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4638 S Lamar BlvdAustin, TX 78745
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DO NOT SIGN A CONTRACT with this builder! They are corrupt to the core! I signed a contract with them which included earnest money three years ago...they now REFUSE to build my house! I am not the only one with this complaint...they have no regard for their customers and no honor in an agreement.
Cottonwood Custom Homes built our unique 5000 sq ft home in the hill country outside Austin. From the earliest planning stages through the final touches on our project, he consistently went above and beyond anything we could have expected to ensure that our home was not only picture perfect, but was exactly and precisely what we wanted. From choosing the perfect build site on our 7 acres to suggesting a loft area to link the kids' rooms, Cottonwood contributed not only solid practical ability in building and managing our project, but also creative and aesthetic ideas that dramatically improved our house. They patiently worked through each of our exacting requirements, and insisted that every worker on the project get every detail perfect. They even went so far as to take over managing the pool construction (at no extra charge, though it was beyond the scope of his contract) when the poolbuilders proved incompetent, just to be sure we weren't left with an unfinished or substandard outcome. This amount of detail and care for their customers make Cottonwood Custom Homes a premier builder.
Having worked with Cottonwood for the past several years, I have first-hand knowledge of the honesty, integrity and professionalism the company displays with each and every client served. The systems and processes that Cottonwood utilizes make the building experience organized and enjoyable for the client as well as anyone else involved with the project. Every time I work with Cottonwood, I know that the project will be finished on time and to the satisfaction of all parties involved.
Terrible. We just purchased our first home this summer and not knowing the process i felt nervous on picking an inspector who might do things the he has done. Kit left out several major items in our inspection. One of them being we have had to hire an electrician and will have to do repair on drywall and cabinets because he missed a major illegal electrical cord install in a bathroom. After we noticed it the home was already ours and little we could do. So i contacted kit to ask him what we could do. Sent him pictures and had several text and phone conversations. One of them being him offering us our inspection fee we paid him back. That would have been great if he actually did that. That was 5 weeks ago. He has said on 4 different occasions that "he'll get that check sent out to me" After the money we've had to pay after the fact, that could have been taken care of by the previous owners is now our headache if only kit would have just noticed it in the first place. I would rethink your options and pick someone else.
Never answer the phone, The park on whitehurst apts in Dallas have pretty bad managment team, I lost my deposit money $275 they refunded prorated rent amount, Apt wasnt even ready, i being trying to get in touch with this company to get soemting resolved and no answer. I already file a consumer complaint and will do whatever it takes to get my money back.
They are always so friendly, caring, considerate, but extremely professional. They treat you just like you are family. I'm so very proud and thankful for Dr. Clark-Brown. She's a beautiful person, and God is blessing her to expand her practice. I've been a patient of her's for 13yrs., and wouldn't dare change. YOU TOO, WILL LOVE THEM, TRUST ME. SCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT ASAP.
We received an estimate from John Wasley of JW Construction on 8/6/2016. The contract was signed with a work begin date of 8/11/2015. The job was for a bathroom remodel. The first set of sub-contractors he sent out included 5 people, 2 of them were decent workers, while the other 3 didn’t seem to have a clue as to what they were supposed to do. They would disappear for hours at a time, not finish the things they were supposed to be working on, and one of them stole some tools and part of a brand new 180 dollar shower head from us. They discontinued their work and John sent in a second crew of sub-contractors. They did ok work on a very slow scale. They would show up late or not show up at all with no notification. The last no show day we called them to inquire where they were and their response to us was that John from JW Construction owed them over $3,000 for work they did that he had not paid and they were not doing any more work until they got paid from him. We have called SEVERAL times and sent SEVERAL text messages to John with no response. There was a guy there to take measurements for the glass that is supposed to go in our shower around 8/21. The glass was supposed to be delivered and installed 9/1/15. We have not heard anything from anyone and don’t even know if the glass was ordered. At this point a project that John told us that would take about 2 weeks, is almost a month in and the bathroom is still not painted, there is still a hole in a door that the sub-contractor knocked a hole in that was supposed to be fixed, a scrape in our vanity that a sub-contractor did that was supposed to be fixed, all of the trim work has not been done, and they hung the shower unit incorrectly and John said he would have a plumber come and adjust it, which by the way never came. We hire our own plumber and had to pay to have it fixed. No clean-up was done we has to get all of the remaining dust and stuff out of the bathroom ourselves, and there is a big pile of trash on the side of our house that they were supposed to haul off but haven’t.John Wasley of JW Construction is a farce and a fraud who does not do any of the work himself, he does not follow any deadlines, he does not finish the job, and he certainly will not communicate with you at all!
