• Alcoholics Anonymous published.


  • Only 97 hospitals in U.S. accept patients for treatment as alcoholics. There are no such hospitals in Texas.


  • HOUSTON: Houston Committee for Education on Alcoholism (HCEA) formed after a speech by Marty Mann, the Executive Director of the National Committee for Education on Alcoholism. Early HCEA members included James Anderson, E.A Craft, Nina Cullinan, Mrs. Oveta Culp Hobby, Dr. Hartman Kilgore, William A. Kirkland, Judge Cleo Miller, Dr. James Molloy, and Bishop Clinton Quin.


  • HOUSTON: After compiling and examining a history of HCEA, an organizing committee decides to form and incorporate a new organization—the Houston Committee on Alcoholism (HCA).


  • American Medical Association acknowledges alcoholism as a disease.


  • AUSTIN: Jim and Hazel Lavender founded Austin Rehabilitation Center (ARC, later to be known as “Austin Recovery”) on their working farm in Buda, Texas. Originally helping chronic inebriates and patients discharged from chemical dependency treatment at the Austin State Hospital through counseling, housing, and vocational training, Austin Rehabilitation Center evolved to become a non-profit agency serving the needs of thousands of alcoholics and addicts each year.


  • AUSTIN: The REAP program begins on the farm in Buda, Texas, which becomes known as Wright Road Farm, and eventually Recovery Ranch.


  • HOUSTON: The Houston Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (HCADA) has only six employees.


  • AUSTIN: The Wright Road Farm becomes known as the ARC Recovery Ranch, and a new building is constructed for the programs on the property. A few other structures would go onto the property over the next few years.


  • AUSTIN: Austin Rehabilitation Center changed its name to Austin Recovery Center.


  • HOUSTON: HCADA is doing business as The Houston Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (The Houston Council).


  • HOUSTON: Name changes to The Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston, and The Council launches a new brand and star logo and moves into its new home at 303 Jackson Hill.


  • HOUSTON: The Waggoners Foundation underwrites and The Council launches The Waggoners Foundation Speaker Series.
  • AUSTIN: Austin Recovery Center shortened its name to Austin Recovery, and adopted a logo with the tagline “Where the healing begins.”


  • HOUSTON: The Council acquires the Center for Recovering Families and welcomes Mary Bell, Abi Williams and staff to the new division of The Council.


  • AUSTIN: Recovery Ranch Renamed Hicks Family Ranch: To honor the Hicks Family for their generosity and support of Austin Recovery, the Recovery Ranch (formerly Wright Road Farm), where ARC services began nearly 40 years prior, was renamed the Hicks Family Ranch.


  • AUSTIN: In September of 2011, Austin Recovery debuted a new logo to better represent the organization’s current state and future direction.


  • HOUSTON AND AUSTIN: On January 1, 2013, The Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston forms a historical merger with Austin Recovery, Inc. To better serve Texas, Austin Recovery merged with The Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston, the largest non-profit provider of outpatient addiction treatment services in the state. The partnership between our two organizations will bring an enhanced continuum of recovery services to both communities, while fulfilling the organizations’ common mission of offering affordable alcohol and drug abuse treatment at the highest standards.


  • AUSTIN: Austin Recovery sold the Cross Park Drive campus in order to consolidate residential operations to Hicks Family Ranch, with plans to build-out the property.
  • AUSTIN: In spring of 2014 Austin Recovery launched the family-focused Center for Recovering Families – Austin intensive outpatient program. The program offices were dedicated to long-time supporter Edith Royal.
  • AUSTIN: Austin Recovery closes its medical detoxification program in order to serve more clients in residential and outpatient treatment, while partnering with outside hospitals for clients requiring detox before residential treatment.



HOUSTON AND AUSTIN: Austin Recovery and The Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston rebrand under a new name – The Council on Recovery. The Council on Recovery serves both Houston and Austin, providing a unified name, mission and brand to both communities. With both inpatient and outpatient services, The Council on Recovery is the only center to provide a full spectrum of prevention, education and recovery resources to the Houston and Austin communities.

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