The Cutting-Edge of Sustainable Recovery

Long-Term Sustainable Recovery

There are several key differences between conventional recovery and sustainable recovery approach. The conventional approach has roughly a 10% success rate. That means that 90% of people relapse, which is very risky. And in the case of opiates, it can be fatal.

Our model focuses on the underlying trauma and life conditions that catalized the addiction in the first place, as well as rebuilding your life with purpose. By focusing on core trauma and creating an environment based on LOVE NOT SHAME, our clients can build momentum and the life skills to re-integrate into their previous environment.  

In this leading edge of substance abuse treatment, we have pioneered a new model. Our highly-effective program helps individuals craft an ideal, personalized recovery plan and that involves support throughout the entire first year of recovery.  

Sustainable recovery has three main components that are critical for success. 

  1. Alternative Detox  
  2. Treatment "cocoon"
  3. Long-Term Recovery Support
Treatment "cocoon"

The first several months after detox are crucial. The environment, support system and experience a person has immediately following detox, will in large part, determine how successful the recovery attempt will be.

Root Recovery is seen in the industry as one of leaders in alternative aftercare or what we like to call "cocooning". The trauma-informed, holistic, integrative methodology we have pioneered continues to grow and evolve by taking into account new science and methods that help individuals attain sustainable recovery.  

Long-Term Recovery Support 

Following the 1-3 months of "cocooning", the next phase is to begin to re-integrate back into ordinary life. This transition, at minimum, takes up to a year. Our program combines healing the root of the addiction, education, coaching and community to provide the optimum support for sustainable recovery. Many of our clients extend their stay in Austin to be part of our community during their first year of recovery. We offer various educational, 1:1 and group coaching as our clients make that crucial transition from early recovery into sustainable recovery. 

Uniquely Effective Holistic Approach to Recovery

Our Unique Approach

Recovery Coaching

Successful recovery requires making a mindset and lifestyle change, managing relationships and re-entry into the "real world." Recovery Coaching is a prerequisite for most people to achieve long-term success. Every coach at Root Recovery is a certified Being True to You Recovery Coach. 

Root Recovery has partnered with Being True to You’s "Addiction Recovery Coaching Program," which is a revolutionary approach to facing addiction that is based on “transformational recovery.” This model focuses on the opportunity of recovery more than the “disease” and problem of addiction. The program is designed to be fun, motivating, life-changing, practical, and customizable. Through personal transformation a person can naturally mature out of their addiction and achieve success far beyond sobriety, on their own terms. 

Our recovery coaching model is both trauma and addiction informed and is most effective when used as part of a comprehensive plan that includes appropriate social supports and practicing new lifestyle skills, which we provide at Root Recovery. 

We have adapted our method of recovery coaching to include integration work, thus making meaning of the experience. We also teach how to tap into the intelligence of the body to move out traumatic or otherwise charged content that may be contributing to the urge to use.

Nutritional Approach

"The body keeps the score" ~ Bessel Van der Kolk

The cornerstone of our philosphy at Root Recovery is to replace old thinking and behavioral patterns that reinforce addiction with a new mindset supported by practices that connect one to their inner truth. While it's important to change thinking patterns, one must also address the damage done to the body by chronic substance use. As such, we have a live-in chef who prepares meals designed to help repair and rebuild the body after being depleted by addiction. A healthy vibrant physical being is vital to healing one's connection to self and by healing the body, the foundation is built to support healing of the whole person (mind, body, and spirit).

Integration and/or Trauma Therapy

Not only will you receive recovery coaching to help identify, build, and support a new lifestyle, you will also receive therapy from a licensed psychotherapist (provided off-site in the therapist's office). So while coaching helps give tools and support to live the life you desire, this type of therapy gets to the root of the addiction itself. EMDR is often utilized in this work as an integration tool along with psychodynamic and Internal Family Systems Therapy. 