Beware of using this company as he has put many people in the same boat by starting projects and not finishing them, but still taking their money.
In June of 2015 we hired John under contract for a fair price to paint the exterior of our house, add gutters and shutters, as well as fix any repairs needed for the exterior. The first day, the men he hired worked efficiently to power wash the house but then sat around for about 4 hours waiting on materials and instructions from John. Day 2 was very similar. The men worked to make repairs then waited around for about 4 more hours on our front lawn. Day 3 was the first day for painting. I walked out to see the entire house being covered in one color, which was not the agreement. I spoke with the painters and they said that was the instruction given from John. As I spoke with them, they agreed that it didn't look good and the garage doors as well as portions of the trim needed to be another color. The painters were fabulous and listened and made suggestions as to where to put specific colors. They paid extreme attention to detail and we are pleased with the paint job. After the paint was completed, another man hired by John came to put on the shutters and gutters as well as install a band on the base of the house. We had some holes that needed to be filled with expand foam and then covered with the band. As the man was putting up the band my husband walked out and noticed that he did not fill the holes. He said he didn't have any expand foam so we supplied him with 2 cans we had left over. Once the gutters and the shutters went up we thought everything was complete. It looked complete at least. That's when my husband and I did a double check on the gutters and found that every single seam and end cap leaked and the water didn't flow correctly in the back. We called John and the man that installed them came back out. He was there for about an hour then left. We figured he sealed them and corrected the flow. We didn't check them again for a couple days to allow time for drying the seal. Once we got back up there we saw that nothing had been fixed except for the flow on the back gutter. All seems were leaking. We called John back and he said he would send someone back out and that we had a year warranty. No one ever came. We called several times throughout the following three days and didn't receive a phone call back. It has now been over a week without contact and we have little hope that it will get fixed. Though we are happy with the paint job, I cannot recommend this company in good confidence because the job, as stated in the contract, has yet to be completed. We would like to give more stars, but the lack of attention to detail and the incomplete job prevent us from doing so.
PLEASE PARENTS LISTEN!!! Do not take your child to this horrible place. The management is so dysfunctional. I can't believe this place is still in business. The place is DISGUSTING!! The kids do all the cleaning. The building is full of mold, dust, and feces on the walls. The place is not sanitary, the mattresses, dirty pillow, and linen for bed not cleaned thoroughly. There been times the children did not have enough food to eat. Their insurance pays for the meals while the Phoenix House have the food bank truck to delivery food to the facility. The staff are overworked, they want excuse staff for being sick, most will come to work sick and bring the germs to work and the kids get sick. Do not care for their staff as well. Most of the staff is not qualified to work at this place. Staff administer clients meds with no gloves and continuously overdosing clients with the wrong meds and cover up the overdose errors. They have a nurse onsite that does absolutely nothing. The nurse delegates the staff to do their job. This place has made it easy for the children to bring contraband onsite, easy access to drugs of their choice. I can go on and on. All this place care about is money not your kid. Please don't take your kid here, they will not get the proper treatment they need. I had to rate this place!!! . NO STAR FOR ME.....
Drug abuse and addiction is a public health issue with serious consequences. From prescription drugs to cocaine, inhalants and marijuana, illicit substances have affected nearly every community and person in some way. But what exactly is drug abuse and how do people seek treatment for this disease?
