Located just south of Houston, Texas, Bay Area Recovery Center (BARC) is an extended care and residential rehab facility that has provided relief from and treatment for chemical dependency since 1992.

Fully licensed by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), ImageHandler (15)our five facilities are within close proximity of each other and provide a comfortable and inviting atmosphere for the treatment of chemical dependency.

At BARC, our success is due in part to our commitment, approach and understanding of addiction, which is reflected in individuals who go on to live happy, useful and meaningful lives, in
spite of their seemingly hopeless conditions. In our chemical dependency program in Houston, we combine cutting-edge philosophies with down-to-earth, straightforward principles that have a 70-year track record as the most effective treatment for alcoholism and drug addiction.

These are treatable mental illnesses, and we believe the approach, delivery and atmosphere in which treatment is experienced are the single most important elements in achieving success. We are dedicated professionals, committed to the care and improvement of human life.

In recognition of this commitment, we strive to provide the highest-quality care. We recognize the worth and uniqueness of each individual and treat those we serve with complete compassion, kindness and understanding. We believe the atmosphere in which addiction recovery takes place is significant to the growth of the human spirit. The setting for our chemical dependency program in Texas includes private residences that are clean, modern and comfortable with lush, well-kept grounds.

There is an overall feeling of peacefulness and harmony in this environment that contributes to the success of our program. Our chemical dependency treatment facilities are located just outside of Houston, Texas. Please browse our Web site to learn more about our drug and alcohol programs and resources.

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Contact Bay Area Recovery Center today to schedule a tour of on of our rehab facilities or ask a question. We’re here to help, and look forward to helping you or your loved one realize their full potential by getting and staying sober.


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Our Philosophy

backyard at bay area recoveryOur drug and alcohol treatment philosophy incorporates a variety of clinical components to create a comprehensive and effective treatment program. The components include detox, individual therapy, group therapy, and ongoing recovery treatment as needed.

Our clinical staff is comprised of dedicated professionals led by Dr. Patricia Corke M.D., who is an addictionologist and psychiatrist with 44 years of experience in Houston, TX.

We strongly believe that in order for treatment to be successful, each client’s individual circumstances must be taken into consideration. Everyone comes to us with a unique story and their road to healing differs as well.

Thus, while our drug and alcohol treatment programs are primarily designed to address the client’s addiction, the staff works closely with them during all stages of treatment and addresses their individual needs as they arise, using modalities that the client responds to.

Our goal is for every client to discontinue their abuse patterns and rebuild their lives using the tools and resources from our alcohol and drug abuse treatment programs.

Additional objectives we strive to achieve include helping everyone that participates in a treatment program at Bay Area Recover Center:

  • improve mental and physical energy
  • increase understanding of personal responsibility
  • develop a connection with the world around them
  • improve ability to take care of themselves
  • identify spiritual beliefs and connections
  • enhance mental clarity and focus

Our History

We are one of the premier Houston rehab centers for drug and alcohol abuse. We serve the Houston area as well as the surrounding cities including Dickinson, Cypress, Pasadena, Pearland, The Woodlands and Sugar Land, among others. We are a residential and extended care facility that has provided relief from and treatment for chemical dependency. We opened our doors in 1992 and are fully licensed by the Texas Department of State Health Services. Our five Texas drug rehab facilities are within close proximity of each other and provide a comfortable and inviting atmosphere for substance abuse treatment in Houston and the surrounding areas.

What Makes Bay Area Recovery Different From Other Treatment Centers?

Bay Area Recovery Center’s founders are recovering addicts themselves, and their continued commitment and passion to help others recover inspired them to open the first location.

Our message is far more than sobriety. We are a group of people who are still recovering.

At one point, we struggled with addiction too and needed help. We turned to rehabilitation centers for treatment striving to recover. You can take comfort in knowing that we are committed to your care and the improvement of your life.

We have recovered from a hopeless state of mind and body. We devote our time and effort to help those still battling addiction.

We recognize the worth and uniqueness of each individual and we treat everyone with compassion, kindness, and understanding. You will experience every day success with our substance abuse treatment program and go on to live a happy, useful, and a meaningful life.

