The Arbor Behavioral Healthcare

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The Arbor Behavioral Healthcare is a private rehab located in Georgetown, Texas. The Arbor Behavioral Healthcare specializes in the treatment of mental health, substance, drug and alcohol abuse.

The Arbor Behavioral Healthcare Focus:

Opiate Addiction

Opiate Addiction Treatment Centers specialize in supporting those recovering from opioid addiction. They treat those suffering from addiction to illegal opioids like heroin, as well as prescription drugs like oxycodone. These centers typically combine both physical as well as mental and emotional support to help stop addiction. Physical support often includes medical detox and subsequent medical support (including medication), and mental support includes in-depth therapy to address the underlying causes of addiction.


The goal of treatment for alcoholism is abstinence. Those with poor social support, poor motivation, or psychiatric disorders tend to relapse within a few years of treatment. For these people, success is measured by longer periods of abstinence, reduced use of alcohol, better health, and improved social functioning. Recovery and Maintenance are usually based on 12 step programs and AA meetings.

Mental Health and Substance Abuse

A combined mental health and substance abuse treatment center has the staff and resources available to handle individuals with both mental health and substance abuse issues. It can be challenging to determine where a specific symptom stems from (a mental health issue or an issue related to substance abuse), so mental health and substance abuse professionals are helpful in detangling symptoms and keeping treatment on track.

What does The Arbor Behavioral Healthcare offer?

Intensive Outpatient (IOP)

The Arbor Intensive Outpatient Program is a structured substance abuse and mental health program designed to help clients overcome the personal issues and barriers to sobriety while allowing them to remain in their own home. Participants attend 3 evening group sessions and meet one-on-one with a counselor each week, offering the education, counseling, and support that one needs in early recovery. This allows you more independence and the ability to continue everyday activities, such as school, work, and parenting. The program is led by licensed addiction professionals, provides 10 clinical hours per week, and integrates evidence-based practices, 12-step concepts, and experiential modalities for an approach that treats the whole person.

Outpatient (OP)

Arbor's Outpatient Treatment Program (formerly Compass Continuing Care) offers supportive care for those completing inpatient treatment, as well as those who are better suited for outpatient drug or alcohol treatment. Arbor Behavioral Health offers a variety of outpatient drug and alcohol treatment programs that support individuals as they progress on the path to long-term sobriety. The Arbor Supportive Outpatient Program generally serves as a step down program for those who complete an IOP, or for those already participating in several other resources for support, such as case management, sober living, and other therapy groups. We recommend IOP prior to enrolling in SOP, however we will conduct a thorough assessment to determine which program may best fit your particular needs.

Residential (inpatient) Treatment

The Arbor Inpatient Addiction Treatment Program offers the most intensive program in the Arbor Behavioral Healthcare Continuum of Care. Offering a highly personalized plan of care in a luxurious residential setting, our intent is to provide a comfortable environment away from the distractions of life where one can focus on his or her recovery. The Arbor Ranch is located on a 67 acre ranch along the San Gabriel River just outside of Georgetown, Texas. The landscape is serene with an urban ranch feel that provides a relaxing, down-to-earth setting.

Dual Diagnosis/Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment

The Arbor understands that individuals seeking rehabilitation treatment are often facing additional life challenges. Clients often have a history of trauma, other addictions or possibly psychiatric disorders such as depression, anxiety, eating disorders and unstable relationships. These complicating issues must be addressed and stabilized in order for the individual to maintain lifelong sobriety. Many of our clients present with elaborate histories of being treated for various types of mental disorders. Numerous types and brands of medications have been used with few long-term benefits. What has made thought and/or mood stabilization so elusive is that many of our clients have been dishonest with their physicians. The dishonesty revolves around their substance abuse. Moreover, the psychiatric symptoms may have been caused or exacerbated by the substance abuse. Therefore, a major effort during participation in the Arbor Behavioral Healthcare system is to differentiate between the effects of substance abuse vs. a legitimate dual diagnosis disorder. An additional challenge is that withdrawal symptoms frequently mimic mental health symptoms such as feeling hopeless, fearful, lethargic, and trouble with sleep. These symptoms can last from a few days to several months. The key to overcoming such challenges is to utilize patience and thoroughness during the identification and treatment of co-occurring disorders.

