Best Addiction Treatment Center: Nova Ranked 7th In Nation.

Last Updated on November 16, 2021

Nova Recovery Center ranks number seven on QuitAlcohol Top Ten Treatment Centers list for addiction treatment. is an initiative with the Alcohol Abuse Counsel and a trained group of volunteers. Their team consists of many writers, and individuals in recovery. QuitAlcohol shares the common goal of distributing information that the general public can use to make an educated decision and offer guidance and support for the struggling addict. They have taken the time to research each treatment center, see which types of insurance they take, and what their private pay rate it. After gathering this information from treatment centers across the US, Nova Recovery Center was ranked 7th best. 

In the United States, more than 14,500 specialized drug treatment facilities provide counseling, behavioral therapy, medication, case management, and other types of services to persons with substance use disorders according to a report by  A drug rehabilitation (often called drug rehab or just rehab) is a term for the processes of medical or psychotherapeutic treatment for dependency on alcohol, prescription drugs such as opioid pain killers and streets drugs like cocaine, heroin, or amphetamines. The general intent is to enable the patient to cease substance abuse, in order to avoid the psychological, legal, financial, social, and physical consequences that can be caused by drug abuse. Treatment includes medication for depression or other disorders, counseling by experts and sharing of experience with other addicts. Some rehab centers include meditation and spiritual wisdom in the treatment process. On top of these factors, QuitAlcohol wanted to review our rehab program and here is what they said.

Nova Recovery Center

NOVA Recovery center is a full service continuum of care treatment agency located in the great state of Texas. NOVA offers a Detox, 90 Day Residential program, Sober Living, Personal Monitoring program, and are aftercare specialists offering an extensive Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). NOVA offers several treatment and recovery approaches; The Daring Way program addresses behavioral issues and how they connect and effect an individual and their addiction patterns. Additionally, NOVA addresses Trauma with their Trauma Informed Practices; individuals afflicted with addiction are often plagued with incidences of trauma, NOVA recognizes these issues as integral to the recovery process.

As with many facilities NOVA recognizes the Family in the recovery and treatment process of the disease. Their extensive family program is one of the countries best, combining therapy, communication and identifying the wounds of addiction and most importantly the roles of each family member in the recovery process. NOVA recognizes the Twelve Step process cannot be minimized or excluded from the treatment process. Utilization of Peer Support and Mutual Aid in the recovery process is necessary for long term success. Health and Fitness are also integral issues and processes that NOVA believes are essential to an individual’s success. NOVA employs an onsite fitness trainer to assist each client in the development of a physical Fitness and Nutritional program.

Our Staff

Dr. Frederic J. Wilson – Medical Director

Dr. Frederic J. Wilson is a licensed MD specializing in psychiatry. He is board-certified in Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and his specializations include dual diagnosis with co-occurring substance abuse and mental disorders, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and behavioral problems. He received his undergraduate degree from California Lutheran University and attended medical school at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine. His general psychiatry residency was completed with the UT Southwestern Program in Austin. He has experience at a number of facilities including Seton Shoal Creek, the University of Texas Mental Health Center, Austin State Hospital, Dell Children’s Medical Center, and more.

As Medical Director of Nova Recovery Center, Dr. Wilson sees clients on a regular basis. Dr. Wilson utilizes a multidimensional approach to the mental health needs of Nova clients, incorporating biological, psychological, and social aspects into addiction treatment.

John Olrech – Recovery Specialist Director

John began working in the field of recovery in 2010 after finding sobriety. His original intention was to use this opportunity to help others while waiting for other career opportunities. What he found was a true passion for helping other alcoholics and addicts recover from the deadly disease of alcoholism and addiction. John is a firm believer in the use of spiritual principles and the 12 steps as a guide to a new way of life.

John has had experience as a Peer Recovery Support Specialist, working as a Recovery Coach with addicts and alcoholics who successfully discharged from treatment. This experience, along with his own experience in recovery gives him the unique ability to prepare Clients in residential/inpatient treatment with the tools and preparation to transition successfully back into the world. John has spent the last three years working specifically in residential treatment as a Recovery Specialist carrying a message of recovery and providing the fundamental tools which allow Clients to create a strong foundation in the 12 steps of recovery.

NOVA Recovery Center Offers a FULL CIRCLE of addiction treatment care from Detox to Aftercare/Sober Living

Residential Inpatient Care

NOVA’s residential drug and alcohol rehab center offers evidence-based therapeutic interventions to address substance use disorders. Combining treatment modalities with a twelve-step program creates a residential inpatient curriculum built to meet all addiction needs. Our long-term care strategy allows clients to experience and overcome the various stressors of life in a safe, therapeutic setting before starting their new life of recovery.

