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Blue Heron Recovery in San Antonio, TX

Blue Heron Recovery is an accredited addiction treatment facility located in San Antonio, TX with a variety of levels of care available and accept private health insurance.

Blue Heron Recovery Overview

Blue Heron Recovery, located within Los Patios in San Antonio, TX, is a specialized outpatient rehab facility focusing on overcoming addiction through Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP), Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP), and Outpatient Programs (OP). Catering to individual needs and preferences, the facility boasts a unique approach with flexibility to maintain daily responsibilities while engaging in professional rehabilitation and recovery services. Blue Heron Recovery accommodates patients with most major insurance providers, ensuring accessibility to its 40-bed capacity program.

Accredited by JCAHO and holding a state license, Blue Heron Recovery exemplifies high standards in addiction treatment and care. It accepts private health insurance, providing a range of personalized treatment plans and evidence-based therapies tailored to individuals seeking help for substance abuse. The facility's dedication to fostering long-term sobriety and a supportive environment involves engaging programs and community-building activities.

  • Dynamic Sober Center: Tailoring services to individual needs, offering flexible schedules that allow for maintaining work, school, and family obligations.
  • Comprehensive Treatment Services: Includes PHP, IOP, and OP levels of care, ensuring a continuum of support from partial hospitalization to outpatient therapy.
  • Family Involvement: Specializes in integrating family through weekly dinners and discussions, focusing on healing together and understanding addiction's impact.

Blue Heron Recovery specializes in treating a broad spectrum of addictions, utilizing a combination of individual and group therapies, medication management, and relapse prevention. With a focus on cognitive and dialectical behavior therapies (CBT/DBT), reality and solution-focused therapies, stress management, and social skills development, the facility offers Partial Hospitalization, Intensive Outpatient, and Outpatient care levels to cater to various recovery needs and lifestyles.

  • 2+ Accreditations
  • 5 Conditions Treated
  • Insurance Accepted
  • 3 Levels of Care
  • 6 Therapies & Programs


State License



  • Christina Varela MayerChief Executive OfficerDoctorate in Psychology, experienced therapist, and published author focused on client-centered approaches.
  • Hallye SwobodaDirector of OperationsLVN with over a decade of experience in administration, leadership, and patient care.
  • Lindsey YowClinical DirectorLCDC with nearly two decades of experience in chemical dependency counseling.
  • Paul Tillson MayerMDMedical doctor on the Blue Heron Recovery team.
  • Richard DiazDNP, FNP/PMHNPDoctor of Nursing Practice and Family/Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
  • Cristal EnglandProgram DirectorPrimary Therapist with strengths in leading teams and projects.

Conditions and Issues Treated

Substance Abuse + Addiction Treatment at Blue Heron Recovery

It’s not easy getting sober on one’s own, or even going to rehab and escaping the grasp of addiction by oneself. Substance abuse treatment gives addicts a place to stay sober while learning what it takes to quit for good. They will learn from others about what works and what doesn’t work with remaining drug-free.

Treatment centers such as Blue Heron Recovery focus on the needs of individual addicts to heal them. There is a combination of physical and mental therapies that treat the root cause of the addiction, whether it be family problems, stress, or past traumatic events.

The final benefit of substance abuse treatment is introducing new people who can help in your recovery after you leave Blue Heron Recovery. Through group therapy sessions with other addicts and attending support meetings once a day, a person will learn how to interact with others and cope with cravings. This is a chance for you to rebuild your social circle healthily after you leave treatment.

Levels of Care

This center offers a variety of custom treatment tailored to individual recovery. Currently available are Intensive Outpatient, Outpatient, Partial-Hospitalization, with additional therapies available as listed below.

Addicts who need help with their addiction can enroll in an intensive outpatient program (IOP). But the patient won’t live there during treatment.

IOP involves patients visiting a medical office building regularly for therapy and other services while continuing to live their lives.

IOP is a step up from drug or alcohol detox, but it’s still a phase of recovery, not the end goal. Patients in need of IOP have many options for rehab and treatment.

