• Celebrating 40 Years of Changing Lives

    Since 1982, PaRC has proudly served the Houston area with evidence-based substance use disorder treatment. Let’s look at where we started and where we’re heading.

A Message from PaRC’s CEO

Prevention and Recovery Center (PaRC) – formerly part of Memorial Hermann and currently owned and operated by Discovery Behavioral Health – is celebrating 40 years of continual service to the Greater Houston area as well as throughout the nation. PaRC has been a leader in the substance use disorder industry. We took treatment out of medical and surgical institutions and into an arena where patients could receive individual, therapeutic attention from both medical and clinical professionals, engage in life-saving skills, and focus on the root cause of their substance use disorder. Our evidenced-based treatment model is designed for long-term behavioral change, sustaining our growth as a national provider and now, with 144 inpatient beds and multiple outpatient opportunities, we can serve both adolescents and adults in need as well as plan for continued growth in the years ahead.

In recent years, we have witnessed a desperate and growing need for our evidence-based services. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported an estimated 100,306 drug overdose deaths in the United States during 2021; that equates to approximately 275 overdose deaths per day! That’s why we’re doing everything we can to meet the demand and reach people in need.

We believe everyone deserves a happy, rewarding life. And when quality behavioral healthcare is within reach, so is happiness. We are proud to have helped thousands of patients discover their path to the full and rewarding lives they deserve, and we look forward to continued service in the years ahead.

-Lara Offenburger, PA-C



A Look at PaRC’s Evolution & Achievements

Our History

  • 1982: Spring Shadows Glen (SSG) Psychiatric Hospital opens.
  • 1994: Memorial Healthcare System takes over SSG.
  • 1997: Hermann Hospital and Memorial Healthcare system merge to create Memorial Hermann Behavioral Health Center.
  • 2000:  Memorial Hermann Behavioral Health Center becomes Memorial Hermann PaRC.
  • 2008: PaRC moves to 3043 Gessner and opens adolescent program.
  • 2021: PaRC joins Discovery Behavioral Health.

Our Awards

  • 2006, 2008, 2011 & 2012: MH President’s Award for Outstanding Performance
  • 2010: NAADAC Organizational Achievement Award
  • 2011 & 2015: NAATP James W. West Quality Improvement Award
  • May 2010: Initial Joint Commission Accreditation Survey


What Has Made PaRC Special for 40 Years

PaRC takes pride in being a unique place for both teens and adults to overcome drug and alcohol addiction through our detox and residential treatment (RTC). Along with evidence-based therapies, patients can also experience special touches that enhance the healing process:

  • PaRC greenhouse
  • Occupational & physical therapy
  • Equine therapy (teen program only)
  • Acupuncture
  • Award-winning cafeteria
  • Exercise gym
  • PaRC’s serene garden
  • Drum/music therapy
  • Church/spiritual services
  • Carry the Message bookstore

When patients are ready to step down, PaRC offers partial hospitalization (PHP) and intensive outpatient (IOP) programs for a full continuum of care.


Flashback to 1982

When PaRC was starting, the world was quite different from today! Here’s a fun look at what was admired in pop culture 40 years ago:

Music – Top 5 Songs

1. “Physical” by Olivia Newton John
2. “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor
3. “I Love Rock ’n’ Roll” by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
4. “Ebony & Ivory” by Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder
5. “Centerfold” by The J. Geils Band

Movies – Top 5 Box Office Hits

1. ET: The Extra Terrestrial
2. Rocky 3
3. On Golden Pond
4. An Officer & A Gentleman
5. Porky’s

TV Shows – Top 5 Things to Watch

1. 60 Minutes (CBS)
2. Dallas (CBS)
3. M*A*S*H (CBS)
4. Magnum, P.I. (CBS)
5. Dynasty (ABC)

Sports – Top 5 Champions

1. World Series: St. Louis Cardinals
2. Super Bowl XVI: San Francisco 49ers
3. NBA Championship: Los Angeles Lakers
4. Stanley Cup: New York Islanders
5. U.S. Open Golf: Tom Watson

The World Has Changed, But Our Dedication to Quality Care Hasn’t

While we have seen a lot of change at PaRC in the last 40 years, our commitment to providing quality treatment has never wavered. Thank you for letting us be part of your life today and we look forward to many more years of helping people change their lives for the better.