Operating as part of Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, the largest nonprofit hospital in Houston, Texas, the Memorial Hermann Prevention and Recovery Center (PaRC) offers addiction treatment for adults 25 and older. It offers medical detox and easy access to psychiatric counseling, as well as similar programs at the facility for teens (13-17) and young adults (18-24).
Accommodations and Food
Despite the hospital environment, Memorial Hermann works at avoiding an institutional vibe by providing a campus-style atmosphere for clients. There is a well-stocked gym on-site which includes several elliptical machines, treadmills and free weights; there’s also a basketball court. As far as the facilities go, Memorial Hermann separates the different age groups of each program in different wings, though the rooms remain the same throughout. All are basic, dorm-style rooms, tastefully decorated and neat with two twin beds, a desk, a shared bureau and a private bathroom. There are occasional single bedrooms for some residents.
Meals at Memorial Hermann are cafeteria style, with three meals a day and snacks available in between. There is a chef on-staff who oversees all of the meals, with a nod to making them healthy and an emphasis on nutrition. There are also vending machines in the residential housing.
Treatment and Staff
The length of stay at Memorial Hermann PaRC is between 30 and 90 days, and the program offers numerous methods of therapy with a plethora of counseling options to make their clients’ daily routines meet their specific needs. Besides frequent one-on-one and group counseling every week, it also offers family counseling, process groups, gender-specific groups, grief and loss groups, spiritual development, relationship groups, meditation, goals and community groups and art therapy. There are 12-step meetings offered on-site through the week.
Like most recovery programs under hospital purview, Memorial Hermann PaRC offers a medical detox on-site in a residential unit, separate from the lodgings. The process takes between three and 10 days before residents transition into their 30-day recovery program. Memorial Hermann PaRC is one of few treatment centers in the Houston metro area that offers a medical detox for adolescents as well as adults. There is a medical doctor and psychiatrist on staff, as well as the counselors and therapists who make up the day-to-day staff.
Those staying at Bernard Hermann better get comfortable because much of their recovery occurs on the campus grounds. There are no group trips offered; some clients receive permission to leave the grounds for personal matters and local 12-step meetings, but unlike many other facilities, the work at Memorial Hermann is largely grounded and focused on recovery.
Memorial Hermann PaRC offers a comprehensive Pain Recovery Program which addresses the bio-psycho-social factors that contribute to chronic pain. The program assists residents with physical, mental and behavioral techniques to help them eliminate pain without relying on addictive medications—and the comprehensive nature of their program illustrates just how seriously PaRC takes their programming. To wit, the Pain Recovery Program offers physical therapy, behavioral therapy, nutrition for pain recovery, neurolumen therapy, meditation, sleep regulation, smoking cessation, stress management and coping skills, acupuncture, mindfulness and biofeedback, communication and interpersonal skills training, exercises for pain recovery, relapse prevention, substance abuse education and non habit-forming medications, when necessary.
Memorial Hermann PaRC has a powerful association with the larger Memorial Hermann healthcare organization. This means major access to a professional medical staff, as well as a program that truly strives to offer a multi-valent approach to therapy. In short, Memorial Hermann PaRC delivers a no-nonsense rehab experience within the context of a well established organization.
Memorial Hermann Prevention and Recovery Center
3043 Gessner Rd
Houston, TX 77080
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