Driftwood Recovery, Treatment Center in Driftwood
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Driftwood Recovery

Driftwood is an evidence-based treatment center specializing in chronic pain and chemical dependency recovery. Driftwood possesses the knowledge and understanding to recognize where a resident is and empower them to become who they want to be.

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Driftwood, Texas 78619

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Treatment and Services Offered:

    • 12 Step Program
    • Addiction Rehab
    • Addiction Services
    • Alcohol Rehab
    • Continuing Care
    • Couples and Marriage Counseling
    • Drug Rehab
    • Dual Diagnosis
    • Family Therapy
    • Group Therapy
    • Individual Therapy (Psychotherapy)
    • Opiate Drug Detox
    • Pain Management
    • Psychological Evaluation
    • Residential Relapse Recovery
    • Residential Treatment
    • Small Residential Programs
    • Substance Abuse Recovery
    • Substance Abuse Rehab
    • Support Living
    • Transitional Independent Living Programs
    • Wilderness Rehab
    • Other

Accepted Age Groups:

  • Adults
  • Elders

Specific Populations Treated:

chronic pain, substance use disorders, dual diagnosis, adults, history of trauma, survivors of abuse, celebrity and affluent clients

Types of Therapy Offered:

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
  • Wilderness Therapy
  • Yoga Therapy

Concerns Treated:

  • Abandonment
  • Abuse / Survivors of Abuse
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Anger
  • Antisocial Personality
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Bipolar
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Borderline Personality
  • Breakup
  • Bullying
  • Cancer
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Chronic Illness / Disability
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency
  • Commitment Issues
  • Communication Problems
  • Control Issues
  • Depression
  • Dissociation
  • Dissociative Identity (DID)

Languages Accomodated:

  • English

Facility Amenities:

  • 24/7/365 Crisis Services
  • Chapel
  • Culinary and Dining Services
  • Dining Hall or Cafeteria
  • Entertainment
  • Fitness Center
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Hiking Trails
  • On-Site Social Events
  • Organized Outings
  • Resort-Style Living
  • Swimming Pool
  • Transportation Services
  • Visitation Hours
  • Wheel chair accessibility
  • Yoga
  • Gourmet Meals
  • Mail
  • Meals Provided
  • Nursing Staff
  • Nutrition
  • Shared Rooms
  • Therapeutic Meals
  • Disc golf
  • Qi Gong
  • Ropes course

Setting (outpatient / inpatient):

  • Adult Residential
  • Intensive Outpatient Treatment
  • Long Term (>30 Days) Residential Inpatient
  • Outpatient
  • Partial Hospitalization (Day Treatment)
  • Young Adult Residential

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 Melanie Somerville , PhD, LPC-S

A loved one’s journey toward recovery in 2000 sparked a desire for change, and brought Dr. Somerville to the counseling field. After earning a degree in counseling psychology, Melanie facilitated the pain recovery program at one of the largest medical pain management practices in Texas. Additional training at the prestigious Gestalt Institute of Cleveland shaped her philosophy concerning the primacy of authenticity and relationship in counseling. From this foundation, Dr. Somerville integrates mind and body to facilitate greater self-awareness and insightful change. Dr. Somerville received her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas and completed her doctorate in counseling psychology at St. Mary’s University. Dr. Somerville’s doctoral research focused on women’s relationships after divorce. Dr. Somerville enjoys outdoor activities, dogs, chocolate, knitting, reading and spending time with friends and family.

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 Brad Kennedy , MRC, CRC

Driftwood is proud to announce Brad Kennedy as our Executive Director. Brad has been working in the mental health field for the past 17 years, developing and delivering innovative programming in a variety of settings. Brad grew up in the Adirondack mountains in New York, where he developed a passion for all things outdoors. After relocating to Texas, Brad went on to earn an undergraduate degree in Sociology from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Brad began his career at St. Joseph’s Rehabilitation Center back home in the Adirondack mountains. He was exposed to the addiction process and learned about experiential therapies and adventure-based counseling. He received the opportunity to move to Topeka, Kansas, to join the Menninger Clinic, where he delivered a variety of individual and group therapies while developing programs to help individuals reach optimal wellness. Brad has instructed students in psychiatric rehabilitation at the University of North Texas as an adjunct instructor. He is a founding Board Member of the Association for Community Integration Programs (A4CIP), an organization that assembles experts in the field to share perspectives on how to help individuals with mental illness and addiction live healthy lives. Brad is a frequent presenter to local and national audiences on topics of mental health, dual diagnosis issues, work/school, and psychiatric rehabilitation interventions. Brad continues to be driven to develop innovative programming at Driftwood focusing on evidence-based techniques that help individuals turn clinical insight into actions that define a life worth loving.

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 Vanessa Kennedy , PhD

Dr. Vanessa Salazar Kennedy is Driftwood’s Director of Psychology. She specializes in psychological testing and diagnostic formulations, helping individuals and their families make sense of the psychological underpinnings of addiction and other behaviors. She provides assessments using a therapeutic feedback approach, incorporating treatment recommendations tailored to the individual. Dr. Kennedy also provides individual and group psychotherapy, with specialized training in mentalization based therapy (MBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS). Dr. Kennedy was most recently the Program Manager of the Adolescent Treatment Program at the Menninger Clinic in Houston, Texas, which provides intensive inpatient treatment to children and teenagers with complex mental health and addiction issues. She was previously a Senior Psychologist on the Compass Program for Young Adults at the Menninger Clinic, where she worked for eight years with individuals struggling from a range of difficulties, including addiction and chronic pain. She was also an Assistant Professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine. Vanessa has provided individual therapy in the Menninger Outpatient Clinic and the Pathfinder Community Integration Program. Dr. Kennedy received her undergraduate degree from Rice University and completed her doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. She is excited to work with individuals looking to recover from their struggles and live healthier lives.

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License/Accreditation Information

Driftwood is licensed by the state of Texas and accredited by Joint Commission.

About Our Center

Driftwood Recovery offers transformative drug and alcohol addiction treatment in a modern setting. Our treatment center is discretely located on an untouched, 85-acre campus in the rolling hills of Central Texas, 25 miles south of Austin.

At Driftwood Recovery in Driftwood, Texas, we believe recovery from substance abuse starts with a courageous mindset. Our addiction and pain recovery center inspires clients to face their challenges head on and reclaim control of their lives. Our evidence-based addiction treatment programs encourage each client to look inside of themselves and discover the root of their problems. After undergoing our full continuum of care, clients will return to society equipped to handle life’s obstacles without resorting back to old behaviors.

Our programs for addiction and pain recovery include:
Pain Recovery Program
Residential Programs
Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP)
Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP)
Family Program
Extended Care Program

To get the most out of our addiction and pain rehab center, we utilize effective evidence-based techniques:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) — ACT is an empirically based therapeutic approach that uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies with commitment and behavioral changes strategies, to increase psychological flexibility and improve motivation.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) — CBT is a therapeutic approach that is structured, present oriented and directed toward solving current problems by teaching skills and strategies to modify dysfunctional thinking and behaviors.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) — DBT is an evidence based behavioral therapy approach that offers skills and approaches to improve functioning in four domains; Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Distress Tolerance and Emotion Regulation.

Clients choosing residential treatment at Driftwood Recovery will have exclusive access to our spacious 85-acre, amenity-rich property, including:
Fitness Center
Nutritional Instruction
Rope Courses
Scenic Biking and Hiking
Much More!

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