Addiction is a chronic disease and it’s about time we build a system of care that treats that way.
Addiction is a chronic illness with a relapse prevention and maintenance program that isn’t unlike those designed for diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease, but we treat it like it’s a one-time sickness. Those diagnosed with the disease of addiction will need lifetime access to care and support and Austin Recovery, University High School, and Keystone APG are re-imagining what a continuum of care needs to look like to be fully person-centered and affordable for the duration of that person’s life.
Young adults aged 18-26 are most frequently diagnosed and will need lifetime access to services
1-in-3 households in the US are now struggling with the disease of addiction
Accidental overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the US
Connection to support services are necessary to manage the disease
Coordination between services is critical in intervening before disease progresses
Treatment options need to become less expensive and less complicated to navigate
University High School was founded by concerned parents, researchers, community leaders and others dedicated to helping teens remain in recovery from the disease of addiction.
Keystone APG is a program that utilizes the 12 step model, peer-led support groups, after-school activities, and weekend events to help adolescents begin their recovery from addiction.
The Center for Students in Recovery provides a supportive community where students in recovery and in hope of recovery can achieve academic success while enjoying a genuine college experience free from alcohol and other drugs.
Peer recovery program, support groups and meetings, educational workshops, health and wellness classes, a career closet, a computer lab, and connections to other community resources such as housing and employment.
CARMAhealth’s providers adopt a positive, collaborative approach and integrate primary medicine, behavioral health and care management to promote lasting recovery, encourage self-care and improve treatment outcomes.
Austin Recovery was founded in 1967 by Jim and Hazel Lavender.
Originally named Austin Rehabilitation Center or ARC, the Lavenders provided counseling, housing, and vocational training on their farm in Buda, Texas to individuals discharged and banned from the Austin State Hospital for being “chronic inebriates.” Over the next 51 years, Austin Recovery would address the needs of a changing population, culture, and marketplace to provide compassionate addiction treatment to those in the community who would have otherwise not been able to access it.
The organization continues to honor the spirit of Jim and Hazel by offering services that are accessible to all individuals and families in need, regardless of ability to pay.
Located just outside Austin, Texas on over 90 sprawling acres, Austin Recovery Hicks Family ranch has been a place of safety and acceptance for people suffering addiction since 1971.