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About our clinic  

Addiction & Psychotherapy Services has been serving the greater Austin area since 1982. We are a private clinic operating without any external funding and it is our philosophy to work without profits.

Our mission is to provide comprehensive, high quality outpatient services for the lowest possible fees.

We are proud to employ a full-time psychiatrist as well as a highly qualified staff and offer the broadest range of services of any opiate treatment facility in Texas.

Our ambitions are to:

  • rapidly and safely stabilize opiate-addicted patients on methadone or buprenorphine, allowing them to function normally

  • treat psychological/psychiatric problems, assist with pain management concerns and help with referrals concerning medical and other problems

  • offer a wide range of services, including auricular acupuncture, relapse prevention, educational as well as therapy groups and access to a psychiatrist for dual diagnosis concerns

  • provide assistance while tapering patients off opioid medication

Clinic Staff

Crispa Aeschbach-Jachmann, MD, Board cert. psychiatrist, medical director

Heinz Aeschbach, MD, Board cert. psychiatrist

Margaret Aeschbach, MLS

Christine Constable, RN

Ilija Jachmann, MBA

Sarah Moore, RN

Earnest "Ernie" Pouncey, RN

Henry "Hal" Stevens, RN, MSN

Diane Tavares, RN

Christina "Tina" Thomas, MA, LPC

Qualifications of Dr. Heinz Aeschbach

Dr. Aeschbach studied medicine at the University of Zürich in Switzerland and received his MD degree in 1972. He also attended the Music Academy of Zürich and earned a Swiss federal diploma as piano teacher in 1969. He completed his psychiatric residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas and is board certified in adult psychiatry.

Personal studies include cultural anthropology, ethology (research of animal behavior, biology of animal and human behavior), and other subjects.

Prior to opening this clinic, Dr. Aeschbach already had seven years of experience with methadone medical withdrawal and maintenance and other substance abuse treatments. From 1975 to 1982, he served as the Medical Director to the Austin Travis County MHMR Drug Abuse Special Services Unit. Since 1975, he continuously worked more than half-time with methadone clients. Additionally he worked with other substance abuse patients, both hospitalized and outpatient, and he worked with general psychiatric patients, particularly patients with mood disorders, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), dissociated disorder (including multiple personality disorder), and personality disorders. He supervised non-MD psychotherapists and served as consultant for TXMHMR.

His continuing education includes many conferences, seminars, and taped presentations on general psychiatric therapies, family medicine, psychotherapy of posttraumatic stress and dissociative disorders, family therapy, NADA acupuncture, hypnotherapy, pain management, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Dr. Aeschbach has given numerous seminars at TCADA (Texas Commission of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, now the Texas Department of State Health Services) conferences, as well as at conferences for the United States Association of Opioid Treatment Providers (USAOTP), formerly Texas Methadone Treatment Association (TMTA). He is currently President of the Board of Directors of the USAOTP.

Clinic History

Since its founding in 1982, Addiction & Psychotherapy Services (APS) grew gradually and expanded significantly the range of opiate addiction services.

In 1990, APS sponsored Mark Pemberton, who introduced auricular acupuncture for withdrawal and craving (NADA) to Texas and surrounding states.

As soon as FDA-approved and available in 1997 our clinic introduced LAAM, a long-acting form of methadone. Despite high costs and higher level of knowledge required for its administration, we were committed in offering this medication till September 2003.

In August 1999 Addiction & Psychotherapy moved into its new office on the current location at South Congress Ave.

Beginning of October 1999, Addiction & Psychotherapy Services started employing a permanent fulltime onsite Psychiatrist.

After federal and state regulations became more flexible in 2001, APS started allowing more take home privileges. Some qualifying patients are visiting our clinic only once or twice a month.

In 2002 our clinic introduced Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) treatment to selected patients with conditions like PTSD.

In January 2003, we introduced the sublingual form of Suboxone (buprenorphine).

Over the years our group teaching and counseling schedule was gradually expanded and now includes many different groups held five days a week. Our groups begin as early as 6:00 am and continue throughout our hours of operation. Once a month we offer a Saturday MD Group.

In March 2016, Dr. Crispa Aeschbach Jachmann took over the family business as Medical Director.

Client Testimonials

“The staff here really are here to help you and not judge you. The doctors and nurses are wonderful I am truly blessed to have relocated to this treatment center.” (S.H. 1/2018)

“Best clinic in Austin; by a long shot!” (M.R. 1/2018)

“This is where addicts go to recover, and to be treated like human beings.” (A.C. 9/2017)

“Been a patient there on and off since 2008. They're caring and knowledgeable and not judgemental at all. If you need help, they can give it and you don't feel like you're something like cattle, just in and out. These people care about you, genuinely.” (J.Z. 8/2017)

“These people have helped to save my life. Literally. The doc and his staff are super caring and compassionate and provide not only maintenance and detox services but also helpful groups and counseling to assist with patients' recovery. Diane and Lana are amazing but so is the whole crew. If you're a heroin addict or other opiate addict in dire need of help, come here instead of Mars; you'll get much better care.” (C.S. 7/2015)

“Dr Aeschbach is amazing! All the staff here are great, and if you are an opiate addict looking to get on methadone, I would highly suggest here as opposed to MARS. Sure, it can be frustrating to come all the way South if you live in North Austin, but it's so worth it. Dr Aeschbach actually cares about his patients, there are tons of wonderful groups, and everyone is really nice. A++!” (S.R. 8/2011)


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