Austin Recovery Residential in Austin, TX

Call (512) 697-8600 to Contact Austin Recovery Residential

Overall Rating

(4.3 of 5)
Treatment Effectiveness
Accommodations & Amenities
Meals & Nutrition
13207 Wright Road
Austin TX 78745

Austin Recovery Residential Philosophy

Over the years, research has taught us much about the illness of addiction and how it best responds to treatment. Many of these evidence-based practices are fully incorporated into our treatment approach. We have also incorporated the principles and 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous as originally practiced in the early days of the Fellowship where members achieved very high recovery rates. Finally, we have added a unique group of experience-based therapies specifically designed to help you feel and experience the changes as they occur. Taken together, these three components form what we call “The Austin Recovery Way.”

Areas of Specialization

  • Tobacco Cessation Program
    Austin Recovery continues to be dedicated in helping all of our clients and staff achieve abstinence from tobacco, working towards becoming a completely tobacco-free agency for all campuses’ clients, staff and visitors.

  • Family Care Program
    Our Family House helps moms seeking recovery by allowing them to bring two children under the age of six with them to treatment at our recovery center.

Facility Highlights

Family-centered

Evidence-based practices

12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous

Meet the Staff

William ‘Mel’ Taylor

Chief Executive Officer

Photo of William ‘Mel’ Taylor

William M (Mel) Taylor, MSW has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of The Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston for 20 years. During his tenure with The Council, the organization has become the place for families in the Houston area to start when seeking assistance with substance abuse issues. He has led The Council in becoming one of the most comprehensive non-profit family addiction agencies in the greater Houston area, providing best in class service while turning no one away. Now, as Chief Executive Officer of Austin Recovery, he is charged with developing the Austin non-profit toward that same goal. Mel is adjunct faculty at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, and a Senior Facilitator with the American Leadership Forum. In addition, he serves on numerous national, state and local behavioral health committees and policy groups, and is speaker on numerous topics regarding leadership and behavioral health.

Sarah Hartford

Director of Admissions

Photo of Sarah Hartford

Sarah Hartford is a Licensed Master Social Worker and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. Before transitioning to her current role, Sarah worked as the Senior Counselor for Austin Recovery’s detox and as an admissions counselor. Prior to her time with Austin Recovery, Sarah worked to provide in-depth community-based treatment to individuals with chronic mental health disorders and dual diagnosis. Sarah holds a Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Texas and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Saint Anselm College.

Rehabs.com 360 Guide

Review by Rehabs.com Contributors

ABOUT AUSTIN RECOVERY RESIDENTIAL

Founded in 1967, Austin Recovery offers a full spectrum of care for substance misuse, from detox (which the center started offering in May 2019) through residential and outpatient treatment. The facility is among the 43.4 percent of rehabs in Texas that operate as private nonprofits and the 23.7 percent accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

Residential care and detox are provided from a 90-acre ranch located 17 miles south of central Austin. The facility also accommodates mothers with young child, positioning the facility among just nine facilities in all of Texas that offer residential beds for clients' children. Outpatient care is provided in the Congress neighborhood closer to central Austin.

TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT

Treatment at Austin Recovery is individualized. Programs are based on the findings of an initial assessment, conducted for each client, though all programs draw from the 12-Steps, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and experiential therapies.

The residential program has two tracks: short-term treatment, lasting approximately 30 days, and long-term treatment, which can last 90 days or longer, positioning the facility among the 21.8 percent of rehabs in Texas that offer residential treatment lasting more than 30 days. Residents participate in trauma-informed individual and group therapies as well as educational sessions.

For mothers in need of residential treatment, Austin Recovery offers Family House, a 90-day program where mothers can bring a child aged under six to treatment. The program includes education on parenting skills, relapse prevention, life skills, self-esteem, and self-awareness.

Graduating clients can enroll for an eight-week intensive outpatient program (IOP) or more standard outpatient care. And weekly aftercare counseling is available for those who have also completed outpatient treatment. An active alumni association plans frequent trips such as boat trips, BBQs, and cookouts, as well as 12-step meetings.

STAFF CREDENTIALS

According to the facility’s website, individual and group therapy sessions are led by master’s-level counselors and licensed chemical dependency counselors. The family program also employs case managers and parent educators. The 24 individuals polled by Rehabs.com on the staff's level of training and experience gave overwhelmingly positive feedback.

Staff Experience and Training: 4.5/5

ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES

Family House’s living arrangements allow for mothers and children to live together. On-site childcare is provided while mothers are in sessions, and there's also a well-stocked playroom and a gated playground. Austin Recovery doesn't currently publish any further information about its sprawling, 90-acre residential ranch, but the 24 alumni Rehabs.com polled on the amenities gave glowing feedback

Cleanliness: 4.6/5
Exercise and Leisure: 4/5

WHAT ALUMNI SAY

The 11 alumni polled by Rehabs.com to date gave mostly positive feedback, indicating that they would recommend Austin Recovery, and that that appreciated the center's family program. In their written commentary, alumni repeatedly thanked the facility for helping them on their way to long-term sobriety.

