We offer a comprehensive selection of traditional, experiential and alternative therapies. This gives clients many opportunities to discover what approaches best support their recovery. Our therapies are evidence-based and attend to all aspects of the person – physical, emotional and spiritual.
Our addiction rehab approaches include:
Unresolved trauma often plays a key role in drug and alcohol abuse. Recognizing that people may turn to substances to numb emotional pain from trauma/PTSD, Promises Austin provides trauma-focused treatment. Our treatment team members are specially trained in trauma and its effects and integrate trauma work into many aspects of care. We offer regular trauma resiliency groups and provide a number of therapies shown to be effective in treating trauma such as EMDR and cognitive behavioral therapy.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a therapeutic approach shown to be effective in treating a number of mental health issues and addictions. In CBT, clients learn to identify unhealthy thought patterns and self-talk. The therapist helps the client recognize the connection between their thoughts, feelings and destructive behaviors and develop more productive patterns and coping skills.
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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, or EMDR, is a safe, non-invasive, effective complement to traditional drug rehabilitation treatment. This short-term therapy is used to treat disorders and conditions such as emotional trauma, anxiety, chronic pain, eating disorders and depression. Many clients who have made slow progress in the past or who have not benefitted from traditional therapies find EMDR to be effective.
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Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Dialectical Behavior Therapy is a form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy that teaches clients to focus on the present. Clients learn how their thought patterns are impacting their behaviors and decisions. They learn how to recognize and regulate their emotions and learn healthy coping skills.
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At Promises Austin treatment center, clients receive at least two one-on-one therapy sessions a week. This ensures a high level of individualized care. In individual counseling, clients work with their primary therapist more intensely on their specific issues and discuss how to apply and practice their skills and new understandings in group therapy. Individual therapy also provides an opportunity to adjust a client’s overall treatment plan as their recovery journey and treatment needs evolve.
Group therapy helps clients move beyond the isolation and shame of addiction and mental health issues. Within a supportive group of peers, a specially trained therapist draws upon group dynamics to guide interactions that encourage self-reflection, accountability, empathy and healthy communication skills. Group therapy can include a number of topics including: addiction education, trauma, shame-resilience, relapse prevention, recovery skills, spirituality and family dynamics.
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The Daring Way™ Shame Resilience Curriculum
Promises Austin helps clients address shame and learn the rewards of vulnerability and authenticity. We have master’s level staff specially trained in The Daring Way™ shame resilience curriculum. This highly acclaimed experiential curriculum is based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown. Dr. Brown is a renowned author, researcher and speaker who has spent over 12 years studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness and shame.
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An ancient form of Chinese medicine practiced for thousands of years, acupuncture can be a highly effective complement to traditional addiction treatment. Acupuncture can help promote healing, boost energy, alleviate pain, bolster the immune system and create a sense of well-being. When combined with professional counseling by addiction specialists, acupuncture can also help diminish withdrawal symptoms and cravings.
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Addiction counseling helps clients address the underlying issues that propel substance abuse. They learn why they’ve used alcohol and drugs to cope with life stressors or underlying issues like trauma and co-occurring mental disorders. Trained addiction specialists help clients learn life skills and relapse prevention skills. They also help them uncover their resiliency and draw upon resources like addiction support groups.
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Addiction impacts the entire family. It is important that loved ones all recover from its effects. Promises Austin addiction rehab involves family in treatment, providing family therapy as clinically appropriate and offering an intensive family program. Loved ones learn about the disease of addiction, family roles, signs of relapse, relapse prevention and how to best support themselves and their loved one in recovery.
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The emotional pain of death, divorce or other major loss can be debilitating. Sometimes people need more than outpatient counseling to begin to heal. This is especially critical if grief has led to unhealthy coping mechanisms like substance abuse and other destructive behaviors. In grief counseling clients are provided a safe, accepting space to express difficult emotions that underlie grief and learn what they need in order to move forward.
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Massage therapy provides multiple benefits to those recovering from addiction, including pain relief and increased focus and alertness. Therapeutic massage bridges the gap between mind and body that is created and/or exacerbated by prolonged drug use. Massage therapy calls upon the same brain chemicals and hormones that play a role in addiction. Massage reduces the stress hormone cortisol, alleviating depression, anxiety and drug cravings, and boosts dopamine and endorphin levels, which allows clients to feel pleasure without using drugs or alcohol.
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A blend of evocative reverberant music, art therapy and clinical process groups, Integrative Breathwork helps our clients access and begin to address core issues that often underpin addiction. Led by a professional counselor, Integrative Breathwork sessions are gender-specific and provide a quiet, reflective, healing experience.
