About the History of Santé Center

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In early 1996, renowned therapists 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. They knew they did not want to continue to work for companies where all decisions were based on what was best for the company instead of what was best for the client. Being mavericks, they decided to open their own addiction 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 clients. The name Santé was chosen as it is a French word meaning health, for it epitomizes our goal of illuminating a path to long-term health, recovery and wellbeing.

Already having a positive image with many other treatment centers, physicians’ health programs and medical boards, the client population began to slowly grow on our campus. 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 stay abreast of pharmaceutical assistance research.

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.

Still owned by the same families who founded Santé, today’s high-caliber continuum of care extends from individualized assessments, detox, residential treatment, intensive outpatient treatment, transitional living, Therapeutic Intensives, Boundaries Course and alumni support services. It is our privilege to walk alongside thousands of individuals and families for 20 years of miracles – a result of our consistent cornerstone: integrity. Santé is synonymous with individualized, expert care in an intimate environment with the goal of long-term recovery.

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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 client’s addicted brain ample time to rest and heal, and enough time for the client and staff to prepare a thorough relapse prevention plan. Our research and international research indicates the 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.

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The foundation for a healing relationship is trust. At Santé, an essential element of trust is confidentiality. Information about your stay is confidential 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.).