In the tropical zone of Brazoria County, Texas, on the Gulf of Mexico, is “the place to call,” they say, “when you want to turn your life around!” Brazos Place, in the city of Freeport, is a non-profit outpatient and residential treatment facility for adults 18 years and older, who want to begin the process of recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs.
Brazos Place began in 1980 as an alcohol recovery center housed in an abandoned hospital. In 1982, it was certified by the Texas Rehabilitation commission as a halfway house for men coming out of Texas prisons. Various investors, including Dow Chemical Company, allowed for the expansion of Brazos Place early in 1990 to include treatment for underprivileged men and women in the community.
Accommodations and Food
Brazos Place is housed in a long, low-slung, rambling brick building with a backdrop of the cabbage palmetto native to the Gulf Coast. There are 35 available beds in shared rooms, with communal bathrooms and there is always a waiting list. Three meals a day are planned and prepared by a staff food service, featuring home-style comfort cuisine.
To be admitted to Brazos Place, potential clients must be screened by staff members to insure first that they are medically stable (detox is not offered), then that they meet the Federal Poverty Guidelines and most importantly, that they actually want help; these factors are crucial as there is a long waiting list for treatment here. Upon admission, each client is assigned a primary counselor.
The 30-day Intensive Residential Program provides room and board and 24-hour supervision. Dual diagnosis support, disease (HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STDs) education and testing, individual and group therapy, family dynamics and education classes about addiction and recovery make up the bulk of the schedule. Twelve-step principles are the central focus of the program; being of service and being a part of a sober community is key. A typical day begins with a 6 am wakeup call, breakfast, meditation and groups. Evenings and weekends are devoted to 12-step meetings, recreation and social activities.
The outpatient program provides a minimum of six hours of contact each week. This program also includes group and individual therapy. Topics include addiction education, communication skills, stress reduction techniques and family dynamics. Daily participation in 12-step meetings is of course a vital part of the outpatient program as well. Clients are expected to find a sponsor, to work the steps and to engage in the fellowship.
Brazos Place knows how important family is in the recovery process. As part of family dynamics in both programs, the Family Education Program is meant to create an understanding around the topic of addiction and to foster open and productive communication among family members. Family Education includes family counseling by a LPC, individual counseling and classes on substance abuse education held each Saturday from 11:45 am to 1 pm.
Treatment at Brazos Place is available in both Spanish and English. Specialized recovery programs for pregnant and post-partum women are also available, with additional parenting classes included in the substance abuse protocol. Brazos Place offers special services to veterans, too. Staff members work closely with the Veteran Administrator, regularly accepting referrals from the Michael E. DeBakey Regional Veteran’s Medical Center in Houston and working with the VA Outreach program in Lufkin, Texas.
Brazos Place provides a valuable service by offering substance abuse treatment to people who might not be able to afford it otherwise. Brazos Place provides solid 12-step recovery, a sober community and dual diagnosis support to people who really need it at a time in their lives when there might not be many options left.
1103 North Avenue H
Freeport, TX 77541
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