Addiction to drugs or alcohol is an all-consuming relationship with a substance or behavior that is driven by a conscious or unconscious urge to feel something different which becomes self-perpetuating despite a range of harmful consequences. As the person consumes, he is consumed.

Life narrows slowly and cunningly to the substance and its quest. Nothing else then matters. Addiction conveys its own culture, values, practices and whole lifestyle. This is where Alta Loma Transformational Services comes into play.   Located in Georgetown, Texas (Williamson County), near Austin, Texas (Travis County), we are both an outpatient mental health services and substance abuse solution with a focus on healing and wellness. Our intensive outpatient programs and supportive housing are designed specifically for men experiencing mental health and substance use issues.

Our substance abuse treatment near Austin, TX offers evidence based therapies and individualized treatment plans that treat the whole person, tackling codependency, dual-diagnoses, and cross-addictions. We believe in your ability to change your mental wellbeing and substance addiction and with our support as you learn new ways of living healthy lives free from addiction or behaviors associated with addiction.

But before explaining why our treatment option can be highly successful for your substance abuse, let’s define addiction.

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What is Addiction?

Addiction is a disease, one that harms physical and psychological health, exacerbates mental health concerns (pre-existing or not), hinders personal and professional development, ruins relationships, leads people to compromise their values and beliefs, and robs them of their self-worth.

At Alta Loma, our team of addiction treatment and mental health specialists recognize that there is a gap in the system between those who need substance use disorder treatment and those who receive it.

Therefore, Alta Loma provides one of Texas’ most comprehensive substance abuse treatment options, in conjunction with therapies ranging from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to Life Skill Development to Mindfulness Programming to Community Reintegration. Our philosophy of care has helped a multitude of individuals recover and break free of addiction while building a foundation for lasting change. Our addiction center is world-class, and Alta Loma will address your alcohol or drug abuse problems on day one.

Signs and Symptoms of Addiction and Substance Abuse

While signs and symptoms can be difficult to detect and understand, addiction professionals will be able to detect and diagnose more accurately, as well as, provide treatments that help people to recover quicker and successfully.

Dependence and tolerance to drugs and alcohol almost always leads to addiction. While the most common symptoms of substance abuse are severe loss of control, preoccupation with using, and failed attempts to quit (relapse), these are the major ones to look out for.

Reaching out and receiving help is the first step and a life-changing one at that.

  • Depression
  • Withdrawal Symptoms
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Illicit Behaviors
  • Headaches
  • Fever
  • Trembling
  • Loss of appetite
  • Hallucinations
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Denial of having a problem, despite showing clear signs
  • Hiding drug use
  • Using drugs and alcohol despite harmful effects
  • Lying and stealing, or other illicit behaviors
  • Loss of control
  • Having obsessive, intrusive, and uncontrollable thoughts of using
  • Muscle weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Stumbling- Lack of physical coordination
  • Slurred speech
  • Insomnia
  • Poor hygiene
  • Constricting pupils
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Sudden weight gain or loss
  • Sudden mood swings
  • Change in personality
  • Self esteem issues
  • Lack of sleep
  • Irritability or angry
  • Lack of motivation
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Withdrawing from others
  • Paranoia
Young adult suffering from withdrawal symptoms while being treated at our outpatient treatment facility.
Young adults during a group therapy session which is part of our outpatient treatment at our drug and alcohol treatment center.

Options at Our Substance Abuse Treatment near Austin, TX

There are various substance abuse treatment options available to people suffering from addiction and mental illness. As everyone’s needs are different, treatment methods and behavioral therapies will vary depending on a variety of factors, such as:

  • What type of substance(s) does the person use
  • The severity of the addiction
  • If there are any co-occurring conditions that have developed or are pre-existing (i.e., bipolar disorder, depression, schizophrenia).

Substance abuse treatment and various therapies have also been proven to be useful for types of drug abuse and alcohol addictions. A good way to think about it is, alcohol and drug addiction doesn’t ever just go away, it is managed to stay away. Therefore, after treatment is completed, it is highly recommended to continue your path to recovery by reinforcing the lessons taught in rehab by attending continuum of care programs, support groups, and therapy sessions. With our directive, Alta Loma can recommend external services and/or keep you in-house for extended care or supportive living at our Texas treatment center.

Our evidence-based substance abuse treatment programs, comprehensively manage the disease of addiction through a multi-pronged approach. Strategies include medical and clinical care, detox, medication assisted treatment, teaching coping and life skills, relapse prevention techniques, Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) and support groups, etc.

Common Co-occurring Conditions

Mental disorders that occur with substance use disorders are severe conditions that are treated together, as they are hard to beat on their own. Common mental disorders that occur with substance use include:

Mental Health and Substance Use

For many individuals, addiction is often interwoven with mental health concerns. When substance use coincides with psychiatric disorders, it’s known as a dual diagnosis. Studies show that co-occurring disorders or dual diagnoses affect nearly half of all residents seeking treatment for drug and alcohol addiction in the United States. This isn’t surprising since psychiatric and substance use disorders share many common risk factors. In addition, people often self-medicate with illicit drugs to alleviate their mental health symptoms. This is especially true when mental health disorders are untreated or misdiagnosed and individuals aren’t receiving the proper care they need.

Alta Loma specializes in providing this care for dual-diagnosis men, from our mental health services to drug and alcohol treatment. We treat residents with a variety of co-occurring substance use and mental health conditions.

Begin Your Recovery from Addiction with Alta Loma

Are you ready to break free from addiction?!  Alta Loma’s addiction specialists, psychiatrists, clinicians and other health care staff can help by providing integrated treatment plans that address mental health and substance use disorders simultaneously. Only by treating both can one finally begin to heal and rediscover a life of stability, sobriety and hope.  Contact our team today and see why so many in Texas rely on our substance abuse care.  We will work with your insurance and offer different payment options. 


Adult man with hand on his head due to headache and other mental health issues.