Downtown Austin’s Upscale Women’s Extended Care

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Higher Success Rate Sober Living in Austin

Long-term Extended Care Is Proven

With over 25 years combined recovery and 9 years in the recovery field, the founders of BridgeWay & Brightside Sober Living in Austin have been helping young men and women grow, heal and recover their lives. The Ascension House was formed to create an intensive nurturing environment, to establish higher effectiveness for women needing to discover self worth and self love to achieve lasting recovery. It has been proven time and again that individuals who establish a firm foundation and support system through treatment and sober homes have substantially higher success rates of sobriety.  At Ascension House, community sober living is essential and our 1 year support plan instills the tools, habits and behaviors that are transforming and long lasting.

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The Ascension House approach to recovery is a proven system that teaches addicts and alcoholics how to apply the principles of a 12-step program into their daily lives. This is paired with strong life skills training and support to recover from drug addiction and alcoholism, while reintegrating into a healthy and balanced lifestyle. We partner with Infinite OutPatient Center to do ALL of our clinical work, while at the house we provide life skills classes, Codependency classes, 12-Step Classes & Fitness classes at the YMCA.

Helping Families Heal & Recover From Drug Addiction & Alcohol For Over 25 Years.



Initiated by either residents or staff, our structured & intimate environment allows for unhealthy behaviors, patterns, and habits to be identified, which provides real transformation and change to take place for you or your loved one. We are able deal with the issues and problems confronting the resident and the detrimental impact the resident’s behavior, attitudes and decisions may have on their recovery from alcohol and/or drug addiction, as well as how it’s impacting their life. The staff member shares their experience, strength and hope and provides feedback to the resident as a means of demonstrating to the resident how their conduct acts as a barrier to their recovery and that change is possible. Solutions and plans to bring about that essential change in the resident’s lifestyle & behaviors are recommended and implemented.

30/60/90 DAY STAYS

We strongly recommend and encourage longer term stays, as that is where the greatest chance of lasting sobriety occurs. We allow for 30 & 60 day stays, however Our full Program that creates more lasting change is a full 90 days. If money is ever an obstacle, don’t let that stand in your way to getting to the miracle and having the spiritual awakening, we will help every way we can to ensure you get what you need.


Nearly every weekend, the women at the house take a supervised adventure together to have Sunday Fun-day, from greenbelt hikes, six-flags, stand up paddleboarding, surf camp, movies, etc, so much of staying sober is about remembering to have fun, play and have recreational activities. These trips and adventures create bonding experiences between friends who will serve as a support system for a lifetime.

Family Contact

Addiction is far-reaching, affecting many people — not just the one individual with the addiction. Family members are often those who are most deeply affected by their loved one’s addiction, and they are an important component of the recovery process for that person.
In our program, family members are encouraged to seek and look within their own lives as well to learn and grow from this experience. We provide phone calls for family members, where we help them work through their pain caused by their loved one’s addiction and their desire to see that person live a healthy life. Through our support, we see many families come to gain more insight, awareness and consciousness in their own lives and undergo their own personal transformation in the entire process. We see this as an opportunity for everyone involved in the family dynamic to heal, grow and expand.


24/7 Structure & PHP/IOP

Our Extended care environment offers our clients access to addiction professionals Monday through Friday at Infinite Outpatient Services and 24/7 supervision from our care coordinators. Infinite Outpatient Center PHP/IOP programs are run five days per week, Monday through Friday and offer clinical services such as CBT, DBT, Trauma Therapy, Expressive Art Therapy, Yoga and much more. In our structured sober living setting we offer weekly curriculum which includes Life Skills, Mindfulness & Meditation, 12 step sponsorship, Codependency, Nutrition & Wellness, Relapse Prevention groups, Career Guidance and Personal Fitness Training. After completion of our 90 day program, clients will have the opportunity to step down into one of our graduate sober homes located in north or south Austin to continue their path towards recovery.


Our graduate program, usually taking up to 12 months to complete, offers the greatest success rates for those seeking long-term sobriety. By the time an individual graduates from our extended care program in 90 days, they know who they are and how the disease of addiction or alcoholism manifests itself in their lives. After 90 days, they can step down into one of our upscale sober living homes in Austin, where they will have a safe, nurturing and sober environment with other graduates, making the transition into life seamless and effective.


(Provided by Infinite Outpatient Center)
Professional Licensed Therapy Services: Our members will receive counseling & therapy every weekday for 5+ hours through Infinite Outpatient Center. The outpatient program is very similar to residential programs, with the exception that our residents are permitted to return home to our structured sober living environment each night after treatment.

“You were born a child of light’s wonderful secret— you return to the beauty you have always been.”

― Aberjhani

Sobriety Specialists Leading Recovery Innovation in Austin For The Past Three Decades.

Who we are

Meet the team of sobriety specialists that have helped thousands of people stay sober long term.

Scott Smith

Scott Smith


Scott Smith, co-founder and COO, brings to Ascension House six years experience in the recovery field and ten years of public health experience. In the public health field, Scott specialized in case management and care coordination, communicating with families and health professionals to ensure proper care and treatment was provided to individuals in need. In recovery, Scott has 10 years of personal sobriety. He has helped many men and women find their way in early sobriety, beginning by serving on the Austin chapter board for Oxford House in 2006 and going on to open a successful sober living company with his wife, Carrie, in 2010. Scott has dedicated his life in recovery to helping others succeed. Ascension House is a product of our team’s commitment to do just that.
Carrie Smith

Carrie Smith

Co-Founder/Program Director

Carrie Smith, co-founder and Program Director, has been been committed to recovery and service since 2006.  Carrie has sponsored many women and has been continually involved in service to the recovery community at large for many years. In 2010, Carrie opened Brightside Sober Living with her husband, Scott, and served as the Women’s Director.  In that role, Carrie has been involved in hundreds of women’s journey into recovery.  Carrie’s knowledge of the 12 steps and her ability to mentor women in a firm but nurturing manner is a key part of the programming that Ascension House provides.
David Naylor

David Naylor


David Naylor began his sobriety journey at the age of 17, going into treatment for the first time for a cocaine, marijuana, pill and alcohol addiction.  After 10 years of trying to do recovery his own way and experiencing hundreds of bottoms & sabotages, he finally surrendered and encountered his first true spiritual awakening and psychic change on Dec 21, 2009 after losing everything, including his father. He got sober at a long term treatment center based on the principles of the 12-steps along with trauma & shame experiential therapy/Family of Origins work. After becoming a house manager in 2013 while working for Google, Naylor has worked to encourage, promote and inspire residents to grow, heal and change; to face reality, do their spiritual work and overcome addiction. Since then, David has gone on to build 9 sober living homes and 3 Recovery Organizations in Texas.

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