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Since 1986 John Lucas has operated the Houston-based Wellness and Aftercare Program, a substance abuse recovery program for athletes that includes a holistic approach of the necessary professional services and life coaching skills to support clients through the following types of services:
Inpatient Care at a Treatment Center
Developmental Treatment Programs
Rigorous Physical Development Plan
The Aftercare program of counselors is available primarily in cities with NBA and NFL teams created to provide services to professional athletes.
John Lucas Enterprises is renowned for the successful rehabilitative work that is now done with professional athletes, celebrities and public figures that find themselves dependent on substances and not suited for optimum performance.
It has been truly miraculous what John Lucas has done with his life. He has gone from alcohol and drug dependency to arguably basketball's most recognized counselor and coach.
His largest contribution to the game extends far beyond his abilities as a floor general, assists, points and win-loss records. He is now in the business of saving lives, literally. While in recovery, there was a strong clinical component but nothing formatted for physical conditioning. Lucas began seeing exercise and conditioning as medicine. During his treatment Lucas developed and proposed a program based on exercise and treatment. After his own treatment, Lucas really got to work developing this concept of fitness as a component of treatment and getting hospital-based treatment centers to partner with him.
The Aftercare and counseling program that John Lucas helped to develop became the model used by the NBA to help recovering players maintain sobriety when attempting to return to the NBA.
The challenge for returning players who are fighting their addiction(s) is to maintain sobriety. Lucas helps to prepare players to stay sober when going back into the environments and lifestyles that helped to contribute to their problems in the first place.
A large part of the solution comes when players learn that, ''basketball is what you do, it is not who you are.'' Free time, bad environments and bad influences only hold sway on you if you have no life outside of the game. That work in prevention led to programs that were put in place when the NBA and the NBA Players Association began to deal with drug issues. John Lucas has since been involved in helping the league and the Players Association develop these programs.
Clients in recovery need to attend Twelve Step meetings, visit with counselors about problems and emotions and continue to keep their personal life in order. Sobriety, and maintaining that sobriety, can be the greatest gift that a person in recovery can attain. When they see that no problem or situation they may face in life will ever be reason to go back to that former negative lifestyle, that's when they are really back on track. The gift is the sobriety, the ability to enjoy life to its fullest, to enjoy being who you are and waking up to face the next day.
''As much as I love to help people recover from addiction, I get even more joy from working with kids to help prevent them from getting on this road in the first place.'' With that in mind Lucas came up with the idea for an organization called STAND, Students Taking Action Not Drugs. STAND was first a crisis center, but later expanded to include a hot line for teens that offered crisis and emergency counseling as well as peer support groups.
Coach Lucas has thrown his entire heart into his work, or better yet, his life's work. ''I want to be there for others. I was always an assist guy in basketball, but now I give people assists in life, and there's nothing like that. I didn't get sober to get on with my life. I wanted a plan for living and to move forward, and that's what I got.'' As Lucas' program helps to ease recovering people and professional athletes back into their profession, he helps to provide the ideal step, imitating the pro lifestyle and workout regimen while still providing the clinical support and aftercare that they need.
The primary partner and resource suggested by The John Lucas Enterprises Wellness Programs and After Care is The Right Step.
Phase 1: Drug and Alcohol Recovery -- ''Take The Right Step!''
There are many reasons why athletes and people in general begin to abuse and become dependent on alcohol or drugs. For those who will not or cannot stop, we only wish there was a way of preventing it from happening in the first place. But now you've come to the point where you find yourself seeking a solution. You're here because you need to find a drug/alcohol treatment program that will make a difference; that will help you and your loved one(s) regain the lives you once had. Coach Lucas knows that The Right Step treatment centers can make that difference with programs and solutions that can work for you.
We've Been Where You Are
In two words -- we understand. We've been in your shoes. From top-level senior management to many members of our counseling and administrative staff, we have been there and back and we are now living vibrant and productive lives in recovery -- personally and professionally. We know what it took to get us to this point and we will share that experience with you in the most individualized way possible. When you make the decision to seek our help, you become the most important person in the world to us. The Right Step can help right now -- effectively and affordably. People often hear words like detox, rehab, treatment, relapse and read or see things on TV about celebrities trying and failing to get control of their drug and alcohol addictions. Maybe this is something you've already gone through or are dealing with right now. The question is, how do you find a residential inpatient program or an intensive outpatient program that can truly help? How can you find a drug treatment center or substance abuse program that can do more? How do you find a drug and alcohol addiction recovery program that can provide you the support you need and expect? Coach Lucas has researched the options and he believes that The Right Step is the answer to these questions.
The Right Step Treatment: Programs Customized for You
The program offers a broad range of alcohol and addiction treatment programs and services designed to fit each individual's needs. The process of recovery begins with customized treatment for each individual. Our experienced and caring clinical staff follows a process to determine the best program for the alcohol or drug abuser. Modes of treatment include:
Intervention -- Our medical director and a team of clinicians provide intervention services to families who are in crisis and need assistance.
Detoxification -- Our medical and direct-care staff monitor and treat those in need of a medical detoxification.
Residential Inpatient -- The person with the addiction can enjoy our comfortable community setting and our empathetic, professional staff while learning the basics of recovery.
Day Treatment -- An intensive daily treatment program in the same supportive community and with the same clinical programming as our residential clients while living at home.
Intensive Outpatient -- Up to 10 hours a week in a structured, outpatient setting that focuses on learning how to stay sober without interruption of daily responsibilities.
Thirty-day Program -- Thirty days in The Right Step intensive residential program with a seamless continuum of care into John Lucas Wellness Programs and Aftercare.
Caring. Clinical. Comprehensive.
The Right Step understands the process of individual treatment and the recovery needs of the substance abuser. Our experienced and professional clinical team works with you and your family to design a treatment and recovery program that will help you succeed in your sobriety. Alcohol and drug addiction is a disease and, like any disease, it takes a team of knowledgeable experts to respond with effective treatment options. Regardless of the severity, The Right Step can help in the treatment and recovery process of your loved one.
Success on the Court; Success in Life
Whatever your recovery needs, The Right Step can help. Whether you or your loved one needs supportive intervention, detoxification, or treatment, our caring and professional staff can help achieve true recovery results. Beating addiction isn't easy, but taking the right step makes it easier.
John Lucas Recommended Treatment Locations
The Right Step Houston
Residential and Outpatient Care in the Heart of Houston
902 W. Alabama
Houston, Texas 77006
The Right Step Dallas-Ft. Worth
Residential and Outpatient Care for Adults & Adolescents
2219 W. Euless Blvd.
Euless, Texas 76040
Luxury Recovery Retreat in the Texas Hill Country
840 County Road 420
Spicewood, Texas 78669
16 Other Convenient Locations
The Right Step offers a variety of drug and alcohol treatment programs throughout Texas’ major metropolitan areas: Houston, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Austin, San Antonio and Beaumont.