Restoring resiliency

Our Approach

We do it together. Our warm environment offers clinically based, trauma informed treatment for a wide range of substance use and mental health disorders. At River Rock Treatment we are committed to creating positive and healthy relationships between therapists and coaches with participants in treatment. In doing so, our treatment experience is one in which each participant is safe and inspired to begin, or continue, their recovery journey. We are adamant that every “problem’ or “struggle” is an opportunity for growth and that the past can become an asset.

Our outpatient approach is individualized and dedicated to providing the practical tools and life skills, in addition to clinical therapy, to overcome substance use and mental health disorders. River Rock Treatment believes each participant can recover and their well-being is an integral part in that process.

The power of outpatient treatment comes while remaining in their day to day living environment, so the ability to immediately implement some of these skills and tools is critical to each participant’s success.

What to Expect At Burlington Alcohol Rehab

When it comes to rehabilitation from alcohol or drugs, no person is the same. Each persons addiction comes with its unique challenges and behaviors. Because of this, at River Rock Treatment, we believe the time frames and treatment plans for each person MUST be individualized.

When you call River Rock Treatment, here is what you can expect:

  • To be treated with dignity and compassion: We know the shame that most people feel when deciding to get help. When you call our admissions number, our team will strive to make sure you are heard and understood. Addiction is a treatable condition just like any other condition and we will make sure you are not alone and understand the process.

  • Be ready for an assessment: When calling for the first time we will need to gather information relating to you as an individual. It may be intimidating to talk about these things but our team will make sure you feel comfortable and will go at your pace. Once we have the information we need we will be able to make a clinical recommendation for the type and level of care best appropriate for you.

  • Be ready to talk finances: River Rock Treatment accepts most major insurers as well as a cash pay option. When you call we will gather your insurance information and call your carrier to determine eligibility. Once determined we will call you back and explain what your benefits are. We are required by law to collect things like deductibles but don’t let the financial portion dissuade you from calling. As of 2012, all insurers are required to cover substance use and mental health treatment.

  • Be ready to get motivated: One thing we have learned over the years is to “strike while the iron is hot,” meaning when people call us generally want to start right away. We believe this is in the best interest of everyone involved. The impact of drugs and alcohol on the brain are intense and can lead to people thinking they can “go it alone.” We know this isn’t true, so on that initial call we will gather information and come up with a plan to start making progress on your addiction right away.

Once the above process has been completed we will inform you of the type and level of treatment which fits your specific needs best. If appropriate we have options 5 days per week for  that include an individual therapist, drug testing, and recovery coaching. We know how hard it is to pick up that phone. We want you to know we are here to help!

If you or someone you know is struggling with drug addiction, alcohol addiction or mental health issues, call River Rock Treatment today.

Our Founder

Jae Bowman

Having been in recovery for the past decade I have watched the drug and alcohol problem in this country, I have seen it break down every type of person and destroy communities, families, and individuals like nothing else. I have seen parents who have lost children and hope, professionals lose careers, and young adults caught in a cycle of fear, remorse, and self-destruction.

I also know firsthand, the many stories of people who have found long term recovery. These people did not have hope; they did not see a way out and they were only getting worse, yet they worked toward a life that is beyond their wildest dreams. I have seen families reunited, young adults grow up to become the men and women they were meant to be, and communities restored.

Following my own recovery from my own addiction in 2011, a lot of my time has been devoted to working with others with the same affliction. In the past decade I have helped and volunteered in hospitals, treatment centers, and living rooms.

River Rock Treatment was created with a vision. This vision is to create a world where the destruction caused by substance use disorder is transformed into courage, vitality, and purpose. For it is only with a vision that people can find sustainable recovery. I believe that each person caught in this epidemic deserves access to high quality, trauma informed, and recovery-oriented care. The days of being stigmatized need to end and this country can stand up and proclaim that each person is valuable and should be given the opportunity to recover. That starts here in Burlington, Vermont.

Jae Bowman of River Rock Treatment

Our Team

Our team is exactly that. A Team. The team at River Rock Treatment is built on experienced, supportive, and ethically driven employees. The team is, first and foremost, inspired to provide participant-centered care. With the founders being in long term recovery and our clinical team being experienced in addiction and mental health treatment, the team is equipped to provide unmatched care to Chittenden County. On the clinical foundation, River Rock Treatment has evidence based treatment that extends to physiological and spiritual well-being through the multidimensional staff. From Post Traumatic Growth to exercise and meditation, our team is determined to help our participants discover what recovery means to you!

Dr Steve Langehough

Dr. Steven Langehough


Dr. Steven Langehough, PhD and LADC, earned his BA in Pastoral & Chemical Dependency Counseling at St Olaf College, completed graduate work in Family and Child Sciences through Florida State University, where he also earned a Certificate in Program Evaluation and received his PhD in Pastoral Psychology from the Graduate Theological Foundation.

Other certifications include Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, PREP, Critical Incident Stress Management, Strong Bonds, Family Wellness, and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (Master Trainer). In addition to these educational accolades, Dr. Langehough served in both the US Army and US Air Force for a combined 30 years. Dr. Langehough maintains a counseling practice in Burlington, VT with main focuses of therapy on post-traumatic growth, suicide intervention, substance abuse recovery, and relationships.

