Alternatives Centre

Alternatives Centre is a free-standing mental health and substance abuse treatment facility that began operation in January 1995.  The facility is locally owned and operated and complies with all state and federal rules and regulations.  We are licensed by the state of Texas and accredited by the Joint Commission For Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. 

Adult Programs:

  •  Alternatives Adult Programs serve patients over 18 years of age who are dealing with depression, anxiety, and other problems at work, home or daily functioning.  An initial comprehensive assessment is performed upon admission that includes family, educational, social and physical components.  Each patient participates in the development of his/her individual treatment plan focused on his/her needs. 
  • The program provides intensive treatment in a setting that creates the least amount of disruption in the patient’s life, while allowing the patient to learn and practice coping skills in a “real world” environment.
  • A professional therapist facilitates psychotherapy group and individual sessions.  Other specialty groups are available based upon the patient's identified needs.  These groups include educational groups on improving lifestyle, communication, coping skills, and relaxation.
  • Specialty programming is available for women, anger management, bipolar disorder, and co-occurring substance abuse and mental health issues.

Adolescent Services:

  • The Alternatives Adolescent Programs are designed to help teenagers 13 to 18 years old deal with the pressures, stresses, and emotional issues that are interfering with their ability to cope with day-to-day issues at school, home and in other areas of their lives. 
  • Adolescents may feel angry, depressed, hopeless, and have little trust for those around them.  They may experiment with drugs and alcohol, skip school, break curfews, and become involved with others who are not in their best interest.  Alternatives believes that with help and learning to make positive choices, teens can achieve control over their lives.
  • While attending Alternatives, adolescents will be involved in an intensive counseling program where they can look at what is going on in their lives and develop some positive solutions so that things improve instead of getting worse.  
  • Group and individual sessions provide teens with the tools to better cope with depression, poor self esteem, peer pressure, substance abuse, or the trauma that occurs from physical, sexual or emotional abuse.  Family involvement is expected and family therapy assists the family in learning to resolve differences and develop new ways of interacting.
  • Students, parents, and local school personnel work together to ensure no credits are lost during treatment.  Alternatives provides transportation from school to the program for $5.00 per day.

Chemical Dependency Services:

  • Alternatives believes that much of the frustration and discouragement felt by the chemically dependent person can be eliminated once the person realizes that there are important physical, emotional, and genetic aspects to addiction.
  • We also acknowledge the importance of the dependent person and family participation in treatment programs that allow continuation of employment, school and other constructive modalities.  This allows those in treatment to practice what they learn.
  • Our chemical dependency treatment programs are designed to help the dependent person receive help while remaining gainfully employed.  Alternatives program staff work closely with employers, EAPs, and probation officers to ensure the patient is meeting terms of employers and/or probation officers.
  • Relapse preventions is stressed as part of recovery and our program helps the patient identify his/her own relapse triggers and develop plans for coping with them before they occur.
  • We offer Dual Diagnosis Partial Hospitalization (both Chemical Dependency and Mental Health problems) Monday thru Friday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
  • Our Intensive Outpatient program is Monday thru Friday either at 10:00 am to 12:00 pm or 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
  • We also offer Outpatient Individual Chemical Dependency once weekly for 6-8 sessions.
  • Upon successful completion of any of these programs the client will be given a certificate.

Parenting Classes:

  • Our parenting education program is for parents of children of any age and utilizes the STEP program of parenting skill training.
  • Groups are offered Saturday mornings in order to take advantage of the parent/caregiver's ability to learn without the fatigue that sometimes occurs after a long day at work.
  • Programs are provided in English and Spanish and are facilitated by Master's Level Therapists. 
  • The Alternatives Parenting Classes satisfy court mandated parenting training.  Classes are from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM.

Anger Management:

  • Anger can result in problems at work, home, and with the legal system.  If you cannot control your anger, your anger is controlling you!
  • Alternatives Centre utilizes the Anderson & Anderson "Gaining Control of Ourselves" model as the curriculum for our Anger Management Program.  All facilitators are certified in Anger Management Counseling.  A certificate of completion is provided upon successful completion of the program.
  • Groups are provided in English and Spanish and are held on Saturdays from 12:00 noon until 2:00 PM.  Evening groups are available as the need arises.
  • The Alternatives Anger Management Program meets the requirement for court ordered management groups.

Domestic Violence:

  • The Alternatives Family Violence Program is focused on helping the perpetrator understand how the use of power and control over another results in abuse, no matter the form the abuse takes.
  • Based upon the Anderson & Anderson Model of Domestic Violence Intervention, a certified Family Violence Counselor facilitates groups on Saturdays and evenings as needed.  Groups are in English and Spanish and are separate for men and women.
  • The Program meets the requirements for court ordered Domestic Violence or Family Violence treatment and a certificate of completion is provided at the end of the program.
  • Attendees learn how to interact with others without the use of power and control to achieve their goals.  In addition, members learn to identify situations and behaviors that trigger abuse and how to cope with these situations before they lead to abuse.