Making the decision to seek help for drug addiction is a huge step toward improving your health and overall wellness, as well as that of your family and community. But where do you start? There are many options.
Attend a Rehabilitation Program: There are a plethora of rehab options available to people who abuse drugs. You should be able to find one that fits your budget and lifestyle. For a very intensive treatment, try an inpatient rehab program at a facility that is well-versed in addressing long-term addiction. These organizations provide a place for you to stay while you go through withdrawals, as well as medical assistance if it is needed. Drug rehab facilities offer therapeutic programs such as cognitive behavioral therapy to help users address the problems that may drive them to drug use. You'll also be surrounded by others in similar positions who are looking to stop using and seek support, which can be very helpful and inspiring.
1. Intake Process: Every person beginning an inpatient rehab program will go through an intake process. This involves a physical exam from a doctor and a mental exam from a therapist or psychiatrist. These professionals note any mental conditions, like bipolar disorder and depression, as well as physical issues, such as chronic fatigue or multiple sclerosis, which may be affected by drug use. New patients are usually searched to ensure they do not bring any drugs to the facility on their person or in their belongings. Once a patient has undergone the intake process, they will likely not be allowed to have visitors or even talk with friends and family over the phone for a few days. This promotes focus on recovery without distractions. Each facility is different, but after a few days or weeks, patients are typically allowed to make phone calls and receive visitors.
2. Detox: The first week of inpatient drug rehabilitation is often spent detoxing. Most facilities do not host many classes or require users to attend functions at this time, as it is instead spent dealing with the emotional and physical consequences of coming down from drug use. Long-time users may experience intense symptoms such as temporary blackouts, memory loss, depression, irritability, unpredictable mood swings, headache, insomnia, anxiety, nausea and more. Most patients just entering rehab find their first few days are some of the most difficult as they must completely adjust their habits and mindset, all while going through complex bodily symptoms. Physicians supervise this time of withdrawal to address any symptoms that require medical attention. After you have completed the detox phase and there is no more trace of drugs in your body, you will likely begin attending group and individual therapy sessions.
3. Therapy: While in drug rehabilitation, you don't simply stay away from the substance that you've become addicted to. Instead, you will spend your time learning about what triggers your abuse, and how to address urges and make amends. You will also likely attend group therapy sessions where you and other addicts can share your experiences and learn from one another under the supervision of a therapist or psychiatrist. Being in the presence of others who are learning how to restructure their lives after drug abuse can be very helpful. Knowing you're not alone is a huge step, plus you may be able to turn to those in similar situations for advice.
4. Reintegration: Eventually you will need to leave the safety and routine of your inpatient rehabilitation program and return to regular society. This comes with a lot of risks, as you may interact with situations and individuals that triggered your drug use. Before you leave a drug treatment program, you will learn skills to cope in the real world that don't involve turning to drugs. You might learn to walk away from certain individuals or not go to particular places where you formerly used to go. You may also return to the inpatient program facility for outpatient counseling. This helps many drug users to reintegrate into society and still maintain some source of assistance by going to daily or weekly therapy sessions.
Consider an Outpatient Program
Outpatient programs offer similar assistance to inpatient options such as therapy sessions and counseling, but the patient sleeps in his or her own home and is not confined to the rehabilitation center. Some patients prefer this option because it resembles some form of normality and allows them to potentially work and partake in family activities. It is important to note, though, that a person may require more serious, constant treatment than these outpatient programs can offer. If you are considering seeking treatment for drug addiction, discuss these possibilities with your doctor. He or she will help you decide what program is right for you.
Painkillers and Therapy
Some drug users who have been abusing pain medications like Oxycontin or morphine require pain relief but must find it in other ways than potentially addictive drugs. To address this issue, some people receive methadone, a synthetic narcotic. Individuals in inpatient or outpatient programs may use methadone, as can people who are not seeking any formal treatment but are trying to stop abusing painkillers. Your doctor may prescribe a methadone treatment plan if you have chronic pain issues and are recovering from addiction. Methadone can be given intravenously, via a tablet or as a dispersible. Use of this medication is carefully monitored as it can cause respiratory issues when you first begin or anytime you up your dosage. If you are concerned that you may be abusing prescription painkillers, talk to your physician about Methadone and other options like Suboxone or Narcan.