David Raffelock of River Rock Treatment


David Raffelock is a certified nature-connected coach, rites-of-passage guide, and a transformational wilderness guide. With over 5,000 hours of experience as a Senior Field Guide at Legacy Outdoor Adventures — a 90-day wilderness therapy treatment center in Utah — he leads nature-based retreats, adventures, and ceremonies. He also works 1-on-1 with clients who are ready to move beyond their outdated coping strategies and limiting beliefs and become the soulful adults they are meant to be.

David believes that the most powerful ally in healing is a deep connection and healthy relationship with the natural world. Having battled severe depression and substance abuse at a young age, he has spent his adult life leaning into his own deep personal growth — and guiding others on their journey to living a life of connection and purpose.

Melissa Ramsbottom, Administrative Tech and Clinical Support

Melissa Ramsbottom

Administrative Tech and Clinical Support

Melissa earned her bachelor’s degree in Social Work at Colorado State University. Prior to coming to Vermont, she has worked in the field of addiction in various states including Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Melissa’s experience working as a counselor on an in-patient unit, counseling all genders in individual and group setting originally provided first-hand experience with the reality of substance use disorders and her interest in treatment. She then became a counselor at a Methadone Clinic where she supported those who were on Medication-Assisted Treatment.

Melissa holds the position of Administrative Tech and Clinical Support at River Rock Treatment. Her passion for helping people is shown through her energetic and friendly nature.

Katherine Kelley, River Rock Treatment

Katherine Kelley

Katherine has worked in the Substance Abuse Field for the past seventeen years. She has been licensed as a Drug and Alcohol Abuse Counselor in Vermont since 2010. With
previous experience at a Detox (Act One), a Residential treatment center (Maple Leaf Farm), a variety of mental health settings including Emergency and Community Mental Health, and her private practice, Katherine is very experienced in all settings.

In Therapy, her goal is to co-create the conditions for waking up and realizing the beauty and radiant Life that lies within us all. Katherine specialized as a Somatic
Psychotherapist and Mindfulness Practitioner who facilitates mindful awareness of body sensations through to a range of Somatic Experiencing and Sensorimotor
Psychotherapy which are powerful mind-body psychotherapies based on the latest neurobiological science. Katherine is honored to have witnessed the inner strength and beauty in those with who she has worked through the midst of the great pain addiction causes. Her deepest intention is to work with everyone with a profound respect for their humanity and (sometimes hidden) inner wisdom of their mind and body. In addition to her clinical training and experience, Katherine is highly trained in yoga and meditation. She believes the integration of the eastern wisdom traditions, and western somatic psychology allows for human beings to reach beyond just becoming functional in society.

Katherine is excited to help Transform the pain, destruction, and isolation of addiction into courage, vitality, and connection.

Contact us to get help for you or a loved one.

Our Space

The perfect location for healing. On the eastern shore of the widest section of Lake Champlain, Burlington, Vermont, carries a city like energy with open country access. Whether it is the views of the Adirondack Mountains across the lake or the little stores and delicious eateries downtown on Church Street you will find whatever you came for. Not far from the center of town, visitors can find islands, farmland, ski trails, and bike paths that make this place truly special. For these reasons and many more, we are centrally located in downtown Burlington, VT on College Street with multiple views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack mountains. We have purposefully tied the elements into our location and are excited for our participants to embrace them.

Our Community

A healthy location for healing. River Rock Treatment is dedicated to providing unmatched clinical care for Substance Use and Mental Health in the State of Vermont. As a whole, our goal is to transform the pain and devastation of addiction into courage, vitality, and serenity.

Yet, recovery goes beyond clinical care. We are excited to collaborate with the community to provide different skills, tools and outlets for our participants to navigate life successfully beyond our center. Some of these include, but are not limited to: yoga, acupuncture, meditation, crossfit, cooking classes, and nature exploration. We strive to collaborate with local gyms, The Phoenix, physical therapist, and cooking classes. These are aspects of River Rock Treatments desire for long term sustainable and meaningful recovery.

With these collaborations our participants will be able to continue these types of services after leaving our program which will benefit them in their recovery and reintegrating in the community. Furthermore, we want to support the efforts already in our local community.

River Rock Treatment Center Community

Our Ethics

Compassion is at our center. At River Rock our ethics are our governing principles. It is evident that operating on principles is vital to the success of any life or organization. We draw upon integrity, dignity, and compassion when dealing with the complex and difficult situations that we are faced with everyday. And maybe more importantly, we recognize and honor these qualities in everyone we interact with.

The very definition of compassion is action, and in doing so we take an active role in providing the foundation for healing and growth in our community which leads to each and every individual realizing their full potential to lead a healthy and productive life. Furthermore, actions and attitudes or a couple of the limited aspects of treatment that we can control. We are guided by putting more effort into the things that we can control rather than the things we cannot. We hope this has an affect on all participants who take part in our programs.

Skip to content