The Center for Success and Independence

The Center for Success and Independence


Located in Houston, Texas, the Center for Success and Independence provides long-term residential treatment and an intensive outpatient program (IOP) for adolescents ( ages 12 to 17) struggling with chemical dependency, a well as co-occurring mental health difficulties. The facility does not offer on-site detoxification services. However, the facility does offer accredited classroom instruction during treatment and staffs bilingual therapists.


Upon admission, clients may participate in an initial behavioral and mental health assessment to guide clinicians in forming an individualized treatment plan. If a client requires supervision and high level of structure to obtain and maintain sobriety, the individual may be referred to the residential program. Typically, the residential program lasts between three and six months.

The Center for Success and Independence utilizes the Matrix Model of recovery to treats its clients. According to the facility’s website, residential treatment entails a regular schedule of weekly programming. Each week, clients receive approximately 13 hours of group psychotherapy, one hour of individual therapy, three hours of family therapy, and seven hours of educational classes on chemical dependency.

In addition, the Center incorporates workshops on coping skills and anger management, and clients also regularly attend 12-step meetings. Family involvement is strongly encouraged. Loved ones are invited to attend weekly family therapy sessions, multi-family therapy groups, family education sessions, and parent support groups.

Along with weekly counseling and educational classes, clients with co-occurring mental health concerns also receive psychiatric evaluations and ongoing medication management. To ensure residential clients stay up-to-date on classroom instruction, the Center for Success and Independence coordinates with an on-site charter school. Fully accredited, the charter school provides customized, age-appropriate instruction, as well as a G.E.D. program. On-site mentoring, higher-education planning, and job development services are also available on-site.

Once a client completes residential treatment, clinicians may encourage the individual to “step-down” to the Center’s intensive outpatient program (IOP). IOP requires 10 hours of weekly therapy, with an initial 12-week commitment. Along with group counseling sessions and educational classes, IOP involves a weekly one-on-one therapy and family therapy session. Once discharged, the Center for Success and Independence offers 12 months of aftercare support, which may include clinical support and referrals to community-based resources.


The Center for Success and Independence employs a multidisciplinary team comprised of consulting psychiatrists, masters-level mental health counselors and therapists, bilingual therapists, chemical dependency counselors, case managers, and
trained mental health technicians. According to the facility’s website, the Center offers a client-to-staff ratio of 5:1.


The Center for Success and Independence’s residential program can accommodate up to 44 adolescents at a time, where clients receive 24-hour access to care. While information is limited concerning the facility’s amenities and sleeping arrangements, the sole alum polled by at the time of this writing gave a four out of five-star rating for the facility’s overall cleanliness and upkeep.


The sole alum polled by generally approved of the facility, offering four-star ratings for the facility’s counseling options, discharge planning, ability to treat co-occurring disorders, and for the treatment staff’s level of experience and training. “It was hard at first but worth it in the end,” the anonymous alum wrote. The survey respondent did offer a more moderate three-star rating for the amount of family involvement.

Secondary sources revealed that most alumni agreed with this positive assessment. On Google reviews, four alumni gave the facility an average rating of 3.8 out of five-star rating. [1] Alumni tended to praise the facility’s staff and the classroom instruction component of the facility. “Coming here was the best thing that ever happened to me…” Jessica, a representative reviewer, wrote. Although giving the facility a lower two-star rating, alum Renecia admitted that she “got ahead in school” during treatment.


Although has yet to receive feedback from loved ones to date, secondary sources mostly positive opinions among loved ones. On Citehealth, seven loved ones gave the facility an average rating of 3.58 out of five stars. [2] Many reviewers felt the facility was effective and praised the staff. “The staff is excellent. They have school so that patients can catch up or stay on track,” one representative reviewer wrote.


Secondary sources also revealed positive opinions of the facility among staff members. On Glassdoor, out of five stars, three staff members gave the facility ratings of three-,four-, and five- star ratings[3]. Reviewers tended to praise their coworkers and the facility’s work environment. Staff is very supportive and concerned about clients, one representative reviewer wrote.


The Center for Success and Independence accepts a range of private insurance plans, including Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Value Options, and Cigna, as well as Medicaid.


Reviews about The Center for Success and Independence

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  • Strengths:They push you. Weakness:It's for adolescents. It was hard at first but worth it in the end.