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Long-term addiction recovery requires learning safe and healthy ways of coping with stress. Yoga is one of the tools Promises Austin introduces to help clients release tension and restore the connection between mind, body and spirit that can be vital to recovery. The meditative postures of yoga help strengthen and align the body while deep breathing brings about a sense of calm and balance.
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Residential drug treatment sets a vital foundation for recovery, but outside of this environment is where recovery takes flight. That’s why we create opportunities for our clients to face real-life challenges while in our safe, supportive setting to build their confidence and positive experiences of living in recovery. Promises Austin offers a range of therapeutic recreation activities that rotate weekly and are geared toward helping clients practice the healthy coping strategies and lifestyle choices they are developing in treatment. Outings may include swimming, hiking, art and creativity, kayaking, cultural excursions, organized group service work, and more. These recreational activities also show clients how much fun recovery can be.
Developed by our chief medical officer, Positive Recovery® is a scientifically based approach to treatment that teaches clients to draw upon their inner strength and resiliency. Clients are empowered to focus on goals and the positive aspects of recovery and a meaningful life. Positive Recovery® includes daily exercises like meditation, reflections and journaling.
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Expressive Art Therapy
This creative approach to recovery encourages participants to express their emotions through the medium of art. Guided by experienced counselors, our clients use colors, symbols and imagery to freely express themselves in a variety of media. Expressive art therapy is a therapeutic outlet that can help clients resolve inner conflicts and explore their inner world in a way that might have remained hidden in more traditional types of therapy. Art therapy requires no previous experience or artistic ability.
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Spirituality is a central aspect of our addiction recovery programs. Whether a client is a spiritual seeker, a believer in a specific religion, an atheist, or someone who is not sure where they stand, we welcome them with open arms. To facilitate clients’ spiritual exploration, we offer a drum circle, a medicine wheel, a labyrinth, optional weekly trips to a local church, and meditation and spirituality classes. Our phase structure, which utilizes Native-American symbolism, is designed to further assist clients in making changes that will bring meaning and purpose into their lives. We encourage free expression and exploration and hope that clients find strength in their personal experience of spirituality.
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Drumming is an ancient Native-American musical tradition. At Promises Austin, our drum circles create a sense of fellowship and allow our clients to express themselves and explore their spirituality through music. Drumming can help promote physical healing, boost the immune system, and produce feelings of calm and well-being. Research shows that drumming circles have applications as a complementary addiction therapy, particularly when other types of treatment have failed.
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On our nine-acre estate in the Texas Hill Country sits a Medicine Wheel, a Native-American symbol of health and the cycles of life that may aid clients in their journey to find their own spiritual truth. The Medicine Wheel is a recurring theme throughout treatment at Promises Austin and serves as the structure of our phase program.
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A labyrinth is a single path for personal or psychological transformation. Walking through the labyrinth at Promises Austin has a different meaning for different people. For some, it is used as a walking meditation. For others, it allows them to become closer to their Higher Power or to explore inner parts of themselves.
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Spontaneous dramatization, role playing and dramatic self-presentation are the key components of psychodrama, an action-based form of psychotherapy. Psychodrama uses guided drama to help clients work through problems and issues. This combination of mind and action enables clients to strengthen their sense of self and the relationships that are important to them.
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Nutrition and Cooking Classes
Clients typically arrive at Promises Austin drained emotionally, spiritually and physically. As they begin rebuilding their lives we help them restore mental and physical health. Treatment begins with an assessment by a multidisciplinary team of professionals including members trained in the fields of dietetics and nutritional counseling. We develop a profile of a client’s current nutritional situation and chart a course to replenish key nutrients and improve their health throughout treatment — from detox, through inpatient and after discharge.
It’s simple — the better clients take care of their physical health, the better they feel and the more positive sobriety becomes. That’s why we have professional chefs preparing all our meals from the finest, freshest ingredients and offer gourmet cooking classes as part of our holistic addiction treatment approach.
Continued support in recovery after treatment can be critical to long-term recovery. To help clients make a smooth transition back into everyday life and provide them the ongoing support they need to thrive in sobriety we offer a 12-month continuing care plan. Our JavelinSM program helps clients identify and effectively navigate triggers, maintain motivation in recovery, and engage in regular check-ins and drug tests.
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Our three-day Rising StrongTM workshop is based on the teachings in Dr. Brené Brown’s book Rising Strong. Led by a certified Rising Strong facilitator and master’s-level therapists, the workshop builds upon the work clients do in The Daring WayTM shame-resilience curriculum. Clients learn that when they live authentically and courageously, they will inevitably stumble. They learn that this is okay, and how to get back up when they fall.
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