Likelihood to Recommend: 4.5/5
Family Participation: 4.5/5

However, the reviews also indicate that the program is somewhat bare-bones, lacking in holistic offerings and counseling options beside the 12-Steps.

Holistic Offerings: 3.7/5
Counseling Options: 3.4/5

There were also recurring complaints of one-size-fits-all programming and a lack of treatment for co-occurring disorders. "They kept you busy and really thinking about recovery with all the information in the classes. They didn't seem to address other issues that coexisted, like mental health," one anonymous reviewer wrote in a representative comment.

WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY

The 12 loved ones polled by Rehabs.com to date also gave mostly positive feedback and indicated that they appreciated the center's family programming. In their commentary, the reviewers repeatedly praised the program's efficacy and the extent to which they were involved in treatment: "They allow family in participation so we didn't have to worry about the unknown with my nephew. They gave compassionate care and it was definitely effective," one anonymous reviewer wrote in a representative comment.

Likelihood to Recommend: 4.3/5
Family Participation: 4.5/5

Loved ones also gave the center higher ratings than alumni for the breadth of its program. Isolated complaints cited inadequate Medicaid programming and the program being too short.

Holistic Offerings: 4.2/5
Counseling Options: 4/5

WHAT STAFF SAY

Both of the staff polled by Rehabs.com to date gave positive feedback and would recommend the facility. One reviewer praised the center's "friendly but strict" staff and the other praised its "experiential therapy, 12-step, education, and family therapy" and gave the center four stars for the overall quality of its care and five stars for its honesty and willingness to put clients' interests first.

FINANCING

Sliding fee scales, scholarships, and payment plans are available, and the center accepts most major private insurance plans as well as Medicaid. The center was established in order to increase the accessibility of treatment, and help is offered regardless of clients' ability to pay. The 23 individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date on the center's affordability appreciated the facility's cost.

Affordability: 4.3/5

Published on June 2019

User Reviews

Review this Center

Please note: Anyone attempting to manipulate or spam our system or the providers’ own listing pages risks having all content removed.

Sam

  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
I completed the 30 day program earlier this year and was extremely satisfied with my treatment. The facility is clean and comfortable, the meals were great, and the staff was friendly, caring, and supportive. I have been able to maintain my sobriety and owe it to Austin Recovery.

SM

  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
Avoid this place, if you are dually diagnosed. Also, they house patients like they are in jail.

Anonymous

  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
Austin Recovery is a very caring and effective treatment facility. They have a high standard of accountability and treat.all residents equal, regardless of their financial situation. They treat "funded", self-pay, and insured and they all seem to receive a similar level of treatment. A caring and well trained staff who go an extre mile to reach an addicts desire to change.

Anonymous

  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
Good

SKB

  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
My daughter went to Austin Recovery. Her father and I had taken custody of her 2 young sons due to her heroin addiction. She had been living on the streets for a year with their loser father. She completed the program, came home, relapsed, and has now been clean on the methadone program for 2 years, working full time since she got out, is a fabulous mom to her boys (now 11 and 12), and we thank Austin Recovery for saving all of us! IT CAN BE DONE.

Anonymous

  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
being around people with similar problems. it helped a lot. knowing theres others with the same problems helped me get through it

Anonymous

  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
comfort and conversations. they are very good at conversating with eachother and telling problems

Anonymous

  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
Clean and happy It was great!

Anonymous

  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
friendly but strict staff location was bad. great place so long as you are willing to try and do what they say.

Anonymous

  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
the positivity and communication within the place. i had a great time they are very supportive there

Paul

  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
I want to say THANK YOU to Austin Recovery for your help. I am proud to say I have been sober for 10 years, the staff and the 12 step program really taught me how to make better decisions. THANK YOU, Paul

Anonymous

  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
Overall a good facility

Cathy

  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
Experiential opportunities, integrative brethwork, strong alumni program, workshops, spiritual not religious. Needs exercise classes more. Austin Recovery helped me heal my trauma with the Musical journey, Inner child work, and amazing counseling.

A K

  • Accommodations & Amenities
Accept Medicaid. But it took forever for her to get in because she wasn't paying for it. Not enough beds for medicaid patients. Not a long enough program unless you pay direct or have insurance. More rehab facilities must offer scholarships and accept medicaid. People with severe mental health issues are not insured. It's nearly impossible for them to get the help they need.

Taylor

  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
Most of The staff are compassionate and well qualified. The vast majority of the staff made my stay comfortable and made me feel safe and cared for. There were only a few members of the staff that were not qualified and had no business in the recovery community. Interactions with specifically 2 members of the staff were very uncomfortable and discouraging. It is a great facility and I highly recommend it. They have a very active alumni community.

Anonymous

  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
Helpful but expensive. It helped.