Treatment Types:

Individualized Treatment

The treatment journey is a very challenging process. Treatment at The Arbor begins with a thorough and detailed assessment process. Each client is assigned a personal support team that includes our medical director, the recovery manager, a recovery coach, primary therapist and, if needed, a psychiatrist. He or she will meet with each of these primary care experts on a one-on-one basis at least weekly. Together his or her team will design a custom treatment plan to ensure that each receives World Class treatment.


All of the treatment programs here at Arbor Behavioral Healthcare center around the 12-Step Approach to addiction recovery. 12-Step Recovery has been proven successful for more than 80 years. The 12-Step approach began in the 1930s with Alcoholics Anonymous. Over the years, this approach has proven successful for many different addictive behaviors. So much so the steps are often referred to as the “12 steps to freedom” from addiction. The core premise of 12-Step Recovery is that addiction is a progressive disease that must be acknowledged. Acceptance allows the person to educate themselves and begin the process of healing. An admission that the disease and behaviors that flow from the addiction have made your life unmanageable is the first step. The 12-steps are not just words; it is a process that recovering addicts must live and practice every day. Each step in the process brings a new understanding to the individual as well as a renewal of faith and inner strength. Those who have been successful in recovery understand how powerful it is to receive support from those who have recovered before them. Participation in a 12-step program provides the support of non-judging peers and offers the mentorship of those who have been through the recovery process. Remember, every person in the group is there for the same reason: to stay accountable; to share experience, strength, and hope; and to fellowship around recovery and sobriety.

Family Program

The Arbor Family Program is designed to address the needs of the family of the alcoholic/drug addict as they navigate the path to sobriety and healthy living. It is not uncommon for there to be a complete breakdown of communication between the suffering addict and their family. Our family program helps bridge this gap and get the entire family moving towards a healthy direction. The Arbor Family Program is open to the public and an important part of our Continuum of Care. Participants are empowered with knowledge and hope for change. This is done by engaging the family into the treatment process from the beginning and providing support throughout their journey. Our staff offers supportive care through our family program week, telephone calls, individual family sessions, and referrals. The Family Program is a combination of educational and therapeutic modalities. It is a three and a half day intensive program offered monthly, and is ideal for family members, partners, and significant others affected by addiction. It is lead and directed by masters-level clinicians, and is an experiential program which includes equine assisted therapy, group interaction, individual sessions and other therapeutic activities.

Aftercare Support

Developing a continuing care plan is the main focus throughout each person’s time at the Arbor. As mentioned above, healing the mind and soul can take a long time thus it is important to plan ahead for continuous support in sobriety. Residential treatment is just the beginning of the journey. We’ll work with each individual to develop a custom continuing care plan that is based on several factors; such as the presence of mental health challenges, living conditions, family functioning, and willingness to change. We also include the family in the development of the continuing care plan. The family has much-needed insight on the individual’s challenges that need to be addressed within the plan. There are a number of extended care, sober living, outpatient, aftercare and alumni programs within the Arbor Continuum, allowing for the development of a continuing care plan that best serves the client and their family.

Therapies Offered:

Holistic Therapy

Arbor Behavioral Healthcare offers an integrative and holistic approach to treat a wide variety of addictions as well as underlying mental health and psychological issues. All of the addiction recovery programs offered by The Arbor are designed to heal the mind, body, and spirit leading to a lifetime of sobriety, health and wellness. Most of our clients have emotional, personal or mental health issues that underlie their consumption of alcohol and drugs. Long term sobriety is best achieved when the whole person is well. Our medical, clinical and therapeutic staff work together with the patient to resolve underlying problems that impede sobriety. We are prepared to address dual diagnosis and co-occurring mental health disorders.

Individual Therapy

In individual therapy, a patient meets one-on-one with a trained psychologist or counselor. Therapy is a pivotal part of effective substance abuse treatment, as it often covers root causes of addiction, including challenges faced by the patient in their social, family, and work/school life.