Upon enrollment into our inpatient drug and alcohol rehab center, each client will receive an individual assessment to identify those areas of life needing to be addressed. From this assessment, an individualized treatment plan is created to guide the work our clients do in our drug and alcohol treatment center. These plans are updated and adjusted regularly to accommodate not only the progress clients make, but also to address the issues uncovered during treatment that may be factors in our clients’ use.

Intensive Outpatient

Nova’s Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) provides a level of care perfect for those who need continued support as they transition from inpatient care, or for those who are ready to make a change but cannot commit to a residential treatment program. In some circumstance, the program can provide treatment while allowing for greater freedom to attend work or other obligations as well.

IOP meets three times per week in a safe and comfortable clinical setting. The program empowers clients to learn more about the diseases of addiction and alcoholism while also exploring personal issues and learning to live sober.

The full program is around eight weeks. This allows for consistency, accountability, and practice with the many new skills Nova’s IOP covers. 

Supportive Outpatient

Nova’s supportive outpatient program (OP) is specifically designed for clients to transition successfully back into society. Our professional clinical team has designed the supportive outpatient program with the following clinical and recovery objectives:

Relapse Prevention – Our team will focus on the risks and causes of relapse and teach relapse prevention techniques on emotional causes, unhealthy patterns of behavior, and external solutions.

Employment and Education Support – A member of our professional team will focus on resume building, job interviewing techniques, and job targeting. The same method will be utilized for education support. Once these techniques have been learned, each client will develop a plan of action to accomplish their goal. Through the use of the personal monitoring system, accountability to the plan of action can assist in accomplishment. 

Continuum of Care

Nova’s drug rehab in Austin provides a comprehensive continuum of care, specifically designed for the highest possible outcomes for long-term sobriety. Our admissions team, can help you in individualizing your continuum care needs. Through our continuum of care services, we can compile a 15-month program that will start with our residential drug and alcohol treatment center and end with helping you transition to living on your own in society, sober.

Your individualized continuum of care plan can include residential inpatient treatment, intensive outpatient treatment, aftercare, sober living, and/or personal monitoring. We’re able to design a full continuum of care at all of our locations by hand-picking each tool to meet your specific needs. This individualization ensures that you have continued support to achieve long-term recovery, no matter which location you choose. 


Nova’s aftercare program provides ongoing support through group therapy and is specifically designed for alumni who have graduated from our inpatient residential treatment. Facilitated by a licensed counselor, the group is designed as a clinical and recovery check-in. Alumni use the group as an opportunity to receive clinical and recovery advise from clinicians and peers regarding their current situations. Once acclimated in a new sober lifestyle, alumni often face events they did not experience in a 90-day treatment program. To continue the path of long-term recovery, our aftercare program serves as a vehicle for continued care after a successful completion of inpatient residential treatment.

Nova Recovery’s Aftercare services are available in both the Austin and Houston, Texas locations. Aftercare is facilitated once a week, on Tuesday nights. If Alumni have questions or need additional support, our licensed clinicians can schedule a convenient time for a private individual session.

Sober Living

Our professional team believes clients seeking recovery will benefit from living in a structured sober living home after discharging from our inpatient substance abuse treatment program. Refraining from mind-altering substances is only one piece of the recovery puzzle. A structured sober living home will assist in teaching the necessary life skills to transition into a healthy, sober life. The environment is comprised of a community of individuals living in recovery who are able to share experiences, strengths, and hope. To succeed in a sober lifestyle, clients will create healthy routines, learn responsibility, and gain valuable work and life skills.

Our sober living in Austin and Houston provide onsite resident managers, accountability, sober support, employment, education, and volunteer placement assistance, individualized programming, and regular drug and alcohol testing. We also provide sober living in Colorado Spring, Colorado.

Personal Monitoring

Nova’s curriculum-driven addiction monitoring program allows clients to partner with a sober coach in order to receive ongoing support and encouragement. The sober coach will guide the client through a life skills and recovery curriculum to develop a plan to reach their recovery goals. Once a goal is established, the sober coach will help the client achieve it through an accountable partnership. Having been in early sobriety, the experience of the recovery coach will assist the client in avoiding relapse triggers and behaviors. Through working with the client’s accountability circle (family, friends and sponsor), the recovery path can be maintained. Upon enrollment, the proper contact frequency between recovery coach, client, and accountability circle will be established. In addition, the sober coach and client will meet on a weekly basis for approximately twelve weeks to process curriculum goals and objectives.

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