Northeast Texas

The Northeast Texas Landscape

a map of Texas shows that the drug trade has infiltrated most of the stateVisitors to northeast Texas generally expect a drug climate that isn’t as severe as it is in southern parts of the state. However, the drug trade regularly infiltrates its way from Mexico throughout the entire state. The locals in this region suffer from drug and alcohol dependency as much as the rest of the state, and they need help finding reliable treatment that works. Northeast Texas offers such help.

Population demographics across the northeastern Texas region are:

  • Plano: 278,4801
  • Paris — 24,8952
  • Tyler: 101,4213
  • Longview: 81,5934
  • Waco: 130,1945
  • Wichita Falls: 105,1146

Treatment Outlook

there are multiple insurance options available to Dallas area treatment patientsResidents have several treatment options to choose from in each city. There are six facilities in Plano, two of which offer mental health care treatment.7 Several of these facilities accept both private insurance and Medicaid while some also offer payment assistance programs and sliding scale plans. Varied payment options are important in the treatment world, especially among communities that may be struggling or have populations that are less likely to have insurance coverage.

In Texas in 2012, 45 percent of residents had insurance coverage through employer plans, 4 percent through other private insurance, and 10 percent were on Medicare. Fifteen percent of Texans were covered by Medicaid, and 1 percent was covered by another form of pubic insurance.8 Twenty-four percent were uninsured.

In 2013, 39,676 people sought treatment for substance abuse and addiction issues in the state of Texas.9 The breakdown for the number of people seeking treatment for abuse of or addiction to various substances follows:

  • Alcohol: 5,931
  • Alcohol in combination with other drugs: 5,150
  • Marijuana: 8,375
  • Heroin: 6,134
  • Other opiates: 2,979
  • Amphetamines: 5,629
  • Cocaine, smoked: 2,671
  • Cocaine, ingested through other routes: 1,551
  • Tranquilizers: 604
  • PCP: 344
  • Hallucinogens: 53
  • Sedatives: 53
  • Inhalants: 31
  • Other substances: 16210

The treatment options available to individuals vary from one facility to the next. Those individuals interested in specific treatment modalities — such as equine-assisted therapy — that may not be offered everywhere should verify availability of these services at specific treatment facilities.

Other modalities include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Solutions-Focused Therapy (SFT). These methods of treatment have proven effective in the substance abuse treatment field. They may also improve symptoms of mental illness and help individuals with co-occurring disorders to learn coping skills to help prevent relapse.

Drug and Alcohol Abuse

Plano, in Northeast Texas, is historically noted as having suffered through an epidemic of heroin overdoses in the 1990s — around 11 deaths in 1997 alone.11 Heroin use still remains popular in the area. In October 2013, local officials confirmed the deaths of two individuals in the city that year from heroin overdoses and said they suspected two more deaths that month were attributable to the drug.12

Over the July 4th holiday weekend in 2015, local police in Plano arrested 16 people for driving under the influence.13As of June 2015, Texas was leading the entire country in the number of drunken driving fatalities that occurred there in one year.


graph showing that individuals who's parents suffered from alcoholism have a increased chance of addictiona large percentage of mental health patients suffer from alcohol and/or drug abuseSubstance abuse can arise in an individual’s life for many reasons. Addiction is three to four times more likely to develop in an individual whose parents were alcohol abusers.14

One of the most probable contributing factors to substance abuse occurs in people who suffer from comorbid mental health disorders. Around 29 percent of the entire population that suffers from mental illness also battles drug or alcohol abuse.15

Effects of Substance Abuse

in 2013 over 1000 people died as a result of alcohol related auto accidents

Plano recently lost a teenaged resident to synthetic drug abuse.[16] Another teen in the area died in December 2014 after ingesting a synthetic party drug known as N-bomb.17

Deaths occurring from alcohol abuse are just as common in the northeastern region of the state. An average of 6,514 people died every year from 2006 to 2010 in Texas from alcohol-related causes.18

In 2013, over 1,300 Texans died as the result of an automobile accident involving alcohol.[19] The number of deaths due to alcohol-related driving incidents in each city in 2014 included:

  • Plano: 4
  • Paris: 0
  • Tyler: 3
  • Longview: 2
  • Waco: 6
  • Wichita Falls: 020

Suicide rates in counties in the northeastern region of Texas are:

  • Collin County: 9.31 per 100,000 deaths
  • Lamar County: 17.19 per 100,000 deaths
  • McLennan County: 11.21 per 100,000 deaths
  • Wichita County: 14.56 per 100,000 deaths
  • Gregg County: 14.82 per 100,000 deaths
  • Smith County: 14.29 per 100,000 deaths21

The drug trade is in full effect, and as such, drug-related crime rates continue to mount in the northeastern region of Texas. In February 2015, 18 individuals were arrested in Tyler after an investigation determined they were conspiring to distribute methamphetamine across the eastern portion of Texas since January 2010.22 The criminal penalties for these crimes and others related to drugs and alcohol can range from a few days to decades in jail.