We have learned and help others learn to work out their problems through altruistic and spiritual endeavors.

The process of choosing a rehabilitation facility can be daunting. Some of the most important things to consider when selecting a recovery center are:

  1. Whether the Center Focuses Primarily on Treatment for Addiction.

So many institutional treatment centers EVERY condition, not just addiction to drugs and alcohol. Many of these so called rehabs  treat people suffering from depression and anxiety, eating and sleeping disorders, and many other mental health conditions besides addiction. It is important to concentrate on the one problem that is a detriment to you and your loved one’s life — Alcohol & Drug Addiction.

  1. 2. The Cost & Insurance Rehab Centers Take.

For most people, the price of treatment is an important factor to consider. Some facilities could cost upwards of thirty thousand dollars for a month stay. The place could be gorgeous with many amenities. However, the important thing to look for is a nice, safe place to get well that you can afford. You want quality treatment from professionals, and you want to feel confident that they understand addiction and recovery,  and that they care about you. You want to find a place that is comfortable, where the people are compassionate, and where you feel your recovery will be a success.

Through acts of faith and demonstrations of unselfish concern for others, we have found the solution through God and faith that works.

Recovery through a substance abuse treatment program is dramatic. In little time, you will see changes that you never thought possible. You might have thought it was hopeless and that you were alone with your addiction. We are here to tell you that you are certainly not alone and help is just a phone call away. If you are ready to make a change and get your life back together, then contact Bay Area Recovery Center today.

We are not an elite membership of people. Instead, we are just like you.

We are here to give you hope and help you overcome your addiction as one of the most caring Houston rehab centers. Meet others that are just like you who have seen the light at the end of their dark tunnel of addiction. Learn techniques and coping mechanisms to maintain the success of your recovery. Meet people and make friends who can relate and understand what you are going through. Choose qualified and licensed Houston rehab centers that will focus on you and your needs. Do not look at Texas drug rehab centers as a medical facility. Instead, look at drug rehab centers as your hope in the darkness.

We’ve Been There Too. 

At Bay Area Recovery, we strive to provide you with the highest quality care because we know how it feels to be stuck in that lonely place. Our Texas drug rehab program combines cutting edge philosophies with honest, forthright principles, proven by our 24 year track record as the most effective treatments for drug addiction and alcoholism. There is hope. You can recover from your addiction. You need to take the first step towards recovery and contact us today.

Our Team

Our clinical staff also includes registered nurses, social workers, a licensed professional counselor, licensed chemical dependency counselors, counselor interns and substance abuse technicians.

Employing a strong team of experienced therapists, counselors, psychiatrists, and addiction treatment professionals, we allow families to have peace of mind knowing that their loved ones will have the highest level of care during their stay at our rehabilitation facility.

Meet Our Staff

Chuck Schmid, LCDC, Program Director
As one of the co-founders and current Program Director of Bay Area Recovery Center, Chuck has played a vital role in helping save the lives of many individuals since our establishment in 1992. Chuck is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) with over 28 years in recovery himself. You will not find too many others with his vast knowledge of the 12 step program and the ability to help people find success in their recovery. Chuck oversees most day to day operations of our women’s inpatient facility. He does speaker meetings and is involved in the Houston area circuit. He has a deep love for music, videography, and photoshop, as well as his home full of dachshunds.

Lance Clemons, LCDC, Facility Director
Lance Clemons is our Facility Director. He has been with us for 19 years. Although he is an LCDC his primary focus is to ensure that the facilities are safe, comfortable, and compliant with all the local, state and federal regulations. Being free from the addiction problem since 1999 himself, he feels honored and privileged to be on the front line of helping those who suffer to gain victory over alcoholism and addiction.  He is the father of two amazing daughters and one grandson. He spends his spare time Fishing, Watching Football and is also an active local musician.

Dr. Ahmed Syed, MD, Medical Director
PhD, Psychiatrist, Addictionologist. Dr. Ahmed has 35 years of experience specializing in psychiatry, addiction, geriatrics and behavioral medicine. As clients admit into our program, they are immediately accessed by Dr. Ahmed.  He evaluates and provides a stabilization plan that best fits the needs of that individual client to provide them with the most safe and comfortable detox possible.