Anonymous

  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
Musical journey was good, The men are able to play basketball and volleyball and table tennis and horseshoes and the women have onl volleyball available to them. Hands down musical journey is the most life changing event anyone could go though

Anonymous

  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
Well equipped with skillful and caring staff. Highly recommended for substance abuse. I have several friends who are benefitting from having visited or stayed at this facility. The success rate is unbelievable.

Anonymous

  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
They kept you busy and really thinking about recovery with all the information in the classes. They didn't seem to address other issues that coexisted, like mental health.

Anonymous

  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
Food was good, Management needs improvement

Anonymous

  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
One on one counseling was a strength. I found peace and solitude in this facility. Many friends have been really recommended and rehabilitated.

Anonymous

  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
Three AA meeting every day, location was good.

Anonymous

  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
well organized. caring. helpful, they helped me a lot. they were very nice

Anonymous

  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
caring employees, relaxing environment, one on one counseling, group counseling, music, meditation

Anonymous

  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
other people there were a weakness. it help me

AGC

  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
Wasn't terribly personal. Felt like they just went through the motions. It was a 12-step based program and felt very generic. Like they primarily wanted to cycle us through.

Carolyn

  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
I never would have believed that I would be 21 years plus drug and alcohol free. I was so beat down when I entered treatment I just wanted to stop using drugs and this program has given me so much more. It has all you need to be successful, if you are ready for the tools offered by this program. They truly saved my life.

Starla

  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
The programming was wonderful and it was a supportive community. However, the staff's attitude stunk.

Suzanne

  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
Overall the treatment helped me get clean and stay that way for over six years. I attribute them with saving my life and for that I am forever grateful. Good clinicians. Strong 12 step presence. Strong alumni association. However, there were weak alternatives to 12 step and there was no individualized treatment options- it was not holistic in nature.

Anonymous

  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
They allow family in participation so we didn't have to worry about the unknown with my nephew. They gave compassionate care and it was definitely effective.

Anonymous

  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
This was the best facility in Texas. Everything was wonderful.

Anonymous

  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
Of those being helped, there was a lasting positive affect. Understanding and very experienced.

Anonymous

  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
This facility treated me like family and gave me the help I needed. It really worked. It was an effective, affordable, experienced and compassionate treatment program. The only is that they could work on better food.

Cole

  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
This was a great place! However, I did relapse after two years.

JBL

  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
There was excellent staff support.

anonymous

  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
Effective and cost most reasonable for services

anonymous

  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
I don't believe AA based treatment is any more effective than lack of treatment. Expensive.

anonymous

  • Treatment Effectiveness
Offer family/friend visitation days. Didn't work for my friend.

BLS

  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
Offer experiential therapy, 12-step, education, and family therapy.

Katrina

  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
A couple of the staff/counselors really tried to get thru to my son, but then others were rude and not compassionate. I realize they live this daily, but that was his first try at rehab. I understand they see actions or attitudes and know this one isn't ready, why waste our time, but they could also have possibly reached a little deeper and made a difference in the outcome of the stay. I was later informed this facility take mostly ones who have been convicted of a crime and the state pays for their accommodations.

anonymous

  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
Very experiential. Changed things for me!

Jimmy

  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
Very very high quality rehab facility. It gave me back the will to live once again and now I have a wonderful life and `15 years of sobriety.

Adrian

  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
They do give you a patch now to help quit smoking as well. However I do feel my smoking rights would be something I would be more concerned with now. This is why I would not go there again. However I would look for somewhere that was exactly like Austin Recovery where you could smoke.

Disclaimer

Rehabs.com is a third-party resource for consumers seeking addiction treatment.

We list thousands of treatment providers throughout the U.S., often including alumni and staff ratings and reviews, and Rehabs.com 360 Guides that provide valuable information for people making difficult decisions. Rehabs.com is not influenced in regards to its ratings or reviews by any treatment center or its sponsors, and we clearly designate advertiser relationships with "Sponsor" or "Ad" or "Advertisement”.

Official Facility Response

Rehabs.com collects thousands of User Reviews weekly to collect the most up-to-date information possible on treatment facilities across the country. The opinions shared in User Reviews are expressly those of the user, and do not reflect the thoughts, beliefs, or opinions of Rehabs.com. Per our policies, we do not remove User Reviews at the request of a facility.

Treatment facilities can and are encouraged to respond directly to any User Review, positive or negative. In fact, visitors are more likely to favorably consider a facility that actively responds to criticism (and praise!) to one that doesn’t.

Please leave your Facility Response below using a verified facility-specific email address. A representative from Rehabs.com will vet your response within two business days to ensure it meets our standards for public posting. Rehabs.com retains the right to contact anyone who leaves a review via our website to confirm authenticity.

As always, thank you for your feedback, and for your willingness to work with us as we move forward in developing the most comprehensive and trusted rehab reviews and listings platform.

For more details, please read about our Reviews Process.