Where to Turn for Help

a doctor filling out intake paperwork at a CARF accredited treatment facilityWhile researching treatment facilities in Northeast Texas, keep in mind that those lacking accreditation through the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities are less likely to provide the all-encompassing treatment options that someone who is dependent on drugs or alcohol requires. Being accredited by CARF means a facility’s treatment programs and business structure have been thoroughly evaluated and approved by the international authorizing agency.

After selecting facilities that are approved by CARF, the next step in the process is looking behind the scenes of each facility and deciding which offered programs best suit the person’s needs. For instance, someone who warrants treatment for a co-occurring mental health disorder in addition to treatment for the abuse of hard substances, like alcohol, heroin, or crystal meth, will want to seek out a rehab center that has the appropriate professionals on staff to fully address these issues.

More information on treatment centers in the northeastern area of Texas can be found through the East Texas Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse.

Texas is, by far, one of the largest states in the United States. Unlike many other states, which can be traveled by car in just an hour or two, Texas seems to stretch on and on. When people drive through Texas, they often take a detour through the northeastern section of the state. This is the area that houses Dallas and all of the tourist attractions that big city can offer.

But people come to Northeast Texas for non-tourist reasons too. Some people come because they need help with a very difficult and persistent case of addiction. The Northeast provides a number of innovative treatment solutions that can help. These are the top options available:

  1. House of Hope: In a perfect world, people would see the need for drug education and drug rehab long before the authorities got involved. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. When law enforcement actions happen and people are required to get help from a classroom learning situation, the House of Hope can help. This organization provides drug offender and DWI education classes that meet the requirements of legally mandated court sentences. Classes come with fees, and those fees must be paid in advance. All classes are held on the Sherman campus.
  2. Enterhealth Ranch: Scientists have performed dozens of hours of research on the chemistry of addiction and the treatments that often lead to recovery. This treatment facility in Dallas puts that research to work. Here, clinicians provide science-based therapies that have been proven effective in the fight against addiction. People who enroll go through a comprehensive assessment and treatment planning process, and they enter either a residential or outpatient program that is tailored to meet their specific and individual recovery needs. The facility offers a number of high-end amenities, including a swimming pool, a putting green, running trails, gourmet meals, and more. Insurance payments are accepted, but most consider the ranch an out-of-network provider. Private-pay options are available too.
  3. AppleGate Recovery: The founders of this organization know that addiction is a disease, and just like other major diseases, it can respond to the right form of therapy. The facility offers outpatient therapy for addictions, which comes with ongoing assessments with a medical professional. This approach allows people to work on their addictions while they live at home, and the treatment plans they access will change as they change and grow in sobriety. Counseling is the cornerstone of care in this organization, and it can be provided on an individual basis or in group or family settings. There are clinics in this system in Plano and Sherman.
  4. MedPro Treatment Centers: For people with addictions to opiate drugs, methadone can be a real lifesaver. This drug can mimic the action of opiates in the brain, delivering a sense of relief and release to people with very longstanding addictions. But methadone alone cannot touch the reasons that stand behind the development of an addiction; only treatment plans can do that. At MedPro, the team uses medications in concert with therapy to help people in need. Every client has a personalized treatment program, and most services are provided on an outpatient basis. Insurance payments are not accepted, but there are state funding programs available for people in need.
  5. Life Management Resources: This private organization, located in Dallas, strives to be up-to-date and independent. That means it is not connected with a large chain or major hospital. It is a small organization that is devoted to state-of-the-art care for addiction. All of the therapies provided have been proven effective through medical testing, and all of the providers of those tests have been licensed to do their work. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing, offered on an outpatient basis, are provided to people who enroll. Insurance payments are accepted, as are sliding-scale payments for people in need of financial assistance.
  6. DayRise Recovery: Addictions do not just change the way the brain works. An addiction can also change the way a person feels about life as a whole. A holistic approach is required to undo the damage, and that care is provided at DayRise Recovery. This organization provides outpatient addiction care in a luxury environment that is designed for comfort. It is an appropriate form of therapy for people with addictions, and for people with mental illnesses that complicate addiction recovery. The format allows people like this to get well and learn, without leaving the connections of home and work behind. The facility in Allen has been featured in many major news outlets, and it truly is beautiful. Questions about the program and financing are always welcome.
  7. The Watershed: This organization is known for providing luxury rehab options in Florida. But it also has a gorgeous facility open in Houston, and that facility is ready and waiting to take in new patients who need help with a drug or alcohol problem. Services provided include medical detox, inpatient rehab, and partial hospitalization. There’s also a halfway house option, for people who need a little more support. Individualized programs for women, men, teenagers, professionals, and families are also available. Insurance payments are accepted.
  8. Carrollton Springs: Addiction treatments change every year due to new research and new insights. The Carrollton Springs treatment facility puts that research to work. The organization delivers innovative and research-based treatment in a supportive environment that can deliver real recovery benefits. Inpatient treatment is available, and those who enroll move into a new facility that has a clean and contemporary feel. The grounds are park-like and gorgeous, and there are pavilions and activity spaces to boost recovery. There are also outpatient programs available, which allow people to spend time in the facility during the day while they attend to work and family in the evenings and on weekends. Insurance payments are accepted, and the team is willing to work with providers to help people maximize their benefits.
  9. Rehab Care Center Denton: People with addictions may not know the best path to healing. This rehab center may help, as it provides so many different types of care. People can access medical detox, inpatient care, outpatient care, and ongoing care through this facility. Families can also use this facility to tap into intervention services, so they can convince a reluctant person to get care for an addiction. Every person who enrolls has access to group counseling, individual counseling, physical outings, and more. Call (940) 222-4228 to find out more about payments and insurance options.
  10. Santé Center for Healing: As addiction healing takes hold, a person can change dramatically. Sometimes, those changes even take place on a daily basis. That is why the founders of this organization developed a model in which the client’s health, healing, and state of mind is monitored every single day. The plan for care changes as the person changes. That plan might include medical detox, inpatient care, or outpatient care. All of those treatment models are available at this center. Most people enroll in the inpatient program, and the average length of stay is 80 days. The Dallas center is luxurious and comfortable, and it is packed with amenities. Insurance payments are accepted. Call (800) 258-4250 to find out more.
  11. Aspire Recovery Center: This organization is owned and operated by people who are in recovery. That means everyone who works with this group knows what it is like to live with addiction, and they know what it takes to get better. This organization provides a combination of intensive outpatient care, sober living homes, and continuing monitoring. That allows people to step away from the dangers of home and immerse in the life of recovery, while tapping into extended support so new habits become a permanent part of life. Insurance payments are accepted.
  12. Morgan’s Mercy Mansion: This 501c3 organization is designed to help women who have experienced deep devastation due to alcohol and/or drugs. These women can enroll in this organization and tap into the daily help and inspiration of a team of volunteers who provide over 19 classes about addiction, healing, recovery, life skills, and more. This organization has a deep Christian focus, so all participants are expected to pray regularly and remain devoted to God. The work progresses through stages, which become less and less restrictive. Women who enroll should expect to stay engaged with the organization for months.
