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ImageHandler (15)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 in the greater Houston area since 1992.

Fully licensed by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), 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 addiction specialists, 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 roads 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 methods 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

Ada Meyers


Dr. Ahmed Syed

MD, Medical Director

Amber Armbrester

RN, BSN, LCDCI, Clinical Director

Blake Dittman

LCDC, Substance Abuse Counselor

Chuck Schmid

LCDC, Co-Founder & Program Director

Greg Joiner

LCDC, Substance Abuse Counselor

James Havel Sr.

LCDC, Outpatient Counselor

Jerry Beasley

LCDC, Outpatient Director

Jesus Lopez

LCDC, Substance Abuse Counselor

Joe Shipley

CEO & Co-Founder

Joseph (JJ) Barker

LMSW, LCDC, Outpatient Counselor

Kathy Maes

LCDC, Primary Counselor Women’s Facility

Lance Clemons

LCDC, Facility Director

Sarah Rhodes

LCDC-S, Outpatient Counselor

William Smith

LCDC, SAP, ADC, Admissions Director

Our Treatment Centers

We have five private pay rehab locations in Central Houston, Dickinson (Dickinson men’s recovery and women’s recovery), Webster/East Houston, and Pasadena. We also have two TDCJ rehab facilities for government ordered or sponsored treatment.

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