and, according to them, if you\'re using nicotine then recovery is not important to you and you\'re not \"working a good program\". Also they will charge money for absolutely anything (and the cost of this place is absolutely outrageous and varies based on your income, so basically no matter how much money you make Sante will bleed you dry). If you miss an Intensive Outpatient session (which consists of hearing everyone talk about how their day went and, if there are no assignments to present, coloring or watching movies for 3 hours 3 times a week) you are still expected to pay the $200 it costs for one session, same goes for individual therapy. In IOP (intensive outpatient) there is a phase system based on completing and presenting assignments and in TL (transitional living) there is a leveling system based on your behavior. I had completed all my assignments for phase one in IOP but they refused to move me to phase two (meaning I would have to go twice a week instead of 3 times thus reducing the cost) because of my smoking (a behavioral issue), simply another means of control. They also started charging us for our apartments not being \"up to standard\". This means that every morning by 8am there is to be nothing on the dressers or countertops, absolutely nothing on the floors, dishes and laundry done, trash taken out, floors vaccumed/swept, showered and dressed, etc. Patients are held to an unrealistic standard of living that practically no functioning adult lives by. We are also expected to provide our own transportation but are not allowed to have cars until level two (which takes no less that two months to accomplish and that\'s only if you follow every single rule perfectly) so if you are a level two and have a car be prepared to be driving people around A LOT. Sante\'s favorite mantra is \"progress not perfection\" yet they expect perfection. If you are at level one (so they can\'t level you down) and not following every single rule to their liking they will take your apartment key from you and lock you out every single day from 9am to 5pm. I eventually put in my 30 days notice and they kicked me out shortly afterwards on my mother\'s birthday (who passed away when I was 12 years old) so that I would be leaving on their terms instead of my own. Now I\'m sure if you are still reading this then you must be seriously considering this facility for you or your loved one so I\'ll close by saying that inpatient treatment is not the best but they get the job done for the most part, outpatient treatment (specifically transitional living) would be a terrible mistake for anyone who is actually serious about getting their life together.

SB

NIGHTMARE! I should have believed these reviews. I self admitted 4/18/16 and self discharged less than 12 hours later. It was a living nightmare. I have been sober for 2 months but was hoping for a place to make certain I had all the tools to maintain my soberiety upon re-entering my corporate workplace. The food was inedible, the cleanliness was subpar and the overall tone and environment was demeaning, outdated and depressing. The patients are mostly teenagers. There are no adults. So the kids run the place. There is zero structure, many in authority are gossipy and petty and just plain unprofessional. As a professional, I was appalled. It was the tone of the place. The vibrations were so negative and archaic and antiquated. It was as if time had stopped and stood still. PLEASE AS A MOTHER DO NOT SEND YOUR BABIES THERE... there were so many negative unhealthy peers. All the patients did was complain (and rightfully so as they restrict access to loved ones.) no phone calls even to parents and when I did make a call I was watched like an inmate in a room with a phone and locked doors. It was frightening. And I am in my 30s. As the facility collects $1000 a day from either insurance companies or parents. There are no horses no real interaction with nature and zero follow thru. It should be shut down. Thank you

TG

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Avoid this profiteering horrible hole.

David

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I had the worst imaginable experience at Sante. The therapist in charge of my case was extremely rude and manipulative in order to get me to stay longer. She cut me off from my family and friends. Some of the practices at Sante are very shady and money-oriented. The nursing staff and mental health technicians were extremely uneducated. As someone with mental illness (severe depression, anxiety and trauma), something most people with addictions suffer from, this place is NOT an appropriate setting. Instead of sending someone to a bootcamp-type environment, I think people should go to a place with hospital licensing because there is more of a chance of supervision, medical knowledge, and healing. Sante deals with relapses in a condescending way, attempting to scare you out of relapsing. No real treatment here with real scientifically proven methods. I wouldn\'t even leave my dog here.

KS

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Taking my son off anxiety meds too quickly . Not safe.

S

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great location.. caring staff,,, they got to the root of the problem in less then a week...

Anonymous

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Strengths: staff. Weaknesses: Needs to offer more services for families.

Anonymous

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Skilled and compassionate staff. Treated mental health and substance use. Strong 12 step education. It's pricey. Meals were tasty, but not a lot of choices. Access to OTC meds was difficult for minor issues. It's a caffeine and tobacco free campus.

Anonymous

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the counselors seem to really care but there is no one on one therapy treatment for depression. I was there for 60 days and it took 30 day just to get my medications correct, I needed therapy for my depression and anxiety in addition to my substance abuse. I checked out after 60 days because these issues were not being met. I have been sober now for 10 months I believe due to finding a psychiatrist that specializes in substance abuse and mental illness

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