ABOUT BRC RECOVERY
Located just outside of Austin in central Texas, Bringing Real Change (BRC) Recovery (formerly Mark Houston Recovery) offers long-term residential treatment, sober-living, andprograms. Separate programs and residences are provided for adult men and women (18+). Residential treatment facilities are located just outside of Austin and sober living residences in apartments in central Austin.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Long-term treatment at BRC Recovery is divided into three phases. The first 90 days are in a residential treatment program, the next 90 in sober living, and the last 12 months in an. The three phases are designed to provide a daily life structure to promote long-term recovery.
The treatment approach at this facility is heavily based on the 12-step model and spiritual principles. It involves daily meetings with both individual and group counseling. Treatment is holistic with a focus on nutrition, fitness, financial management, goal setting, healthy relationships, and community service. Education programs are structured to facilitate the development of life skills as well as self-management and community minded living skills. Family participation is encouraged with family weekends and community events.
The BRC aftercare program includes one on one meetings with certified recovery coaches. Alumni are encouraged to attend weekly meetings, speaker events, workshops, annual celebrations, and participate in community service projects.
BRC employees Master-level physicians and clinical staff with advanced degrees and licenses in their field of expertise. This includes Licensed Professional/Chemical Dependency Counselors. The majority of the staff for this facility have experience with substance abuse and are in recovery, which can be beneficial for clients as they will be working with people who have a deep understanding of their conditions.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Separate residential facilities on separate properties are provided for men and women. The women’s facility houses up to 20 residents and the men’s facility houses 36. House managers provide 24/7 supervision as well as support from facility staff members.
Both facilities are located on retreat-like properties with outdoor group spaces. Houses include shared bedrooms and comfortable, decorated communal living spaces. The recovery center offers a gym and yoga space.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
To date, Best-rehabs.com has received one review from an alum of BRC Recovery. The anonymous alum provided perfect five-star ratings for most criteria evaluated, including treatment effectiveness, exercise and leisure provisions, holistic treatment offerings, connectivity/visitor policy, and general facility cleanliness. They gave four-star ratings for the level of family participation in treatment and affordability.
On Google, the facility earned 4.1 out of five stars from 17 reviewers to date. Most reviewers praised the staff and the effectiveness of the program. The only two negative reviewers to date criticized the limited family contact during treatment, the extended length of the program, and the environment.
In a representative positive review, however, alum Mike wrote: “Simply the best treatment center in the country. The staff are mostly alumni, which says a lot. Nobody will ask a resident to do anything they haven’t done themselves. The difference between BRC and most other places is they tell you the truth about your condition- which isn’t always pretty.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
At the time of this writing, the single review from a parent of a client was positive overall. The loved one gave the facility five out of five stars for facility cleanliness, pricing, and the level of staff support.
Additionally, loved one B.C. indicated that the counseling options and the quality of treatment were top notch, with five out of five star in each category. They also appreciated the high level of family involvement and staff support.
According to the facility’s website, BRC Recovery accepts most major forms of insurance. There is also a scholarship fund that helps low income families afford treatment.