River Crest Hospital is a residential treatment center near Fort Concho and the Concho River of rustic West Texas. Located on 13 serene acres, River Crest Hospital specializes in treating behavioral health and chemical dependency disorders for people of all ages, offering individualized treatment and evidence-based care since 1988.
Accommodations and Food
River Crest Hospital looks like a typical treatment facility in a clinical setting, with industrial grade carpets and conference room furniture. There are no private rooms available; each of River Crest’s 80 clients shares a space with one other person, sleeping in a sparsely furnished room in a twin-sized bed. The bonus here is that each room has its own bathroom, instead of a communal facility at the end of the hall. Meals are served in the cafeteria, with each guest following specific dietary recommendations determined during an intake evaluation.
In case one should forget that a lot of what River Crest does is crisis stabilization—clients cannot have any metal objects and no glass. There are no outside electronics allowed, and no outside food and beverages are permitted. Clients are given a plastic basket to store personal hygiene items, which can’t include talcum or body powder, or any personal grooming items that contain alcohol. Also, no personal medications brought from home, unless authorized by a physician.
Treatment and Staff
River Crest Hospital offers detox, residential, Partial Hospitalization (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient (IOP) treatment. Often clients begin treatment with medically managed detox before moving on to one of the other programs. Clients are evaluated by a psychiatrist to determine what kind of dual diagnosis support they require, and if that includes medication management.
The 30-day residential program includes group and family therapy, with an emphasis on the 12-step model of recovery. Clients are treated using CBT, the Stages of Change and experiential therapy. In group, clients discuss the process of addiction, relapse prevention and alternatives to drinking and drug use. PHP at River Crest is similar in scope, clients come in for day treatment, but go home to sleep. The six-week IOP is a further step-down in care, with a similar treatment focus. Individual therapy is scheduled on an as needed basis in all programs.
River Crest also offers an outpatient program for military personnel struggling with PTSD and substance abuse. These clients are treated using the 12 steps, CPT, CBT, the Stages of Change and MET. In addition, they receive individual therapy two to three times a week and daily group therapy with a focus on stress and anxiety reduction, anger management and conflict resolution, as well as military-specific issues. Added features include dual diagnosis support and physical conditioning with a personal trainer.
The medical staff at River Crest includes a medical doctor certified in neurology, board certified psychiatrists, psychologists, LPCs, LCDCs, Masters-level clinicians and registered nurses. The management staff includes two LCSWs; a registered nurse and board certified family nurse practitioner.
River Crest also offers inpatient psychiatric services for children and adolescents that could feasibly include a secondary substance abuse issue.
River Crest Hospital is not cheap—clients are paying for an abundance of highly qualified professionals who are treating difficult dual diagnosis cases. People who aren’t struggling with complicated mental health issues might not need this level of care—but if it’s in the budget, why not? This also looks like a great place for military personnel to get the help they need.
River Crest Hospital
1636 Hunters Glen Rd
San Angelo, TX 76901-5016
River Crest Hospital Cost $30,000 (30 days). Reach River Crest Hospital by phone at (800) 777-5722. Find River Crest Hospital on Facebook
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