  13. Turtle Creek Recovery Center: This treatment center, which was founded in 1968, is designed to serve people who have both addictions and mental illnesses. This combination can lead to all sorts of terrible consequences, including homelessness. Many people who come to this organization are homeless. The organization provides addiction care on a residential basis, which combines counseling, education, and 12-Step meetings. Clients are also provided with transition planning, so they can prepare for successful lives in the community when the program is complete. An outpatient program for people who do not need around-the-clock care is also available. Vocational assistance and housing referrals are available. Fees are nonexistent, but space is limited.
  14. The Ranch at Dove Tree: Expert care provided in a warm and loving environment is the goal and mission of this treatment organization. People who enroll should expect to obtain personal and group counseling that can help them learn to overcome addiction’s challenges. There are specialized programs made for specific types of people. There’s a program made just for people in college, for example, and there’s a separate program for people who need very intense treatment for a very short period of time. Major insurance payments are accepted.
  15. Greenhouse: This proven treatment program is unlike any other in Texas. People who enroll in this treatment program are given access to science-based therapies, such as Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Seeking Safety, and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy. They get those therapies in a luxury environment that is located quite close to Dallas. It is an appropriate form of care for any adult with addiction, and the founders believe in the model so deeply that they provide a guarantee. Anyone who successfully completes the inpatient program and relapses within 90 days can return for a free 30 days of care. Insurance payments are accepted. Call (972) 848-0260 to find out more.
  16. Burning Tree Ranch: This organization has two different facilities to meet the needs of people living in Texas. One is located in Dallas, and one is located in Austin. People interested in this organization do not need to know the ins and outs of each facility. The admissions team will select the right facility at intake, based on the answers people provide to a few key questions about their addiction’s past and their goals for the future. Treatment plans progress through three stages. People begin the healing in a residential program, and they slowly transition into outpatient care with new lessons and new skills. The team constantly monitors progress and changes the treatment plan as needed, to help people get the support they need at each step along the way. This long-term treatment approach is often associated with a higher level of addiction recovery, and it is available at Burning Tree. Insurance payments are accepted.
  17. Right Path Drug Rehab: This organization maintains luxury treatment programs all across the United States. Many are in Texas. People addicted to almost any substance imaginable can get help through this organization. Inpatient care provided here can help people to stay surrounded by the culture of recovery when they are at their most vulnerable, so they are not tempted to relapse. As they heal, people might choose to move into outpatient environments that offer real help with fewer restrictions. Insurance payments are accepted.
  18. Green Oaks: Addictions are considered mental illnesses. Often, the illness of addiction can grow and strengthen until a crisis appears. This organization is made to deliver addiction care, including crisis care, as a safety net for people in need. Inpatient treatment is provided in a hospital setting in Dallas, but there are outpatient programs and clinics located throughout North Texas. People who enroll may begin their recovery journey in the hospital, but they may transition to clinic help in time. Insurance payments are available, and there are payment options available for those who do not have insurance.
  19. Seven Ponds Treatment and Renewal: People with addictions may not be similar to one another, but everyone who has an addiction might benefit from a closer connection to nature. Seven Ponds is designed to enhance that connection, and there are four different types of programs for four very different types of people. Each is a little different, lasting for different amounts of time and focusing on different parts of recovery, but each incorporates nature and the outdoors in some way. People looking for something a little different from the addiction recovery process might enjoy this group. Some insurance payments are accepted, and there are grants available for people in need.
  20. Homeward Bound: Mental health issues, addictions, and homelessness are often companions. One issue leads to another in a process that can seem difficult to stop or reverse. Homeward Bound can help. This organization provides residential substance abuse treatment for indigent people living in North Texas. The program is rigorous, and it is based on scientific theories involving health and healing. Addiction care is blended with life skills training, so people emerge from care with the tools they will need to build a successful life in sobriety. No fees are involved.
  21. Magdalen House: This nonprofit organization provides a safe and nonmedical space in which to withdraw from alcohol and learn to live a sober life. Care is provided regardless of a woman’s disabilities, ethnic background, and religious affiliations. The primary addiction must involve alcohol. Women are helped on a first-come, first-served basis. They stay for 14 days, and during that time, they are immersed in the 12 Steps of recovery made famous by Alcoholics Anonymous. Most care is provided by volunteers who have been through their own recovery journey. Meetings are held at the organization every day of the week, and people who want to participate are expected to follow a very strict code of conduct. The organization is in Dallas.
  22. United Drug Rehab Group: This organization provides a customized addiction recovery program, tailored to each addicted person’s individual needs and desires. Most people who utilize this organization enroll in inpatient care, and the group provides access to a luxury rehab environment. People live surrounded by comfort and luxury while they heal, with amenities that complement overall wellbeing and enhance healing. People who need a little extra help can tap into detox facilities too, so they can get sober without feeling ill at the same time. Most insurance payments accepted.

This list is far from all-inclusive. In fact, this could be considered a starter list of the major players located in Northeast Texas. We have not discussed the small providers in each community that do the hard work of helping people to recover each and every day, and we have not mentioned all of the local hospitals and clinics that could help people with addictions. Those organizations are out there, and the help they provide is very real. But, if you are looking for a large provider of services, this list could help you to get started. Just remember to start that search now. Every moment you delay allows addiction to grow stronger.


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