Outpatient treatment is considered the lower intensity level of addiction treatment. It’s ideal for early phase addiction or lower intensity addictions. It may include weekly sessions instead of daily. It may include weekly sessions instead of daily. Peer group support, 12-step programs, and individual counseling may still be involved but at a lesser frequency than an intensive outpatient program. It is a good choice for someone who doesn’t need to go through a medically supervised detox and who has a supportive home environment. It requires motivation and dedication to commit to the program without constant monitoring.

PHP is a program where the individual is cared for in a hospital-like environment during the struggle of those symptoms, but still have some of the freedoms of an outpatient form of treatment. The individual may sleep at the facility each night, or they may sleep at home, but all have more monitoring than an outpatient treatment program typically offers. A PHP is able to live at home, attend school, work or perform other daily activities. This appeals to many families due to the ability of their loved one to still have some freedoms while also receiving treatment for their addiction.

Therapies & Programs

Groups typically involve meetings with other recovering addicts who can relate to one another’s experiences. They might meet in person or online and typically focus on the process of staying sober rather than overcoming a specific addiction.

In these groups managed by Blue Heron Recovery, addicts can build a sense of community and develop strong emotional connections with others who understand what they are going through. These beneficial relationships can help addicts overcome their cravings and prevent relapse at any point during the recovery process.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a type of therapy created in the late 1980s and early 1990s to help people with high rates of suicidal behavior. DBT helps people learn how to live a life that is no longer controlled by overwhelming emotions and urges. It is beneficial in treating drug addiction because it helps patients understand and cope with their cravings for drugs or alcohol rather than turning to those substances as a way of coping.

There is hope for people who are addicted to drugs and alcohol. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is the solution. CBT focuses on the underlying thoughts and behaviors that caused the addiction problem in the first place and may cause a relapse. This type of psychotherapy addresses negative feelings common in substance abuse disorders. It helps to change them by restructuring thought patterns. It’s about removing negative thoughts and providing long-term benefits while promoting self-awareness, self-control, and healthy ways to respond to negative thoughts. These sessions can be done by themselves or as part of combination therapy.

Patient Experience

Experiential Therapy at Blue Heron Recovery

Experiential Therapy teaches people how to think differently about their lives and change their emotions by changing their behavior. This type of treatment is accomplished with various activities that may involve acting, props, arts and crafts, animal care, or other tools that may be effective.

This therapy aims for patients to release suppressed thoughts that cause bad feelings and drug addiction. Role-playing, arts and crafts, music, animal care, rock climbing, etc., are some of the activities used in this therapy. Gradually an individual will feel calmer and more loving which will change their perception positively. In addition to treating drug addiction, experiential therapy is beneficial for different behavioral and eating disorders.

Payment Options

For specific insurance or payment methods please contact us.
  • Health Insurance
  • Self-Pay / Cash
  • Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • Military Insurance
  • IHS/Tribunal/Urban
  • State-Financed
  • Sliding Scale
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    Location & Contact

    Blue Heron Recovery Location and Directions
    2015 NE Loop 410
    San Antonio, TX 78217

    Phone Number
    (210) 588-0508

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    Blue Heron Recovery Location and Directions

    2015 NE Loop 410
    San Antonio, TX 78217
    (210) 588-0508


    Gender Female, Male

    Modality Family, Group, Individuals

    Listed December 11, 2022

    Updated July 8, 2024

    San Antonio, Texas Addiction and Treatment

    Texas is one of the primary hubs for drug smuggling into the country. The border between Texas and Mexico is more than 1,000 miles long. More than 10 million residents use alcohol every year and more than 25% of those are minors. Alcohol and drug use has become so common in Texas that almost 15% of all deaths can be attributed to these substances.

    San Antonio boasts a vibrant River Walk lined with restaurants and the famous San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo. However, the city faces alarming trends: fentanyl overdose deaths spiked from 96 in 2021 to 181 in 2022, and there was a 40% increase in overdose emergency calls from 2018 to 2020.

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