Treatment Center Setting
Sunspire Health Spring Hill Philosophy
Sunspire Health Spring Hill is a private, residential treatment facility for adult men and women struggling with substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders. Our treatment is abstinence, evidence and holistic-based with a clinical emphasis on individual, group and family therapy. We believe in providing individuals and families with the skills and tools to help sustain long-term recovery from addiction. We treat every patient with respect, meeting them where they are at and designing an individualized treatment plan based on their unique needs and lifestyles.
Areas of Specialization
Dual Diagnosis/Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment
These two terms describe a person who is not only addicted to drugs or alcohol, but also has a mental or emotional illness, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc. Facilities that treat patients with dual-diagnosis or co-occurring disorders provide psychiatric treatment in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation services.
Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)
Spring Hill is experienced in the use of MAT for patients struggling with opioid and alcohol addiction. Research shows that a combination of medication and therapy can successfully treat these disorders, and for some people struggling with addiction, MAT can help sustain recovery. The prescribed medication operates to normalize brain chemistry, block the euphoric effects of alcohol and opioids, relieve physiological cravings, and normalize body functions without the negative effects of the abused drug.
Ideal Setting for Recovery
Given the secluded, tranquil setting in the forest of Massachusetts, Sunspire Health Spring Hill is the ideal environment to reconnect with oneself and with nature while escaping the chaos that addiction can cause in life. The environment will offer patients the opportunity to clear their minds and begin again with a clean slate.
Equine Assisted Therapy
Twice a week patients will be able to participate in three hours of equine therapy, which involves interactions between patients and horses. Equine Therapy involves activities (such as grooming, feeding, haltering and leading a horse) that are supervised by a mental health professional, often with the support of a horse professional. The goal of equine therapy is to help the patient develop needed skills and attributes, such as accountability, responsibility, self-confidence, problem-solving skills, and self-control. Equine therapy also provides an innovative milieu in which the therapist and the patient can identify and address a range of emotional and behavioral challenges.
At every Sunspire Health facility patients will receive treatment that is individualized to their unique needs and diverse lifestyles. Ongoing assessments allow the treatment to adapt and evolve as the patient progresses.
During residential treatment patients live onsite in housing with access to care from clinical staff 24/7. Patients have a full schedule of individual and group therapies according to their unique treatment plan, preparing them for life in recovery.
Throughout treatment, patients will work with a Discharge Planner and the clinical team to develop a comprehensive aftercare plan that will ensure a successful transition from residential treatment to a life in recovery. All patients who receive care at Sunspire Health will join our nationwide alumni network, giving them access to a support group after treatment.
Sunspire Health utilizes evidence-based treatment methods, meaning that the treatment modalities and therapies are based on clinical evidence and proven success in guiding patients to heal and recover. Patients who would benefit from Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) will receive medications that are proven to aid patients in achieving sobriety.
In addition to individual and group therapies that are based in psychotherapy methods like CBT and DBT, patients will learn to apply new coping skills through experiential therapies like meditative hikes, yoga, fitness programs, nutrition education, and recreation activities that show patients how to find hope and how to prosper in recovery.
I came to Spring Hill in January 2014 with no hope or desire to live a sober life. My plan was to spend 30 days in treatment to get back in my family's good graces and evade legal consequences. The treatment team at Spring Hill surrounded me with compassion and love. They showed me that I was not only capable of living a better life but I deserved it. Spring Hill taught me the tools to cope with life in recovery and taught me about my disease of addiction. They facilitated my transition into aftercare which provided me the opportunity to utilize these tools in daily living. It has now been almost four years since Spring Hill drastically changed the course of my life. I continue to look back at my time there with gratitude for the compassion I was shown and the life I was given. Upon entering treatment I could only see that I was losing the one thing that ever truly made me feel okay, drugs. I had no idea that I would be gaining a happy family, a steady income and above all else, a peaceful, sound state of mind.
I came to Spring Hill in July of 2013. I had been to too many treatment centers to count when I admitted here. My 22 years as a correctional officer contributed to my alcoholism and with the stress and my drinking, I had liver failure at the age of 40. I managed to stop drinking a number of times, but eventually would find myself drinking again unable to stay stopped. My experience at Spring Hill allowed me to finally get traction in recovery. I was close to home so that family could be involved and felt that all of my mind, body and spiritual needs were met. I continue to be involved in the Spring Hill alumni program and go to speak once a month to existing patients about my journey in recovery.
I have taken so much from Spring Hill. I have received such great advice. I have worked on every suggestion. I have exploded my person and built me back up with new traits. I can listen now. I can be humble now. I can judge my judgement and construct the right picture. I can learn from others. I practice patience. I write everything down so I remember and so I improve. I feel open and I feel exposed. This is good. Others can see my innards. I can see myself. The shields are down, the facades are gone. I know how to be me. I am grateful for others. I am grateful for all of this, for everything I am taking with me. I just plain old feel totally psyched for my continued recovery. I am so happy that Spring Hill has embraced my family and their aftercare. For the first time, I feel like my family is integrated in my recovery. There is a ton ahead to tackle, but I feel like I am above it, on top of it, and will positively manage it. I know how to reach out for help now. Things will move forward and I am so ready to walk the talk. My story will be so different the moment I leave here. I don’t want to leave, but I am ready to climb back into my life. My recovery story is powerful now. I have practiced new strategies. I have fine tuned behaviors. I want to tell everyone about how to use Spring Hill to gain a great advantage on my recovery. I want to talk about the new tools I have to combat my addictions, how to keep that boiling cauldron at bay, how to own with my faith my path to recovery. I know what I am going to do and I feel complete relief. I am my own best friend and cheerleader now, but I will also leave here knowing that every professional and every patient will have my back. Thank you so much for this experience.
