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Hill Country Detox

10100 FM 967, Buda, Texas, 78610
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At NOVA Recovery Center, we understand the struggle you’re facing – and we are fully committed to help you become balanced and successful in a recovering life. Our well-rounded, personalized program has been designed to address your issues with substance abuse through a healing focus on mind, body and spirit. With this three-pronged approach, we will help you find your footing on a new path, leading you to a happier, more fulfilling and much more productive life.

Facility Highlights

  • Spiritual Connections
  • Life Skills
  • Community and Recovery


  • Initial Treatment

    We have an entire team dedicated to meeting the needs of individuals who are just beginning their journey in recovery. Treatment for new clients is heavily focused on education and providing basic skills that you will need to be successful as you move forward. By applying proven techniques from the start, we can help you establish a long-term recovery, keeping relapse at bay.
  • Chronic Relapse

    The NOVA team also specializes in treatment for clients who suffer from chronic relapse. We often find that clients who continue to struggle with their recovery have needs related to past experiences or behaviors that have never been addressed or may not have been fully resolved. We will help you examine the barriers that are holding you back from a full recovery, and guide and support you as you begin to work through them. We will look at your previous recovery experiences, where you have struggled in them, and what we can assist you in changing to create a new experience.

Facility Settings

  • Wilderness

Meet the Staff

  • William M. Loving, MD ( Board Certified in Psychiatry (1980) and Addiction Medicine (1989))
    William M. Loving, MD ( Board Certified in Psychiatry (1980) and Addiction Medicine (1989))Medical Director
    Dr. William Loving graduated from the University of Texas, Medical Branch at Galveston in 1974. After a psychiatric residency at Austin State Hospital, he began practicing neuropsychiatry. Five years later he joined Neuropsychiatric Associates of Austin, a group practice headed by Dr. Stuart Nemir. Dr. Nemir was the first doctor in Austin to start a private 28-day program for drug and alcohol treatment. Later he started the first intensive outpatient program in Austin, which was also one of the first in the country. Dr. Nemir recruited Dr. Loving to help in these programs, and eventually Dr. Loving became the medical director of both. Thus began his interest in the field of chemical dependency and treating alcoholics and addicts. During those years he worked closely with Dr. Nemir and Ulysses "Mac" McLester, LMSW-ACP, who was also a well-known expert in chemical dependency. For over twenty-five years Dr. Loving has treated psychiatric patients, chemically-dependent patients, and also patients with both psychiatric and chemical dependency problems , known as "dual diagnosis". Dr. Loving is enthusiastic about devoting his full energy to the treatment of people with the disease of chemical dependency.
  • Jennifer Holbrook-McKenzie MA, LCDC
    Jennifer Holbrook-McKenzie MA, LCDCClinical Director
    Jennifer Holbrook-McKenzie has more than 20 years, experience in the field of Chemical Dependency Counseling. She specializes in adolescent issues, family issues and treatment. She has worked for numerous agencies. Jennifer was elected to numerous committees within the organizations. Ms. Holbrook-McKenzie has 5 years? experience in Prevention and Intervention, including designing and implementing Alternative Activity Programs for youth in rural communities. Jennifer spent 8 years of her career in education working as the Director of Programs and Clinical Director for the Institute of Chemical Dependency Studies in Austin TX. During her tenure, Ms. Holbrook-McKenzie was part of the clinical team which revised CI standards with DSHS and was the head of the committee which revised the current state forms. She was also appointed as a trainer with TAAP and NAADAC.

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Nova Recovery Center operates an array of Texas drug and alcohol rehab facilities. This 90-day residential center on 25 acres south of Austin specializes in treatment for adult men and women who struggle with chronic relapse. Clients enjoy luxury accommodations and participate in gender-separate clinical and holistic care.

Nova’s three detox facilities are located in nearby Buda at Hill Country Detox, and in Austin and Houston Heights. Outpatient treatment is also available in Austin and Houston, along with sober living programming through Eudaimonia Recovery Homes.


Admission to Wimberley's long-term rehab program at Nova Recovery Center begins with a phone assessment, followed by an on-site medical exam. After a client has completed any necessary detox services, they begin a highly personalized, “fluid” treatment plan that is adjusted to meet their needs throughout the 90-day program.

Plans typically incorporate 12-step principles and practices with individual and group-based psychotherapy, physical fitness, and experiential therapy. Clients also participate in Brene Brown’s shame- and courage-oriented Daring Way curriculum. Representative treatment modalities include cognitive behavioral therapy, rational emotive behavior therapy, and contingency management; art, music, and pet therapy; trauma-informed eye movement desensitization and reprocessing; and education.

Families are encouraged to participate in a three-day program.

Following residential rehab at Wimberley, Nova recommends that its clients enroll in the organization’s full continuum of care, progressing through intensive outpatient (IOP) and aftercare programs at the organization’s other locations. Addiction monitoring is also available.


The Nova Recovery Center treatment team includes a board-certified psychiatrist, a consulting board-certified addictionologist, master’s-level therapists, nurses, and certified Daring Way and alcohol and drug addiction counselors.


Nova Recovery Center’s secluded Wimberly setting features gender-separate cottages, an outdoor swimming pool, and basketball and volleyball courts. Clients each work with a personal trainer on staff and follow a five-day-per-week exercise plan. Off-site outings include bowling and movies.

Visitation is scheduled on Sundays. Residents may not access personal electronic devices.


The single alum polled by Rehabs.com to date gave a positive review. Alum Keith wrote that Nova was the best of the many rehab centers he had attended, concluding: “The staff really cared about my well being.”

On Google, feedback for Nova Recovery Center’s Wimberley residential facility was unanimously favorable, represented by eight maximum ratings of five stars. Two alumni echoed the sentiment Keith also posted that Nova treatment was life-changing and three characterized staff as caring and committed. Reviewers also highlighted the positive employment and relationship outcomes they achieved in recovery.[1]

The center’s official Facebook page, which its staff may monitor, had 61 ratings at the time of this writing. Just one included written commentary, but 72% provided five out of five stars, while five granted only one or two stars.[2]


The one loved one to submit feedback for Nova Recovery Center to Rehabs.com concurred with alumni that the program was life-changing — for the family as well as the client. The reviewer praised the “structured program with lots of individual attention.”

Two Yelp reviews submitted by loved ones provided conflicting perspectives. One described a life-saving program and the other, granting just one out of five stars for Nova, complained of under-staffing and insufficient individualized care.[3]


One Nova Recovery Center staffer posted a five-star review to Yelp, describing co-workers as “experienced and compassionate professionals.”


Clients primarily self-pay for treatment, according to the Nova Recovery Center website. Financing is available through third-party health care lending agencies, and some private insurance plans contribute through out-of-network coverage.

[1] https://goo.gl/EuG3mF
[2] https://www.facebook.com/pg/NovaRecoveryCenter/reviews/
[3] https://www.yelp.com/biz/nova-recovery-center-wimberly

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