Austin Recovery and COVID-19

Up-to-date Information Regarding Services and Resources

Video Update From Julie and Laura – March 17, 2020

A Note From Our CEOs, Julie and Laura – March 16, 2020

As the situation regarding COVID-19 continues to evolve in Central Texas, we want to keep you informed of the steps we are taking to ensure the safety of our clients and staff. We also want to provide online recovery resources for those in need during this time.  
The city of Austin is in Phase 3 of its emergency response plan, which means there have been confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Travis County, but there is no confirmation of community spread. Thus, we are continuing operations with a few changes.

The safety of our clients is of the utmost importance to us. In recent days, we have implemented policies and procedures to prepare for potential exposure to COVID-19. Our staff are practicing heightened protocols for hygiene and sanitization, and our detox, residential, and outpatient programs are ensuring clients are appropriately screened upon intake. 

All staff and program participants are asked not to engage in programming if they have any symptoms of illness.
Our residential clients are receiving telehealth services from CARMAhealth, and they remain safe and in good health at the Hicks Family Ranch. We are limiting outside trips to an emergency-only basis. Otherwise, both residential and outpatient operations will continue as normal.
Out of an abundance of caution, Sunday night Alumni meetings at the Hicks Family Ranch are cancelled until further notice. Wednesday and Thursday night meetings will be reevaluated over the weekend, and we will provide more information when that decision has been made. At this time, tomorrow’s Second Saturday workshop at our South Congress location is still scheduled to occur.
For those in need of recovery support during this time, we recommend, an online platform for meetings. The Alumni Association website also offers a great deal of resources, including audio and video lectures. You can access resources here:  Our Alumni are working to host online Alumni meetings at their usual times (Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday evenings). We will provide more information on this as it becomes available.

We understand abrupt change can be triggering on many levels. If you find the need to check in with a counselor, please contact our Outpatient program at 512-697-8695. You can reach general Admissions at 512-697-8600.
We encourage you to follow us on our social media platforms to stay up-to-date as the situation evolves. You can find us onFacebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You can find updates on the Austin Recovery Alumni Association Facebook page here.
Stay well,
Julie McElrath & Laura Sovine
Austin Recovery, University High School, & Keystone APG


We understand abrupt change can be triggering on many levels. Call 512-697-8695 if you need to check in with a counselor.

Treatment for Adults & Pregnant Women

Austin Recovery is a high quality, low-cost, locally owned and operated nonprofit addiction treatment agency that has been serving the community since 1967.

Recovery High School for Teenagers

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. 

For Teenagers and Young Adults

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.

Treatment for Adolescents

Our compassionate experts help teens struggling with drug use get back on track socially, emotionally, and academically.

UT Center for Students in Recovery

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.

Communities for Recovery

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.

Detox & Residential Programs at Hicks Family Ranch

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.

Family House at Hicks Family Ranch

Family House is a 90 day program for pregnant women in their third trimester and women who wish to bring one child under the age of five into treatment.

Outpatient Programs at Edith Royal Campus

Outpatient programs at Austin Recovery are offered at three locations across Austin, with options for women-only, co-ed, evening, and weekend classes.

Alumni Association at Austin Recovery

The Austin Recovery Alumni Association is a fellowship of graduates of Austin Recovery who want to share their experience, strength and hope with one another.

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