A Better Place

Promoting recovery through change: Charlie’s Place Recovery Center changes thousands of lives in South Texas.

By: Sarah Fecht

The best way to show pride in your community is by investing in its people. Charlie’s Place Recovery Center has done that every day for the past 50 years, but it needs your help to continue making the Coastal Bend a better place for everyone.

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More than 1.7 million people abuse or are dependent on drugs and alcohol in Texas annually, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and more than 1.6 million Texans fail to seek treatment for their addiction each year.

Having served more than 40,000 people since opening in 1965, Charlie’s Place is a haven for those in need of quality care. Established by a group of men with firsthand experiences with recovery, including the namesake Charlie Acklen, Charlie’s Place promotes recovery from addiction through change. Its unique, modern facility and qualified staff offer comprehensive treatment and case management to individuals diagnosed as chemically dependent.


Charlie’s Place works to help clients understand their addiction, teaches them how to rebuild their live and gives them the skills required to lead a successful life in recovery.

Originally a 24-hour-a-day Alcoholics Anonymous Club, Charlie’s Place has grown to offer the only standalone medical detoxification center serving the Coastal Bend. Also serving as the only long-term treatment service for homeless individuals in South Texas, Charlie’s Place cares for more than 110 patients each day and more than 2,000 each year through inpatient services.

Charlie’s Place offers inpatient detoxification treatment and intensive inpatient programs, as well as outpatient services and family counseling. The largest nonprofit residential treatment facility in South Texas, it is licensed to serve men and women aged 18 and older. Located on several acres in a renovated former hotel along IH-37, it provides privacy for those in need so they may focus on their recovery and successfully rebuild their lives.

The average cost for a client in detoxification is $1,750 and $4,500 for inpatient treatment. Even though Charlie’s Place is one of the most affordable treatment facilities in Texas, most clients don’t have the funds to meet the cost of treatment. This is why donations and sponsorships are always needed.

For every dollar invested in treatment services, the community saves up to $10 in future services such as legal, criminal, health care and social services, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Charlie’s Place holds several fundraisers each year and accepts donations through its website, www.charliesplaceonline.com.

CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery, a corporate sponsor, donated $1.5 million and more than 2,000 volunteer hours to help Charlie’s Place move to its current facility in 2009. Their continued support helps individuals not only rejoin their families, but also become productive members of society, thus helping the community. Contributing to treatment can help provide individuals with an opportunity at a brand-new life.

Charlie’s Place, with the support of CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery, plans to hold A Night in Vegas, a casino-themed fundraiser, on Aug. 29, 2015. The event will include a silent auction, casino tables, Vegas-style acts and more. Tickets are available online at www.charliesplaceonline.com. Individual tickets start at $75, and sponsorships are still available.

Proceeds from the event will help people addicted to drugs or alcohol as they recover and rebuild their lives. Help make your community a better place for everyone by opening your hearts and providing hope with a financial contribution.


Sarah Fecht is a development assistant for Charlie’s Place Recovery Center. For more information on Charlie’s Place, visit www.charliesplaceonline.com or call 361-826-5350.


Photos courtesy of Charlie’s Place Recovery Center

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