Treatment Center Setting
Recovery Unplugged Texas Philosophy
Recovery Unplugged Texas utilizes the natural healing power of music to help patients break down emotional barriers that create and sustain substance abuse.
The Recovery Unplugged Texas team is comprised of industry-leading clinical experts and world-class songwriters and musicians. It takes a special collective of professionals to realize the Recovery Unplugged mission of helping patients heal through music, and we are determined to give our patients the most qualified help.
Areas of Specialization
Residential treatment programs provide housing (food and meals) in addition to treatment for substance abuse. Some facilities offer only short-term residential treatment, some offer only long-term treatment and others offer both, ranging from a few days to many months, based on patient needs.
Creative Arts Therapy
Writing, making art or engaging in theater can be deeply therapeutic for people working to recover from addiction. Many facilities offer one or several forms of creative arts therapy as a way to help patients learn to express their feelings in productive ways.
Dual Diagnosis/Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment
These two terms describe a person who is not only addicted to drugs or alcohol, but also has a mental or emotional illness, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc. Facilities that treat patients with dual-diagnosis or co-occurring disorders provide psychiatric treatment in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation services.
This term describes one-on-one therapy, in which a patient and trained counselor, social worker, psychologist or psychiatrist meets privately with a patient to discuss challenges related to lifestyle, work, family and romantic relationships that may have contributed to the development of an addiction.
Meet the Staff
Dr. Carlos Tirado
Dr. Tirado is board certified in general and addiction psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and addiction medicine by the American Board of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Tirado received specialty training in addiction psychiatry and research at the internationally recognized Center for Studies on Addiction at the University of Pennsylvania and has a Master’s in Public Health from the University Of Texas Houston School Of Public Health.
Dr. Tirado has over a decade of experience in clinical, administrative and academic psychiatry and medicine. Dr. Tirado has held faculty positions in the Department of Psychiatry at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Tirado has conducted clinical research and education supported by the National Institutes of Health, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Scaife Family Foundation, Betty Ford Institute and the Pew Charitable Trust. Dr. Tirado serves on the board of SIMS Foundation, CareFlash, is a member of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, and is the current President of the Austin Psychiatric Society.
Dr. Tirado’s academic, clinical and consulting work has focused on general adult psychiatry, medication assisted treatment of addiction, treatment of chronic pain and co-morbid addiction, phase 2 and 3 clinical trials, and implementation of evidence-based behavioral and medication programs in rehabilitation facilities and outpatient programs. Dr. Tirado is also trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing and has supervised clinicians ranging from physicians to licensed professional counselors. Dr. Tirado has rendered expert opinion and evaluation on cases related to addiction and co-occurring disorders in civil, criminal and professional board actions.
Jennifer Holbrook MA, LCDC has more than 20 years of experience in the field of Chemical Dependency Counseling. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2004, completed her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology in 2006, Cum Laude, and completed an internship in 1994 obtaining her QMHP (Qualified Mental Health Professional). She has also been appointed as a trainer with TAAP and NAADAC. Ms. Holbrook continues to stay updated on the latest research and education regarding addiction treatment modalities and is currently enrolled in advanced skills training to facilitate the Emotional Freedom Technique and to obtain a national certification in herbal studies and consultation. She specializes in REBT and Dual Diagnosis and has an extensive history working with clients dealing with trauma. She has also developed treatment programs that work with the family has a whole. Ms. Holbrook has spent the last 10 years involved in treatment with chronic relapse populations in the role of Clinical Director of inpatient treatment and prior to that 8 years of her career was spent in education working as the Director of Programs and Clinical Director for the Institute of Chemical Dependency Studies in Austin TX. Ms. Holbrook has 5 years of experience in Prevention and Intervention, including designing and implementing Alternative Activity Programs for youth in rural communities. Ms. Holbrook in known for her dedication and commitment to all facilities that she has interacted with throughout her career and currently is now working again in conjunction with the Institute of Chemical Dependency Studies in the role of Consulting Director.
