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Dr. Nicholas Kardaras
Founder, CEO and Chief Clinical Officer
He has appeared on ABC’s 20/20, Good Morning America, the CBS Evening News, FOX & Friends, NPR, Good Day New York and has written about addiction for TIME Magazine, Scientific American, Psychology Today, Salon, The NY Daily News, and FOX News, and has been featured in Esquire, New York Magazine, VICE, and Vanity Fair.
Dr. Kardaras is also the creator of Seahab, an intensive experiential form of nature immersion therapy. Based on the very successful evidence-based principles of Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare (OBH), Seahab has proven to be very effective as an intensive intervention to help addicts shift out of self-destructive and toxic lifestyle patterns.
Dr. Kardaras has also, admittedly, lived a colorful life: he’s a former AAU National Karate champion, a recovering NYC nightclub owner and a coma survivor. Having once owned high-profile NY nightclubs where he had mingled with the likes of JFK, Jr., Uma Thurman and Tom Cruise, Dr. Kardaras emerged from that glamorous-yet-self-destructive world and discovered a healing path to his own recovery from addiction. Dr. Kardaras is also the author of “How Plato and Pythagoras Can Save Your Life” (Conari, 2011) and devotes his life to helping others find their path to recovery, healing and a life of meaning and purpose.
He lives with his wife and twin sons between Austin, TX and Sag Harbor NY and is a frequent presenter and lecturer on the subjects of mental health, philosophy, and both substance and screen addictions.
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Dr Nicholas Kardaras
Founder, CEO and Chief Clinical Officer
Dr. Kardaras is an Ivy-League educated psychologist, an internationally renowned speaker, and one of the country’s foremost addiction experts. A former Clinical Professor at Stony Brook Medicine where he specialized in teaching the neurophysiology and treatment of addiction, he has also taught neuropsychology at the doctoral-level and has worked closely in developing clinical protocols with Dr. Howard Shaffer, Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School and the Director of their Division of Addiction. Read More.
Omega Recovery’s Innovative Treatment Program Featured on CBS News Austin
What Makes Omega Recovery Unique?
At Omega Recovery, Dr. Kardaras and our clinical team have created a new, better, and more effective way for people to not only get sober, but to stay sober. Traditional treatment programs put the struggling addict in an artificial treatment bubble where it’s relatively easy to stay sober, but inevitably when that client leaves treatment, they are unprepared to deal with the stress of everyday life.
In Omega Recovery Treatment Houses, clients get 30 hours of clinical treatment in a large, beautiful, secure home right in the community! They spend 5 days a week working with some of the best therapists in Austin, attend life skills groups, receive peer recovery coaching & person fitness training, and undergo our 12-step program all in a secure setting.
In this “community integration” model, the clients get to experience life–shopping in the supermarket, going on a barbeque, going to a doctor’s appointment, going on a job interview–all with staff supervision, and clinical staff that can help them process any and all the feelings and emotions that can so often arise in early recovery.
The success rates at traditional rehabs are so low because they don’t adequately prepare a client for real life. At the Omega treatment houses, our clients are life-tested and battle ready to launch into their new clean and sober lives after participating in our IOP Intensive Outpatient Program.
Visit our mental health counseling center in Austin to learn more about our program.
- Motivational Interviewing (MI)
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
- Psychoeducational Classes
- Nature Immersion
- Somatic Therapy
- Japanese Karate as Therapy
- Mindfulness Meditation
- Relapse Prevention
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Group and Individual Therapy
- Stress Reduction Classes and Groups
- Flotation Therapy
- “Hero’s Journey” Archetypal Work
- 12-Step Education
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)