Warriors Heart is the first private residential substance abuse treatment facility dedicated exclusively to those in high risk, high stress occupations. Warriors Heart welcomes male and female veterans, first responders, police, firefighters, EMTs, FBI and other modern “warriors” struggling with addiction. Located about 50 miles northeast of San Antonio in Bandera, Texas, it offers extensive dual diagnosis support, including help for those suffering from PTSD. Warriors Heart currently provides inpatient and sober living services and is in the process of launching outpatient programs.
Accommodations and Food
Warriors Heart is located on the beautiful 500-acre Purple Sage Ranch. The property was formerly a corporate retreat and wedding venue, so the accommodations are more resort-like than clinical. Men and women are assigned private or semi-private (gender-specific) guest suites with bathrooms. The luxurious estate features a game room with pool tables and foosball, serene outdoor spaces and comfy living and meeting areas with high ceilings and fireplaces. The property has a fitness center, ropes course, private lake, running and hiking trails, pastures and swimming pool as well as volleyball and basketball courts.
There is a commercial kitchen with a team of on-site private chefs. Food is served in the dining hall and prepared with both nutrition and personal preferences in mind. Any dietary restrictions can be accommodated.
Treatment and Staff
The core program is a minimum of 28 days but clients often stay longer. Residents have customized treatment plans that include daily group therapy and on-site 12-step meetings. They also have individual therapy at least three times a week. Therapy uses CBT, DBT and EMDR. There is a special emphasis on treatment of PTSD and MTBI (Mild Traumatic Brain Injury). Gender-specific processing groups are also available for women.
The unique multidisciplinary treatment staff is comprised of recovering warriors from all branches of law-enforcement and military. The team is led by a retired Army Colonel and includes an MD, LVN, mental health counselors, LCDCs MFTs and MSWs and recreational therapists.
After completing the inpatient program, clients have the option to transition into the on-site sober living. This requires a minimum 60-day commitment and clients live on the ranch in cabins that are separated from the main building. They are required to maintain sobriety and a strict schedule. They must work, volunteer or go to school during the day and be back by 9 pm every night. Sober living clients must also participate in one group session per week and all meals are provided on-site in the dining hall.
The treatment team helps each client create an aftercare plan that may include locating an outpatient program or individual therapist near their home.
There is a family program that includes weekly multi-family group and informational sessions.
Warriors Heart is a unique and inspiring program. By focusing on a niche population, it is able to provide private, top-notch care and peer support for veterans and first responders. The comprehensive dual diagnosis and trauma-informed care is especially important for those healing from battles—both physical and mental. This is an excellent choice for warriors seeking to restore their mental health, heal from trauma and reintegrate into sober life.
756 Purple Sage Rd
Bandera, TX 78003
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