Category Archives: what we treat

CBS Austin News: Dr. K, Community Integrated Addiction Treatment

Omega Recovery is a drug treatment and mental health treatment center in Austin, TX. Dr. Kardaras and our clinical team have created a new, better, and more effective way to treat drug addiction and mental health. Traditionally treatment programs put the struggling addict in an artificial treatment bubble where it’s relatively easy to stay sober, […]

How to Find Work After Rehab

Ways to Find Work After Rehab If you’ve recently progressed through alcohol or drug rehab and have learned how to cope with and manage your addiction, you should feel like a new person. Getting through drug or alcohol treatment can be difficult and will invariably come with numerous obstacles that need to be overcome. Many […]

Lack of Purpose or Meaning in One’s Life

For many, addiction is about escaping pain–physical or emotional. Yet for others, their addiction is all about filling a sense of emptiness that exists in their lives. These “existential crises” can be a result of retirement, divorce, illness, a death in the family…or merely a sense purposelessness that leads to a life adrift and devoid […]

Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

At Omega Recovery, we view addiction as a self-medicating symptom of some other underlying distress. That underlying distress can be different for each person: childhood trauma, psychiatric imbalance, physical pain, toxic relationships, existential crisis, personality disorders, unresolved bereavement, internalized shame, etc. For each person, those issues can come together to form a unique “perfect storm” […]

Depression and Anxiety

Anxiety and Depression are the two mental health disorders that are most often associated with addiction. Anxiety–the runaway “fight or flight” response–can lead to self-medicating to calm the nerves that then oftentimes leads to addictive substance or alcohol use. Similarly, feeling depressed also very often leads to the self-medicating escape of substance or alcohol abuse. Both […]


The moment we experience trauma, our world is shattered. Our sense of safety and security disappears, leaving us feeling vulnerable, helpless, and paranoid. It does not matter if physical harm has taken place or not – any situation that leaves us scared or emotionally overwhelmed can be traumatic. It’s not what happened, it’s how it’s […]

Process Addictions

If you’re unfamiliar with the subject, process addictions refer to thoughts, feelings, activities, and relationships a person may use to survive an unhappy life. When people think about addictions, drug use and alcohol usually come to mind. Substances are easy to get addicted to, but behaviors can also become addictive. With process addictions, it’s about […]


At Omega Recovery, we believe that Codependence stems from growing up in a troubling environment. In other words, a child had to depend on an undependable caregiver. Maybe they were left in a hot car for long periods while a parent worked or shopped. Perhaps one parent struggled with a drug or alcohol addiction. Our […]

Low Self Esteem

Approval Seeking Obsession: Doing something to receive praise or validation Compulsion: I’m doing this so you will like me. If you think I’m good, I’m good Approval seekers go out of their way to get other people to like them. It’s not the same thing as people pleasing, where the person just wants to make others happy. […]


Obsession: Winning the next game Playing Gambling can happen anywhere, from race tracks to casinos, family room poker games to online slot machines. With so many options available, compulsive gamblers are never far away from temptation. It’s a very real issue, one that affects people of all backgrounds. Omega Recovery meets many families struggling to get […]

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