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.
Janet Newton, LMSW
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.
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.
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 January 2020 our clinic started accepting Medicare Part B.
"This is an amazing clinic. I am doing much better than I thought was even possible. I have actually been treated like a person and everyone here seam to genuinely care about your health." (S.G. 8/2020)
"The staff is helpful, caring, understanding & listen to you, Also assist to the best of their abilities for your individual situation. For the first time in many years I have access to a physician that does not say, No, I cant help you with that tiny other issue your asking about! Others say, you must again go through the long process you have already gone through with me, to find another physician to start your history over with, gain trust, and teach another doctor to understand your individual situation and or struggles, past experiences, and what things concern you now and over the last few years that you have been trusting me, your doctor, to advise, treat, assist, and collaborate with you about your health and goals! Imagine 10 years of "No, I can't help you" and the real fear that another new doctor brings, possible denial of treatment and medication if you happen to tell them something you shouldn't have or if make even the smallest misstep, your done? The number one smartest thing an individual can do concerning their health, and in my opinion, is be 100% honest about your history and truthful about any mistakes, at the very least, you want to trust your doctor to be confidential and use this information to treat you properly and the best they can! In my personal experience over the last 10-12 years and specifically with this type of treatment only, is that 90% of these physicians I have seen in the past really do not want me to be 100% honest or do not want you me tell them something that may require them to do certain things to treat me or do(cause them more work) certain things to uphold what they are required to report, ext. Of course, I have no idea exactly what those requirements might have been, I only know, and mostly years 1 - 7 as there maybe wasnt as much knowledge about some things, butnit irritated the doctor and when I was 100% honest, it has always cost me something or for treatment to be discontinued, or again, you need to find someone else. Long stories shortened, in the past 10 years I can say I have always been fearful of what would happen if treatment was discontinued and where would I turn, or who might help me if they would not. Conclusion is I do not feel that level of fear with this doctor and clinic, and I have never been able to let it go before. I find, and very unexpectedly as a person that has been treated for over 10 years and seen countless different doctors.and clinics, this to be the first, and only one I personally have ever been abke to start to let that fear go! It is the safest, most genuine, and all around what a "Normal" doctors office is supposed to feel like for everyone and for the treatment.and u understanding you desire and have maybe never had, this is where you will find it. If that makes sense to anyone it will be the people that read my review to see if they would like to visit here. It will be the best decision make. Tthank you to this doctor, her senior, this case worker, and this staff of normal individuals here being normal. For teusting and treating me respectfully, and as I see myself, as a normal individual with normal issues. Like all the other normal people in the world with issues! Many thanks to you all for helping and caring about me." (J.B. 6/2020)
“This is a five star treatment center. The Dr. And counselors work with u and go at Your pace for ur treatment. When I first started I had no trouble getting the correct dose so I wouldn't be sick. They do not judge you if u have a lapse or relapse, because as they say it's part of getting clean. The groups they have every day are insightful and u begin to learn about ur self, root of ur addicton, steps to staying clean and etc. I have been clean for 3 yrs now and I owe it to the things I've learned there. When I got put on probation they rallied around me and suppoted me thru the process not shum me away. There are ppl who drive from out of town to go to this place that's how unique and one of a kind it is.” (E.A. 7/2019)
“Good people, invaluable service provided. Very legit (non-sketch).” (T.J. 6/2019)
“Well if you are looking or serching for this place you probably have a preatty good idea about what goes on here.. My experience has been nothing but positive and they are very well run as far as private clinics go. If you are looking for the right clinic to start your treatment you should come in as soon as you can...”
“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)