Coronavirus and Facility Updates

The safety and well-being of our clients, visitors, and staff is one of our top priorities. We understand COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is a source of concern and want to assure you that we are closely monitoring the situation and following the guidance of local health authorities, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, the United Way, as well as the County and City.

This is a very fluid situation and information is changing quickly. Please visit this page often for the latest updates and information.


Update posted Wednesday, June 3, 2020

At this time, all external meetings remain closed until further notice, and we are continuing to offering our services remotely. We are taking our time to carefully coordinate a plan to reopen our facilities in a manner that ensures the health and safety of all staff, clients and visitors. Thank you for your patience.

Update posted Friday, April 17, 2020

While there have not been any reported cases of COVID-19 at The Council, we have been consistently working to limit any potential risk to clients and employees. Recently, Texas Health and Human Services Commission released guidance allowing us to offer ALL services remotely by phone, telehealth or similar technology.

Therefore, effective today, Friday, April 17th at 5:00 PM, The Council on Recovery will no longer see clients/peers on campus for any program or service. No face-to-face appointments will be scheduled.

Clients looking for treatment assistance, inpatient treatment, detox, etc. can call 713-942-4100 to receive a phone screening and additional information.

Update posted Thursday, April 2, 2020

All external meetings, including 12-Step and other recovery support meetings, trainings, workshops, yoga, and venue rentals, will remain closed until further notice. Direct client services will continue remotely.

Update posted Friday, March 27, 2020

All external meetings are cancelled through the first week of April. This does not include direct client services.

Update posted Friday, March 13th, 2020

To limit any potential risk, The Council on Recovery is canceling, postponing and rescheduling certain meetings and events beginning this Saturday, March 14th, through the end of the month, including:

  • 12-Step and other recovery support meetings
  • Trainings
  • Workshops
  • Yoga
  • Venue Rentals

For questions about a specific meeting or event, please contact the event organizer directly.

We continue to monitor the situation and will announce any further cancellations and/or postponed events as soon as possible.

At this time, direct client services will continue uninterrupted, including walk-in screenings beginning at 7:45 am on Monday morning.

For the safety and well-being of all of our clients and staff, please cancel or reschedule your appointment if any of the following are true:

  • Sore throat
  • Fever in the last 3 days
  • Coughing
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Runny Nose
  • Exposure to cold or flu
  • Recent travel to affected COVID-19 areas


Telehealth with The Council

If you're struggling with your mental health or sobriety, The Council on Recovery supports clients, healthcare workers & first responders, as well as anyone who needs professional help through our telehealth services.

Meditate with The Council

Regular meditation has been scientifically proven to contribute to one's mental and physical well-being. Participate in guided mindfulness meditations with our President and CEO, Mel Taylor, MSW.

Help Lines

If you're experience a mental health crisis and live in Harris County, you can contact the The Harris Center Crisis Line anytime 24/7 at (713) 970-7000, option 1

You can contact the SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline (800) 985-5990 that provides 24/7 crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.

Contact the National Alliance on Mental Health HelpLine at (800) 950-NAMI (6264), Monday through Friday between 10 AM and 6 PM EST for mental health resources.

Dial 211 to reach the 211 Texas/United Way HELPLINE anytime 24/7 for information about community resources, basic needs assistance, and other social services.

Online Chats and Support Groups

7 Cups:

Free online text chat with a trained listener for emotional support and counseling. Also offers fee-for-service online therapy with a licensed mental health professional. Service/website also offered in Spanish.

Emotions Anonymous:

An international fellowship of people who desire to have a better sense of emotional well-being. EA members have in person and online weekly meetings available in more than 30 countries with 600 active groups worldwide.

Support Group Central:

Offers virtual support groups on numerous mental health conditions - free or low-cost. Website also offered in Spanish.

SMART Recovery:

TheTribe Wellness Community:

Free, online peer support groups offering members facing mental health challenges and/or difficult family dynamics a safe place to connect. Support groups include Addiction, Anxiety, Depression, HIV/AIDS, LGBT, Marriage/Family, OCD and Teens.

Website featuring 200+ online support groups.

For Like Minds:

Online mental health support network that allows for individuals to connect with others who are living with or supporting someone with mental health conditions, substance use disorders, and stressful life events.


Offers a free, peer-to-peer online support community for those struggling with a wide range of mental health issues.

Psych Central:

Offers online mental health resources, quizzes, news, an “Ask the Therapist” function, and online support communities.

Buddhist Recovery: Buddhist 

Jewish Addiction Awareness Network: JAANetwork


Recovery support for Native Americans

Secular Organizations for Sobriety:


Remote 12-Step Meetings



Adult Children of Alcoholics:

Cocaine Anonymous:

Co-Dependents Anonymous:

Eating Disorders Anonymous:

Narcotics Anonymous:

Narcotics Anonymous by Phone:

Sexaholics Anonymous (phone and email meetings):

Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous (online and telephone):

Stress Management Resources