Alternative Outpatient Substance Use Treatment
Empowering Recovery, Rebuilding Lives.
We help people heal from substance abuse through our Alternative Outpatient Substance Use Treatment Program. The first step is for clients to be screened during an initial assessment process to gather information about medical history, substance use history, current symptoms, and related physical or mental health issues.
We determine whether outpatient treatment is best for each client during the assessment by reviewing substance use severity and patterns. If outpatient treatment is an option, treatment planning becomes a collaborative process considering the client, goals, and available resources.
Over 60% of CRR clients who participate in our Alternative program complete the program successfully, building a support system and additional skills to begin a better life, and an overwhelming 95% credit the program with saving their lives.
About the Alternative...
Support is a component of addressing substance use issues. As one of the first and only substance use programs as an alternative to the criminal justice system, CRR is known for providing services in a manner that removes barriers. We want individuals to concentrate on the process while ensuring work, housing, and family are addressed.
Our program offers evidence-based group and individual counseling services provided by licensed, experienced counselors. The program includes the following topics to build the needed support for those attending services.
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Treatment services are available to individuals on an outpatient basis that enables them to maintain normal activities, such as work and school, during the treatment process.
Our counseling is conducted in a supportive, environment and individuals receive counseling, education, and skills to change their relationship with substances. You decide how to use the support to move forward in your life.
It is a 90-day program with aftercare opportunities. We also have support for family members. You will be required to submit to a urinalysis to demonstrate your commitment to the process. We will do what we can to help you find your motivation by removing any barrier in your way. You must decide what you want to change for this to work.
Outpatient substance abuse treatment allows flexibility for individuals to receive treatment while maintaining their daily routines and responsibilities. Our clients can attend therapy sessions or other program activities and other program activities during designated hours, enabling them to continue working, attending school, or fulfilling family obligations. This flexibility makes treatment more accessible for many individuals, increasing the likelihood of long-term engagement. The program incorporates drug testing to ensure individuals remain sober. This testing helps individuals stay accountable and serves as a deterrent to relapse. Testing incentivizes individuals to stay on track with their recovery goals. The program also provides support for and education for family members.
Services Offered in Multiple Locations including Waller County
Substance Use Explained
Substance use disorder/addiction is when someone becomes dependent on a substance or behavior, even if it is causing harm to their health, relationships, or overall well-being. There are several reasons why addiction can happen:
- Chemical changes in the brain—When a person uses certain substances or engages in addictive behaviors, it can affect the brain’s reward system. These substances or behaviors trigger the release of chemicals (such as Dopamine) that create pleasurable feelings. Over time, the brain gets used to this artificial boost of chemicals and starts to crave more of it.
- Genetic factors—Some people may be genetically predisposed to addiction. This means they might be more likely to develop an addiction if they use certain substances or engage in certain behaviors. However, genetics alone do not determine dependence; other factors play a significant role.
- Environmental factors—The environment in which a person lives can contribute to addiction. Factors like peer pressure, stress, abuse, trauma, family history of addiction, and availability of substances can influence a person’s likelihood of developing an addiction.
- Coping mechanism—People may turn to substances or addictive behaviors as a way to cope with stress, emotional pain, or other difficulties in life. The temporary relief or escape that a mood-altering substance or activity can provide can become a habit and develop into a full-blown addiction.
- Repeated use and tolerance—With continued use of addictive substances, the body can develop a tolerance. This means higher amounts of the substance are needed over time to achieve the same effect. The cycle of increasing consumption can lead to addiction as the person becomes dependent on the substance to function normally.
It is important to remember that addiction is complex, and different factors can contribute to its development. It’s not solely a matter of willpower or moral failing. Addiction is a medical condition that requires understanding, support, and, most often, professional help.
What Are Substance Use Disorders?
It is estimated that over 50 percent of the 9,000 individuals in the Harris County jail system population (the nation’s third-largest) have drug and alcohol problems, as do a similar percentage of the 146,000 current inmates in Texas prisons. The reasons for this situation are varied, complex and interrelated, but one of the core solutions is effective, evidenced-based treatment. The average cost to keep a person in jail/prison is estimated at $25,000 per year. The cost of a typical 90-day, outpatient treatment episode in CRR’S Alternative Program is $1,300. Most of our services are free to our clients.