Treatment Center Setting
The Last Resort Recovery Center Philosophy
While “gender specific groups” have long been considered a “best practice” in the recovery field, few programs capitalize on the power of men changing men as we do at The Last Resort Recovery Center. Our program fosters a real experience of brotherhood among our clients. Here our daily focus is on RECOVERY that supplies a man with meaning and purpose in his life rather than another round of TRADITIONAL TREATMENT that keeps him focused on pathology.
But as one recovery pioneer used to say to newcomers, “If nothing changes, nothing changes!” If an addict doesn’t make some very deep changes while he is in treatment, then his illness will be there waiting for him when he gets out. Addiction truly is cunning, baffling and powerful – and it is patient! At The Last Resort we fully recognize the deadly nature of the disease of addiction. Our dedicated team of clinicians and recovery specialists foster among our clients a true respect for its power and the need each man has to find what the Big Book calls “a spiritual solution.”
Areas of Specialization
A form of animal therapy, equine therapy involves visiting, working with and sometimes riding horses as a way to create a metaphoric relationship that leads to life-altering insights.
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.
Drugs and alcohol have widespread effects throughout your body, including but not limited to the addiction and/or physical/psychological dependence that develops with substance abuse over time. Many organ systems are affected by addiction and will react to withdrawal. The term “medical detoxification” means that there is a trained and licensed medical professional onsite to monitor your vital signs and protect your physical and emotional health as your body goes through withdrawal.
Addiction recovery does not end with discharge after completing a rehab program. Facilities that offer aftercare planning and/or support work with patients to ensure sustainable recovery by helping to plan and make arrangements for transitional or sober living, help with housing, vocational counseling, etc.
My addiction had taken full control of me and I was living my life as close to the bottom as I ever hope to see. I didn’t know where to go or what to do, but, with help from my Dad, I found my way to the Last Resort. On arrival, I received a warm welcome from a loving staff and an unbelievably understanding band of brothers. Ninety days seemed like a long time, but the safe and totally positive atmosphere at the Last Resort reassured me that my Dad had chosen the right place to begin my journey in recovery. When it came time, it was tough to say goodbye, but I was excited and ready to begin my new life. I loved my time at the TLR and as I’ve grown in sobriety I’m more and more grateful to the staff and the brothers that made it all possible.
First of all let me express my love for The Last Resort. Never have I been to a facility where the staff genuinely cared so much for their residents and for their families. The staff is very knowledgeable and was able to relate to all of the clients. The program is Big Book intensive but they gave it to me as a SUGGESTION ONLY. This made the choice to become sober my own, as TLR is so much different than any other facilities I’ve ever been in. The staff never gave up on me or on my fellow residents. They loved and believed in us when we couldn’t believe in or love ourselves.“ “The Last Resort gave me with a second chance at life. Not to mention how they provided my family with constant support and love as well. I am forever indebted to them and I can’t express enough how truly special a place The Last Resort truly is.
The last resort is truly a special place!! When I went through there I was broken, I had nothing. Going through tlr helped me get my life back, helped give my parents their son back. The staff at tlr really helped me walk through a lot of fears and situations during my time there and it helped me grow so much!!
One of the reasons I think TLR is so successful is the example of hope present in your staff. I can’t thank you enough! Please keep me in mind for any volunteer opportunities or anything I can do to give back. I know we still have a tough road ahead but even if Travis relapses, I’ll know that we did everything “within our power” for his recovery. Much love to you!
I am extremely grateful for my experience at The Last Resort. I had a sense of belonging from day 1 because the staff and the guys were all a very close group and welcoming. They will always be my lifelong friends and I have never before experienced such a sense of camaraderie as I did while I was there.
The Last Resort Recovery Center has become a haven of sorts for our family. Our son spent 3 month in recovery there and is currently in a sober living home. He is doing very well and is and busy and happy in his sobriety. The staff and counseling team at the Last Resort are a no nonsense, but truly compassionate group of authentic, caring people. Their Family Experience and the counsel we received while our son was there has had a permanent and positive impact on our family. I will always be an advocate for The Last Resort. God Bless You!
Meet the Staff
Director of Admissions
Erik is an alumnus of The Last Resort with over 3 years of continuous sobriety. Prior to joining the TLR team, Erik worked for a nationally renowned facility in Louisiana. Being a native of Louisiana himself, he is a die-hard LSU Tigers fan. Erik spends much of his time carrying the message of hope to others so they may find the same freedom he was given.