Trauma Therapy

Trauma therapy addresses traumatic incidents from a client's past that are likely affecting their present-day experience. Trauma is often one of the primary triggers and potential causes of addiction, and can stem from child sexual abuse, domestic violence, having a parent with a mental illness, losing one or both parents at a young age, teenage or adult sexual assault, or any number of other factors. The purpose of trauma therapy is to allow a patient to process trauma and move through and past it, with the help of trained and compassionate mental health professionals.

Group Therapy

Group therapy is any therapeutic work that happens in a group (not one-on-one). There are a number of different group therapy modalities, including support groups, experiential therapy, psycho-education, and more. Group therapy involves treatment as well as processing interaction between group members.

Equine Therapy

One trait common to the majority of individuals who enter treatment at The Arbor are disconnected from emotions and other internal aspects of themselves. This disconnection stems from various painful life experiences and challenges. Something as simple as identifying how they feel at a particular moment can be a struggle. One important part of the healing process for those fighting addiction is the ability to release painful or negative memories and emotions, and to do so in a healthy fashion. The inability to do so causes many people to turn to alcohol and drugs to manage such emotions. Arbor's Equine Assisted Therapy program helps individuals reconnect with their inner self and deal with stressful emotions in a healthy fashion. It is one of the leading edge therapies available to Arbor Behavioral Healthcare clients. The horse itself becomes anxious because of the internal conflict the person is experiencing. When the person is internally connected to their feelings, the horse responds accordingly. Repeated sessions with the horse help the client learn how to reconnect and identify feelings. Eventually, they learn how to openly and honestly express such feelings. The connection between human and horse is enhanced. This process supports our clients down the path of recovery.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR is a therapeutic modality originally developed to help process trauma. In an EMDR session, a patient is prompted to undergo eye movements that mimic those of REM sleep. This is accomplished by watching a therapist’s finger move back and forth across, or following a bar of light. The goal is repetitive sets of eye movements that help the brain reprocess memory, which can significantly reduce the intensity of remembered traumatic incidents. Associated memories can heal simultaneously, leaving patients significantly calmer, more stable, and more emotionally relaxed.

Experiential Therapy

One may ask, “how does an exercise program benefit the recovery process?” Research has shown that a regular fitness program doesn’t just benefit the body; it also paves the way for a healthier mind. Mental health, cognitive function, and even mood are all improved by incorporating an exercise routine. Long term sobriety is supported when the individual has both a healthy mind and a healthy body. Our clients participate in fitness instruction up to five times weekly. By the time they are ready to leave our program, they will have experienced the positive benefits of fitness in their daily lives. Additionally, our staff works with each client to continue to include regular exercise into their lives as part of their discharge and continuing care plan. Guests at The Arbor enjoy instructor-led fitness classes 3 times a week for weight training and 2 times per week for yoga. Available recreational activities include: basketball, volleyball, Meditation, Crossfit as well as runs or walks on our 67 acre, Texas Hill Country ranch.

Life Skills

Life skills trainings involve all the skills a person must have in order to function successfully in the world. These include time management, career guidance, money management, and effective communication. Truly successful addiction recovery is based on the ability to not only live substance-free, but to thrive. Life skills teaches the practical necessities of functioning in society, which sets clients up for success in life, and therefore sobriety.

Nutrition Therapy

The disease of addiction takes it toll on the individual’s mind, spirit, relationships and body. The journey to sobriety is a journey towards good health. The effects of nutrition and a healthy diet on the body is well known. What is often not considered is that proper nutrition is an important part of the healing process of addiction treatment. Our food preparation and nutrition program targets the following goals: Heal and nourish the body damaged by alcohol or substance abuse Stabilize mood and reduce stress Reduce cravings for drugs and alcohol Address medical conditions that are co-occurring or have resulted from substance abuse. Encourage self-care and a healthful lifestyle

Creative Arts Therapy

Art therapy is exactly what it sounds like – using the arts to help people resolve inner conflicts, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and achieve insight. Art therapy uses the visual arts and creative process to improve the psychological health, cognitive abilities, and sensory-motor functions for the individual. It is action-oriented and experience-based, allowing the individual to uncover feelings and thoughts that lead to addiction, as well as a way to deal with them safely. Thus art therapy is a beneficial part of the treatment plan. Art therapy allows the person look inside themselves and contemplate the nature and causes of their addiction. This helps in various ways. It may uncover why they suffer from addiction. More importantly, participation in the arts is a healthy outlet for dealing with the emotions that addiction stems from.

