Contrary to common belief, addiction is an illness, not a choice. According to the American Psychiatric Association, it is “a complex condition, a brain disease that is manifested by compulsive substance use despite harmful consequence. People with addiction (severe substance use disorder) have an intense focus on using a certain substance(s), such as alcohol or drugs, to the point that it takes over their life. They keep using alcohol or a drug even when they know it will cause problems.”


Texas Health and Human Services explains what stigma is, and how to navigate it:

In short, it is easy to feel alone in the fight against addiction. Quite the opposite is true.


The following statistics were shared in the Texas Health And Human Services Agency (THHSA) Action Plan to Address Substance Use for 2020-2022 and by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA):


According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), recovery is “a process of change through which people improve their health and wellness, live self-directed lives, and strive to reach their full potential. There are four major dimensions that support recovery:


Overcoming or managing one’s disease(s) or symptoms and making informed, healthy choices that support physical and emotional well-being.


Having a stable and safe place to live.


Conducting meaningful daily activities and having the independence, income, and resources to participate in society.


Having relationships and social networks that provide support, friendship, love, and hope.”

It can be overwhelming to sift through the different kinds of treatment for substance use disorders. This simple, non-comprehensive guide is meant to serve as an overview, which can make the options less intimidating.


What it is

When its used

Residential (Inpatient) Treatment

A 24-hour care environment that includes intensive care, safe housing and specialized medical attention. Treatment in this environment most often includes a combination of individual, group and family therapy. It may also include assessment and screening for mental health disorders; the existence of both a mental health and a substance use disorder is referred to as co-occurring disorders. In this scenario, residential treatment works to address all disorders simultaneously.

Residential treatment centers and/or their care partners use detoxification as the first stage of treatment. In this stage, the patient’s body is cleared of drugs. Next, residential treatment length of stays vary from 1-12 months.

Recovery Housing

Supervised, short-term housing for patients utilized to help provide a transition to independent life

Recovery housing typically follows inpatient or residential treatment.

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

IOPs are the highest level of outpatient therapy. While this treatment model allows people to continue living in their own homes and continuing to carry on daily activities, patients attend therapy most days of the week for multiple hours.

In most cases, patients transition to an IOP upon the completion of residential treatment,

Outpatient Therapy for Individuals and Families

Individuals and their families visit a behavioral health counselor regularly, during which the counselor employs a variety of therapy modalities. Therapy may help people explore underlying factors for substance use disorders, learn healthy life skills, and change their thoughts and behaviors related to drug use.

Therapy is used 

during residential treatment, intensive outpatient treatment and as a stand-alone avenue to help sustain recovery.

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)

The use of medications used in combination with counseling and/or behavioral therapies.

Oftentimes, MAT is used in the event of Opiod Use Disorders and to assist people in sustaining recovery.


Aftercare may include attending peer recovery and/or 12-step groups, staying in sober living for an extended period or individual counseling.

Aftercare is implemented to help prevent relapse.


Upon discovering substance misuse, it might be tough to know where to begin the path toward healing. Here are some recommended reading links, which we’ve curated to help you.


Awakenings Janice Ward (830)377-5137 jward@awakeningshillcountry.com (Women Only treatment)

Brazos Josh Slay (817)682-4124 www.brazosrecovery.com Men Only    

Burning Tree Beth Legacki (512)921-3533 Long Term, 9-12 months for chronic relapsers

Cenikor Dr Wei (936)630-7461 www.cenikor.org

Healing Springs Ranch Jalisa Fragoso (817)908-3063 Jalisa.Fragoso@healingspringsranch.com

La Hacienda Sarah McDonald (361)290-6580 www.lahacienda.com

Origins Julie Willingham (469)516-4574 www.originsrecovery.com

Ranch at Dove Tree Mona Ogas (817)789-2676 www.ranchatdovetree.com

Sante Brian Simpson (214)444-7358 brians@santecenter.com

Starlite Lisa Hinson (469)831-2489 www.starliterecovery.com

Stonegate Center Johnny Eckelbarger (817)360-6144 www.stonegatecenter.com

The Arbor (844)413-2690 www.thearbor.com

The Right Step Lauren Cox (817)964-8380 www.rightstep.com

Treehouse Amy McKee (903)200-9340 amckee@addictioncampus.com

Valley Hope Aimee Blount (817)424-1305 aimeeblount@valleyhope.org

Clearfork Academy Mike Zumwaldt (817)991-2007 www.clearforkacademy.com

New Beginnings Stacey Hayhurst (817)891-8068

Access Counseling Irene Little 972 423-8727 (adolescent and adult)

Arise Recovery Center Danny Andino (214)504-6670 www.ariserecoverycenters.com

Simply Grace IOP Jamie Moore (972)238-7970 jamie@simplygracehouse.com

Solutions Lois Jordan (214)369-1155 ljordan@sosdallas.com www.sosdallas.com

Windhaven (888)437-8686  www.windhavenhouse.com Women Only

Grace Counseling Rick Rayl (940)206-3868 www.grace-counseling.com

BreakThru Substance Abuse (469)297-5447

Haven Behavioral Health (469)353-2219 www.havenbehavioral.com

The Right Step Lauren Cox (817)964-8380 www.rightstep.com


Arbor Park Chris McGuire (469)412-4572 chris.mcguire@arborparkrecovery.com (men only)

Cardinal House Recovery (214)897-3092 www.cardinalhouserecovery.com (men only)

Patton Sober Living Randy Cox (877)553-1248 www.pattonsoberliving.com (men only)

Simply Grace Admissions (214)774-9808 www.simplygracehouse.org (women only)

The Lighthouse Mike Jones (214)906-6336 www.lighthouserecoverytx.com (men only)

Windhaven Allison Watros (972)948-2612  www.windhavenhouse.com   (Women only)