Director of Business Development
Austin has been with The Last Resort from the very beginning. He has risen in the ranks from a tech staff, to admissions, to marketing, and most recently, Director of Business Development. Born in Arlington, TX and graduating Memorial High School in Houston, he went on to the University of Alabama while secretly continuing to cheer for the Longhorns! Austin is an avid golfer, music lover, and duck hunter. He has a strong passion for sharing the message of recovery, drawing from his own personal experience since entering recovery in 2010.
Executive Director, LMSW, LCDC
Born and raised in Long Island, NY, Peter received his master’s degree in social work from Stony Brook University. He is a licensed chemical dependency counselor in Texas as well as New York. Peter brings with him a vast amount of clinical and leadership experience in the drug and alcohol treatment field. From teaching class at Stony Brook University to providing individual and group therapy for adolescent and adult treatment centers, to being the Clinical and Executive Director of a nationally renowned treatment center, Peter is the perfect fit for helping men recovery at The Last Resort Recovery Center.
Continuum of Care Coordinator
As the continuum of care coordinator, I work with all parties involved to develop an aftercare plan for each individual before they leave our direct care. After leaving our care I continue to follow up with Alumni and organize events for all of them to get together and enjoy the fellowship that they have created out of their new found freedom.
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ABOUT THE LAST RESORT RECOVERY CENTER
Located on a ranch in the countryside 50 miles southeast of Austin, The Last Resort Recovery Center provides residential treatment and aftercare services for men struggling with substance abuse and dual diagnosis. Medical detox is not available on-site.
The program is designed primarily for men who struggle with chronic relapse, and the center has a particular relationship with the University of Texas, often providing services to its male students.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Treatment lasts 60 or 90 days, depending on the client’s needs, and is thoroughly rooted in the 12-Steps — in fact, the program is described as a “12-step immersion program,” designed to guide clients all the way through the steps in the first 60 days of treatment. Treatment also includes evidence-based modalities such eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), trauma-informed care, experiential groups, spiritual programming, and, when necessary, work with a sex addiction therapist, to address any co-occurring concerns with sexuality or intimacy. In addition, there’s a strong focus on emotional problems that are specific to men, culminating in a “Men’s Deep Work” program and a three-day workshop.
Residents are kept busy, with a 6:30 a.m. alarm call, a daily meditation, an hour of daily gym time, nightly meetings and reviews, and lights out at 10:30 p.m.
The pride of the center’s holistic programming are weekly on-site equine therapy sessions. There’s also a strong emphasis on physical wellness through nutritional counseling, yoga, and weight training.
Aftercare consists of a 12-month alumni program, and, when necessary, referrals to sober living facilities and recovery coaches.
The team includes a psychiatrist, a social worker, certified drug counselors, and a certified sex addiction therapist, plus a certified personal trainer. The single individual polled by Rehabs.com to date on the staff’s level of training and experience gave it five out of five stars.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The 51-acre campus holds a main lodge and four residence homes, with space for up to 37 men in shared bedrooms. The grounds boast stables and horse corrals as well as a swimming pool, sports courts, fish ponds, and walking trails. The single individual polled by Rehabs.com to date gave the center five stars for its accommodations, meals, cleanliness, and exercise/leisure provisions.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The single alum polled by Rehabs.com to date, Parker, gave very positive feedback. “Great facility, great staff (all staff in recovery), very caring and passionate,” he wrote, particularly praising the center’s 12-step focus, family programming, and aftercare — though he added: “Food could be better, could have a better merger on psychotherapy and 12 steps.” Parker gave The Last Resort five stars in all 15 of the evaluated treatment metrics, including its treatment effectiveness, holistic offerings, family participation, counseling options, and treatment for co-occurring disorders.
At the time of this writing, secondary review sites yielded overwhelmingly positive reviews: the center had a 4.9-star average rating based on 65 reviews on Facebook (where the facility can manage its own page), and on Google, 18 reviews, all of them for five stars.  The reviewers repeatedly described the program as life-saving or life-changing. “The Last Resort helped me pick up the pieces of the broken life I had been living. After multiple failed attempts of trying to get sober through detoxes, other treatment facilities, and trying to work a program of recovery on my own, The Last Resort gave me the tools to live a recovered lifestyle,” G.G. wrote in a representative review on Google.
Treatment costs $13,500 per month, or $40,000 for 90 days, and the center accepts private insurance on an out-of-network basis. The Last Resort also has a relationship with medical loans company Prosper Healthcare Lending, to increase the accessibility of treatment. The single individual polled by Rehabs.com to date on the center’s affordability gave it five out of five stars.
Published April 2017
Published on June 2017
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