Family-Focused Outpatient Program Launches in Austin
Austin Recovery has opened the Center for Recovering Families outpatient program to expand services for individuals and their families seeking support in Central Texas
This week Austin Recovery Board members, staff, alumni, donors, and community partners gathered for a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony at Austin Recovery’s new Center for Recovering Families family-focused outpatient program. The new facility was dedicated to long-time supporter and former Board member Edith Royal. Mrs. Royal, along with Board Chairs Rob Arnold and Patti Halladay, cut the ribbon to officially open the newest program for the 47-year-old non-profit drug and alcohol treatment center. The program further expands the organization’s emphasis on treating the entire family, complementing other family services that include an intensive family weekend program, ongoing family education, and Family House, where women can bring young children with them into residential addiction treatment.
“At the Center for Recovering Families, every family member affected by the family disease of addiction is a client,” said Dr. Abi Williams, Austin Recovery Senior Clinical Advisor. “When family members and loved ones are involved with an addicted person, it can be overwhelming. They may feel confused, helpless, angry and frustrated. The Center is a resource for everyone, and helps build a family system around recovery, while the individual is treated for his or her addiction.”
The program, which originated in Houston, has run successfully for the last few decades as part of Austin Recovery’s sister organization, The Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston. “Research shows that outcomes improve when the entire family is involved in treatment,” said Mel Taylor, President and CEO of Austin Recovery and The Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston. “This program not only helps to heal the entire family, but it also gives the individual a better chance at maintaining long-term sobriety.”
The Center for Recovering Families is a unique treatment program for individuals and families who battle addiction, alcoholism, and other mental health issues. Through “small by design” intensive and supportive outpatient treatment groups, multi-family groups, and experiential therapies, the Center works closely with clients to explore early life experiences, feelings, trauma, and an array of process addictions and co-occurring disorders. The purpose of a family approach to treatment is for all individuals involved to address the multiple layers of the addiction experience, in order to achieve sobriety and an enhanced quality of life. Center for Recovering Families – Austin is located in northwest Austin off Mopac Service Road between Far West Blvd. and Spicewood Springs Rd.