Hays Caldwell Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse began as a grassroots effort between substance abuse professionals and community activists who were concerned about the increased rise of substance abuse in central Texas. What began as an informational and preventative service, now offers two distinct treatment programs—for both adults and adolescents. Located in San Marcos, Texas, HCCADA serves residents of Austin, Round Rock, Hays County and surrounding cities.
Treatment and Staff
About halfway between Austin and San Antonio, the HCCADA outpatient program is housed in a sprawling, one story complex in the flatlands of San Marcos. The organization occupies a large suite, with several rooms for group and individual sessions. The first step in treatment is an assessment, facilitated by a substance abuse counselor. While HCCADA does treat dual diagnosis clients, they need to see an outside physician or psychiatrist for medication management. Referrals are provided for those who need inpatient treatment or detox.
Intensive Outpatient (IOP) for adults is a six-week program, where clients attend 10 hours of group per week. Individual therapy happens every two weeks, outside of the 10-hour time commitment. To make scheduling convenient, HCCADA has three IOP options. The first is during the week, where clients attend groups on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6 to 9 pm. There are also two weekend options—clients can come Friday night and all day Saturday, or they can do Saturday night and all day Sunday. All groups are facilitated by a LADC and attendance size is limited to 12.
IOP is a combination of CBT-based group and individual therapy, in addition to educational sessions. Group topics include the 12 steps, the recovery process, stress management, addictive thinking, values, family dynamics, cultural sensitivity and awareness, relapse prevention, health issues related to substance abuse and anger management. There are also gender-specific groups and specialized sessions for clients with co-occurring disorders. Clients are encouraged to attend outside 12-step meetings for continued support in the recovery process.
Project Hope is the HCCADA adolescent track, treating kids between the ages of 12 and 17 years. These clients participate in group therapy once a week, on Wednesday, from 6:30 to 8 pm. Topics include drugs refusal skills, social support and healthy activities, planning for high risk situations, coping with relapse, problem solving, anger management, effective communication and managing negative moods. Clients typically attend individual therapy once a month and additional sessions may be scheduled if necessary. Adolescents and their families are also encouraged to attend outside 12-step meetings.
The staff at HCCADA consists of LADCs and Master’s-level therapists specializing in addiction and family therapy.
Family education night is on Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Lecture topics include family dynamics, addiction studies, communication and family values. While individual therapy for parents and relatives is not included in the program, staff encourages significant others to attend individual therapy sessions, which are available at the center.
While Hays Caldwell Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse doesn’t offer creative alternative therapies, it provides solid outpatient treatment and does its best to accommodate its clients with a flexible schedule. Spending a full Saturday or Sunday at the facility could even help court-ordered clients show compliance—that’s a serious commitment. With gender-specific groups and a specialized adolescent program, this rehab offers something for everyone.
Hays Caldwell Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse
1901 Dutton Dr, Ste E
San Marcos, TX 78666
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