Promises Austin Philosophy
Promises Austin provides drug and alcohol addiction treatment in a luxury setting. The residential rehab admits a limited number of clients at a time to ensure that each individual receives customized care and a personalized treatment plan. Evidence-based modalities are coupled with 12-step practices and holistic therapy to provide patients with a complete continuum of care. There are also plenty of amenities and activities offered to establish healthy, feel-good habits and ensure that the challenges and obstacles faced during treatment are handled and overcome in comfort.
Areas of Specialization
Promises Austin features luxurious resort-like amenities for maximum comfort during recovery. Clients are invited to take advantage of world-class culinary offerings, on-site spa services, gourmet cooking classes, therapeutic massage services, pool and jacuzzi amenities, and a four-hole putting green during their stay.
Clients are encouraged to participate in carefully selected therapeutic recreational activities for holistic wellness and lasting recovery. Program offerings include swimming, hiking, kayaking, volunteer work, cultural excursions, and more. Through therapeutic recreation, clients reinforce positive coping strategies and develop healthy habits.
Meet the Staff
Jason Powers, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Powers joined Right Step and Promises Austin as chief medical officer in 2006. Originally trained and board certified in family medicine, Dr. Powers re-dedicated his career to helping addicts and their families after he personally faced addiction in 2003. He is now also board certified in addiction medicine and develops programs that help addicted individuals and their families embrace the healing path of recovery. Dr. Powers has been recognized four times as a top addiction doctor by H Texas Magazine, and is currently secretary/treasurer of the Texas chapter of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and a local expert for The Partnership at Drugfree.org. Dr. Powers is also the author of the comprehensive book about addiction When the Servant Becomes the Master.
Mark Catalano, LCSW-S
Mark Catalano is a Licensed Clinical Social Work Supervisor with 12 years experience in healthcare management and the delivery of treatment services for co-occurring psychiatric and substance abuse disorders. He was formerly the Clinical Director at Cedar Crest Hospital and Residential Treatment Center and Admissions Manager for Seton Shoal Creek Hospital in Austin. Mark received a Bachelors in Psychology and a Masters in Clinical Social Work from the University of Texas in Austin and has specialized training in the areas of trauma recovery, substance abuse, and mediation. Mark has consulted on and developed clinical programs for adolescents and adults at all levels of the behavioral healthcare spectrum. Mark also brings diverse project and people management experience to his role. He is a founding board member of a non-profit focused on leadership development. Previous management projects include behavioral health services within a network of primary care clinics, transitioning from paper charting to Cloud based EHR, and patient transfer protocols within a network of hospitals. Mark is married and the proud father of four. He is actively involved in his community through his private practice, volunteer work, and serving on the guest services team at his church. As often as possible he enjoys writing music and playing piano with friends.
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ABOUT PROMISES AUSTIN
Located in Texas's Hill country, Promises Austin is a luxury residential treatment center for adults, ages 26 and up, struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring mental health issues. The facility has on-site medical detox, which includes massage and acupuncture.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
The center’s website states once cleared by medical staff, clients in detox may actively participate in therapy sessions during their initial phase of treatment.
Residential treatment at Promises Austin is available on two separate tracks. Designed to address the "whole person," the 35-day program employs traditional evidence-based treatment, 12-step principles, and holistic therapies. According to the facility’s website, the two individual counseling sessions per week and the 10 hours of weekly group therapy utilize nearly a dozen integrative therapies. Residents can also arrange for ongoing meetings with staff specializing in areas such as nutrition, spirituality, trauma and fitness. The experiential therapies available include aqua therapy, breath work, yoga, acupuncture, and massage therapy.
In the 60-day program, residents spend their time further exploring the underlying issues that spurred their addiction, with attention paid to co-occurring mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety.
Each month, Promises Austin facilitates an intensive three-day family program featuring educational lectures, groups, and activities for the entire family.
Before leaving the residential program, staff work with clients to prepare an aftercare strategy. Also, clients can enroll in Javelin Continuing Care, a 12-month relapse prevention program that pairs program graduates up with coaches who provide guidance and ongoing education.
In its effort to deliver highly personalized treatment, Promises Austin reports a staff-to-client ratio of 1:5. According to the center’s website, its treatment team consists of medical and behavioral health care professionals with specialized training in detox, addiction, trauma, and mental health disorders.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Promises Austin’s website notes the 24-bed facility features a wealth of spa-like amenities — flat-screen televisions, a library with 12-step literature, a Jacuzzi, on-site spa, and a swimming pool are all available. Food is another indulgent perk at Promises Austin. The facility provides its clientele with gourmet meals, weekly cooking classes, and highly-trained chefs.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The more than a dozen alumni surveyed by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing provided mixed opinions of Promises Austin.
Alum Amanda called the staff “great,” and wrote to Rehabs.com: “Promises saved my life and gave me an excellent foundation in which to build my recovery. I have been clean for over a year with no relapses.” Similarly, alum N.I.H. found the program to be “immersive but not overwhelming,” and added, “the quality of the food cannot be overstated.”
On the other hand, a handful of alumni said that some of the extracurricular activities listed on the website were not available. Scott, who gave a one-star rating for treatment effectiveness, felt neglected as a client. “They do not care about you or what you are going through,” he said. “They don’t want to listen to you, they just want to check you off and send you on your way.” Others complained about the costs.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The three loved ones who were polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing provided mostly positive reviews.
Despite calling the center pricey, an anonymous Rehabs.com loved one rated it highly and recommended the facility to friends. “I don't think all of the perks are necessary to get sober," they wrote. Another anonymous Rehabs.com reviewer told of a family member who attended the facility for three months and “has been clean since.”
WHAT STAFF SAY
To date, the six staff members questioned by Rehabs.com had mostly positive opinions of Promises Austin. Four of them gave the center an average score of 4.25 out of five stars when asked if they would recommend the center.
They rated the center’s holistic offerings, family participation, and exercise and leisure the highest with 4.75 stars.
“Excellent clinician’s and staff -- many with personal recovery experience,” one staff member wrote as a strength. “Lovely facility with good creature comforts.”
According to the facility's website, Promises Austin accepts most PPO insurance plans and private pay
Updated March 2017
Published on April 2017
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