Welcome to Spring Hill
Sunspire Health Spring Hill is a residential treatment facility located in Ashby, Massachusetts for men and women seeking inpatient treatment for substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders. With 32 beds available to patients, our facility offers rustic, charming accommodations at our secluded campus set on 70 acres of pristine woodland.
Receiving treatment at Sunspire Health Spring Hill ensures that you or the person you're seeking help for will get the best clinical care available in New England. Our program takes a whole-patient approach to recovery, combining evidence-based methods that are proven to treat substance use and its underlying causes with mind-body wellness and experiential therapies. Families are included throughout treatment in order to heal relationships and set the foundation for lifelong recovery.
Our staff includes some of the top addiction treatment specialists in the field who will work with each individual to develop a personalized recovery plan suited to their unique needs both during and after their stay at Spring Hill. We meet patients where they are at, and our compassion and dedication to our patients is one of the key elements that contributes to their healing and recovery.
From the moment you arrive at Spring Hill, you will be treated as if you are already successful. By believing in your success, we can help to ensure it.
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Levels of Care at Spring Hill
Detox is often the first step to recovery during which the substances of abuse are cleared from a patient's system under the supervision of medical professionals in a comfortable setting. While Sunspire Health Spring Hill does not offer medical detoxification onsite, we work with local clinics that are trusted partners and can provide this service to patients before they begin their residential program at Spring Hill.
Upon completion of detox, patients will begin their residential program at the Sunspire Health Spring Hill campus with around-the-clock guidance and supervision from our recovery staff. During intake, the patient will complete a full biopsychosocial assessment with our staff in order to design an individualized treatment plan. Within the first days of treatment, patients will meet their primary therapist with whom they will meet regularly throughout their stay.
Treatment at Spring Hill not only focuses on evidence-based therapies and clinical interventions, but also incorporates mind-body wellness for recovery. The facility features a full fitness center with a personal trainer on staff to help patients design a customized workout and nutrition plan to support a healthy lifestyle after treatment. We also offer services like equine assisted therapy and adventure-based therapy that provide the opportunity to be immersed in the serenity of the surrounding nature and allow patients to rediscover inner peace and calm lost during their struggle with addiction.
Day Treatment is the next progression of care for patients after successful completion of residential treatment. Patients may continue to reside at Spring Hill, but their care is less intensive than their initial level of therapy.
IOP is the last step of care at Spring Hill. Patients have more independence and spend less time in therapy as they begin to prepare for the transition to everyday life after residential treatment while still receiving support and care based upon their individual needs. Each patient will leave Sunspire Health Spring Hill with a comprehensive aftercare plan and will be able to participate in The Courage Program, which is the national Sunspire alumni support network.
Therapies Offered at Spring Hill
Family Program at Spring Hill
Families are a crucial part of treatment at Sunspire Health Spring Hill, and the families of patients going through our residential program will be included throughout the process during therapy sessions with an assigned family therapist.
In addition, once a month, families of patients are invited to Spring Hill's Family Weekend during which loved ones will learn about the disease of addiction and its effects on brain chemistry and the body, as well as an overview of the treatment their loved ones are receiving at Spring Hill. Families can begin thinking about an aftercare plan for their loved ones and will also learn about their role in recovery. On the last day, patients will join their families to participate in exercises on healthy communication.
Throughout their stay, patients will have access to phones and computers to contact their loved ones during designated times and with the permission of their primary therapist. Family visitation is offered for three hours every Sunday.
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- Substance Use Disorders - A substance use disorder (SUD) is a chronic brain disease that causes a person to suffer uncontrollable addiction to a substance like alcohol, heroin, opioids, prescription pills, methamphetamines, cocaine, or any other drug.
- Process Addictions - A process addiction is a disordered behavior, such as compulsive gambling, sex addiction or eating disorders that interfere with a person’s ability to live normally and have healthy relationships with others. These may also occur with substance abuse.
- Co-Occurring Mental Health Disorders - There are many variations of co-occurring mental health disorders, some of which leave sufferers at a higher risk of substance abuse, including: anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, and personality disorders.
Spring Hill Staff
Eric Ekberg, MBA, CADC, LADC - Executive Director
As Executive Director at Sunspire Health Spring Hill, Eric Ekberg has over 12 years of experience in the addiction treatment field. As a certified and licensed substance abuse counselor, Eric is passionate about helping those affected by substance use disorders. He most recently served as director for an outpatient treatment facility specializing in opioid dependence and has also worked as director for a long-term inpatient addiction treatment facility. Prior to his experience in addiction treatment, Eric spent over 16 years in the investment management business and holds an MBA in Finance from NYU.
