Menninger Clinic

By The Fix staff 08/07/17

The buildings have high ceilings and are neatly arranged as a professional space, making the Menninger Clinic truly feel like the state-of-the-art facility that it has proven to be.

Menninger Clinic
Location : 12301 Main St Houston, TX 77035
Phone : (713) 275-5000
Price : $54,000 (30 days)
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Introduction and Basic Services

The Menninger Clinic was established in 1925 by doctors C.F., Karl and Will Menninger, predating by two decades the opening Karl Menninger School of Psychiatry and Mental Health Sciences, which remained for many years the largest school for psychiatry in America. The clinic has since moved from Topeka, Kansas to Houston, Texas and has been ranked among the United States’ top hospitals for psychiatric treatment by U.S. News & World Report since its America’s Best Hospitals issue debuted in 1991. The facility has a range of services, both outpatient and inpatient, and is now affiliated with the Baylor College of Medicine in the Texas Medical Center.

Facility and Meals

The 50-acre campus has 120 beds and four separate adult inpatient programs, one adolescent inpatient program and four outpatient programs. The facility itself looks very much like a college campus, with modern brick buildings surrounding a lush, sculptural courtyard with benches and designated meditation spaces. Interiors of the buildings have high ceilings and are neatly arranged so as to be indistinguishable from any professional space, making the Menninger Clinic truly feel like the state-of-the-art facility that it has proven to be.

Clients stay in modern and upscale hotel-style bedrooms. Though there are two residents to a room, and each room is divided with a floor-to-ceiling wall so every person has their own closet, dresser, desk, full-size bed and bathroom.

There is a patio dining area as well as large, contemporary indoor ones, and a modern cafeteria serves a wide selection—including a salad bar, Paninis, fresh fruit and deserts—three times a day.

There are a number of lounge areas on campus with space for clients to play games like cards or table tennis, watch TV or simply just socialize with other residents.

A modern and spacious fitness center has a number of updated workout machines and there is even an indoor half-basketball court available as well as an outdoor saltwater pool.

Treatment Protocol and Team

The Menninger Clinic has 500 full- and part-time employees, as well as over 150 psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and other mental health professionals who are in training. Though the focus of the organization is on mental health at large, most of its clients are also dealing with a co-occurring substance or process addiction. For these clients, treatment of all co-occurring disorders is integrated in order to most effectively tackle all of the issues at hand. Master’s-level addiction counselors utilize evidence-based methods including focusing on motivation and neuroscience, planning for recovery and preventing relapse.

Clients generally stay at the Menninger Clinic for a total of six to eight weeks, depending on need. Detox is available.

Treatment employs CBT, DBT, mentalization-based therapy and neuroscience education as well as individual addiction counseling, group therapy, group psychoeducation and wellness activities. Recovery-specific groups—including relapse prevention planning and skills development, stimuli awareness, recovery planning and 12-step work—are also part of the plan alongside motivation therapy, assessment for cross-addictions, nutritional counseling and trauma-informed care.

Clients are encouraged to select and engage in support groups, be they 12-step, SMART Recovery or others

Days begin with an off-site 12-step meeting at 6 am, followed by 7:45 breakfast and then either a group walk or mindfulness meditation if the client so chooses. Time before and after lunch is filled with various educational and community meetings or individual therapy, and meetings with a resident’s clinical team occur twice a week. After dinner there is down time, and outside excursions occur on Friday nights and weekends.

Working through family dynamics is a crucial part of the Menninger Clinic’s program to treat addiction and family education and therapy are included as part of the framework for recovery. In fact, a family orientation is included in the first week of treatment (through teleconferencing if necessary).

Bonus Amenities

There is a free alumni program that offers a newsletter, events and a bi-weekly support group that meets near the Menninger campus.

Yoga and expressive therapies, such as music and art therapy, are also available.


The Menninger Clinic has a long history of being at the forefront of psychiatric care in America, and its substance abuse treatment is no less renowned than their comprehensive mental health care. With treatment protocols made specifically for adolescents and young adults as well as older residents, this facility understands the importance of specializing needs based on a client’s age. Menninger Clinic has thorough care for clients at every step of recovery.

Menninger Clinic

12301 Main St

Houston, TX 77035

(713) 275-5000

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