Cryotherapy is a natural pain reduction remedy. It is a great way to get a natural rush and relieve pain without relying on medication. This treatment is chemical-free and all natural. Cryotherapy treatment uses only cold nitrogen gas. When you stand in the cryotherapy chamber, this gas surrounds your body for three minutes. After that, you can exit the chamber with less pain or no pain at all. The cold slows down nerve pain signals, which is responsible for this pain relief.


The Breath Work is a guided breathing and meditation therapy that teaches mindfulness and increases the client’s awareness of their spiritual self. This holistic therapy is based on the principles of Pranayama and Shamangelic Breathing techniques. Most people leave their Breath Work session feeling energized, inspired, and uplifted. Many people have also discovered a deep level of healing. Breath Work is an amazing holistic supplemental treatment, along with therapy, to aid in your recovery from addiction and a lifelong skill that you can take with you throughout your journey of sustainable recovery.

Hiking and Swimming 

Many recovery professionals associate today’s widespread issues with addiction to a societal disconnection of mind, body, and nature. There have been many studies published that demonstrate the numerous benefits to one’s physical and mental health as a result of exposure to nature. A new study from the University of Plymouth is the first to find that simply being exposed to ‘green spaces’ from your home can reduce cravings for alcohol, cigarettes and unhealthy foods. Built upon previous studies examining exercising in nature and reduced cravings, this study indicates that exposure to greenery can reduce cravings regardless of physical activity. ‘Natural Environments and Craving: The Mediating Role of Negative Affect,’ led by Dr. Leanne Martin, found that being able to see nature/greenery from home can decrease the strength and frequency of addiction cravings.

"It has been known for some time that being outdoors in nature is linked to a person’s wellbeing. But for there to be a similar association with cravings from simply being able to see green spaces adds a new dimension to previous research. This is the first study to explore this idea, and it could have a range of implications for both public health and environmental protection programs in the future."
-Dr. Leanne Martin

Austin possesses a wealth of hiking trails and swimming holes in and around the city. One of our favorite activities is to combine them by hitting the trails that lead to favorite water spots for a refreshing swim before heading back. Weather permitting, we get out almost daily... so pack some good hiking shoes and bathing suit!


Yoga is a complementary health practice that is often considered a natural form of medicine. The Yoga Journal describes modern yoga as the use of physical postures to learn how to connect mind, body, and breath to gain self-awareness and focus attention inward. 

Yoga has many potential benefits, including:

- Stress relief
- Increased physical stamina and strength
- Self-reflection and increased self-awareness
- Healthier exercise and eating habits
- Heightened self-confidence and improved self-image
- Pain relief
- Better sleep
- Increased energy levels
- Reduction in fatigue
- Emotional healing
- Overall health and wellness improvement

Yoga is increasingly being used in recovery to help prevent relapse, reduce withdrawal symptoms and cravings, and provide a healthy outlet to cope with potential triggers and daily life stressors.

At Root Recovery, we practice both hatha yoga and kundalini yoga. Daily yoga practice is incredibly effective as a way to work with the thought patterns that can creep in and cause certain reactions, behaviors, and compulsions. Yoga is a gentle yet powerful way to exercise the mind, body and spirit during the early recovery phase. It is a practice we do "inside the cocoon" to help prepare you to successfully transition from early recovery into longer-term recovery. 

Important: This Unique Approach is Not For Everyone

While Root Recovery is one of the most respected programs of its kind, it is not for everyone. Root Recovery is an "at will program" and thus we only accept individuals with a strong desire to create a healthy fulfilling life after addiction. We are not a traditional "treatment" facility nor do we operate as a rehab model. We offer an alternative integrative aftercare model that enables individuals the ability to create a lifestyle that supports sustained recovery.

We only accept applicants that are a strong fit for our program and that want their recovery. This program is not a good fit for individuals with low motivation or who are being coerced into treatment.  In order to determine if you or your loved one is a good fit for our program, we do require screening and an interview (either in person or video conference) to evaluate "fit." Please review the information on this page and if you feel that you or your loved one may be a good fit, then contact us (info at bottom of page) to set up a time to meet and discuss by phone or video.

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