Starlite Recovery Center Philosophy
Starlite Recovery Center offers help for everyone whose lives are impacted by addiction and alcoholism. Primary treatment is merely the initial step in the overall recovery process. Our goal of promoting an abstinent lifestyle, one that is lasting and productive, is predicated upon intervention and education which demonstrate to the addicted individual the path of success and how others achieved it. Starlite Recovery Center, located on 55 acres of beautiful Texas hill country, offers an unmatched natural environment in which to recover from the devastating effects of drug addiction and alcoholism. Innovative chemical dependency treatment has been the hallmark of Starlite Recovery Center for over 3 decades. Our professional staff of physicians, counselors, and nurses provide clients with an interdisciplinary team that effectively manages their individualized care. Starlite views chemical dependency as a primary disease, one which is progressive and potentially fatal. It may severely impair functioning in all major life areas. Starlite provides programs that deliver a comprehensive, individualized continuum of care for chemically dependent persons and/or their family members who have been affected by the diseases of alcoholism and/or drug addiction.
Areas of Specialization
Adult Opiate Program
At Starlite Recovery Center we have realized a significant need for individuals seeking opiate detox and recovery to find a facility that approaches client care with a more engaging and professional plan. We are proud to be able to offer an inpatient opiate detox and rehabilitation program that offers an effective evidenced-based curriculum.
Meet the Staff
Boyce Elliott, III, MD
Dr. Elliott received his medical degree from the University of Texas, Medical Branch, Galveston in 1966. He has over 4 decades of medical experience. He is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology since 1993. He received his board certification in Addiction Medicine by Exam by the American Society of Addiction Medicine since 1989. Dr. Elliott also served in the US Air Force.
Director of Admissions
Regina has been with Starlite since January 2008. She started as a chemical dependency technician, worked with the clinical team and our Alumni. Most recently she was promoted to Director of Admissions. Her responsibilities are many, but most importantly, she helps clients and thier families start the journey to recovery.
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ABOUT STARLITE RECOVERY CENTER
Established in 1957, Starlite Recovery Center is located in Texas Hill Country, about two hours from Austin and San Antonio. The residential rehab facility emphasizes personalized treatment for individuals struggling with substance use disorders. Starlite’s offers medically monitored detox on-site, placing it among the just 8.7 percent (36) of 431 treatment facilities in Texas to offer this service, as well as outpatient-based programs.
Specialized programming is also offered for LGBT+ clients (a service available at 20 percent of Texas facilities), adolescents (at 26 percent nationally), young men, and clients seeking a Christian faith-based approach to recovery.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Clients undergo a pre-admission screening to determine an appropriate fit with Starlite Recovery Center, followed by nursing and physician exams and a psychiatric social assessment. Following detox, if necessary, a standard residential program is 30 days, while specialized tracks typically run 45 days, according to the facility’s website. Some treatment plans are available through a partial hospitalization program (PHP) or intensive outpatient program (IOP).
Treatment at Starlite incorporates 12-step principles and practices, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), a modality available at 44.1 percent of Texas rehabs. Residents can also expect to participate in holistic therapeuties, such as equine therapy and meditation. Yoga, massage, and acupuncture are also offered.
Both the Starlite adolescent program, for girls and boys aged 13 to 17, and the Neoteric Program, serving males ages 18 to 26, comprise many of the same components as the standard adult residential care. The young adult male program prioritizes experiential treatment, involving activities such as organized sports, hiking, fishing, and kayaking, according to the facility’s website.
Clients in the LGBT+ track follow an affirming, integrative special curriculum and attend Lambda 12-step meetings. The Journey Christian program offers a non-denominational approach that combines evidence-based and faith-based counseling with Bible study and Celebrate Recovery 12-step meetings.
The facility also runs a two-day family program focused on education, counseling, and personal recovery skills. Aftercare services include setting up continuing outpatient treatment and a one-year follow-up.
The Starlite Recovery Center treatment team includes a double board-certified psychiatrist/addictionologist, nurses, and licensed counselors. Some staff are in personal recovery, according to the facility’s website. This facility is among the 29 percent nationally to be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The scenic Starlite Recovery Center campus is set on 55 acres in Texas Hill Country. Residents are encouraged to take full advantage of a range of amenities, including an on-site certified personal trainer, miniature golf, a rock climbing wall, a fully-equipped workout facility, nature trails, and a zip line. Adult residential capacity is 99 in three buildings, with separate housing for 32 adolescents. Weekly alumni meetings are held throughout Texas’ major metropolitan areas.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
At the time of this writing, most of the 13 alumni polled by Rehabs.com would recommend Starlite Recovery Center to others. Favorable reviews tended to represent the staff as involved and empathetic while critical alumni raised concerns about limited access to medical personnel and an overall understaffed facility. Several reviewers also appreciated the 12-step programming.
Staff Experience and Training: 3.8/5
Counseling Options: 2.8/5
Co-occurring Treatment: 2.8/5
Former clients also expressed appreciation for the facility’s remote location, as well as the amount of holistic offerings and facility cleanliness.
Exercise and Leisure: 4/5
Holistic Offerings: 3.4/5
On Google, 87 reviewers gave an average rating of 3.7 out of five stars for the facility, while eight individuals gave the facility an average rating of 1.5 out of five stars on Yelp.   Reviewers highlighted counselors and techs, in opposition to medical staff. Most reported being helped toward recovery, with several noting that clients needed to “do the work.” Balancing a few complaints about upkeep of accommodations or lack of expected amenities, was a more typical comment from one alum, who wrote on Google: “Facility is nice; but not very luxurious.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Of nine loved ones polled to date by Rehabs.com, eight loved ones would recommend Starlite Recovery Center. Although one reviewer expressed concern regarding the facility’s management, the staff received abundant praise.
Staff Experience and Training: 4.4/5
Family Participation: 3.7/5
Holistic Offerings: 3.3/5
Feedback from loved ones was split about evenly on Google. Positive comments emphasized ongoing recovery, and criticism cited disorganization and poor communication.
WHAT STAFF SAY
A mix of 28 former and current employees rated Starlite Recovery Center an average of 2.8 out of five stars on Indeed. The most frequent comments indicated that the facility was understaffed, and several staffers concurred with alumni and loved ones’ concerns about limited dual diagnosis treatment. Reviewers regular expressed respect for clients.
Starlite Recovery Center accepts private pay and coverage from more than 20 insurance providers. To date, the 12 individuals polled by Rehabs.com on the matter appreciated the cost of the facility.
Published on June 2019
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