Starlite Recovery Center is located on 55 acres of Texas Hill Country an hour northwest of San Antonio, a terrain consisting of rugged hills and wild vegetation. Wildflowers, yucca, prickly pear cacti, cedar scrub and oak trees sprawl over the natural landscape. Viewing chemical dependency as a potentially fatal disease, Starlite Recovery Center provides residential treatment services for adults and young adult men, as well as a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) and an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). It has been operating for more than for more than 30 years and is the oldest freestanding drug rehab in Texas.
Accommodations and Food
The adult residential program has a 99-bed capacity. Gender-specific rooms are shared, each with twin beds adorned with wooden headboards, a small desk, a decorative lamp and a chair. A Southwest motif is evident in the earth-toned comforters and lampshade. Each room has a spacious bathroom.
From the outside, The Starlite Café where meals are served looks like a 1950s style diner. The spacious interior includes lofty ceilings with two rustic fans, an interior wall with windows and white oval tables. A private chef cooks the meals, catering to a variety of diets, including vegetarian, vegan, Heart Healthy and special needs. A juice bar is in the dining room.
A typical breakfast meal includes eggs, sausage or bacon, toast and oatmeal. A wide variety of cold cereals and fresh cut fruit are offered. For lunch and dinner, the salad bar is stocked with a variety of fresh leafy greens, vegetables and other salad toppings. Residents have a choice of soup. American and Tex-Mex cuisine is served for those who have no special dietary requirements.
Treatment and Staff
Treatment typically lasts 30 days. Prior to admission, a physical exam and psychiatric evaluation is completed. Residents receive individualized treatment plans, with weekly treatment including individual therapy, four group sessions and 12-step meetings. Groups consist of a small number of residents and cover such topics as life skills, interpersonal communication skills, anger management, co-occurring disorders, stress management and family dynamics of addiction. Gender-specific, LGBT, chronic relapse and opiate addiction groups are also offered.
The 12 steps are an integral part of treatment. Residents attend AA and NA meetings at the facility and in the local area. A Big Book study meeting is offered, and residents are encouraged to complete the first five steps before they leave.
Detox services are provided, and residents undergoing detox who are physically equipped to handle weekly therapy and meetings are allowed to do so. EMDR and dual diagnosis support are also offered and medication-assisted treatment is available for suitable residents.
The staff includes a behavioral health specialist/executive director, medical director, physician, director of nursing, clinical program coordinator, two Master’s-level therapists, three case managers, an equine therapy facilitator, an alumni coordinator, a recreational activities/staff training director and a six-year old quarter horse.
Cell phones are not allowed and pay phone privileges are limited.
Aftercare includes online support groups, as well as alumni meetings, and is included in treatment cost.
For those who require additional therapy, intensive outpatient services are provided, at an additional cost. Weekly treatment includes group therapy, 12-step meetings and working with a sponsor. PHP and IOP are also provided for clients who can’t stay at the rehab overnight.
The rehab has a pool area and a fitness room with treadmills and full cardio and weight workout equipment. There is a patio with a picnic table and wooden lounge chairs. Shade is provided by surrounding trees.
For those seeking a faith-based approach, Starlite Recovery Center provides a Christian Treatment program. Weekly treatment includes individual therapy with a certified Christian counselor, Christian-based group therapy, and attendance at Celebrate Recovery meetings. Bible study groups, daily journaling, meditation and individual meetings with a chaplain are integrated into the Christian treatment program.
Starlite Recovery Center’s “Neoterics” program is designed for young adult males between the ages of 18 and 28, and combines outdoor recreational sports such as kayaking, fishing and ropes courses with traditional therapy treatments. Clients can participate in a variety of recreational activities including equine therapy, a ropes course, sand volleyball, swimming, gym workouts, golf and on-campus movie nights.
A family program is provided. Residents are encouraged to include relatives in their treatment through face-to-face family sessions and phone calls with their therapist.
With a spectacular setting as well as a number of the extras, Starlite can help residents to help them find their true inner selves, as well as to connect to a Higher Power at a reasonable price point.
Starlite Recovery Center
230 Mesa Verde Dr E
Center Point, TX 78010
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