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Council on Recovery: Outpatient


Austin TexasCouncil on Recovery: Outpatient Review

The Council on Recovery is a large organization with short and long-term residential recovery facilities in both Austin and Houston, Texas. Originally founded in 1946 as the Houston Committee for Education on Alcoholism, the organization was developed out of a need for substance abuse treatment in the community as at the time, only 97 hospitals treated alcoholism in the United States, and none of those hospitals were in operation in Texas.

Over the decades, Council on Recovery was formed through the partnerships of existing facilities and organizations. The organization is CARF accredited and widely recognized for being a trusted source for mental health services. COR currently offers both residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment options with various specialized groups for family support and dual-diagnosis support.

Treatment and Staff

Before enrolling in a program, clients must schedule an appointment with intake staff for an assessment. There is no detox available through COR, but if a client requires detox prior to enrollment, they will be referred to a recommended facility. Clients work with a case manager to develop an individualized treatment plan that identifies recovery goals and actions. All clients are monitored closely for the duration of their treatment in case any adjustments need to be made to support their success. The clinical staff work with clients on their substance abuse disorders, co-occurring disorders and family difficulties.

The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is a highly structured eight-week treatment track. Clients attend therapeutic activities four nights per week, daily group therapy and on-site 12-step support groups. Therapists utilize evidence-based treatment approaches that include groups that use DBT and family of origin modalities. Psychoeducation groups and specialty groups are held once per week. The 12-step approach and philosophy is incorporated in many activities to emphasize the disease model. In addition to group therapy, clients receive individual therapy sessions once per week with their counselor.

The Step-down Outpatient Program acts as a follow-up to the IOP track. Clients attend group and individual therapy twice per week for three hours each day. All groups are facilitated by Master’s-level mental health professionals. LCSWs and LPCs make up the clinical staff members. Therapists also conduct mindfulness groups which instruct clients on meditation techniques and stress reduction. All clients are regularly drug tested to ensure abstinence during treatment.


After clients have completed treatment, they are invited to join the Alumni Program which regularly plans group outings that include sober softball, dances, boat trips, coffee dates and reunion parties. Sunday evenings, an Alumni Speaker Meeting is held and attended by over 200 current and past clients. Individuals may also seek aftercare treatment which is individualized to the client and typically includes outpatient counseling, support groups, attendance of workshops or individual counseling.

In Summary

The Council on Recovery has a long history of assisting individuals with substance abuse and mental health difficulties. Intensive programs have been developed by the board and clinical staff to best assist their clients with individualized treatment. With a comprehensive array of treatment options including residential, family, basic outpatient, IOP and aftercare, all recovery needs are accommodated. If a client has difficulties paying for treatment, scholarship programs are available as well as grants. The aftercare and Alumni association help past clients to stay connected and to be of service to those new in recovery creating a support network for long-term success.

Council on Recovery: Outpatient Location

Council on Recovery
4201 S. Congress Ave, Ste 202
Austin, TX 78745

The Council on Recovery: Outpatient Cost

$5,500 (60 days). Reach The Council on Recovery Houston by phone at (855) 942-4100 or by email at [email protected]. Find The Council on Recovery Houston on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+, LinkedIn and Pinterest

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