Jennifer was elected President of TAPNET the Texas Addiction Professionals, Peer Assistance Network in 2008. This non-profit organization offers peer assistance to LCDC’s, interns and Certified Counselors in the State of Texas. She is actively involved with TAAP including the Annual State Conference. In 2010, Mrs. Holbrook was elected the TAAP Addiction Counselor of the year. In 2013, she was nominated to serve as co-chair of the 4 Winds Inter-tribal Council of Texas involved in Native Traditions and Recovery Efforts.
Director of Admissions
Joseph is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor who comes to Recovery Unplugged with nearly eight years working in the field of substance abuse recovery. He has worked in a variety of treatment settings including both Outpatient and Residential Treatment. As a person in long-term recovery, Joseph is passionate about helping individuals to discover their own process towards growth and healing. Having played guitar for nearly twenty years, Joseph truly believes in the spiritual power of music.
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ABOUT RECOVERY UNPLUGGED TEXAS
Recovery Unplugged Texas offers adults who are struggling with substance use disorder the opportunity to work through recovery by participating in music-based and traditional therapy. The Austin-based rehab center is geared toward clients who have chronically relapsed following previous rehab experiences. Modalities include residential and intensive outpatient programs (IOPs). The facility is also one of 44 non-hospital substance abuse treatment centers in Texas (just nine percent of all facilities in the state) to offer medical detox.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Clients write, study, produce, and perform music at Recovery Unplugged. According to the facility, this process helps individuals affected by addiction to express their emotions through self-discovery and constructive channeling. Some participants have never played an instrument before beginning the Austin program.
The average residential rehab stay is 28 to 45 days. Treatment begins with medically supervised detoxification and continues through a comprehensive and customized program that integrates traditional, evidence-based treatment practices with innovative, effective music-based therapy.
Exercises such as listening to songs about addiction and recovery, drumming, and karaoke are combined with individual and group counseling. Holistic activities like yoga and other fitness therapies are offered to help clients heal from chemical dependency and its physical, social, and psychological consequences.
Family involvement is strongly encouraged. The rehad also offers opportunities for aftercare counseling and logistical support to help prepare for work and sober living beyond rehab.
Creative therapists and clinical professionals work collaboratively with clients. Staff members include a board-certified psychiatrist with a specialization in addiction, as well as a master’s level counselor, licensed chemical addiction counselors, and a clinical director with over a decade of experience treating patients with chronic relapse problems.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Recovery Unplugged is located on a two-acre property in the vibrant, musical city of Austin. According to the facility’s website, rooms are semi-private and clients have access to a gym. Fresh meals prepared by a professional chef. One unique amenity is the program’s state-of-the-art recording studio.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
More than three dozen former clients were surveyed by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing. Almost all gave Recovery Unplugged highly positive feedback, especially when it came to the facility's upkeep and its staff.
Facility cleanliness and upkeep: 4.9/5 stars
Staff's level of training and experience: 4.9/5 stars
Staff support: 5/5 stars
Alumni also praised the rehab for it's unique treatment modalities and its wide range of counseling options.
Counseling options: 4.8/5 stars
Holistic offerings: 4.5/5 stars
"RU is one of the most unique treatment centers in the area," wrote an anonymous alum in a representative review. "The food is fantastic, groups are exciting and fun, clinicians are incredible."
Recovery Unplugged also received positive feedback on secondary sites, earning average ratings of 4.9 out of five stars based on 53 Google reviews and 4.6 out of five stars based on 63 Facebook reviews (which the facility has the ability to edit. It also earned one five-star rating from an alum on Yelp.
Comments across all three sites described the program as highly effective and the staff as warm and compassionate. "Staff was awesome and genuinely care about their clients," Kristy told Google in a representative review. "They saved my life and I am forever grateful."
WHAT STAFF SAY
The five staff members polled by Rehabs.com to date gave Recovery Unplugged mostly positive reviews. The highest ratings were awarded to the rehab for its exercise activities, its staff's qualifications, and its upkeep.
Exercise and leisure activities: 4.2/5 stars
Staff's level of training and experience: 4.4/5 stars
Facility cleanliness and upkeep: 4.6/5 stars
In a representative review, J.B. described the program as an "amazing, unique style of treatment utilizing music as a tool to help clients engage in their treatment experience on a deeper level."
Recovery Unplugged recognizes most major insurance plans and staff members are available to assist clients in understanding their payment options.
Published on November 2018
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