Southeast Texas

Southeast Texas is home to several cities that are significantly impacted by the illegal drug trade due to its close proximity to Mexico. To address the issues of drug abuse and addiction in the southeastern region of the state, various treatment options exist.

Areas of Southeast Texas

Southeast Texas is home to more than 750,000 people. Primary cities in the area include:

  • 183,046 live in Brownsville1
  • 66,094 in Victoria2
  • 49,608 in Galveston3
  • 103,483 in College Station4
  • 117,585 in Beaumont5

The Treatment Landscape

Each of these cities offers substance abuse rehabilitation, but the variety of treatment offered and the accessibility to treatment vary considerably from one facility to the next. There is only one treatment center in Brownsville, but it boasts both inpatient and outpatient treatment.

Among admissions to ambulatory treatment in 2011 across the entire state of Texas, 34.1 percent of clients chose outpatient care while 15.7 percent opted for intensive outpatient treatment.Albeit a smaller city, Victoria is home to two treatment centers, both of which offer residential treatment.7There is only one treatment center in Galveston.8 In College Station and nearby Bryan, Texas, three rehabilitation facilities offer outpatient care and one delivers inpatient treatment to clients.9 Six treatment centers exist in Beaumont, and three offer residential rehab.10

Medicaid is accepted at the Brownsville and

Galveston facilities, as well as at all facilities in Beaumont. The Brownsville facility offers both payment assistance programs and sliding scale options. The former allows for individuals to apply for discounts and financial help through the facility itself. Sliding scale options require that clients submit financial information, such as proof of income. In return, the facility of their choosing bases the cost of an appropriate treatment regimen on what they can reasonably appear to afford. The local Galveston treatment facility also offers a sliding scale payment plan. In Beaumont, only five rehab units lend clients any assistance with making payments, and just two operate sliding scale-based payment plans.

Most who enter treatment in Southeast Texas will benefit from a tandem treatment approach that involves both medical detox and an extensive period of therapy and additional interventions. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has shown the most promise in the substance abuse treatment world. In a study of 159 people in a control group and 140 in a CBT-based treatment group for substance abuse issues, 55.8 percent of those in the treatment group showed minimal symptoms after three months versus 33.6 percent of the control group.11 Furthermore, results after six months improved even more to 63.9 percent among the treatment group and 43.8 percent in the control group.12

Likewise, individuals who suffer from mental health disorders stand to reap the benefits of CBT. Mental illness affects 3.68 percent of Texas’s population.13

Drug and Alcohol Abuse

In 2011, the primary substance of abuse among admissions to treatment in the state was alcohol, followed by marijuana, heroin, cocaine, amphetamines, and other opiates.14 That year, 43,216 people sought treatment in Texas.15 Admission rates by primary substance of abuse were:

  • Alcohol only: 6,490
  • Alcohol with other drugs: 5,909
  • Heroin: 6,252
  • Other opiates: 3,599
  • Smoke cocaine: 3,274
  • Cocaine used other routes of ingestion: 2,337
  • Marijuana/hashish: 10,255
  • Methamphetamine/amphetamines: 3,829
  • Tranquilizers: 653
  • Sedatives: 71
  • Hallucinogens: 51
  • PCP: 267
  • Inhalants: 34
  • Other substances: 19516

Rates of alcohol abuse are on par with the rest of the nation in Southeast Texas. The per capita consumption of ethanol alcohol nationwide in 2009 was 2.3 gallons.17 In Texas that same year, it was 2.29 gallons.18 Overall, the nation is drinking too much; an ideal consumption rate is 1.96 gallons or less.19

With an average of 6,514 people dying from alcohol-related causes in Texas every year, based on data from 2006 to 2010, it stands to reason that alcohol abuse is the state’s primary issue.20 There were a total of 149 vehicle crashes in Brownsville in 2014 attributed to alcohol use.21 Add to that the 25 that occurred in Victoria, 55 in Galveston, 121 in College Station, and 61 in Beaumont, and the rate at which people are driving drunk is concerning.22