Ximena Sanchez-Samper, MD - Medical Director & Psychiatrist
Ximena Sanchez-Samper, MD, Medical Director of Sunspire Health Spring Hill is a Board-Certified Addictions Psychiatrist. Dr. Sanchez-Samper trained at the Mayo Clinic (Rochester , MN) and completed her Addictions Fellowship through Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in 2004. After working with adolescents and young adults (and their families) with Substance Use Disorders at Children's Hospital Boston for many years, she transferred to McLean Hospital where she is currently the Medical Director at one of one of their Residential Programs. Dr. Sanchez-Samper is an advocate of incorporating Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) into the comprehensive care of patients struggling with Alcohol and Opioid Use Disorders and has been prescribing Buprenorphine(Suboxone) since obtaining her waiver in 2003. She co-authored both a book chapter (Opioid Use by Adolescents. Handbook of Office-Based Buprenorphine Treatment of Opioid Dependence.2011) and published an article in a peer review journal (Adolescent Substance Abuse. General Considerations. Pediatrics in Review. 2009) addressing the needs of patients struggling with addiction and its aftermath. Dr Sanchez-Samper is an Instructor at Harvard Medical School and enjoys lecturing nationwide on Substance Use Disorders identification, diagnosis and treatment.
Robin McRae - Director of Operations
As Director of Operations for Sunspire Health Spring Hill, Robin McRae oversees day-to-day operations including housekeeping, maintenance, transportation and nutritional services. After graduating from the Massachusetts Municipal Police Academy in 1995, she spent several years working as a police officer for the local municipalities. Following her service on the police force, Robin worked several years in a hospital setting on the transitional care unit, managing patient admissions and discharges. She also spent more than 15 years in the ambulatory primary care setting for non-profit community health centers, serving as the applications and data manager. Her role included overseeing data analysis, the informatics team, federal and state grants and implementation and support of electronic health records.
Cindy Kelly - Director of Admissions
As the Director of Admissions, Cindy Kelly is the first to meet many of Spring Hill's patients and their family members. In this role, Cindy supports everyone who seeks treatment at Spring Hill. Prior to joining Spring Hill, Cindy was Director of Marketing and Admissions at Gould Farm, a residential therapeutic community for adults with mental illness. She also served as Program and Marketing Director for the non-profit IS183 Art School in the Berkshires. Cindy has her Bachelor of Science degree in Education from SUNY Oneonta.
Stacie Meacham - Director of Utilization Review
Stacie Meacham brings to Sunspire Health Spring Hill over 10 years of experience in the healthcare industry. She is responsible performing reviews of assigned patients to evaluate the medical necessities and level of care based on ASAM criteria and standards. Prior to joining Spring Hill, she was a community residence director at Wild Acre Inns, a mental health residential treatment in Massachusetts. Stacie holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and a master's degree in counseling psychology from Framingham State University.
Deborah Davin - Intake Specialist
Deborah spent the last 30 years working in various administrative and sales roles in the information technology industry. Her passion for helping others led her career in a new direction, working in addiction recovery. As recovery technician she supports patient recovery efforts by implementing clinical services according to treatment plans developed by counselors and other health professionals. She manages and observes patient self-administration of medications and assists clients with meal preparation and routine household chores .While fulfilling these important roles as a recovery technician, Deborah is working toward her Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) certification, so she can provide even more specialized services to our patients.
James DiReda - Clinical Consultant
James DiReda has devoted nearly 30 years of his life to the treatment of addictive disorders. As Clinical Consultant, he performs a comprehensive clinical evaluation of each patient who arrive at Sunspire Health Spring Hill, ensuring that they receive the specialized care they need. James also supervises clinical staff, holding them to the highest medical standards. Prior to joining Spring Hill, James worked as Regional Supervisor at Magellan Behavioral Health. He has also held roles as Clinical Director of AdCare Hospital, and Clinician at McLean Hospital. James holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Worcester State University, a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Connecticut, and a PhD from Boston University.
Amy George - Director of Clinical Outreach
Amy George is the regional Director of Clinical Outreach for Sunspire Health Spring Hill. Having worked in addiction treatment for the past several years, she is committed to assisting families, communities, and other service providers in their quest to build support networks to connect to quality care. Prior to joining Sunspire Health, Amy worked in business development and marketing and has spent most of her career in the behavioral and mental health field, coordinating and directing various social and mental health programs. She has worked to develop empowerment-based programming for adolescents, including "You Go Girl" and "Girl M. Power", and has built solid relationships with local providers and community resources. Amy has been a participant on many Massachusetts task forces and committees with a focus on addiction awareness and treatment
Andrew Peterson - Lead Recovery Tech
Andrew G. Peterson is the Lead Recovery Tech at Sunspire Health Spring Hill, assisting, guiding, and supporting patients through the recovery process. Andrews has 12 years of experience from various facilities, with his first 10 years spent at a residential treatment facility for adolescent boys. In that role, he worked in an administrative position, including that of program director. He was also a substance abuse counselor at the Massachusetts Alcohol and Substance Abuse Center in Bridgewater, Mass. Andrew received his Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Colby-Sawyer College in New Hampshire and is certified in crisis prevention intervention, adult CPR, basic first aid, and water safety.
Kyle Kallio - Lead Recovery Technician
Kyle Kallio brings to Spring Hill Recovery over 20 years of holistic healing experience. As a recovery technician he is actively involved in the day to day efforts to direct each of our guests towards a successful treatment plan including guiding them in the admissions process, assuring group attendance, leading recreational activities and supporting counselors and health professionals in executing treatment plans. Prior to joining the Spring Hill Recovery team he was a community resident counselor at The Mclean center at Fernside - McLean Hospital in Princeton, Massachusetts. Kyle is currently pursuing his CADAC certification from Westfield State College in Westfield, Massachusetts.