Treatment for Substance Use Disorders

Being caught in the endless cycle of addiction, often combined with mental illness, can destroy lives, sever families and cause people to become homeless. The Center for Health Care Services helps people regain control of their sobriety and transforms lives by offering safe and effective substance use treatment, short-term residential assistance and long-term integrated physical and mental health support.


Mommies Program Specialized Female IOP Substance Abuse Treatment

(210) 261-3071

The Mommies Program is an intensive, outpatient, specialized female substance use treatment program providing therapeutic treatment in the form of group, individual, family and couples counseling, as well as, drug and mental health assessments.

Group counseling sessions, offered every weekday, are evidence-based and focused on substance use topics. Group courses include Awareness/Seeking Safety, Parenting, Relapse Prevention, and Life Skills. Individual counseling can be substance-use or mental-health focused. Counseling staff also offers support for participants who are homeless, on parole/probation, or involved in an open case with Child Protective Services.

Mommies is a collaborative partnership between The Center for Health Care Services, University Health System (UHS) and Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

Co-Occurring Psychiatric Substance Abuse Disorder (COPSD)

(210) 246-1360

Substance use disorders are common among people with serious mental illnesses and put people at risk for many other problems. Many people with psychiatric symptoms choose to self-medicate to alleviate their pain and can develop addiction to drugs and alcohol. If both substance use and mental health illness co-occur, judgement is impaired and individuals are more vulnerable to unpredictable outcomes.

COPSD is a team of Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselors (LCDC) who help individuals develop knowledge, hope, skills, and support needed to manage dual diagnosis.

Case Management includes:

  • Working with qualified and trained specialist to address dual diagnosis
  • Coaching
  • Advocacy
  • Linking to recommended community resources such as mental health evaluation
  • Referrals
  • Team meetings to review progress
  • Interim counseling

Residential Detoxification (Detox)

(210) 246-1360

Substance addiction causes problems that are nearly impossible to solve by yourself. Since 2008, the Residential Detoxification Unit has provided a safe portal to end addiction, whatever the substance. Be it alcohol, heroin, methamphetamine, stimulants, benzodiazepines/sedatives, or any of the newer synthetic substances, Detox staff provides medical oversight as you rid your body of the addictive substance. Then we help you access programs that motivate you to recover and stay clean.

The Center’s Residential Detoxification Unit (Detox) is a licensed, accredited 28-bed facility offering medical oversight and recovery support for people withdrawing from addictive substances. Residencies are typically 3-7 days, but will vary depending on an individual patient’s symptoms.

Detox aims to:

  • help you complete a safe withdrawal from alcohol and drug abuse
  • encourage you to continue substance abuse treatment, and
  • motivate and empower you to develop a healthy recovery lifestyle

Opioid Addiction Treatment (OATS)

(210) 261-3001

OATS is a CARF accredited and licensed outpatient narcotic treatment program for people addicted to opioids, such as prescription pain medications and heroin. Medication-assisted treatment is utilized along with counseling and other support.

Minor Medical Clinic

(210) 261-3089

Provides minor medical clearance for crisis and detoxification programs. Immediate access is given to law enforcement to obtain medical clearance and treatment for individuals who have been detained and injured during the apprehension process.

NAS Residential Treatment Program

(210) 261-1572

NAS is a specialized female intensive residential treatment program designed to enhance the lives of mothers and mothers-to-be who have substance use challenges. The program provides trauma-focused therapeutic treatment in group, individual, family and couples counseling; drug assessments; mental health assessments; peer support; and comprehensive case management to help clients achieve recovery goals and preserve their family.

Adult Outpatient Substance Use Treatment

(210) 246-1300

The Adult Outpatient Substance Use Treatment Prorgam provides services that facilitate recovery from substance use disorders to clietns who do not require residential services to meet their treatment goals. This program also coordinates with Bexar County Speciality Courts in an effort to reduce recidivism in the criminal justice system.

Formerly known as Intensive Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment (IOP).

Substance Abuse Public Sobering Unit

(210) 261-3089

The Sobering Unit is a jail diversion program designed to offer a treatment alternative in lieu of arrest to public intoxicants by providing a medically safe environment utilizing motivational interviewing techniques to engage the individual and offer direct access to treatment. The Sobering Unit is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and no appointment is necessary.