Meet the Staff
Eric Ekberg, MBA, CADC
As Executive Director at Sunspire Health Spring Hill, Eric Ekberg has over 12 years of experience in the addiction treatment field. He most recently served as director for an outpatient treatment facility specializing in opioid dependence and has also worked as director for a long-term inpatient addiction treatment facility. Prior to his experience in addiction treatment, Eric spent over 16 years in the investment management business. As a certified and licensed substance abuse counselor, Eric is passionate about helping those affected by substance use disorders.
Ximena Sanchez-Samper, MD
Medical Director & Psychiatrist
Dr. Ximena Sanchez-Samper is a Board Certified Addictions Psychiatrist who trained at the Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN) and completed her Addictions Fellowship through Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in 2004. Dr. Sanchez-Samper is an advocate of incorporating Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) into the comprehensive care of patients struggling with Alcohol and Opioid Use Disorders. Dr Sanchez-Samper is an Instructor at Harvard Medical School and enjoys lecturing nationwide on Substance Use Disorders identification, diagnosis and treatment.
Director of Admissions
As the Director of Admissions, Cindy Kelly is the first to meet many of Spring Hill's patients and their family members. In this role, Cindy supports everyone who seeks treatment at Spring Hill. Prior to joining Spring Hill, Cindy was Director of Marketing and Admissions at Gould Farm, a residential therapeutic community for adults with mental illness.
Director of Operations
As Director of Operations for Sunspire Health Spring Hill, Robin McRae oversees day-to-day operations including housekeeping, maintenance, transportation and nutritional services. After graduating from the Massachusetts Municipal Police Academy in 1995, she spent several years working as a police officer for the local municipalities. Following her service on the police force, Robin worked several years in a hospital setting on the transitional care unit, managing patient admissions and discharges. She also spent more than 15 years in the ambulatory primary care setting for non-profit community health centers, serving as the applications and data manager.
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ABOUT SUNSPIRE HEALTH SPRING HILL
Offering a network of addiction and behavioral health treatment centers throughout the United States, Sunspire Health is known as an industry leader. The Spring Hill facility, which is located about an hour from Boston on 70 wooded acres in Ashby, Mass., offers residential treatment for substance abuse, chemical dependency, and co-occurring mental health disorders. The rehab admits men and women ages 18 and older, and provides extended care via a Day Program. Detox services are not offered on-site; however, the facility partners with local providers and can help clients get the medical treatment they need before beginning at Spring Hill.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Upon admission, each client receives a comprehensive assessment, which is used to create an individualized plan. Residential or inpatient treatment typically ranges from 30 to 90 days. PHP is the next level of care, where clients attend rehabilitation sessions five to seven days per week for six to eight hours per session while residing at home or in sober living accommodations. IOP clients attend sessions from three to five times per week for three to four hours each while living at home.
Spring Hill combines evidence-based practices, such as medication-assisted treatment, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and psychoeducation, with experiential therapies, such as equine therapy, psychodrama, meditation, and massage. Other treatment modalities include motivational enhancement therapy (MET), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Seeking Safety, and rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT).
Clients participate in regular one-on-one counseling as well family therapy and gender-specific group therapy. The principles of the 12-Steps are introduced and taught as a foundation for recovery.
Holistic activities and exercise options, such as sessions with a personal fitness trainer, equine therapy, yoga, nature walks, organized sports, and strength training at the facility’s gym, are offered.
Family therapy is available to help loved ones understand addiction and participate in the recovery process. Given the largely young patient population (about 70% clients are ages 18 to 25), there are family visits allowed every Sunday for up to three hours.
The treatment team includes board-certified physicians, licensed addiction and mental health professionals, certified addiction specialists, and family therapists.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Spring Hill’s warmly decorated, wood-paneled residence can accommodate up to 32 clients at a time. It offers double- and single-occupancy rooms as well as cozy dining areas and a living room with a fireplace.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The 10 alumni polled by Rehabs.com to date offered mainly positive feedback. Those who responded to the major categories of the survey offered an average of three stars of out five for treatment effectiveness, four stars for accommodations and amenities, and 4.8 stars for meals and nutrition.
The comments alumni made to Rehabs.com fleshed out their numerical ratings. An anonymous reviewer wrote: "Great place, caring people, and a awsome place to spend 30 days. This place has been great and helped me gain the tools i needed!" Another said: "didnt want to come initially but glad I did......techs and clinitians were great...food fantastic..overall wonderful experience" Yet another summed it up as: "Their caring and compassion saved my life!!!!" However, in an otherwise commendable review, one anonymous alum said: "Not a miracle worker."
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Loved ones also offered largely positive feelings. They rated treatment effectiveness an average of 3.86 stars out of five, accommodations and amenities 4.29 stars, and meals and nutrition four stars.
An anonymous reviewer told Rehabs.com: “One on one help was a strength of the facility. My brother has been clean 3 years” Another anonymous loved one said they would recommend Spring Hill and added: “Strengths: flexibality within the program, guidance from staff, nice atsmophere.” And another shared: "My friend that went is fully recovered and said that no matter how rough things got the facility took great care of him."
Yet S.A. complained about poor aftercare, telling Rehabs.com: “I am not impressed with this facility. After-care planning is critical and they have succeeded in failing in this arena."
The facility accepts most private insurance plans, and offers financial assistance to those who qualify.
Published on September 2017
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