Thousands of people suffering from alcoholism, substance abuse, and various behavioral disorders seek help every day. Finding this help can be a very frustrating experience. Our crisis response counselors at Recovery Options, our sister company, will spend the time necessary to review the treatment alternatives, whether at one of our treatment facilities or elsewhere, that will best provide you or your loved one with the help they need. So, don’t let another day go by. Contact us at (800) 662-2873 and start the process towards a new life in recovery.
Richard E. Jackson is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Pacific Hills Treatment Centers, Inc., dba. Covenant Hills Treatment Centers. He has been a successful healthcare executive for over 40 years. Mr. Jackson joined with Mr. Dean in 1992 to start Recovery Options Corporation with a vision of helping addicts who were having a difficult time finding appropriate help. Soon realizing that there were few affordable alternatives that provided substance abuse treatment from a Christ-centered perspective, the two founded Pacific Hills in 1993 with a commitment to offer truly Christ-centered treatment in combination with a clinically sound program. Prior to founding Recovery Options and Pacific Hills, Mr. Jackson served as an executive in four healthcare companies in both private and public arenas. Mr. Jackson attended the University of Texas and received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Lamar University, where he graduated with honors. Mr. Jackson is a native of Texas. He is one of the few “Normies” (as branded by his colleagues) in the company and credits the Lord for bringing him to this ministry. Mr. Jackson has been a committed Christian for over 45 years.
Kirby M. Dean is co-founder of the Company. He has been in business for 35 years, serving in various marketing and management capacities. Mr. Dean, along with Mr. Jackson, founded Recovery Options Corporation in 1992 and Pacific Hills in 1993. Prior to 1993, Mr. Dean was employed by New Life Treatment Centers, Inc., where he served as Program Director of two of the New Life’s inpatient psychiatric treatment centers. He later served as Director of Crisis Response over the residential treatment centers division of that company. Prior to joining New Life, he held various marketing and sales positions with several companies, primarily in the hotel and restaurant management industry. Mr. Dean lives in California, has been happily married for 21 years, he has six children, 9 grandchildren and 1 great grandson. Kirby has been active in recovery for over 21 years.
James Croley is VP-Operations of the Company. He and his wife, Tana, have been involved in Pacific Hills from its inception in various capacities. Mr. Croley graduated from Lamar University with a business degree and has over 40 years of experience in construction and healthcare management. Mr. Croley brings a wealth of experience to all areas of operations and marketing. Along with his responsibilities within the company, he and Tana have a true compassion to help those that are suffering from the disease of addiction.
Susan Sloan is Vice President of Administration of the Company. She has been in the treatment industry for many years, serving in various administrative and management capacities. Ms. Sloan joined the Company in 2005. She is responsible for credentialing, licensing and accreditation as well as insurance contracting, billing and human resources. Susan has 4 children and 3 grandchildren. She is an accomplished triathlete and cyclist, competing when she can in local events. Susan has been active in recovery for over 19 years.
Vivian Martin is the Director of Accounting and Database Development. She has been with the Company since 2000. Mrs. Martin has worked in the field of accounting and business administration for over 30 years. She has developed all of the database applications for the Company. A graduate of the University of Houston with a MBA, Mrs. Martin enjoys gardening, line dancing and bicycling. She and her husband have two grown daughters. She is also an active member in her church and credits prayer for her arriving at the Company’s doorstep.
Dr. Rigo Brueck is the Clinical Director for the Company. Dr. Brueck is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He received a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Freiburg in Germany. He spent many years researching and treating addictions involving substances and behaviors (gambling, internet, shopping, etc.). He has extensive experience working with depression, anxiety, impulse control, anger, post-traumatic stress disorder and relationship issues. Dr. Brueck is certified in a wide variety of empirically validated treatment techniques, such as Motivational Interviewing (MI), Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA), Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training (CRAFT), Combined Behavioral Intervention (CBI), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Level 1, and Psychodynamic Imaginative Trauma Therapy (PITT). He is a certified trainer and supervisor for Motivational Interviewing (MI) and the Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy (CBASP). He has been a committed Christian with strong involvement in various aspects of ministry for over 30 years.
Dustin Helvig is Director of Admissions of our sister company, Recovery Options Corporation. He has worked in the substance abuse field since 2012. He has a degree in Behavioral Science and multiple years of experience working in the industry. Dustin is a recovering addict/alcoholic who is very active in the local recovery community and wants to help others in the same way he was helped in his journey to recovery.
