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Substance Use Disorder is a serious public health concern. Substance Use Disorders occur in people across the spectrum of our human race.  This condition does not discriminate based on age, gender, ethnicity or socio-economic status.  Substance Use Disorder develops in persons who use intoxicating substances in a way that negatively impacts their health, psychological functioning and social experiences. 


Substance use disorder develops over time as a person repeatedly uses intoxicating substances and makes the association between intoxicating substance use and the relief they experience from emotional discomfort of fear, depression, anxiety, insomnia, guilt, disappointment and a myriad of other dissatisfactions in life.


Some people have a predisposed vulnerability to substance use disorder because of the way their biology reacts to intoxication. As a person repeatedly uses intoxicating substances, they experience biological and metabolic changes in their physiology that feed the cycle of disordered use. 


 In the late stage of substance use disorder, the body becomes dependent on the substance and the phenomenon of tolerance and craving make sobriety too difficult to manage without professional help. 


Effective treatment for a period of at least 12 weeks is necessary for a person to manage the initial discomfort of sobriety and create a new lifestyle of recovery and wellness. 


There are multiple factors that contribute to the development of substance use disorder and rarely is there one “cause”.

    Many times, a spouse or parent of a person with a substance use disorder will want to blame themselves for the substance use disorder. It is important to remember that one of the most significant factors in the development and maintenance of substance use disorder and recovery is choice. The person with a substance use disorder is the one who makes the choice to continue on the path of disordered substance use or begin the path of recovery. Family and significant others can influence and encourage, but they cannot cause or cure a substance use disorder in another person. Substance use disorder significantly impacts the social environment and family will often feel fear, anger, desperation and helplessness. It is essential for every significant other of a person with a substance use disorder to spend the time and effort to pursue recovery in their own life to learn more effective ways to manage their own emotional experiences and interpersonal relationships. Substance use disorder is treatable, and full recovery is possible. At Adaego Recovery, we have developed an outpatient treatment model that will lead a person from disorder use to sobriety then from sobriety to recovery and from recovery ultimately into wellness.

Life Skills Development

Getting back into the workforce after recovering from substance abuse can be challenging. As such, Adaego will refer its clients to its partners that assist recovering individuals with finding jobs in order to get back on their feet.



At Adaego, we understand that sober living is just one part of your journey to sobriety. As such, we have partners that offer coaching, counseling and medicated treatments to enable a wholistic treatment process.


LCDC Counselors

Licensed Chemical Dependency Counseling provides different addiction treatment programs such as individual therapy, group therapy, psychoeducation and life skills development. Based on a client's stage in the recovery journey, Adaego will help connect clients with LCDC counselors that offer counseling via Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP), Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), and Supportive Outpatient Program (SOP)


Peer Recovery Coaches

We understand that the recovery process is supported through relationships, support groups and social networks. Adaego works with recovery support peer mentors/coaches that have recovered from substance abuse, understand the challenges faced throughout the sobriety journey and are willing to help you learn how to live a life of recovery.

Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment:
A research-based guide

This update of the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment is intended to address addiction to a wide variety of drugs, including nicotine, alcohol, and illicit and prescription drugs. It is designed to serve as a resource for healthcare providers, family members, and other stakeholders trying to address the myriad problems faced by patients in need of treatment for drug abuse or addiction.

Drugs, Brains and Behavior:
The Science of Addiction 

This booklet aims to fill the knowledge gap by providing scientific information about the disease of drug addiction, including the many harmful consequences of drug abuse and the basic approaches that have been developed to prevent and treat substance use disorders. At the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), we believe that increased understanding of the basics of addiction will empower people to make informed choices in their own lives, adopt science-based policies and programs that reduce drug abuse and addiction in their communities, and support scientific research that improves the Nation’s well-being.

What is Substance Abuse Treatment: 
A Booklet for Families

This booklet answers questions often asked by families of people entering treatment. The “Resources” section, at the back of this booklet, lists a selection of sources for more information and support groups available to you during this stressful time. Take advantage of this help, ask treatment providers questions, and talk with supportive friends or other family members about your feelings.

Al-Anon Family Group

The Al-Anon Family Groups are a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength, and hope in order to solve their common problems. We believe alcoholism is a family illness and that changed attitudes can aid recovery. Al-Anon is not allied with any sect, denomination, political entity, organization, or institution; does not engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any cause. There are no dues for membership. Al-Anon is self-supporting through its own voluntary contributions. Al-Anon has but one purpose: to help families of alcoholics. We do this by practicing the Twelve Steps, by welcoming and giving comfort to families of alcoholics, and by giving understanding and encouragement to the alcoholic.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. A.A. is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

Narcotics Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous (NA) is a nonprofit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. We are recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean. There are meetings daily in and around Houston. More detail about NA in the Houston area, the schedule of meetings, and contact information can be obtained by browsing the site.

NarAnon Family Groups

The Nar-Anon Family Groups is primarily for those who know or have known a feeling of desperation concerning the addiction problem of someone very near to you. We have traveled that unhappy road too and found the answer with serenity and peace of mind. Narateen is part of the Nar-Anon program for teens affected by someone else’s addiction.

When you come into the family group, you are no longer alone, but among true friends who understand your problem as few others could. We respect your confidence and anonymity as we know you will respect ours. We hope to give you the assurance that no situation is too difficult, and no unhappiness is too great to be overcome.

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