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Treatment Houses

In Omega Recovery Treatment Houses, the clients get 30 hrs of clinical treatment in a large, beautiful, secure home right in the community! They spend 5 days a week working with some of the best therapists in Austin, attend life skills groups, receive peer recovery coaching, and person fitness training all in a secure setting. 

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Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

Part of Omega Recovery’s full continuum of care includes PHP – Partial Hospitalization Program. This service provides a structured program of outpatient recovering addicts and dual-diagnosis patients using psychiatric services as an alternative to inpatient psychiatric care. 

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Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Our Intensive Outpatient Programs are for recovering addicts and dual diagnosis individuals needing a structured therapy program that offers counseling and education in an individual and group setting. Our Psychiatrists and Master-Level Clinicians work with staff to provide support and a safe place to heal, learn problem-solving skills and practice stress-reduction techniques.

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Technology Addiction

Playing video games, checking social media, watching YouTube, porn, sending emails, surfing the web, social media obsession, smartphone usage…these are now acknowledged as more than just obsessions. In some cases, they can be debilitating addictions and clinical disorders that have ruined people’s lives. 

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Nature Immersion

Nature immersion can be even more powerful and transformative when the struggling person begins to understand the deeper significance of certain experiences. Nature can imbue our lives and our experiences with unimaginable power and meaning.

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Active Recovery Coaching

Active Recovery Coaching provides physical, mental, and spiritual wellness to the recovery community. The care starts with Treatment Center wellness programming and continues in the community with one-on-one coaching. ARC’s goal is to help develop whole individuals that achieve long term recovery while maintaining a well balanced and enjoyable lifestyle.

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Dr Nicholas Kardaras

Co-Founder, Chief Clinical Officer

 
Dr. Kardaras is an Ivy-League educated psychologist, an internationally renowned speaker, and one of the country’s foremost addiction experts. A former Clinical Professor at Stony Brook Medicine where he specialized in teaching the neurophysiology and treatment of addiction, he has also taught neuropsychology at the doctoral-level and has worked closely in developing clinical protocols with Dr. Howard Shaffer, Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School and the Director of their Division of Addiction.

He has appeared on ABC’s 20/20, Good Morning America, the CBS Evening News, FOX & Friends, NPR, Good Day New York and has written about addiction for TIME Magazine, Scientific American, Psychology Today, Salon, The NY Daily News, and FOX News, and has been featured in Esquire, New York Magazine, VICE, and Vanity Fair
 
Considered a leading expert on young people and digital addiction, he is the author of “Glow Kids” (St. Martin’s Press, 2016), the seminal book on the clinical, neurological and sociological aspects of Technology Addiction (Smart Phones, Video Games, Social Media, etc.) and has clinically worked with over 1,000 teens and young people during the last 15 years. He has been active in advocating that screen addiction be recognized as a clinical disorder akin to substance addiction and has developed the most comprehensive treatment protocols to treat this emerging global problem. 

Dr. Kardaras is also the creator of Seahab, an intensive experiential form of nature immersion therapy. Based on the very successful evidence-based principles of Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare (OBH), Seahab has proven to be very effective as an intensive intervention to help addicts shift out of self-destructive and toxic lifestyle patterns. 

Dr. Kardaras has also, admittedly, lived a colorful life: he’s a former AAU National Karate champion, a recovering NYC nightclub owner and a coma survivor. Having once owned high-profile NY nightclubs where he had mingled with the likes of JFK, Jr., Uma Thurman and Tom Cruise, Dr. Kardaras emerged from that glamorous-yet-self-destructive world and discovered a healing path to his own recovery from addiction. Dr. Kardaras is also the author of “How Plato and Pythagoras Can Save Your Life” (Conari, 2011) and devotes his life to helping others find their path to recovery, healing and a life of meaning and purpose. 

He lives with his wife and twin sons between Austin, TX and Sag Harbor NY and is a frequent presenter and lecturer on the subjects of mental health, philosophy, and both substance and screen addictions.

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Dr Nicholas Kardaras

Co-Founder, Chief Clinical Officer

Dr. Kardaras is an Ivy-League educated psychologist, an internationally renowned speaker, and one of the country’s foremost addiction experts. A former Clinical Professor at Stony Brook Medicine where he specialized in teaching the neurophysiology and treatment of addiction, he has also taught neuropsychology at the doctoral-level and has worked closely in developing clinical protocols with Dr. Howard Shaffer, Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School and the Director of their Division of Addiction.

Julia C Thompson LMSW

Clinical Director

Julia received her Master of Clinical Social Work degree from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2014. Julia has worked in the fields of both inpatient and outpatient substance abuse treatment and community mental health. It was early in her career that it became evident to her that addiction typically indicates an underlying distress and most often trauma. Julia has devoted much of her time to working in the field of recovery from addiction and trauma both in her employment and in volunteer roles in the Southwest Florida community.

Michael Smeltzer

Executive Director

Michael Smeltzer was born and raised in Austin, Texas. As a teenager, Michael was introduced to drugs and alcohol, and began drinking and using regularly. He noticed early on that his reaction to substances was abnormal. He was constantly thinking of the next high. Like so many addicts, he began to isolate, his relationships were strained, he resorted to crime, and his self-esteem plummeted. While studying business at Texas State University, his addiction reached the point of unmanageability.

What Makes Omega Recovery Unique?

 

At Omega Recovery, we treat both addiction and mental health disorders and offer a full continuum of care for adults and adolescents, including the attendant mental health and screen addiction issues that many young people face today.

More than just treating “disorders:, which are often times merely the symptoms of deeper distress, Omega Recovery helps people who may be struggling to undergo a transformative evolution into a self-actualized state. We strive to shift a person into a deeper, more meaningful and embodied way of living by using a variety of traditional evidence-based, experiential, and less-traditional therapies.

  • Motivational Interviewing (MI)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Psychoeducational Classes
  • Nature Immersion
  • Somatic Therapy
  • Japanese Karate as Therapy
  • Mindfulness Meditation
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Psychodrama

 

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Group and Individual Therapy
  • Stress Reduction Classes and Groups
  • Flotation Therapy
  • “Hero’s Journey” Archetypal Work
  • Yoga
  • 12-Step Education
  • Breathwork
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
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