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Covenant Hills’ women’s treatment center is a dual diagnosis treatment center for women only. Here we specialize in helping women who suffer from drug addiction and/or alcoholism, while also addressing any emotional or psychiatric issues that may be contributing to the addiction problem. We believe that this can only be done properly in a gender specific environment with an experienced and understanding staff of women who both understand and relate to the issues that each of our female clients present. We also believe that treatment must remain as individualized as possible. Therefore we only treat a maximum of 14 women at a time. We believe that this gives us the best possible environment to induce recovery from the insidious disease of addiction. Please take a moment to meet our staff.

Professional Staff

EILEEN AUSTIN, LAADC-CA
EILEEN AUSTIN, LAADC-CAExecutive Director
Eileen has been a member of the treatment team since 2005. Before joining us, Eileen had 20+ years of experience in the healthcare industry. Following her graduation from Armstrong State College, she settled into the technology side of the healthcare industry. Eileen’s prior experience has been crucial in helping our treatment operations maintain the highest accreditation available from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). Eileen has one son and she is very proud of him. She is also cherishes her own recovery and remains active helping others receive the many blessings in recovery that she has enjoyed.
RIGO BRUECK, PHD, LMFT
RIGO BRUECK, PHD, LMFTClinical Director/ Therapist
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, and has been a member of the counseling staff at North Coast Church in Vista, California since 2009.
WENDY DAVIS, CATC-III
WENDY DAVIS, CATC-IIIIOP Program Manager
During her 5 years at Covenant Hills, Wendy has held several positions. Recently promoted, Wendy serves as our IOP Program Manager. In her current role, Wendy manages the Night Time IOP Program and our Transitional Programs in California. Prior to joining Pacific Hills, Wendy worked in the hospitality industry where she held various roles in management and operations. Wendy recently earned her CATC-III certificate. Wendy’s experience and education makes her a valuable addition to the Covenant Hills team.
JUDIE MERROW, CADC-II, ICADC
JUDIE MERROW, CADC-II, ICADCCase Manager
Judie has been with Covenant Hills and Pacific Hills Treatment Centers for several years. Judie has been a Case Manager and Admissions Counselors. She has been a sober member of Alcoholics Anonymous since 1996 and is an extremely valuable member of the Covenant Hills Treatment Centers due to her wealth of experience and caring disposition. Judie is a Certified Alcoholic and Drug Counselor, having attended both Saddleback and the 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.
CARICE BLAZO, ORDAINED MINISTER, RASI
CARICE BLAZO, ORDAINED MINISTER, RASIPastor
Ms. Blazo holds a B.A. in Psychology, is an ordained minister, and is currently pursuing her masters in Pastoral Counseling, with a cognate of Addictions & Recovery at Liberty University of Virginia. Formerly Ms. Blazo taught high school English and TEFL both in America and internationally. 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. Ms. Blazo’s focus is to guide others in transformational spiritual recovery through Christ-centered lessons, one-on-one counseling, prayer and support in day-to-day recovery.
SARAH BOTH, CATCI
SARAH BOTH, CATCICase Manager
Sarah came to our company in 2012 with a background of working with at-risk youth in the AVID program. After her successful graduation from the Orange County Rescue Mission, Sarah felt in her heart the calling to work with an even more specific population. In addition to her BA, Sarah went back to school and earned her CAT-C in order to work more closely with those affected by addiction. Having started as a house manager Sarah is very excited to learn additional facets of the company and is eager to continue to grow with each new role.
BRUCE STEWART
BRUCE STEWARTTransportation Supervisor
Bruce was one of the early clients to graduate from Pacific Hills and has been an invaluable employee of the Company over the last 20 years. As Transportation Coordinator, Bruce oversees the transportation of all of our Pacific Hills clients.Bruce prides himself his ability to connect with clients when they arrive at the airports, often confused and scared, and in never, ever failing to deliver our a client to our doorstep safely.