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Founded in 1999, Center for Success and Independence offers adolescent treatment for substance abuse and co-occurring disorders in Houston, Texas. This CARF-accredited program offers a residential program as well as an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for clients ages 12 to 17. Treatment relies on evidence-based therapy and the 12 steps.

Accommodations and Food

CSI offers gender-specific living quarters for a total of 44 residents. Basic rooms are shared between two clients at at time, featuring twin sized beds and adequate closet space. The facility also offers therapy rooms, lecture halls, common areas and a dining hall. Smoking is not permitted, and three meals a day are provided. Clients are provided a variety of healthy options and dietary requests can usually be accommodated.

Treatment and Staff

CSI offers individualized care, providing clients one-on-one attention, support for co-occurring mental health issues and trauma therapy. Detox services are not available. This residential program typically lasts for six to nine months, with over 25 hours of therapy per week in the residential program. Treatment examines all facets of the individual, focusing on their emotional, behavioral and cognitive wellness. Through a mixture of individual and group therapy, residents begin to address the underlying issues behind their addiction. Groups use the Matrix Model and Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) to cover topics like step work, relapse prevention, healthy communication, coping skills and anger management. DBT and CBT are the primary methods of treatment. 

Educational lectures inform clients on the addiction as disease model, as well the importance of life skills. Twelve step participation is also a major component of treatment. Residents attend both on- and off-site meetings, with guest speakers brought to the facility twice a week. All clients are also required to get a sponsor. Those dealing with mental health issues can also have them addressed through therapy and medication management.

Family involvement is considered a crucial component of each adolescent’s recovery at CSI. Each week, families are asked to participate in family therapy, family education and family group therapy. Family therapy offers a private setting for the client and their loved ones, while family group therapy includes several families and the clients. Typically, these sessions discuss issues concerning communication, codependency and healthy boundaries. Once a month, the entire treatment team meets with the adolescent and their parents to review progress, as well as to identify problem areas and develop a plan for continued success. Visitation takes place on Saturday and Sunday.

Once residential care has been completed, many clients continue on to IOP. They are also given a case manager, with whom they can check in for up to 12 months after being discharged. CSI’s IOP requires a 12-week commitment, meeting for nine hours a week. It focuses on group therapy as well as weekly individual and family sessions.

The staff consists of Master’s-level therapists, nurses, chemical dependency counselors, consulting psychiatrists, case managers and mental health technicians. 


An accredited on-site school program is offered through Southwest Charter School as well. Clients attend school from 8 am to 2 pm before spending the rest of the day in therapy. There is also a GED program available.

CSI also offers the Recreation Alternative Program for low income youth with substance abuse, mental health and behavioral health concerns. The eight-week program meets three hours a day for three days a week, offering counseling, relapse prevention, anger management, groups for teens and parents, recreational activities and nutrition classes.

The facility also offers a Trauma Victim Treatment Program, providing training and assistance to youth; there is a specialized focus on young girls who have been involved in sex trafficking. CSI is involved with The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), bringing trauma treatment to juvenile justice environments. CSI’s SAFE Project is a mental health initiative, bringing grief and trauma therapy to juveniles.

In Summary

Center for Success and Independence offers a comprehensive list of services to treat substance abuse. From residential to outpatient, the adolescents who attend this program are in great hands. With long-term care, daily 12-step meetings and a strong community spirit, sobriety becomes a way of life.

Center for Success and Independence Location

3722 Pinemont Dr
Houston, TX 77018

Center for Success and Independence Cost

$10,500 (30 days). Reach Center for Success and Independence by phone at (713) 426-4545 or by email at [email protected]

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