The Last Resort Recovery Center in Smithville, TX

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(5 of 5)
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1620 FM 535
Smithville TX 78957

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

  • Equine Therapy
    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
    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.

Facility Highlights

Master Level Therapists

On-Site Braveheart Experience

Life-Skills Coaching

Meet the Staff

Erik Jokinen

Director of Admissions

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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.

Austin Berry

Director of Business Development

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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. 360 Guide

Review by Contributors


Located on a ranch in the countryside 50 miles southeast of Austin, The Last Resort Recovery Center is one of only 126 (25.8 percent) treatment centers in Texas that provides residential treatment, as well as aftercare services. Programming is exclusively for men - a feature of 198 (40.6 percent) Texas treatment centers - struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring mental health disorders. 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 lasts 60 or 90 days, depending on the client’s needs, and is thoroughly rooted in the 12-Step model of recovery — 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 a range of evidence-based modalities, such eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) and trauma-informed. When necessary, clients may work with a sex addiction therapist to address any co-occurring concerns with sexuality or intimacy.

Clients also participate in experiential groups and spiritual programming. 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.

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. In Texas, 98 percent of all substance abuse treatment centers have higher education requirements for staff. The single individual polled by to date on the staff’s level of training and experience gave it five out of five stars.


The 51-acre campus holds a main lodge and four residence homes, with space for up to 37 men in shared bedrooms, offering slightly more room than is necessitated by the national average number of individuals in a residential treatment facility at a time, which was 32 clients as of May, 2016.

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 to date gave the center five stars for its accommodations, meals, cleanliness, and exercise/leisure provisions.

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 single alum polled by to date, J.P.C., 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.” J.P.C. gave The Last Resort five stars in all 15 of the evaluated treatment metrics, including its 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. Earning a 4.9 out of five-star average rating based on 86 reviews on Facebook (where the facility can manage its own page), the reviewers repeatedly described the program as life-saving or life-changing.[1] N.N., listing all of the ways the program was impactful, wrote, "Phenominal staff that are there for the sole purpose of giving you the tools to build the foundation for your future without drugs and alcohol, excellent 12 step immersion."

Google users were similarly pleased with their experience at the center, 23 of whom produced a 4.8 out of five-star average at the time of this writing.[2] “The Last Resort helped me pick up the pieces of the broken life I had been living," G.G. wrote in a representative review on Google, adding, "The Last Resort gave me the tools to live a recovered lifestyle.”


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 to date on the center’s affordability gave it five out of five stars.


[2] GoogleReviews

Published on May 2018

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Great facility, great staff (all staff in recovery), very caring and passionate.

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Strengths include: 12 step focus, family focus, attention on after care (Where recovery really happens) Food could be better, could have a better merger on psychotherapy and 12 steps Great facility, great staff (all staff in recovery), very caring and passionate.

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