Other deaths stemming from substance abuse occur every day in the Lone Star State. While vehicle accidents lead in injury-related deaths in Texas, suicide fills the number two slot.23 For every 100,000 deaths in the state, 12.2 of them are self-inflicted.24

In third place for injury-related deaths in the state is drug overdose.25 Around 31.4 percent of drug overdose deaths in the state happen in youths and young adults aged 15-34 years old.26

In June 2015, a man was sentenced to 30 years in prison and a $100 million fine as a result of charges for distribution and possession with intent to distribute cocaine, and conspiracy to distribute and intent to distribute marijuana, among other charges.27 The convicted offender had former ties to the Mexican drug cartel.

Penalties for drug trafficking can impose life sentences in some cases. Likewise, DUI charges come with strict penalties, as well. The first offence can earn an individual 3-180 days behind bars while the third offense and beyond may impose as much as two years in jail.28

In 2013, 22.7 million people needed treatment for alcohol or drug abuse, and only 2.5 million got that treatment.29 Several organizations are working hard within the southeastern Texas region to increase treatment numbers, and they can assist individuals who need help finding the most suitable treatment option that meets their needs.

Resources for those in the Southeast Texas area include the Jefferson County Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Southeast Texas Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, and the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Texas residents disagree about what cities and counties are technically located within the southeastern portion of the state. Should the Southeast be limited to a few tiny spots on the map? Or does the Southeast cover a much larger tract of land?

To people with addictions living in the state of Texas, the answers to these questions really are not critical. These people need care for an addiction, and they might like to get care close to home, but they may not have the energy or the inclination to argue about what place is or is not considered part of Southeast Texas. These people would likely rather get right down to the business of getting better.

This article may help. Here, we have compiled information on the top 25 treatment facilities that are located in or near the southeastern portion of Texas. For people in need, this could work as a shopping list that helps them to find just the right help at just the right time.

