Houston, TX (PRWEB) August 30, 2013
Houston is currently the most populated city in Texas and ranks fourth in the nation with more than two-million people. However as a result, it also has the highest cases of clinical drug and alcohol abuse in the state. According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, more than 12,000 in the citys metropolitan area have sought treatment for their chemical dependency in 2012. But one rehabilitation center is earning national respect in the field. Substance Abuse Houston was recently recognized by the Governors Office for its exemplary work in treating addictions.
Governor Rick Perry recently praised Substance Abuse Houston during a speech in front of the State Legislature as one of the leaders in helping to combat one of the nations biggest problems. The Governor toured the facility along with Houston Mayor Annise Parker during his visit to the city last week.
It was an honor to meet the mayor and governor, said Substance Abuse Director Steve Shipley. Its encouraging to see the state is committed to tackling the issue of drug and alcohol abuse and recognizes our hard work.
In its seven years of operation, Substance Abuse Houston has successfully treated more than 1,000 patients. The facility is known for its use of Dual Diagnosis as its main method for treating patients. The program provides rehabilitation by focusing on each patients mental health.
A good portion of our patients suffer from some kind of mental disorder, Shipley said. They include depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or anxiety. If those mental illnesses arent treated, we cant realistically rehabilitate the patient.
Every member of Substance Abuse Houstons staff has been specifically trained to deal with patients who suffer from mental illness. Peer and counseling support groups are also a major part of the facilitys curriculum.
Successful rehabilitation is a team effort, Shipley said. Nobody should have to go through this alone.
Substance Abuse Houston also offers flexible hours to cater to patients with busy lifestyles. The center provides group sessions which start after 6 pm. Each patient is given a support team to help guide them through the process.
In addition to mental therapy, Substance Abuse Houston also has a wide variety of activities to stimulate each patient physically. Among its recovery methods include: