From the Heart

The Houston Recovery Center Blog
Do You Look the Homeless in the Eyes?

Do You Look the Homeless in the Eyes?

by Vicki PowersDo you make eye contact with the homeless who stand near your car window? It might make you feel uncomfortable if you’re not offering assistance, but Rev. Michael Gott, Unity Church of Houston, suggests it as a better option to donating money.“Make eye...

Six Years of Impact

Six Years of Impact

Houston Recovery Center opened its doors April 13, 2013, at its ribbon cutting ceremony with Mayor Annise Parker. The nonprofit’s focus was helping the city reduce the number of public intoxicated people in jail by providing a safe place for these individuals to...

Making Rock Bottom Less Rocky

“Houston is ground zero for DWI fatalities.” That’s the conclusion of Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg in a recent Houston Chronicle article. Drunk and drugged driving has caused more than 3,000 fatal traffic wrecks in the Houston area over the past 16 years, far more than any other major metropolitan area in the country. This tops all major metropolitan areas by 1,100 deaths.

Compassion and Recovery

We’ve all seen others struggle. Sometimes we ignore it. Sometimes we feel sympathetic. And sometimes, our sympathy drives us to action. Compassion has the power to open the door that leads to personal change. In the case of our clients, that means supporting them as they face the consequences of their actions while using alcohol and other drugs, even when doing so can be personally horrifying.

It’s All of It

It’s All of It

Working with problematic substance use is like this toy: one box with many shapes or associated conditions. Although the box is the same for every client, the combination of conditions surrounding their substance use is unique to their life.