  1. Charlie’s Place Recovery Center: This organization in Corpus Christi provides a quiet and peaceful space for people to recover when they have addictions. The location makes the facility easy for Coastal Bend families to access, but it is far enough away from daily temptations that people can dig in and really focus on healing and growth. The team works to help people with addictions to understand the problem, learn more about how to deal with it, and build skills that are required for a sober life. Residential detox, intensive residential care, supportive residential care, and outpatient care are all available. An intake team can help people to understand which program might be right for them. Insurance payments, including Medicaid, are accepted. Prices are reasonable.
  2. Right Path Drug Rehab: This organization has a number of addiction treatment facilities all across Texas. All of the facilities offer a luxury rehab environment, and they all use a 12-Step philosophy to help clients heal. Meditation, yoga, exercise, and experiential therapies are mixed with one-on-one and group counseling to help people to change their lives for the better. Those who need medical detox services can get them through the company’s network of facilities.
  3. Aliviane, Inc.: This organization has provided West Texas counties with behavioral health services since 1970. Many of the clients who have worked with this organization have dealt with addiction, and some have mental illnesses as well as addictions. The treatment coordinators in this organization work to help clients find treatments that might help. Some get assistance through medication management, others get help through outpatient care, and some get inpatient assistance. The nonprofit organization tries to reduce the stigma of substance abuse, and the founders envision a world where no families are required to deal with that stigma.
  4. Recovery Alliance of El Paso: This organization has served clients in West Texas since 1998. Some people come to this organization for peer support. They want to learn from others who have walked the path to recovery, and they want to help others who are new to recovery. They can do both here. Other people come to the alliance for residential care. These people who have very serious and difficult-to-treat issues that benefit from the residential care services the program provides. This organization gets funding from state and federal agencies, and some of those sources can be used to pay for care. But people who hope to get help at the alliance who are not from El Paso may need to cover the entire cost of care.
  5. Great Oaks Recovery Center: This treatment facility is located very close to Houston, but people who walk the grounds may think they are in another place altogether. That’s because this state-of-the-art facility is located on gorgeous landscaped grounds that seem to stretch on and on into the horizon. Inside the beautifully decorated treatment rooms, people with addictions can access around-the-clock care for addictions, including group counseling, 12-Step meetings, individual counseling, trauma therapy, and more. Programs are client-specific, and the details can change with time, as recovery becomes a reality. When treatment is complete, people can enroll in aftercare programs to preserve the healing they have attained.
  6. Cheyenne Center: The founders of this nonprofit organization believe that addictions are both progressive and treatable. The teams at Cheyenne work to amend the damage that addictions can cause through a nondenominational treatment approach. People walk away from therapy with a better understanding of themselves and their skills, and they can use that understanding to stay sober for a lifetime. There are special programs for people who have addictions complicated by mental illness. The organization has contracts with law enforcement, for those who need rehab as part of a plea deal.
  7. Cenikor: This very large organization provides a number of treatment facilities in Texas. Some are made for a specific population, such as adolescents, and some are made for specific types of drugs, such as opioids. There are programs for people who need around-the-clock inpatient care, and there are programs for people who want to live at home while they heal. This nonprofit organization has an intake team on staff that is capable of performing an assessment and helping people to understand which program might be right for them and how much each program might cost. Most insurance payments are accepted, and Cenikor can provide pricing on a sliding scale for people with financial difficulties.
  8. Recenter: This nonprofit organization is headquartered in Houston. The primary client base for this group consists of people who have become homeless due to addiction, mental illness, or both. For some people, heading to meetings in the 12-Step format is enough to help them become aware of their limitations and the changes they can make. For others, a little more help is needed. These people can tap into on-campus living programs, in which an intense amount of addiction help is provided around the clock. People who enroll are also given opportunities to work, so they can become self-sufficient and end the homelessness cycle for good. Enrollment fees are reasonable, and only cash or checks are accepted. There are reduced fees for people who are enrolling for the first time.
  9. Passages for Women: Women can have special challenges in recovery, and they sometimes benefit from structured programs made just for them. Passages offers such programming. In an intimate, residential community, women gain access to therapy and addiction programming, and they live on the facility’s grounds, so they have access to around-the-clock supervision and support. The program lasts 30-120 days, and it is founded on the 12-Step program. Women who enroll are expected to hold outside employment, and they are expected to be held accountable for their recovery decisions. Rates are reasonable, and this nonprofit organization does accept insurance payments. The facility is located in Houston.
  10. Pathway to Recovery: This facility has three locations located just minutes away from Houston, on beautifully landscaped grounds that are designed to provide a calming and serene atmosphere that can enhance a sense of healing. People who enroll spend time every day in counseling and skill-building sessions, and they may spend time on therapeutic activities that take place outside too. Families can take advantage of Friday night focus groups, so they can learn more about how addictions work and how they can be combated. There are several levels of care in most facilities, so there is probably something for everyone. Most insurance payments are accepted, as are employee assistance program payments, and the organization tries to keep prices low so more families can be served.
  11. ADAPT: Alcohol, Drug and Psychological Treatment (ADAPT) provides a safe and structured environment for people with addictions. Licensed professions offer therapies and support that can help people to make positive and lasting life changes. There are plenty of different options for people who need help, including inpatient programs and outpatient programs. Most are offered within Houston city limits. Therapies offered include group counseling, individual counseling, family therapy, relapse prevention training, and more. Most insurance payments are accepted.
  12. La Hacienda Treatment Center: This treatment facility offers a full spectrum of care for people who have addictions. Medical detox and inpatient therapies are available, and people who complete those programs can then transition into outpatient programs for ongoing addiction care support. Each treatment plan is individualized to meet the needs of people with addictions, and all of the therapies provided have been proven effective through scientific study. Insurance payments are accepted, and the facility is located in beautiful Texas Hill Country, so it is easy to get to.
