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The Arbor Behavioral Healthcare

1443 Country Road 103, Georgetown, Texas, 78626
The Arbor is a 12-step based Alcohol and Substance Use Disorder program that was created by a team of addiction professionals with over 95 years of experience in the field of chemical dependency. The Arbor Treatment Program is designed as a 15-month program of support and comprised of two core phases: a 90-day residential treatment program followed up with a 12- month aftercare support program.

Facility Highlights

  • Family Program
  • 12- month aftercare support program.
  • 12-step based Alcohol and Substance Use Disorder program


  • Equine Program

    The Arbor is a working ranch with a world class equine center. Each week our clients participate in an equine assisted therapy program that utilizes the innate gentleness and natural instincts of horses to help them recognize their own blocks to authenticity, intimacy, communication, and trust.
  • Gender-Specific Programs

    We have taken great steps at The Arbor to provide a safe and supportive gender-specific environment, where each individual can heal physically, emotionally and spiritually with limited distractions. True gender-specific programs, where all programming, activities and living are totally separate for men and women, provides the security to explore the deep wounds of addiction.

Facility Settings

  • Mountains

Meet the Staff

  • Jim Walker
    Jim WalkerCEO
    Jim has been actively working in the alcohol treatment and drug treatment field for over 30 years and has provided executive leadership in multiple capacities and organizations including the Greater Austin Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, La Hacienda treatment center in Hunt, Parkside treatment centers, and Heartland Health Systems. Most recently, Jim provided consulting services to Memorial-Hermann Prevention and Recovery Center for marketing, patient access systems, and call center development. Jim has a degree in Education and has been a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor as well as graduate of Johnson Institute of Intervention.
  • Mary Lynn Szymandera, LCDC, CEIP
    Mary Lynn Szymandera, LCDC, CEIPDirector of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy
    With over 20 years of personal recovery, Mary Lynn’s professional experience includes 17 years at Pavillon International in North Carolina, as a senior counselor and from 2008 to 2009 as the Outpatient Program Manager. In 1999, Mary Lynn developed the Equine Therapy program for Pavillon and served as the Equine Program Director until she moved to Texas in 2010. She is a Certified Equine Interactive Professional (CEIP) through the Commission for Certified Equine Facilitated Mental Health & Education Professionals.

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Rehabs 360 Guide


The Arbor, a Texas-based behavioral healthcare provider, provides a continuum of treatment options for individuals struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring mental health disorders. A variety of services, including residential treatment, outpatient care, and sober living accommodations, are available through the organization’s four locations. However, the center based in Georgetown, Texas, known as the Arbor Ranch, specializes in providing upscale, gender-specific residential treatment.


Upon admission, clients undergo assessments and are assigned a personalized care team, whom they meet individually once a week. Based on assessment findings, staff recommend a customized treatment plan that incorporates 12-step principles, individual, group, and family counseling, as well as a range of experiential therapies.

Staff utilize a variety of treatment modalities, including eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), equine therapy, and art therapy. Clients also spend time in psycho-educational workshops and participate in yoga classes and guided meditation. Fitness activities and nutritional counseling, as well as therapeutic massage, are also available.

Most clients remain on-site for 90 days before being discharged, though options for extended treatment are available. The Arbor prioritizes continuing care planning, so clients leave with a comprehensive plan for relapse prevention that may include outpatient care or sober living support, available through other Arbor programs.


According to the center’s website, a medical director heads the team of master’s-level therapists, licensed social workers, psychiatrists, recovery manager and coaches, primary therapist, an equine specialist, and other wellness professionals.


The Arbor’s residential facilities are located on a 67-acre ranch that runs along the San Gabriel River. The center includes a swimming pool, basketball court, and swimming pool. Lounge areas are well furnished. Men and women sleep in separate, gender-specific quarters and share bedrooms with one other client. Clients are responsible for basic chores and the upkeep of their bedrooms. Smoking and tobacco use are permitted in designated areas.


Of four alumni polled by Rehabs.com to date, three rated the Arbor's inpatient facility a perfect five stars while the fourth rated it only one star for treatment effectiveness. The positive reviewers praised its ranch-like setting and use of 12-Step. Alum LA wrote: "I loved being on a ranch and all the amenities made the hard work easier for me," while alum Matt added: "The staff comes from a place of love and the facility is beautiful". However, alum Paulette criticized the program's rigidity and high cost.

On third-party sites, Arbor's general healthcare continuum received mostly positive reviews. On Google, 27 reviewers rated the facility an average 4.4 out of five stars.[1] On Arbor's Facebook page for its general health, which may be curated, 53 reviewers rated the facility an average 4.9 out of five stars, with 50 perfect reviews.[2]

In writing, reviewers generally praised its compassionate professionals and effective treatment. Alum Mario on Google wrote: "Arbor not only saved my life, it showed me how to be a responsible and productive member of society. I'm eternally grateful for the care and instruction they provided me with." Of the few negative reviews, common criticism included its high costs.


Three loved ones polled by Rehabs.com to date gave more mixed reviews of the Arbor's inpatient facility. One rated it four out of five stars in treatment effectiveness, another rated it three stars, and the last rated it only one.

One satisfied loved one wrote: "Seems to have been a good experience." The negative loved ones criticized its false advertising of treatment and high cost. Parent J wrote: "I was told he would receive EMDR therapy while inpatient. He did not. I was then told he would have the same therapist throughout the continuum of care, He did not."

On third-party sites, loved ones generally praised the Arbor, echoing feedback left by alumni.


On third-party sites, staff generally praised the Arbor as an enjoyable workplace that treated its clientele well. On Glassdoor, a former recovery tech rated the inpatient facility a perfect five stars, writing: "Working with clients in recovering from drug/alcohol addiction, always busy, I had great bosses."[3] Two other staffers also gave the facility five stars.


The Arbor’s website indicates that some private insurance plans are accepted, including Aetna, Cigna, and Magellan Health. Admissions staff are available to help with insurance authorization.

[1] GoogleReviews

[3] https://www.glassdoor.com/Reviews/The-Arbor-Georgetown-Reviews-EIIE864787.0,9IL.10,20_IC1139774.htm

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