Integrative Aftercare

Transitional Aftercare
in Austin

Why Integrative Aftercare?
The ability to maintain long-term recovery is an area of concern for many people who have been in the seemingly endless cycle of addiction, and having access to a professional support team and recovery community is vital to successful sobriety. 
Our one-of-a-kind holistic recovery community provides a one month to one year non-12-step space to seed, grow, and cultivate real and lasting change refected by new habits and life skills. 

Our program emphasizes developing a sense of autonomy through practices that enable one to self-author and create their own experience in life rather than clinging to the old paradigm of "once an addict, always an addict".  In our highly-effective program, individuals are offered support in creating a personalized and sustainable recovery plan and implementing an active purpose-filled life. We have numerous live-in options available to meet different needs and budgets based on each person's unique circumstances.
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 are very selective and only accept applicants that are a strong fit for our program and that will have a high probability of success. 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.
Welcome to Beautiful Austin, Texas
Our recovery community is located just west of downtown Austin, Texas in an upscale area with easy access to all that Austin has to offer. Our property is on five beautiful acres and offers many amenities both on property and within a short drive. Austin has much to offer people during their recovery journey, including the Austin green belt, numerous lakes and natural swimming holes, and countless hiking and biking trails.

For those looking for a new life transition at the completion of our program, Austin's thriving economy is the perfect place for individuals in recovery to re-create life on a new slate. Austin's combination of affordability, job availability, and cultural value has earned it the position of 2018's "best place to live in the US" by CNBC, which we at Root Recovery and those who have completed our program and remained here can attest to. 
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). 
Recovery Approach
Being True to You ® Recovery Coaching
Root Recovery partners 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, activating, 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. 

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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.
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.
Breath work
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 teach both hatha yoga and kundalini yoga. When thought patterns creep in and cause certain reactions, behaviors, and compulsions, although most people know these are not good for them, they still feel powerless to stop them. The self-loathing that often surfaces for not having control, only makes them worse. Through the daily practice of yoga, those layers slowly disappear. With enough daily practice, there is often a breakthrough. The physical discomfort will stop, and you will be able to tap into your higher self. The higher self, also known as the witness, is the conscious part of you who looks down on the ego. The ego, of course, being the true source of all our problems.
Ray Rodriguez, Transformational Recovery Coach 
Ray is a certified transformational recovery coach (through Being True to You). He beat a 20 year opiate addiction and is going strong into his 6th year of recovery. His shift happened when he learned to love himself through self-care and living a purpose-filled life. 

He realized that being clean isn't enough, and found ways to channel his creativity and passion through cross fit, yoga, a healthy diet, getting outdoors, and opening his mind to social and spiritual support. 

He keenly understands the void feeling that is so often at the core of addiction. Today his life is filled with joy, happiness, compassion and balance and he is now giving back what he has received. 

He revels in his healing everyday and is honored to provide powerful heart centered coaching and guides individuals to determine their own path of recovery with compassion and kindness. 
Eric Elmburg, Business Manager
Eric Elmburg grew up in rural Northeast Oklahoma. He's a graduate of University of Colorado, and he has a Master’s Degree in Business from Southern Methodist University. 

He’s had varied and successful business career as a partner and operator in a family-owned holding company. Along the way, he has led organizations in manufacturing, consumer products, real estate, and the energy industries. Mr. Elmburg was also an active member of YPO (Young Presidents Organization) for 12 years. 

After a decade long struggle with alcohol, he has now turned his focus to helping in the area of recovery with his coaching skills and his business acumen. 

In his spare time, he enjoys boating, traveling, and hiking, and has recently written his first novel, a political thriller. Most importantly, his energy is derived from his three wonderful children who have been an amazing part of his journey.
Walter Screnci, Transformational Recovery Coach 
Walter is a Certified Transformational Recovery and Integration Coach (through Being True to You). His story with several addictions stemmed from a sugar addiction as a child that turned into morbid obesity and eating disorders by the time he entered high school. By the time he was 22, he tipped the scales at 360+ pounds. Over the next two years, Walter lost 180 pounds by truly transforming his entire life and has managed to maintain the core structure of his holistic and healthy lifestyle and diet choices for the past 25 years. 

Though his food addictions were in the rear view mirror, Walter continued to use alcohol and a variety of drugs in his social engagements. Over the course of a couple decades, his use of these turned into addictions that forced him to seek treatment. He has been sober from opiates for over 6 years, and from alcohol since October 1, 2015. He understands that the opposite of addiction is not abstinence... but connection. His growth mindset guides him in helping others to attune to their inner most truth to create their own Hero’s Journey (Joseph Campbell). For him, it is about creating balance between push and pull. The push is found in the sweet spot that is challenging but doable. The pull is found in finding purpose. 

Walter also believes that in order for anyone to truly create habits and rituals that will transform their lives, that making the journey fun is of utmost importance. Nourishing the body with sunlight, nature, healthy and holistic food, functional movements, and laughter is a physical gateway to creating cohesiveness with one’s head and heart. Walter is also a Certified Personal Trainer and Sports Nutritionist (IFA 2015), has a BFA in Sculpture and Painting(The Atlanta College of Art 1999), as well as a Addiction Recovery and Psycho-Spiritual Integration Coach (BTTY 2020) 
Financing Your Investment Into Sustainable Recovery 
Clearly a relapse can be very costly. An investment into aftercare and transitional living "extends the runway" so that you have the time you need to stabilize your recovery and build the new skills and lifestyle necessary for long-term recovery success. 

We will work with you to help you determine the best investment for you or your loved one based on needs, risks, financial resources and so on. 

