Joel Ferguson serves as Chief Operating Officer of Austin Recovery and as CFO of The Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston. He is a graduate of Rice University and its Jones Graduate School of Management, with degrees in Economics, Management and Accounting. Joel was an adjunct faculty member at Rice University, and is a Senior Fellow and Board member with the American Leadership Forum. A seasoned business leader and former practicing CPA, Joel has a broad background in all aspects of business operations and management. Joel has over 30 years of business experience, having served as Managing Partner of the Houston office of Pannell Kerr Forster, an international CPA and consulting firm; as CEO and CFO of Cordúa Restaurants, an award-winning independent restaurant chain; certified mediator and arbitrator in business, community, and family disputes; experienced trainer and group facilitator in coaching and communications.
Austin Recovery Residential
- Insurance is Accepted
- Financing is not Available
- Medicare is not Accepted
- Medicaid is not Accepted
Over the years, research has taught us much about the illness of addiction and how it best responds to treatment. Many of these evidence-based practices are fully incorporated into our treatment approach. We have also incorporated the principles and 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous as originally practiced in the early days of the Fellowship where members achieved very high recovery rates. Finally, we have added a unique group of experience-based therapies specifically designed to help you feel and experience the changes as they occur. Taken together, these three components form what we call “The Austin Recovery Way.”
The following is based on a combination of Surveys of Alumni, Staff, Loved Ones, and Reviews and Ratings from around the web.
Reviews at a Glance
I completed the 30 day program earlier this year and was extremely satisfied with my treatment. The facility is clean and comfortable, the meals were great, and the staff was friendly, caring, and sup...
Avoid this place, if you are dually diagnosed. Also, they house patients like they are in jail.
Austin Recovery is a very caring and effective treatment facility. They have a high standard of accountability and treat.all residents equal, regardless of their financial situation. They treat "funde...
My daughter went to Austin Recovery. Her father and I had taken custody of her 2 young sons due to her heroin addiction. She had been living on the streets for a year with their loser father. She c...
being around people with similar problems. it helped a lot. knowing theres others with the same problems helped me get through it
comfort and conversations. they are very good at conversating with eachother and telling problems
Clean and happy It was great!
friendly but strict staff location was bad. great place so long as you are willing to try and do what they say.
the positivity and communication within the place. i had a great time they are very supportive there
I want to say THANK YOU to Austin Recovery for your help. I am proud to say I have been sober for 10 years, the staff and the 12 step program really taught me how to make better decisions. THANK ...
Overall a good facility
Experiential opportunities, integrative brethwork, strong alumni program, workshops, spiritual not religious. Needs exercise classes more. Austin Recovery helped me heal my trauma with the Musical jou...
Accept Medicaid. But it took forever for her to get in because she wasn't paying for it. Not enough beds for medicaid patients. Not a long enough program unless you pay direct or have insurance. More ...
Most of The staff are compassionate and well qualified. The vast majority of the staff made my stay comfortable and made me feel safe and cared for. There were only a few members of the staff that we...
Helpful but expensive. It helped.
Musical journey was good, The men are able to play basketball and volleyball and table tennis and horseshoes and the women have onl volleyball available to them. Hands down musical journey is the most...
Well equipped with skillful and caring staff. Highly recommended for substance abuse. I have several friends who are benefitting from having visited or stayed at this facility. The success rate is un...
They kept you busy and really thinking about recovery with all the information in the classes. They didn't seem to address other issues that coexisted, like mental health.
Food was good, Management needs improvement
One on one counseling was a strength. I found peace and solitude in this facility. Many friends have been really recommended and rehabilitated.
Three AA meeting every day, location was good.
well organized. caring. helpful, they helped me a lot. they were very nice
caring employees, relaxing environment, one on one counseling, group counseling, music, meditation
other people there were a weakness. it help me
Wasn't terribly personal. Felt like they just went through the motions. It was a 12-step based program and felt very generic. Like they primarily wanted to cycle us through.
I never would have believed that I would be 21 years plus drug and alcohol free. I was so beat down when I entered treatment I just wanted to stop using drugs and this program has given me so much mor...
The programming was wonderful and it was a supportive community. However, the staff's attitude stunk.
Overall the treatment helped me get clean and stay that way for over six years. I attribute them with saving my life and for that I am forever grateful. Good clinicians. Strong 12 step presence. Str...
They allow family in participation so we didn't have to worry about the unknown with my nephew. They gave compassionate care and it was definitely effective.
This was the best facility in Texas. Everything was wonderful.
Of those being helped, there was a lasting positive affect. Understanding and very experienced.
This facility treated me like family and gave me the help I needed. It really worked. It was an effective, affordable, experienced and compassionate treatment program. The only is that they could work...
This was a great place! However, I did relapse after two years.
There was excellent staff support.
Effective and cost most reasonable for services
I don't believe AA based treatment is any more effective than lack of treatment. Expensive.
Offer family/friend visitation days. Didn't work for my friend.
Offer experiential therapy, 12-step, education, and family therapy.
A couple of the staff/counselors really tried to get thru to my son, but then others were rude and not compassionate. I realize they live this daily, but that was his first try at rehab. I understan...
Very experiential. Changed things for me!
Very very high quality rehab facility. It gave me back the will to live once again and now I have a wonderful life and `15 years of sobriety.
They do give you a patch now to help quit smoking as well. However I do feel my smoking rights would be something I would be more concerned with now. This is why I would not go there again. However I ...
- Tobacco Cessation Program
Austin Recovery continues to be dedicated in helping all of our clients and staff achieve abstinence from tobacco, working towards becoming a completely tobacco-free agency for all campuses’ clients, staff and visitors.
- Family Care Program
Our Family House helps moms seeking recovery by allowing them to bring two children under the age of six with them to treatment at our recovery center.
Joel Ferguson - Chief Operating Officer
Sarah Hartford - Director of Admissions
Sarah Hartford is a Licensed Master Social Worker and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. Before transitioning to her current role, Sarah worked as the Senior Counselor for Austin Recovery’s detox and as an admissions counselor. Prior to her time with Austin Recovery, Sarah worked to provide in-depth community-based treatment to individuals with chronic mental health disorders and dual diagnosis. Sarah holds a Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Texas and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Saint Anselm College.
This Center is Known For...
- Evidence-based practices
- 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous
- Yes Detox Services
- No Behavioral Disorder Treatment
- No Dual-Diagnosis Treatment
- Yes Outpatient Services
- No Sober Living Home
- Yes Day School
- No Private Rooms
- No Pet Friendly
- No Exceptionally LGBT Friendly
- No Men Only
- No Women Only
Licensing & Memberships
How Our Helpline Works
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