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Recovery Unplugged® - Drug & Alcohol Rehab

5419 South Congress Ave, Austin, Texas, 78745
RU Encore utilizes the healing power of music through a variety of therapeutic techniques to help patients access dormant emotions and heal from substance abuse and underlying mental illness.

Facility Highlights

  • Holistic Approach
  • Fully Integrated Music Therapy
  • Individualized Treatment Plan


  • Individualized Treatment

    Some facilities have an addiction treatment protocol that all patients or clients are expected to follow, while others customize or individualize treatment based on a person’s unique needs and circumstances. Factors that may affect treatment decisions include age, lifestyle, medical conditions, type of drug, religious beliefs, etc.
  • 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.

Facility Settings

  • Private/Secluded

Meet the Staff

  • Jon Obenoskey
    Jon ObenoskeyDirector of Admissions
  • Anna Warde
    Anna WardeClinical Supervisor

Treatment Center Links

Rehabs 360 Guide


Recovery Unplugged is an addiction care organization that provides music-based addiction treatment for adults struggling with drug and alcohol dependency. The organization operates numerous facilities in Texas, Virginia, Colorado, and Florida.

The Recovery Unplugged Austin Treatment Center, one of three facilities located in Austin, Texas, offers a variety of addiction services, including an intensive outpatient program (IOP), a partial-hospitalization program (PHP), medical detox, residential treatment, dual diagnosis treatment, and long-term aftercare.

According to a 2017 SAMHSA survey, 15.1 percent of rehabs in Texas offer day treatment or PHP, 9.5 percent offer detox in an outpatient setting, and 8.4 offer detox in a residential setting.


According to Recovery Unplugged's website, treatment is centered around writing, studying, recording, and performing music. The process is designed to help individuals express their emotions through self-discovery and constructive channeling. Treatment is available to all individuals regardless of musical ability.

Treatment typically starts with the center's medical detox, which utilizes Suboxone or Vivitrol. After detox, treatment includes a variety of modalities, including in-depth group therapy, individualized counseling, music-based therapies, 12-step meetings, and other supplemental therapies.

The residential program usually lasts between 30 to 45 days. The organization's website notes that inpatient rehab is particularly helpful for those suffering from dual-diagnosis disorders.

Outpatient treatment is offered at several intensity levels. Regular outpatient program includes one to six hours of programming per week. Individuals in IOP meet three nights a week for five to seven weeks. According to the organization's website, PHP bridges the gap between residential and outpatient alcohol and drug rehab.

Additionally, Recovery Unplugged facilities offer specialized treatment for LGBTQ individuals, a treatment specialization offered at 20 percent of rehabs in Texas.


Recovery Unplugged's website notes that the treatment team includes therapists, doctors, nurses, and case managers. All Recovery Unplugged facilities are certified by the Joint Commission, a certification held by 27.6 percent of rehabs in Texas according to a 2017 SAMHSA survey.


According to Recovery Unplugged's website, facilities offer a wide variety of amenities including fully equipped music production and performance spaces, freshly prepared food, 24-7 security, yoga and meditation, and a gym and recreational facilities.


The ten alumni surveyed by Rehabs.com to date all gave highly positive reviews. Many alumni praised the facility's staff, in particular. "You will not meet a more compassionate staff," alum P, wrote in a representative review. She added, "The staff spends a good portion of their after hours time ensuring that all needs are met for their clients."

Reviews were similarly positive on Google, where the facility holds an average rating of 4.8 out of five stars based nearly 30 reviews to date.[1] On Recovery Unplugged's official Facebook page, which staff can manage, the organization (not the Austin facility, in particular) holds a 4.7-star average rating based on nearly 350 reviews to date.[2]

On Yelp, however, two out of five reviewers gave negative reviews.[3] "This place only cares to get you in the door to take your money, the therapy did not work, very disorganized," alum Jeff wrote in a representative review. The other three reviewers gave five-star ratings.


The two staff members surveyed by Rehabs.com to date gave highly positive reviews. In a representative review, employee V. wrote, "I have worked at several treatment centers and have been with Recovery Unplugged for about 2 yrs now. I am continuously impressed at their effectiveness and professionalism in the recovery community. I would send a loved one to RU without a question."


According to Recovery Unplugged's website, the treatment center accepts most major insurance companies, such as Blue Cross Blue Shield Policies and United Healthcare.

[1] GoogleReviews
[2] https://www.facebook.com/pg/RecoveryUnplugged/reviews/?ref=page_internal
[3] https://www.yelp.com/biz/recovery-unplugged-encore-austin

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