While we have several options we are happy to discuss with you to determine the best way to finance your recovery investment, one of the best options we have is a partnership we have established with M-Lend Financial, a company that has been financing medical expenses, especially recovery from addiction (for a wide range of credit ratings) for twenty years. Their services may provide you a welcome "bridge financing vehicle," until other long term debt arrangements can be made.  

M-Lend Financial's 12-month zero interest financing is generally a better option than some of the other "same as cash" lending programs. With M-LEND FINANCIAL, interest is only charged on a go forward basis on the remaining balance only and typically ranges from 10.9% to 18.9%. They also provide fixed interest installment loans for various credit tiers with terms up to 84 months. 

To learn more, or to apply please visit their website at: M-LEND FINANCIAL   Or call: 1-888-474-6231
Testimonials from Our Clients 
"Root recovery has played a huge part in my life and my recovery. I would not be doing so well in my recovery if it wasn’t for Lindsey and Ray. Their combined knowledge on recovery and therapy makes them an amazing team. I was made to feel at home, and I not only gained great wisdom from them, but I also made life long friends. They care about people and it shows in the things they do. The EMDR therapy was the other half of the recovery process (after my alternative detox) and if it wasn’t for the integration coaching, I wouldn’t have known what to do with the wisdom/knowledge that my alternative detox gave me. Lindsey and Ray are THE BEST at what they do. I’m so thankful for them and for Root Recovery. I can’t say enough good things about them. Thank you, Root Recovery, for helping me realize my potential and for showing me that a great life in recovery is possible." 

~ QH, Virginia

"I have seen miracles happen at Root Recovery. It has been amazing seeing the change in people and their recovery process from being here. I can't recommend this place enough!" 

~ JF, Texas

"After my alternative detox experience I had no idea where to go or what to do, but I did know going back to my old environment was not an option. Root Recovery gave me time to create a new lifestyle, build up my tools and a supportive community to provide a base for an amazing recovery and also reconnect with nature and myself on a very deep level. If you want to hear the full story check out my video testimonial on the website (should be up soon) or feel free to send me a message on here." 

~ JL, California 


"I love this place and the people who work here. Ray and Linsey played A huge part in my recovery and I don’t think I could have done it without them. I miss the morning smoothies, the smart meetings, the ymca membership, sweat lodges, swimming under waterfalls, and all the beautiful time in nature I was able to enjoy. We had privacy and were given trust that most other places don’t freely give out. I owe my sobriety towards this place and the people here and made beautiful friendships with beautiful souls. I was able to learn how to live again. Thank you for everything. I highly recommend 10/10." ~ KB, Colorado 

"Root Recovery is the real deal. Here's my story: I'd been researching alternative detox and the aftercare process several months ago as I prepped for my alternative detox treatment in Mexico. I wasn't in an active addiction, but a family member who was struggling with addiction was considering coming with me, and my research showed me that a solid aftercare program of 4-6 weeks was super important for someone who had recently been immersed in a world of addiction. It was simply too dangerous and risky to work with an alternative detox and then go straight back into the old environment. Thankfully, I found Root Recovery through a recommendation from Rob Oka Bussinger and as soon as I spoke with Lindsey, I was intrigued and excited about the program she's developed. I was super impressed with her years of experience as a psychotherapist and trauma / addiction expert as well as her decision to create a place for aftercare. The techniques she's using, as well as the overall program run by her and her Ray, have been like a dream - so much of what I feel is important in a treatment program as opposed to mainstream rehab programs which have been disappointing for so many of my friends and family.

After many discussions over a period of months about my family member's potential visit, things suddenly changed, and that family member backed out. Then within a couple months, it turned out that my own son asked to get treatment for addiction. I knew from my research, that this meant a solid aftercare program, and Lindsey was there to talk me through this sudden development.

Root Recovery has been exactly what my son needed in his transition from narcotics to life after his alternative detox. The first thing Lindsey did was take him to circling where he could begin to integrate into a healthier community, experience safety in a group setting, and find acceptance and connection with people who aren't using. I couldn't imagine him going there, but he went, and he loved it! I actually cried when I got a text from Lindsey that he was happily participating in this type of activity. Amazing. After that, things just continued to go uphill. He participated in Smart Recovery meetings, 1:1 trauma informed recovery coaching, daily workouts, kayaking, breath work, yoga, and ecstatic dance during his 6-week stay. He seemed to be enjoying himself and enjoying his time with Lindsey and Ray. There were challenges as well, a sudden need for my son to undergo surgery and some unexpected family events, but Lindsey and Ray supported him through these moments on the fly with grace and compassion.

It's been interesting and exciting to see my son involved in all these positive activities - getting an idea of what life can be like after drugs. In my eyes, building this kind of foundation is crucial to instill new habits and routines, as well as getting a glimpse of what's possible in life while moving away from the limited existence of using and homelessness. These new experiences make a huge difference, as they can be absorbed into the new physiology that's happening after his detox. So cool.

I've seen the smirk and joy on my son's face and the light in his eyes for the first time in years as he opened up and embraced unfamiliar activities. Lindsey guided us in family sessions over Zoom video, to help us rebuild our communication patterns and create a new relationship as mother and son. Ray has been a mentor and friend to my son, and I can tell they've been having a lot of fun while going deep with this important work. I've received the gift of watching my son transform and learn effective tools to help him continue his growth after treatment.

Lindsey and Ray create a super nice balance of joyful experiences mixed in with deep and vulnerable learning moments, social opportunities and time for introspection. I'm feeling so blessed that my son has had this opportunity and give so much credit to his program at Root Recovery for opening up his perspective on life. I'm excited to see how he moves forward with his new tools and I'm also excited to see how the program grows and develops over time. I will be including interviews with Lindsey and Ray in the documentation of my research with alternative detox, addiction, and aftercare that I continue to work on. I definitely recommend Root Recovery as a solid aftercare program!" 

~ SL, Washington 
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