Founded in 1967, Austin Recovery Center offers both residential and Intensive Outpatient (IOP) treatment for adults struggling with drug and alcohol addiction in the Austin, Texas area. The program utilizes both 12-step and evidence-based practices. While the residential program offers treatment for dual diagnosis, there is no detox.
Accommodations and Food
Residential treatment is set on a large ranch called the Hicks Family Ranch. Though the entire facility is co-ed, men and women are separated in two different buildings. There are 20 to 25 beds for women and 50 beds for men. Clients sleep in bunk beds, typically with two people to a large room. Bathrooms are in each room and shared by two clients. The grounds are large and well-manicured, so clients can walk around and get exercise if they like. Both the men’s and women’s facilities have common areas and living rooms where clients can work on assignments, relax and interact with one another. There are also group and recreational rooms for various activities.
Food is served in a cafeteria and prepared on-site by a kitchen staff. The food at Austin Recovery is primarily a Mediterranean-style diet, which is high in both healthy proteins like fish and chicken and in omega fatty acids; an assortment of vegetables is always served. Three to four meals are served each day, along with snacks. Sodas, candy and chips are not included in the diet. Accommodations in the menu can be arranged for those with dietary restrictions due to medical reasons, allergies or for those who are vegan or vegetarian.
Treatment and Staff
Both residential and outpatient clients start treatment with an assessment with a drug and alcohol counselor. From the assessment, an individualized treatment program is designed to meet each client’s needs and goals. Though both residential and IOP treatment are structured, therapists can use specific modalities when meeting with clients individually depending on their needs.
The program consists of individual and group therapy in both residential and IOP treatment. The 12-steps are emphasized in both programs, with on and an off-site meetings available throughout the week in residential. Those participating in the IOP are required to attend meetings throughout the week as part of their recovery.
Therapeutic treatment in groups and individual sessions consists of CBT, DBT, REBT, experiential therapy and relapse prevention. Clients with dual diagnosis in residential treatment meet with a licensed nurse practitioner who can prescribe medication when necessary. There is also therapeutic support for those with dual diagnosis.
The residential program typically lasts 90 days. The IOP program lasts six to eight weeks with three-hour sessions three times a week, in addition to one hour of individual counseling. IOP groups meet from 6-9 pm.
Clients in the outpatient program can pay on a sliding scale, and insurance is also accepted. Those in residential can either pay with insurance or pay the full rate in installments if necessary. There is no sliding scale for residential treatment.
Residential treatment at Austin Recovery Center includes music and art therapy, as well as groups for meditation and yoga. Clients are encouraged to engage in physical activity, which they can do in the on-site volleyball court, basketball court, nearby walking trails and a fitness room.
Family programming is available for the family members of clients in both group and individual counseling sessions, as well as counseling sessions with the client.
A tobacco cessation program is also available in the form of group and individual outpatient counseling.
For those interested in a program that combines 12-step principles, evidence-based practices and experiential therapy, Austin Recovery Center could be a good fit. With both residential and IOP treatment programs, it’s a solid place to do a complete turnaround.
Austin Recovery Center
13207 Wright Rd
Buda, TX 78610
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