Located in Austin, Texas, Seton Shoal Creek Hospital provides detox and inpatient individualized treatment for adults and adolescents. The highly structured programming includes daily group sessions, 12-step meetings, individual therapy, exercise and psychoeducation. Seton Shoal Creek Hospital is part of the larger Seton Healthcare network, which operates several hospital and clinical facilities in the Austin area.
Accommodations and Food
The adult programs take place on the main hospital campus, which is 10 acres of land that resembles a park in the middle of a bustling city. This facility can accommodate up to 30 clients at once in semi-private rooms and shared bathrooms throughout the building, and though the rooms aren’t huge, they’re spacious and comfortable. Bedrooms feature dressers and shared closet space, and the facility provides linens and towels. This program is co-ed, but the men and women are separated during treatment and sleep on opposite sides of the building.
There is an on-site gym where clients can work out using free weights or a few cardio machines, and areas designated for relaxing, reading or meditating. There is also a dining room and TV area for weekly movie nights, and clients enjoy the facility’s beautifully landscaped grounds during family visitation. There are no personal devices allowed on campus, like cell phone or tablets, and no Internet access during treatment. There is a floor phone that clients have access to during leisure activity times.
There is a cafeteria with a salad bar and many drink options, and clients are served three meals a day. Kitchen staff prepares the meals that are menus designed by a nutritionist. Snacks, like fresh fruit or granola bars, are also available during down times.
Treatment and Staff
The treatment is heavily based on education and utilizes many different therapeutic modalities in order to establish an individualized program plan for each client. The programs typically last between 21 and 28 days and can begin with detox, which is usually between three and five days, depending on the substance, and takes place at the main hospital on campus, prior to moving into the inpatient phase of the program.
The daily routine begins with a 6 am wake up followed by up to six groups, one individual session, process groups and psychoeducation classes. Time is also set aside for journaling or assignments and daily on-site AA meetings. A thorough assessment before the client starts treatment can determine if psychiatric medications are also required, and for those with co-occurring disorders, medication management services are provided.
Therapy is a combination of different approaches, like Motivational Interviewing (MI), CBT, expressive and experiential methods, relapse prevention and coping skills. These programs are designed and executed by a medical staff and experienced addiction specialists, including Master’s-level LCSWs, CADCs, medical doctors, RNs and psychiatrists.
There are step down programs available at Seton Shoal Creek that include an outpatient program or local referrals to a longer-term residential treatment facility. Family and couples therapy is offered on an individualized basis.
Seton Shoal Creek Hospital aims to give its clients a jump-start into a life of sobriety through education-focused programming. Though the stay is typically not very long at the facility, there are plenty of resources available to help men and women build and maintain a foundation for lasting recovery.
Seton Shoal Creek Hospital
3501 Mills Ave
Austin, TX 78731
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