Amber Armbrester, RN, CI
If there were three words that could best describe Amber it is passionate, caring and professional. As our Registered Nurse her main priorities are to ensure our clients receive a safe and comfortable detox. She carries the detoxification caseload from start to finish. This entails communication with the Medical Director on all detox needs, coordinating medication schedules for all detox clients and helping them transition successfully into residential treatment without complications. She has a definite passion for helping those inflicted with drug addiction and alcoholism and enjoys being able to care for clients the same way she would her own family.  She is a married mother of three who loves spending her free time in the outdoors, watching sporting events and traveling with her family. She’s been part of our family since 2015. She’s great and we love her.

William Smith, LCDC, SAP, ADC, Admissions Director
William, better known as Billy around here is head of our admissions team. If you inquire about any of our treatment services, you will most likely speak with Billy in some capacity. Billy is one of the most passionate people when it comes down to recovery. You don’t have to have a long conversation to understand how much he cares about helping others. A recovered addict himself, he knows how miserable it is for people and their families who suffer from alcohol and drug addiction. He has been a part of Bay Area Recovery Center since 2008.  Billy is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, Substance Abuse Professional and Board-Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor on a state, national and international level. Billy is married to his high school sweetheart of 35 yrs.  They share two daughters and two grandkids. When there is ever a chance Billy is not working, he loves to spend time with his wife or on his back yard pier, fishing in Galveston Bay.

Ada Meyers, LPC, NCC, MAC
Ada has a background in Education. She has 24 years in the counseling field, a bachelor’s in psychology and a master’s degree in counseling. Ada specializes in family and adolescent counseling.  She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor and most recently obtained certification for Master Addiction Counseling (MAC). A member of the Bay Area Recovery Center team since 2014 and absolute joy to work with. She has an ability to connect with clients and their families that is second to none.  Anyone that has a family member with addiction understands the disease negatively impacts everyone’s life that touches the addict. She provides one on one and family group therapy sessions that helps us ensure not only our clients are getting the care they deserve but their families are as well. She works closely in both our inpatient and outpatient settings.

Jesus Lopez, LCDC
Jesus has been with Bay Area Recovery Center for 12 years and active in his own recovery for 13 years. He is a bilingual Spanish speaker and a License Chemical Dependency Counselor focusing on inpatient addiction counseling. He plays a large role in the local Crystal Meth Anonymous community providing information and public outreach. When he is not working you may find him working out, playing with his three dogs or maybe even on a dance floor.

Blake Dittman, LCDC
Blake is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor with the role as QCC supervising counselor in our private men’s inpatient facility. He has been with us since 2014 and a recovered addict himself. He works closely with clients on their current recovery, 12 step work progress and makes sure all client files meet and exceed expectations. Blake is currently working on his Bachelor’s in social work from the University of Houston. He’s engaged to the mother of his beautiful little girl Avery, who is about to turn 1 years old, and step-dad to two growing boys.

Greg Joiner, LCDC
Greg is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor and has nine years of experience counseling in the substance abuse treatment industry. He has been in the field as a volunteer for 10 years prior to that. Greg is very knowledgeable about the inner-workings of the 12 steps and is known for his enthusiastic group education meetings. He’s got a laugh that will make a room full of people smile. Greg’s primary role is a counselor in the inpatient setting and he is a great asset to the Bay Area Recovery family.

James Havel Sr., LCDCI, Outpatient Counselor
James has been a part of the Bay Area Recovery team for over a decade. He currently provides counseling services at our Pasadena Outpatient location. As a recovered alcoholic and addict himself, James uses his vast knowledge of addiction to help educate those who need it. Anyone around BARC would tell you one of his best qualities is his selflessness. No matter if you’re a client, colleague, friend or family if you need help James will be there regardless of the situation. He is active in the AA community and sponsors alumni meetings outside of work. You can also call him if you ever need a hand with a construction project because he’s a heck of a carpenter too.

Our Treatment Centers

We have five private pay rehab locations in Houston, Dickinson, Webster, and Pasadena. We also have two TDCJ rehab facilities for government ordered or sponsored treatment.


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