At Memorial Hermann Prevention and Recovery Center (PaRC), our treatment services have helped thousands of patients win their fight against alcohol and drug addiction. Every day, our expert team provides an individualized approach to treating substance abuse and is committed to superior patient outcomes.

Our commitment to customer service combined with clinically proven chemical dependency treatment services has positioned us as a premier drug and alcohol treatment facility.

Patient stories are the story of how PaRC changes lives. Our patients and Alumni Association are the best advocates for what we do! We thank our patients for sharing their stories with you. We hope they will help give you strength and encouragement in your fight against your drug or alcohol problem – and maybe even inspire you to one day share your story.

  • Danielle tells her story

    Danielle: Connecting with People

    February 16, 2019

    Danielle never thought she would have an addiction. "It went from, oh, I would never spend $30 for a pill to every weekend, to every single day, and then to smoking heroin because it's cheaper, to shooting heroin because it worked," She says. She called her mom and told her that she had a problem...

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  • Gregory tells his story

    Gregory: On the Side of Recovery

    February 16, 2019

    Gregory has tried numerous times to kick his addiction on his own before finally trying another way. He sought out professional help at the PaRC and it saved his life. He uses the teachings of the PaRC along with sponsors, fellowship and his network to live the life he does now. He says, "My life...

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  • Qousey tells his story

    Qousey: Surrendering Leads to Hope

    February 16, 2019

    Qousey's addiction started when he was a teenager. Every day he was looking for the next high. It took for him to see how bad it got before recovery was even fathomable. "The hardest thing was to surrender. To me, surrender means not admitting defeat, but it means to advance in a different direct...

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  • Usama tells his story

    Usama: Family Once Again

    February 16, 2019

    Usama's son went through the adult program at PaRC. He always wondered why his son couldn't get his act together, but it never dawned on him that he was abusing substances. When he was admitted to PaRC, Usama used to come and see him on Sundays and then he and his wife would go to the family educ...

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  • Shayla tells her story

    Shayla: Redefining Herself

    February 17, 2018

    Shayla felt completely broken inside before the PaRC. When she checked herself in, she had no idea that life would be the way it was today. "Once you took away the drug and the drink, I realized that Shayla was the problem." At PaRC, she experienced something that shifted inside of her - she was ...

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  • Mark tells his story

    Mark: Learning to Love Yourself

    February 17, 2018

    Mark's life before going to the PaRC was completely chaotic. He was in and out of jails, the court systems, probation and he even went to the hospital twice after nearly overdosing. He reached out to his brother saying he needed help and that's what got the wheels going and the process going of g...

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  • Joey tells his story

    Joey: Living Life in the Moment

    February 17, 2018

    Joey suffered from a drinking problem and an addiction to pain medication. He entered PaRC's pain recovery program and spent almost a month at the PaRC. He had a lot of fear going into the program, but once he was there, he saw that everybody there was working toward the same goal of recovery. He...

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  • Joshua Steenburg

    Falling Out of Love With Heroin and in Love With Recovery

    May 26, 2017

    Joshua Steenburg’s life started out like any other – a happy home with a loving and supportive family. Unfortunately, he got caught up in an epidemic that experts say is his generation’s HIV crisis – opioid addiction. "I began to work the 12 steps. I learned how to live in God’s will rather than ...

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  • Susan tells her story

    Susan: One Day at a Time

    February 25, 2017

    Susan planned life around drinking and when she was going to drink. She was a closet drinker. When she got to the PaRC, she learned about what alcohol did and was doing to her body. If it weren't for the PaRC, she believes she would have ended up in prison of killing herself. PaRC provided the ca...

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  • Alma tells her story

    Alma: Recovering as a Family

    February 25, 2017

    Alma's husband life before the PaRC was barely existing, just enough to get high. She wanted to control everything in order to try and bring them back together and it wasn't working for them. They were both miserable. He entered the PaRC for treatment and it changed their lives. It gave her husba...

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  • Joel

    Joel: Finding Laughter Again

    February 25, 2017

    Joel's life was very painful before the PaRC. He used to wake up every morning drinking and didn't know how to stop. After running his van into his neighbor's house, he entered into treatment at the PaRC. Today, he knows if he sticks with the program and he continues going back to the PaRC for fo...

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  • William tells his story

    William: Getting a Better Life

    February 25, 2017

    William started out using painkillers and then graduated to heroin use. He tried treatment for 30 days in his home state of Florida, but then just a couple hours after getting out, he was using again. He went through the worst week of his life before he decided to fly to Houston and go to the PaR...

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  • Beth talking

    Beth: A New Beginning

    February 25, 2017

    Before Beth came to Memorial Hermann Prevention and Recovery Center (PaRC), she was in a hopeless state emotionally. She had lost everything she had, including custody of her child. PaRC helped Beth realize it wasn't her fault that she was an alcoholic, but it was her responsibility and recover f...

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  • Steph Smiling

    Steph: A Moment of Clarity

    May 18, 2016

    Steph was in denial. She began drinking at a young age, but didn’t think she was an alcoholic. She was even mandated by the court to seek help for her addiction. She did. She relapsed, continuing to believe she didn’t need help. One day, she awoke and experienced a moment of clarity. ...

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  • Veronica and Brandt

    A Parent's Story: Veronica M.

    June 18, 2015

    Veronica M expresses her gratitude to Memorial Hermann Prevention and Recovery Center (PaRC) for helping not just her son with his recovery, but also helped her family in her recovery. "I came for my kid, I stayed for me." Veronica says, "The road to recovery and of life is a winding road that ne...

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  • Patty talking

    Patty: Starting A New Family Tradition

    June 8, 2015

    Alcoholism spanned generations in Patty’s family and she kept it in her life by marrying an alcoholic. When Patty’s husband lost himself in his addiction, the couple turned to the Family Program at the Memorial Hermann Prevention and Recovery Center. Their burden turned into a blessin...

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  • Alexander talking

    Alexander: Personal Miracles On The Journey To Recovery

    June 8, 2015

    Before Alexander found the Young Adult Program at Memorial Hermann Prevention and Recovery Center (PaRC), he was in a dark cycle. Get a job, lose a job. Repeat. All because of substance abuse or withdrawal. He made the decision to break that cycle and take his life in a different direction. PaRC ...

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  • Kim's Story

    Kim: Finding Happiness In Sobriety

    June 8, 2015

    Kim didn’t think she would ever find happiness. Self-described as a terrible mother and one of the unhappiest and loneliest people on the planet, Kim also kept her alcoholism a dark secret. She was exposed when a drinking binge cost her a job. Humiliated and lower than she ever thought she’d be, ...

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