Logan Bennett is a Crisis Response Counselor for Recovery Options and has been with us since 2012. Logan attended Arizona State University, where he studied architectural design. He is an alumnus of the Company’s treatment program and brings a special understanding of the difficulties college life presents on those who suffer with addiction. Logan has helped countless families over the course of his time with us.
Cody Burr is a Crisis Response Counselor for Recovery Options and has been with us since 2016. He is an Alumnus of the Company’s treatment program and has a patient and relentless commitment to helping his fellow addicts. Cody’s perspective on recovery is both unique and refreshing for struggling addicts and their families. “I truly believe I offer key insights for this generation of addicts and alcoholics.”
Wendy Robinson is the Program Director at the Company's men’s treatment facility in San Clemente. She has been with the Covenant Hills since 2006 in several positions including Crisis Response Counselor and Women’s Program Director. Wendy received her BS in Management and holds an impressive CADC-II certificate as an alcohol and drug counselor. Prior to joining Covenant Hills, she worked in management and operations in the hospitality industry. Wendy’s experience and education qualifies her for the demanding and challenging job of Program Director.
Carice Blazo is a Pastoral Counselor at the Company’s women’s treatment facility in Dana Point. Carice holds a B.A. in Psychology and is an ordained minister. As a regional director at Christian non-profit educational organization, TeachOverseas.org, Ms. Blazo discipled, evangelized, taught, trained and equipped individuals and groups in their educational and spiritual journeys. Ms. Blazo has 6 years of experience in management and administration in addiction treatment centers.
Ed Volk is the Therapist at the Company’s men’s treatment facility in San Clemente. Ed Volk is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with an advanced certification in addiction treatment, Licensed Advanced Alcohol Drug Counselor (LAADC). Ed received his BA and MA from Wheaton College. He has worked in the field for over 20 years and has worked as a clinician on the administrative side overseeing and developing programs. Ed is certified in Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Seeking Safety. He is also a member of the Orange County, CA Trauma Response Team and has interned at Saddleback Church in the Counseling Dept. Ed has a personal and professional expertise in the field of addiction. He believes in the restorative power of the recovery process with the individual and the family.
Bob Sears is a Pastoral Counselor at the Company’s men’s treatment facility in San Clemente. He has a CADC-II certification. Bob Sears has over 12 years of experience in the treatment industry. Bob has served as Associate Pastor at two Evangelical Free Churches in California. A university graduate with a Master’s degree in Divinity, Bob has opted to carry out God’s work on a more personal level over the past two years by tending to the men of Covenant Hills.
Bruce McMeekin is a Case Manager at the Company’s men’s treatment facility in San Clemente. He earned his Associates degrees in Social Behavioral Studies and Alcohol & Drug Studies. Bruce has a CADC-I certification. He has worked extensively with chemically dependent individuals from young adults through older adult populations, utilizing both individual and group counseling. Bruce brings many years of life experiences, knowledge and training, as well as compassion and empathy needed to provide the necessary tools for success in the program.
Sarah Both is the Program Director at the Company’s women’s treatment facility in Dana Point. Sarah joined the Company in 2012 with a background of working with at-risk youth in the AVID program. Sarah has a BA degree and holds a CADC II certification as an alcohol and drug counselor.
Judie Merrow is a Case Manager at the Company’s women’s treatment facility in Dana Point. Judie has been with the Company serving in various capacities since 2009. She has been a sober member of Alcoholics Anonymous since 1996 and is an extremely valuable member of the treatment team, with a wealth of experience and caring disposition. Judie is a Certified Alcoholic and Drug Counselor, having attended both Saddleback College and Training Institute for Addiction Counselors. Judie has been with her husband for 28 years and has 1 son and 6 grandkids that light up her life.
Krysta Boyle the therapist for the Company’s women’s facility in Dana Point. She is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and an Associate Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. Krysta received her MA in Counseling from California State University, Fullerton. She uses clinically tested and evidence-based interventions to treat anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship issues, addiction, personality disorders and many other mental illnesses. Three important aspects of Krysta's practice are the incorporation of spirit, humor and hope into her therapy sessions. Krysta is a warm and compassionate therapist who is dedicated to helping women overcome the obstacles that stand in the way of achieving a happy, joyous and free life. She enjoys an active outdoor lifestyle that includes hiking, camping, ocean swimming and free diving and lives with husband and daughter in the area.