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Austin Recovery Residential

13207 Wright Road, Austin, Texas, 78745
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.”

Facility Highlights

  • Family-centered
  • Evidence-based practices
  • 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous


  • 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 Settings

  • Private/Secluded

Meet the Staff

  • Joel Ferguson
    Joel FergusonChief Operating Officer
    Joel Ferguson serves as Chief Operating Officer of Austin Recovery and as CFO of The Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston. He is a graduate of Rice University and its Jones Graduate School of Management, with degrees in Economics, Management and Accounting. Joel was an adjunct faculty member at Rice University, and is a Senior Fellow and Board member with the American Leadership Forum. A seasoned business leader and former practicing CPA, Joel has a broad background in all aspects of business operations and management. Joel has over 30 years of business experience, having served as Managing Partner of the Houston office of Pannell Kerr Forster, an international CPA and consulting firm; as CEO and CFO of Cordúa Restaurants, an award-winning independent restaurant chain; certified mediator and arbitrator in business, community, and family disputes; experienced trainer and group facilitator in coaching and communications.
  • Sarah Hartford
    Sarah HartfordDirector of Admissions
    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.

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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 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.


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


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


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.


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


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.


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

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