Located in Austin, Texas Hickory Wind Ranch provides extended care and sober living for adults. Founder Polly Parsons was just a child when her father, legendary singer- songwriter Gram Parsons, died in 1973 from a drug overdose at the age of 26. Today, Polly is a recovery advocate who lives in Austin and has created Hickory Wind Ranch to support men and women from all over the country. They specialize in treating artists and musicians, but all are welcome. The programs are also tailored to meet gender-specific recovery needs with separate houses for men and women. Headed by Director Gabriella Jeffords, treatment programs for substance abuse incorporate 12-step and evidence-based practices alongside recreational, holistic activities in a safe environment.
Accommodation and Amenities
In beautiful southwest Austin, near shops, entertainment and outdoor activities, both the men’s and the women’s houses are well-appointed. Four women sleep in two rooms and share two bathrooms, as well as comfortably furnished living spaces in the family residence. The men’s house includes single, double and triple-occupancy rooms, furnished with twin beds and three bathrooms. Clients can move into more private rooms as they gain time sober when space becomes available. This two-story residential home also includes a large living and dining area with fireplace and TV. Guitars, a grand piano and various instruments are provided for the musically inclined.
Food and transportation are not provided at either location, as sober living aims to simulate independent living. Clients are, however, supervised in grocery shopping, expected to cook communal meals and can catch the bus from a nearby stop. Laundry facilities, Wi-Fi and satellite TV are provided at both locations, as are full gym memberships. Cellphones and laptops are allowed.
Rules and Regulations
Hickory Wind offers a structured, three-phase extended care program and optional, clinically supervised aftercare. These are meant for clients that have established sobriety and wish to ease the transition back to independent living. The zero tolerance policy for use of drugs or alcohol means clients are subject to random weekly drug tests, and staff closely monitors clients. Substance use, threat or actual violence, theft and anti-social behavior will result in immediate eviction. A house manager is present at both locations 24/7. Prescribed medications are allowed, and off-site medical or psychiatric appointments can be arranged.
Clients are provided highly structured schedules that include daily 12-step meetings, weekly individual and group counseling, Big Book study, life coaching and life skills training. The first phase includes the most intensive programming and requires clients find a sponsor. The second phase continuous this work, but also introduces employment, volunteering or educational goals. In the third phase, clients develop a personal budget and actively pursue independent goals with the new life skills they’ve developed. Schedules and restrictions are loosened with each phase, with fewer mandatory meetings, more off-site time and personal vehicles allowed with progress. A minimum 90-day stay is required to complete the extended care program, with most staying in the sober living phase an additional two months.
In this supportive and nurturing environment, clients are also guided to pursue employment or education goals. A library of resources is accessible, along with job and school assistance tailored to suit individual strengths.
The alumni program includes aftercare, which encourages ongoing attendance at house meetings and group recreational activities.
Hickory Wind Ranch offers newly sober clients a great place to slowly integrate into independent living. By offering practical training alongside 12-step and group counseling, clients can practice and implement necessary skills, as well as learn to lead successful sober lives. Although the cost does not include food, transport or medical needs, this is still a great choice for those in Austin seeking a creative, supportive environment for recovery.
Hickory Wind Ranch
1013 Penion Dr
Austin, TX 78748
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