  13. Bay Area Recovery Center: This residential and extended care facility for addiction is located just outside of Houston. There are five facilities that comprise this organization, and all are located quite close to one another. People who enroll are participating in a sort of campus of healing, and the grounds are lush and comfortable. The full spectrum of addiction services are provided, from medical detox and inpatient care to partial care and outpatient care. The organization can also provide intervention services for people who do not yet see the need to enroll in care, and there are special services made just for women too. Most major insurance program payments are accepted, and there are financing options available.
  14. Into Action Recovery Centers: This organization has a number of addiction treatment facilities in Texas, and many are in the southeastern region. Every facility may feel and look a little different, but they are all designed around the principles of the 12 Steps, and people who enroll are provided with both individual and group counseling. That means people who enroll learn from both peers and professionals, and the results can be remarkable. There are inpatient programs for those who need 24/7 support, and there are outpatient programs for those who want to live at home while they heal. Insurance payments are accepted, and there are financing options available.
  15. 164 Recovery Center: Women dealing with addictions can get help from this Texas treatment center. It is made just for women, and the programming is designed to address many of the recovery stumbling blocks women face, such as prior trauma, parenting guilt, and more. Women receive individual counseling and group therapy, and they are asked to participate in 12-Step groups too. Women can also tap into nutrition counseling, meditation, and outings. Families are a key part of healing for many women, and families are very much the focus of 164. The organization offers weekly phone updates for families, as well as family therapy sessions. Insurance payments are accepted, and women are expected to cover the portion of payments the provider will not cover.
  16. The Ranch at Clear Springs: Holistic healing is the focus of this private facility. The setting for care has much to do with that healing. This facility is located on the water, surrounded by the greenery of Texas. Amenities include gourmet meals, a tennis court, hiking paths, and more. People who participate have access to group counseling, individual counseling, recreational therapy, skill-building sessions, spiritual counseling, 12-Step meetings, and more. Insurance payments are accepted, as are private pay options.
  17. Christian Farms Treehouse: People who want to blend faith healing with addiction care may benefit from enrollment at Christian Farms Treehouse. This organization provides conventional care for addiction, including counseling and support group meetings, and the organization infuses every lesson with the knowledge of God’s help and God’s love. There are Bible sessions, religious counseling sessions, and more that are used to deepen that relationship with the divine. Care is provided on a residential basis, and programs last 30-90 days. Medicaid payments are accepted, but the organization provides no advice about private insurance plans.
  18. Shades of Hope: The founders of this organization feel that addictions start with a feeling of hopelessness. They use a variety of treatment programs to bring that sense of hope back into the lives of people with addictions. One such program lasts for just six days. Others last for much longer periods of time. People who enroll are provided with counseling and support, so they can build healthy lives defined by good nutrition, ample exercise, positive thought and behavior patterns, good emotional health, and spiritual growth. Substance abuse, process addictions, and eating disorders can all be tackled with this approach. Insurance payments are accepted, and prices are kept low.
  19. Aspire Addiction Recovery: This is an intensive outpatient program for addiction, located in Lubbock and Frisco. People who enroll get the benefit of a great deal of addiction help provided on a daily basis, but they also have the opportunity to live outside of a clinical setting. Some people live at home, while others move into networked sober communities close to Aspire. The therapies are based on the 12-Step process, and they include cognitive behavioral help, relapse prevention planning, art therapy, experiential therapy, and emotive therapy. In this program, 12-Step meeting attendance is required. Insurance payments are accepted, and financing is available.
  20. The Ranch at Dove Tree: This treatment facility is designed to assist people in every stage of the recovery process. There are programs available for people who need medical assistance to get sober, programs for people who need 24/7 sobriety supervision, and programs for people who have some ability to stay sober but need ongoing help in order to avoid a relapse. The rural location of the treatment center allows people to get away from the stresses of modern life while they deal with recovery, and the staff at the center is exclusively focused on the comfort and care of the people who enroll. Insurance payments are accepted at this private facility.
  21. Stages of Recovery: This organization was founded to help people new to the recovery lifestyle. People like this may have some sobriety skills on hand, but they may be at risk of making major mistakes that could lead to tragic consequences. The developers of this program use intensive outpatient programs, life coaching, sober living homes, or all three to help people to deepen their understanding of the sober life, so they can maintain recovery for the rest of their lives. Pricing is reasonable, and there are financing options available.
  22. The Right Step: This is one of the largest addiction treatment providers in the state of Texas, with literally dozens of different treatment facilities open and ready to accept new patients. Inpatient and outpatient programs are available, and there are specialized programs for people in the LGBTQ community. People who complete programming have access to an alumni program, so they can participate in weekly recovery meetings and reinforce their skills as needed. Insurance payments are accepted, and intake specialists can verify those benefits.
  23. Palmer Drug Abuse Program: This program is made to help families heal, when a young person among them has fallen into the use and abuse of alcohol or drugs. This nonsectarian group uses peer-to-peer healing processes, and there are many meetings to choose from, based on the age of the person who would like to participate. There are no costs associated with the program, and there is no need to enroll. All people need to do is demonstrate a willingness to live a sober life and a willingness to help others to do the same. People must go to meetings while sober, and they must agree to stay sober throughout the meeting. Ideally, people will also commit to learning outside of meetings too.
  24. Greenhouse: This luxury treatment facility is located in Houston, and to many, it provides an elite form of therapy that other providers simply cannot touch. People who enroll in Greenhouse have access to a world-class team of treatment providers who use science-based therapies to help their clients see the need for change, and to make changes that will stick. The work happens on grounds that are designed to enhance health and healing, and the 12-Step philosophy infuses every type of therapy given. Most insurance program payments are accepted by this private facility. Those who complete the program can access free therapy for a short time, if they relapse. To find out more, call (972) 848-0268.
  25. The Springboard Center: The founders of this organization know that addictions can kill a person’s sense of dignity and self-worth. The programs provided here can help to restore what has been lost. This private facility in Midland offers medical detoxification, inpatient care, outpatient care, and aftercare. There is a family program and an aftercare program. And there are sober living options for people who need more help. Insurance payments are accepted. A screening process gets the admissions process started.

