We treat the whole person in the context of their environment, examining the following aspects of each individual:

  • Biological – what are the biological and neurobiological instances of their diseases?
  • Psychological – what are the psychological symptoms and the underlying causes and conditions of illness?
  • Social – how does the person relate to others? what interpersonal and community support systems to they have?
  • Cultural – how does culture shape the patient’s views on their illness and the world around them?
  • Spiritual – what role, if any, has spirituality played in the person’s life? How can it be utilized on behalf of their recovery?


In order to provide the most effective treatment possible, we assess each patient using a diagnostic evaluation, Through this important step in our process, we work to understand the challenges people may be facing, as well as the strengths and opportunities that each person brings to their recovery. With results in hand, The Prairie team works to craft an individual treatment plan with collaborative treatment goals to ensure long-term recovery.


The Prairie offers residential medical detoxification in which patients are supervised and supported 24/7 in an inviting, comfortable environment as their body adjusts to the removal of substances. Experienced clinicians make the process of withdrawal as painless as possible, helping to prepare the body and mind to engage effectively in ongoing treatment, which may include individual therapy and/or medication-assisted treatment.


We provide treatment programs using clinical frameworks that are built around cultivating purpose, meaning and an understanding of one’s place in the world. Through curated experiences tailored to each individual , we work to illustrate that living in a new way, free from substances, is both possible and enjoyable. During their time at The Prairie, individuals explore themselves in order to gain clarity on their identity, priorities and passions, and move from a mindset of success to significance. Guided goal-setting, health and wellness education and financial literacy exercises play key roles in developing personal agency.


At the majority of residential treatment centers, patients do not have a choice as to the recovery program they will follow. As part of our patient-centric approach to care, we present all clients with multiple recovery program options, allowing them to choose the path they wish to take according to which program suits their needs best. The basis of each program is as follows:


The 12 Steps, originated from The Big Book, the Basic Text of Alcoholics Anonymous, are the basis of this peer-led community-based program. The only requirement to participate is a desire to quit misusing substances. In this program, the human structure is represented in the physical, mental, and spiritual dimensions. The process of working the steps is intended to address each of the dimensions, and replace self-centeredness with a growing moral consciousness and a willingness for self-sacrifice and unselfish constructive action.

At The Prairie Recovery Center, we present a contextualized, modern view of the 12-Steps, showing clients how to use the method as a powerful tool for facilitating change.

Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART) Recovery

SMART Recovery is an abstinence-oriented approach centered around support meetings focused on changing participants’ lives from one that is self-destructive and unhappy to one that is constructive and satisfying. The program teaches scientifically validated methods and coping skills designed to empower participants to evolve and develop a more positive life path. It works to address present-day events and the causes of self-destructive behaviors, while looking at the past only for its teachings.

SMART Recovery works to spur behavioral change through its 4-Point Program®:

  1. Building and maintaining the motivation to change.
  2. Coping with urges to use.
  3. Managing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors in an effective way without addictive behaviors.
  4. Living a balanced, positive, and healthy life.

Refuge Recovery

Composed of a practice, process and tools, Refuge Recovery is one avenue for
healing addiction and the suffering caused by addiction. Its guiding philosophies are the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama (the founder of Buddhism), who was a philosopher, radical psychologist and spiritual revolutionary in Ancient India. He devised a method to end addiction through a practice and process that includes meditation, wise actions, and compassion.

Refuge Recovery does not require that participants believe in a god or gods, instead it asks that participants trust the process and put in the hard work involved in recovery. Its systematic approach follows the traditional buddhist practices of the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path. It holds that the wisdom and compassion gained through the practice allows participants to become mindful of their mental processes, develop a deep understanding of the suffering their addiction has created, and allow them compassion for their own pain.


Individual and group therapy are an essential part of treatment that complement addiction recovery programs. While many residential treatment facilities focus on group therapy and case management, patients at The Prairie have a balance between group and individual therapy. Each client has two individual psychotherapy sessions per week.


The capacity of The Prairie is small by design. Each member of the team knows the name of each client. Most importantly, every care team member is here to help clients in their recovery journey. To that end, the connection between staff and clients is relational.


The Prairie takes a unique food as medicine approach helmed by Executive Chef Lance Fegen. He embraces the restorative power of food as it applies to the health of the planet, community, and individuals.

We hope to nourish the guests, the land, and the community, improve immune system functioning and overall brain health by utilizing nutritive and nootropic foods grown locally and on-site.


Our aim for every patient that comes through The Prairie is long-term success. We recognize that people need to return home to their daily activities, like work and school, and can’t be in an inpatient setting forever. In fact, conversations about aftercare begin the day that treatment begins at The Prairie. Aftercare is not an afterthought, but rather a top priority. To help sustain recovery, we connect patients with our proprietary Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), designed to be a segue between residential care and the return to normal daily life. Our network of care includes a host of resources beyond IOP, including recovery and alumni support group for patients and their families and access to specialized individual therapists.

The Prairie Recovery Center
Alumni Association

Here at The Prairie, we aim to provide a safe space for our clients to continue to grow and heal for as long as possible, helping to improve the odds for long-term wellness and sobriety. After a serene stay here in the heart of Texas Hill Country, we offer long-term guidance and support for a smooth transition and return to daily life.

In addition to intensive outpatient programs, support groups and more, our alumni program offers a way to stay connected and involved with The Prairie and your colleagues in recovery for a long time to come.

To sign up, learn more and stay apprised of alumni groups and events like our monthly 5K walk, download the Ethos app here.



Substance use disorder and mental illness impact not just the individual struggling, but their loved ones as well. Given that the recovery process is closely tied to the family system, we believe it is important to involve the whole family in the healing process. A weekly 2-hour support group for family members is included with treatment, along with weekly family or couples therapy, and a monthly family intensive workshop that takes place over the course of a weekend.