Working With a Sponsor
Similar to alcoholism treatment, some former drug users require assistance from sponsors. These individuals are often previous addicts themselves or have experiences as therapists or psychiatrists. They meet with patients regularly and are often available at a moment's notice to talk when an individual is feeling vulnerable and triggered. Sponsors can offer help when you need them the most and provide a firm sense of accountability.
To go through treatment successfully, it's important to find the right facility for you. To do so, first talk with your doctor. A physician can determine how severe your addiction is, which will help you decide if you want to try inpatient or outpatient treatment. He or she can also consider any withstanding health issues such as psychiatric conditions that should also be factored into your decision.
Next, check out facilities and programs that offer treatment for the substances that you abuse. Attending a program that is specific to your drug of choice will make your treatment much more likely to be impactful and successful. Look into potential facilities and learn about their drug policies. Some provide certain users with medications like Valium and Xanax to counteract symptoms of distress associated with alcohol or drug withdrawals. You may not want to attend such programs if you fear that you may instead become addicted to these substances or if you have ever had issues with abusing these medications in the past.
You should also note what potential programs to turn to during drug cravings. Some offer excellent nutrition and wellness plans that use healthy eating and exercise to reduce the physical and psychological want or need for a substance. Learning this coping skill is imperative to transitioning back into society, as you will be better prepared to face cravings once you are no longer in drug abuse treatment.
Some treatment programs promote quick sobriety through seemingly impossible means, such as herbal supplements or religious affiliation. When choosing a treatment facility, be wary of questionable claims like, "Shake your drug addiction in one week!" If the advertising sounds too good to be true, the program could potentially be a scam. Instead, look for organizations that include approval and certification from real doctors and health care providers. If a well-known drug abuse therapist or hospital recommends a clinic, for example, it is much more likely that you will have a successful treatment experience there.
Finances are another major part in your treatment program choice. Some facilities accept health insurance like United Healthcare, BlueCross BlueShield, Cigna, Humana and Medicaid. To learn what options are financially feasible for you, call your insurance provider and ask about any programs with which they are connected. Many carriers support in-state assessment, detox and outpatient treatment. Some also partially cover residential or inpatient treatment.
Because drug addiction is considered a disease, major health insurance providers must treat it like any other chronic condition that requires medical treatment. Make a call to the member services phone line at your insurance company and they can explain both in-network and out-of-network coverage for addiction and drug abuse treatment. Be sure to inquire about co-pays and deductibles so you don't receive a surprise bill months after you start a program. If you don't have insurance, you may be able to find outpatient programs like Narcotics Anonymous that offer counseling and meetings for patients at no cost.
Drug Abuse Facts
Every illegal use of a drug, from prescription medications to a hit of methamphetamine, creates an addiction risk for the user. One single dose of a club drug, for example, can cause long-term cognitive damage because it changes the chemical makeup of the brain. It is not always the substance that leads to a label of drug abuse. Instead, it is the nature in which the substance is used. For example, you may break a bone and require surgery. You will likely be prescribed some painkillers to promote healing in your body and make you more comfortable. If, however, you find that the medication creates feelings of euphoria so you pretend you need the drug longer than you do in order to get more pills, that is considered drug abuse. It doesn't matter that you have a prescription and the substance is technically legal.
Helping Your Family Cope
You are not the only one affected by your drug abuse. You family and friends may also appreciate going to therapy to learn how to cope with your addiction. Many people attend support meetings or join groups to mingle with others who are close to drug addicts to provide emotional assistance. When you go through treatment, those close to you must also learn to change their mindsets and behaviors to address these changes to the new you. Many patients have to stop associating with some former friends in order to stay away from illicit substances and avoid situations that may trigger drug abuse. Starting a hobby is a good way to meet new people outside of these social circles once you've received treatment.