These are just 25 of the options open to you. There are many more, depending on your definition of “Southeast Texas.” Know that someone can help you with addiction. You don’t have to do it alone. You just have to ask for help.


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  7. Ibid.
  8. Ibid.
  9. Ibid.
  10.  Ibid.
  11.  “Cognitive behavioral therapy may benefits patients in residential substance abuse treatment programs.” (2011 Jun 6). Science News. Accessed September 28,2015.
  12. Ibid.
  13. State Estimates of Adult Mental Illness from the 2011 and 2012 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health.” (2014 Feb 28). SAMHSA. Accessed September 28,2015.
  14. Treatment Episode Date Set.” (2011). SAMHSA. Accessed September 28,2015.
  15.  Ibid.
  16. Ibid.
  17. Apparent Per Capita Alcohol Consumption: National, State, and Regional Trends, 1977-2009.” (Aug 2011). National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Accessed September 28,2015.
  18. Ibid.
  19. Ibid.
  20. Alcohol-related deaths: How does your state rank?.” (n.d.). CBS News. Accessed September 28,2015.
  21. DUI (Alcohol) Crashes and Injuries.” (2014). Texas Department of Transportation. Accessed September 28,2015.
  22. Ibid.
  23. Overdose: A National Crisis Taking Root in Texas.” (n.d.). Drug Policy Alliance. Accessed September 28,2015.
  24. Suicide: Texas Rank: 10.” (n.d.). America’s Health Rankings. Accessed September 28,2015.
  25. Overdose: A National Crisis Taking Root in Texas.” (n.d.). Drug Policy Alliance. Accessed September 28,2015.
  26. Ibid.
  27. Former head of Mexico’s Gulf Cartel sentenced in Southeast Teas to 30 years in federal prison for drug trafficking.” (2015 Jun 30). U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Accessed September 28,2015.
  28. Texas DUI and DWI Laws.” (n.d.). NOLO. Accessed September 28,2015.
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