About Santé Center

Sante Center OfficeMission Statement

The Mission of Santé Center for Healing is to address addictive behaviors and associated conditions with an integrated addiction treatment model, drawing from traditional and innovative approaches. Our services are open to individuals and families who seek recovery from addictive behaviors, with a focus on treating the addicted professional. We provide treatment with integrity, promoting wellness for the patient, family and public in a safe and pleasant setting.


The foundation for a healing relationship is trust. At Santé, an essential element of trust is confidentiality. Information about your stay is confidential, as assured by all standards mandated through the Notice of Privacy Practices as a requirement under the Privacy Rule of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

The Notice explains how Santé may use and share your personal health information to carry out treatment, payment of services and health care operations. Other reasons permitted or required by law are also referred to in the Notice. The Notice explains your rights to read and control your protected health information and explains the responsibility Santé has to protect you.

A release of information is required for any communication, whether partial or full, with any outside personnel (including: family, employer, governing body, etc.).

History of Santé Center

In early 1996, Deb and Rip Corley, a brother and sister team, operated a poly-addiction treatment program in a psychiatric hospital in Dallas, Texas. As was fairly common in the 1990’s, the psychiatric hospital was sold and Rip and Deb were faced with the challenge of new administrators who wanted to cut key components of their program. Being mavericks, they decided to open their own treatment center.

After securing funding from a sympathetic loan officer who had knowledge of their work and the importance of treatment, Rip and Deb invited a very talented, dedicated team of professionals who believed that treatment does work, that everyone deserves to be treated with dignity even if they have engaged in hurtful behavior and that we could make a difference. Santé was granted a license and opened for business in December 1996 with four patients. The name Santé was chosen as it is a French word meaning health and sanity, for it epitomizes our goal of illuminating a path to health and wellbeing.

Already having a positive image with many other treatment centers, physicians’ health programs and medical boards, the patient population began to slowly grow. Known for cutting edge treatment, all staff are trained in trauma resolution techniques such as EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), motivational enhancement therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Physicians and other medical staff continue to get updates in the latest in pharmaceutical assistance.

Committed to prevention through education, Santé staff offer addiction workshops on a regular basis to other addiction professionals and the recovery community. In 1999, Rip and Deb consulted with the Center for Professional Health at Vanderbilt and were then invited to replicate Vanderbilt’s Maintaining Proper Boundaries Continuing Medical Education course. After several years of co-sponsorship with Vanderbilt, the course is now offered in collaboration with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School.

Santé Treatment Philosophy

Individualized addiction treatment plans that include goals and objectives are created with the patient, doctor, therapist and various other collaborative sources. An integral component of our addiction treatment program is daily involvement and evaluation of each patient’s progress. This is evaluated by Santé clinicians including psychiatrists, masters level therapists, psychologists, nurses and additional contributing team members. The joint effort to establish open, honest, direct communication between the patient community and the addiction treatment team is fundamental to the healing process.

Length of Stay

Length of stay in our facility is another individualized component of our treatment process. At Santé, length of stay is measured in goals achieved. We stand by the fact that a longer length of stay allows the patient’s addicted brain ample time to rest and heal, and enough time for the patient and staff to prepare a thorough relapse prevention plan. Our client's length of stay is a key factor in recovery. Of the Santé Alumni that return our one year surveys, 94% remain in recovery.  The average length of stay for those surveyed is 80 days.  When we have the opportunity to work with our clients for a longer period of time, they have a significantly better chance at long term recovery.

“I am very grateful for my experience at Santé.  I’ve been able to learn about my true self and what I need to do to avoid future relapse.  I’ve made a lot of friends and feel I have a strong support group moving forward.  The knowledge and coping tools that Santé provided are invaluable to me and I highly recommend the program.”
-  Santé Alumni