The Arbor Behavioral Healthcare Highlights:

67 Acre serene beautiful Ranch; Our clients are family. Our homes are large and spacious. Groups are small. The environment is peaceful, supportive, loving and, most importantly, healing.
The founders of Arbor Behavioral Healthcare took the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) principles to heart and incorporated them into the design of Arbor’s programs.
No single treatment is appropriate for all individuals. This is why Arbor Behavioral Healthcare offers residential treatment, day treatment, intensive outpatient, supportive outpatient, sober living, aftercare, alumni, family programs and mentoring. Every person seeking our help undergoes an extensive assessment after which a custom treatment plan is designed. There is no “one-size-fits-all” at The Arbor.
Effective treatment attends to the multiple needs of the individual. Our multidisciplinary team is comprised of physicians, therapists, chemical dependency counselors, recovery managers, and mentors who work together to provide the individual with the best opportunity for life change. Our end goal is for clients under our care to achieve a balance with Mind, Body, Spirit, and Community.
Remaining in treatment for an adequate period of time is critical for treatment effectiveness. 30-day treatment was not created from a history of effectiveness but rather by the insurance industry’s design for what they were willing to pay. For most patients, the threshold of significant improvement is reached at about three months in treatment. Additional treatment can produce further progress. Programs should include strategies to prevent patients from leaving treatment prematurely. NIDA refers to programs offering a true 90-day program as the new “gold standard” in treating alcoholism and addiction.
At each phase of our continuum of care we have kept our capacities small to ensure our clients get the personal attention they need. The maximum size of any of our programs is 20 clients. This enables our counselors to have smaller caseloads so that our clients and their families get the attention they deserve. Our clients get more one-on-one time with treatment staff. Arbor team members engage each client, at a minimum, on a daily basis. Small group settings prevent patients from hiding from their issues and treatment or avoiding daily activities.
Gender Specific Treatment: At The Arbor, we provide gender specific treatment. We do this to minimize treatment distractions and to provide a safe space to explore issues that may be uncomfortable in a combined group.
The Men’s Program at The Arbor offers a unique, integrative approach to chemical dependency treatment. While at The Arbor, men are provided with a safe and secure place to address the inner issues which have contributed to their addictions. They are also supported to explore emotions and develop emotional awareness as well as knowledge and understanding of their disease. They are provided with the clinical and medical support necessary to begin on their path of recovery. The Arbor Men’s Program provides a holistic approach which addresses the whole individual encompassing mental, emotional, spiritual, physical and developmental aspects of the client.
The Women’s Program at The Arbor offers women a critical opportunity to take time away from life’s distractions and focus on their needs. Women frequently share that the 90 days at The Arbor was the first time in their life that they have had the space and encouragement to focus on themselves rather than others.
Luxury Accomodations
Mountain Views
Arbor Sober Living (formerly Hope Harbor Sober Living) offers those new to recovery a safe and supportive place to live. Research done by the National Institute of Health has found that individuals who live in a sober living home have better long term outcomes than those of people who don’t have access to an environment that supports sustained recovery. Our admissions screening process and commitment to providing a Continuum of Care ensures that our residents are serious about the remaining on the path to recovery. Arbor Sober Living is open to those who have completed a primary treatment program and at least 30 days of sobriety. The Residents of our Austin sober living homes ease into a healthy lifestyle while experiencing real life responsibilities, social norms, and gaining valuable work and living skills. At the same time, life in sober living keeps distractions to a minimum, ensuring that residents stay focused on their path towards sober, independent living. Participants reinforce the lessons and habits learned in treatment. Friendships are formed, creating a personal support network of others supporting each other’s sobriety.

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